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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Hello! These a few Australian mammals from Pleistocene cave deposits from near Kempsey in NSW. I have many more and I will post them when I figure out how to use my camera. Also, sorry about the writing in the background, it is unrelated. The paddle pop stick is for size comparison. And I'm aware I've already posted these on other posts, but this is the "official" sub-forum that i will post them on 1. Macroderma gigas (ghost bat) right lower jaw and upper canine Continued... 2. Other smaller bats - partial skull, lower jaw and lower molars. Oh thats a terrible picture... oops Continued...
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Hello This is where I post my finds from our first and latest Richmond trip. Some stuff is just stuff I would like to get identified. Like this: Side view 1: Side view 2: Bottom View: I think it is turtle, but I would rather what bone it is/ is off. I will post more soon on this topic, Izak Turtle Skull http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/56365-turtle-skull/#entry600374
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. Fish or Pterosaur Tooth?

    Collected recently at a marine Cretaceous location near Richmond, QLD, Australia (Toolebuc Formation). 100 million years old. Fossils of both fish (some quite large) and pterosaurs are known from the location. There were also marine reptiles but i think fish or pterosaur are the only two possibilities in this case. I have a number of other definitive fish teeth from this location but they all look somewhat different which is why i am confused with this one. There appears to be a bit of bone attached to the bottom of the tooth, and maybe a little bit to one side of the specimen as well (the large object however i think is a worn belemnite). It measures 18 mm long, but note the tip of the tooth is broken.
  14. 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!
  15. Odd shaped bone?

    Anyone have any idea what bone this is? Never found one like it before. Pleistocene of Australia.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. Talbragar Fish Fossils

    Hello! This is where I will be posting the best of my Talbragar Fish Beds collection over time. The site is near Gulgong, NSW Australia. They are from the late Jurassic. 1. Cavenderichthys talbragarensis, named after and endemic to the site (so far). This is probably my best specimen from the site, it is complete, large, and white. Continued...
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. Leaf Fossil ID

    Hello, I found a fossil Around Picton in NSW Australia and Im wondering if anyone can help identify what species of plant this could possibly be? Thanks, Warwick.
  23. ID Required

    Hey guys, I need to pick your collective brains on this tiny fragment I picked up from Beaumaris the other day. Although clearly sea washed, it shows some detailed feathering down the profile. I'm getting a fishy vibe of this but would appreciate any thoughts. & if anyone is wondering how I got the shots with a a phone, I borrowed the idea of taping a jewellers lens to my phone. Thanks to whoever it was that suggested this on the forum, pure genius.
  24. Anyone know what made this?

    A friend of mine had a relative find this recently. We are trying to figure out what made that pattern. Fish? Plant?
  25. Chillagoe, Australia fossils

    Hello everyone! Since I can't actually go out fossil hunting these days, I thought I might post pictures of some fossils that I've had for a while to see if anyone out there in TFF can help me with identification. First up are two fossils I collected when I traveled to Queensland, Australia for a field course back in May 2000. I recall that we spent an afternoon looking for fossils in a creek/river in the Chillagoe area, and I found a total of three specimens: 1. an echinoid (maybe a sand dollar?) that I gifted to my professor because he was interested in it (I now wish that I had kept it, but oh well!), 2. an orthoconic nautiloid (photos found below in this post), and 3. something wierd (photos included in the post that follows). I'd appreciate any assistance that you can give - thanks! Monica PS - I have no idea as to the age of the rocks out there, but maybe someone out there knows Orthoconic nautiloid: