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  1. Only example of this king Penguin Skull from this location. Thought to be Pliocene period with everything else we are finding here. Progress is coming along nicely even with a bad break through the top of the cranium. More progress to follow and will have an international scale by next time (small town problems) any my more information on this or similar species would be much appreciated as I have limited knowledge on this particular Penguin. thanks community!
  2. My newest addition is a rare Cretaceous Hesperornis sp. tibiotarsus. It was found in the Pierre Shale Form in Fort Peck, MT. Thank you @Auspex for the identification and explanation that Hesperornis material is rare bc "thin-walled hollow bones are not readily preserved, and in the case of this flightless species, most died in the ocean and were scavenged in that highly efficient recycling environment". The specimen is 9 inches and was found in many pieces and carefully puzzled back together.
  3. Oh yeah, thats right - its summer here! Tinbum, @mamlambo @6ix @Doctor Mud and the Little Girl team up to hit the beach again - for a beautiful day of over 25 degrees of awesome. Doctor Mud cheated and beat us all there... and was a little quiet about how heavy his pack looked on the way back The place needs a good storm to come through - sand is high and the crabs are buried deep, but there are other mysteries to solve there. Didnt stop some awesome finds including Moa and Shark teeth (and a few small crab "pickers" ) - - oh and more Penguin, winged bird, some nice corals and Little Girl found a small shell that was crystallized inside so she was stoked! Its 9pm now, and still 21 degrees outside, man I love summer! I didnt take my camera, so only have phone snaps but perhaps the others have some more to add! Was a great day guys, cant wait to meet you again. Some careful extraction .... Summer - how many fossil hunters can you spot? @mamlambo in his natural habitat! I found a couple of nice balls.... will be interesting to see if they were worth the carry.
  4. I will introduce this article by quoting the last sentence: "The place has been the site of fossil finds since the 1980s, and many of the discoveries - like this latest one - are made by dedicated amateur palaeontologists." LINK to article
  5. Eocene Pengiun humerus

    This one had me stumped for a while, until I saw a full penguin humerus bone on display at a museum. The humeral arterial sulcus being very evident! This one is broken in halve, which would have made it about 12cm in total length. Due to location and size, believing that this is Palaeudyptes Gunnari from Eocene period (56 to 33.9 million years ago)
  6. Giant Eocene Penguin was Human-size

    Giant ancient penguin was human-size By Jen Christensen, CNN, December 12, 2017 http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/12/world/giant-ancient-penguin-found/index.html Ancient Penguins Were Giant Waddling Predators Carl Zimmer, The New York Times, December 12, 2017 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/science/ancient-penguins-kumimanu.html Fossil hunters find man-sized penguin on New Zealand beach, The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/12/fossil-hunters-find-man-sized-penguin-on-new-zealand-beach Giant Penguin: This Ancient Bird Was As Tall As a Refrigerator By Laura Geggel, December 12, 2017 https://www.livescience.com/61178-giant-penguin-fossils.html Hospitaleche, C.A., 2014, General palaeontology, systematics and evolution (Vertebrate palaeontology) New giant penguin bones from Antarctica: Systematic and paleobiological significance Nouveaux os de manchots géants de l’Antarctique : importance systématique et paléobiologique. Comptes Rendus Palevol Volume 13, Issue 7, October 2014, Pages 555-560 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S163106831400058X?via=ihub Yours, Paul H.
  7. This a boulder a friend found along the Waipara Gorge in North Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand. The rocks there can be as early as Cretaceous...any thoughts as to what it might be? I have more photos, but I'm not sure how to put them up...
  8. Penguin palaeo-prosthesis

    Hello together, I was so lucky to obtain a fossil neurocranium of A penguin (Spheniscus sp.) some time ago. While this is an interesting piece, it didn´t look like much, so I decided to give it a prosthesis based on a 3d scan of its modern relatives. Here is the result:
  9. In the January/February issue of "American Scientist" magazine there is an article on fossil birds. It has some photos of Green River Formation (Early Eocene of Wyoming) specimens and some illustrations of other birds including some of the largest ones. Check it out. http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/feature/2014/1/flights-of-fancy-in-avian-evolution
  10. Hi all just read this article in this mornings paper, just goes to show that i still have a chance of getting one of my 3 different fossil penguins named after me. with help http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/8323696/Skull-of-worlds-oldest-penguin-found http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/6516948/Penguin-fossils-offer-chance-of-a-lifetime there is possibly more out there