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  1. I recently moved into a house with some friends on our university campus, and this nice cabinet was included right past the front door. So of course I had to put together a little museum! These are just the fossils I have on me at this time, but I’ll probably pick some more up to add next time I visit home or if I go on a hunt soon. I tried adding some fun blurbs with a couple that I felt had some really cool information hiding in them. If there’s any specific part you want to see, or if you have any fun suggestions, let me know!
  2. Le Muséum de l’Ardèche

    So for the past few weeks I’ve been camping in the Ardèche region in southern France. There was a nice little museum just a couple of miles from where I was staying. Le Muséum de l’Ardèche is the located in the small village Balazuc (which is also worth a visit). Most of the pieces were collected by Bernard Riou, a French Palaeontologist. Some pictures: Fossil insects from the Plateau du Coiron. Fossils from this location (about an hour away from Balazuc) are amazing. My favourite insect at the Museum: Nice Millipede Fossil frogs and toads from the same location Fishes, also from the same location. There also is an antelope skull on the wall, and they even have a complete skeleton of one. Very nice to see. Skeleton of a boar-like animal. How much better does it get? Well, much better: Of course, there are many more fossils from this location, including turtles, snakes, birds, leaves, pine cones… On to the next part...
  3. A recent item in our local TV news (CHEK in Victoria) caught my eye... A local guy who makes models of anything and everything, apparently, was commissioned to make a life-sized Arthropleura (the huge myriapod from the coal swamps) for the Burpee Museum in Illinois. Catch it while the video is still posted: https://www.cheknews.ca/chek-upside-saanichton-artist-recreates-prehistoric-millipede-680876/ Would be nice to see pics of it when it arrives in place, from any of you who live in that area
  4. Like the title says. You've got the choice to choose any fossil from any museum or collection or from any collector in the world to have as your own. What would you pick? Mine would be the "fighting dinosaurs fossil -- velociraptor vs protoceratops. It was the fossil that got me hugely interested in dinosaurs and fossils when I saw it in some book.
  5. Singapore is a small country and we lack a dedicated fossil museum here. Thankfully, we do have the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum which hosts several impressive dinosaur skeletons and has a small section for fossils. The museum can be found at the Kent Ridge Campus of the National University of Singapore in case anyone is thinking of visiting it when my country finally reopens. Interestingly, this museum is built around 3 Diplodocidae dinosaurs, so you'll see plenty of their pictures as I showcase the place Exterior of the museum The entry is at the right The very first fossils you will spot upon entering This is the middle of the musuem. All the exhibits are built around these 3 skeletons
  6. Hello All, I reached out a few years ago with the same question but I have plenty of SharkTooth Hill material for donation to museums or schools. the think I have most is marine mammal bones but I also have other rarer materials. Please contact me if you would like some stuff, all I ask is you pay shipping and provide me a deed of gift to your institution. Thanks Jesse
  7. Aloha, I went to the museum yesterday. The Museum König is our big zoological Museum in Bonn, and at the moment it houses a special exhibition about Dinosaurs and the biology of gigantism. ("Groß, Größer, Dinosaurier") I got the friendly permission to upload the fotos as long as no people are in view. The Fotos I took may not be the best because I was busy entertaining a friends five year old then, but they may give you an impression of what to expect. I really liked the exhibits (real and replica) and will surely be back there to take more fotos and read the screens on a quieter day. The Exhibition is here till the 21.06.2020. Best Regards, J
  8. Hi everyone Last Thursday I went to visit the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels as a little pre-birthday trip. I have visited this museum several times in the past few years, but this time I took my camera with me and thought it might be fun to do a photo tour of the museum for this forum Beware, this will be quite a big topic that might take a few days to complete as I took nearly 750 photo's in the museum (a lot will have to be sorted out though due to blurry quality, photo's of only name tags and doubles) as I wanted to show pretty much all fossil displays Especially the Hall of the Dinosaurs, the hall of the Mosasaurs & The Hall of Evolution will be quite complete tours Starting off with some snapshots of the hall of the minerals. The meteorite display room
  9. Forgotten Fossils

    Forgotten fossils in museum collections https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/thousands-of-fossils-sit-forgotten-in-museum-drawers-how-one-paleontologist
  10. Rare museum specimen or another fake?
  11. Hello fossil friends in Germany- A few months ago I started planning a History of Paleontology class/trip which will include the Solnhofen area. Before Christmas, the Eichstatt Wiilibaldburg Castle museum was closed. Now I do not see anything on the web site, which is all auf Deutsch about it being closed. Is it actually re-opened? Thanks jpc
  12. 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.
