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  1. Hello guys and gals! I would like your views on something my best friend and I found some time ago. We were out on a little road trip and stumbled upon a pile of dredged up shells and what not. Always looking for something interesting, we went ahead and took a few scoops worth home. What we found piqued our interest. Something that looked like a wing. It felt like plastic so my friend held a lighter to it. Didn’t do anything, no smoke no smell. We got to searching the net and a number of things came up that looked vaguely familiar. Nothing we could definitively match it to though. Now it’s been a while, it’s been sitting on a bookshelf in my house, and today I picked it up again. Again looking at it, searching the net, and thinking could it be…. I don’t know. Based on what I found on the net and with some imagination I thought it could be part of a small flying dinosaur like Microraptor or Archaeopteryx or something similar. Hopes are high, I must say. Could be something entirely different. I’m not even sure this is an actual fossil or just some dried out wing from a species that still exists. My gut says it’s old, but I’m skeptical at the same time. Most fossils from the Jurassic and before are stone imprints (I'm sure that’s not the correct terminology) whereas this is an actual piece of a creature, perhaps petrified? Anyway, please have a gander at the photos and tell me what you think. https://photos.app.goo.gl/ALryjDDDM2rW84948
  2. Avisaurus tooth?

    Unfortunately, cant get better pics. But hope these are ok. Avisaurus, Hell Creek, 6mm. Seller said there aren't serrations. Thanks
  3. Veins?

    Are these vein imprints?
  4. An archosaurian egg ?

    Hello everyone, I am a Belgian student in biology, and I love paleontology. Last week, I was walking on a slag heap near my home in the town of Marcinelle, at the coal mine called "Bois du Cazier". My attention was mainly focused on fossils of carboniferous plants (sigilaria, cordaites, calamites, etc ...). But at one point, I picked up this pretty little pebble which seemed to me to be a fossilized archosaurian egg. The slag heaps do not really respect the order of the geological layers, so it is very difficult for me to pin a year on it. I wanted to ask you if it was possible to : - confirm / deny that it is a fossilized egg - date it approximately, in view of the material that composes it (in my opinion, it should belong to the Mesozoic area, because of the colour and the fact that it was necessary to logically pass through this layer when digging, before arriving at the carboniferous veins) - identify the order, maybe the family to which he may have belonged. Please excuse-me for my bad English, Thank you in advance for your answers !
  5. Oldest Bird

    One for @Auspex in case he missed it. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00876-x Skull found by an amateur fossil hunter in Belgium, now THAT is a candidate for FOTM!!! Enjoy
  6. Bird Talon?

    Hello, I was looking for shark teeth at Holden Beach, NC USA. I found this odd bird talon shaped object. It is hollow, but doesn't look like a shell. I don't have a ruler handy, It is just estimate about 3 cm long and about about 1cm wide at the thickest end.
  7. Hi everyone, I've been hesitant to post this fossil on here for a while as I didn't know if I wanted to hear a response which would contradict what I had hoped this would be. However, I recognize that to maintain a reliable and accurate collection I would have to properly identify what I found. The fossil in question is a possible partial egg that I found last year in the White River formation of Wyoming (Late Eocene/Early Oligocene) w/PaleoProspectors. This formation is known to produce fossil bird and reptile eggs (in fact, someone found a large, complete egg on this ranch the week before I was out there) so I knew that there was a possibility. When I found it most of the inside still contained sediment, which I have since gently scraped away to the best of my abilities. It has an odd dent in the top and no obvious pores, but the overall shape and the apparent shell make me think this is an egg. It is 8 mm tall and about 10 mm in diameter. I want to know what you all think. I would especially like to hear the opinions of @CBchiefski @jpc @MarcoSr @Auspex@Troodon Interior of the egg before I cleaned out the matrix. After I scraped away the matrix. Here's two views of the top.
  8. Bird or Dinosaur footprint?

