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Found 435 results

  1. Auction Prep Part Deux

    I'm almost caught up on prep jobs (3 going concurrently now) so I figured it's time to start in @RJB's monster fish. Here's how it arrived at my humble abode... Wow, what a fish!!!!! It rests in a 1" thick slab of 18" layer matrix (read hard as concrete) and Ron was nice enough to mount it to a 1/2" cement board... I think I got a hernia lifting it to the prep table. Needless to say, it is rather stable. Now for the prep...
  2. Priscacara?

    Found this for sale, green river fish that has been placed in plaster for some odd reason. It looks to me two have two knightia and a large fish that is headless. It was not identified in the listing, it looks like a cockerellites or priscacara to me but I know nothing about these fish (if it is what I think it is its way underpriced so I'll buy it). Also, is there any restoration apart from the wierd plaster around it?
  3. Eocoelopoma fish skull

    From the album Some of my best Sheppey fossils

    The newest addition to my fish family. This is another beautiful example of the fish Eocoelopoma.
  4. Protoshyraena

    From the album Albian vertebrates of Ukraine

    Size 2 cm.
  5. Belonostomus (?) jaw

    From the album Albian vertebrates of Ukraine

    Premaxillas of Aspidorhynchid jaw, possibly Belonostomus.
  6. Samphire Hoe, Sussex, England

    Samphire Hoe, Sussex is not far from Dover and was created by dumping stuff from the digging of the Channel Tunnel. It is a wonderful nature reserve, has a small shop/café, access to the beach and chalk fossils are easy to find on the surface of the fallen blocks. Mobile phone service is a bit weird as my phone connected and said Welcome to France, but Dutch tourists there had English connection. Good job there is a pay phone. Here are just a few of the bits I took a photo of. Not completely prepped yet but you get the idea of what can be found. Some are micro fossils from the dust as chalk easy to break down or scoop up from the bottom of the cliff. 1 - common foram 2 - Ramulina foram 3 - Tiny tooth next to Tritaxia foram ( let me know if I have got my ID wrong) 4 - Fish scale 5 - Bivalve with encrusting bryozoa 6 & 7 -Onchotrochus serpentinus Corallite overhead view and of one end confirming not a serpula 7 to 9 - What I think is shed isopod skin, NHM could not ID it but then they sent it to the fish department.
  7. County Durham, England - Fish

    Paleoniscum freieslebeni I thought you would like to see a complete fish that was found in 2001 and was donated to a geologist friend of mine for his lectures. Never taking my brother with me again as it was him that uncovered it, lump hammer and bolster chisel, he is 6 foot and has the weight to split the large slab it came out of, after that he panicked and did not know what to do, sis to the rescue. No prepping needed except to cut the block down to size, magnificent blue enamel like scales right down to the tip of its tail. Nose to tail 9 inches with only a few scales missing. Will post some more fish photos from the area later. A jaw with teeth from the same quarry and other complete and nearly complete from one nearby, different year. Watch this space. Enjoy
  8. I have only visited this place once as it is a bit of a hike to get to. Hopefully I will attach the photos in the correct order otherwise 1 - Deshayeites forbesi 2 - Deshayeites forbesi showing in tact siphuncle same specimen as 1 3 - Inside view of part of an Amia fish scull, the museum knew exactly which part I have no idea without looking out the paper they gave me. 4- Part of a lobster leg with small gastropod to the left. 5 - Lobster antenna 6 - Fish fin spine 7 - Holocystis elegans coral
  9. The Trip That Nearly Didn't Start (Lengthy image-intensive trip report follows) Tammy and I had planned a fossil hunting trip to Wyoming for the third week of September to redeem our day of digging (splitting rock) at the Green River Formation quarry that @sseth had earlier so generously offered up as a prize on an auction to benefit TFF. We had our airfares, a rental car reserved, and a series of hotels booked across the state ready for a monumental fossil hunting trip. The one small problem was the not so small storm named Hurricane Irma that tore through the northern Caribbean and had its sights set on the Florida and being wider than the peninsula, no Floridian was going to miss the effects of this storm. Earlier in the week the forecast had the centerline of the cone of probability for the track of the storm hitting Miami and traveling up the eastern coast where Boca Raton sat squarely in the cross-hairs. I guess that if you are going to be in the path of some major destruction it is better to be the target early in the week rather that toward the end when the storm is at our doorstep. Thankfully (for us, but not so for those in the Lower Keys and Southwest Florida), the storm's turn to the north was delayed and though we were now on the stronger NE quadrant of the storm, the eye was significantly far away to the west that we escaped the strongest of winds. The storm unleashed squadrons of tornadoes and micro-bursts which had us ducking into our safe room for cover. During the storm unidirectional winds first blew from the east and then from the south as the storm passed us to the west but the tornadic winds were something else as the trees started whipping around in all directions quite violently. Luckily for us, the house survived with no structural damage. The newer more sturdy pool cage that replaced the original one that Wilma had crumpled and stuffed into the pool back in 2005 (shockingly) did not even lose a single screen panel. The damage on our property was limited to toppled trees and broken limbs and branches. We lost power even before the eye wall had made first landfall in the Florida Keys. As soon as it was safe to go outside, we started the portable generator and ran extension cords throughout the house to keep refrigerator, freezer and a box fan and a few lights powered. We've cooked on our outdoor grill and Coleman camp stove in previous power outages caused by the rash of hurricanes in 2004/05 and so we were well prepared and never at risk of starvation (we actually ate rather well). While Wilma had run over the house in late October, 2005 when the temperatures had cooled somewhat from the hot muggy Florida summer, we were not so lucky this time. Outdoor temps in the low 90's were soon matched by the 88 degrees inside which made sleeping difficult (even with a fan). We spent the days cutting up the downed foliage and stacking it into many piles along the street in back of the house as well as a towering mount in the cul-de-sac in front (which is still growing in size to this day and is due to be cleared by FEMA sometime in the next 2-3 weeks). Taking frequent breaks inside to lay down on the floor in front of the fan to avoid all-out heat exhaustion, both Tammy and I worked to clear the property as much as we could and monitor the progress of power restoration in our county. Over 70% of homes and businesses were left in the dark after Irma but Florida Power & Light had learned a few things after performing poorly in the 2004/05 hurricane seasons. They had staged a bunch of replacement parts and crews fresh from working in Houston were in the state working to get the grid back online. We couldn't leave on our trip unless we got power back and we watched the percentage of customers without power slowly but steadily decrease until one evening our power flickered and within a few minutes was restored for good. I had been waiting till the last possible minute to cancel my plans and try to get refunds for the reservations we'd made for this trip. I was tired of a week of hot sweaty yard work clearing debris and I was ready for some cooler Wyoming temps.
  10. Fish Scale Isle of Wight

