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  1. Hello everyone! As you can see, I'm new to TFF and this will be my first substantive post, so if you have time I would appreciate any help in understanding what this fossil actually is so I can learn more about it. I've tried to follow the guidelines for posting as closely as possible (with limited information regarding collection) but if I have made some mistakes I apologize up front. My wife purchased this fish fossil for me in either La Paz or Cochabamba Bolivia in 1996 at a market. She didn't get any further information regarding where it was collected or what it is. She also purchased another fossil that I'll post later. I do not believe this fossil was actually collected in Bolivia, as it looks like vinctifer comptoni, which I have read is fairly common in the Santana formation in Brazil. But, I am an admitted neophyte and that is simply a guess. What do the experts think this is? I would like to learn more about the fossil and the possible collection area and age, and having an actual identification would certainly help in that! Thanks for reading and I appreciate any information. Regards.
  2. Hi everyone ! I'm here as u know to show u my Personal finds which are now also in my collection.All of the fossils belongs to Miocene epoch (14,5myo) and they're found in Marl stone Quarry in Popovac,Serbia.Here u can see almost whole fish fossil,just without the head and the tail.I hope soon to find one whole . Except that fish,you can also see many fish remains,snail,lake clams,leaf,Equisetum part i think also...And one tinny bone,i honestly don't think that's from a fish tho.I hope u will enjoy Pozdrav, Darko
  3. My wife and I took a wonderful trip to the American Quarry near Kemmerer, Wyoming this September. One of the most unusual finds we made was this teeny tiny Priscacara baby. I do love finding the big fish, but this tiny little guy has a lot of attitude. He was by far the smallest fish we found on the trip. edit - for those of you not familiar with US coins - fish is approx. 15 mm nose to tail.
  4. NSR Hunt 110318

    I had the pleasure of hunting with @zoocosmolina and her husband in an area of the NSR that was new to all of us yesterday. We spent 8+ hours and walked many miles hunting the new area and had a total blast doing it. We both found several fish pieces and verts throughout the day. She found quite a bit more than I did and we're just going to go with "her eyes are closer to the ground than mine are". I haven't been posting much of my finds lately as they're the usual verts, etc.. but yesterday something happened that was pretty freakin cool. I found a really nice piece of a fish jaw a couple hours into our hunt (she had already found a half a backpack full) and I'm not sure how much later it was but she found a nice chuck of fish jaw as well. She joked that she had found the other part of my jaw piece. We laughed and went about our day hunting. Let's just say that where I found my piece...you couldn't see the location she found hers. They were nowhere near one another. So at the end of the day, we hop in their truck to head back to my car and she asks if she can see my jaw piece. I think you know where I'm going with this and yes...you are correct. Those two pieces belonged to one another. Like two puzzle pieces. We'll start with my finds and then end with the combo find. First photo is my fish jaw insitu. Happy hunting to all David
  5. until
    First Presentation: Our first speaker will be Carl Fechko. His topic will be: "The fossils of the Florissant Fossil Beds". The Florissant formation is world famous for its abundance of well preserved insects and plants. Carl's presentation will focus upon the knowledge that he gained from a visit to The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. He will also share his experience collecting fossils at the Florissant Fossil Quarry. Second Presentation: Donna Cole and Craig Tipton will combine their efforts in a talk entitled: "A Trip to Wyoming, July/August, 2018". It will cover the highlights of their journey to Wyoming, their visit to the American Fossil Quarry near Kemmerer, and then their trip to the Eden Valley - Blue Forrest Fossil Wood site northeast of Kemmerer. Third Presentation: Our third speaker will be Carl Fechko. His topic will be: "A visit to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Canada". For this talk, Carl will share what he experienced in a "behind the scenes" tour at the ROM along with a description of some of the most interesting fossils and exhibits at the ROM. Collector's Corner: Bring Your favorite Insect and Bug Fossils for showing others and sharing information.
  6. Hello, While on a trip through Yellowstone country with the family last summer we stopped at fossil/rock shop in West Yellowstone and my son became interested in fossils. Fast forward to today I happened upon several "fossils" for sale semi-locally but on-line. I think my son would love to have them for his birthday, but it would be a fair drive to check them out in person, so before doing that, or buying them on faith I was hoping perhaps someone from this forum could take a look at the pics and give me your assessment of the potential authenticity. Thank you in advance for sharing your knowledge and passion with me. I love people who love their hobbies, and enjoy sharing knowledge.
  7. Ocean Floor Fossil

