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  1. Okay guys, I’ve managed to get some cheap air tickets (£20) to Milan from the UK. Airbnb was good to me too at £25 a night. Anyone know of any sites, museums or shops in the area?
  2. I know it's not nice to gloat about one's good deeds, but since TFF assigned a special place for that , it would be silly not to use the opportunity to share with others. Today I delivered to the Geological Museum in Warsaw a part of my collection that I decided to donate to them - I didn't know that I should take a picture of the specimens donated, so in the attachment a picture from another event showing a part of fossils that went to the Museum and a thank you letter from them. The collection comprised both Polish, as well as foreign specimens. I hope to see them one day on display
  3. The Indiana State Museum has an impressive collection of Hoosier fossils, a lot of crinoids as one would expect, and it is worth your time if you are in Indianapolis. The museum is downtown and very pleasant, with other museums and restaurants nearby. I wrote a blog entry about it that includes photos: http://www.americangeode.com/blog/fossil-collection-indiana-state-museum/
  4. A mini fossil museum exists within the lobby of the Park Hyatt in Chicago, just off Michigan Avenue. I'm guessing not too many people know about it unless they're guests at the hotel. It's a wonderful display of very large Moroccan trilobites, ammonites and various other fossils from around the world. It is free, of course, because it's in the lobby and a nice diversion if you're ever in the area. Another added bonus is it's open 24 hours.
  5. After visiting the Natural History Museum in Oxford England last year, I really recommend it, London eat your heart out. Easy to get to via train, within walking distance of rail station. I think the displays of fossils are well laid out around the outside of the gallery as well as the larger ones in the middle. I hope to take more photos of the displays as I am going again this year. Well worth a visit, prefer it to the NHM in London. Their website is: http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/
  6. Dear friends, This time i'd like to show something big, as for Baltic amber - If inclusion got 22mm - its a monster ! And especially plant in this condition is very very rare becouse plants often died on resin surface and also they are often totally oxidised becouse of being close to surface or partially in amber and partially on surface. Extinct Glyptostrobus europaeus 22mm is a museum quality example, i was confirm ID with great specialist, author of books about Baltic Ambers - Carsten Grohn. He said to me - .. What a shame Personally i love botanical inclusions, they are much more rare as i said but also showing how was looks like "amber forest" more than 40 millions years ago. Sadly i cant upload more pictures in this way but i dont want cut them and upload to galery becouse quality gonna be bad. Have a nice watching Artur PS - I am sorry for my sad english.
  7. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41012226
  8. Museum of Ancient Life

    Convinced my wife and her family to visit the Museum of Natural History in Lehi, Utah a mere twenty minute drive from my parent-in-laws. This place is amazing and I would highly recommend the trip. I'm posting some pictures now and more later. The view when you first walk in is breathtaking. Massive Quetzalcoatlus above. One of my personal favorites is in the main lobby. A complete Dunkleostus head that has been repaired. Largest armored Placoderm of the Devonian. A closeup of the Dunkleostus. This one is for @GeschWhat Really neat fossils. There's a set of pyritized brachiopods towards the top that looked really good. Belemnites, coprolite, and a fish from Wyoming. Hey it's me! I wish... Really need display of modern paleontologists. I would do anything to dig up a dinosaur of that magnitude. There's a nice Estwing hammer in the middle. One of my favorite parts of the museum is the fossil lab. I had the chance to walk through it a few years ago and will never forget the experience. A Sauropod the team has been working on from Utah. A completed segment of the Sauropod. Sauropod heel. This was massive. Really neat to see all the completed fossils from the laboratory. There's a real live paleontologist! Masked his face to for anonymity. He was working on that vertebrae under the light. Massive Xiphactinus recreation. So glad those aren't around in our lakes and rivers anymore. Giant Diatryma recreation. It's hard to believe these massive carnivorous birds where once the apex predators of the Eocene. The age of the man eating turkeys! Well man wasn't around then but if they were then we would be in trouble. Description of the Diatryma. Another favorite was a recreation of the Megalodon. No museum is complete without one of these. Really brings back memories from Calvert Cliffs. Oh how I am starting to miss Maryland. Great White recreation. Notice the bloated look. Neat description of C. carcharias. One of the ten largest Megalodon teeth ever found. I believe the C. auriculatus are also referred to as Otodus subserratus A personal favorite from the east coast is Hemipristis serra. Another excellent tooth and a favorite of @gavialboy Edestus heinrichi Another personal favorite is the Turritella. Massive Turritella conglomerates. @RJB this one was taken with you in mind. That's a beauty. Top view of a beautiful crab. Fuzzy picture of sea urchin fossils (Echinoderm). Related to starfish and crinoids. C. giganteum A little baby mammoth. So cute.
  9. Bony Fish ID

