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Found 137 results

  1. Hi there, I'm working at the moment on cataloguing my collection. 98% or so has been self collected over the years. Lately i've cataloguing my fossils from "les Vaches noires" cliffs in normandy / France. Im not finished yet, but i think i should share. So heres my flickr galery "les Vaches Noires " : https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKUCQse i hope you will enjoy.
  2. Yesterday I brought home a new display cabinet to show off my collection of sharkteeth. Today I had time to start fiddling with the set-up. This cabinet is on the small side but I liked the looks and the price was right. This is mainly to house my sharkteeth but I have added a few other items as well. Here is a pic of how it looks now. I am not sure if this is how it will stay. I do not want to have it too cluttered, but i also want to fit in as much as possible. This cabinet stands about 41 inches tall, 36 inches wide, and about 14 inches deep.
  3. My collection

    This is my current labelled collection. I have other stuff that I found on a fossil hunting holiday in the South West of England, but I’m very amateur so I don’t actually know the scientific names for a lot of them. Everything on this shelf was found except the teeth on the left and right, which were bought on the Isle of Wight. Essentially everything on this shelf was ID’d by members of this forum, except the pyrite and favositid, which were ID’d by friends, and the igneous rock and ammonites, which I didn’t feel i needed to have ID’d. The ammonites are my pride and joy, very detailed.
  4. Ichthyosaur Collection

    Hi Here’s another fossil I found over Christmas. These bones are pretty rare and are the articulated ischium and pubis from an ichthyosaur. No prep involved apart from cutting the block to size and applying a thin coat of varnish to increase the contrast between the bone and matrix. The fossil is from the Hettangian of Penarth. The block before:
  5. Hi here is my small collection of dinosaur fossils so far, enjoy! a odd looking Tyrannosaur. indet tooth from the Judith River formation of Montana. A Spinosaur tooth from the Kem Kem Beds of Morocco. Abeliasaur tooth Kem Kem Beds of Morocco perhaps (Rugops sp.)
  6. Here is a thread to share some of your rarest partials that if whole would've been incredible specimens, but you know how it is sometimes... Yet they still amazing to own a piece of. I will start off by sharing a piece of the tail of a Probolichas Kristiae, an incredibly unique looking rare lichid trilobite from Oklahoma that would've of been incredible if whole of course yet this piece still has amazing detail and I am more that happy to own
  7. I was rearranging some bits of my collection for fun and decided to try and throw together some nice displays. Here is my first attempt. I'd love to see other peoples beautiful display shelves as well
  8. King Butler's Collection

    My collection at this moment. Sorry about the quality of some of the photos. A Spinosaurus Tooth Partial Mammoth Tooth Whale Tooth (Stated to be a Basilasaurus) Glossotherium Tooth Carcharodontosaurus Tooth Insect Exoskeleton (stated to be Arthropleura) Megalodon Tooth Edmontosaurus Partial Rib Cave Bear Paw Rebbachisaurus Tooth Whoolly Rhino Bone The best Ammonite I found at Lyme Regis Toe Bone (Stated to be Achelosaurus) Bone Fragment (Stated to be Agujaceratops) Centrosaurus Bone Fragment Plesiosaur Tooth Triceratops Tooth Saltasaur Eggshell Ankylosaurus Scute T. Rex Bone Fragment Polished Iguanodon Bone Bone Fragment (Stated to be Maiasaura) Prodeinotherium Tooth Gomphotheres Tooth Glyptodon Armour
  9. Hello dear members, In this post I want to show you my Mazon Creek Fauna collection. I have only 6 specimens, that I’ve acquired over a long period of time in shows and online. Mazon Creek is definetely my favourite fossil assemblage and I dream, one day, to be able to collect fossils there myself! My specimens are not museum-quality, I’m aware of that, but still can help to give an idea of what a 309 million-year-old soft-bodied biota looked like! Let’s start with the most abundant species of the Essex assemblage: the jellyfish “Essexella asherae”. Known from thousands of concretions, in mine the preservation is fairly good: you can distinguish the bell and the membranous skirt that encloses the tentacles, except their end. Moving on to arthropods, another abundant species is the cycloid “Cyclus americanus”. It is carachterized by a round body, long straight antennae and, at the posterior, two short processes. In my specimen, one antenna and one process can be easily-distinguished. In the echinodermata phylum, there’s only one species described so far: the holoturian (or sea cucumber) “Achistrum sp.”. It has a cylindrical, sack-like body: during preservation it dries, leaving dessication cracks that are replaced whit calcite and are very evident in my specimen. Also clear is the mouth, bearing 15 calcareous plate. The acorn worms (class Enteropneutsa) are hemicordate organisms and their closest relative are echinoderms. These animals have a body that is made up of three main parts: an acorn-shaped proboscis, a short fleshy collar that lies behind it, and a long, worm-like trunk. Mazon Creek’s species “Mazoglossus ramsdelli” is extemely similar to extant species. Finally, I posses two species of bristle worms (Class Polychaeta). The first one is “Astreptoscolex anasillosus”: I’m not 100% sure that the ID is correct, so if you have any suggestion, they are welcome! Anyway, it is a stout worm with the body tapering towards the tail. An eversible proboscis is usually preserved and I think that my specimen features it. The other worm is “Esconites zelus”: it has a long, narrow outline with prominent bristles on its segments. The head has projecting antennae and the jaw apparatus shows wing-like mandibles. In my specimes they are partially preserved, even though not visible in the picture. All right, this is my collection! I know it nothing special, but I hope that it can be appreciated by both Mazon Creek collectors and people who like soft-bodied fossils!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Tooth fish or reptile?

    Hi Is this fish or reptile tooth? Location :Zakrzówek,Kraków, Southern Poland. Age:? Size:near 1,5 cm
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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)
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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?
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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