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Found 22 results

  1. I know there are a lot of fossil collectors on here so I figured I would start this discussion. Collectors new and experienced which fossil in your collection is your favorite and why.
  2. Reputable fossil appraiser

    Hi! I would love to know your suggestions for having a fossil appraiser. My Father found MANY fossils in Greene River, Wyoming and many of the specimans went to Museums. We have a number of them (he passed in 2001) and was wondering where I might have his biggest/most valuable one appraised for insurance purposes? Thank you! I live in MN.
  3. General preparations for Niobrara Fm. field trip

    Hey everyone Though it'll probably take place next summer, I'm already running through some preparations for my field trip to the Niobrara Chalk Fm. of western Kansas. Based on what I've heard from other collectors (and my own experiences in other sites), I drew up a list of stages I should go through for excavating and preparing any vertebrate material (especially fish) I might encounter.. 1) Surrounding matrix/overburden is brought down to expose the bone layer 2) Shellac/Vinac/other consolidant is applied to the exposed surface 3) Fossil is covered in plaster 4) Plaster slab is removed and brought back home 5) Removing the underlying matrix of the fossil ->Surface that has never been seen before -Proceed with care ->Using picks/dental tools 6) Consolidating the fossil by brushing it with polyvinyl acetate (PVA or Vinac) dissolved in Acetone (50:1 ratio – acetone being the 50 parts) ->Vinac gives a nice appearance to the bones 7) Removing the excess rock on the sides and smoothening the chalk for aesthetical effect Does this look good? If so, what should be changed? @KansasFossilHunter @Ramo @grokfish @MikeE @Xiphactinus @Castle Rock Thanks for the help -Christian P.S. Would any of the steps need to be changed in case I encounter reptile material?
  4. Zabka's Collection

    Here are the first few fossils that I have collected. I did not find these myself rather I bought them at a rock store and had them checked out at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History. Trilobite
  5. My Fossil Collection