    Hi just wondering is this a Bird or dinosaur footprint? Found in unknown Formation. Thank you for any help!
  9. Help Identifying Hell Creek Bones

    I've just cleaned up a big batch of Hell Creek bones and I'm struggling to ID a few of them. I have some ideas as to a few, but others I'm clueless (and I'm sure some won't be able to be ID'd beyond indeterminate dino/reptile bone). These four are all pretty big. The largest, second from the right, is just over 6.5 inches. I've attached a picture of that one before I repaired it as it has very thick walls. That bone and second from the left are very heavy for their size, so I'm assuming they're theropod (probably leg bones). I haven't a clue with the other two, but they're an odd shape.
  10. I've always been fascinated by the Cretaceous sea and its myriad of terrifying carnivores, many that would've made Jaws look meek. After watching BBC's Sea Monsters, I made it my goal to compile a box of sea monster fossils. I started this journey 10 years ago, and finally completed the box recently. Allow me to present my Predators of the Cretaceous Sea collection, and take you on a journey to the most dangerous sea of all times. The box measures 20.25 inches long. Inside are 24 unique predator fossils. I will introduce them from left to right, top to bottom: Rhombodus binkhorsti Age: 70.6 - 66 mya | late Cretaceous Formation: Severn Formation Locality: Bowie, Maryland, USA Size: 1 meters Diet: Molluscs and crustaceans art by Nobu Tamura --------------- Polyptychodon interruptus Age: 105.3 - 94.3 mya | Cretaceous Formation: Stoilensky Quarry stratigraphic unit Locality: Stary-Oskol, Belgorod Oblast, Russia Size: Maybe 7 meters (This is a tooth taxon so size is not confirmed) Diet: Anything it could catch Note: If you consider Polytychodon a nomen dubium, then this is a Pliosauridae indet. art by Mark Witton ----------------- Prognathodon giganteus Age: 70.6 - 66 mya | late Cretaceous Formation: Ouled Abdoun Basin Locality: Khouribga Phosphate Deposits, Morocco Size: 10-14 meters Diet: Everything art by SYSTEM(ZBrushCentral) --------------- Coloborhynchinae indet. Age: 99.7 - 94.3 mya | late Cretaceous Formation: Kem Kem Beds Locality: Southeast Morocco Size: 7 meters (high estimate) Diet: Fish and cephalopods
  11. Hey guys, I saw this listed as a dinosaur claw, I personally feel like this looks more like a bird claw. What do you guys think? its found at Morocco, 8mm long
  12. Peace River ungual

    Spending some time in the house picking through some micro-matrix I collected last time I was out on the Peace River. The fine gravel is more worn and polished than from other sites (like Cookiecutter Creek) but that is to be expected since the Peace is a much larger waterway with a greater flow (especially in the summer when the gravel is being deposited). Most of the small shark teeth tend to be worn as well but not as much as you'd find from specimens picked up from the surf zone of places like Caspersen Beach in Venice, FL which produce a lot of teeth that look like they've been through a rock tumbler. Few novelties seem to come from the Peace River micro-matrix (compared to other micro-matrix sites in Florida) but an interesting little ungual turned up yesterday. My suspicion is that this is likely a turtle claw core but I see so few of these that I can't distinguish avian from terrapin. Anybody have a thought on this little find? It measures 7.5 mm from end to end. Cheers. -Ken
  13. For sale is a large bone (50cm or 20 inches) from the Ouled Abdoun Basin in Morocco (phosphate mines). It is listed as a Pterosaur wing bone and i think the id is correct, however i have seen bones from the Ouled Abdoun Basin that have appeared labelled as from the psuedotooth birds (generally Odontopteryx Gigas), and i am not sure how to tell the difference. The biggest problem is that the seller who purchased it from someone else, has the locality listed as the Kem Kem - which is certainly incorrect and because of the incorrect fossil site, i can't know for sure if the fossil came from the Maastrichtian layers of the Ouled Abdoun Basin and i believe the Pterosaurs described from these layers are known primarily from Couche 3. So i guess based on the pictures provided, does anyone familiar with fossils from the locality know if it likely to be Pterosaur. Thanks in advance.
  14. Bird skull/ femur head

    Please help me with the identification You can ask me for more photos
  15. A new Eocene bird species has been discovered in the Uinta Formation in the Uinta Basin of Utah. Dubbed informally as the Uintan paraortygid (yet to be formally named), this bird species lived about 44 mya and belongs to a family of extinct birds known as Paraortygidae that are related to living Galliformes (like chickens, turkeys & quails) and fossils from this group have been found in Europe, Asia, Africa & North America. The species is know from a coracoid bone. The authors state that these small ground-dwelling birds may have been competing with early mammals for resources http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/uintan-paraortygid-08189.html https://www.mdpi.com/1424-2818/12/3/90 (Stidham, Townsend & Holroyd., 2020)
  16. Feather bird.