    Here is a Hoplopteryx lewesiensis fish scale found in the lower chalk at the end of Yaverland Beach Isle of Wight. (1 mile walk from entrance point), I only saw a tiny bit of black on the surface, so that went into my rucksack and after a lot of careful prep this complete scale came out. Well worth the slog to get there.
  11. ID Required

    Hey guys, I need to pick your collective brains on this tiny fragment I picked up from Beaumaris the other day. Although clearly sea washed, it shows some detailed feathering down the profile. I'm getting a fishy vibe of this but would appreciate any thoughts. & if anyone is wondering how I got the shots with a a phone, I borrowed the idea of taping a jewellers lens to my phone. Thanks to whoever it was that suggested this on the forum, pure genius.
  12. Cretaceous fish jaw?

    New Jersey campanian. Found this a while back and haven't been able to get a good grasp on it's ID. Of course when I first found It I thought it was a jaw piece with teeth. Yay! Then I put on my glasses. Hmm. The fish spines I've found aren't serrated. It's obviously split but maybe someone has seen this before. Any insight is greatly appreciated. Thanks Jeff Edited: I believe this to be an enchodus jaw section thanks to the folks answering below.
  13. Sussex Field Work (2015)

    Sussex is an interesting region in terms of geology and paleobiology. An amalgamation of different formations crisscrossing the larger Moncton Basin, this area was the target of study by local and foreign interests. Sussex is known for its potash mines, but one shouldn't forget the importance of the rich fossil localities doting the region. One such discovery was probably evidence of Canada's oldest forest, which is of significance. Matt Stimson, along with other professionals in the field, did some work in the area. I've had the chance to assist on occasion in a few field trips. The work done in this region is still ongoing and soon to be published. This time around we decided to target an area I've never gone or attempted to go yet. I'm used to quarries, but this time we would be spending the day at a road cut. Me and my braids Matt getting ready It was a few days after the Christmas holidays so it was kinda cold. The wind was nippy but we were lucky that ice hadn't formed yet on the ledges and that snow hadn't blanketed the area. The day started kinda grey but by the afternoon, the Sun had come out. It was a welcome event as the wind was freakin' cold. We made our way to the center cut. Traffic wasn't much of a factor as you can see cars coming from miles away, and plenty of space to park my car off the road. Area of Research: The rocks here are comprised of several units of interbedding sandstones and mudstones. Within these units, some several meters thick, are shale layers. Within these layers are indications of both plant and aquatic biota. Traces of fish material, scales, teeth, bone, are contained in some of the layers, forming some small limestone lenses and strata. Other areas along the cut feature plants. In all this mix, there are trackways. The work in the area is ongoing so all the data hasn't surfaced yet until publication sees the day. The cut showed signs of faulting, backed by folding. This looked promising We found many invertebrate trackways such as diplichnites and rusophycus. Most were very well preserved, even though exposed to the elements. From traces to scales and teeth, the record showed a high level of activity, condensed. The work goes on. We reached a spot where we encountered plants. I don't remember if these were referenced or cataloged previously. The preservation was fair, and we were able to find a good number of specimens. The New Brunswick Museum lab will have new specimens to work on by the end of the day. One of many specimens Root system Plant specimen showing shoot/stem and leaves We've covered only a small portion of the area. Different zones have been targeted for future study. Having done work for the past Summers, I can see why Sussex and its surrounding localities have been visited. The amount of fossils in the around is astounding, especially when talking about trackways. The work continues... - Keenan
  14. Anyone know what made this?

