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Found 302 results

  1. From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    Some fish verts from the Zandmotor. Most are incomplete.
  2. From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    Me holding a perfect fish vert found on the Zandmtor, still a bit covered in wet sand.
  3. Fossil Hunt Leads University of Chicago Professor to Antarctica Paul Caine, WTTW, Chicago, February 14, 2017 2:48 pm http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/02/14/fossil-hunt-leads-university-chicago-professor-antarctica Yours, Paul H.
  4. Here it is, the show booth layout! What do yah think? did we get enough fish this year? I am kind of fond of the table, it is fully lit all the way around the inside with LED lights!
  5. From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A partial fish jaw found on the Zandmotor, with one tooth (shiny black thing). Probably from a bream (Sparidae).
  6. I started the preparation that @snolly50 won on my auction. Here's a pic of the fish as I received it.
  7. Hi all, I found this a while ago on the Zandmotor (NL) --> Pleistocene. It's a fossil fish vert (Teleostei). Usually individual verts as those found on the Zandmotor are not identifiable by genus or species, but I thought I might give it a try. Best regards, Max
  8. From the album Cretaceous

    Enchodus petrosus (boney fish tooth) Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Big Brook Colts Neck, N.J.
  9. I bought a slab some time ago, and have finally gotten around to prepping it. (Note, I do not have an air scribe, so it takes quite a bit of time) Current Progress: (20 minutes) Only the vertebrae and a few ribs are visible here. I have noticed as I am going along, it is much more difficult than it appeared when I first purchased it. The skin is fairly intact, though there are some patches that are missing. Use a gum eraser to help clean away the dust because it is gentle, particularly on the fragile bones. All I am using is a small hand prepping tool, and though it is time consuming, it still works for me.
  10. I bought this on everyone's favorite auction site as a split nodule 13" long. I glued the 2 halves together and prepped it down from the top. The nodule is, I assume limestone, but is unlike any I have seen. It is very soft on the outside and gets very hard on the inside. The bone is very fragile and pink in color with a microscopic layer of black on top. As you can see by the front on photo, it was a very toothy little bugger. No collection info was available from the seller. My best guess is enchodus or some type of early shark, but that is just a shot in the dark. Help Please!
  11. Hi all, I bought this fossil fish online and the seller said it was from Santana Fm. in Ceara, Brazil but did not know the genus. Just wondering if anyone here could tell me the genus if not the species? Let me know if more photos are needed. All suggestions are appreciated! Jojo
  12. I picked up this treasure in Tucson, because I have always wanted one, and had never been able to afford on till then. Species: Mioplosus and Knightia Location: Green River, Wyoming continued....
  13. I have not been very frequent on here lately, so I thought I'd post a little something to let the old timers on here know I'm still around. First let me say I'm no professional when it comes to prep. If I found something completely crazy cool and in need of a professional I would send it there. However cool something is to me, most of the time there are bunches of these in museums already so I don't think I am causing any dis-service to science by trying my hand a prepping these myself. That said, I do my best, and take lots of pictures along the way. I figure it is better prepped by myself (however poorly) than crumbling in one of my drawers of my shop. The following are a few pictures of a fish (Pentanogmius) my wife found two summers ago, and I finally got prepped this summer. A large section of a chalk pyramid had collapsed, and this fish was found in the debris pile. Much of it had already weathered away. We picked it up in pieces and brought it home. I prepared a box to mount it in, and set the bones in plaster.
  14. Anyone know the species of this fish? Skull is 3D and BIG. Thanks
  15. Let me start by saying that I am in no way a professional fossil hunter, nor do I have any kind of training or education of the matter. That being said I like to collect rocks and fossils that I find on the ground. My question is the following: Is this a fossil, and if so what is it? I see what looks to me like a head, and that head looks something like a fish. I found it walking around my neighborhood here in Albuquerque, we have river rock along some walkways. As for the size, I can cover up the black part with an American quarter; so that's 0.955 in. or 24.25 mm. Sorry if the picture quality is bad, I took it on my phone. Any ideas? Also I'm new to this forum, I joined today because I have some rocks I suspect to be fossils that I was looking to share. Thank you to all who choose to comment.
  16. I found this on a beach in Florida a few years ago but I don't know what it is. It looks like some kind of jawbone but I don't know about all the tiny holes in it.
  17. Here are 3 more jaw pieces. More pictures attached of each one. Any help is appreciate. Maybe small horse? Porpoise? Alligator type??
  18. Hello TFF! I just wanted to take a minute to share with everyone some of our finds from 2016. I do most of my digging up in Kemmerer, WY trying my hand at fossil fishes. 2016 was a pretty exceptional year in that along with our standard hundreds of 18" fish and thousands of split fish we pulled 2 VERY LARGE specimens. quite rare really. it averages out to about 1 every 2 or 3 years normally, so 2 in one summer is AMAZING! These panels have all been finished and are ready to hit the market along with the large gar and the croc! Fingers crossed that they sell so we can open up next year! I hope you all enjoy coming along. ALL of these panels feature 100% natural fish with 0% restoration. NO PAINT, a few have been inlaid though. In the last picture, the branch does have around 2% restoration because it was in multiple pieces needing to be glued.
