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  1. Hello Fossil Friends, Saw this in the news today so thought I’d share: ******************** World's smallest dinosaur egg fossil discovered in Japan Source Link A team of researchers said Tuesday it has discovered the world's smallest dinosaur egg fossil, measuring about 4.5 centimeters by 2 cm, in western Japan. The fossil of the egg, estimated to have weighed only about 10 grams more than 100 million years ago, was found in a stratum dating back to the Early Cretaceous period in Tamba, Hyogo Prefecture, according to the team. Supplied photo shows the world's smallest dinosaur egg fossil found in Tamba, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan. (Photo courtesy of the University of Tsukuba and the Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo)(Kyodo) The researchers at the University of Tsukuba and the Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo, among others, who have analyzed the fossil, said it likely belonged to a non-avian small theropod. Skeletal remains of small dinosaurs are far less common than those of large dinosaurs, such as the Tyrannosaurus, which was also a theropod, and Kohei Tanaka of the University of Tsukuba, a member of the team, said he hopes the discovery will "help shed light on how small dinosaurs reproduced and nested." The team surveyed the stratum, which dates back 110 million years, between 2015 and 2019 and found four fossil eggs and over 1,300 scattered eggshell fragments. It has confirmed the findings, including the newly discovered one, which has been named Himeoolithus murakamii, can be categorized into four different types. The team said the discovery suggests that various small dinosaurs were nesting together in the area, known as one of the world's richest Lower Cretaceous fossil egg sites. Fossilized dinosaur eggs have been found elsewhere, including Spain and Mongolia, but many of them are 5 to 7 cm in length and weigh about 30 g. ******************** Thanks, Robert
  2. Hello Fossil Friends, You might have already known or been aware, but I came across this in the news today and thought I’d share it with you. I note that these fossils are not a recent discovery—most just had not been scientifically described, hence the recent publication. ******************** Gigantic Australian carnivorous dinosaurs discovered and studied using footprints North America had the T. rex, South America had the Giganotosaurus and Africa the Spinosaurus—now evidence shows Australia had gigantic predatory dinosaurs. The discovery came in University of Queensland research, led by paleontologist Dr. Anthony Romilio, which analyzed southern Queensland dinosaur footprint fossils dated to the latter part of the Jurassic Period, between 165 and 151 million-years-ago. "I've always wondered, where were Australia's big carnivorous dinosaurs?" Dr. Romilio said. "But I think we've found them, right here in Queensland. The specimens of these gigantic dinosaurs were not fossilized bones, which are the sorts of things that are typically housed at museums. Rather, we looked at footprints, which—in Australia—are much more abundant." He explains, "These tracks were made by dinosaurs walking through the swamp-forests that once occupied much of the landscape of what is now southern Queensland." Most of the tracks used in the study belong to theropods, the same group of dinosaurs that includes Australovenator, Velociraptor, and their modern-day descendants, birds. Dr. Romilio said these were clearly not bird tracks. "Most of these footprints are around 50 to 60 centimeters in length, with some of the really huge tracks measuring nearly 80 centimeters," he said. "We estimate these tracks were made by large-bodied carnivorous dinosaurs, some of which were up to three meters high at the hips and probably around 10 meters long. To put that into perspective, T. rex got to about 3.25 meters at the hips and attained lengths of 12 to 13 meters long, but it didn't appear until 90 million years after our Queensland giants." He says, "The Queensland tracks were probably made by giant carnosaurs—the group that includes the Allosaurus. At the time, these were probably some of the largest predatory dinosaurs on the planet." Despite the study providing important new insights into Australia's natural heritage, the fossils are not a recent discovery. "The tracks have been known for more than half a century," Dr. Romilio said. "They were discovered in the ceilings of underground coal mines from Rosewood near Ipswich, and Oakey just north of Toowoomba, back in the 1950s and 1960s." Most, he said, hadn't been scientifically described, and were left for decades in museum drawers waiting to be re-discovered. "Finding these fossils has been our way of tracking down the creatures from Australia's Jurassic Park." Source: Gigantic Australian carnivorous dinosaurs discovered and studied using footprints ******************** Below are a few links to related news articles: Tracking Gigantic Carnivorous Dinosaurs From Australia’s Jurassic Park Footprints reveal giant carnivorous dinosaurs the length of a bus wandered Australia And, if you’re interested in reading the research paper, which has been published in Historical Biology, the information is as follows: Anthony Romilio et al. Footprints of large theropod dinosaurs in the Middle–Upper Jurassic (lower Callovian–lower Tithonian) Walloon Coal Measures of southern Queensland, Australia., Historical Biology (2020). DOI: 10.1080/08912963.2020.1772252 Thanks, Robert
  3. Spinosaurus tail

    I’m not sure if anyone else has posted anything about this but just wanna know what you guys think about the new spinosaurus tail announced fairly recently?
