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Found 13 results

  1. Uncertain in shellmass

    Found in mudstone mass of fossil bivalves. Uncertain of exact location geology as not my find. Length 30mm. Assuming univalve or snail?
  2. New Zealand marine reptile vertebra

    I've got this very worn vertebral centrum from the marine Conway Formation near Oaro (Late Cretaceous; about 79-73 Ma) on the south island of New Zealand. The only two logical candidates are plesiosaur or mosasaur from this formation, both of which are known here. There are characteristics of both groups seen on this bone which is tripping me up a bit. One end face seems a bit concave and the other more convex which is a mosasaur feature, but then there also looks to be two distinct holes on the ventral side (see photo three) which could be the paired foramina that are characteristic of plesiosaur vertebrae. So i am left scratching my head! What do others think? Front face Dorsal view Ventral view (note what look like paired foramina) Lateral view
  3. Hey everyone Weather and tides look good for Motunau and possibly Glen Afric this weekend. I'll be driving through from Ashburton, is anyone keen to join? I've never been to Motunau so this would be an exciting exploratory trip for me.
  4. Hey there! I'm back again, and again I'm on another continent I moved to New Zealand at the beginning of the year, and in between the incredible fishing and birding I forced myself to head out to Glen Afric (2 hour drive) for a stab at some crabs. The day started out with a couple belemnites, quite long and skinny. The concretions were various shades of khaki to black, some of them still more clay than rock. There were various shells encrusted in them. I kept my eyes peeled for a 'crab' shaped concretion, however this was easier said than done. After a full lap (about 400m) I was nearly back where I started when I picked up a rock, turned it over and holy moly it had legs! Please tell me they're crab legs and not belemnites trolling me haha!! If it's a crab, would an air scribe be safe in the hands of an amateur? Anyway I had to go, but I'll be back!
  5. The good Dr is back in NZ and we caught up again. Time to hit the old hunting spot again - and we werent let down! Of course TinBum found the first couple of crabs, but Doctor Mud and I very quickly caught up. In the end, I stopped photographing them all as the battery was going flat... but wow what a blast. Have a look at this vid after browsing the photos....
  6. Hi all, On a recent trip to the seaside cliffs of Port Waikato, NZ, I found this little beauty amongst the indistinguishable fossilised plant matter that is common along the beach. Does anyone have an idea of what it might be? According to geological maps, the area that I found this in was a part of the Apotu group (Late Jurassic), although could of also been from the nearby Huriwai group. Cheers, TJ
  7. oldest fossilized giant penguin

    A recently discovered fossil of a giant penguin from nz https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170223102022.htm http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00114-017-1441-0
  8. Anybody knows what this is?

    Hello, This is my first post here, so I hope I'm doing this right. I found this last morning in New Zealand. It's about 4,5 cm wide. Thought it was a tooth or claw. Anybody recognizes it? thanks and best, Herman
  9. Its Been A Good Start To July In Nz

    The Weather here has been Terrible high seas, rain,more rain the list goes on.but we got a chance to go for a walk on the beach on Thursday hadn't walked more than a hundred yards when i started to find some fresh exposure and nice concretions along the beach with more sand sucked off the beach than i had seen in years, the first rock i had a crack at i found bird material a nice penguin pelvis then in the same area i found two more rocks, a small concretion with hollow bones exposed in the side, then i hit a larger concretion that has a tarsometatarsus also what look like more associated leg bones of a medium sized Petrel . all are yet to have work done after ferrying these back to the car i returned to beach in about the same area and found a large concretion with the Radius and ulna and maybe the Humerus of another large seabird possibly another Petral then to top it off a found a nice Seal Radius All in all an awesome day, this is just what i found my friend that i was with also found a nice big bird sternum,also other bird material and other mammal bones all fossil i find along this part of the coast are all from the pliocene
  10. Recent Trip To The South Island Nz

    Hi folks just got home from a trip to the south island of new zealand went to mt cass, motunau, oaro and the bluffs where we found a heap of crabs from motunau and glenafric also a humrus of a pelagonithid. then we went north to kaikoura were i found and ticked off a couple off my wish list a nice big piece of petrified wood and mossasaur material a nice partial jaw with teeth.here are a couple of shots a stunning place mt cass jaw fragment petrified wood
  11. Nz Bony-Toothed Bird

    Well it was only a matter of time ,i was only saying last month that it was on my wish list... alas it still is. i just wish it was me, one of my mates came across this partial lower right beak section last week while fossil hunting along the stretch of Taranaki coast we call heaven. it could be from Pseudonrornis stirtoni or maybe another bony toothed bird,i havent done any comparisons yet but an awesome find.
  12. Bony Toothed Bird Humerus ?

    Hi i found this yesterday picking it is a partial 3/4 humerus of a Bony-toothed bird( PELAGORNITHIDAE) from my favorate spot here in Taranaki New Zealand it was well at low tide mark very wet and muddy just waiting for it to dry out a bit before i do any more work.
  13. Nz Fossil Dealers?

    Does anybody have a list of fossil dealers in New Zealand? I have been looking online, but nobody seems to have decent specimens to buy. I'm looking for dealers in dinosaur/reptile teeth, bones and the like. Links to Australian dealers are also welcome, as long as they don't require PayPal*. *I tried to use it, and I could never figure out how to do so.