  19. Hello: I found this at aurora phosphate mine. It looks like a vertebrae body/package. Have no clue?!
  20. I have some fossils from the Green River that I collected several years ago. One of them had a nice full Knightia on it but the matrix was so thick that I decided to split it. When I did, I found these two small lumps on the newly split surface. The one on the right looks like it has bony fragments in it, I was wondering if these were some sort of fish poop. Nothing else shows up on this layer.
  21. A fellow TFF member gave me some micro material from the Eocene, Meridian Mississippi . I don't know much about micro fossils so was hoping to get some info on the following? Which were all photographed next to a US nickel. photos 1 and 2
  22. WHAT WE LEARNED IN OUR FIRST FOSSIL HUNTING SUMMER This is a short recap of what we learned on our fossil trips this summer, in our first 3 months as very new fossil collectors. This week, Nancy and I gave a slide presentation on our summer fossil hunting experiences, to the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society. We didn't realize it ourselves but in 3 months we visited 8 sites in Pennsylvania and New York including: Antes Creek, Deer Lake, Red Hill, Juniata County, McIntyre Mountain, Montour and St. Clair in Pennsylvania, and a very productive trip to Tully, NY. We visited St. Clair 4 times, which has become our home site. At St. Clair, we were astonished by the diversity of species - we collected well articulated samples of more than a dozen species including: Alethopteris, Annularia, Asterophyllites, Cordaites, Cyclopteris, Eusphenopteris, Lepidophylloides, Neuropteris, Odontopteris, Pecopteris, Sphenophyllum, Sphenopteris, and numerous Seeds, Bark, Roots. Most notably - I learned to pronounce all of these without stuttering! At St. Clair, we spent one trip looking exclusively for seeds trigonocarpus), and one trip looking just for roots (stigmaria). Our most significant finds have included very large (2 foot long) display pieces covered with well articulated orange ferns, an alethopteris seed attached to a leaf stem, and many Carboniferous leaves that have different shapes from traditional ferns. What we learned this summer has really helped us find some interesting fossils - here are a few things we did that helped a lot: 1. DOING OUR HOMEWORK. It helped to study each site in advance using Internet websites and books on fossils (Dave's "Views of the Mahantango" and "Louisville Fossils" are among the best, imho). Several universities also have great educational sites that bring each era to life in very creative and interesting ways, with lots of illustrations and photos. I like the UC-Berkeleyand University of West Virginia websites. 2. LEARNING FROM TRIP REPORTS. We read trip reports from other groups and individuals to see what they reported - sometimes this helps us stumble across new places to visit such as the site at Tully, NY and Deer Lake. 3. SETTING GOALS AND TARGETS FOR EACH TRIP. For each trip, we establish specific goals - for example we may look for seeds, or roots at St. Clair, or trilobites or shell assemblages at a Devonian site. Our interest right now is in looking for things that are scarce or rare, and fossils that are extremely well articulated (which is also rare!). We also like solving puzzles so eventually we would like to find things that help add to the fossil record in areas where there are still questions or missing links. 4. DISPLAYING WHAT WE FIND. Personally, Nancy and I like collecting larger fossils that we can display in mounts and frames, and we are also looking for larger pieces that we can display like sculptures - we have a few pieces that we drilled holes in, inserted wooden dowels that we stained, and then drilled/inserted the dowels in wooden trophy bases - all available from a craft store. This allows us to display thicker fossils esp. assemblages, like sculptures, and you can turn them around and look at all sides when they are mounted like this. 5. WE AVOID FOSSIL HORDING. We both agreed that we would NOT become "fossil horders" putting hundreds of rocks in boxes and sticking them away in the basement or garage - instead, we focus on finding display-quality items, and rare or scarce finds which we are slowly putting in frames. 6. DOCUMENTING OUR FINDS WITH CLOSEUP PHOTOS. We photograph everything we find as soon as possible after returning from a trip, using a digital camera with a closeup attachment - many times we find new discoveries while taking closeup photos and some of our best finds came AFTER we returned from the trip and inspected our fossils. I usually put the finds on a white background on an ironing board and use window light, nothing fancy, but it works. 7. FOSSIL ID. We post anything we can't identify on the Fossil Forum and are EXTREMELY grateful for the terrific response from our friends on the site! We are also accumulating a growing library of fossil books (some modern, some from the 19th and early 20th century) so we can identify more fossils ourselves without having to post on Fossil ID. 8. WRITING ABOUT OUR EXPERIENCES GIVES US NEW INSIGHTS. We report everything that interests and excites us about fossil hunting on Fossil Forum to share our experiences - and we find that writing about what we're doing helps us learn more and gain insights, just from writing about it. We have also started videotaping some of our adventures and are thinking about the best place to post some of these. 