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  1. A new discovery of a 375 million year old Tetrapod called Parmastega aelidae with some very unique features from the Komi Republic. http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/devonian-tetrapod-parmastega-aelidae-07730.html Thought some of you might find this interesting.
  2. Greetings fellow fossil lovers! Below is an assortment of fossils from the Waurika clay from the Lower Permian that I'm having trouble placing an id on. Scale bar is in millimeters. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks All! Jacob
  3. Fossilized Egg?

    I found this sometime in the 1970’s State: New York, County: Suffolk, Township: Brookhaven, Hamlet: Rocky Point on Broadway Beach on the shore of Long Island Sound. The fossil weighs about one ounce. The hole was there when found, through it there is hollow space, but I can also see that there is some structure or substance inside.
  4. Discosauriscus austriacus

    Classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Order: Seymouriamorpha Family: Discosauriscidae Genus: discosauriscus Species: discosauriscus austriacus
  5. I just added this wonderful specimen to my collection. The species is discosauriscus. Little is known about the species other than the fact that they were predators based off of teeth. They may of had electrospective organs. On this slab running through the head of the specimen is a thick calcite seam from where the rock was faulted and shifted. This was found in the Czech Rebublic in the Limnic Deposits. This is the first fossil I've purchased all the others in my collection I have found.
  6. 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?
  7. Trimerorhachis skull?

    I found this in west Texas, in the Red Bed area. I was wondering if it could be an amphibian skull fossil of some kind. Maybe a trimerorhachis? I'm still learning about the extinct amphibians and reptiles in my state. Any suggestions are welcome!
  8. Carboniferous amphibian jaw?

    I found this in the Pennine Middle Coal Measures formation (upper Carboniferous) of West Yorkshire, UK, a while ago. At the same site, shark teeth were common, as well as Rhizodonts and other fish fossils. At first, I thought it was a fish jaw, but now I am unsure if it is indeed a fish jaw or an amphibian jaw. Does anyone know what this is? Thanks, Daniel
  9. Temnospondyl help

    Here's a hard one: This is a very nice temnospondyl skeleton (you can see the sclerotic rings!). It measures about 11cm long from snout to what is preserved of the tail. My question is: Can anyone tell me the genus/species and provenance of the fossil? I was told by the previous owner that it was possibly Platyrhinops from the Lower Triassic of Germany, but I have no idea. It looks like maybe a very well preserved Permian age Discosauriscus from the Czech Republic or some sort of temnospondyly from the Pfalz of Germany. I am happy to share more photos. Thanks for the help :-)
  10. Salamander Vertebra

    From the album Lance fm. Microsite Finds

    cf. Scapherpeton tectum Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian~ 66 mya) Lance formation
  11. Salamander Mouth Plate

    From the album Lance fm. Microsite Finds

    cf. Scapherpeton tectum Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian~ 66 mya) Lance formation
  12. Hello everyone. I am an incredibly novice fossil hunter from Pennsylvania. From where I live, it is heavy Carboniferous territory. One of the items on my bucket list is to eventually find something from a temnospondyl, even if it is nothing more than a trackway or even better - a bone fragment! Would anyone be willing to share with me advice on what to look for / or what has helped them in finding anything from a Temnospondyl or Lepospondyl? Do they appear more in certain rocks than others? I live in the Pittsburgh area, near where Fedexia was discovered ten years ago. I'm hoping to eventually find something related to Fedexia or another temnospondyli. From what I'm realizing, these little guys are hard to come by. Any advice? Thanks everyone!
  13. Lance fm Vertebra

    Hi all, wondering if you could help me on this vertebra's identity, I found it in Wyoming's lance formation this past summer. I think it might be amphibian but I'm not sure. It's about a quarter of an inch long.
  14. I have for trade miocene salamanders from Bosnia. The images are of lower quality, since they are also more accessible for exchange. I also have other specimens, better quality or natural untreated. My interest are megalodon ( Charcarodon) teeth, miocene fossils ( echinoids, crabs, big gastropod,bivalves) all kind of interesting specimens. Im also interesting for fossils which I could use for compare with european fossils. If you have something interesting please contact me.Thanks!
  15. Bridger fm. Amphibian