    Hello, bought this in a museum, the lady behind the counter did not know where their fossils came from exactly. The back label said fossil fish chin. Other than the fish ID I am wondering if only the chin is the real fossil and everything else is carved in? I understand it has been painted over. Also, Can any one ID the plant on There? Are the plant fossils real? Any thoughts? Thank you
  10. Trix the T-Rex

    Hello fellow fossil enthusiasts, I should have posted this a long time ago, in fact I should have done it when I got home from the visit, but I guess I forgot... So here it is, with about 2 months of delay. So that day I went to the Naturalis museum in Leiden, Netherlands. I went there for a special reason: to see a record-holding fossil! And this legend is nothing less than Trix, the mighty T-Rex. What is special with Trix is that it's the only T-Rex fossil to be in a museum outside of America. Here is the story behind the beast: a couple were hiking in Montana, when they saw a big brown bone sticking out of the ground. They quickly contacted the Black Hills Institute, which acknowledged the find to be of a T-Rex. They contacted several museums to see who would be willing to dig it out, having quite a few denials, when they contacted Naturalis. Our Dutch museum jumped on the opportunity. But knowing that they didn't have the money to dig all of that out, they asked the public to donate money to them. I was one of the many donators, and gave 10$. With all the donations, and after about 2 years of work, the team managed to bring the beast home. It was a 12 m long female Tyrannosaurus rex, and they found around 80% of the skeleton!!! Thanks to this, the Naturalis is now one of the most important European museums, if not the world. Trix has already attracted a few millions of tourists, and even other museums; in fact it's soon going to Barcelona to be shown to the public there. Here are some photos that I took. At first, before seeing the actual showpiece, there was a hall with moving dinosaurs that co-habited with Trix. Seems like some of the chickens lost their feathers . Luckily not all chickens were naked. But the giant chicken had also forgotten to put his clothes on, and as you can see the ankykosaur wasn't much impressed Unfortunately this trike did not escape the giant naked chicken...
  11. Thought I'd introduce some and re-introduce others to a great little museum in Rapid City, S. Dakota: The South Dakota School of Mines Museum of Geology. I love little museums like this. The displays are put together by faculty and students, mostly, and thus are innovative in their simplicity of materials and design and purpose. Admission is free, and there is a little museum store where you can buy shirts and other museum store fare. I'll let the photos do the rest of the talking:
  12. Dinosaur Legs