    My first fossil to show off on The Fossil Forum is my trilobite, Elrathia kingii. It is mearly the carapace of a shed skin of a juvenile, but I still think it's pretty cool. Luckily, I got these photos before my sisters cat, Nala, got to it and broke it in half. At least it's not shattered I guess. Any way, I hope you guys like my Elrathia kingii. Also, any advice for where I should put my fossils? I have my two trilobites in a rock collection, as well as a Staghorn Coral, I have my sharks teeth it two small boxes, just piled up on top of each other, and I have my fossils from Lake Huron in a bag with some geodes. Any advice on any box or something I should put them in?
  6. I am not sure the correct place to post this. Please feel free to move this topic to a more appropriate place. I know there are members who do not have fossil collections of their own or if they do they may not have much. This may due for a variety of reasons. I was wondering if there were any other members out there that would like to join forces and be willing to help get small collections together for those in need. I realize there are individuals that have done this on their own. I thought it might be nice to start a group that could work together to do this on a larger scale and reach more individuals. I have some ideas on how this could work but before I get to far into it I would like to hear others opinions on it. So please share your input.
  7. 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!
  8. Hi Everyone, I am trying to figure out my summer plans right now. I'm going to be going into my senior year of highschool. I'm hoping to spend the summer or part of the summer focusing on fossils and paleontology. My dream would be to find a program where housing is provided that i could be out in the field collecting fossils. In my dream world, fossils to study and keep for myself, but again, realistically, just any work out in the field collecting and searching for fossils. I am especially interested in fossils from the miocene period but I would be perfectly content to go collecting and maybe even study fossils from other periods. I'm not terribly interested in plant fossils, but everything from ammonites to trilobites to shark teeth to mammals is of great interest to me. I live in Massachusetts so it would most likely have to be out of state in which case it would need to be something that could provide housing. Doesn't have to be an official job with a specific museum or anything. Maybe a job or internship at a fossil quarry or something like that. Maybe working with a museum to go on collection trips. That kind of thing would be amazing. Any advice or leads would be a tremendous help. Thanks in advance!
  9. If you have a couple of hours you might check out the below YouTube video of my son Mel’s fossil collection. It really is worth the time. The end of the video also has some of my son Marco’s collection. There maybe a YouTube advertisement in the beginning that you can skip after a few seconds. Let me know what you think of the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aNgZnEaTDY&feature=youtu.be Marco Sr.
  10. Halloween is coming up soon so lets share our fossil related horror stories! They can range from Preparation accidents, missed opportunities, breaking specimens, close encounters with a dangerous animal hunting, near death experiences, or even receiving a fossil from an old haunted collection, pretty much anything a hunter and collector would find horrifying. One of my personal fossil horror stories involves a a terrifying bump in the night! I had recent found and started a to use a new plastic shelf I found to store my finds from a recent new spot. I started to notice a few days in the shelf was already nearly filled to capacity, so I decided I would add no more after today's load. Sometime after mid-night I heard a sudden loud bang and woke up to the plastic shelf tipping over forward, one of the support wheels had poped out! Luckily the shock awakened my superhuman reflexes of seeing my fossils in danger so I leapt up and was able to save the shelf from crashing down. I was shaken but since then stabilized the shelf, it was truly horrifying to see that moment when my fossils could've been severely damaged or destroyed
  11. Hello everyone, I'd like to share my extreme budget collection of megs for the US as requested, I've have been collecting shark teeth and other for a little over a year and a half now on a budget and have been surprised by what I was able to get a hold of so far. Condition doesn't bother me hence the budget but I have been able to find some megs from from interesting locations over the short period of time I've been collecting with a little bit of luck. I estimate I spent no more than $1,100 in total for this small collection. Tag me if there's any teeth you'd like to take a closer look at. In order: 1) Ace Basin, Ashepoo River SC 2) Lee Creek, Aurora, NC 3) Ocean teeth likely from offshore SC 4) Georgia??? 5) 7 inch+ meg fragment likely from offshore SC 6) Virginia Red Site (repaired) 7) Georgia??? 8) Virginia 9) St. Mary's??? 10) Georgia??? (repaired) 11) Summerville 12) Ocean teeth likely from offshore SC 13) St. Mary's Last photo: 6inch+ Calvert Cliffs, Maryland (restored) I'll do bone valleys for part 3 sometime soon! @ynot @WhodamanHD @snolly50 @sixgill pete
  12. Until recently, I've never actually gotten anything via TFF, but now I've aquired my first ever TFF fossils, Courtesy for @Ash for offering me the bargain for Niobrara fish bones (and miocene shark teeth), and even more for @Nimravis for generously offering to give me some extras he didnt need from an auction without any charge. So, here is my new acquisitions thanks to those guys. Canadian Baculites. For some reason, my dad thought these were disgusting lol For some reason I really like the shape of one end in the baculite below. It looks so squishy. Pleistocene American Alligator teeth (assuming no other species of alligator existed in florida at the time) Theres some metallic dust in the pulp cavity. I first thought that was gold dust lol Second gator tooth Gator scute from the same location as the teeth I really like this one. A partial heteromorph ammonite, which as one author puts it "the rarest and most bizarre of ammonites" Assorted shark teeth from the southeast US coast, most are modern fauna. Fish jaw from Niobrara Kansas. Troy said that its probably from a barracuda-like fish, which makes me guess it could be a Cimolichthys, but I'll make confirmation Ids later. Fish tail also from Niobrara Kansas. Unrelated to the jaw above. Two sets of fish vertebrate from Niobrara Kansas associated with its row, with the jaw and tail on the bottom. I know that the jaw is probably upside-down, but I purposely put it like that for balance. Alight, heres the fossils in the current setup on the second shelf until I get myself to go order some riker mounts. The glass is quite dirty, which is because I was too lazy to clean off the rock particles from my other fossils (I used to have all of them in this display, but it was taken down by an earthquake and I really haven't put all of them up every since except for a few really good ones) Oh, and if you want to see my top shelf, here it is. Its all of my older fossils which I like the most. From left-to-right, theres a 3 inch pacific meg, a Knightia fossil with a grade so bad that the scattered bones make it resemble more like a shrimp than a fish, a set of morroccan fish-and-reptile teeth, a 4-inch meg from south carolina, a great white tooth from florida, a Pliosaurus andrewsi tooth (which is by far my favorite because of the fact that pliosaur teeth are never in the market, much less a rarer species), an unidentified mosasaur jaw partial from morocco, a basilosaurid tooth also from morrocco (This is by far the single most expensive fossil I've ever gotten, 200+ bucks for a small tooth, though I've specifically wanted a premolar/molar. The id is still indeterminable, but I'll assume it as Basilosaurus cf. isis for now, and trust the seller's id for this), a large partial mosasaur jaw with tooth in matrix from morrocco as well, some fern from mazon creek (the one right of it is associated. It used to be one giant nodule until it broke apart during the earthquake. At least it reveals the fern now), a tyrannosaur tooth from two-medicine formation, pyritized ammonites, a smaller fern from illinois, and a large trilobite (not an expert on invertebrates, but any id would be greatly appreciated).
  13. I posted this in answer to a post, but thought for visibility I would also post it here. Although part of me is ok with people thinking it is illegal to take fossils out of New Zealand, this is not accurate. As a New Zealander I perhaps would be happy for people to think our fossils are not to be removed, but in the interests of accuracy I thought I should correct this. I know TFF members with New Zealand fossils and I wouldn't want them thinking they had done something illegal by collecting fossils themselves from NZ or trading for them. It is illegal to export or remove Protected Objects. Some but not all fossils are categorized as protected objects. Fossils that are protected objects: From Schedule 4 of the Protected Objects Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1975/0041/latest/DLM432617.html 3)Objects in this category include— (a)a category of type specimen as defined by the current edition of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, or the International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria: Bacteriological Code: (b)a specimen considered to be scientifically important for defining a taxon through having been illustrated in the original description, or new material subsequently illustrated (that is, hypotypes) and used to expand or refine this description in the scientific literature: (c)a specimen of an extant or extinct plant or rock or mineral, animal, or other organism or fossil or part thereof including any developmental stage, shell, or skeletal or supporting element, of which there is not a sufficient selection in New Zealand public collections to define the variation, range, and environmental context of the taxon or object. This does not include all fossils. Still please, like we would expect elsewhere in the world be respectful of our fossil deposits only collect for yourself and not mass sale (This may be illegal). Contact an expert if you think you have something important.
  14. World Class Collection

