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  1. Hey Folks, my presence has been a little light on here lately, I have been hanging around in TFF facebook as an admin and working on furthering my nascent paleo career. I hope you are all doing well, I certainly miss all my forum friends! I have been doing a little side project for a few months: writing Wikipedia pages for fossil Cartilaginous fish. It's one little way I can give back to the fossil community, so the next curious person doesn't have to go through the trouble of finding and accessing references and distilling information for obscure species as I have. It's also a task I find a little mindless and relaxing. Anyway, one problem I consistently run across is a lack of usable photos. While not strictly necessary, I think it is helpful to have a visual aid. Up until now, I have gone down the list alphabetically and contacted people to get pictures of teeth, but this is extremely tedious and I don't always get responses. So, I have a humble request! If you have shark or ray teeth from species or genera which do not yet have a picture and/or page on Wikipedia and you would be fine with it being used on one, upload a picture to Wikimedia Commons or post it in this thread and I can upload it. If you chose the former, let me know here so I can write a page on it or insert it into the proper article. If you chose the latter, it will be under my name (Mason Hintermeister) but I can credit you in the description. If you'd like me to do so, let me know what name you'd like to be credited as (You can PM me this information if you like). If you have fossils of species and genera which don't have Wikipedia pages which are not cartilaginous fish, I can upload them too and maybe even write a page for them. I'm not expecting a ton of responses here, but I like to think every new page and picture helps. Photographs are usually under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license, a fancy way of saying the photograph is usable by anyone provided they link the citation and they do not alter the photograph. If you upload it yourself, you have other options and if you have me upload it and you would like to use a different option just let me know. Thanks in advance!
  2. I decided to take the time and try to shoot pictures of slides that I received years ago from my Fossil Mentor Walter Lietz. They are slides that he would show and talk about at the various Fossil talks that he would give prior to us taking the participants out collecting. This post may take me a couple days to complete due to the number of slides that I have to take pictures of. I have tried to do this before, but the machine I was using made it difficult. This time I am using a lighted hand held slide viewer and shooting them with my I Phone. It is tedious, since I then have to e-mail them to myself in a reduced size format and then save each one. Some will show up real good and some may not. The slides contain pictures of many of the fossils that were in his collection, as well as some that were in his friends, Francis Tully, of who the Tully Monster was named after. There are also slides that we received from Northwestern University’s Mazon Creek Project and probably some from other collections. This post is more as “Eye Candy”, as I will not be naming the individual slides. There will be a lot of different flora and fauna species to look at, as well as pictures of the collecting areas. I am going to post about 50 pictures now and I will try to take more pictures later in the day. They are in no particular order, I am shooting them as I grab them and I believe you will enjoy these. If you see something in particular that you find interesting and want to know what it is, let me know and I will try to help out, or another member may be able too. I figured that I would start with a couple pictures of Walter that were taken about 40 years ago. The first picture is of him out in the field collecting and the second is him in his garage standing by some of his display cases, he had tons of them. He entrusted me with his slides, knowing that I would always take care of them. These are the first time that they have been shown in maybe 20 years. Most of the slides that you will see throughout this post were taken in the early 70’s and 80’s. I hope you enjoy these. On with the fossils-
  3. I always have fossils on my mind and today is no exception. I am currently at a conference in the former McDonald’s University in Oak Brook, Illinois and they have tons of limestone slabs are one of there lakes, but I did not see any fossils. Now on the inside they still have many display cases that contain various McDonald’s memorabilia (I.e. old uniforms, happy meal toys, etc.) and I happened to see the below items, I never had seen them in past years. It is nothing special, but it still is fossil related. I came back again today for the conference and I found this Orthoconic nautiloid. (See last pic)
  4. Larger Pics Of Baryonyx vertebra

