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  1. Hi everyone! I am really interested in collecting vertebrate fossils. I have a lot of things to offer: - vertebrate fossils from Eocene of Kyiv, Ukraine and Albian-Cenomanian of Ukraine and Russia (various species of shark teeth, bony fish teeth, turtle shell fragments) - Pleistocene mammal, fish and turtle bones from Kyiv, Ukraine (unfortunately, I am not very good at identifying mammal species, but I have a large selection; mostly rodents or other small mammals, I have larger bones, but they are less complete) - crabs from Kyiv Eocene (Eocarpilius (?), up to 4 cm, not perfect, but with almost completely preserved caparaces and some appendages) - Silurian invertebrates from Podolia, Ukraine (mostly corals and small brachiopods) - also some small Devonian placoderms from Podolia, Ukraine (Kujdanowiaspis) - various Ukrainian and Russian ammonites and orthocerid or endocerid nautiloids - a lot of Miocene and Pliocene molluscs from Ukraine - some Carboniferous plants from eastern Ukraine - some random things, ask me if you are interested in something else In return, I am mostly interested in Paleozoic to Cretaceous shark and reptile fossils (both bones and teeth), especially in specimens from rare locations (especially Australia, don't have any vertebrates from there, and any Permian/Triassic vertebrates or dinosaurs/pterosaurs/marine reptiles from other periods). PM me if you are interested, please. I will send you the pictures of specimens you are most interested in. I also accept sales instead of trades. Here is an example of some Eocene fossils from Kyiv I have for trade (here are various sandsharks, Isurolamna, goblin Anomotodon, turtles, Carcharocles, Notorynchus, makos, Jaeckelotodus, Striatolamia, rays, chimaeras, bony fish, Physogaleus). I have much more specimens available, this is just an example.
  2. Utahs top Paleontologist Jim Kirkland posted this chart on the dinosaur fauna in his state. Pretty amazing diversity
  3. Detail of the show logistics can be found in the following topic Dealers are slowly getting into town and its a madhouse looking at the dealers setting up. The show officially starts Thursday but some are already open in the Ramada and Tucson Hotel that I visited today. Here are some pictures. Tucson Hotel City Center -
  4. Dinosaur Remains of Scotland

    Scotland has a lot to offer including good Scotch but when it comes to dinosaurs it's close to the bottom of that scotch barrel. The attached article reviews the meager and extremely rare middle Jurassic remains that exist. The Isle of Skye is the only place that have produced these remains. http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/8/2/53/htm
  5. Hi all, I just wanted to let everyone interested in eastern North American dinosaurs know that my paper reviewing and analyzing Appalachian dinosaur faunas was published as Brownstein (2018). The full citation and doi are below. Brownstein, CD. 2018. The biogeography and ecology of the Cretaceous non-avian dinosaurs of Appalachia. Palaeontologia Electronica 21.1.5A: 1-56. All the best, Chase
  6. Kornei, Katherine, 2018, Signatures of Dinosaur Poop Found in Cretaceous Coal Seams. EOS Earth and Space News, vol. 99, no. 1, p. 5. https://eos.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jan-18_magazine.pdf https://eos.org/current-issues https://eos.org/articles/signatures-of-dinosaur-poop-found-in-cretaceous-coal-seams Doughty, C.E., 2017. Herbivores increase the global availability of nutrients over millions of years. Nature ecology & evolution, 1(12), pp. 1820-1827. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-017-0341-1 Yours, Paul H.
  7. Dinosaurs too successful

  8. The Utah Natural History museum held their annual DinoFest this weekend so I was able to get some great pictures of the new skeleton of Teratophoneus, 80% complete. The skull Here are some close ups of Teratophoneus teeth Now for the foot claws!
