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  1. Exceptionally preserved Jurassic sea life found in new fossil site Martindale, R. C., T. R. Them, B. C. Gill, S. M. Marroquín, and A. H. Knoll, 2017, A new Early Jurassic (ca. 183 Ma) fossil Lagerstätte from Ya Ha Tinda, Alberta, Canada. Geology (2017). DOI: 10.1130/G38808.1 (Open Access paper) Yours, Paul H.
  2. Its original interpretation as a green alga is not secure; a relationship with the modern green alga Caulerpa is the most up-to-date consideration. Lit.: Simon Conway Morris and R. A. Robison (1988): MORE SOFT-BODIED ANIMALS AND ALGAE FROM THE MIDDLE CAMBRIAN OF UTAH AND BRITISH COLUMBIA. University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions, Paper 122. CARON, J.-B. AND D. A. JACKSON. 2008. Paleoecology of the Greater Phyllopod Bed community, Burgess Shale. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 258: 222-256. WALCOTT, C. D. 1931. Addenda to descriptions of Burgess Shale fossils. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, 85: 1-46.
  3. Great story about a hiker on a guided tour finding a very rare Burgess fossil Ovatiovermis.
  4. Book Freebies for someone in Canada. I've boxed up some publications on vertebrates. These are doubles and ones I wont use give away. In used but decent shape. Some notes in margins. The two shark tooth books are large and heavy. No need to compensate me for postage but I ask that you make a equivalent donation of the postage to your local SPCA. (Last box to Maritimes was $34). Note...I will send these as a group to someone with an specific expressed interest in the subject. If I dont respond, they are spoken for. PM only, please.
  5. There is a followup article about the Smuggled Ichthyosaurs. It is: ‘Nothing fishy’: Canadian owners of ancient fossils repatriated to China deny any wrongdoing by Douglas Quan, National post January 17, 2017 The original post is: Smuggled Ichthyosaur Returned to China by Canada at: Yours, Paul H.
  6. Canada returns two 200 million-year-old marine fossils smuggled from China. by Douglas Quan, National Post Yours, Paul H.
  7. I had an interesting conversation with my Executive Director today.... I recently acquired some fossils from a TFF member in Canada, and I took the pieces I got to him because I thought he may be interested. I handed him my newly acquired fossil worm burrows and made him figure out what they were, no information, just here tell me what you think. He stared at them, pulled out a loupe, stared at them, and announces it is a worm burrow....he looks some more, and then says, but I don't recognize this rock. I told him it was a Canadian specimen to which he replied, "is it legal?" I was caught off guard. I informed him how I came about it, and he commenced to tell me that years ago when he was working in Canada, all fossils were legally property of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, everything was supposed to go through them. Bear in mind, he is going on 70 so when he was in Canada it was quite a few years back, but it got me wondering...I know we have lots of Canadian members on here. Can anyone enlighten me as to the comments he made? Have any of you heard this before? As I said, it caught me off guard, I know it has been mentioned on here that it is legal to surface collect in Canada, but not dig, but I had not heard anything about all finds being routed through the ROM. Let's hear what you have to say!
  8. Hi Everyone, My husband and I found this little wonder while walking on the shore of Lake Ontario right outside of Toronto today. I am attaching the best pic I can with the space restrictions, I hope it is enough. To describe a little further the image in the pic, the interior of the ridges are crystalized, almost like a geode and you can see a raised "spine" that runs down the center. We don't know what it is, how old it is and if its a rare find or a common item for the area. We're not familiar with fossils and are not from the area. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  9. I just received a trilobite from this area in a trade (Labiostria westropi.) and I would like to get a few more I have lots of complete Wheeler Shale trilobites, some microvertabrate fossils, upper Pierre Shale fossils, and more for trade. Please PM me if you have any of trilobites from the McKay group for trade Thanks!
  10. The Capelin (Mallotus villosus) is a recent fish found in the North Atlantic, North Pacific and Arctic Oceans.
  11. I am looking for some information on a fossil I inherited from a family member. I really know nothing regarding fossils in general, so any information is helpful!
  12. So these fossils are not from a recent trip but from two prior trips in the last year to the Verulam formation near Brechin, Ont. (middle Ordovician, Katian/Mohawkian stage). I was cleaning and sorting some boxes when I re-found them (most still in their paper wrapping). Loose Brachiopods - clockwise from top: Dalmanella testudinaria, Rafinesquina alternata, Sowerbyella sericea, Rynchotrema increbescens A hash plate with many Dalmanella testudinaria brachs among the debris Unknown Bryozoan but it was big and cool looking so I kept it. Stictoporellina sp. bryozoan The graptolite Diplograptus amplexicaulis A couple of Conularia trentonensis that Kevin @Northern Sharks found and gave me. A nice big, intact mound forming bryozoan that is either Prasopora sp. or Mesotrypa sp. A plate with a few large mound forming bryozoans that are either Prasopora sp. or Mesotrypa sp. Possibly a Sphenothallus sp. specimen? Partial Trilobite A small but nice Flexicalymene sp. specimen A Cruziana specimen that @Northern Sharks spotted and let me extract I think this is a crinoid calyx, possibly an Ectenocrinus?