    A friend of mine had a relative find this recently. We are trying to figure out what made that pattern. Fish? Plant?
  15. What fish is this?

    We are driving from California to Utah on US Highway 50 ("The Second-Loneliest Road in America") to dig for trilobites in a couple of locations. We stopped for lunch today in the remote mining town of Austin, Nevada, and after lunch went over to Nevada Trading Post to look around. They had lots of turquoise jewelry and also a few fossils. Among them was this one. The owner recently purchased the store and doesn't know anything about it. It was priced at $280, which was out of my budget, but I told her I knew just the place to see if we can identify it. I said we don't do appraisals but she would be happy with any info we can provide. I took a quick look with a loupe and it isn't obvious there has been any restoration or painting on it, but I will leave it to the experts to say for sure. And if anyone is driving through Austin, be sure to stop in and say hi to Julie, she was a very nice lady. The sign out front might still say Jim's Trading Post, she is still in the process of changing the name. It's right near the Toiyabe Cafe (great cheeseburger!) on the east side of town.
  16. Paleozoic fish tooth?

    I found this little tooth while going through some bulk sample from Jacksboro, TX, which is a Pennsylvanian area. I have found shark teeth there, but this looks more like a fish tooth. It reminds me of an Enchodus tooth, but I am not aware of any that were in the Paleozoic. Any ideas? The scale hash marks are 1mm. Thanks for any help.
  17. Bone, fish,teeth,

    Hi all I was given last week a little set of small fossil . A real pic n mix. They was given too me by an lady in the village , she found the teeth to be creepy. They was her uncle who sadly passed. I think they are sharks teeth, a fish tail bone and unknown fish , some different dinosaurs teeth? Unknown bones and a really cool trilobite. Any help with IDs. Her uncle did travel a lot in Africa. Thank everyone kind regards Bobby
  18. I split this tiny fish out of my coal supply. This Microhaplolepis serrata is 100% complete at a mere 23 mm. The Fish is Mid-Pennsylvanian in age. The Cannel Coal is so paper thin I needed to mount it on stiff cardboard to handle. I haven't posted Linton material in a long time. I never seem to grow tired of discovering these little guys. Here are pictures taken in different lighting conditions. Here are some technical drawings of this and related species.
  19. Concavotectum Braincase

    Braincase of a bony fish.
  20. Today was a really good hunt! I was as always,hunting at my hunting grounds in Popovac with my girlfriend , so it was her first time to hunt fossils with me! We found insect at the beginning,then bulrush and at the end of our hunt we have found fishes and fish bones1. It was really amazing! Enjoy guys !
  21. Mineral Deposit or Fossils part II

    Here are some more specimens I found that I am not sure are anything or not. The pair looks like a fish to me. Another view of the second above and another sample.
  22. Green River Fish Prep

    I'm working on some Green River stuff for @abctriplets that they collected on their fossil extravaganza! Thus fish is turning out to be a real gem. This is how the piece arrived in Texas. EDIT: 1st two photos courtesy of Jared. I applied copious amounts of Paleobond to both surfaces and clamped them together for several days, marking the location and direction of the fish so I don't forget. Then I went on the attack. The fish layer was about 3/4" below the surface so I used a small chisel and knocked about 1/2" off the top of the slab to reduce the depth. Then comes the CP9361for fast bulk matrix removal, being careful not to hit the fish. There is a very slight color change (darkening) to the matrix immediately before you expose the fish. Once I saw that, I switched to the Micro Jack knowing that the fish is anxiously waiting to fall apart just below the surface! These fish are extremely brittle so I'm stopping every 30 seconds or so to consolidate. Scribe, consolidate, repeat... 2 hours later and here's where it sits. I believe this is a Mioplosus sp. and it looks like it will be complete. You can see the glue where the break ran across the skull and down the body.
  23. Hi all, I was going through some smoky hill chalk coprolites that I recently acquired and found one with some interesting inclusions. At first I was thinking these were skull fragments, but after looking at the Oceans of Kansas site, the only thing that I could find that had a similar texture were Ptychodus sp. teeth and what looks like cartilage. I have never seen cartilage in a coprolite before. I would think it would be easily digested, so perhaps it is just bone. There are also numerous fish bones and scales, so if our poopetrator did dine on Ptychodus, it had a diverse palate. I have not seen anything similar and would love your opinions on this. Thank you in advance!
  24. Help w/ ID on this Prehistoric Fish Fossil

    Hello all- Was wondering if somebody could help me ID this fish fossil. Any additional info would be much appreciated. Please see picture below! Thanks in advance for your help
  25. Hello. I found this amongst a bunch of Devonian/Mississippian age limestone. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the rock is fossiliferous limestone. These two very odd shapes, one black, one white, I thought could perhaps be the gill structures of something like a Placoderm, Acanthodian, or Ostracoderm. I know it's kind of a tough ID. Any input is appreciated. Thanks.
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