    Feather bird. Green River, bought it in Tucson Are there publications? Thank you
  17. I think I found a bird bone?

    Myrtle Beach find, just this afternoon. Looks like it came off a chicken Also, it's hollow. Forgot to take a photo of that angle, but a hole all the way through the center. Ideas?
  18. Fossil Pelican horns?

    Hello again, I just read that the American white pelican ( Pelecanus erythrorhynchos ) grows a kind of horn during mating season that is shed when the eggs are laid. Has anyone ever heard of one of those being found fossil, or subfossil? I know that keratin is rarely preserved, I am just curious. Best Regards, J
  19. Fish or fowl?

    Found this specimen at the edge of the water while shelling this past Sunday, January 12, 2020, at Navarre Beach in Santa Rosa County, Florida. My first guess is that it is the top portion of the beak of a species of bird, but found nothing when I Goggled it. It measures 35 mm in length and 22 mm at it’s widest point. I really appreciate your help and apologize in advance for my “beginner” status and lack of knowledge in the field. Sincerely, DB
  20. Help On ID

    I found this hollow bone in an area on Northeast Texas that has a mix of Pleistocene and Cretaceous fossils. I sent the pics to two paleontologist and one thought cretaceous bird and one thought it was a raccoon distal left radius. I wanted to see what everyone thought. It's definitely a hollow fossil bone.
  21. Feather from the neogene

    Hi guys, Last week I was on a vacation in Balchik on the northern coast of the black sea and I visited a small fossil site there. It's a small shoreline littered with mudstone and limestone (I think). Previously there I have been finding bones of sea mammals but this time I found something even more interesting... From what I can tell it's a feather. I just wanted to ask you if you can confirm that it's a feather. I was also wandering if there is anyway that it is a modern birds feather somehow imprinted on the fallen rock. Happy New Year to everyone !!!
  22. Burmite amber with dinosaur feathers?

    Hello! I see this 3 amber Burmese pieces with feathers. The seller told my that the feathers are from dinosaur. I am looking for amber information but is difficult to find a good resource. What do you think? Amber 1
  23. Pleistocene bone Id

    I found this bone years ago on the Brazos River and never got around to asking for help with an I’d. Could this be from a bird? It seems hollow, but well mineralized.
  24. I keep thinking I must just be stupidly forgetting/overlooking something, but I haven’t been able to come up with it in a long time. There were birds during the Mesozoic(hesperonis, for example), long before theropods evolved into birds(after the Mesozoic, right? I thought all the already very bird-like Dino’s, like archaeopteryx, dead-ended at the end of the Mesozoic)....what am I missing, here? I’ve been looking at bird evolutionary charts, and none of them seem to make sense of that. I’m not all that learned on this topic, but there are things I at least THOUGHT I knew about it, but I’m now very confused because of it, and questioning how much I really DID know! This is is just another thing that’s caught my eye, that seems strange. I’ve always thought this wasn’t the case, but as I’ve said, I’ve never known very much about this whole subject. According to the charts I’ve seen that specify this aspect, songbirds and most birds in fact, are more closely related to the first Dino/birds than raptors are(hawks/eagles/falcons). Are raptor really some of the furthest related to dinos(seemingly in the furthest 15-20%, or so)? Lastly, I’m having a very hard time finding information on terror bird evolution, and where THEY fall within the bird tree. Is anyone familiar with that?
  25. I Like Him! -- What is his name?

    OK folks, Really have no idea on this one, so need some help please. Thanks all in advance with this riddle. Dan
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