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  1. Hey all! I seen some member's collections and wow, you all have some awesome pieces, the type of things I hope to add to my collection someday. I've only been seriously collecting for about half a year and am still in the early process of learning about ancient life and the science surrounding it, but I wanted to post what I have thus far. About a quarter of the collection is things I collected during my childhood, but my favorite stuff is things I've found and/or bought this year, which is the majority.(after learning how to finally identify fossils a little better so I didn't think they were just rocks and move along) There's a couple more insignificant things I don't have on these shelves but it's really crowded and I need to get a larger display before I add them. First pic is my display in it's entirety. This second image is of the top shelf, there's no particular rhyme or reason yet, as in nothing is placed in any way regarding age, type, etc, I just put the stuff I like the best at the top. This is mostly dino bones, and though it looks like quite a few different fragments, most of them are from a single unidentified bone I found completely shattered after a flood a few years ago caused a cliff to crumble. (at least I assume that's why the cliff crumbled) One bivalve of some sort, dino teeth, ceratopsian bones (frill I found, rib which I bought, caudal vertebra possibly ceratopsian, thank you to the users on this forum that helped me identify the frill and vertebra as well as the tyrannosaurus tooth) and an ammonite that I found. Spinosaurus tooth, another unidentified tooth, knightia. Some of the bones in the top display haven't been cleaned and prepared as of yet. The second image is just a bunch of random stuff. Shark and alligator teeth, fossil plant imprints, animals in resin, a nile croc skull, minerals, another ammonite & a trilobite, etc. Third shelf is kind of neat, it's mostly filled with bones a customer of mine found and gave to me of very old bison that were chased off a cliff by native hunters. They were washed out of banks along the Red Deer River and aren't completely fossilized. Also some petrified wood.
  2. A varied collection

    A lot of my collection is bought, as in 'oooh, pretty' many years ago with the result of having no clue as to species or where they were found. But I figured I'd show you all what I got anyway. This one I found and am hoping will look decent after prepping.
  3. Tooth fish or reptile?

    Hi Is this fish or reptile tooth? Location :Zakrzówek,Kraków, Southern Poland. Age:? Size:near 1,5 cm
  4. First day of college service: ID-ing collection!

    I was very lucky to land a gig with the fossil collections manager at GCSU for service hours in financial aid, and now I have my first chance to more seriously look into trilobite morphology, as they're the first specimens I'm working with! Will be uploading pictures every wednesday (collection work days(P.S., I know it's friday right now, sorry for being a little late)), and would appreciate experts like @piranha teaching me a thing or two about the morphology as I go to go along with what I read up on in the available literature. For those looking to ID, please know that we don't have location info and whatnot on all of the specimens. If we do have that logged, it should be on the cards. First, my little work space in the room: And now for the start of the ID parade! First up, a Dalmanitid (Dalmanities sp.?) Next up, a thorax fragment from Pennsylvania's Ordovician: Up next, an agnostid (Agnostus sp.?) Cont.
  5. Hadrosaur Tibia?

    Another piece from the collection at work: Description given is Hadrosaur Tibia. It was in the collection before I started here. It is in 2 distinct pieces, and it has been that way the entire time, since the foam cutouts in its box are shaped for them. It has broken in other places, but I've fixed those with paleobond (although I do have pictures of the broken cross sections somewhere) I'm mostly looking to confirm or disprove whether or not it's existing ID is plausible, and maybe identifying which side (right/left) it's from. Pictures: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=17X4lkoWQODdUw1G4k12LclGVWYnwcAik
  6. Hadrosaur pubis:

    Another piece from the collection at work: All I've been told is that it was donated to us by a customer at a show in Helena, Montana. Its described as a Hadrosaur pubis. It's clearly seen some restoration work at some point, with many fractures mended together. Its in two pieces currently, which is how it was when I came on the show. One side is gently cambered, the other side is almost unnaturally flat, which is why a pubis bone makes sense to me. It was at one point called a Tyrannosaur scapula, but I'm not clear if that was actually what the donor called it before we decided it was a pubis, or if a former employee was calling it that to make it seem sexier. Photos: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=19M6iJbx2IHUm-KxI9TwcFtnlCDGzpHcV
  7. Hi there, I inherited a few specimens from my late grandfather and unfortunately did not know of the collections existence until after he had passed and as a result do not know any of history or where they were found/purchased. I would be very grateful for any information anyone could provide on any of the potential fossils. Thanks! Apologies for any issues in uploading as it's my first post. I also weighed the specimens if that's of any help: #1 (178grams), #2 tooth (2grams) #3 (116grams) #4 spherical specimen (224grams) #5 (89grams)
  8. September Hunt NY 2019

