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  1. leo9999

    Book advice

    Hi, I'm new here. My name is Leo and I'm from Italy. I'm looking for interesting books about paleontology and, in particular, about the transition from water to land. Since I've already read basically everything in Italian (there isn't too much choice actually), I'm looking for something in English. Any advice is welcome
  2. I'd like to get some opinions about the benefits of joining any of the paleo societies or groups that are around. More specifically, is there a benefit for a lay-person in joining? I understand that these offer networking opportunities for the professional, but would there be a benefit for ME as an enthusiast?
  3. Ancient life is a only a recent development in my list of constantly fledgling and passing fascinations, but I suspect that the depth this field has warrants a forever stay for me. ---------------------------------------- Prior to joining the forum in November, my main interests sat with modern squamates (scaled reptiles such as snakes and lizards), and I spent an enormous amount of time "herping", which is the act of finding snakes and other reptiles in
  4. Here is my list of favorite items for geology and paleontology enthusiasts for 2020. Please feel free to add you own selections; give a specific model that you have used or researched. Estwing Geology Hammer, Estwing E6-24PC - Larger head and weight to partly replace small crack hammer and make it easier to hit your target. One piece construction can last a long time. Write in the Rain waterproof notebook, No. 135 - Take notes on your fossil localities. Fits in pocket. Select a bright color and get a good pen or a mechanical pencil with a large diameter lead.
  5. I_gotta_rock

    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
  6. 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. Googl
  7. In the time of the Internet and Wikipedia, the book-form of "A Concise Dictionary of Paleontology" is perhaps a little outdated. Nevertheless, the download can be done under https://dokumen.pub/a-concise-dictionary-of-paleontology-second-edition-2nd-ed-2019-978-3-030-25585-5-978-3-030-25586-2.html If the download is completely legal I can not tell.
  8. Hey all. I'm in my last year of high school in brooklyn and I am extremely passionate about paleontology, but I don't know which school in NYC would be able to cater to my aspirations. There are a couple of cunys with geology but I cannot find any with programs in paleontology.
  9. 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 pote
  10. Bradley Flynn

    Paleo sculptures

    Hi all! I'm an artist and want your input on an idea. Im in the process of making ceramic negative and positive prints of the fossils I find, and possibly some other paleo sculptures in ceramic earthenware. As some of you may know there are restrictions in South Africa that make it difficult to collect and own fossils from our country. I have been in contact with various sources and have been advised that there is no problem if I where to make moulds of fossils on sight as long as the the fossils are not damaged or removed from the area. I am also in the beginning stages of
  11. Dear Fellow Forum members, Lately I have been somewhat frustrated by my dearth of knowledge on the Late Cretaceous deposits and fauna of NJ. I collect the Late Cretaceous of NJ frequently and am seeking a more thorough comprehension of everything related to it. While reading research papers can go far, there is some information that is proving difficult to find or procure. Here I have listed some of the questions that I have come up with, hopefully some can be answered. At the very least, some pointers would be a great start (links to papers, personal experiences, photos specimens
  12. Hi everyone, i'm looking for a paleobotanist. Can anyone help me? Thanks
  13. Hello, I was doing a study on the T. rex and Nanotyrannus teeth specimens I had, and I wanted to compare them against a list of known T. rex teeth with measurement. The paper: Dental Morphology and Variation in Theropod Dinosaurs: Implications for the Taxonomic Identification of Isolated Teeth (JOSHUA B. SMITH, DAVID R. VANN, AND PETER DODSON) contains a list of 115 T. rex teeth. To make it easier to compare and read the data, I combined the measurements into a single chart, added colors and lines for ease of reading, and added the size and names of the T. rex used in the study Fee
  14. Troodon

    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!"
  15. DeepTimeIsotopes

    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
  16. Jjlegend

    Mysterious fossil

    Found this on the Jurassic Coast, Osmington Bay.
  17. Rexofspades

    Trace Fossils from Miocene Potomac

    Hi, longtime lurker first time poster here. I was wondering if you guys can help me ID this concretion my family found years ago near Calvert. I believe it might be a trace fossil of some kind, possibly a burrow or tunnel. I have found similar types at Westmoreland State Park. I can upload pictures from different angles if needed. Any suggestions of what it could be?
  18. Hi, I wanted to ask whether apartheid in South Africa deterred many American and non-British European paleontologists from prospecting Mesozoic deposits in South Africa for fossils of dinosaurs and mammal relatives, but also prehistoric mammals, because maybe many American paleontologists (including African Americans) were so self-conscious of their country having made strides in civil rights legislation for African Americans and other non-white Americans to become a racially inclusive democracy that they were extremely reluctant to do paleontologist fieldwork in South Africa as lo
  19. Should Peter Larson be pardoned by the president?
  20. aikatzik

    Burn test

    Hi guys, I'm new here! I just wanted to ask if the burn test is always reliable. A year ago I found a tooth near a creek, it's certainly bovid but I still can't understand if it's a modern one or prehistoric/Pleistocene. I've burnt it and it doesn't smell like burnt hair, but at the same time it kinda smells weird. So does the burn test always says the truth?
  21. Greetings kind people, I am a complete novice in the field of fossil collecting. Kindly bear with me. My objective for collecting fossils: I want to learn paleontology work. I want to observe the fossils under a microscope, understand their body structure, their food habits.... Basically get a *whole story of the fossil* which I own, something that paleontologists do (I also want to explore all the methods that paleontologists use to study fossil and recreate them at home). So any fossil that will enable me to learn more about itself, I'd surely buy that. And also fo
  22. cngodles

    Paleontology Journals

    I subscribe to Science Magazine. Every month or two they will drop an interesting paleo article, but most of it seems to be about how people are studying vast numbers of cell specific proteins in an effort to understand the living. A very noble cause indeed. Are there any good paleontology journals out there worth subscribing to? I don't mind paying a bit more if a physical weekly/monthy/quarterly publication lands on my desk through the mail.
  23. Johan

    PaleoTime-NL 2020

    On March the 14h, the PaleoTime-NL International Fossil Show will be held again in Harderwijk (Netherlands). This show is the biggest paleontological event in the Netherlands, a meeting between amateur and professional paleontologists, for the exchange of knowledge, experiences and fossils. There are informative lectures, scientific posters, prep demo's and many more activities. Entrance is free!. https://www.facebook.com/events/2227719547526071/ https://www.paleotime.nl/classic/en Also, we still welcome anybody interested in exhibiting and selling fossils at this show to re
  24. 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
  25. Hello I present an interesting question that I'm not to confident to answer myself and am seeking help from the more knowledgeable. Since it seems like (from what I had seen) iron concretions can at rare times preserve certain fossils or traces in one way or another such as molluscs, brachopods, and such. Due to this would it be possible for material such as turtle shell scutes or maybe even croc scutes to turn up in such concretions in one way or another? (the pics are just snipets of general info that I came across online)
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