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Found 27 results

  1. Thames fossil, tree?

    Hi all, I'm new to this forum and wondering if you could all help me out. I found this fossil on the Thames foreshore in London at low tide. I would love to know what it came from! My only thought is that one side looks like rings of a tree and 2 other sides look a bit like bark. Would be very grateful for any help! Thanks
  2. Thames Foreshore Bones

    Hello, A few days ago, me and my dad had to travel to London to get my American passport renewed at the US embassy. Afterwards, my dad headed towards the cafe to get something to eat as I took a stroll along the thames foreshore. I quickly realized that there were a lot of bones and teeth scattered along the shoreline, at the time I thought they were pleistocene, but now that I've looked online it seems to me that they're "medieval", apparently the tudors and georgians habitually tossed dead animal carcasses into the river. Even so, some of the teeth I picked up were very heavy and I couldn't help thinking that they could be pleistocene. Is there a possibility of them being pleistocene or is it all wishful thinking on my part? I reckon photo 2 is a bison tooth although am not sure. Photo 3 looks like two sheep teeth. The jaw seems to be from a domesticated pig (so probably something the georgians tossed into the river) and I believe the canine in the last photo comes from a dog. Can anyone ID the rest of the teeth and whether they are pleistocene or not? Thanks Here are the photos, hopefully they help:
  3. Crinoid (?) - found in yard

    Found in my yard in Dorchester, Ontario on the Thames River. I've found several of these in my yard. Is it a crinoid? I'd sure love to know what an experienced fossil hunter would call it, as well as what era it might be from. Looks like there is one large one through the rock, with other little things in there.
  4. Hello!! I'm brand new to this incredible community, which I joined because I'd love to learn more about fossils. A family member found this one on a walk in London, Ontario, Canada. Hands are those of her 5 year old daughter. If I can get more information, I will. Thank you so much, in advance, for any help! Bodhi.
  5. Natural History Museum in London Since most of this has been covered already and recently, I won’t go deep into a tour: What I have here are some pics of what I would consider to be the “gems” of the museum. Some cool things that I hope none of you overlook whenever you visit. Very fun place, I enjoyed it even more than my last visit. Yes I brought a measuring tape with me to the museum... lol. Impressive, remarkably, huge Megalosaurus tooth. Measurement of the replica below.
  6. Will be making another trip to London at the end of the month and wanted to know if anyone has recommendations for dinosaur related museums, things to see, etc. Fossil hunting may be out of the question due to the cold weather, unless there is a convenient option outside of the city nearby, or train ride away then I’m all ears (can be any material). May have to wait for a warmer holiday to go out for dinosaur hunting, Isle of Wight, etc., which I believe is 2-3 hours from London if I’m not mistaken. Anyhow any bit of advice would help. I have been to the Natural History Museum in London, but will be stopping by there again because of how much I enjoyed it the first time. One new stop will the be the museum in Oxford to see the beautiful Megalosaurus bucklandii, so definitely looking forward to that.
  7. Will be making another trip to London at the end of the month and wanted to know if anyone has recommendations for dinosaur related museums, things to see, etc. Fossil hunting may be out of the question due to the cold weather, unless there is a convenient option outside of the city nearby, or train ride away then I’m all ears (can be any material). May have to wait for a warmer holiday to go out for dinosaur hunting, Isle of Wight, etc., which I believe is 2-3 hours from London if I’m not mistaken. Anyhow any bit of advice would help. I have been to the Natural History Museum in London, but will be stopping by there again because of how much I enjoyed it the first time. One new stop will the be the museum in Oxford to see the beautiful Megalosaurus bucklandii, so definitely looking forward to that.
  8. I realized how much I enjoy seeing the posts of "virtual trips to the museum" and rock shops and shows. I thought I'd do a more thorough post on my recent trip to the UK and the Natural History Musuem in London. It was so huge and amazing and wonderful, that although I did not quite get to explore it as much as i would have liked, I am thrilled i got to go. So here's a little tour to whet your appetite for travel (or just armchair travel, if that's your thing!) . Believe me, there is MUCH MUCH more to see than this little bit! First of all - it IS a catheral! To science! Where the saints and angel figures would be are all animals, mythological, extinct and extant: And then the grand Hallway: And yes, it feels like you are in a Harry Potter movie: with whales: Aside from the imposing whale, there are also these amazing creatures on the main floor: Turn into the first hallway and you enter the Hall of Marine Repties: With the first articulated plesiosaur found by Mary Anning: More marine reptiles: SO many!! And these were just a FEW! And then off a side hallway was a great fossil specimen display, I only took pics of a few, but here are some UK fossils Then we wound our way down another maze like corridor and ran into these creatures (plus a few others not pictured here...): And then on to the Hall of Dinosaurs! : What is interesting is the dino skeletons are mostly elevated, so you are looking up at them, the lighting throwing interesting shadows. It's an odd choice for display, but I guess it means they don't have to put glass around each dino since it is out of reach of curious hands..... A few were ground level: My favorite dino has always been Parasaurolophus (partly because it's just fun to say Parasaurolophus...) And I was happy to see this little guy ( Coelophysis) - one of the dinosarus found out at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico (if you are out there, go to the little museum onsite...it's very nice) The next Hall was their "best of the best" treasury, in which was something I've wanted to see for a long time: the London Specimen Archaeopteryx: Last but not least was the Hall of Minerals - a massive hall full of cases of every mineral and rock in every from from all over the world. You could spend days in there alone: Just a few lovely items from there : And this is one of only 7 Mars meteorites found on earth : And thus concludes our visit to the musuem, I recommend a hot chocolate from the shop just down the street ( you can see the copper dome from their upstairs window)
  9. New Backyard Site