  13. 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)
  14. Hello guys! Today I want to talk to you about an interesting museum situated where you wouldn't be expecting one: Venice, the City of Water. In a place famous worldwide for its architecture, art and food, the natural history theme is left behind, but it is not devoid of surprises. The museum was founded in 1860 and located in a XIII century palace, that served as a private residence and then as a market. The present appearance of the buidling was given by major renovation works that altered the original aspect. Nevertheless, it is an impressive location for a museum!! The area around Venice is an alluvial plain and no fossil can be found. That's why the museum collection are made up of specimens found in other parts of Veneto region, Italy and of the world. the highlight of the whole museum are the specimens collected during explorations that underwent in Africa in the 70's. In particular, the desert of Niger was explored. Back in the Early Cretaceous rivers and forests flourished there, as well as a very rich faunal assemblage. Italian-french excavations have yielded hundreds of dinosaur bones: theropods, ornithischians and sauropds are known. in the exhibits two specimens stand out above all: First the skull, teeth and back plates of "Sarchosuchus imperator", a crocodyliform and one of the largest crocodile-like reptiles that ever lived. (I only took a picture of the skull) Then the mounted skeleton and paratype of "Ouranosaurus nigeriensis", an hadrosaurid dinosar, 6,5 m (21.3 ft) long. Hadrosaurids had an unusual plant-smashing beak, multiple rows of teeth and they were facultative bipeds. Like in the theropod "Spinosaurus aegypticus", the neural spines of "Ouranosaurus" form a sort of "sail" on his back, its function his unclear; a social (display) role is generally more accepted than that of thermoregulation. The Venice specimen lacks the skull, atlas vertebra, ribs, the distal segment of the tail and few other bones. It was not fully grown, but close to adult size. Other exhibits from the Niger expedition include teeth and bones of dinosaur and a turtle shell: Regarding the other collections, they are less relevant and impressive in my opinion. You can see fish and plant remains from the Eocene of Bolca, a world-famous site not far from Venice. A couple of interesting tracks of amphibians and reptiles from the Permian of South-western United States Two amphibian body-fossil from the Permian of Germany Eocene crabs from Veneto A bird from the Cretaceous of China The skull of temnospondyl amphibian from the Permian of Russia The death track of a limulid from the Jurassic Solnhofen lagerstatten of Germany And a sirenid from the Oligocene of France Overall the Museum is interesting and I was satisfied. I didn't know about the African expedition and of a dinosaur paratype!! It was actualy difficult to take decent pictures (for the little lighting) and for most of the exhibits, labels and boards were minimized. Anyway, if you stop by Venice, don't miss it!! P.s.: if you'd like to have any additional information about the specimen that I uploaded a picture of or those that I left out, please ask, I would love the help!
  15. 3 fossils stolen from KU’s Natural History Museum by Dylan Lysen, LawrenceJournalWorld, October 22, 2019 https://www2.ljworld.com/news/public-safety/2019/oct/22/3-fossils-stolen-from-kus-natural-history-musuem/ Yours, Paul H.
  16. Ammonite Species

    ok to Dinosaur World, Plant City and there is this museum that has load of fossils and also has an exploration cave show in there and has loads of ammonite fossils but for 3 pics of these ammonite fossils is i dont know the species and the genus of them.
  17. Need help

    so i went to Orlando Science Center today for the Dino Digs exhibition but in Jurassic Ridge dig pit area i know that there is a Camptosaurus, Camarasaurus, Ceratosaurus and a Stegosaurus, but there is some species and genus of dinosaurs and other animals that i dont know what there like take for example the turtle shell, the alligator crocodile like animal fossil, the ankylosaur like fossil and that bone that i dont know what species does it belong to and that nest that i don't know which dinosaur does it belong to.
  18. Researchers discover more male than female mammalian fossils in museum collections by Bob Yirka , Phys.org https://phys.org/news/2019-09-male-female-mammalian-fossils-museum.html The Quirk of Collecting That Skews Museum Specimens Male. Only two orders of mammals—containing bats, anteaters, and sloths—are biased toward females. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, Sept. 11, 2019 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/09/research-specimens-are-mostly-male/597832/ The paper is: Gower, G., Fenderson, L.E., Salis, A.T., Helgen, K.M., van Loenen, A.L., Heiniger, H., Hofman-Kamińska, E., Kowalczyk, R., Mitchell, K.J., Llamas, B. and Cooper, A., 2019. Widespread male sex bias in mammal fossil and museum collections. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(38), pp.19019-19024. https://www.pnas.org/content/116/38/19019.short Yours, Paul H.