    Hello fossil friends. I have this skull piece here that's quite interesting. Looks to be some kind of amphibian skull. The locality is Bridger fm, but after doing some research I haven't been able to find any information on amphibians from this locality. Would anyone be able to shed some light on an ID for this piece?
  16. Trimerorhachis insignis

    Hi, I recently bought this online and it was listed as a Trimerorhachis Insignis tooth from Jefferson County, Oklahoma. After comparing it with other images I think this could be a claw and not a tooth, but I'm not 100% certain... Could anyone please confirm if it is? Thanks, Billly.
  17. Over the winter I was freezing and thawing nodules found in reclaimed coal mine spoils from the Pennsylvanian Shelburn Formation, Busseron Sandstone from Vigo County Indiana. These contain flora and rare fauna similar to the Braidwood Biota from Mazon Creek. This nodule split off a tiny bit on one end and I set aside for further investigation after a quick glance revealed an interesting pattern. Then I forgot about until I was recently unpacking from a move, and re-examined it under magnification. Unfortunately, the piece that split off the end was lost, so I only have the one side, but it shows a small rectangular patch of texture, about 10 mm wide. The piece preserved shows folds and wrinkles, as well as what looks like a tear in the center, and looking under magnification reveals the entire piece is covered with tiny pebbly bumps. My first assumption would be plant material, but it doesn't match the texture of any of the other plants I have found at this site. A much less likely option would be a patch of skin from some sort of animal or egg casing. I would like to get it under greater magnification and will try to find an expert to look at it, but I wanted to put the best pictures I was able to take here for y'all's thoughts. Thanks!
  18. Branchiosaurus Petrolei

    From the album Best of 2017 finds - a year in review

    Set of 2 Branchiosaurus Petrolei, a permian amphibian (size 2 cm) from Autun oil shale. - Autunian - collected in autumn 2017
  19. Collection (2).jpg