  4. Back Issue of "Fossil News Journal"

    Looking to obtain either a copy of the July 2009 (Volume 15, No. 7) "Fossil News - The Journal of Avocational Paleontology" or a scan of an included 5 page article on the Marston Magna ammonites locality discovery and history. Not sure of the exact title.
  5. WHat type of Fosslis are these?

    Hi Attached is a Fossil and here are some images ...
  6. I Like Him! -- What is his name?

    OK folks, Really have no idea on this one, so need some help please. Thanks all in advance with this riddle. Dan
  7. If someone finds a number of fossils that scientist can not ID, does the person that found them get to name them all if they turn out to be new a specie.?
  8. 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
  9. New Bat Wing Dinosaur

    A small, gliding predator, Ambopteryx has been discovered. Make sure to check out the short video in the link too. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/05/ambopteryx-new-species-bat-wing-dinosaur-discovered-china/
  10. Someone has very likely already posted something similar to this, though a quick search didn't yield many results. So I thought I might give it a stab, and see if we get any bites. Also not sure if it belongs under general fossil discussion, but the admin gods will surely know... Anybody got a first discovery they would like to share? Maybe a childhood fossil, or your first significant (maybe just to you) find? Do you still have that initial specimen? And maybe a story to go with it? If you care to, please share here. Thanks.
  11. Missing pliosaurs?

    This started bothering me from lack of fossils for sale(and tooth prices when they are), and although this is far from anything scientific or reliable, I feel like I hear about plesiosaur fossil finds significantly more than pliosaurs finds(im not really sure how to begin searching for that kind of compiled info). Is there a reason pliosaurs seem to be so rare? As far as fossils for sale, the only thing I can think of, other than pliosaurs being just plain rare(super rare when compared to the number of plesiosaurs), is that for some reason everyone just mistakes/assumes pliosaur fossils are actually from plesiosaurs.
  12. FAIL!

    "The appearance of these sharks are largely unknown. However, author and illustrator Ray Troll mentions in his book, Sharkabet, about how paleontologist Rainer Zangerl once discovered a large shale slab containing a long, eel-like fish covered in long, spine-like denticles, only to have it dry out and crumble into dust. As such, according to Zangerl's account, Troll reconstructs Listracanthus as resembling a tremendous, fiercely-bristled frill shark." http://fossil.wikia.com/wiki/Listracanthus Oh my GOD!!!!!!! How frustrating!!!! To actually have uncovered an imprint of an extinct shark, one of the many holy grails of collecting, but it being destroyed, and before anyone else could even see it(and i guess before he took a picture of it:/ ). Brings a whole new aspect into the sad idea of discoveries that could, or even HAVE been made, but haven't, won't, or can't be actually discovered to science:( I wonder how many paleontologists have nightmares about that? Maybe even a common nightmare thread for the career? *by the way, these are in the edestus/helicoprion family, so maybe this is a clue as to what those guys looked like? (simultaneous to all of helicoprion's and to most of edestus' known spans...I don't know what, if anything, that might point to as far as likelyhoods of potential similarities)
  13. When I got home from work today, my 4 year old grandson, who is staying with us until Friday, ran up to me and said he found a trilobite at the park today. So off in the car we went to see his discovery and low and behold, he found a trilobite, though not real. Hopefully he will enjoy fossils like me, but right now he is into his drums and electric guitar.