  9. G'day all! After three years since my last visit to the UK, i finally returned in December 2017 for another massive collecting trip across England. This was my most ambitious tour of the UK's Mesozoic and Cenozoic vertebrate deposits thus far, with 20 days of collecting across ten different locations. These were (in chronological order from first visit): Abbey Wood in East London Beltinge in Kent Bouldnor on the Isle of Wight Compton Bay to Grange Chine on the Isle of Wight Lyme Regis to Charmouth in Dorset Aust Cliff in Gloucestershire Saltwick Bay in Yorkshire Kings dyke in Cambridgeshire Minster in Kent Tankerton in Kent. If you went collecting at any of these places in the last month, there's probably a 25.6975% chance you saw me looking very intimidating hunched over in my hooded rain jacket and muddy pants 14 of those collecting days were back-to-back, a new record for me, though it was very tiring! Having just come from the hot Australian summer, winter collecting in England was certainly a challenge at times and my fingers and toes froze to the point i could barely feel them on multiple occasions. Temperatures for many of the days reached 0 degrees celcius or below, with ice on the ground around me and even snow falling while i was trying to collect! I also went out during the middle of the night to collect using a head torch on some occasions (mainly at Bouldnor) due to the tidal conditions and bad weather which prevented collecting during the day. All in all i am certainly pleased with how the trip went, i was successful at all locations with the exception of Tankerton. For some of the locations (Aust Cliff, Kings dyke, Saltwick Bay) it was also my first and only visit, so i'm glad i still managed to do well with no prior experience at these sites and with such limited time at each. I have tried to write this trip report not only as a means of showing you guys my finds but also to provide an informative overview of some of the better locations for Mesozoic and Cenozoic vertebrates across England for others who might be planning similar trips. Anyway, here are the results! Pictures will be spread across the next 12 posts due to file size restrictions. Abbey Wood - East London (6/12/17, 30/12/17 and 31/12/17) Formation: Blackheath ('Lesnes Shell Bed') Deposit Age: 54.5 million years (Eocene) Fossil Diversity: Sharks, bony fish, chimaeroids, bivalves, gastropods, rare mammals, turtles and crocodiles This was one of only two inland locations i visited (the other being Kings dyke). As i have found, the majority of the UK's easily accessible fossil collecting locations are coastal! Abbey Wood is an excellent location just 45 minutes on the tube from central London. It is situated in a park called the Lesnes Abbey Woods and there is a small collecting area that is open to the public for shallow digging (see my first two pictures below). You definitely need a sifter, shovel and basin of water at this location to have any real success. Be warned though that once you combine the fine Blackheath sediments with water during sifting you get some pretty gnarly mud so expect to come away from this site looking like you've just been rolling around in the dirt. I'm sure i got some interesting looks from people on the tube going back to London it was all worth it though, as every single sift load produced at least one shark tooth across the three days i visited. Very impressive considering the number of obvious holes dotted around the ground from years worth of other collectors visiting. It should be noted though that the mammalian material from this location is of high scientific importance, and collecting here is allowed on the condition that any mammalian finds be brought to the attention of and handed in to specialists like Dr Jerry hooker at the Natural History Museum in London. I didn't find any such material on my trips unfortunately. Here is the designated collecting area. The statue at the front is of Coryphodon, one of the rare Eocene mammals that has been found at the site. The full haul of shark teeth from three days of sifting in the collecting area. Most are from Striatolamia and Sylvestrilamia. I gave up trying to count them once i got past 100 Some of the other fishy bits that often turn up during sifting, including guitar fish teeth on the far left and two dermal denticles (Hypolophodon sylvestris), one gar pike fish tooth in the middle (Lepisosteus suessionensis), one shark vertebra down the bottom and unidentified bony fish vertebrae on the right. I don't typically collect shells, but i picked these