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  1. 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.
  2. 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. (:
  3. 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 (:
  4. https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/revealed-at-last-australia-s-fearsome-marsupial-lion https://phys.org/news/2018-12-first-ever-skeleton-thylacoleo-australia-extinct.html https://www.cnet.com/news/scientists-reconstructed-the-skeleton-of-a-terrifying-prehistoric-marsupial-lion/
  5. Fairly recent bit of opal fossil research

    After learning about Weewarrasaurus, I thought it'd be nice to report the 'lesser-known' recent bit of research about the opalised fossil site Lightning Ridge (New South Wales, Australia) It's basically the most up-to-date paper dealing with the geology - including age, stratigraphy and lithology - and vertebrate paleontology. The paper provides many new details about the Griman Creek Formation (GCF), a Cenomanian (mid-Cretaceous) formation which crops out in the area around Lightning Ridge. The GCF is a formation especially known for its diverse vertebrate paleo-ecosystem; of which many species are represented by quite a few opalised fossils The paper is also rather neat as it contains a nice overview of all the vertebrate groups represented at the GCF - an overview complete with a comprehensive (and up-to-date) list of vertebrate taxa, and several nice pictures of opalised vertebrate fossils Finally, the paper also indicates that a new ornithopod genus (Fostoria) from the GCF is soon going to be published Bell, P. R., Fanti, F., Hart, L. J., Milan, L. A., Craven, S. J., Brougham, T., & Smith, E. (2018). Revised geology, age, and vertebrate diversity of the dinosaur-bearing Griman Creek Formation (Cenomanian), Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Abstract: The mid-Cretaceous Griman Creek Formation (GCF), which crops out near the town of Lightning Ridge in the Surat Basin of north-central New South Wales, Australia, is noteworthy for its opalised vertebrate fauna. The fossil assemblage comprises remains of aspidorhynchid teleosts, lamniform chondrichthyans, dipnoans, chelid and possible meiolaniform turtles, leptocleidid-like and possible elasmosaurid plesiosaurians, anhanguerian pterosaurs, titanosauriform sauropods, megaraptoran theropods, ankylosaurians, several forms of non-iguano- dontian and iguanodontian ornithopods, crocodylomorphs, enantiornithine birds, and stem and true mono- tremes, making it one of the most diverse mid-Cretaceous terrestrial vertebrate faunas in Australia. A detailed stratigraphic survey of twenty subterranean opal mines provides new information on the geology, age and pa- laeoenvironment of the main fossil-bearing beds. Vertebrate remains derive from the ‘Finch Clay facies’, lat- erally-extensive but discontinuous lenses of claystone that likely accumulated relatively rapidly in near-coastal but freshwater embayments (i.e. lagoonal conditions), and probably represent a single, roughly con- temporaneous fauna. U-Pb age dating of detrital zircons extracted from a distinct layer of volcanogenic claystone immediately overlying one of the opalised fossil-bearing layers yields a maximum depositional age of 100.2–96.6 Ma. These new dates confirm an early to mid-Cenomanian age for the fauna, rather than Albian, as has been reported previously. The GCF at Lightning Ridge is therefore equivalent to the middle part of the Winton Formation (Queensland) and several million years older than the sauropod-dominated fauna at Winton. For those who want the paper, PM me your email address and I'll send it to you -Christian
  6. Beautiful New Species of Dinosaur Preserved in Opal!

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/12/exclusive-sparkly-opal-filled-fossils-reveal-new-dinosaur-species-paleontology/ For all of the members here who love both minerals and fossils.
  7. Possible bone fragment from Beaumaris

    This specimen was found from beaumaris beach, victoria. Is it a fossil bone fragment? More pictures to come. It will only let me post one for some reason :/
  8. Scientists dig into rich, remote Bullock Creek fossil site for first time in 16 years, By Jesse Thompson ABC Radio Darwin , Australia, November 24, 2018 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-25/magnt-visits-bullock-creek-tanami-desert-fossil-site/10548238 Bullock Creek (Northern Territory) fossil site https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullock_Creek_(Northern_Territory) Yours, Paul H.
  9. Im going to Victoria on Friday for a week and visiting various locations including: Wangaratta Bendigo Ballarat Warnambool Apollo bay pt phillip bay (beaumaris) So my question is are there any good fossil sites around these areas that i could find some ancient treasures in? Thanks.
  10. Found in lake macquarie area. Fossil?

    Found this in the lake macquarie area. I know its a long shot but is this a fossil or just a concretion or something else geological? P.s. just ask for more pics. I can only upload one due to limitations.
  11. Fish Tooth?

    Was up at Lake St. Clair, NSW looking for late(?) Carboniferous marine fossils and came across this thing. I am thinking that its a fish tooth but not too sure as no vertebrate material has been reported from the site to my knowledge. Please let me know if clearer photos are needed This specimen is aprox. 7 mm long Thanks,
  12. G'day everyone! I was wondering If anyone knows anything about the Hemigaleidae fossil record in Australia as I am trying to find some information but am not having much luck. Thanks, Dan
  13. Is this fossilised wood/bark?

