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  1. Hi! New fossil collector and forum member My friend gave me this tooth which she found in an antique shop in Georgia USA, she said she thought it was a hadrosaur tooth, which it doesn't look anything of the sort to me! Looks more like a carnivore tooth except there are no serrations. I would guess spinosaur tooth but it seems unusually fat and an odd shape in general compared to a lot of the pics I've seen? Perhaps a croc? I don't have the experience to have much confidence in my own assessments so I would appreciate it if somebody would share some wisdom Thank you!!
  2. I recently bought this fossil which is a dinosaur eggshell that came from China. It is late cretaceous in age. You can even see red coloration which is the remaining sediment from where it was collected from. I want to know which dinosaur layed it. I think the fossil is Elongatoolithudae which is the type of egg that Oviraptorids layed. Front The back which is very smooth
  3. Hi everyone! I have another puzzle for you all! I REALLY appreciate your help identifying these bones, and even though I may never know what they really came from it is so interesting to propose and discuss possibilities. The majority of the bones I found this summer (in Montana) were really odd and hard to identify... They all came from roughly the same 5'x5' spot in the same formation. Anyways, this one is no doubt theropod. It's beautiful with awesome preservation aside from the whole 'missing an entire side' thing. Hopefully you can help me out! Thanks so much! More to come... ☺️ -Lauren P.S. Sorry for the white spots. Had to put it back together and haven't painted yet.
  4. Hi everyone! I found this in Montana this summer, and I'm pretty sure it's a triceratops digit. If so, is there a way to tell which it is? Just bored and curious. Also, which side would the vale core have attached to? The bumpy, textured side? It was pretty shattered when I found it, so I pieced it together. The white stuff is pales putty I just haven't painted yet. Thank you! -Lauren
  5. Hi everyone, I have another bone I would love for you to identify if you can. I also found this one in Montana. It's definitely hollow and theropod. It looks like it has some kind of process along the side. It's not a concretion. What's really neat about the bone is that you can still see the struts inside. From what I understand, struts are structures found within pneumatic bones that allowed the bone to be lightweight while also creating pockets of air within the bone (air sacs) which essentially aided in respiration. (Please correct me if I'm wrong ). Birds still have these struts today; which is pretty incredible to think about... Anyways, please let me know what you think this might come from! It's medium sized. Just over 8 inches long. Thank you!! -Lauren
  6. I found this tooth a few years ago in Northeast Mississippi. It is most likely from the Demopolis Formation, which is a late Cretaceous marine lag deposit. I have found several mosasaur teeth here, thousands of shark and fish teeth, and 2 hadrosaur dino teeth. This particular tooth is almost 1.5cm in length, and is unfortunately split right down the middle of the tooth. The part of both sides that is remaining near the tooth makes it look like this was a skinny tooth, more like the shape of a theropod tooth, similar to Dryptosaurus. The recurve is also more theropod-like. The color and weathering is also similar to mosasaur teeth that I have found though, and I am just unsure of what to think about it. Theropod teeth have been found in this area, but they are incredibly rare, whereas, I have found several mosasaur teeth. Perhaps the cross-section of the break along the tooth might give a clue? Perhaps @Troodon knows. I am currently leanung towards it being a strange mosasaur tooth, but I would like other opinions. Northeast Mississippi Demopolis Formation Late Creataceous ~ 72 MYA This photo has a pencil tip for size reference.
  7. Hi I have a fossil dinosaur egg which was found in China. I have no idea of its species. I was thinking maybe a bird like dinosaur or small raptor. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm new to fossil collecting and I have always been wanting a dinosaur egg. I payed quite a bit for this and is genuine. The person I bought it off has had it in his collection for years and said it was part of a clutch found in China. When it was found they weren't sure on the species of dinosaur it was from. Thank you!