    September Hunt NY 2019 I cleaned our Devonian aged fossils from the other day and assembled a group photo of our favorite finds. The brachs are rare (Elythe, Meristina) and several rare and uncommon corals (Botryllopora, Heliophyllum delicatum, large Pleurodictyums) were found. The large orange Heliophyllum (4.5") is covered in epibionts. A large enrolled Eldredgeops found in a creek stone, needs more prepping and would have been over 3" long if prone. All finds were surface collected in NY. Thanks, Mikeymig
  9. Curious to see how others accompany a neat collection. Meaning anything from replicas, figures, pictures, charts, graphs, maps, neat unique stands, labels, library, pictures displayed of impressive specimens you’ve encountered/found from your fossil hunting trips, etc. Here are a few of mine.
  10. Hey-Oh!!!! I found some little neat containers for super cheap and thought I'd share what and where! First pics are from Walmart's Back 2 School section. These were $1 dollar each. They are stackable, have two latches for containment and are great for smaller finds that are worth separating out and isolation. Second are classic plastic cotton ball containers that were being merchandised as small screw containers at Mendards. These come in two sizes (can't remember what) and they are $1.88 per container. I like these for separating my new finds that are smaller and need to soak in vinegar/etc... to further break down any matrix. OR as another source of stackable containers. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!!! Steve
  11. Hi All, I realize that the topic is not pleasant but "safety first" especially if you want to pass your passion to the next generation, right? We bought a Geiger counter and went over our fossil collection (see video below for the results). I wonder if that is a standard practice among collectors or not so much. I recently read a topic on this forum about somebody finding a pile of bones at Calvert cliffs. Could it be the case? I know I buried my dinobone slab after measuring it. I'm not saying anyone should get rid of the bones in their collection but being aware of the radioactivity levels would not hurt. Anyone care to share their experience in this area? Thanks!
  12. I ordered a several of these membrane display frames on e bay and the first of them arrived today and the stand was inside it between the membrane layers and predictably it's all stretched and deformed already (possiibly also damaged since one edge of the base was rough poorly molded plastic) - annoyingly this particular sized frame was intended for a very thin slab with fossil redwood stems, so it really needed to be as tight as possible to even stand a chance of securely holding it. I knew the membrane would likely stretch and become loose with long term display of items but I didn't expect it to arrive already stretched out and well now i'm wondering if there's any way to "reset" the membrane so it's nice and tight again? I know certain plastic membranes i.e kitchen cling film and window insulation sheets shrink tighter with a little heat from a hair dryer, but didn't want to risk it without checking if any of you had tried it already or knew of an alternative solution. I'll complain to the seller if I have to but it will just result in another month long wait for delivery from china if they send replacements or a refund and potential drama with the seller.
  13. Labeling schemes

    My collection is starting to become large enough that I'm getting worried about forgetting where something was collected. I bought some titanium white acrylic paint and paintbrushes to label my fossils, so now all I need is a labeling scheme. I was curious what you found worked best for your collection?
  14. I know some of you guys probably might count the "value" in hours searching instead of $$ so I'd be interested in both. Time spent searching for fossils + $$$ spent acquiring them. My fossil collection is tiny, just getting started. Maybe $150 on fossils, probably less. I've spent a bit on other natural history items though.... sometimes I feel a bit guilty on spending money on essentially rocks, bones, etc... but I really enjoy them.
  15. I just added this wonderful specimen to my collection. The species is discosauriscus. Little is known about the species other than the fact that they were predators based off of teeth. They may of had electrospective organs. On this slab running through the head of the specimen is a thick calcite seam from where the rock was faulted and shifted. This was found in the Czech Rebublic in the Limnic Deposits. This is the first fossil I've purchased all the others in my collection I have found.
  16. How to study fossils.

    So having a small fossil collection i have thought of the possibility of studying the fossils especially the dinosaur teeth but the problem is im not a scientist so i don't know how to study them so if someone could tell me if cheap fossils like these could be studied and how it would be largely appreciated. (Collection includes 2 spinosaurus teeth, a meg tooth, 2 mosasaur teeth, mammoth hair, carcharodontosaurus tooth) Thanks.
  17. On rare occasions and on a purely subjective basis, Admins on TFF will award The Golden Drool Bucket. The award has evolved to encompass 'off the charts', museum-worthy finds; a best of the best, stunning and well documented collections; or world class preparation on a world class find. You will be amazed, entertained, and educated as you enjoy what these members have shared with us. 1. worthy 55 - "Big Bird" 2. Xiphactinus - "Bob" 3. docdutronc - world class plant collection 4. Terry Dactyll - ammonoid discovery and preparation 5. RCFossils - world class Mazon Creek fossil collection 6. triarthrus - pyritized blastoids 7. lormouth - amazing dinosaur skull replicas 8. John K - pterosaur brain endocast 9. piranha - world class documented fossil collection 10. paleoflor - incredible Carboniferous trace fossils and attentive scholarship 11. LordTrilobite - bambiraptor skeleton project 12. isurus90064 - world class shark tooth collection 13. Troodon - world class dinosaur collection 14. Welsh Wizard - discovery, preparation and donation of a new Jurassic dinosaur 15. oilshale - world class fossil collection 16. minnbuckeye - amazing find of the trilobite Dolichoharpes reticulata 17. Aurelius - exquisite achievements in amber photomacrography and collection 18. MattFossil - world class Ichthyosaur Fossil
  18. hi all, I've noticed that a number of members have their own webpage, and I would like to have one myself, but am unsure how to go about it. Anybody out there web-savvy? In terms of my computer knowledge, I am comfortable operating the Office suite and a graphics program or two, all of which Ive taught myself, but when it comes to networking computers with printers and such, I'm lost. And Ive never dabbled in the web design, so I figure Id look for a decent service that can set one up for me or show me how. Or hire someone who already has a page of their own to develop a similar one for me. This would also allow me to get off of social media, which I find to be increasingly toxic. Any assistance or direction would be greatly appreciated!
  19. Abstraktum's Museum

