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  1. Major shift in marine life occurred 33 million years later in the South. British Antarctic Survey, May 17, 2018 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180517081829.htm Fossil find of 33-million-year-old sea lilies in outback WA challenges major palaeontology theory By Lisa Morrison University of Western Australia, May 22, 2018 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-23/sea-lily-fossil/9790656 The open access paper is: Rowan J. Whittle, Aaron W. Hunter, David J. Cantrill, and Kenneth J. McNamara. Globally discordant Isocrinida (Crinoidea) migration confirms asynchronous Marine Mesozoic Revolution. Communications Biology, 2018; 1 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s42003-018-0048-0 https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-018-0048-0 Yours, Paul H.
  2. https://phys.org/news/2018-04-primitive-kangaroo-ancestor-rediscovered-years.html
  3. Rock from Australia

    Is this a fossil? It was found in Australia.
  4. Emuellidae turned up

    Hey all I bought this Emuellidae balcoracania from ebay, which turned up today and it looks awesome! I'd like to know what you think of it
  5. Hello Everyone. I have recently returned from some fossil collecting trips and have many Australian invertebrate fossils to trade. I have a large collection of sea urchins, gastropod, bryozoa and other marine invertebrates to trade. The Victorian fossils I have to trade are Miocene to Pliocene and the New South Wales fossils are Devonian and Permian. I would like in return vertebrate fossils. ( Sharks teeth, fish and shark vertebra, mammal bone, etc.) I am also happy to trade overseas. Thanks, Daniel
  6. Hi all I've determined this is a fossil crab which I collected from Bribie Island (off a beach). I'm wondering if anyone knows any more details about what it could be? Thanks Diamond
  7. Tooth of ancient megashark stolen in Australia BBC News, March 2018 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43381141 Ancient megalodon tooth missing from Australian World Heritage site, SBS News https://www.sbs.com.au/news/ancient-megalodon-tooth-missing-from-australian-world-heritage-site Yours, Paul H.
  8. small Australian cretaceous jaw

    Looking through the sieved material I noticed this little jaw ? I has come out of the marine material I get from Richmond in central Queensland in Australia. I refer to the layer it came out of as the fish mash layer as it is full of small fish material. In the layer I find fish, shark, turtle, Ichthyosaur, pliosaur, pterosaur and bird material. The fossil is 6 mm in length and quite fragile. Thanks in advance for any input Mike D'Arcy
  9. Fossil Egg??

    Going through my river rocks from the Lower Hunter Valley, Australia. I found this one 3/4 of a toothbrush in length approx 15cm. It looked different to all the others so I cracked it open into 3 large sections thinking it would have crystallisation inside only. Have not cleaned it or done any work on it at all as yet, opinions very appreciated if it's anything worth further work, Many Thanks from DownUnder
  10. Weird question i know, but i found this large coprolite from a Cretaceous inland sea site near Richmond in QLD, Australia and it is by far the largest single coprolite i have collected. As you can see it is almost the size of my hand, though if whole it would have actually been even bigger as there is a clear break on one edge where it would have continued further. The sea at this time was inhabited by a range of marine reptiles (7m ichthyosaurs, 10m long necked elasmosaurs and 10m short necked pliosaurs) but also by some pretty big fish, the largest of which was the ichthyodectid Cooyoo australis (a relative of the more famous Xiphactinus audux). This species could grow to about 2.5 - 3m long. There isn't really a sure way of knowing what produced this coprolite, but i was hoping maybe i could rule out fish simply based on the large size. Assuming a maximum sized Cooyoo, would a 3 metre fish be able to produce a poo of this size? Or can i safely assume it belongs to one of the larger marine reptiles? This is probably a question best aimed at collectors of the Smoky Hill Chalk as they may be familiar with the size of large fish coprolites such as those of Xiphactinus. @KansasFossilHunter @Xiphactinus Interestingly there is a small belemnite poking out of the coprolite on one side, so whatever it came from must have been eating belemnites. I'm thinking ichthyosaur is most likely.
  11. Hi all Wondering if there are any good places to go trilobite hunting in Australia. I know there is the Emu Bay Shale and Cotton Hill Quarry in Forbes, but those are both inaccessible (banned) which is disappointing. I have heard about trilobites near Mount Isa (Beetle Creek, May Downs Station) but don't know if you can pay to access. I'm getting a little disheartened since just about every other continent has relatively easily accessible trilobites. Any ideas? Thanks Diamond
  12. Geologists matching rocks from opposite sides of the globe have found that part of Australia was once attached to North America 1.7 billion years ago. Article https://amp.livescience.com/61490-chunk-of-north-america-in-australia.html?__twitter_impression=true Paper pay walled https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article-abstract/526080/laurentian-crust-in-northeast-australia?redirectedFrom=fulltext
  13. Hi all, My little one found this yesterday in Chelsea, VIC. He has been very curious to find out what this could be. Can anyone give us a clue? Thanks
  14. A new species of bipedal herbivorous dinosaur found in Australia http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5258251/A-new-species-turkey-sized-dinosaur-discovered.html
  15. Hello Everyone. In a few days, my dad and I will be heading to Torquay and the Otways for a week to collect fossils, snorkel, spearfish and relax. I have found a few fossil locations around Torquay and Marengo but was wondering if anyone knows of any legal fossil collecting sites around the Otways and what I should bring to collect in these sites. Thanks, Daniel
  16. Hi, For people interested in plant fossils, there is an open access 2017 eBook about the paleobotany of Australia online. It is; History of the Australian Vegetation: Cretaceous to Recent Edited by Robert S. Hill, 2017, University of Adelaide Press http://www.oapen.org/search?identifier=628112 http://www.oapen.org/search?keyword=History+of+the+Australian+Vegetation http://www.oapen.org/home Yours, Paul H.
  17. World's oldest fossils ever

