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  1. Hi I found some of my photos from when I went to Alberta in 2018. I will post more tomorrow but I found this in particular really cool. It’s a comparison of the Dinosaur Park Formation, Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Horseshoe Canyon Formation, Horseshoe Canyon Drumheller. Both photos by me in 2018 I had them side by side each other. It just shows the different Ecosystems that where here millions of years ago!!
  2. Alberta Fossil Hunting

    My husband and I are driving from Texas to Canada. We are both Science teachers and avid fossil hunters in TX. Could someone advise us on where we could collect fossils. I just want a few to bring back for my classroom and to my students. I educate about 350 students in the 6th grade each year with rocks and fossils found all over the US. Would love to find a few to show them. I would even be willing to bring some with me to exchange with you.
  3. My Canada fossil project of 2020

    After getting my Horseshoe canyon formation Hadrosaur and Ceratopsian fossils I decided to set a goal for 2020. To get dinosaur and and other fossils from the Carboniferous to the Cretaceous from around Canada formations. If anyone could help me out with this please PM me, it would be much appreciated. Thank you!!
  4. Widder Fm.: This is not Tornoceras

    I came home this afternoon in some ridiculously warm weather for January (50F, 10C) and happened to look at a rock I'd collected from the Widder formation about two or three years ago that I had sitting out weathering. It was one that @Kane had quarried from his Gonaitite perch out of the Widder formation and kicked down to me. I'd originally kept the rock because it had a bunch of Mucrospirifer thedfordensis in it and I wanted to see what else would erode out of it. When I turned the rock over I spotted a small round fossil that was brownish... a different color than most fossils. It was pyritized so I chipped it out of the rock and took a look at it. It was a Gonaitite and one that I had never seen before! Most Gonaitites that I have found at Arkona are from the Arkona formation and fall into the Tornoceras arkonense genus, but this one is different. Tornoceras arkonense above, mystery Gonaitite below. I used a new tool that I recently purchased, a home tattoo pen, to clean out one side of it. The pen is quite effective on softer shale or limestone as long as the fossil is much harder. In this case it was pyritized so I didn't have to worry about damaging the fossil. It turns out that this specimen has a smaller diameter phragmocone than Tornoceras arkonense as there are prominent ridges (rather than gaps as in T. arkonense) along the sutures. The suture pattern is plain with a sweeping parabola facing backwards, a straightish line across the keel and then another parabola. I've looked into the usual sources ("CHECK LIST OF FOSSIL INVERTEBRATES DESCRIBED FROM THE MIDDLE DEVONIAN ROCKS OF THE THEDFORD-ARKONA REGION OF SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO", Stumm and Wright, Paleontology of New York, Hall) and don't see much that correlates to what I've found. Anyone have an idea? The fossil itself is 7/16" (11mm) at it's widest and 2/16" (4mm) thick. It comes from the Middle Devonian aged (Givetian stage) Widder formation at Hungry Hollow, Ontario, Canada. Thanks for looking!
  5. Hi sometime later this year I will be going out West in Alberta, B.C and Saskatchewan. And I will be going down to Montana for 2 days to collect fossils since I can’t really do that in Alberta. I am wondering would I be able to bring those fossils into Alberta and then fly with them, and take them back to Ontario? Thank you!!
  6. Nanotyrannus in Canada

    Hi the debate about Nanotyrannus got me thinking is Nanotyrannus found in Alberta Canada in the Scollard or Frenchmen Formations. If not then it could be valid since T-Rex is found there and if it’s a juvenile Rex then there should be a least some evidence for It there, since T-rex’s are found there. And if so this could provide Nanotyrannus’s range.
  7. Can I confirm my ID on this?

    I think it’s Favositid Tabulate Coral Found in Eganville Canada
  8. Here are a few unidentified fossils found a in a creek bed that cuts through late Cenomanian marine shales. There is a dense marine bonebed nearby, pieces of which can be occasionally found in the creek, so I have a feeling that at least the first example might originate from there. The bonebed is composed mainly of teeth, though there are fragments of hesperornithine and marine reptile bones in it as well. The only reason I'm hesitant to assume that this piece is from the bonebed necessarily is that it's preserved quite differently - while the bones found in the bonebed are black and quite brittle, this piece has a dense, chalky feel to it - never mind that the end of it looks nothing like any fossil bone I've seen. My guess it that it is an errant fossil from one of the other slightly fossiliferous layers in the area. You'll notice first that the piece tapers from one end to the other. The diameter is about 10mm at the wide end, and 7mm at the narrow end: The narrow end has this odd arrangement of concentric circles and striations, unlike the hollow profile I'm used to seeing in the hesperornithine bones. edit - here's the mostly featureless wide end: Finally, you'll notice that the length of the piece has two shallow grooves that seem to taper slightly toward each other. You can see them in the following photo on the top of the piece, and on the sides of the piece in the first and second photos. Here is the second piece. It is embedded in a fine-grained sandstone. Notice the fish scales that are typical in many of the rocks from the area - as for the piece itself, my best guess is fish coprolite, but I'm open to other ideas. Magnified: As usual, I can provide more photos at request.
  9. Curious about a tooth found

