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  1. Fossil News Summer 19 issue is available

    The Summer 2019 issue of Fossil News features the paleoart of Jimi Catanzaro, an article about late-Cretaceous pterosaurs in Cuba, more on that ammonite in amber you've been hearing so much about, an exclusive excerpt from Enrico Bonino’s new book about fossil medusozoans and how primitive algal mats helped preserve them, and a whole lot more! tinyurl.com/fnsubscribe
  2. Starting Monday, I'm going to have a weeklong trip across multiple parts of Italy. The main attractions being Naples and Sicily, visiting the volcanoes of the country (people may not know that volcanology is my second biggest interest). If there are days of downtime, I'm wondering if there are any spots I should check out while I'm there. Thanks in advance!
  3. Harpactoxanthopsis quadrilobatus

    From the album Crustaceans

    This crab like most other Italian crabs is from an area that is no longer accessible to the public, in a location known as Malo, Vicenza, Italy within the Lutetian limestone and this formation is roughly 40 million years old (Eocene). This species of crab is a mudcrab variant with large front claws and a hardened carapace. This crab was meticulously prepared and is currently on display at the Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi.
  4. What could it be?

    Hello, please could you help me to Id this fossil? I do not know were it come from, I bought it in Milan. Thanks
  5. Hello, can you tell me how it is possible reconize and which are the Differences between Agerostrea and Rastellum? Thanks
  6. Do you guys know if there are any paleontological museums in Italy?
  7. Scipionyx samniticus

    Again something new...Scipionyx samniticus found in Italy
  8. The theropod informally called "Saltriosaurus" is finally published after so many years as a nomen nudum: The following link is available here: Dal Sasso C, Maganuco S, Cau A. 2018. The oldest ceratosaurian (Dinosauria: Theropoda), from the Lower Jurassic of Italy, sheds light on the evolution of the three-fingered hand of birds. PeerJ 6:e5976 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5976 Although Scipionyx interested me as the first dinosaur found in Italy (it happens to be named after the Roman general Scipio Africanus, who defeated Hannibal at the Battle of Zama in 202 BCE in Tunisia, ending the Second Punic War), I first heard of the dinosaur now called "Saltriosaurus" while reading the book Scholastic Dinosaurs A To Z back in 2003, but what was informally dubbed "Saltriosaurus" is now called Saltriovenator, and after being initially considered a tetanuran, it is apparently an early ceratosaur.
  9. New papers recording new occurrences of fossil Monodontidae are available online: Hiroto Ichishima; Hitoshi Furusawa; Makino Tachibana; Masaichi Kimura (2018). First monodontid cetacean (Odontoceti, Delphinoidea) from the early Pliocene of the north‐western Pacific Ocean. Papers in Palaeontology. Online edition. doi:10.1002/spp2.1244. (describes Haborodelphis japonicus) Pesci et al. (2018). First record of Monodontidae (Cetacea, Odontoceti) in the Mediterranean Basin from the Pliocene sands of Arcille (Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy). Fossilia, Volume 2018: 37-39. Denebola and Bohaskaia were long the only described fossil monodontid species from the pre-Pleistocene, but Haborodelphis and the new monodontid skull from Tuscany shed new light on the distribution of monodontids.
  10. Myctophum sp.

    From the album Vertebrates

    Myctophum sp. Late Pliocene Vrica Italy
  11. Rastellum or Agerostrea ?

    Hello, what do you think could it be ? It is about 20 cm in leght. Many thanks in advance!
  12. Dear all, yesterday I went out for some hiking on Monte Faito (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Faito), a Mesozoic mountain near Sorrento/Pompeii/Napoli, in the south of Italy. This 1400m mountain is mostly made of dolostone (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolostone) and limestone - like Dolomites in the north of Italy. In this photo you can appreciate the rock layers of this beautiful mountain viewing the Gulf of Naples. On the path of my excursion, I found (free on the ground) and picked a brown piece of rock that caught my eye because it was different (but not the only one) from all other light gray rocks. Here you can see some photos that show the strange radial texture that cover the top side of the specimen, but also the layered side that is also very interesting and may help identifying it. First of all, is it a fossil or a mineral formation? If it is a fossil, what kind of marine fossil? While writing this topic, I found this map - http://www.isprambiente.gov.it/Media/carg/466_485_SORRENTO_TERMINI/Foglio.html - that shows all the different formations of the mountain. I collected the specimen maybe in CLU or CRQ formation. The map includes the name of all the fossils that can be found in every formation (CLU and CRQ formation's fossils are listed in the first column on the right side), I serched on Google the name of every fossil written in the map, but none of them seems to correspond to my specimen. Please, help me giving a name to this specimen Thank you!
  13. Bivalve iD

    Hello, can you help me to ID this fossil? Lenght is about 12 cm Thanks
  14. Is it a fossil from Alps?

