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  1. This Australian farmer is saving fossils of some of the planet’s weirdest, most ancient creatures By Elizabeth Finkel, Science, Mar. 28, 2019 https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/australian-farmer-saving-fossils-some-planet-s-weirdest-most-ancient-creatures Yours, Paul H.
  2. I found this piece of what I think is lower jaw exposed by eroding sand dunes next to an ephemeral lake in western NSW, Australia. The kind of place where aboriginal stone artefacts are also being exposed by the eroding dunes. While I am not knowledgeable about fossils, I am experienced with our current environment, animals and bone ID. This doesn’t match anything native living presently and isn’t right for something like cow or even camel either. The texture, surface, weight doesn’t match the feel of modern bone and it strongly sticks to the tongue. There is sand cemented to the bone that does not come off. I’ve had a look online and have an idea about what it might be but rather than influence any answers, I will leave it up to the experts here to provide much more educated answers. More pics in further posts.
  3. Does anyone know what shell/tooth this is?

    Hi guys I recently found these boomerang shaped teeth/shells at one of the beaches at Wilson’s promontory, Victoria. Could someone help me to identify what it is? Thank you!
  4. Three glossopteris leaves

    I found this fossil in Newcastle, Australia. I believe it is three glossopteris leaves and some fragmenary material. Is this correct?
  5. https://www.9news.com.au/2019/03/11/17/46/victoria-news-new-dinosaur-found-galleonosaurus-wallaby https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-03-11/wallaby-sized-dinosaur-from-victorian-coast/10878984
  6. Archaeocyathid?

    This is a fossil I am looking at purchasing. I asked the seller for a better photograph and the photos below were sent to me personally, so I do not believe this is in violation of the terms of the site (though I really do apologize if I have inadvertently broken the rules and I will immediately remove the content!). I believe the round fossil in the center to be an archaeocyathid, but I would like to be more certain before I pay to have it shipped from southern Australia. Unfortunately, that is all of the information that the seller has shared with me about location, so I don't have useful information like formation. I am not certain whether the subdivisions that I am seeing are the result of recrystallization or reflect actual septa. Thank you for your feedback!
  7. Just wanted to double check the authenticity of my Jimbacrinus bostocki fossil crinoid from WA Australia
  8. The race to rescue 95-million-year-old dinosaur footprints from the elements in the Queensland outback. Belinda Smith for The Chase, ABC Science, Australian Broadcasting Corporation https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-14/the-race-to-save-wintons-dinosaur-footprints/10578212 Winton footprint fossils saved from floods By Belinda Smith on AM, Australian Broadcasting Corporation https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/winton-footprint-fossils-saved-from-floods/10810194 Related paper is: Romilio, A. and Salisbury, S.W., 2011. A reassessment of large theropod dinosaur tracks from the mid-Cretaceous (late Albian– Cenomanian) Winton Formation of Lark Quarry, central-western Queensland, Australia: a case for mistaken identity. Cretaceous Research, 32(2), pp.135-142. https://dinosaurs.group.uq.edu.au/files/2119/Romilio_Salisbury_2011.pdf https://www.researchgate.net/publication/222618836_A_reassessment_of_large_theropod_dinosaur_tracks_from_the_mid-Cretaceous_late_Albian-Cenomanian_Winton_Formation_of_Lark_Quarry_central-western_Queensland_Australia_A_case_for_mistaken_identity https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anthony_Romilio Yours, Paul H.
  9. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/kangaroo-fossil-hop-australia-marsupial-balbarids-skeleton-research-study-a8764731.html
  10. What shark tooth is this

    Found this shark tooth in Apollo bay Victoria Australia any ideas on what it is?
  11. Opal-Filled Fossils Reveal Timid, Dog-Size Dinosaur That Lived Down Under By Laura Geggel, January 17, 2019 https://www.livescience.com/64522-opal-dinosaur-fossils-in-australia.html https://www.sciencealert.com/a-gorgeous-opalised-fossil-turned-out-to-be-an-unknown-species-of-dinosaur Bell, P.R., Herne, M.C., Brougham, T. and Smith, E.T., 2018. Ornithopod diversity in the Griman Creek Formation (Cenomanian), New South Wales, Australia. PeerJ, 6, p.e6008. https://peerj.com/articles/6008/ Yours, Paul H.
  12. Thylacoleo carnifex

    Heres one of my favourite finds of last year; a Thylacoleo carnifex premolar. The tooth measures about 4cm long by 3cm wide and is pretty worn, but I love its colours! Found near Tambar Springs NSW
  13. Buying Fossils in Australia