  19. Hello everybody This will be a bit longer and I hope you stick with me. So I've planed on opening this topic for quite a while now and I think it's the time to go now. Maybe it's stupid, maybe not. Let's just see where this will go. With 31 and no kids (not yet) it's the best time to do this now. I won't get younger and you never now how long you can just leave for vacation as you like it. I was already three times in the US but never did anything with fossils (as in digging or visiting museums). So why not just go to the US, dig up some stuff and enjoy the most beautiful Dino fossils out there. We have some nice museums in Germany / Europe, but nothing compares to the museums in the US. Inspired by a lot of TFF Members and their great field reports I just want to dig for one time in my life at the Hell Creek Formation and visit some museums there. I'm aware that HC Formation spans mainly across MT, WY, ND and SD. I'm looking mostly for Dino teeth of any kind as they are small enough to actually bring them back to Germany. I have no interest in finding big bones or fossils like that, because 1. I don't know how to recover them correctly and 2. I can't take big and heavy fossils onto a plane back to Germany. I'm planing to do this trip at some point in 2020 and dig for several days and just enjoy the US. I have no problem with driving long distances by (rental) car. So to summarize it: a ) Visting museum with lots of Dino fossils. b ) Digging up Dino teeth at HC and return with them to Germany. So I'm trying to organize this topic with different questions 1. What's the best time? What time of the year has the best weather conditions for going out to dig? And is there a "tourist time" that I should avoid? As in a lot of people digging at the same spot. 2. Where am I allowed to dig? The most difficult and important question. Can I dig as a private person / foreigner on US soil and can I keep these fossils? Do I need specific permission? I'm aware it can depend on the state, the property and who allows it or doesn't allow it. Just seraching the internet is not very helpfull to find specific information at what specific strip of land I am allowed to dig. So the easiest way is that someone just shows it to me like "look, here you can dig and keep your stuff, here you can't do that" In the end I need someone to tell me at what very specific locations I am allowed to dig. 3. Just go with a guided tour? On the web there are several guided tours for digging in the HC Formation. This would sure be the easiest way, but most tours don't allowed you to just keep your fossils. You have to buy your own found fossils in order to keep them. With this I just can buy teeth on the web. Also the trip itself costs money. And the tours are only at specific times. I want more independence deciding the specific date and have just my own freedom (within the law). But maybe someone has a good tip for me. Maybe someone knows someone who does some tours or anyone from there who can help. All legal issus aside, I need to find the actuall HC Formation within the land. Pritty sure I won't find anything if I just get out of the car somewhere and start digging a hole in the ground This would be a rather expensive and big trip for me. With flying across the atlantic I need to know where to go and what to expect. I can't waste any day with searching around where to dig. I need to know this in advance. 4. Where to get proper equipment? I can't bring any big/heavy tools or stuff like this, as I'm traveling by plane. Any idea what to do? Just buy some cheep tools for this tour once I'm in the state? 5. Where in the HC area are the best museums? Simple question. I wonder what great museums are out there. 6. Can I board a plane back to Germany with fossils? All the great fossils don't help much if I'm not allowed to bring them to Germany. I don't know if I could get in trouble at the airport with US border patrol / TSA / Customs if I want to leave the US with fossils. Do I need a receipt? A confirmation of any kind, that I bought / dug up these fossils legally? Or do they just not care? Is it just like a souvenir? Some contries view fossils as a national heritage. How does the US handle this at airports? If you made your way through my sluggish english until this point: Thanks! I hope I didn't make myself a fool with this and the trip is not possible anyway because only scientific people are allowed to dig there, but I just hope this trip is possible in some way for me. Any help and tips are very welcome. I think I'll fly from Munich to Chicago and then start my trip from there to the west. But I'll have to see where I end up with. Maybe I fly somewhere else and head to HC.