up for the sake of adding a bit more diversity to my Abbey Wood collection. These are bivalves and gastropods of various species. The molluscan diversity from this one location is actually quite impressive. Beltinge - Kent (7/12/17 and 29/12/17) Formation: Upnor ('Beltinge Fish Bed') Deposit Age: 56.5 million years old (Paleocene) Fossil Diversity: Sharks, chimaeroids, bony fish, rays, turtles, crocodiles, bivalves, wood This is my favourite shark tooth collecting location in the UK and probably my favourite that i have visited anywhere so far. The shoreline directly opposite the access point at the end of Reculver Drive in Beltinge is loaded with teeth and dare i say it's impossible to come here and walk away empty handed. The shore however is very flat so there is generally only about a two hour window of time that collecting can be carried out here, one hour either side of low tide. Conditions can also vary depending on how sanded over the shore is, whether the Beltinge Fish Bed itself is exposed and how low the tide drops. However even on a poor day you will still find teeth here, just not as many! I experienced this first hand as the first day i visited on December 7th the conditions were excellent. The tide dropped quite low, there wasn't too much sand covering the clay and the Beltinge Fish Bed was exposed. This allowed direct in-situ collecting of teeth from this rich layer and i ended up with something like 240 teeth from just a couple of hours of looking. The second visit i made on December 29 of the same month was almost the exact opposite. It's amazing how quickly these coastal locations can change! The shore was largely sanded over, the fish bed was covered and the tide didn't drop anywhere near as much. I was out about the same amount of time as the first but only managed 69 teeth (only ). Keep these things in mind if you are planning a visit. Luckily though i didn't just find shark teeth, i also managed to locate some of the other less common finds as you will see below! Here is the area of shoreline that produces teeth, photographed on December 7th. It was quite cold and rainy! Three teeth sitting next to each other as found. More as-found shark teeth. This one made me quite excited when i saw it. It's a large piece of chimaeroid fish jaw and mouthplate coming straight from the Beltinge Fish Bed itself (the darker, dull-green sandy clay in this picture). Beltinge is continued in the next post.
  10. until
    First-time guests welcome! Membership fees are $18.50/year (Jan-Dec). Children under 12 come free! LECTURE: “NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST: UNRAVELING THE TRAVELS OF HORNED DINOSAURS.” Dr. Andrew Farke-Augustyn Family Curator and Director of Research and Collections, Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology at the Webb Schools. TIME & PLACE: Unless otherwise noted, Society meetings begin at 1:30 PM. The Society meets in Classroom 4 at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Los Angeles. Parking is available for Members behind the museum by means of a current Member parking pass. ABOUT US: The Southern California Paleontological Society, founded January 5, 1960, is a non-profit organization which pledges itself to work in cooperation with scientific institutions and for the preservation of the fossil record. Participation is invited in the program to collect, preserve, and study paleontological material. Find out more about us at www.socalpaleo.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/socalpaleo.
  11. Dinosaur and Bird Fossils Returned to China

    Fossils returned to China Xinhua Net | 2018-01-13 19:01:35|Editor: Zhou Xin http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/13/c_136893270.htm Yours, PAul H.
  12. 2012 Gathering 2013 Gathering 2014 Gathering 2015 Gathering 2016 Gathering 2017 Mid-Year Gathering Hi everyone, and Happy New Year! Singapore Fossils Collectors just had our end year gathering at a new location! As usual, there was food, there was laughter, there was trade, and there were so many fossils! Feast your eyes upon Calvin's personal museum collection. -------------------------- First up, a genuine Dimetrodon from USA. There are some restorations to the skull and bone, but the vast majority is original material. A high-quality Ichthyosaurus cast Stegodon tusk, various shark jaws, whale vert, mammal bones etc. The tiger skull is a cast, thankfully Plesiosaur skull from Goulmima Various amazing material. An authentic baby Psittacosaurus. Ammolite with mosasaur bites. Xiphactinus jaw. Pliosaur tooth etc.