  13. First time posting on here. Seems like there is a lot of knowledgeable members so I'm hoping there is someone who is familiar with Tournasian age vertebrate fauna and can help me to properly identify this jawbone. I have a few candidates, however, I would like to hear thoughts from members. There is also an ulna bone situated directly above the jaw.
  14. Rhadinichthys was an (elongate-)fusiform fish with an oblique suspensorium and large gape. The body scales are rhomboid, and usually denticulated posteriorly. There are two rows of teeth, an inner set of incurved conical teeth and an outer set of small teeth. Coll. T. Bastelberger
  15. Found in dry river bed of Etobicoke creek, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (upper ordivican) 2 pics here are both sides of the rock the size is roughly 4cm by 5cm.
  16. Tooth of a Tyrannosaurid. This tooth belongs to either Albertosaurus, Gorgosaurus or Daspletosaurus. Note the wear facets on the top and medial side of the tooth.
  17. I have no idea what I'm looking at, but it seems to resemble a spinal column. It was found near Keswick, Ontario, Canada.
  18. I found these at base of escarpment in Milton Ontario near Kelso mt and rattle snake point , I'm new to the trade can any one help identify these fossils they were at base of mountain where clif top had crumbled down .
  19. If you think you can...dont!
  20. The azdarchids (including Quetzalcoatlus and Hatzegopteryx) were the ruling pterosaurs during the late Cretaceous, and for a long time they were considered to be only made up of very large species. However, a recent discovery in Canada might change that. Test from article: Paleontologists say they’ve discovered the fossilized remains of a small-bodied pterosaur, a prehistoric flying reptile, which lived roughly 77 million years ago (Late Cretaceous epoch) and had a wingspan of 5 feet (1.5 m). The new pterosaur belonged to a group of short-winged and toothless pterosaurs called the azhdarchids. It is unusual as most Late Cretaceous pterosaurs were much larger with wingspans of 13-36 feet (4-11 m). Previous studies suggest that the Late Cretaceous skies were only occupied by birds and large pterosaurs, but this new finding, which is reported in thejournal Open Science, provides important information about the diversity and success of Late Cretaceous pterosaurs. “This new pterosaur is exciting because it suggests that small pterosaurs were present all the way until the end of the Cretaceous, and weren’t outcompeted by birds,” said lead author Elizabeth Martin-Silverstone, from the University of Southampton. “The hollow bones of pterosaurs are notoriously poorly preserved, and larger animals seem to be preferentially preserved in similarly aged Late Cretaceous ecosystems of North America.” “This suggests that a small pterosaur would very rarely be preserved, but not necessarily that they didn’t exist.” Although fragmentary and poorly preserved, the specimen is the first associated remains of a small-bodied pterosaur from the Late Cretaceous. The fossilized bones (a humerus, dorsal vertebrae and other fragments) were found on Hornby Island in British Columbia in 2009. “The specimen is far from the prettiest or most complete pterosaur fossil you’ll ever see, but it’s still an exciting and significant find,” said co-author Dr. Mark Witton, from the University of Portsmouth. “It’s rare to find pterosaur fossils at all because their skeletons were lightweight and easily damaged once they died, and the small ones are the rarest of all. But luck was on our side and several bones of this animal survived the preservation process.” “Happily, enough of the specimen was recovered to determine the approximate age of the pterosaur at the time of its death. By examining its internal bone structure and the fusion of its vertebrae we could see that, despite its small size, the animal was almost fully grown.” “The specimen thus seems to be a genuinely small species, and not just a baby or juvenile of a larger pterosaur type.” “The absence of small juveniles of large species – which must have existed – in the fossil record is evidence of a preservational bias against small pterosaurs in the Late Cretaceous,” Martin-Silverstone said. “It adds to a growing set of evidence that the Late Cretaceous period was not dominated by large or giant species, and that smaller pterosaurs may have been well represented in this time.” Pictures: Paleoart: Size comparison:
  21. PHOTOS ATTACHED I found this along the shore of Lake Ontario, in the small town of Port Hope, Ontario. The stone itself is about 1 1/2 inch wide but the stem-like print is about 3cm long. The circular print is about 0.5cm in diameter. Some sections even seem to have a bit of a shine to them when the rock is shifted from side to side in the light.
