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Found 202 results

  1. UFO (unidentified fossil object)

    Found in a loft during renovation. Wrapped in newspaper dating 1978, looks like a reptile but not sure, can anybody identify this for me. I am not a fossil collector.
  2. I watched a show on PBS last night, "When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time." I just happened to notice it on the guide about 45 minutes before it was on. It is actually about more than the evolution of whales, the group having four-footed Early Eocene ancestors. There is a long segment roughly twenty minutes long each on crocodilians, birds, whales, and elephants. I thought it was a good show overall with interviews of researchers I know from their technical articles ( Hans-Dieter Sues, Philip Gingerich, Emmanel Gheerbrant, Christian de Muizon). However, each segment was also a little light on content for the topic and one was especially unclear. The one on birds made it appear that Deinonychus was an ancestor of later birds. They should have showed a chart showing when it lived in the Cretaceous with Archaeopteryx and the Liaoning birds millions of years before. There was a quick view of a family tree that seemed to illustrate that but it went by in a second or two. The segment on whales showed a lot of footage of modern whales and some great background on the "first whale," Pakicetus, but it didn't show any of the whales described in the past twenty years. It just mentioned that there had been recent discoveries. I thought there should have been at least a quick look at Ambulocetus and a few of the increasingly more marine-adapted forms that lived before Basilosaurus. They pretty much jumped from Pakicetus to Basilosaurus to the divergence of toothed and baleen whales. I think they could have spent the two hours just on the whales just as the title of the show led me to believe. I liked the segment on elephants because just as I was expecting the show to skip the earliest known members of the group, they go to Morocco and then talk to Emmanuel Gheerbrant who described Phosphatherium, the first probiscidean, which is known from the same early Eocene phosphate layer as a lot of the shark teeth we see at shows are from. Other extinct forms were descussed as well. Here's a link that takes to an online notice and website: https://www.pbs.org/show/when-whales-walked-journeys-deep-time/ Jess
  3. Help Needing Fossil ID

    Part of a big collection .. can someone help me ID this .. I have three? I have no idea ..
  4. Fish or reptile teeth?

    Hi all, Need a little help identifying these teeth and stem(?) from Herne Bay, UK. Let's call them 1-7 from left to right (top view). Thanks in advance. Jay
  5. Hi folks, we bought a sample of microfossils originated from Waurika, Oklahoma. It was really fun to search through the little pile and try to ID the pieces. The result was a short video We decided to share it hoping for comments and more interesting info from the knowledgeable audience of this forum. What's really cool about microfossils is the amount of details and often stunning preservation of tiny pieces. Does anybody know a microfossil locality in Central California?
  6. I've been lucky enough to get hold of halisaur skull fragments over the past few years! I'd like to start assembling them in to some sort of composite for display purposes within my collection! I would love to see any Halisaurus skulls you guys have? Especially bone layouts so I may identify where my bones fit! Thanks!
  7. Mysterious vert

    Hi all, This is a vert from my old times collection that has always intrigued me. You guess by this topic that almost all of the finds in the region are from Kimmeridge-Hauterivian marine life, but the vert doesnt look like standard plesiosaur/ichthyosaur. There's a possibility it comes from pleistocene (there's a paleovalley nearby), but its weight and composition look jurassic. Something interesting or yet another plesiosaur vert? Sorry for polish, it was applied long ago.
  8. fossil pregnant with implications

    LINK A GRAVID FOSSIL TURTLE FROM THE EARLY CRETACEOUS REVEALS A DIFFERENT EGG DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY TO THAT OF EXTANT MARINE TURTLES EDWIN-ALBERTO CADENA , MARY L. PARRA-RUGE, JUAN DE D. PARRA-RUGE and SANTIAGO PADILLA-BERNAL [Palaeontology, 2018, pp. 1–13] (slightly less than 6 MB a more popular capsule description of the find 2015-09-oldest-fossil-sea-turtle.pdf @MiseriKing @Tidgy's Dad
  9. Weird Gator or not?

    Hi Everyone, I'm new here. My name is Michael. It's nice to meet all of you! I don't have any experience in Geology, But i was at the bottom of Masada in Israel, In a place believed to be the city of Gomorrah, from Sodom and Gomorrah, and i found what i thought was a petrified Boot. And only when i did a little more discovery did i see skeletal bones etc. It is very Heavy, about kg Anyone know what it is?
  10. Just a bit of fun with this garden find. Mrs R got me this week gardening because our friend from Brooklyn is visiting in a couple of weeks time. I was just putting some gravel on the topsoil of my pots to stop the birds digging out our succulent plant . I the spotted a small fossil bone fragments? The gravel is Scottish but I can’t at this point say any more than this. So the question is what if anything can we discern from this small piece of fossil bone? Archosaurs, mammal or fish? Just for fun and thanks all . Bobby
  11. Steneosaurus tooth

    From the album Holzmaden

    A 1.2 cm long Steneosaurus (crocodile) tooth from the lower Jurassic from the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden (Germany). Two more pictures:
  12. Fossil ID