  13. See El Paso dinosaur tracks in public tour this Sunday El Paso 411, January 5, 2018 http://elpaso411.com/2018/01/see-el-paso-dinosaur-tracks-in-public-tour-this-sunday/ http://www.insightselpaso.org/first-sunday-dinotracks-public-tour/ Note: January 7, 2018 tour is now full. Next tour is February 4, 2018. Go see El Paso Science Center, Inc. at http://www.insightselpaso.org/first-sunday-dinotracks-public-tour/ The Dinosaur Tracks of Mount Cristo Rey http://www.geo.utep.edu/pub/dinosaurs/ Insights offers dino tracks to NM Park could be start for proposed Rio Grande Trail By David Crowder, El Paso Inc. March 14, 2016 http://www.elpasoinc.com/news/local_news/insights-offers-dino-tracks-to-nm/article_80cfee9e-e9f6-11e5-8193-9b3d1927b42b.html Related papers are: Kappus, E. and Cornell, W.C., 2003. A new Cretaceous dinosaur tracksite in Southern New Mexico. Paleontologia Electronica, 6, pp. 1-6. http://palaeo-electronica.org/2003_1/track/track.pdf?iframe=true&width=640&height=480 Kappus, E.J., Lucas, S.G. and Langford, R., 2011. The Cerro de Cristo Rey Cretaceous dinosaur tracksites, Sunland Park, New Mexico, USA, and Chihuahua, Mexico. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 53, pp. 272-288. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283015035_The_Cerro_de_Cristo_Ray_Cretaceous_Dinosaur_tracksites_Sunland_Park_New_Mexico_USA_and_Chihuahua_Mexico Yours, Paul H.
  14. Interested in Mongolian Paleontology here is a listing of publications you can checkout from Mammals to Dinosaurs to Burgess like deposits. https://www.scienceopen.com/search#collection/394de4be-f6b1-4ab3-a48b-f917e76bccb5
  15. First to Study Dino Footprints

    Interesting article on the first scientist to study dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut Valley https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/edward-hitchcock-dinosaur-fossils-footprints-birds-amherst.amp?__twitter_impression=true
  16. sunnyside up

    some members might actually like this Wilsonloolithegg-etal2014-taphoreviewindispensabldeformation.pdf\below:outtake
  17. How some dinosaur discoveries might be wishful scientific thinking by Evan Thomas Saitta, The Conversation, November 6, 2017. https://theconversation.com/how-some-dinosaur-discoveries-might-be-wishful-scientific-thinking-86253 https://phys.org/news/2017-11-dinosaur-discoveries-scientific.html Yours, Paul H.
  18. good gracious ,it's the Cretaceous!

    excel data sheets/charts NOT included denverfowlPLOSusamaastriccorrelgeochronoljournal.pone.0188426.pdf Intriguing: " Rapid stepwise acquisition of display characters in many dinosaur clades, in particular chasmosaurine ceratopsids, suggests that they may be useful for high resolution biostratigraphy."
  19. Did you watch the "documovie" Dinosaur 13? What do you think of it? Was it slanted to an unacceptable level? What is the part of the truth that is not portrayed in the movie? Why were interviewed just two (or one?) witnesses on the part of the federal government in all the movie? What was really wrong with the activity of the BHI? I would like to know more about that story, about the wrongs of each of the parts interested in the trial. From the movie it seems that the federal government was the evil and the BHI was the good guy: is it a fair reconstruction of the reality or was it the other way around? I am about to read the book of the story, Rex Appeal, because I want to know more about it, I want answers. Probably is not the best choice I could have done, as the book was written by Larson himself and Kristin Donnan, two victims of those events. The fact is, probably buying that book was the only choice, as there are no other books, to my knowledge. Was Pete Larson really doing some illegal trading of fossils as people say? I mean, he seems a good guy, I have read comments by some of you that say so. And his passion is snarge clear: I can see it from his eyes, he is in love with his job. I cannot understand how is possible to convict someone like him of illegal trade of fossils, as he seems well aware of the importance of science and of dinosaurs on education. I know I am in a huge community and probably some of you have more information about that infamous story. That's why I am writing. Thank you guys!