    Where would i buy fossils in Australia, money is not a concern but i'm just curious where i would be best off searching. Hayden
  14. https://phys.org/news/2019-01-thin-layers-sediment-early-life.html
  15. I didn’t have much time to look around this museum as I had a flight to catch at 1 but I Tried my best to look around and photograph the geological exhibits taking in mind that the museum also has a great collection of animals and aboriginal artefacts that I couldn’t take photos of ,, enjoy (:
  16. As the year comes to a close i decided to do a bit more collecting at one of my favourite Australian sites: Beaumaris near Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. Once again i travelled down and stayed at a motel near the beach for three days (27/12/18 through to 29/12/18). This trip is a sequel to the previous two trips i have made here which are also posted on the forum: Jan 2016 trip: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/61248-fossil-hunting-holiday-in-victoria-australia-dec-2015-jan-2016/ Feb 2017 trip: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/71996-fossil-hunting-holiday-at-beaumaris-australia-feb-2017/ Beaumaris is a significant site with both marine and terrestrial fossils from the latest Miocene aged Beaumaris Sandstone Formation (5 - 6 million years old), which crops out in distinctly red-coloured coastal cliffs and also in offshore rocky reefs. An impressive diversity of both vertebrate and invertebrate fauna occurs here, and the Melbourne Museum has put together a neat PDF of the fossil diversity for those unfamiliar with the site (https://www.bcs.asn.au/fossils_of_beaumaris_2015-02.pdf). My plan was to collect every single low tide across these three days, and sleep during every high tide. Yes, this meant going out collecting in the middle of the night too! My main interest was to collect shark teeth, however they can be tough to find here and are certainly not as common as at many other sites internationally that the people on this forum would be more familiar with. This often seems to be the case with Australian vertebrate fossils. It does however make it quite rewarding when you do eventually find them! The first day of searching (27/12/18) proved to be rather disappointing. I finally got to try snorkelling for fossils, which is a popular method here for finding things exposed along the seabed, but alas after about 3 hours in the water i had not found any bones or teeth. I was unable to locate the nodule bed where most of the vertebrate fossils originate from, which i think played a part in my lack of success. The seabed was also quite sanded over and it was hard to see much. I was definitely out of my element here, but it was also a lot of fun to get close to some of the local marine life, including stingrays! I decided to return to land collecting after not doing very well in the water and when i did so my luck changed greatly. The next two days and nights of land collecting (28/12/18 and 29/12/18) proved to be much more successful and i even got to meet two TFF members on the beach (coincidentally)! @Echinoid and @Tympanic bulla were also out looking, and we had a nice chat before they headed off to continue snorkelling. I then spent most of my remaining time on the beach flipping rocks and examining the pebbles up close, ultimately finishing the trip with a total of five shark teeth which i was very happy with! Carcharodon hastalis tooth as found. 24mm long. Large Carcharodon hastalis upper anterior tooth, as found at 2 am (with a head-torch) on 29/12/18. Measures 56 mm long. I had long been waiting for a tooth of this size! Carcharodon hastalis posterior tooth as found. 15 mm long. Another Carcharodon hastalis posterior as found. 13 mm long. And a small fragment of cetacean bone. Worn pieces like this are the most common vertebrate fossils at Beaumaris. Pictures continued in the next post
  17. Does anybody know places to hunt near these places: (porcupine ridge, daylesford, australia)(Melbourne). Thanks (:
  18. Australians find extremely rare mineral in meteorite impact crater. Cecilia Jamasmie, Mining Com, October 16, 2018 http://www.mining.com/australians-find-extremely-rare-mineral-meteorite-impact-crater/ Ultra-rare mineral points to huge impact crater in Australia Michael Irving, New Atlas, October 17, 2018 https://newatlas.com/reidite-rarest-mineral-meteor-woodleigh-crater/56813/ the paper is: Cox, M.A., Cavosie, A.J., Bland, P.A., Miljković, K. and Wingate, M.T., 2018. Microstructural dynamics of central uplifts: Reidite offset by zircon twins at the Woodleigh impact structure, Australia. Geology, 46(11), pp.983-986. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327938191_Microstructural_dynamics_of_central_uplifts_Reidite_offset_by_zircon_twins_at_the_Woodleigh_impact_structure_Australia https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aaron_Cavosie https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article-abstract/548639 Yours, Paul H.
  19. Hi guys. I was just wondering if anyone knows any good places near Port Stephens to hunt for fossils thanks.
  20. Wizardress from Oz

    here Dorothy Hill The Productinae of the Artinskian Cracow Fauna of Queensland University of Queensland papers,vol.3,n.2/1950 size: about 9,5 MB RECOMMENDED!!* * Dorothy Hill ()AND very good plates,IMHO
  21. Hi, my partner and I came across these, ??, don't know what they are, they weigh around 10kg, we originally bought them off a stack of quartz Crystal rocks, we bought 3, my girl is into crystals and their healing properties. They are quite bizarre, never seen anything like them and was hoping some one here knows, 1.what they are, 2.are they real or just rocks that look like animals, one looks so much like a dog. I'll let you all decide.
  22. I was just wondering as I have researched fossils around Sydney and found most places are closed if anyone knew any good places to hunt. (:
  23. Hi. I was just wondering if anyone knew any places for fossils near these places in Australia: Port Douglas, Sydney, Melbourne, Hervey Bay, Brisbane, If not it doesn't matter i was just wondering (: