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  1. Just wanted to double check the authenticity of my Jimbacrinus bostocki fossil crinoid from WA Australia
  2. 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.
  3. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/kangaroo-fossil-hop-australia-marsupial-balbarids-skeleton-research-study-a8764731.html
  4. What shark tooth is this

    Found this shark tooth in Apollo bay Victoria Australia any ideas on what it is?
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. https://phys.org/news/2019-01-thin-layers-sediment-early-life.html
  8. 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 (:
  9. 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
  10. Does anybody know places to hunt near these places: (porcupine ridge, daylesford, australia)(Melbourne). Thanks (:
  11. 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.
  12. Hi guys. I was just wondering if anyone knows any good places near Port Stephens to hunt for fossils thanks.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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. (:
  16. 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 (:
  17. 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/
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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 :/
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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,
  25. 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
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