  8. "The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar. The stunning discovery helps put flesh on the bones of these extinct creatures, opening a new window on the biology of a group that dominated Earth for more than 160 million years. Examination of the specimen suggests the tail was chestnut brown on top and white on its underside." http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38224564
  9. I bought this nice theropod tooth online and the seller told me that it was a Daspletosaurus from the Judith River Formation, Montana. While looking online for more info, I found a few people saying that some dealers lie about the genus of tyrannosaurid teeth (especially with Daspletosaurus) as they are hard to identify. Just wondering if anyone here can I.D. this tooth? Suggestions are much appreciated!
  10. Last summer I bought this fossil from someone who said it was a dinosaur bone. He said it came from the mexican state of Coahuila from near saltillo. I told him that how he found it. He said you have to go out to the desert. The bone is polish. I think is is most likely from the Difunta group, and maybe Cerro del pueblo formation 72 million years ago. Several dinosaurs come from there, ex: Coahuilaceratops, Velafrons, Latirhinus. Tell me what you guys think about it!!!
  11. Hi all, I found this tooth in a locality where the formations of the Black Creek Group are present in Eastern North Carolina. The Black Creek Group contains the Tar Heel Formation, the Bladen Formation, and the Donoho Creek Formation. These formations are late Cretaceous and range from early Campanian to early Maastrichtian. Dinosaur fossils are known from this locality, including hadrosaurs, tyrannosaurs, and dromaeosaurs. This locality primarily preserves marine fossils, such as shark teeth and crocodile teeth and bones, but also dinosaur material. There are serrations on the tooth, however, I am not sure my camera can capture those. I believe that I need a different lens for that much magnification. Would love to hear thoughts about this tooth. I would be happy to provide any additional photos or information that may be missing. Thanks!
  12. Hey ! are there anyone in here that would be able to help me out what this can be.
  13. Please tell me what this fossil is and what animal it is if that makes sense! Thanks
  14. Just found this article about amber that was found containing a feathered tail of a dinosaur. Pretty fascinating! Enjoy http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/feathered-dinosaur-tail-amber-theropod-myanmar-burma-cretaceous/
  15. Hello TFF, I own this dinosaur bone that broke. I do not have any experience in prepping dinosaur material so I just wanted to ask what would be best to glue the fossil together or what glue to use? Thanks so much guys!
  16. Hello Was hoping someone could help with an ID on something recently found on the Isle of Wight. It was actually found by my brother, as I had gone back to the hotel for a nap! I assume it's got to be a rib? The area is early cretaceous. I can't remember exactly where he said it was found, but it was definitely from the Wessex formation. Grange chine- chilton chine area. Most dinosaur finds from here are Iguanodon. Would this be too big for crocodile? Thanks in advance for any help identifying. Henry
  17. Since I started buying fossils online in 2013, my collection has slowly but surely shifted from being a generalistic fossil collection to mainly a dinosaur and reptile fossil collection. With my collection increasing, some things have come to my mind about where to go next with displaying and maintaining my collection, along with guidelines as to what standards I should have when purchasing fossils. I will list them below, and would like to hear your feedback. 1. I currently display the bulk of my collection in an open cabinet that collects dust. It seemed like a good idea at first but the dust it's slowly gathering is obviously an issue. I've seen members display their teeth in IKEA cabinets, which look much better and might not collect as much dust, but living in a country prone to earthquakes I must question whether this is a safe method of display. I don't want to buy an expensive cabinet that looks good only for an earthquake to hit and destroy it with the fossils inside. What would tooth collectors overseas do about this? 2. The most important information about a specimen is the location. Recently, I have strived to know as much as possible about where the fossils I purchased have been found (more on that later), and obviously this should be labelled. I wonder if a commercial label printer would be any good for this, as I don't have a working computer printer and printed digital text looks much better than my handwriting. Has anybody had experience with using label printers for their collections? 3. More recently, I have developed tighter standards for buying fossils than I've had before, even for last year. I will now only buy fossils either from the original finder or otherwise with precise locality information (not just the formation and state/country). When possible, I like to know the name of the quarry where it was found (if applicable), when it was found, and who found it. All of these are provided with a T. rex tooth tip I bought directly from the finder in South Dakota, as an example. Sometimes I will settle for a county and formation if the provenance is otherwise solid (Texas dinosaur material, for example). To be more of an ethical collector, I will also now avoid fossils from countries with bans on fossil trade and export, such as Niger and especially Mongolia. This means I can no longer tick dinosaurs like Suchomimus and Tarbosaurus off my bucket list, but I can always buy similar remains legally. 4. Adding to the above, I would like to get rid of some purchases I made in the past that seem to me now like poor choices, cluttering up an otherwise good collection. Some of these I will sell (not via the forum as I only accept local pickups) but have had no success to so far, others will be given away as they don't have much value. Does anyone have any suggestions as how I could get rid of these "cluttering" pieces? Just wanted to get all this off my chest. Thanks in advance to those who answer the questions I have.