  20. Hello, where can I buy dinosaur fossils from the Hell Creek formation for fair prices? I am having trouble finding a website that offers some good dinosaur fossils.
  21. Teeth and Bones from Hell Creek

    From the album Dinosaurs and Reptiles

    Teeth and Bones from Hell Creek formation, South Dakota, USA, Maastricthian, Cretaceous. Scalebar 1 cm. A. - Thescelosaurus neglectus tooth. B. - Denversaurus schlessmani tooth. C. - Nanotyrannus lancensis tooth. D. - Richardoestesia sp. tooth. E. - Dromaeosaur tail vertebra. F. - Edmontosaurus annectens shed tooth. G. - Triceratops sp. shed tooth. H. - Crocodile scute. I. - Borealosuchus sternbergi tooth. J. - Brachychampsa montana tooth. K. - Myledaphus pustulosus ray tooth.
  22. Asteroid impact plunged dinosaurs into catastrophic 'winter' By Jonathan Amos, BBC, October 31, 2017 http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41825471 Dinosaur-killing asteroid impact cooled Earth's climate more than previously thought. PhysOrg, October 31, 2017 https://phys.org/news/2017-10-dinosaur-killing-asteroid-impact-cooled-earth.html The paper is: Artemieva, N., et al, 2017, Quantifying the Release of Climate-Active Gases by Large Meteorite Impacts With a Case Study of Chicxulub. Geophysical Research Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1002/2017GL074879 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL074879/abstract A related paper is: Pierazzo, E. and Artemieva, N., 2012. Local and global environmental effects of impacts on Earth. Elements, 8(1), pp.55-60. http://users.unimi.it/paleomag/geo2/Pierazzo&Artemieva2012.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  23. Its Spring. A glorious day. prairie Crocus are in bloom, the Meadowlarks are singing and the sky full of migrating waterfowl. First outing this year into the badlands. Headed out just north of Jenner, Alberta and then a trek east along the Red Deer River. Age is Campanian ( Late Cretaceous) about 72 million mya. All terrestrial deposits. A 6 km cycle ride in and then hike another couple. About 3 hours looking for fossils. Its feast or famine. Some hoodoos sterile and then an area dripping with vertebrate fossils. This area also yields a few 'unknowns' All fossils catch and release.
  24. I figured I'd share a little bit of information here. Since April of 2017, I've made a concerted effort to quench the insatiable fossil/dinosaur curiosity of my kids. Many of these field trips were actual fossil hunts themselves, but we've also gone to museums and other fossil displays. Here's a short description of some of them we've visited. I don't have a ton of pictures for the purpose of really illustrating what is available at each location...more pictures of my kiddos enjoying themselves! Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas I cannot recommend this place enough. Especially for young dino-obsessed kids. The visitor center is staffed with friendly rangers and has a display area that kept my kids entertained and educated for quite awhile. The video wasn't quite exciting enough for them to really hold their attention, but they sat quietly through it - I thought it was great! The gift store is in an entirely separate building - something I appreciate. It can be hard to hold kids' attention on the exhibits when toys are lurking nearby. There are two old World's Fair dinosaur statues in the park. They are an outdated idea of what these dinosaurs were like. The signage explains this well and you get a good sense of how our knowledge has changed over the decades. Plus the kids thought they were awesome. I loved the way we explored the park - we apparently started with the least well-marked site first (because it was closest to the campground) and spent nearly an hour in the cold, damp weather tracking down the handful of theropod (probably Acrocanthosaurus) tracks at the Denio site. It gave us a true sense of discovery when we FINALLY saw them in the water. (you can see a print right between the girls) We then ventured to the main site with several long, distinct track ways of both a theropod and a sauropod (Sauroposeidon...which us Texans like to still refer to as Paluxysaurus). Also the Ballroom site which is a huge jumble of prints in every direction (possibly also iguanodonts). The sheer sense of wonder at being able to literally walk in these footprints is indescribable. Not only is the park a wonderful paleontology stop, but it's just simply a beautiful place. We went on the Black-capped Vireo Trail (plus