  22. A new paper describing a new oviraptorosaur from Canada is now available online: Gregory F. Funston and Philip J. Currie (2016). "A new caenagnathid (Dinosauria: Oviraptorosauria) from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation of Alberta, Canada, and a reevaluation of the relationships of Caenagnathidae". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Online edition: e1160910. doi:10.1080/02724634.2016.1160910. The fact that Apatoraptor was first thought to be an ornithomimosaur when first discovered but eventually re-identified as belonging to a caenagnathid upon further preparation of the specimen reminds me of the instance where Epichirostenotes was first considered an ornithomimid when first reported in the literature but eventually re-assigned to Caenagnathidae when ROM 43250 was fully prepared. Because Apatoraptor and Epichirostenotes are distinct from one another, it turns out those who thought that Caenagnathus and Chirostenotes might still be distinct even if they belonged in the same family were correct, even though the diversity of Edmontonian-Lancian caenagnathids isn't as high as that of Judithian/Kirtlandian caenagnathids.
  23. On an annual basis we get one day to collect in a pretty amazing quarry in Bowmanville Ontario. This year 2015 was no exception. My buddy Dave here on the forum had a pretty amazing day. I suspect many of us would kill for even one of the specimens he found that day. I just realized that I have never posted how his fossils turned out. Turns out he is popping by this weekend to pick them up before a mineral and fossil show up in Peterborough Ontario. Fossil Forum member Northern Sharks is a very active member of the club (Kawartha) that is holding the event. Here are Dave's finds for the day as found. They are all isotelus A pretty damaged isotelus .... but a large one A nice Double Another nice double A nice single
  24. It's been a while since I posted my collection. And many things have changed since then, Many new fossils as well as creations of my own. Here's an overview of the fossils I have on display as of 2015 On the left shelf from the top. First there's Ice Age megafauna from the North Sea including Woolly Mammoth scapula and jaw as well as a Horse foot with a homemade stand. Below that is a complete neck of a Woolly Rhino, a Cave Lion and a giant snail. Next I have some recent material. Then there's my Jurassic material with some ammonites and a replica of the original Pterodactylus holotype. Below that are my Devonian Trilobites and at the bottom are Trilobites and Orthocones from the lower Ordovician of Kinnekulle, Sweden. I haven't changed much on the left side in recent times so I haven't made any closeup photos. But if you guys want I can still make those. Then there's the right side where I've added a lot of new things. As some of you may know I sometimes make sculptures of skulls from foam. So on the top shelf I have my pride and joy. A lifesize sculpture of a subadult Gorgosaurus libratus skull. Next to it I have a real Gorgosaurus tooth from Alberta and a replica of a T. rex tooth. Under it I have my prettiest Kem Kem fossils. From the left: Spinosaurus tooth, Carcharodontosaurus tooth, Onchopristis tooth, Abelisaurid tooth and some dinosaur bones. Here I have on the left replicas of Mongolian dinosaurs, Velociraptor skull and killing claw, Oviraptor egg and baby Psittacosaurus skeleton. In the back is a real piece of petrified wood from China. On the right I have other Canadian dinosaurs that go with my Gorgosaurus. A subadult Maiasaura skull replica and a sculpture of the baby Parasaurolophus "Joe" which I made. Don't you just love baby dinosaurs? Here's a scan I made of the Maiasaura skull using Photogrammetry. This shelf houses my my creepy critters from the Cretaceous cavernous depths. Mostly Mosasaur material with some Belemnites, Shark teeth and Zarafasaura. In the back is the only replica on the shelf. A lower jaw of a Platecarpus ptychodon. Then there are three jaw pieces which I all prepped. On the left there is a Prognathodon dentary that I repaired from 8 pieces. In the middle there's a small piece of a rare Halisaurus walkeri dentary and on the right there is a piece of Prognathodon pterygoid jaw. I also have some Globidens, Mosasaurus beaugei and Prognathodon sp. teeth While not shown on the shelf. I have another nice Mosasaur jaw with several other fragments that belong with it. I've scanned it here and mirrored the pieces to create a rough shape with where they should be. Though the quadrate bone should technically be a lot farther back. And also a scan of one of my Zarafasaura oceanis teeth. Also not in the cabinet since it's too long at almost a metre in length. My lifesize sculpture of a Bambiraptor skeleton. All completely homemade. And then there's the latest adition. For as a graduation present I got a Woolly Rhino skull replica!
  25. From the album Ordovician

    Sowerbyella sericea (brachiopods on sandstone slab) Upper Ordovician Nicolet River Formation Lorraine Group Hanson Brick Quarry LaPrairie, Quebec