    Hi, First time post of this site so hopefully I’ve made it correctly, seems to be heaps of knowledgeable/passionate people here. Just wondering if anyone can indentify this for me? It looks like Fossiled pieces of bark. It’s approximately 60cms long, 25cms wide and 3cms thick. In three joining pieces. I found it near a quarry in Ipswich Queensland Australia that is mostly shale and contains Triassic marker plants such as Dicroidium. Any help would be appreciated.
  14. Eastonillaenus goonumblaensis

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236010425_Ordovician_trilobites_with_eastern_Gondwanan_affinities_from_central-west_New_South_Wales_and_Tasmania
  15. Just got back from a trip to Forbes, NSW a couple of days ago. Found some great stuff! But after that we checked out a site mentioned very vaguely in an old paper and were pretty successful! The site which is located near Parkes, NSW has Late Ordovician trilobites and other fauna. From what I can gather most of the species from the site are undescribed(?). Anyway, here are a few of my finds, maybe @piranha could help out with some ID's. Oh and I haven't finished prepping these specimens, but I'll post them when I have, although it may be a while since my airscribe has decided to break Crinoid Undescribed calymenid Unidentified trilobite cephalon Another no ID trilobite cephalon. Halfway through prep... continued...
  16. Hello guys. I recently bought this potoroo jaw fragment. It came from naracoorte with permission from the owners at the time . I was just wondering what age it would most likely roughly be and what did potoroos look like at the time. I believe it would be from the pleistocene period, correct? Length of fossil is roughly 1.7cm
  17. Cotton Formation Fauna

    A few things from the Silurian (Llandovery) Cotton Formation near Forbes, NSW Australia. Most of these specimens are currently undescribed, but a paper will be released on them soon. One of my strophomenid brachiopods from the site will be in the paper, so I'll post it when it comes out, since they're a pain to photograph. The rare Aulacopleura pogsoni ....
  18. Was digging around in some boxes and found this specimen... it has a decent number of species on it! Although its nothing compared to another plate found at the site by some friends. We were going to split it but decided not to. Ended up having a couple hundred individual graptolites inside... but anyway! Sorry about the horrible pic as per usual. Early Ordovician (Bendigonian Stage) Bendigonian Formation, near Bendigo, VIC Australia.
  19. Aulacopleura pogsoni

    Paper describing A. pogsoni - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236011643_Early_Silurian_Llandovery_trilobites_from_the_Cotton_Formation_near_Forbes_New_South_Wales_Australia
  20. L.S., As the title says, I am looking for literature on the cycads and bennettitaleans of Lune River, Tasmania. This Jurassic site is world-famous for its fern fossils, with numerous papers written on them, but it turns out to be quite difficult to find specific information on the other groups of plants that grew there. Hope you can help. Kind regards, Tim
  21. Shark tooth found this morning

    Hello, I was strolling my local beach this morning & was pleasantly surprised to see this little guy sitting at the shoreline. I live in Chelsea, Melbourne, Victoria. Was wondering what kind of shark it’s from, and roughly how old the fossil may be? Thank you in advance!
  22. Is this anything other than a rock?

    Gday all, was wondering if this was an egg or a rock? I found it on a beach in Australia near the border of south Australia and Victoria when I was a kid, I cut it in half and just forgot about it for around 20 years!
  23. Bendigo Graptolite Hunt

    G'day everyone! Today I just returned from a fossil trip to Bendigo with my dad. We collected at two localities: One in the nearby suburb of Bagshot and the other at Spring Gully Reservoir, next to Bendigo. Most of the Bendigo area is aged Ordovician and the only fossils to be found in this area are graptolites and uncommon phyllocarids . We arrived at the Bagshot site at 10:30 and spend 2 hours digging in a small outcrop on the side of a road. The site was dominated by Isograptus victoriae but Isograptus caduceus and Pseudisograptus gracilis could also be found. The graptolites from this locality are preserved as a white or reddish brown marking. We left after 2 hours to go to another locality we had been to before in Spring Gully Reservoir. The graptolites from this site were more common and more diverse. We did not spend as much time at this site but found more graptolites than at Bagshot. @Tidgy's Dad I may need help IDing some of the graptolites. Here are some photos of the trip: Hope you enjoy, Daniel SITE 1 Pesky meat ants (Iridomyrmex purpureus) All over the site and numbered in the thousands Beautiful sea of wattles Isograptus victoriae (Left) and Pseudisograptus gracilis? (Right) Isograptus sp SITE 2 Phyllograptus? ontop of Tetragraptus? Tetragraptus? Paratetragraptus approximatus? Phyllograptus sp Mash of graptolites Unknown
  24. Hello, I might be going on a week long trip to Lismore, NSW soon. Are there any fossil sites/places to look within an hour (any direction) from Lismore?
  25. Revisit To Fossil Beach

    Hello, Last weekend I went back to Fossil Beach with my dad. Fossil Beach is located in Mornington, Victoria, which is approx 70km south of Melbourne. The location is part of the Fyansford Formation which is middle Miocene (10-15 miilion years old). I hadn't been here for a couple of months and was actually planning to go to another location in Bendigo (central Victoria), but we slept in and went here as a "fall back" location Anyway, what a day! There had been a lot of quite heavy rain in the previous weeks and there were so many fossils that had washed out of the exposed clay and onto the beach ...we were just picking them up among the rocks. It was quite warm inland, but at the beach the ocean was covered in thick fog which dropped the temperature right down ...luckily no wind. There were a couple of other group there also. Regards, Daniel Micantapex rhomboidalis Conus sp Gastropods ?? Left: Gastropod ?? Middle: Cowries ....found 5 cowries in a cluster when i lifted a lump of clay. Right: Have never seen these before at Fossil Beach.....any suggestions?? Scaphopods Various bivalves. The far right, bottom row, was a fully intact one with both top and bottom halves joined!! Top Row: Biplex maccoyi Middle Row: ?? Bottom Row: Various corals Columbarium sp.
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