connection trails, it was ~4 miles) and thoroughly enjoyed it...even the copperhead we startled! We also saw lots of marine fossils on the trail, but left them in place as the rules require. The Paluxy River is gorgeous and when it finally warmed up enough for us to be in the water, we didn't stray far from it. Texas Memorial Museum on UT Campus in Austin I love museums. I could spend HOURS in them…but not while toting 2 young kids. They love them too, but just don’t have the attention span for huge museums that can suck up your whole afternoon. Enter the Texas Memorial Museum. It’s PERFECT. It’s $7 for an adult, $5 for kids. It’s small, but packed with fun. The first floor takes you on a walk through time, explaining the Earth’s formation (and geology) and then leading you into a room full of fossils showing 500 million years of evolution. There’s cabinets with drawers and drawers full of neat little things in the Paleo Lab. Great for kids to explore. (can you tell T Rex is her favorite?) The second floor, the Great Hall (where you enter), has numerous gorgeous gem and mineral displays, a rotating show of nature photographs, the Texas Pterosaur – the largest flying creature discovered. The third floor features the current wildlife of Texas through taxidermy animals in dioramas. Always a favorite with the kids. And the fourth floor is about biodiversity, has some bizarre preserved specimens, and hosts travelling shows. Last time we went, the kids weren’t terribly interested (I think it was about viruses), but looking at the website now, the new show is about “Helicoprion, a bizarre 270 million year old whorl-toothed shark” …guess we need to make another visit soon! This museum is just about the right size to do after school. It closes at 5, giving us an hour and a half – perfect for not wearing out their little attention spans. I’m sure adults with no kids in tow could spend far longer in the museum though. Clayton Lake State Park near Clayton, NM On our summer road trip, I chose this as a stopping point for its convenient location, as well as the promise of dinosaur trackways. The trackways were unearthed during the construction of the reservoir. You can see them from a raised boardwalk and there’s plenty of information on the signage. (iguanodont tracks in the upper left of the photo) I have to admit that we have been completely spoiled by Dinosaur Valley State Park in TX. Still, this was well worth the stop. Not only were the tracks fun, but the single hiking trail in the park was absolutely gorgeous. There’s also plenty of interesting sandstone formations to explore. Plus, we were the ONLY ones tent camping. My kind of night. J This park is on our list of places to stop again, for sure. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in CO Um. WOW. What an amazing place! We spent hours looking through the fossils in the visitor center. In the shale deposits are all manner of plants and invertebrates. 1,500 different species of spiders and insects have been identified! There were also vertebrate fossils, as well as the magnificent petrified stumps you can visit on a short walk around the valley. This is another place I would love to visit again! Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park, CO We’d passed by this place during our last few trips to Colorado, and finally made the effort to stop in. Glad we did! It was perhaps a bit pricey for what it was…plus the huge gift shop was a big distraction. The kids were a bit unruly that day so it wasn’t our usual, organized museum trip. I hardly had time to read any of the information. There was a puppet show (not fossil related) that took up most of our time, and we had to maneuver around a guided tour. But for a small space, this spot packed in a lot of fossils. Many of them were replicas, but that doesn’t make much of a difference to kids. My favorite was the triceratops leg with tyrannosaurus teeth marks. Still, I’m very glad we went in. There’s a working paleo lab in the back that you can peak in on people’s projects. That was neat. And THIS FISH FOSSIL! Copper Ridge and Mill Canyon Tracksites near Moab, UT My dino-obsessed cousins had a blast showing my dino-obsessed kids these trackways! I was very impressed with the signage put up by the BLM. Informative and beautiful. The Mill Canyon site in particular was spectacular. I highly recommend that one. Copper Ridge A perfect visual explanation of the tracks that can be seen just beyond this sign. Nice boardwalk that take you over the whole area.