    I found a fossil amongst a ton of ocean fossils, mostly crinoids but amongst other things. It is a bunch of dots on a rock .Any ideas at to what it is, maybe scales? Nearly all the rocks are fossils.
  8. Fish Vertebra from Big Brook, New Jersey

    From the album Cretaceous

    Fish vertebra Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Mattawan Group Big Brook Colt's Neck, New Jersey
  9. Tracing the evolutionary origins of fish

    Tracing the evolutionary origins of fish to shallow ocean waters, University of Pennsylvania, October 25, 2018 https://phys.org/news/2018-10-evolutionary-fish-shallow-ocean.html L. Sallan and others, 2018, "The nearshore cradle of early vertebrate diversification," Science 26 Oct 2018: Vol. 362, Issue 6413, pp. 460-464 DOI: 10.1126/science.aar3689 http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6413/460 https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2018AM/webprogram/Paper323310.html Yours, Paul H.
  10. Fossil Fish

    This forum did so well last year on the Stigmaria fossil I had, I thought it was worth trying another one. This is both sides of a fish in sandstone. The origin is unknown, but I think it comes from the same formation where many fish fossils in sandstone come from (the little plates that are available at any fossil dealer). To me, because of the scales and the shape of the head, it looks like a modern Gar. The head (best seen on the bottom of the right side) looks like it may have an armored plate on the forehead. Any ideas?
  11. Made it to NSR yesterday, managed a nice haul. Was a bit hazardous in the rain, but the isolation was nice. Wondering especially about the plate, but any knowledge dropped on me is always appreciated!
  12. Hi all! Decided to bring out the kayak on this windy Maryland day and it was another amazing hunt although and my arms are definitely suffering. Unfortunately didn't find anything too great but did find an unusual piece of something I've never seen or found before. Of course like every leaf, shell, or rock it could just be an incredibly suggestively shaped piece of nothing but I think it's some sort of mammal tooth possibly or maybe some type of fish tooth? Comparing it to the seal/peccary online it looks similar but just not enough to convince me so I thought I'd ask the experts! It's from the Calvert formation of the Chesapeake Group which is early Miocene: For size reference: Close up: From below: Thanks and I apologize for the blur I guess that's what you get with a clip on magnifier on a cell phone camera
  13. After the last one (link here: fish skull ) turned out to be a nice skull, I'm wondering if anyone could ID this bit? It's very 3D and hard to photograph without image stacking so I've given three views. Phosphatic nodule, Brigantian (U. Mississippian) marine shale, Co. Durham, UK. counterpart:
  14. Anyone recognise this? Phosphatic nodule, Brigantian (U. Mississippian) marine shale, Co. Durham, UK. Nodules from this bed often contain fish bits, as well as cephalopods, inarticulate brachiopods and (rare) conulariids. Not cleanly broken but the shape is ringing a bell... concave counterpart
  15. piece of jaw?

    Hello everyone. I tried to find some shark teeth in the Korkynskiy coal waste heap. I found this in the sand . I hope u will understand me
  16. Awesome Coprolite

    I just got an awesome coprolite. I generally hate those things, and would never pay money for one, but I came across this one and it has so many visible identifiable remains, I couldn't help being really impressed. Ive always wanted to see a coprolite that had clear remains in it. Sadly they're much smaller and harder to see in person than in these pictures, so I can only use these display pictures for the time being, until I take a magnified look. There's clearly fish scales, seemingly from different types of fish, and apparently squid hooks and such. I'm excited to find a good illuminated magnifying glass and really studying it up close:) Maybe even a microscope to take a closer look!
  17. Wyoming fish fossil help needed

