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  1. I have been asked this question many times. The non avian Dinosaurs died out the the end of the Mesozoic but many other animal groups survived. Among them were the Crocodilians. And people ask me all the time how they survived while the Dinosaurs didn't. So this has inspired me to make my first video on my dedicated Paleontology channel, Paleo Analysis. I am making these videos for the purpose of education so feel free to share this video as well as future videos! https://youtu.be/Gan8Vu4oM0w
  2. New Blog

    Back in January, I tore a ligament in my thumb and couldn't do much of anything with my hands for 5 months. I decided to start a paleontology blog on Facebook. Most blogs don't last 6 months and I had my doubts that anyone would read it anyway. Much to my surprise, not only did I keep myself motivated to keep feeding it content, people have actually been reading it. So, this week I launched a web page version free of social media membership, for those not on Facebook. It's a little bit of everything -- field trip reports, cool finds, fossil news and humor, prep projects, and interviews/bios of people who have made an impact on the field. Take a peek. Any suggestions for people to interview are most appreciated as my pool is starting to run a little dry. www.igottarock.blogspot.com
  3. I just stumbled across this hillariously bizarre story https://allthatsinteresting.com/ichthyosaurus-fossil?utm_source=quora&utm_medium=referral about a guy who dug up a fossil that had been buried by his creationist ancestors, which made me wonder, was this story about archaeology or palentology? But more generally, when does archeology become paleontology? How far back do you have to go? Is it tools? Fire? Bipedalism?
  4. Fossils for Sale - SVP 2019

    George Winters shared this link on Facebook "Here is Peter Larson's recent presentation at the annual SVP meeting on Commercial Paleontology and the cooperation with academic paleontology. An interesting presentation please take some time to review it. Thank you Peter!"
  5. Hi Folks, I am looking for some good books on Florida geology and Florida fossils. I don't need any beginner level books - I have them all. I've done a lot of searching on the web, but Florida appears to be a geological wasteland in terms of rock books - not much to be had. This is not surprising, because all of Florida is nothing but sand and limestone. However, I am thinking that surely I must be missing something, so any recommendations are welcome. I am also looking for books on Florida-specific fossils for identification and distribution purposes. Google Scholar search has netted some nice finds in this regard, but I still feel like I am missing something. Thanks in advance! MikeG
  6. Horse/Donkey skull id

    Hello ! What a wonderful day ! I went today with my dog Lea to Great Morava river to try to find maybe some pleistocene fossils cause i haven't found any before and what a luck! I found a horse skull, at first i thought that it's not fossilized but i was wrong cause it is ! Now the question is : Can anyone help me to identify this specie cause it's obviously from pleistocene period. I found it in Great Morava river (Paraćin). My first ever pleistocene fossil that i've found! pics are bellow enjoy! Darko
  7. A couple weeks ago I met with a retired paleontologist that specializes in Pennsylvanian cephalopods. I showed him all my finds from a certain site here in NE Oklahoma and he was kind of surprised with what I had found (and wasn’t finding). There were a couple common goniatites and nautiloids, a few uncommon ones and five specimens of one type of goniatite he didn’t recognize. He checked his book and still couldn’t match a suture pattern and told me it may be an undescribed species. He noted down the pattern and said he was going to double check, but if it ends up being the case, he would potentially try and get it written up. So, my question is, for those of you who have been through this before or do it for a living, what all does describing a new species entail?
  8. myFOSSIL Winds Down