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  19. Here is a photo of the finished prep work I just completed on a falcarius skeleton. The skull and ribs are cast, the rest is all real. It was a long haul and the first large dinosaur I have prepared.
  20. Hello, I sometimes collect at sites that contain both marine and terrestial fossils. I wonder if you can tell the difference between isolated marine reptile bone fragments and land dinosaurs. For instance, on this website its said that "dinosaur bone seems to have a much coarser bone structure most probably to do with the influence of oxygen": http://www.fossilsforsale.co.uk/marinereptilefossils.htm What is your experience and do you have examples? Regards, Niels
  21. A feathered non-avian theropod dinosaur tail has been found in mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar. A Chinese paleontologist recognized the importance of the tail inside of a piece of amber sold in a Myanmar market. The seller priced the piece as ordinary amber and not as a spectacular scientific find. The last time I asked about what a fossil was in a piece of amber the dealer raised the price. See this article from the current issue of Current Biology and from CNN. “A Feathered Dinosaur Tail with Primitive Plumage Trapped in Mid-Cretaceous Amber” by Lida Xing. Preprint in Current Biology: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(16)31193-9 "Once in a lifetime find': Dinosaur tail discovered trapped in amber" By Katie Hunt, CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/08/health/dinosaur-tail-trapped-in-amber-trnd/?iid=ob_lockedrail_bottommedium
  22. I'm sure these must have been posted in the past, but I couldn't find them in a basic search. They are truly horrible forgeries, of such poor quality that, to be frank, you'd need to be an imbecile to assume they were genuine. However, given that the world isn't short of complete idiots, I post them here for posterity. The seller actually tells us about his prep methods (hydrochloric acid), and each of these has many bids, exceeding $100 each at the time of writing. How many of these bids are from real people - if any - I don't know.
  23. Back when my kids were young I used to stop by a rock shop in Hanksville Utah. I traded and bought a heck of a lot of stuff way back then. I just ran across this little beauty today down at my other property while going through boxes of stuff. I have no idea what I payed for this or traded, but back then i had very little money. Mr.Shirley had some very exspensive stuff and I could not afford his nice stuff, but I did get this. Now what do I do with it? Anyways, enjoy. RB
  24. HelloLooking for a bit of advice on how to glue/stick together larger pieces of rock.I came across what I believe to be a water weathered Dino rib (?). It was already fractured into sections in a rock pool: Now extracted it is cleaned and dried ready to be put back together, and looks like this: Given that it is quite a long (40-50cm), heavy fossil, and relatively fragile, I need to figure out how to put it back together securely.Would it be a good idea to stabilize it first soaking with paraloid on each bit before gluing together?When it comes to the glue, I reckon gorilla glue is pretty sturdy? or is super glue a better idea?Then I could fill in the cracks with modelling clay?Then to support the whole thing, should I be sticking it in a box of sand, or something more permanent?Sorry for all the questions, but I'm out of my depth more than ever with this one. So any criticisms or suggestions for any stage of my plan would be most welcome.ThanksHenry