    From the album Fossil Diagrams

  13. Just another cold and blustery day here in Central New York! I had to get the kids out of the house, and I wanted to get a fossil fix at the same time. I knew thw going fossil hunting with temps in the teens, was not going to happen. So I decided on the next best thing. Trip to the museum! Located in the Fingerlakes region of N.Y. I what I consider a hidden gem. The Paleontological Research Institute- Museum of the Earth, is a rather small but really nice museum. I found out about it many years ago when I first became a member of the Syracuse Gem &Mineral club. There is virtually no advertising for it. And its location is outside the city limits. It is home to the famous Hyde Park Mastodon that a family found in a pond in their backyard. It is 97 percent complete! I guess you can find cool things anywhere. I took plenty of pics, so I hope you will enjoy this virtual tour.
  14. Hi guys and gals, I haven't posted anything for like 2 months. I have a question, particularly for anyone who lives in Houston, Texas. Does the Houston Museum of Natural Science identify fossils??? I have seen many posts of people who went to the museum and paleontologists identified their finds. If so, how can I contact them??? Thanks in advance, Ramon
  15. This may seem to be an unusual question from someone who is a "budget" collector of dinosaur fossils, but for a project of mine I'd like to gradually acquire a collection of some large mammoth or dinosaur bones for public display. However, they still need to be relatively inexpensive, under $150 US. So my question of this: Are there any large bones (requiring two hands to hold large) that can be acquired for a relatively inexpensive price? I know mammoth bones can be pretty cheap (especially North Sea) but I'd only buy from a seller who properly desalinates them. Does anyone know of a dealer who supplies this kind of material? PMs welcome and thanks in advance. As for dinosaur bones, it's probably a long shot, but I know that some time ago some larger bones (rib bones and limb bones as well as vertebrae) used to be pretty inexpensive. Does this still hold true? Thanks.
  16. http://www.windsorstar.com/news/national/2434m+dinosaur+museum+northern+alberta+went+from+awards/12476233/story.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_source=Facebook&utm_term=Autofeed#link_time=1480874211
  17. A Sonora desert museum dedicated to extant creatures of this desert, but having a mineral and fossil collection...some photos included, apologies about the flash flare on some of these images...
  18. French museum employee sold stolen fossils online PhysOrg, December 16, 2016 http://phys.org/news/2016-12-french-museum-employee-sold-stolen.html French Museum Worker in Dire Straits Found Guilty of Stealing 666 Fossils (Financially crippled by a divorce, he sold the artifacts on eBay. Amah-Rose Abrams, December 16, 2016 https://news.artnet.com/art-world/french-museum-worker-theft-fossils-786362 Yours, Paul H.
  19. So while we are upset that the main fossil area (the National Fossil Hall) of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is closed for a multi-year renovation until 2019 (though I'll admit that it did need it...I remembered a lot of the exhibits from my childhood), we were thrilled that there's a new temporary exhibit titled "The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World," which focused on the Hell Creek Formation - where my family will be doing a few dino digs this summer! https://naturalhistory.si.edu/fossil-hall/last-american-dinosaurs/ This exhibit featured fossils from the museum's 2013 expedition. They also had the requisite paleonotologist-on-display:
  20. Here’s how to find D.C.’s accidental museum of paleontology By Sadie Dingfelder, Washington Post, August 18, 2016 https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2016/08/18/heres-how-to-find-d-c-s-accidental-museum-of-paleontology/ D.C. Lawyer Hunts For Fossils In Nation's Capital Weijia Jiang, WCCO 4 News At 6, Nov. 26, 2016 http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/category/news-national-news/3583834-d-c-lawyer-hunts-for-fossils-in-nations-capital/ The web site is: Fossils in the Architecture of Washington, DC: a guide to washington's accidental museum of paleontology http://dcfossils.org Yours, Paul H.
  21. Fossil fever: exploring Dorset's Jurassic Coast with Steve Etches Retired plumber Steve Etches has spent years combing the coast for ammonites and dinosaur bones. He has collected so many a £5m, world-class museum, in the village of Kimmeridge, has been built to house them all. The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/nov/04/fossil-hunting-jurassic-coast-steve-etches-new-museum-dorset New museum at Kimmeridge for Etches Collection of fossils BBC News, October 21, 2016, http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-37716484 Yours, Paul H.
  22. In 2008, I found one of the prizes of my collection amongst a pile of sand and broken bits at Calvert Cliffs. I knew from seeing museum specimens of Isognomon maxillata that even with the tip broken off, this was a great find. After admiring it on my shelf every day since, I decided to share it. Today it has a new home at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, which did not have any of this species or much of anything from that region amongst its 2,000,000+ mollusk specimens. Along with the Isognomon, I donated a Chesapectin nefrens shell with a number of pearl buds on the inside and a Tongue shell (Glossus santamaria) from the same location. The curator was happy to tell me that after 40 years of displaying modern sea shells and fossils of dinosaurs, they are finally putting together an exhibit of fossilized sea shells. Who knows, maybe one or more of these will end up on public view?
  23. Mifune Dinosaur Museum

    Mifune Dinosaur Museum is a small museum by its size but not by its collection. This natural museum is focused on the cretaceous period and fossils excavated in Mifune area. Situated in the Kumamoto prefecture in the southern japanese big island called Kyushu, Mifune benefits of a formation called Mifune formation rich in brackish water fossils (invertebrates) in its lower part and in dinosaurs and other vertebrates in the upper part of the formation. Mifune has a good reputation among japanese paleontologists since the first carnivorous teeth was found in 1979. Since then, various species of dinosaurs have been found here (Tyranosaurid, Ankylosaurid, Hadrosaurid, Dromaesaurid, Therizinosaurid, ornitomimosaurid). Beside dinosaurs, mammals (Sorlestes mifunensis), large variety of turtles (slightly different from the turtles found at the same period in Asia) and crocodiles (Eusuchia only) were found. In addition to the museum visit, outside activities such as fossil hunting, geological tour are available. First meat eating dinosaur tooth found in Japan Entrance of the exhibition room/ Montana case View on the main gallery Reconstruction of Mifune's paleoecology Mifune's crocodiles Neosuchia sp bones
  24. Land Fossils and Minerals Museum is a little known but amazing private museum in Tainan, Taiwan. Before my trip to Tainan, I had googled a lot of information about fossil sites and museums there, but could not find this museum. Luckily, when I was looking for nearby restaurants one evening, it showed up on Google Maps. I went the next day and saw these, among many other treasures:
  25. On June 4th my daughter Emelia and I are planning on visiting the Zigong Dinosaur Museum to finish out our two week tour of Sichuan. We have seen some amazing geology although the majority has been metamorphic and we have yet to spot any real fossils. The museum looks promissing. Any suggestions from other FF members on how to best enjoy this museum would be greatly appreciated. PS we do know a little about fossils and Chinese laws and only intend to bring home great memories and a lot of photographs. Xie xie