  14. Oldest pygmy whale fossil identified 60 years after being collected from Beaumaris, Victoria. The ear bone is believed to be 6 million years old and is one of only six pygmy right whale fossils in the world. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-11/pygmy-right-whale-fossil-found-in-museums-victoria-collection/9978612
  15. Hello everyone! I had already posted a short introduction on the new members subforum, but then I thought it might be nice to start a diary of our latest adventure here. I am an amateur fossil hunter and prepper from Belgium and recently have been put in charge of securing my husband's grandfather's secondary fossil collection, together with my husband and little brother in law. Or in other words; the non displayed and non prepped fossils which he collected during the sixties and seventies (although we did find some younger specimens as well). The task is a daunting one, and very challenging as well, since the fossil storage is very poor, and there is little to no light or heating when we work. The picture above shows a very small fraction of the attic as we found it after moving piles of other things. As we dug through boxes who haven't been moved in 50 years, we discovered most of the boxes and covers used to store the fossils had been eaten by rodents. Boxes soaked with feces and moisture, others completely filled with what once must have been beautiful pyrite samples, completely oxidized and obliterated through the ages. At some points gloves and masks had to be worn to dig through it safely. Apart from fossils the collection also includes minerals and shells of amazing quality, though many of them have broken due to instability, and some boxes had been caved in because they had been stacked so high the boxes touched the ceiling. Once aware of the actual size of the secondary collection, we decided upon buying several magazine racks just to be able to store it all. This is about 1/4th of the racks set up. As of today 3 of them are up and almost completely filled, as I guess we have secured 60% of the collection... Since a good number of fossils have been moved, and we are working with a tight schedule, I won't always be able to take pictures of my finds, but I will try to post some shots of the most interesting finds of the day as we progress. Same for when I start prepping the specimens collected. So, without further ado, onto today's finds. Enjoy! Crates full of Dinosaur poop! I found a couple of bags full of nodules containing ammonites. These were found in 1974! Fern leaves from a nearby coal mine. Shark teeth! I'll be back soon with more discoveries during our different kind of fossil hunt!
  16. My name is Samnang Nuon and I am a student at a school in Cambodia called the Liger Leadership Academy. LINK My school, the Liger Leadership academy is a unique project based experiential school for Cambodian secondary students selected from throughout the country. We learn subjects areas contents by conducting real research or projects and learning about Cambodia by going out to explore and doing things around the country. Several months ago we did a project about the geology of Cambodia. There is little written about, known or understood by the general public about this topic. So, we invited a recent graduating geology major from the University of Minnesota to come and lead the project. It was great and she taught our students about field research, etc. They did three one week trips throughout the country to document the information and learn see the real deal. They created the following bi-lingual Facebook page to begin helping people here know about geology. Geology of Cambodia Facebook Geology is not a popular major here in Cambodia. Therefore, there is no geology program, major, etc. in any university in this country. However, there is a Ministry of Mines and Energy here and the students of our school went to interview them about geology in Cambodia. They met with the Minister for the whole ministry and one thing he told them is that they, just this past year, discovered dinosaur tracks in rural region at Battambang northern Cambodia. Along with the location of the site, he recently emailed me this: " During the last survey to the site, our staff and paleontologist of the Department of Mineral Resources of Thailand found trackways of both bipedal and quadrupedal dinosaur. As I know, the site is within a private property and land is reworked, but you might find footprint in surrounding area. I also planned to talk with Battambang department of Mines and Energy and Battambang provincial authority on possible way to protect the remaining area for conservation. I hope we can cooperate in keeping the site safe. Yours sincerely, SIENG Sotham Deputy Director General General Department of Mineral Resources" Unfortunately, the ministry does not have budget, time, staff, etc. to realistically pursue this. I am very interested in having a group of my high school friends learn from this possibility. First, learn what to do scientifically with a site. Additionally, write about it. To my knowledge, there has never been evidence of dinosaurs in this country (I think for many reasons) and I would like my team to write articles, research papers, create documentation for media to get young people throughout the country here interested. There is no university here to take on such a project. But, it would be perfect for us. The students at my school, in the past few years have written two books that have been sent by the Ministry of Education to all the government schools in the country as a part of their curriculum. Remarkably, I know we are up for a rigorous, scientific challenge. But, what I don't know what it is I’m unsure if the footprint is real. I know very little information about dinosaurs. My learning coordinator, Jeff Holte of the school has spent the last two weekends traveling to the site to take some photos and have done some casts of the tracks. I would be very interested in you looking at the photos I have attached to tell me if these are probably a real dinosaur tracks. The site is about 40 km from Battambang towards the Thai border. To make it interesting, there are snakes and still land mines (from Khmer Rouge regime) in the area. The coordinates are found where they have been filling in a piece of land to build on at some point. They obviously moved big pieces of sandstone to the sides of the land and that is where I found some things in the photos attached. The site is mostly covered over but there are some boulders and small outcroppings on the sides. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. Let me know what you think. Contact me if you got any idea: samnang.n@ligercambodia.org s.nounsinoeun@ligerlearning.org Thanks in advanced, Samnang
  17. http://www.palaeocast.com/episode-70/ My son is a fan of the Palaeocast website. This particular episode is titled the Golden age of Dinosaurs. Dr David Evans explains why we find so many Dinosaurs.