    Evening all, we found this tooth about a year and a half ago in the shallow waters of Duck Lake in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, just a couple of inches below the sand. I have no clue what it is but I am guessing some sort of tooth - curious if anyone has any ideas. I have added one additional photo in the comments section as I couldn't make the pic any smaller to put in this original post. Thanks and let me know if more info is needed.
  10. Hello all, Here is a fragment of a tooth I found in an outcrop of the Dinosaur Park Formation, which I believe comes from a small theropod, probably a dromeosaur like Richardoestesia. The Dinosaur Park Formation is part of the Judith River Group, and dates to the Campanian of the late Cretaceous. Denticles. ~5 per millimeter. Accounting for the gaps, they're just over 0.1mm long. Here is a chart from a publication that details most known Judith River Group theropods. Richardoestesia seems to fit the straight profile of the tooth the best, and the size of the denticles at .01mm... 1-8 Richardoestesia gilmorei 9-24 Richardoestesia isosceles I realize that this one might be tricky to ID with only a fragment to go off of, but I'd appreciate any other guesses or input.
  11. Hi I recently found out that my new tyrannosaur species from my topic unknown Tyrannosaur happens to be a new species but not what I thought. It was already known to be a new species for a while. It turns out it's a Daspletosaurus sp., A unnamed Tyrannosaur that Currie recognized years ago to be a new species of Daspletosaurus from the Dinosaur park formation. Still not much research has been done on it. I decided to learn more on the Dinosaur park formation Daspletosaurus sp. But I can't find anything on it, no papers no information, other then a few mentions in some books and study's but that's it. I am wondering if anyone here can help me out with that? Thank you!!
  12. Neonate Mosasaur Jaw Section?

    Here is a collection of fossil mosasaur bones that I found weathering out of the side of a sandstone hill - an outcrop of the late Campanian Bearpaw formation. As you can see, the vertebra fragments seem to originate from a fairly large animal, likely an adult, but this small section of jaw (indicated by the red arrow) appears to be proportionately much smaller. Since these pieces were all loose and weathered out of the hillside, I can't be 100% certain that they're from the same spot, but given the concentration and abundance of mosasaur bone fragments in such a small area, I think it's safe to assume that they were deposited at or near the same time (also note the abundance of preserved scavenger tooth marks on the bone surface): Here are some closer photos of the section in question: (Scale is 0.5 cm in the following photo, notice the preserved enamel of the root): Now, I can't say for certain that this jaw section comes from the same mosasaur as the other remains in the first photo, or that it comes from a mosasaur at all, but it bears a striking resemblance to these examples of jaw fragments from a young mosasaur posted on the Oceans of Kansas website: & So what do you think? Is this a jaw section from a young mosasaur? If so, why is it associated with the bones of a larger mosasaur? Could this be an example of either embryonic remains, or gut contents? Or possibly a mass death assemblage? Thanks for your time.
  13. For the past few summers I've been collecting from a late Campanian concretion horizon of the Bearpaw formation that is particularly rich in marine vertebrate fossils. These calcareous sandstone concretions preserve fossils exceptionally well, and the western interior seaway ecosystem represented by this particular site is quite vast - ranging from marine reptiles, to a variety of fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans. However, because these fossils are quite brittle, removing them from the matrix cannot be done without significant damage, and it can often be difficult to identify them in cross-section (also, I don't want to damage any significant finds before they're passed on for study). So anyway, here's two that remain unidentified... 1. Unknown vertebra. Quite large sized, and only partially concreted. You'll notice that while the concave gaps between the processes and body of the vertebra are infilled with sediment, that you can still make out the shape reasonably well. I'm hoping that this can be diagnostic - the two main contenders being either a mosasaur or elasmosaur: 2. Unknown bone that's a little more tricky to pin down, but I'm hoping that like the previous example, something can be inferred by the shape of the concretion and the bone material that sticks out beyond it (which appears as a buff, rusty orange). Notice also how parts of the bone appear to be hollow and are infilled with sediment: Thanks.
  14. Mystery find

    Hello everyone. Please help me identify this beautiful piece of history before my dog gets hold of it and buries it in my back yard.....100,000 years from now some future archaeologist will be like “ very interesting - quite obviously a dinosaur fossil but very strange how it lies next to a chicken bone a tennis ball and a plastic object with the word Chukkit stamped on it....must have been some sort of early human ritual.” This fossil measures 6 X 6 inches wide by 4 inches deep. Any information on this would be greatly appreciated - I’m a newbie here. When I purchased this it did not come with any label or info on its origin so unfortunately no context. Thank you very much - Stu
  15. Coprolite? Bearpaw fm.