    The origins of life now date back to 3.5 billion years ago https://phys.org/news/2017-12-oldest-fossils-life-earth-began.html
  18. Cretaceous vert

    I have done a little bit of sieving and found this interesting little vertebra. Its quite small at about 3 mm long and was found in the cretaceous (Albian) of central Queensland Australia. The specimen was found in a cretaceous sediment from a marine environment, however I do not think its a marine animal. I have a good idea of what I believe it is from but comments would be appreciated. Mike D'Arcy
  19. Odd shaped bone?

    Anyone have any idea what bone this is? Never found one like it before. Pleistocene of Australia.
  20. Unidentified fossil fruit

    Hello! I received this fossil from a friend - He could not remember the NAME of the fruit - only that it is agatized fruit, from Queensland, Australia, and that it is a bit scarce. Can anyone give an idea? It looks a bit "squashed" - but very interesting! Thanks for looking!
  21. What am I looking at??

    What is this? It looks like skull or pelvis, but seems a touch wrong for both..? Currently out in a plaster jacket, so I guess I'll find out next month some time. Oh, its Pleistocene in Australia. A neat thing is there was a vague leaf impression in the clay under it.
  22. Adam's Cambrian

    A rangeomorph holdfast trace fossil from the Ediacara formation, Rawnsley quartzite of the Flinders Range, South Australia. This specimen is Medusina mawsoni, so called because it was until recently thought to be a jellyfish, but is now believed to be the attachment point of a fractal rangeomorph as Charniodiscus is the point of anchorage for Charnia sp. This one may have been the holdfast point for some species of Rangea. The diameter of the outer circle is 1.5 cm and the fossil is estimated to be 555 million years old.
  23. What is this?

    I am new to this forum so hope this post is acceptable. Can anyone tell me what this is? My mother picked it up on a beach about 30 years ago and thought it was a stone as it is rock hard. It is 7 cms long and 1.5 cms wide I would really appreciate any help. Thank you.
  24. Archaeocyathid

    About 515 million years old, this archaeocyathid shows excellent specimens with both lateral and vertical sections. The internal septa separating the internal wall from the external wall can clearly be seen and the central cavity. Archaeocyatha
  25. Rangeomorph Holdfast

    Until recently classified as a jellyfish, Medusina mawsoni is now considered to be the trace where a holdfast where a rangeomorph such as Rangea was connected to the substrate as in Charniodiscus being the base of Charnia. This specimen is thus about 555 million years old and is from the Rawnsley Quartzite.