    From the album Collection Showroom

    Mixed fossils from the centre of the `Rotliegend`Saar-Nahe-Senke - Locations Odernheim, Rehborn, Raumbach, Jeckenbach Amphibians and fishes
  20. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at joegallo1954@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since November 22, 2017. Class Amphibia "Amphibia" sensu lato General Amphibia General Amphibia - Africa/Middle East Kitching, J.W. (1978). The Stratigraphic Distribution and Occurrence of South African Fossil Amphibia in the Beaufort Beds. Palaeont.afr., 21. van Dijk, D.E. (1995). African Fossil Lissamphibia. Palaeont.afr., 32. General Amphibia - Europe (including Greenland and Siberia) Boyd, M.J. (1980). The Axial Skeleton of the Carboniferous Amphibian Pteroplax cornutus. Palaeontology, Vol.23, Part 2. Llona, A.C.P. and P.J. Andrews (1999). Amphibian taphonomy and its application to the fossil record of Dolina (middle Pleistocene, Atapuerca, Spain). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 149. Noble, G.K. (1928). Two New Fossil Amphibia of Zoogeographic Importance from the Miocene of Europe. American Museum Novitates, Number 303. Panchen, A.L. (1973). On Crassigyrinus scoticus Watson, A Primitive Amphibian from the Lower Carboniferous of Scotland. Palaeontology, Vol.16, Part 1. Rage, J.C. and M. Augé (2003). Amphibians and squamate reptiles from the lower Eocene of Silveirinha (Portugal). Ciências da Terra (UNL), Number 13. Rocek, Z. (2005). Late Miocene Amphibia from Rudabanya. Palaeontographia Italica, 90. Rocek, Z. and M. Wuttke (2010). Amphibia of Enspel (Late Oligocene, Germany). Palaeobio Palaeoenv, 90. Werneburg, R. and J.W. Schneider (2006). Amphibian biostratigraphy of the European Permo-Carboniferous. In: Non-Marine Permian Biostratigraphy and Biochronology. Lucas, S.G., G. Cassinis and J.W. Schneider (eds.), Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 265. General Amphibia - North America Anderson, J.S., et al. (2008). A stem batrachian from the Early Permian of Texas and the origin of frogs and salamanders. Nature, Vol.453. Chantell, C.J. (1971). Fossil Amphibians from the Egelhoff Local Fauna in North-Central Nebraska. Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology - The University of Michigan, Vol.23, Number 15. Hecht, M.K. and R. Estes (1960). Fossil Amphibians from Quarry Nine. Yale Peabody Museum Postilla, Number 46. Holman, A.J. (1969). The Pleistocene Amphibians and Reptiles of Texas. Publications of the Museum - Michigan State University, Biological Series, Vol.4, Number 5. Lucas, S.G., et al. (2001). First record of Amphisauropus and Varanopus in the Lower Permian Abo Formation, central New Mexico. Hallesches Jahrb. Geowiss., B23. Moodie, R.L. (1916). The Coal Measures Amphibia of North America. Carnegie Institution of Washington. (35.9MB download) Moodie, R.L. (1909). A Contribution to a Monograph of the Extinct Amphibia of North America. New Forms from the Carboniferous. The Journal of Geology. Ziegler, K.E., S.G. Lucas and A.B. Heckert (2002). Taphonomy of the Late Triassic Lamy Amphibian Quarry (Garita Creek Formation: Chinle Group), Central New Mexico. In: Upper Triassic Stratigraphy and Paleontology. Heckert, A.B. and S.G. Lucas (eds.), New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin Number 21. General Amphibia Carroll, R.L. (1969). A New Family of Carboniferous Amphibians. Palaeontology, Vol.12, Part 4. Marjanovic, D. (2010). Phylogeny of the limbed vertebrated with special consideration of the origin of the modern amphibians. Ph.D. Dissertation - Universitat Wien. Rocek, Z. (1991). Ethmoidal Endocranium in primitive Triassic amphibians. Palaont.Z., 65(3/4). Roelants, K., et al. (2007). Global patterns of diversification in the history of modern amphibians. PNAS, Vol.104, Number 3. San Mauro, D., et al. (2005). Initial Diversification of Living Amphibians Predated the Breakup of Pangaea. The American Naturalist, Vol.165, Number 5. Schoch, R.R. and A.R. Milner (2004). Structure and implications of theories of the origin of lissamphibians. In: Recent Advances in the Origin and Eary Radiation of Vertebrates. Arratia, G., M.V.H. Wilson and R. Cloutier (eds.), Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, Munich. van Bocxlaer, I., et al. (2006). Late Cretaceous Vicariance in Gondwanan Amphibians. PLoS ONE, 1(1). (Read on-line or download a copy.) Zardoya, R. and A. Meyer (2001). On the origin of and phylogenetic relations among living amphibians. PNAS, Vol.98, Number 13.