    Haven't posted any trips in a while, although I've been on quite a few in the last while. This trip occurred this morning, about 15 minutes' walk from my backyard. It started with low expectations and ended in high reward. There was an area I've been returning to for the last six years that I've pretty much tapped out. During that span, it has been generous to me, although it is now transitioning into forest. I decided to take a resigned poke at an area next door to it where a new housing development has been in progress for the last year, and like a lot of these new tracts there is a permanent adjoining drainage area that are sometimes spruced up into walking trails and ponds. It was in this area that they also trucked in a substantive amount of limestone, which I'll reasonably assume is Dundee Formation as that would be the cheapest to acquire. Or, it may be Lucas Fm from nearby Ingersoll. Poking around the brutally hard grey limestone riddled with corals, I figured it would be more of the same old, same old of the Dundee. I'm not a coral person, but I did find these ones neat. Some of these were bigger than basketballs. There were at least seven distinct types of coral I encountered. Here's a tiny sample of the ones I snapped pictures of:
  10. London Finds

    Hello everyone! My wife and I were walking down on the Thames Riverbank today (Not looking for fossils for once lol) and we looked down and instantly saw some bones. We just picked these up because they have teeth in them. Like I said we’re not here for that and are in dress clothes. I’m curious about what animal they’re from, what time period and of course the legality of even picking them up. Does anyone know if we can fly with them? I need to know because we head back to Texas relatively early tomorrow. Any input is much appreciated. Thank you.
  11. Here are two fossils which I have recently donated to the Natural History Museum in London. The first is a Rhinocephalus planiceps skull from the Eocene London clay of the Isle of Sheppey, the second is a Triassic Archosaur tooth from Wales.
  12. My daughter found this on the banks of river Thames (London, UK) several years ago. It's 36 mm long. Can this be a part of a once-living thing or just a geological mineral? We are complete amateurs in Palaeontology, but have always hoped it's a tooth or a claw. Thanks
  13. Sir Charles Lyell's historical fossils (London's Natural History Museum) accessible online, February 21, 2019, Pensoft Publishers https://phys.org/news/2019-02-sir-charles-lyell-historical-fossils.html Consuelo Sendino, The Lyell Collection at the Earth Sciences Department, Natural History Museum, London (UK), Biodiversity Data Journal (2019). DOI: 10.3897/BDJ.7.e33504 https://bdj.pensoft.net/article/33504/ Although completely unrelated, the below article is quite interesting. Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? By JoAnna Klein, New York times, Feb. 20, 2019 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/20/science/zebra-stripes-flies.html Tim Caro, Yvette Argueta, Emmanuelle Sophie Briolat, Joren Bruggink, Maurice Kasprowsky, Jai Lake, Matthew J. Mitchell, Sarah Richardson, and Martin How. 2019, Benefits of zebra stripes: Behaviour of tabanid flies around zebras and horses. PLOS ONE. Published: February 20, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0210831 Yours, Paul H.
  14. Fossil sites in London area

    Hey all Next year I'll be beginning university, and I'll probably be in London, UK. Would some of you know of any fossil sites in the area around London? I'd be fine with anywhere less than an hour and a half by bus or train... Thanks for the help! -Christian
  15. On Sunday I took a trip to the Natural History Museum in London. I queued up before it opened at 10am and even before then there was a long queue. I have not visited this museum since I was a child and spent an entire day there (10am to 4.30pm - a long time). I was surprised as it is a lot bigger than I remembered and there was so much to see. This place has the most wonderful things and is an incredible place to learn. The museum showcases a Baryonyx, Sophie the Stegosaurus (the world's most complete Stegosaurus) and more! The moving Trex and Deinonychus are also really realistic in the way they move. If you like your dinosaur teeth, the Megalosaurus and Daspletosaurus teeth are out of this world! There is something for everyone in this museum and I would highly recommend that you visit here if you have not already! A lot of the dinosaur specimens are casts taken from other museums but they are still cool to look at. I had taken the photos on my SLR and due to the size of the photos I had to reduce the quality of them to be able to post on the forum which is unfortunate but it's the only way otherwise the photos would take a really long time to load. There are more non-dinosaur related photos that I will be posting at some point later on but may take me some time to pick out. Enjoy the photos from this section of the museum! Blue Zone Dinosaurs (has a mix of some photos of crocs too)
  16. I was just wondering as I collect most of my fossils in Dorset and that is very far away so I rarely get to go
  17. Archaeopteryx