    Well here is an interesting piece I found while I was in Wyoming at Safari Fossils Quarry. I’ve prepped pretty much all I can by hand with out damaging this piece. But im at a loss for what it may be?? some of the bone structure and possible scales dose not look right. I do see small teeth I think but no gills to make me think it’s a fish like my other finds. These piece was found higher up in the quarry so I’m asking for some serious help. thanks everyone
  18. Campanian microfossils

    Hi everyone! It would be amazing if any of you could help with identifying some marine microfossils I sieved. The origin is campanian (might be santonian) marine sediments. The location has yielded mosasaurs, fish, and sharks in abundance. But I have a few bone fragments that I have absolutely no clue what they are... Here are some of the mysteries:
  19. I walked in tracks all day hunting but still managed a few finds. I really like the coprolite full of little fish bones and the Pleistocene horse ankle bone. I believe the little fish jaw is Saurodon.
  20. Late Carboniferous fish or Tetrapod bit?

    Just finished the prep on this guy. When i first found this i thought it was a jaw. Now after it's finished it looks more like a possible pectoral girdle or gill plate/skull element from a lobed finned fish/tetrapod. What do you guys see? I can not find anything like it on thee ol' interwebs. It's late Carboniferous and i have found everything from micro to large fish scales, flora, Orthacanthus teeth and other bone chunks in this same layer. Also there is a neat impression of a Lepidodendron on the underside of this piece. Kinda a nice touch when fish were evolving to walk on land. And pictures really don't do this thing justice. It's very detailed and three dimensional. As Found After some prep and still thinking 'jaw' Finished prep. It's not a jaw. Haha Lepidodendron Any help or direction is much appreicated! @Fossildude19 @Archie @jdp @Carl any thoughts?
  21. Fish Tooth

    I found this tooth in central Iowa by the Des Moines River. A museum identified it as a fish tooth, but they weren't sure what kind. I've since lost it, I'm kind of upset about it. I would still like to know what the fish was. If you have any information, thank you.
  22. I found this large fish scale from the late Carboniferous. When i originally found this i thought it was a shark crush tooth, but after more and more prep it turned out to be a large fish scale that i can not identify. Any help or direction is much appreciated. The scale is about 21mm x 24mm As found with a bit of prep. After prep under 10x stereoscope
  23. Aurora

    I dug in the Pits of Pungo out front of the Aurora Fossil Museum for a few hours. Heres the haul. The shark teeth Phosphate nodules Coral Sea life burrows. Posterior lemons and coppers These teeth are sooo small I don't even know why I picked them up Bryazoa...? My favorites Some of those famous Aurora makos ( isurus oxyrinchus I think) What I think are posterior isurus oxyrinchus's though the one in the middle one looks like it has a burlette? meg? I would appreciate any feedback on these Two nice Hemipritis Double cusped carcharhinus taurus? Alligator claw core? Bird? Sea urchin spines ray teeth Fish/shark verts and partials. I would appreciate if someone s=told me the difference two of them stuck together Bone frags whale verts and frags Shells Can someone help ID them? I can't seem to find any papers or websites I also spent all my birthday money on their little gift shop. Heres what I got from there. I would be happy for any IDs for them. (I like things labeled) Dont know where from St. Claire. PA fern. What is the age and formation of this locale? Morrocan trilobite pyrite amethyst this is definitely my longest post even though its just pictures mostly
  24. SW Florida Beach Fish Tooth Bone Fossil

    Hi, I was going through my shark teeth and found this odd little fossil. Found it on a SW Florida Beach. It's approximately 1/2' x 1/2", thickness 3/16" and triangular shaped. I thought drum fish tooth, but most of the pictures are roundish. What do you think it is?
  25. FOSSIL ID Kem Kem Beds

    I was given this by my father as a gift. All he knows, is is it is from the Kem Kem Beds. It looks like it may be a jaw bone on some kind as it has indentations for what looks like teeth? But I can't decide on if it's from a fish, turtle, crocodile, dinosaur or reptile or if it's just a fragmentary piece of bone. I would appreciate it if anyone can shed any light on this! Huge thanks in advance .
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