  21. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at joegallo1954@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since November 22, 2017. Class Amphibia "Amphibia" sensu lato Subclass Lepospondyli Order Aistopoda - "Snake-Like" Amphibians Family incertae sedis Anderson, J.S., R.L. Carroll and T.B. Rowe (2003). New information on Lethiscus stocki (Tetrapoda: Lepospondyli: Aistopoda) from high-resolution computed tomography and a phylogenetic analysis of Aistopoda. Can.J. Earth Sci., 40. Boyd, M.J. (1982). Morphology and Relationships of the Upper Carboniferous Aistopod Amphibian Ophiderpeton nanum. Paleontology, Vol.25, Part 1. Carroll, R.L. (1998). Cranial anatomy of ophiderpetonid aistopods: Palaeozoic limbless amphibians. In: A study of fossil vertebrates. Norman, D.B., A.R. Milner and A.C. Milner (eds.), Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 122. Wellstead, C.F. (1982). A Lower Carboniferous Aistopod Amphibian from Scotland. Palaeontology, Vol.25, Part 1. Family Phlegethodontiidae Anderson, J.S. (2007). New Evidence of the Rostral Anatomy of the Aistopod Phlegethontia, With a New Cranial Reconstruction. J.Paleont., 81(2). Germain, D. (2008). A new phlegethodontiid specimen (Lepospondyli, Aistopoda) from the Late Carboniferous of Montceau-les-Mines (Saone-et-Loire, France). Geodiversitas, 30(4). General Aistopoda Aldinger, K. Palaeobiology of Carboniferous/Permian Aistopod Amphibians. Technische Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg. Order Lysorophia Boyd, M.J. (1980). A Lysorophid Amphibian from the Coal Measures of Northern England. Palaeontology, Vol.23, Part 4. Pardo, J.D. (2014). Morphology, Ontogeny and Phylogenetic Relationships of the Permo-Carboniferous tetrapod Brachydectes newberryi from the Council Grove Group, Nebraska, USA. Masters Thesis - University of Calgary. Wellstead, C.F. (1991). Taxonomic Revision of the Lysorophia, Permo-Carboniferous Lepospondyl Amphibians. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, Number 209. Order "Microsauria" Olori, J.C. (2015). Skeletal Morphogenesis of Microbrachis and Hyloplesion (Tetrapoda: Lepospondyli), and Implications for the Developmental Patterns of Extinct, Early Tetrapods. PLoS ONE, 10(6). Vallin, G. and M. Laurin (2004). Cranial Morphology and Affinities of Microbrachis, and a Reappraisal of the Phylogeny and Lifestyle of the First Amphibians. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 24(1). Clade Recumbirostra Family Brachystelichidae Carroll, R.L. (1990). A Tiny Microsaur from the Lower Permian of Texas: Size Constraints in Palaeozoic Tetrapods. Palaeontology, Vol.33, Part 4. Pardo, J.D., M. Szostakiwskyj and J.S. Anderson (2015). Cranial Morphology of the Brachystelechid 'Microsaur' Quasicaecelia texana Carroll Provides New Insights into the Diversity and Evolution of Braincase Morphology in Recumbirostran 'Microsaurs'. PLoS ONE, 10(6). Family Gymnarthridae Anderson, J.S. and R.R. Reisz (2003). A new microsaur (Tetrapoda: Lepospondyli) from the Lower Permian of Richards Spur (Fort Sill), Oklahoma. Can.J. Earth Sci., 40. Gregory, J.T., F.E. Peabody, and L.I. Price (1956). Revision of the Gymnarthridae? American Permian Microsaurs. Peabody Museum of Natural History - Yale University, Bulletin 10. Family incertae sedis Reisz, R.R. and S.P. Modesto (1996). Archerpeton anthracos from the Joggins Formation of Nova Scotia: a microsaur, not a reptile. Can.J. Earth Sci., 33. Szostakiwskyj, M., J.D. Pardo and J.S. Anderson (2015). Micro-CT Study of Rhynchonkos stovalli (Lepospondyli, Recumbirostra), with Description of Two New Genera. PLoS ONE, 10(6). Family Pantylidae Romer, A.S. (1969). The Cranial Anatomy of the Permian Amphibian Pantylus. Breviora, Number 314. Order Nectridea Family Diplocaulidae Chaney, D.S., H.-D. Sues and W.A. DiMichele (2005). A Juvenile Skeleton of the Nectridean Amphibian Diplocaulus and Associated Flora and Fauna from the Mitchell Creek Flats Locality (Upper Waggoner Ranch Formation; Early Permian), Baylor County, North-Central Texas. In: The Nonmarine Permian. Lucas, S.G. and K.E. Zeigler (eds.), New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin Number 30. Douthitt, H. (1917). The Structure and Relationships of Diplocaulus. Ph.D. Dissertation - The University of Chicago. Germain, D. (2010). The Moroccan diplocaulid: the last lepospondyl, the single one on Gondwana. Historical Biology, Vol.22, Numbers 1-3. Harris, S.K., et al. (2005). Diplocaulus Cranial Material from the Lower Abo Formation (Wolfcampian) of New Mexico and the Stratigraphic Position of the Genus. In: The Nonmarine Permian. Lucas, S.G. and K.E. Zeigler (eds.), New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin Number 30. Rinehart, L.F. and S.G. Lucas (2001). A Statistical Analysis of a Growth Series of the Permian Nectridean Dipolocaulus magnicornis Showing Two-Stage Ontogeny. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 21(4). Family Scincosauridae Milner, A.C. and M. Ruta (2009). A Revision of Scincosaurus (Tetrapoda, Nectridea) from the Muscovian of Tyrany, Czech Republic, and the Phylogeny and Interrelationships of Nectrideans. Special Papers in Palaeontology, 81. (Note: you must request the full text from the author(s)) General Lepospondyli Anderson, J.S. (2001). The Phylogenetic Trunk: Maximal Inclusion of Taxa With Missing Data in an Analysis of the Lepospondyli (Vertebrata, Tetrapoda). Syst.Biol., 50(2). Baird, D. (1965). Paleozoic Lepospondyl Amphibians. Amer. Zoologist, 5. Marjanovic, D. and M. Laurin (2013). The origin(s) of extant amphibians: a review with an emphasis on the "lepospondyl hypothesis". Geodiversitas, 35(1). Olori, J.C. (2013). Ontogenetic sequence reconstruction and sequence polymorphism in extinct taxa: an example using early tetrapods (Tetrapoda: Lepospondyli). Paleobiology, 39(3). Thayer, D.W. (1973). Pennsylvanian Lepospondyl Amphibians from the Swisshelm Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona. Masters Thesis - The University of Arizona.
  22. amphibian fossil id mazon creek