  18. Hey everybody. I was reading about Barnum Brown's T-Rex discovery from 1902, and I couldn't seem to find a specific location anywhere! I know that the discovery was made in southeast Montana at a Hell Creek formation, but I need a more precise area. Does anyone happen to know?
  19. Prehistoric Planet

    Prehistoric Planet, a land lost in time. Multi-millionaire Dennis Cooper has been researching the Bermuda triangle for years, then he finally realizes where the different ships and planes have disappeared to; they have been sent back in time. After years of work, he finally accomplishes his dream, a time portal that leads to the age of Dinosaurs. Cooper has set up base on an island, he calls it, “Prehistoric Planet” but only known to the Public as “Project X”. After years of research, and all the latest technology, something has gone terribly wrong. Someone inside Prehistoric Planet is pulling some dangerous strings, and it’s only a matter of time before the time portal closes, forever... (Excerpt from Prehistoric Planet) Jonathan has noticed that the climate is slightly warmer, and more humid than before the flash occurred, but maybe it was side effects from whatever had just happened. The boat finally comes to a complete stop beside the dock, and they begin to unload. As they get off the boat, Dennis points out a gas powered jeep, “We will be riding in those” He said Jonathan looks in the direction Dennis is pointing, the jeeps are light brown in color with designs of leaves and trees around the edges. Inside, the seats are covered in water proof leather, six seats in all. Jonathan glances around the car, it has state of the art technology, and bumper to bumper it is covered in many electronic devices that he has never seen before. He sees the Jeep has an automatic shift, with a touch screen between the drivers and passenger seat, and in some of the pockets he can see multiple field guides. He takes a closer look at the books, and notices they are field guides to dinosaurs, prehistoric animals and plants, and prehistoric environments. He flips through one of the books, they are full of notes jotted down, it looks like they are correcting the books in some way. But why would they need to correct these books, it was all rather odd to Jonathan. Jonathan continues to inspect the car, and his eyes are drawn to the large off-road tires, “Wow” he said in shock, he’s never seen such off-road tires before, they look like they could be used for virtually every kind of environment the Earth would have to offer. Jonathan especially impressed with how strong the metal was on the outside of the car, it felt like titanium, and yet, the two inches of titanium had dents in it. Jonathan looks at the dents, trying to figure out what could have caused them. Lex and Dennis are already in the car, beckoning him to join them. Jonathan hops into the car and takes a seat beside Lex in the back of the jeep; a pair of binoculars hangs from the seat in front of him. He looks at Lex, who is looking behind her; a sleek metal case sits comfortably in the trunk, it is covered in several warning labels. She looks at the driver in confusion, whose face is covered in freckles, and his red hair can be seen sticking out of the edges of his Atlanta Braves baseball cap. She taps him on the shoulder, and he looks at her through a pair of dark sunglasses, “What’s this?” asked Lex, gesturing to the box “That”, said the driver over his shoulder “is a tranquilizer gun” “What’s it for?” “Protection” he said with a smile Jonathan looks back at the case with the tranquilizer inside, he notices one of the labels says that it contains wildnil, a fluid used to sedate animals as large as elephants, but the dosage listed on the label is almost twice as much. Jonathan continues looking at the label in confusion, what kind of animal needs that much wildnil? The cars continue to drive along the dirt road that leads into the jungle. Lex looks around; this jungle is much different from jungles she has seen in the past. Her grandfather had taken her too many jungles around the world, yet she didn’t