  20. Hello friends! Thix summer, after visiting the Orton Geological Museum (you can find my post about it), I paid a brief visit to another museum in Columbus, Ohio. It was the Ohio History Center, that featured an extensive history of Ohio from the geological past to present. Focusing on the fossil exhibits, they are predominantly educational, for children I'd say and sadly most of the label lack specific informations (scientific names, origin). Nevertheless, there are some very peculiar fossils, that I'm going to show you now. Let's start with one of the highlights of the whole museum, the Conway Mastodon, a complete skeleton found in 1887 in the Ohio countryside. The Ice age exhibit features three other bone remains: those of a stag moose, a flat-head peccary and a woodland muskox skull. The other cases display fossils from the Palaeozoic. the Ordovician section consists of an Isotelus trilobite (state fossil of Ohio), a large crinoid slab and other fossil taxa (like bryozoans and nautiloids). From the Devonian you can see large colonial corals, nautiloids and a huge trunk (or branch, I'm not sure) from a tree of the genus "Callixylon". The Carbonferous section features fossil plants, like the well-known calamites, sigillaria and the fern "Pecopteris". Finally a huge fossil tree stump of the genus "Lepidodendron" concludes the exhibition. Overall I was satisfied, for you have an overview of all the kinds of fossils that you can find throughout Ohio, from the Ordovician trilobites to the Pleistocene proboscideans. the exhibition is rather small and labels and boards are far from being techincal, but fossil enthusiasts won't be disappointed, at least I was not! So tha's it, Let me know your impressions!
  21. The Royal Tyrrell Museum

    I had recommended going through the Royal Tyrrell Museum to a friend from Kansas last year in September and he was very impressed (I wondered if it was just because he couldn't get out and golf in the snow). This year I went with my 9 year old Granddaughter who didn't sound like she wanted to go. Long story short, we spent a whole day there. I was sort of surprised when I heard they only have 1/2 of 1 percent of the the collection on display. I can only guess that they have a huge warehouse someplace with the rest of the collection catalogued and stored.
  22. Yearly Family Reunion

    We just arrived back from my wife's family reunion held in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. In the past, during such trips, my goal has always been to check out a few fossil spots while visiting kinfolk. This trip was no exception. Unfortunately, the weather was trying to be uncooperative so we visited a few museums and arboretums during some of our down time. The Delaware Museum of Natural History was average at best but was air conditioned!!! Just the right size for children (see the T Rex pic) but not truly stimulating for adults. Longwood Garden was our next stop. It , on the other hand, was absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! Beautiful landscapes, festive fireworks alternated with fountain displays at night. A strong recommendation to visit if in the area. My favorite area was the water gardens and some lovely pics have been added to the forum's "Nature Photography" post. Take a look if interested. Here is @snolly50's favorite. One more floral picture that I liked. Next on the itinerary was Sunnybrook Creek. Due to the heat, I thought a wade in the water would be nice. However, upon arrival, I found the creek to be dry!!! So my desire to cool off was shot down. I did spend about 30 minutes in the creek bed before it became uncomfortable. The creek has many minerals in it but botryoidal goethite is the common thing found.
  23. Hello everybody So this is another Museumreport from Germany. This time the famous Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt. I would say this is one of the best Collections in Germany. One important note: They have a lot Cast Skeletons. I will lable every picture indicating if its a real fossil or "just" a cast. All Casts are copies of real fossils. I labled as many fossils with names as possible Enjoy Tyrannosaurus Rex Cast Triceratops horridus Cast Triceratops prorsus Real Supersaurus vivianae Cast Stegosaurus stenops Cast Iguanodon bernissartensis Cast Diplodocus longus Real (mounted skull is a cast, real skull at the bottom to see it better) Plateosaurus engelhardti Real Giraffatitan brancai Real (still labled in the museum as Brachiosaurus) Euoplocephalus tutus Cast Quetzalcoatlus northropi Cast Psittacosaurus mongoliensis Real Parasaurolophus walkeri Cast Archaeopteryx lithographica Real (a welcome suprise, I wasn't aware they got the real 11th Archaeopteryx) Edmontosaurus annectens Real (very impressive fossil, parts of the skin is still visible) Anhanguera santanae Real (there is a cast of the position it was found, but the single skull and bones on the right are the real ones) Some eggs Oviraptor is a cast Archaeopteryx lithographica and Compsognathus longipes both Cast (very nice modells) Rhamphorhynchus indet. Real Xiphactinus audax Real Tylosaurus proriger Real Varanus komodoensis and Platecarpus coryphaeus both Real Peloneustes philarchus Real Placodus gigas Real Cryptoclidus oxoniensis Cast Simosaurus gaillardoti Cast Metriorhynchus superciliosus Real Ophthalmosaurus icenicus Cast Temnodontosaurus trigonodon Real Sclerocephalus haeuseri Real Nothosaurus mirabilis Real Eurhinosaurus longirostris Real
  24. Hi all! Here is a list of Russian paleontological museums with a short description, impressions and a single photo ( made by myself, later). I have not visited all of them, but hope to do so step by step in the future. Most museums hosting paleo exibitions are organised as "local history museums" - everything from minerals to folk costumes. They do sometimes have good paleontological material. If you are in a big city, why not visit the local history (краеведческий) museum - there's a chance to find a good collection. There's only a handful of dedicated paleontological museums. That's what I've found so far: Moscow: 5 museums. https://www.paleo.ru/museum The biggest museum with a good collection, but unfortunately many replicas and material from abroad. Emphasis on Permian reptiles, Gobi dinosaurs and big mammal skeletons:) http://www.darwinmuseum.ru/projects/constant-exp/razvitie-organicheskogo-mira?eng The museum concentrates on evolution concept, but (and that's why) features some good paleo material. The paleontolgical hall is situated on the top floor and thus not much visited after all the taxidermy. I advise you to begin with the top floor then descend. https://www.fmm.ru/Main_Page?setlang=en Fersman mineralogical museum (with atacamite pseudomorph after a mouse) http://mgri-rggru.ru/fondi/museum/mineral.php Mineralogical museum of Sergo Ordzhonikidze Russian State University for Geological Prospecting (MGRI) http://sgm.ru Vernadsky State Geological Museum Saint Petersburg: 3 museums, all of them free (at least for Russian citizens, so you'll need to enquire), limited access and have very few visitors. https://spmi.ru/gornyi-muzei Mining museum http://www.paleostratmuseum.ru Stratigraphic museum, home to the oldest Russian paleocollection (sold by K.Eichwald, also authentic XiX century displays). Situated in SPb university http://www.vsegei.com/ru/about/museum Very nice one-hall museum with countless mineral and fossil specimens from different Russian locations and the oldest dinosaur skeleton in Russian expositions (the only one in SPb) Kazan: http://kazan-kremlin.ru/museums/muzej-estestvennoj-istorii-tatarstana/ Good collection. Nice Jurassic marine life hall. Samara Oblast: http://alabin.ru/sobytiya/prirodnaya-ekspozitsiya Alabin museum - features a good Mezozoic marine hall (also trilos,mammals, etc). Toliyatti (Samara Oblast): https://sites.google.com/site/ievbmuseum/nasi A restricted access museum for professional geo/paleontologists, visits by appointment Nizhny Novgorod: http://www.turionn.nnov.ru/muzei_mineralogicheskiy.html The museum is now situated in State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (NNSAGU). Free, requires advance registration Ulyanovsk Oblast: http://www.uokm.ru Local history museum with a small paleontological hall on the ground floor. Still nice Jurassic marine material and a cave bear skeleton http://www.simbircit73.ru/salon-muzej Simbircite private museum, features some nice heteromorph ammonites, holotypes included Undory (Ulyanovsk Oblast): https://undor-muz.ru A small museum devoted to Jurassic-Cretaceous marine life Perm Oblast (Kray): http://museum.perm.ru/filiali/muzey-permskih-drevnostey Permian reptiles, etc. Looks good http://museum.psu.ru/museum/muzej-paleontologii-i-istoricheskoj-geologii/ Visits by appointment, probably small Volgograd: https://museionsajtyarkova.ru/katalog/katalog-muzeya-evolyuczionnoj-ekologii-i-arxeologii.html Yakutsk: https://www.s-vfu.ru/universitet/rukovodstvo-i-struktura/vspomogatelnye-podrazdeleniya/muzei/detail.php?SECTION_ID=162&ID=13263 Mammoths and associated fauna Yekaterinburg: http://ugm.ursmu.ru Mostly geological Ivanovo: http://www.ivmk.net Museum of stone (combines mineralogical and paleontological expositions) Kirov, Kotelnich (Kirov Oblast): http://suminia.com/ru/About_the_Museum.htm Kammenomostsky (Adygea Republic): http://worldroads.ru/muzey-ammonitov-adyigei Dedicated to ammos Stary Oskol (Belgorod Oblast) https://www.ammonit.ru/text/2257.htm Museum of the local mining plant - marine reptiles, etc Shestakovo (Kemerovo Oblast): http://brend.visit-kuzbass.ru/shestakovskii Not a museum in a proper sense, but some kind of tourist route around dinosaur excavation sites Nizhniye Chugli (Dagestan Republic): https://www.ammonit.ru/text/1691.htm A small private ammo museum