    I'm hoping someone can help me identify this possible in phibian fossil found in Morris Illinois Mazon Creek region I've been told by several it is an amphibian but I'm get find any pictures to match it and get a name thank you
  23. Here is a Melanerpeton humbergense. I acquired this lower Permian branchiosaurid recently from a well-known dealer in the Netherlands. I had been eyeing this specimen for some time and decided now would be a good time as ever to pull the trigger on it. Even with some bone missing it was a nice price for a nice creature that probably would have been about 12 centimeters long in life or close to it. Much of the fun of fossils for me is to find and read as much material on them as I can. The most prominent recent paper on Melanerpeton is TIMELESS DESIGN: COLORED PATTERN OF SKIN IN EARLY PERMIAN BRANCHIOSAURIDS (TEMNOSPONDYLI: DISSOROPHOIDEA) (Werneburg 2009) regarding a 19 cm long specimen of Melanerpton tenerum found at Börtewitz in Saxony. This paper describes a "spotted pattern of skin color" which feature patterned spots (gaps in the pigmentation?) of about 2 to 5 millimeters in width. The fossil I own has been identified by the seller as Melanerpeton humbergense and is from a completely different location, Odernheim in Pfalz. I am somewhat confident in those IDs of location and species. The stone closely resembles other branchiosaur specimens from Pfalz I have seen internet photos of. I can find no contra-indicatory features in my fossil to the rather detailed description of M. humbergense in THE INTRARELATIONSHIPS AND EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF THE TEMNOSPONDYL FAMILY BRANCHIOSAURIDAE (Schoch, Milner 2008). M. humbergense is a different species from a different location of a slightly different stratigraphy than M. tenerum. Still, there is color on the stone of my fossil that may suggest a possible pattern of open circles. I present this fossil to the forum for open consideration of this feature. I seek to avoid a confirmation bias and hope to get an understanding of what is there, whether that understanding is positive or negative. Hopefully there are some European collectors here who have seen many of these before in hand, and collectors familiar with the preparatory methods used. Per the seller, there has been no restoration. The fossil seems to show none of the protective surface coating often applied to branchiosaur specimens from other sellers. Factors that may be negative to a confirmation of patterned pigmentation to this specimen: M. tenerum and M. humbergense are different species from different locations from a different stratigraphic period. None of the possible 'patterned circles' seem to be evident on my fossil's tail, only a portion of the thorax, There is no counterpart impression to examine. Per Werneburg "Hundreds of branchiosaurid specimens are known from the vertebrate Lagerstaette Börtewitz, but only one is preserved with colored skin pattern. " This would suggest that finding a branchiosaurid with colored skin pattern would be very improbable. More photos will be posted after this initial photo. Thank you for looking, and I hope you enjoy this little bit of mystery as much as I do.
  24. tiny fossil teeth

    Sorting through small shiny black items collected with my miniature shark teeth, I came across what looks like two teeth attached at a 45 degree angle to a small jaw bone. Or at least that's my interpretation. Hopefully someone knows better and can help ID. (I know even I wouldn't be picking up these teeth if knocked loose.)
  25. Unknown tooth

    I have no information on this other than it was found in a fossiliferous marine deposit. Any help is appreciated.