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  1. In the time of the Internet and Wikipedia, the book-form of "A Concise Dictionary of Paleontology" is perhaps a little outdated.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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 collaborating with a museum in our area and establishing another museum in our area. One of the main reasons I'm starting this project is because Ive started making these for myself so that I have more than a photo of the specimens I find. Anyway, please let me know what you all think of this idea? I don't have any pics of the specimens I'm busy with at the moment as they are drying out, so nothing has been fired.
  4. Hi everyone, i'm looking for a paleobotanist. Can anyone help me? Thanks
  5. 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 in your collection, etc..). Cheers till we meet in the stream again. 1. What is the current state of knowledge on Peyeria sp. in NJ? 2. How many species of sand tiger are currently found in the NJ Late Cretaceous? 3. What is the best referential repository of finds for Necrocarcinus sp.? (probably MAPs, but I forgot to check when I went there) 4. Are there any documented pieces of Necrocarcinus sp. besides claw fragments? 5. Has Enchodus ferox been documented anywhere else in NJ other than Site H_? 6. How diagnostic are most teeth of the Crocodilia order in common stream systems? 7. Is there any dispute over whether X. vetus is the sole supplier of Xiphactinus. sp teeth in NJ? 8. Is there a specimen of C. magnus jaw fragment from NJ or MD? 9. What is the likelihood that some specimens of Ischyodus bifurcatus are in fact some other chimaeriforme? 10. How many documented Globidens sp. teeth from NJ exist in scientific repositories? 11. What are the primary differences between A. phaseolus and A. latidens? 12. What is the commonality (personal experience) of fused Chondrichthyian vertebrae as float? 13. Is there any work illuminating how many potential Pachyrhizodus species there are in NJ? 14. Is there a repository of scientifically accurate (well, as much as is possible) NJ fossil art work? 15. Does anyone have any pictures of Xiphactinus sp. or Enchodus sp. pectoral fins from NJ? 16. Does Squalicorax "kaupi" = Squalicorax lindstromi, or is the latter more specific? (Didn't S. kaupi refer to potentially multiple species? Is S. lindstromi a paleobucket too or one of the species S. kaupi may have referred to?) @Carl @non-remanié @frankh8147 @The Jersey Devil @Jeffrey P @njfossilhunter @hokietech96 @brad hinkelman @Darwin Ahoy
  6. 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 Feel free to refer to the below chart for T. rex teeth measurements. I had to split the chart into 2 due to size limitations, but if you want the full-sized PDF version (25 MB), please message me so I can send it to you by email. If you have any suggestions to improve readability, or have your own data to add, go ahead and post it here! I will be posting pics and measurements of my various T. rex and Nanotyrannus teeth here @Troodon
  7. Mysterious fossil

    Found this on the Jurassic Coast, Osmington Bay.
  8. 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?
  9. 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 long as the South African government did not treat blacks in South Africa as politically equal to South African whites. Just like the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and the Iron Curtain, apartheid in South Africa could be another example of politics getting in the way of American paleontological fieldwork abroad.
  10. 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?
  11. 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?
  12. 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 fossils which are more closer to actuality, rather than rare or good looking fossils. So any fossil that reveals more information is favoured over rare or good-looking fossils So here are my questions: 1) I'm trying to buy a spinosaur tooth. The seller is selling one spinosaur tooth which is red in colour for a higher price compared to a spinosaur tooth which looks almost like a rock. So is the red colour tooth more authentic or more valuable etc? Or is it just the same? My objective is to study those fossils under microscope. So if the red spinosaur tooth will provide more information, I'd buy that. 2) I see some dinosaur tooth still having some enamel. How is this possible? I mean shouldn't enamel be replaced by minerals too? Or is the enamel the only thing that is intact? If it is intact does it mean I'm holding a tooth which might have bit another dinosaur moments before it died and I can see the traces of that activity when I observe under the microscope? 3) I've seen polished ammonites which were split open. They carried a lot of information within, compared to unpolished ammonite. Which among those two types would reveal more information about the ammonite itself? Or which one should I go for, in general? 4)I am also planning to buy amber fossils. Some pointers and what to look for and what to keep away from would be appreciated. 5) Lastly, trilobites. How are trilobite fossils so well preserved? I've seen reedops protruding out of the rock like it's actually alive. But I read something about cast fossils and enhancements. So if I buy a reedops trilobite, does it mean it's been remade using plaster etc, or is it just as it is? Please bear in mind that I want to own fossils which closely resembles actuality Thank you so much for bearing with my silly doubts .I just want to educate myself and be an amateur paleontologist, studying fossils from home. Have a lovely day! P.s- I can upload some pictures and website links if need be.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 register via our online registration form: https://www.paleotime.nl/classic/en/exhibitors Hope to see some of you in Harderwijk!
  15. Should Peter Larson be pardoned by the president?
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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?
  19. 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!"
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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?
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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....
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