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45967655. There is no greater insult you can hurl at a museum than to suggest its prize fossil is a fake.
  18. Pterosaur catalogue

    Lorna Steel (NHMUK curator of non-dinosaurian fossil archosaurs) just made available on ResearchGate an overview/catalogue of all NHMUK pterosaur collections (written in 2012). Though it is probably outdated by now, I thought that some pterosaur workers seeking to visit the collections might want a look at the paper It's too big to be posted on TFF, but I can send it by email to those who'd like a copy. Steel, L. (2012). The pterosaur collection at the Natural History Museum, London, UK: an overview and list of specimens, with description of recent curatorial developments. Acta Geologica Sinica‐English Edition, 86(6), 1340-1355. Abstract: The pterosaur collection at the Natural History Museum is of great historical importance. Most of the material is figured or cited, and several specimens are types or casts of types. Pterosaurs from UK localities are well represented, but foreign material is also present as original specimens and as high quality casts. The entire collection has been recorded in a database and curatorial improvements have been made, which has improved physical and virtual access to the collection. Although many of the specimens were collected as long ago as the early 1800s, they are still useful today. A full list of Natural History Museum pterosaur specimens is published, for the first time since 1888. Key words: Pterosauria, curation, museum -Christian
  19. Before having to teach, I decided to take a small walk along the Thames River that runs through our campus. The river runs a course of about 170 miles, and was extremely high after very heavy rains and high temperatures that melted a great deal of snow. Since then, the river levels have receded significantly, leaving large stretches of sand and transported materials. I didn't plan on doing any collecting, but where there are rocks... So these are two snaps of the bank. The deposited material went on for some distance.
  20. The Pickle Jars

    Hi TFF Last year I spent a hole afternoon with one of the curators of the Natural History Museum London. I had a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit. We explore some of the Darwin Centre’s 27 kilometres of shelves,encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here. with the highlight been a 8.62-metre-long giant squid court in the Falklands Islands and a very good look at some of the specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself . I did get to hold Darwin's now pickled pet octopus , First 3 photos are the Giant Squid 3,4,5 specimens specimens by Darwin the rest is assorted pickles jars thank you all for looking cheers Bobby
  21. I'm sure several of the TFF members have kids also fascinated with fossils or dinosaurs (like a famous T-rex painter, the daughter of @Monica) - here is an attraction in London you just cannot miss https://londonist.com/london/family/a-dinosaur-sleepover-at-natural-history-museum
  22. We went to the Manchester https://dinosaursinthewild.com/ but it’s also in London. A truly amazing experience, expensive but well worth the 60-70 mins. You go in a simulator back in time to 67myo to Hell Creek to station 67. It’s interactive and there are lots of actors as you walk around the various areas traveling by time shuttle to and from the Hell Creek ‘viewing tower’ on the surface. The actors are very convincing! It really is a full on experience and I don’t want to give anything away so errr I won’t. Non flash photography is allowed but I’m one that enjoys the memories rather than documenting, I might miss something. I suspect the photos might not come out well anyway Realistic? I dunno but certainly convincing to me. The organisers say it’s okay for 5 year old kids +. Hmmm, maybe a little older. Violet jumped a couple of times and nearly crushed my hand. Prices are expensive. But so is going out for a meal in a good restaurant with family, down town on beer with buddies &c. 9 of us went and we got a great deal per person which was just under £19 each including the kids. Get friends together or you could be paying £30 for an adult. Family tickets available too but grab some mates and get the max discount. Bottom line, a fantastic experience but pricy. But it’s a one off gig. If you can get to Manchester or London do it! pic is Violet in shop, to be avoided - silly money - but you knew that anyway Did I say I want to go back?
  23. I'm not sure if this has been posted before. But I just found this cool page and found that it has a lot of very useful reference for identification. So I thought I'd share the link. On here you can just browse through their collections. They have some high quality photos. http://data.nhm.ac.uk/dataset/collection-specimens/resource/05ff2255-c38a-40c9-b657-4ccb55ab2feb?view_id=6ba121d1-da26-4ee1-81fa-7da11e68f68e
  24. Can anyone help identifying these?

    Me and my girlfriend were taking a stroll through the river Thames in London and managed to come across these guys...we are not fossil experts (or beginners) and were just wondering what they could be. If you guys can help us out, that'd be great! Object A is 8 cm across with a maximum width of 4 cm.
  25. Dinosaurs at Barnes, 28th October

    Hi Folks, I hope its OK to post this here - I've found nothing in the faq to suggest otherwise, its highly relevant and The Dinosaur Society and WWT London Wetland Centre are both charities. This weekend sees our conference and dinosaur art gallery, Dinosaurs at Barnes, for which we still have some tickets. More details at dinosaursociety.com If you are about Friday and want a big dose of palaeontology then this is definitely worth attending - please check the illustrious list of speakers and artists. Many thanks, Sean