    About a year and a half ago I found this rock that I highly suspect might be a coprolite. However, I figured I should get some second opinions, as I'm not very experienced with identifying these, beyond looking at it and thinking, "Yep, looks like a turd to me"... It seems to exhibit evidence of compaction and pinching though, which is what really prompted my diagnosis. Funnily enough, this is also what made me think it might have been a meteorite when I first found it. Anyway, it was found in an area where the late Campanian marine Bearpaw formation outcrops, but was among some glacial drift so I can't correlate it with a specific layer, or even with the Bearpaw formation itself. The size and shape indicates to me that it must be from either a plesiosaur or mosasaur, as it lacks the characteristic coiling of a shark coprolite. I also had a chance to look at this one under a microscope (no photos unfortunately), and noticed small flakes that had a superficial semblance to the iridescent, aragonitic nacre that's often found preserved in the molluscan fossils from the area (you can sort of see these in the second photo), which further makes me think that this is from a mosasaur. Thanks.
  16. Hello all, Here are a few images of some tetrapod footprints my good friend and I collected over the past several years. These fossils were accessioned into the New Brunswick Museum geology/paleontology collection and are currently under study. It is illegal to collect fossils in New Brunswick, however the Museum was very happy that we brought the footprints to their attention and were keen on including us in all the research. We have been working with Matt Stimson, a local (and very knowledgeable) paleontologist, and Olivia King, and have since found MANY more tracks. We are actively writing these specimens up and should have a few publications coming out in upcoming years. There will be much, much more from this site so stay tuned. FossilsNS
  17. Hello, I recently made a post about some finds collected from a marine Cenomanian bonebed, but I was so distracted with identifying the hesperornithine bones from the mix of vertebrate remains that I haven't had a chance to positively ID some of the marine reptile teeth found in the assemblage... The teeth in the top row all appear to be from the same species, and are highly compressed, lingually. They appear striated, but are actually completely smooth, and have no occurences of serrations on the edges. I had another really nice one about the same length as that long one but a friend is holding on to it now, so regretably no pics. The second row are also all superficially similar. Notice the prominent, striated ridges which occur only on the middle portion of the tooth, from the end of the root to about 3/4 to the tip. This occurs on all but the middle tooth, which is completely smooth, leading me to believe that it might have belonged to a different species entirely. All of the teeth are more or less round at the bottom. Marine reptiles reported from this formation include indeterminate elasmosaurs and pliosaurs, as well as a dolichosaur suspected to be a certain Coniasaurus crassidens. I suppose my two main questions are as follows, -Do the teeth at the top belong to an elasmosaur or pliosaur? They quite appear different from examples I've looked at online from either group, so I'm a little stumped. -Do the teeth from the bottom row belong to Coniasaurus, and if so, does the tooth without ridges come from a different group than the one with ridges? (it's the only one I found that looks like that, by the way, from among the hundreds of teeth recovered from the bonebed)... As always, any extra input is always welcome. Thanks for your attention.
  18. Nodosaur Tooth

    I was looking at a number of teeth in my collection and I had this labeled as an Ankylosaur tooth, but looking at it I am thinking it is a Nodosaur tooth. I know that this tooth came from Canada, but have no other info on it. @Troodon ?
  19. Favosites sp. from the Devonian Hungry Hollow member in Arkona, Canada. One of the more interesting corals I've collected, I'm trying to narrow down the species if possible. Any ideas?
  20. Is this a fossil?

    Hi everyone, I hope I am posting this correctly... I was working on the Wabasca River in Norhern Alberta and I picked up this rock in the river for one of our substrate measurements. It looks so different I wondered if it could be a fossil or an impression of a fossil. I haven't the foggiest idea where to start looking to identify it so I joined this group in hope that someone might shed light on it. Thanks for any help, I didn't get the best photo but I tried Emily
  21. What's this?

    This was sitting in my yard when I bought this house. The owner found it but didn't know what it was. Now every time I walk by it, it bugs me. Anyone have any idea's? The fossil's here on Vancouver Island are cretaceous sea creatures for the most part if that helps. Thanks!
  22. Exceptional fossils may need a breath of air to form University of Texas at Austin, November 6, 2019 https://phys.org/news/2019-11-exceptional-fossils-air.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191106112109.htm https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uota-efm110519.php Exceptionally preserved Jurassic sea life found in new fossil site by University of Texas at Austin https://phys.org/news/2017-01-exceptionally-jurassic-sea-life-fossil.html The paper is: A.D. Muscente Et Al, Taphonomy Of The Lower Jurassic Konservat-Lagerstätte At Ya Ha Tinda (Alberta, Canada) And Its Significance For Exceptional Fossil Preservation During Oceanic Anoxic Events, Palaios (2019). DOI: 10.2110/Palo.2019.050 https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/sepm/palaios/article/34/11/515/574686/TAPHONOMY-OF-THE-LOWER-JURASSIC Martindale, R.C., Them, T.R., Gill, B.C., Marroquín, S.M. and Knoll, A.H., 2017. A new Early Jurassic (ca. 183 Ma) fossil Lagerstätte from Ya Ha Tinda, Alberta, Canada. Geology, 45(3). https://par.nsf.gov/servlets/purl/10066020 https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/bitstream/handle/10919/81874/Geology 2017 Martindale-2.pdf?sequence=1 Yours, Paul H.
  23. Centrosaurus Bone

    Hi I recently found out what this bone came from from my first post I turns out it’s from a Centrosaurus Aperatus I found out from a Centrosaurus leg bone that looks exactly like this from the Centrosaurus bone bed in Dinosaur Provincial Park Alberta Canada open to any opinions.