    Hello and a very warm well welcome to my little museum So the time has finally come and I can show what I got. A friend of mine, who is a professional photographer, took some very nice pictures and I would like to share them now with all of you Let's go: First my two Megalodon tooth: 5.64 in with very nice serrations 5.3 in no serrations present on this tooth Spinosaurid teeth from KemKem The first one is rather big with 5.5 inches, but I'm aware this is a composite. Sooner or later I will work on this tooth with Acetone. This one is at 3.15 in, but also some glue present My smallest Spino tooth at 3.3 in, but also the best looking without bad restoration A Mosasaur tooth from Morocco at 2.55 in Another Mosasaur tooth from Morocco. Rooted with broken crown (whole tooth with root is 4.6 in) This one is described as a rooted Elosuchus cherifiensis tooth from KemKem at 3.07 in Root is glued back together, but I think it's rather well done. The pieces fit and I don't think this is a composite Not sure about the ID however. If someone got more information, please let me know I would say it's croc, but not sure about the species. Well this tooth is familiar to some It'S my reconstructed Carcharodontosaurid tooth from this topic: Length is 2.48 in A nice Otodus obliquus tooth from Morocco at 3.5 in (big boy) Next from KemKem is a Onchopristis numidus rostral barb at 1.57 in Two Abelisaurid teeth from KemKem Ornithocheirid tooth from KemKem Something different A Pteranodon indet. bone from Niobara Formation, Logan County, Kansas, USA And a Diplomystus dentatus from Green River An Afrovenator abakensis tooth from Tiourarén Formation in Niger. Yes it's one of this special lot the goes around TFF for some time now. Nanotyrannus lancensis form Hell Creek. One repaired crack, 1.05 in A very nice Mako tooth from Temblor Formation California (thx @caldigger )
  20. I showed a picture of this cabinet last year? I was just getting started loading it up. Im now running out of room. But dang! Lookin real good to me!!! and the largest balanus I ever found. Measures 7 inches across on the bottom. and low and behold, another box of fishy's! Just wish I had more room. RB
  21. identifying things in My small collection. (;

    Hi guys this is going to be a sort of show of my tiny collection but I lost my notes when I moved house so now I will post the things that I can’t identify on my own, this will probably take a while) thanks for the help
  22. Skjermbilde 2019-03-19 kl. 13.56.40.png

    From the album My trilobites

    Hollardops mesocristata Devónian , Alnif. Morocco.
  23. Collecting trilobites

    Hey! This might be the wrong thread/topic but here it goes. I recently started collecting different species of trilobites. It would have been interesting to see what species others have collected and whether you can refer to some species in a medium price range that is worth collecting. I have a desire to compile a list for myself with different species that I can follow. Someone who has / knows about fine trilobites that are worth collecting? These are the species I have collected so far: - Flexicalymene sp (morocco) - Flexicalymene retrorsa - Coltraneia oufatensis - Hollardops mesocristata - Hollardops sp. - Ductina vietnamica - Elrathia kingi - Different phacops sp. - andalusiana cambropallas - Some unidentified species (will be posting pictures, some of you probably know) Thanks!
  24. 2012 Meet-up 2013 Meet-up 2014 Meet-up 2015 Meet-up 2016 Meet-up 2017 Meet-up 1 2017 Meet-up 2 2018 Meet-up The Singapore Fossils Collector recently had a Chinese New Year meet-up at the house of Han Yang, our top collector here. Here's some pics to showcase his stuff.
  25. Sir Charles Lyell's historical fossils (London's Natural History Museum) accessible online, February 21, 2019, Pensoft Publishers https://phys.org/news/2019-02-sir-charles-lyell-historical-fossils.html Consuelo Sendino, The Lyell Collection at the Earth Sciences Department, Natural History Museum, London (UK), Biodiversity Data Journal (2019). DOI: 10.3897/BDJ.7.e33504 https://bdj.pensoft.net/article/33504/ Although completely unrelated, the below article is quite interesting. Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? By JoAnna Klein, New York times, Feb. 20, 2019 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/20/science/zebra-stripes-flies.html Tim Caro, Yvette Argueta, Emmanuelle Sophie Briolat, Joren Bruggink, Maurice Kasprowsky, Jai Lake, Matthew J. Mitchell, Sarah Richardson, and Martin How. 2019, Benefits of zebra stripes: Behaviour of tabanid flies around zebras and horses. PLOS ONE. Published: February 20, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0210831 Yours, Paul H.