recognize many of these plants. The Island had a tropical environment, with lots of exotic plants. The jungle was alive with sound, hoots and squeals from different animals, she has even noticed in some places steam is simply raising from the ground. “Why is there steam coming out of the ground in some places?” asked Lex “Ahh yes, the Island is Volcanic” Said Dennis, “This part of the island has some steam vents, but other parts have more steam, and a few geysers” “Volcanic?” Said Jonathan in worry “Don’t worry”, Said Dennis calmly, “The volcano hasn’t been active in a couple hundred years, there’s nothing to worry about” The cars continued along the dirt path that seemed to cut right into the jungle, Jonathan can see that the road has been cut as level as possible, and covered nicely with a layer of gravel, the ride is still quite bumpy. Now I know why they needed those tires, thought Jonathan with a smile. “Take us to the prairie” Dennis said to the driver, “There should still be some there” what should be there? “So where exactly are we?” asks Jonathan “You’ll see soon enough” Dennis replies with a smile. The jeep continued along a path, and then took a right turn. The climate has begun to change a little since they first arrived, a majority of the island was tropical, but now it was changing to a more savanna like ecology. The trees were becoming more spread apart, and they could see the open grassland just beyond the trees. As they drove through the last of the trees and into the grassland, the car slowed to a stop. Jonathan looks around, the grassland stretches for miles, and in the distance he can see mountains, covered in a heavy fog. To the east, rising above the palm trees, Jonathan noticed a single trunk with no leaves, just an enormous, twisted trunk. Then the stump began to move, and then it twisted around to face the new arrivals. They realized they were looking at the long, curving neck of an enormous animal, rising fifty feet into the air. They were looking at a Dinosaur. - - - - - “Wow” Lex said softly the first thought that occurred to her was how beautiful and extraordinary the creature was. Dinosaurs were normally portrayed as dumpy, frightening animals, but this long-necked animal had gracefulness in all its movements. The sauropod peered alertly at them and made a low moaning sound, rather like a whale. As if in reply, more heads appeared above the treetops, a third, and then a fourth! The animals were huge! Big as a house! The Dinosaurs continued to graze amongst the tree tops, and with their long, moaning cries. Jonathan began to laugh “What is it?” asked Dennis in worry, “Is something wrong?” Jonathan just shook his head; he was astonished by the fact that he was actually seeing a dinosaur. He was still laughing when a fifth and a sixth head rose above the trees. The Sauropods watched the people arrive; they reminded Jonathan of oversized cows. They had the same pleasant, rather clueless gaze, and stood there, grazing in the trees. From the distance, they heard their long, graceful calls again, echoing through the air. “There beautiful” whispered Lex One of the juvenile Sauropods approaches them cautiously, gazing at them through its large brown eyes. Jonathan is amazed at the size, even though it is still an infant, it towers above them, and Jonathan estimates the height to be about twelve feet tall. It makes a short trumpeting cry as it continues to inspect the humans. One of the adult dinosaurs replies, beckoning it back to the herd. The young sauropod glances at them one more time, then slowly, but gracefully, lumbered back towards the herd. Lex watched as the adults gently welcomed the juvenile back with nudges and sniffs. Johnson quickly made his way towards Lex and Jonathan, “Guys, we should probably proceed to the compound” “Yes, it’s about time” The group climbs back into the Jeep as it begins to drive back into the jungle. Lex and Jonathan continue to watch the dinosaurs, until they can see them no more. Jonathan looks up as the jeep passes under a large, steel archway with bold letters that read, “Prehistoric Planet”