    The funding for myFOSSIL is ending at the end of September. The National Science Foundation gave several millions of dollars (EDIT: almost 2 million) to create a website that encouraged exchange of ideas and education between the amateur and professionals in the paleontology community. myFOSSIL: link I look forward to educator and researcher Bruce MacFadden’s papers that describe what was accomplished at myFOSSIL during the last few years. Can you create a worthwhile and thriving community with several million dollars? I wonder if some of the many new TFF members of recent are members of myFOSSIL. We seem to be getting lots of new members recently. Welcome! I, along with many other TFF members, are also myFOSSIL members. I would love to hear from our members about what they liked about myFOSSIL. What did they do well that might help us make TFF better? My experiences at myFOSSIL were positive. Almost every time I posted a fossil or a question in the forums I was answered by a profession paleontologist. The downside of myFOSSIL was that there was very little activity in their forums. Weeks and months could pass before new posts were made. MyFOSSIL showed us that the involvement of professional paleontologist with the amateurs is important. I encourage all the paleontologists at myFOSSIL to check out The Fossil Forum and become members.
  9. This piece of stone was found by me in the Crimea Peninsula. It contains the traces of equisetum and insect. I’ve decided that it is dated very close to Jurassic periods, because this fossil could appear during volcanic activity in the peninsula. Maybe it had been storing in the kind of resin when it had been buried under volcanic ash of Kara-dag volcanoes. What do you think about it? off topic: Sorry for my English, I try to do my best.
  10. Hello fossil folks Just another one of those “Rediscovering New York” posts. This Edition will include my efforts looking for the Trenton group and exploring the Pulaski formation. More Ordovician exploration in the central New York area. This past Saturday me and my good friend Matt did some trout fishing in the Rome area and another town north of Rome. I had scouted these spots for 2 reasons.....trout and trilobites! One location seemed to have Trenton group exposures and another I had already confirmed as the Pulaski formation but wanted to explore it more. Both were located on stretches of the Mohawk River and anyone can go fish/hike these waters. I learned of another Trenton group exposure with trilobites but it’s posted trespassing. Eventually Ill get the courage to do some door knocking in the area to try and find the owners. I guess I don’t know what I would say lol. I wasn’t really in the mood for that so I went to legal stretches of the Mohawk River for this adventure. The goal: 1. Find Trenton group exposures 2. Confirm trilobites from the Pulaski formation 3. Catch trout!!! More to follow....
  11. Hi. This fall I will be teaching a paleontology class for 5th and 6th graders. We will meet once a week for 55 minutes. My plan is to teach up front for about ten minutes and then for the remainder of the class to be hands on activities. I have come up with some ideas, but would love some feedback on them and any other ideas that you all might have. The first session will be an introduction to paleontology, possibly including fieldwork methods, fossil prep, ichnology and trace fossils, adaptations, cladistics, plate tectonics, etc, while the second session will be more focused on the actual organisms that we find in the fossil record and how they changed through time. The second session will build a fossil kit as the session progresses to take home at the end. Here are the topics I have come up with so far: 1. What makes a dinosaur a dinosaur, addressing the dinosaur-bird connection 2. Cladistics- using either coins or candy or both 3. Fossils and sedimentary layers, layer cake stratigraphy (not sure about using food, depends on allergies) or could use colored sand and plastic cups with animal shaped beads to be the fossils 4. Dinosaurs and speed activity, have students learn to calculate their own speed over a given distance and apply that to dinosaur foot impressions 5. Plate tectonics and fossils, have the kids reconstruct the earth 220 million years ago based on fossils found on the different puzzle pieces that the land masses have been broken up into 6. Dinosaur teeth, learning the difference between meat-eaters and plant-eaters and discuss the size of dino teeth 7. Chocolate chip cookie excavation exercise, to teach how difficult fossils can be to extract from matrix and to prepare for study 8. Activity using a pant tray covered in dirt, rocks, and some sand. Sprinkle glitter (glitter= dead animal bones) over the dirt. Then gentle rain water out of a paper cup over your pretend hillside and watch the dirt absorb the water. There is a greater chance the glitter bones will be make it into the fossil record vs. the desert. Put plastic wrap over your hillside to simulate the desert. Sprinkle on your glitter and rain over it...glitter washes away into the arroyo, bones are separated, lost, broken, etc.... --> trying to develop into a way of showing how fossils end up getting in to the fossil record more easily in a forest environment vs. a desert environment. Still only just the beginning of an idea.
  12. Do you guys know if there are any paleontological museums in Italy?
  13. Free E-books

    The Gutenberg Project is an project that digitalizes ancient classics that have no more copyright. Next to classic literature (Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Jules Vernes, ...) you can find classic non-fiction. A great part is about archaeology (since 19th centry had next to the rise of paleontology also the rise of archeology of the middle east). On the paleontological subject you can find works from Huxley, Darwin and many others. It's not an illegal site. Just a literature project that wants to keep the old books alive and keep them save from oblivion. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=paleontology
  14. Theoretical question

    Okay, say you are in a special area and in that area there are numerous fossils. The local museum and collectors have numerous specimens in their collections but you are visiting and find something awesome! You contact the local museum, let them know you had found something and let the property owner know. You allow the museum to know you are more than willing to help if they will allow you to assist them in their retrieval efforts. What is the likelihood they will contact the finder, and what is the likelihood they will allow you to help? They do need volunteers ...
  15. NEW MEXICO TO THE BONE...

    ...the state's history, seen through a paleo lens Lucas & Hendricks 2019 El Palacio2.pdf
  16. I was hoping somebody on TFF might be able to point me in the direction of any scientific papers, research or information that members here might have put together regarding dromaeosaurid theropods from the Judith River formation. This is not really about identifying any teeth, though I do have one from that formation. I am starting to do my research for the education program and am looking for scientific information. From what I can gather, there is a possible Saurornitholestes species and of course the dinosaur I have seen referred to as Julieraptor, which is a interesting story all on its own. I have also seen Dromaeosaurus listed from that formation. I would like to sort out what is known and unknown from the formation and the best way to present our "raptor" tooth to the kids. Any help links or suggestions as to where I might find more information on this would be much appreciated
  17. I'd like to make an announcement that a new species of stegosaure has been found in Indiana... A young grad student has uncovered what appears to be a baby stegosaure that can glow in the dark! I'm sure this find will be published in all the big name magazines and that National Geographic Channel will cover down on this scientific discovery. It's great when you can share your hobby and teach your children
  18. Fossil Research in Limbo

    Dinosaurs, fossils and the experts who study them have all waited for an end to the shutdown. the Washington Post By Brian Switek, January 25, 2019 https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/dinosaurs-fossils-and-the-experts-who-study-them-have-all-waited-for-an-end-to-the-shutdown/2019/01/25/4dfddf80-20e4-11e9-8b59-0a28f2191131_story.html A publication of mine, which has been accepted and is in editing for publication and the planning for a conference volume, for which I have been invited to prepare a short paper all came to a grinding halt beacuse of this gridlock. That said, I am quite lucky because at least I am not a federal employee. One person, whom I know, changed jobs from a federal to state position in mid-December 0f 2018. I now have to apologize for suggesting that he was crazy to do so. Yours, Paul H.
  19. UtahFossilHunter’s Classics

    This will be a topic dedicated to classic papers in paleontology, paleobiology, and paleoecology. I will be uploading randomly selected papers that are known as a “classics” or what I think will be future classics. They will usually be well known but not all will be. Hopefully, it’ll be about one a week at least for the next year. For the first one here is Periodicity of extinctions in the geologic past by David M. Raup and J. John Sepkoski Jr. LINK
  20. Hey Fossil folks! I dont have much of an outlet for sharing my enthusiasm for fossils outside of the forum. So I really wanted to share this with some people who might think this is cool . Ive always been into fossils but I’ve always had extra interests in trilobites and eurypterids. I’ve seen James hall references over the years in other material whenever I read about fossils from New York. Thinking I could own a copy of a historical book that is always referenced in reading material was just a dream. I was on google trying to find some access to these volumes and came across and amazon link with volume 7 for sale. I ended up buying volume 7 of James Halls Paleontology of New York. Volume 7 is titled “Paleontology Trilobites and other Crustacea”. I wasn’t sure if I saw the description correctly on amazon (there was no photo) and it said the book was from 1888. I took the leap cause I figured amazon wouldn’t mess with me that bad right? I got it in the mail mail the other day and I can’t can’t believe how magnificent this book is! These books are like works of art. The first half is text and the entire second half of the book are trilobite plates!! I cant believe I have a James hall book with all my favorite trilobites as they were first described from 1888! It’s in pretty very good shape I would say too. Now if if I could only get an original “Eurypterida of New York State” book I would die a happy man hah. Here are a couple photos. The book had the binding reinforced so it’s pretty tight. I didn’t open the book all the way to keep it in top condition. The dedication is kinda interesting and odd so I put that in. There are also some really wild trilobites documented in here lol. Al
  21. Bennington, J.B., 2003. Paleontology and sequence stratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous , New Jersey. Long Island Geologists Field Trip. https://pbisotopes.ess.sunysb.edu/lig/Field_Trips/guide-10-03.pdf https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bret_Bennington https://www.researchgate.net/publication/237712370_Paleontology_and_Sequence_Stratigraphy_of_the_Upper_Cretaceous_Navesink_Formation_New_Jersey Long Island Geologists Field Trip Announcements and Guides https://pbisotopes.ess.sunysb.edu/lig/Field_Trips/ Yours, Paul H.
  22. North Coast Fossil Club - December Meeting