    A recent topic has indirectly provided me the opportunity to highlight a world class collection. A few years ago, Thomas (oilshale) was one of several members that were passionate, instructive, and extremely patient in the development of The Fossil Forum's Collections section. As a benefit of its creation, we have been steadily and quietly exposed to his incredibly diverse collection. High quality specimens, specimens from world-renown locations, and rare specimens are very well documented in a collection of personal finds and acquisitions. We are honored that Thomas has chosen to share these fossils on TFF. 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 collection; or world class preparation on a world class find. Thomas, your Collection is "stunning and well documented", "world class", "museum-worthy" and deserves the recognition of The Golden Drool Bucket. Thank you for sharing it, and congratulations, sir! @oilshale
  15. I address this to my fellow Fossil Forum members. For years, I have been looking for a venue to showcase my private fossil collection. I was hoping a college, school, shop, science and art institution or whoever would have interest in exhibiting a long term display of fossils. I am not asking for compensation, merely looking of a year or two of exposure. I am not interested in short term loans; I need over 6 months duration. The display will have 12 Cincinnati style cases, custom built to be high end quality. The displays will be stand alone and self explanatory in nature. The display themes can be according to Geological age, Taxon groups, Fossil localities or however would appeal most to the public. It is such a shame that the cabinets and fossils sit in storage where I, nor anyone else ever gets to see them. The size requirement would be to accommodate the displays at eye level and hold the 12 cases which are 4 foot by 2 foot by 2 foot. 8 standard size rectangular folding tables can hold all 12 cases. See the pictures below. My end would be to deliver the cases and specimens, set up the displays according to theme, take down the display after an agreed time interval. Transportation would be by 26 foot trailer pulled by a full size truck. I live in Western New York and I am not interested in traveling to the west coast, as the expenses would be very prohibitive. Insurance for the loan will need to be negotiated. If there is any interest, PM me. If anyone has ideas, I look forward to your replies.
  16. These are some fossils that I found in myrtle beach in 2012 Sharks teeth Parrotfish tooth Turtle shell fragment Barracuda teeth Dome shaped fish tooth
  17. Organizing My Collection

    How should I organize my fossil collection? Right now it's all randomized. I'm trying to make them easier to access. The problem is, I don't use shelves (like the glass ones that I've seen some users on this forum use.) But containers like this. (Yes, my organizing is terrible.) Can somebody also identify these Mazon Creek leaves?
  18. My Fossil Collection

    Hello TFF, I just purchased a new glass cabinet for my fossil collection and I think that now would be a great time to show my fossils. Hope you guys like it. Here is my glass cabinet: Here are my favorite fossils: T rex Megalodon tooth
  19. Hello everyone. It's been a number of years since I started collecting, and I must offer my sincerest thanks to this forum for ever being so helpful and supportive, to the traders for the amazing exchanges, and to the mods for making this such a pleasant place to stay. Allow me to present some of my fossil collections. I hope you guys will enjoy them as much as I. I shall update this thread over the months as I continually photograph and update my specimens. Overview of my primary fossil cabinet
  20. Hello everyone! I recently started a blog featuring my fossil collection. Please take a look! Any comments and feedback will be greatly appreciated. Gfossils.blogspot.com Still has much room for improvement
  21. Hi everyone. I just found this forum and am hoping to get some useful information. I have been doing a lot of research, and have been for most of my life on Fossils, stones and bones. I'll be attending college soon to study Paleontology and geology. It's been a dream of mine since I was very young. I do have some questions though, as I was not able to find answers. As far as collecting vertebrates, all the research I have done, I have concluded that I cannot even keep vertebrate fossils, I must turn them over to the public museums etc. I do see people buying/selling bones, and teeth and am not sure how they're doing it? I know the laws on collecting invertebrate specimens but can't figure out how one becomes a fossil dealer or one who is able to sell bones on Ebay. Can anyone give me some advice/information? I'm at a loss. I do have some bone fragments and teeth, that I'd bought from local stone shops. I don't have a clue on how they're able to sell them, but I am interested in this. Again, I cannot find any information whatsoever on how people become fossil dealers or even sell them. Where does one start when looking for vertebrates? Thank you all in advance!
  22. you probably won't be about these, but here are some pictures of my collection, as of 22/11/2013 contents shown in picture: -mud trilobite (morocco) -insect (still unidentified) in amber -elrathria kingii trilobite (utah) -spinosaurus tooth (morocco) -orthoceras fossil (morocco) -goanatite fossil (madagascar) -coprolite (yes, poo) -Dinosaur eggshell fragment and these were not found on a beach or anything, becuase auckland, new zealand, is not particularly good for finding collectible fossils on cliffs or anything.
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