    I recently found (on the ground) this rock. I collected it on the top of the Sass Pordoi mountain (https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasso_Pordoi), Italian Alps. It seems a fossil, but I can't identify it. What do you think? In the same place I also found this imprint that remembers me of a "Megalodon" bivalve - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalodon_(bivalve), a very common fossil in the region. Other than those two, I didn't find any other fossil in the area.
  15. Could it be fossil wood?

    Hello, please, colud it be Fossil Wood? Thanks
  16. Dear all, I have many duplicates in my collection and I would like to exchange them with other fossils from around the world. I'm interested in any kind of fossils, (dinosaur) teeth in particular. #1 This should be a piece of echinoid. A gift from a friend, it may have been found in Italy. #2 Fossil wood slice (probably from USA). #3 and #4 Pectinids from Favignana, Sicilia, Italy. #5 Unknown piece of marine fossil from Sorrento (Amalfi Coast), Italy.
  17. Tooth

    I found this in italy when on holiday in cosenza calabria im just wondering if its a tooth and from what please.
  18. Death ray

    Giuseppe Marramà, Kerin M. Claeson, Giorgio Carnevale & Jürgen Kriwet(about 4 Mb) (2018) Revision of Eocene electric rays (Torpediniformes, Batomorphii) from the Bolca Konservat- Lagerstätte, Italy, reveals the first fossil embryo insitu in marine batoids and provides new insights into the origin of trophic novelties in coral reef fishes, Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 16:14, 1189-1219, DOI: 10.1080/14772019.2017.1371257 Sensitive people should beware of figs. 15 and 16 I resisted the temptation (lover of classic photography) to work Man Ray in there somewhere
  19. What is this piece ?

    Hello, I'm new here. Somebody suggested this site to me for help so here it goes. I found this item about 6-7 years ago in a lake while diving for remains. I ended up finding this. (buried under the sand) I have always wondered what it belonged to, and on another site I posted it nobody really had a clue either. It went from bear claw,boar to bird, etc... Nobody truly had a clue just idea's of what it could be. Now I have been really curious about what this actually is. If anyone has a clue please tell me. I can take more photo's if needed, the hole you see from below, it's not empty, meaning you can see in it but it's not empty would you put a toothpick in it, only a small part would go in . Location found: Italy, lake Bolsena => (picture of lake) Wildlife of Bolsena does seem to range from small to some medium sized birds... I haven't really come across to many other bigger animals there. Also today 15/08/2018 somebody send me this on the other side, this person believes it belongs to a bear (showing her example) of a Marsican Bear
  20. Fossil Forum Family, Soon I’ll be making a trip over to southern Italy (in the Apulia and then Sicily Catania area) . Don’t know what my trip will consist of because I’m always all over the place when I’m there...but in the event I have some time to kill, does anybody have any suggestions for any cool dino activities, like must see footprints, fossils, museums, etc? I was thinking of making a trip to Altamura, where I hear that there are many dinosaur tracks to see. I may also make a trip over to Naples. I hear it has a cool dino museum there. Lastly, anyone know of any cool areas for fossil hunting/collecting ? (Namely Mesozoic fossils) Thanks everyone
  21. Below is an interesting paper that I came across. Iurino, D.A., Bellucci, L., Schreve, D. and Sardella, R., 2014. Exceptional soft tissue fossilization of a Pleistocene vulture (Gyps fulvus): new evidence for emplacement temperatures of pyroclastic flow deposits. Quaternary Science Reviews, 96, pp. 180-187. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379114001553 The abstract states: “Here we report an exceptional case of soft tissue fossilization of a Late Pleistocene Eurasian griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) in the pyroclastic sequence of the Alban Hills volcanic region (SE Rome, Italy).” CT scans of the natural cast revealed extraordinary detail in the natural cast of the head, including everted tongue, beak, feather insertions and the nictitating membrane of the eye. The PDF file of this paper can be found at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/262431624_Exceptional_soft_tissue_fossilization_of_a_Pleistocene_vulture_Gyps_fulvus_New_evidence_for_emplacement_temperatures_of_pyroclastic_flow_deposits https://www.researchgate.net/publication/266734626_EXCEPTIONAL_SOFT_TISSUE_FOSSILIZATION_OF_A_LATE_PLEISTOCENE_VULTURE_GYPS_FULVUS_FROM_ALBAN_HILLS_VOLCANIC_REGION_ITALY https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dawid_Iurino https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luca_Bellucci3 Yours, Paul H.

    Hi guys, this is are some shots of a didattic exhibition that I have created in a medieval bastion in my city Brindisi, in Italy. This is the beginning, I hope i can expand it with time. Hope you like it. Danny