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    THE ANNUAL CHITALEY PALEOBOTANY COMPETITION Through the generosity of the late Dr. Shya Chitaley, the North Coast Fossil Club is proud to sponsor its annual Chitaley Paleobotany Competition which will be held at the December NCFC Meeting. http://www.ncfclub.org/
  23. PaleoTime-NL International Fossil Show

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    On Saterday March 9th 2019, the yearly international fossil show of Paleontica-Fossiel.net, the Paleobiologische Kring and the Werkgroep Fossielen Wageningen will be held again: the PaleoTime-NL International Fossil Show. At this show, fossils can be exchanged, sold and bought, there is also an identification stand by the Paleobiologische Kring and a varied program of lectures (in Dutch). This show is the largest paleontological event of the Netherlands! A gathering of fossil-enthusiasts. Entrance to this event is completely free! All the costs of this fossil show are completely covered by donations. For information for exhibitors, see our Exhibitor Information page. After 4 beautiful years at the ROVC in the town of Ede, PaleoTime-NL 2019 will take place at a new, larger and better location, at the Bouw & Infra Park in the city of Harderwijk. website: www.paleotime.nl/en location: Bouw & Infra Park, Ceintuurbaan 2, 3847 LG, Harderwijk, The Netherlands opening hours: 10:30 to 16:30 h No entrance fee for visitors. A voluntary donation is much appreciated
  24. Relevance of Paleontology (blogpost)

    This is rather interesting - an old (2013) blogpost from the PLOS Blogs about why paleontology is relevant https://blogs.plos.org/paleo/2013/02/19/why-paleontology-is-relevant/ -Christian
  25. As some might have read in a previous topic, I went to visit my girlfriend in Finland. Unfortunatly Finland must be one of the worst places to find fossils in the world, I did manage to find some quartz vains and a few pieces that may or may not be amber (have to do the hot needle test on them first) Even urban fossil hunting is near impossible as pretty much all buildings are made from the fossil-lacking stones that can be found in Finland. The only urban fossils I found was in the Burger King in the Helsinki Central Station, the floor was littered with orthocones there. But Finland really isn't a good place to hunt fossils. But one thing that definitly is a worth a visit is the Finnish Museum of Natural History! It isn't a really big museum, the collection isn't that big, but the way it is presented is very awesome! One of the few musea that nails being modern and educative at the same time without overdoing it. Especially the Taxidermy diorama's were done amazingly. But I will ofcourse start this topic with what I think will interest you guys the most, the Paleontology part of the museum. A mural with Pikaia, Opabinia & Hallucigenia models Trilobites, most of which were found in Aland (Finland), Gotland (Sweden) and other neighboring countries of Finland Trilobites, most of which were found in Aland (Finland), Gotland (Sweden) and other neighboring countries of Finland Orthocone models Graptolites Eurypterid found in Saarermaa in Estonia (Silurian age) Eurypterid model Giant orthocone model
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