9. WINTER PLANS: COPING WITH CABIN FEVER. Our winter plans are to visit one or two more sites, then go into "fossil hibernation" and organize, identify and label fossils we haven't processed yet. We have a Dremel to do some light preservation work where needed. We are not planning to become "chemical conservators" - using chemicals to dissolve limestone and so forth - that's a bit too ambitious for us at this point. We may get involved in some interesting activities by local universities that are using 3D printing to process and replicate large dinosaur bones. We are also planning to provide an exhibit (on Carboniferous plants and trees/coal swamps) at a fossil fair in April. 10. RECOMMENDED READING: I enjoy reading fossil books - I'm currently reading with great interest a small book entitled "Leaves and Stems from Fossil Forests" by Raymond E. Janssen (1939) which I bought last night at the DVPS meeting, and a textbook entitled Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record by Benton and Harper (2008) (excellent book). The book that has been the most useful to me so far is the classic book "Fossil Collecting in Pennsylvania" by Hoskins et. al. (3rd ed. 1983). I am constantly re-reading the Hoskins book and find something new each time as my knowledge grows. A book that impressed Nancy and me is a large beautifully illustrated book entitled "Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth" (published by Dorling Kindersley, 2012) UPDATE (Oct 11): Nancy is taking some college courses which are prerequisites to enter grad school, so I am doing most of the fossil reading and ID. I read several books at the same time and other books I purchased that I am currently reading are: Paleobotany: The Biology and Evolution of Fossil Plants (second edition) by Thomas Taylor; and Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record by Benton and Harper. I guess you can tell from this that I'm reading up on fossil plants - my main interest is not just to understand the evolution and fossil record, identification tips, etc. - but also to try to figure out where the missing links and gaps are so if we come across something that adds to the fossil record, we will be able to recognize the value. What is most surprising is that there is a lot missing from the Carboniferous record - partly because after this period, many of the oceans and swamps apparently dried up and there were ice ages and other factors that caused mass extinctions. Here are some interesting things I have learned this summer about Fossil Plants and Trees: 1. More Carboniferous insect fossils and evidence of insects are needed (by the way, there are some GREAT current discussions about insects on this forum!). 2. Many categories of lycopsids and other Carboniferous trees and plants do not have verified associations between the leaves and seeds, or leaves and trunks/stems. Many trigonocarpus (fossilized seeds and "fruits") are found with leaves, but examples of seeds actually ATTACHED to leaf sprigs are rare (we have found one example of a seed attached to Alethopteris). 3. More Leaf and Bark Verifications are Needed. Another interesting thing I learned is that there are more than 30 different types of "scale tree" patterns but only half a dozen leaves for these trees - suggesting that a lot of different species had the same leaves - or - there are a lot of missing leaf types or the existing leaf types have not been matched to the bark patterns yet. 4. Another peculiar revelation is that most Carboniferous leaves that do not fall neatly into classic fern shapes seem to be lumped together as "sphenopteris" - we have many "non-traditional fern" leaf fossils that are VERY different from each other and obviously different species, but when we go online to ID them, they all seem to be grouped as "sphenopteris!" Maybe some of these leaf types match up with the bark patterns I mentioned. 5. Last but certainly not least is the insight that fern trees could have 2 or 3 different types of leaves on the same tree! This was really interesting. Also, some leaf types can come in different shapes - for example, Neuropteris can be round at the base of a stem and elongated along the stem and at the tip...AND...some paleobotanists now classify cyclopteris - the round fan shaped leaf - as a form of Neuropteris. This definitely adds to the confusion. I'm still reading and trying to understand all of this and these are only my initial impressions, which are still forming and there may be explanations for some of these questions that I haven't discovered yet but these are the questions that I am trying to answer by reading, and of course, by fossil collecting. I hope that many of our new friend (and I should add, VERY COOL new friends!) on the fossil forum will help clarify some of these interesting questions. Hope this is helpful.
  23. Whilst searching for Shark teeth at Herne Bay in England, my daughter found a pebble with what looked like one of her simple drawings of a fish. I suspected that it was nothing more than just a shape in a pebble but said to her that I would check. Also looked like there was a similar shape much smaller on the back. I'd just like to know if it is or isn't a fossil to let her know. Many thanks for your time in advance. Chris
  24. Found here in Blair County PA - Tonoloway Formation, Devonian/Surilian. I'm not sure what this might by any ideas?
  25. I have these two pieces that I can seem to id so I found this awesome forum and figure this is is the best place to start. So what information I do have is that this chucks of matrix came from Morocco and kind of look like gill bones? Please let me know what you think.