    Found this 20 years ago. have packed it around always wonder what it is ..found 20 miles due West of Ellensburg Wa ..I see the head of something looking from left to right . opposite in picture .the head is almost the size of the rock .the white mass is center of it's mouth and eye is located just above that ..there appears to be scales of some kind on the back of it and a patch of green on the bottom. It is all coiled up hope the pictures I have are good enough to ID it ...it is roughly the size of a good potatoe ..
  13. Please help on a ID

    Hi all can I please have a little help on this small caudal vertebrae form Wealden Bexhill bone beds Uk I have it only down to Archosaurs but it would be fantastic if anymore info could be obtained. It is about 12 mm . It is quite nice. Thank you all . Bobby
  14. judith river fossil, scute?

    A weird looking fossil I found last summer in the Judith River Formation.
  15. Reptile

    The following fossil is offred on a local website. Would be nice to know what kind of fossil it is. The seller doesnt has any idea.
  16. Steneosaurus tooth

    From the album Holzmaden

    A very small (a bit less than 1 cm long) Steneosaurus (crocodile) tooth from the Posidonia Shale from the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden. Another picture:
  17. Pliosaur model

    It’s been enjoyable talking to people in the forum and sharing a common interest so I thought I would share some old images of a rough pliosaur model I made years ago. I think I modelled it on a kronosaurus and went with a sort of ‘elephant seal’ bulk look as at the time I was reading about marine reptiles inhabiting colder southern seas. I was trying to get the impression of size in the photos - a sort of divers perspective as it cruised past uncomfortably close ....
  18. Steneosaurus tooth

    From the album Holzmaden

    A 1.8 cm long Steneosaurus (crocodile) tooth from the Posidonia Shale in the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden. The prep work took about 1 hour with my air pen and my sandblaster. Some more pictures:
  19. Amber Lizard claw?

    Hello everyone! This one might be hard to identify with sub-par photos – even in person the microscope photos were unclear but you're all smarter than I am. It's about an inch long for scale. Story: I was looking through a clearly un-sorted bag of hundreds of small pieces of Dominican amber (my favorite SO COOL) and saw this tiny piece with what looked like a tiny lizard hand, even though it had three fingers instead of five (maybe they were separated in fossilization). There was no loupe available to check for skin patterns and bone fragments so I bit the bullet. It was cheap so I bought it so I could sleep soundly tonight. I'm thinking it's probably a botanical inclusion at best but wanted to see what you guys thought! Let's discuss. Thanks in advance everyone!
  20. Micro Bones

    From the album Judith River fm. Fossil Finds

    I have no idea what these tiny bones belong to. They could be bird, mammal, small reptile or an amphibian. These were found at the same microsite as the Troodon tooth. If you have any indication as to what these could be let me know.
  21. Dinosaur/reptile neural spine

    I recently saw this dinosaur/reptile neural spine for sale. It is almost 5cm. Does anyone know if this could be a piece of a spinosaurus neural spine and if not then what it could be?
  22. A claw from Hell Creek

    I bought this claw a little while ago, for close to nothing. Still waiting for the item to arrive. Not sure what it is from though. It was dug up in Hell Creek. The claw and bone measure about an inch in length in total. Anyone who would have a qualified guess?
  23. When I first set out to collect Dinosaur fossils, a fossil dealer with a long history in the industry and from whom I had purchased shark fossils from had this listed for sale. It was sold as a Troodon formosus ( I am aware it is an invalid taxon). When I committed to purchasing this, i was unaware that only Troodontid teeth had been found in Hell Creek and I tended to believe dealer ID's. I do not regret the purchase. It is a great little bone to have in our education program and it was not expensive. We want to cover Troodontids in our education program which is why I bought this. It was cheaper than a tooth. It was also a good lesson to learn early on and without a significant financial investment. I do my homework know before purchasing a dinosaur fossil and if I have questions, I put it here. It seems unlikely that that the dealer ID is correct just based on the lack of Troodontid bones that come from Hell Creek. I want to know we have and be accurate in what we present to kids so I have put some effort into figuring this out. It is a very small vertebra as you can see in the pictures. I did find some small theropod caudal vertebrae that look similar including a Troodontid. I have done some homework on this and tried to figure it out but I can not get much further on my own. All I can say for sure is that is does not appear to be a fish or mammal and I do not think it is a crocodilian either. Any thoughts or information would be helpful !!
  24. Permian Reptile Vertebra ID

    Hi, looking for some thoughts on identification of a fossil I bought a while ago. This is a fairly well preserved vertebra from an early reptile of some kind. Unfortunately I lost the original label for it so all I can say is that it’s from 300-250 mya, and from a formation in Oklahoma or Texas. I’m not very experienced with Permian stuff, so I’m not sure where to begin. Thanks for any help!
  25. Weird critter?

    Hi everyone, I was looking in my rock collection and found this rock I've not really seen before and it appears to have some kind of animal in it. No idea on age or locality it was found in. It appears to have been tumbled or polished at some time
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