    Here are some larger pictures of the "Baryonyx" vertebra. Sorry if they are tiny again.
  5. Hi all, a friend of mine has lost a fossil of almost $1,000 in value because the parcel was delivered to a different address (in the same country) even though he had a tracking code. The local postal company claimed that they delivered to the address as stated on the parcel and the tracking code. They refuse to tell my friend which address they sent to as that is confidential information. The seller meanwhile stated he wrote down the address exactly as my friend specified, and that he checked my friend's online and Paypal as well to triple confirm that was the correct address. Right now, the seller claims he wrote the correct address. The postal company claimed they delivered to the address they were given (which isn't my friend's address). Neither side is giving in much to my friend's horror. This headache would be solved if the seller had only taken a picture of the address he claimed to ship to. It only takes 10 secs to snap a picture, but it could save you a $1,000 disaster. Sellers, please take a picture of the box. Buyers, please request for a picture.
  6. Like @JohnBrewer , I also purchased a new toy from AmScope. I purchased Item #UHM350-11 "Tabletop Digital Microscope with Variable Working Distance and 11" Articulating Arm". This piece also have two LED lighting rings.This was a great purchase for $270.00 and about 1000 times better that the $20 Plugable USB Microscope that I purchased before. I set it up and unfortunately I do not have an Micro SD card to capture the pics. I am not tech savy, so I will have to study it for a bit and see if I can actually hook it up to mu computer. Right now I have it hooked up to my TV with the "provided" HDMI cable. I took a few pics and will post below- I will use a pic that I made with my I Phone and then I will show pics from the microscope. WARNING- I took the pics off of my TV with my phone, so they will not be as sharp as I am seeing it live. Hopefully they will look great when saved on a Micro card. I Phone Pic Picture shot off of the TV Here is a great example of a Mazon Creek concretion with 2- Sea Cucumber mouths. I Phone Pic-
  7. Now that I have gained a little knowledge about paleontology, I am able to add some insight into questions forum members have. In providing information, I usually try to find images to support what I say. My question to you is what is the proper protocol for "stealing" a picture or text when found surfing for info on the internet? When do you recognize the contributor? I try to keep posts from becoming long winded and cut info to the bare minimum, but I feel I may be breaching proper protocol. HELP!!!
  8. Is this a fossilized turtle shell

    Does this look like a fossilized turtle shell? Photos should speak for themselves. https://ibb.co/bHmcnT https://ibb.co/dtD7nT https://ibb.co/g2Qyu8 https://ibb.co/nqUDST
  9. A few from this weekend

    Over the holiday weekend we managed to head North to Wyoming. A few pictures and a few "finds" enjoy Started off with a Badger Headed to a place called "talking rock" Checked out some of the indian work and took a few pictures. The Indians would sit in these spaces and work on there arrowheads. Not much shade to be found out on the prairie. Lots of small pieces covering the ground that had been worked.
  10. Festive fever

    Aurora Fossil Festival this weekend. We (actually I) want to see some pictures people!!!
  11. I am always looking for backgounds to use when taking pictures of various sizes of fossils. A while back I was walking through my local home improvement center and I walked back the paint section. There I noticed all of the different sizes (8" by 10", 4" by 5", 3" by 3") and colors of swatches, and they are all free for the taking. If you ever have an issue with glare when taking pictures, try a different color swatch.
  12. Looking for pictures!

    Hi everyone! I'm working on a big website (which will be called World of Fossils ), which hopefully will be released before 2018. I'll let everyone know when it is ready. Anyways, one of the main parts of the website is the Locations part. In it, I made a few pages with lots of information about fossil hunting locations I went to. There are also pictures of the location itself, and pictures of the possible finds. Of course though, I never find all of the possible finds, mostly because they are locations where I go during my holidays, and therefore only hunt for a few hours. Which leaves me with blanks... Therefore I'm requesting help from my fellow TFF members for pictures! I want pictures of cool fossil finds YOU made at the following locations: Lyme Regis, UK Isle of Wight, UK Vaches Noires, France Nolay, France Algarve coasts, Portugal Cape Town beaches, South Africa Zandmotor, NL If you made any cool fossil finds at one of those locations, I would be more than glad if you send them to me! Note that they will be publically published on my website. Obviously, I will give you credit on the picture (meaning I would need your name for it), and your name will also appear in the Special Thanks section of the website. You can send them to me via the TFF messenger (so send me a PM), or via email: max.dereme @ gmail.com . Please make sure that the pictures are of high quality (no blurry ones please), and if there is a size indication on them, that would be good too. The pictures have to be of fossils you found YOURSELF (or found by a family member/close friend). Oh, if you have nice looking pictures of the location, you can send that too. Thanks a lot in advance! Max (PS to mods: I'm not sure if this is in the right thread, if it isn't feel free to move it)
  13. My Ammonite

    Hi Guys, I'm new on here and I am a 3D Artist or Artist in general from 2D Illustrations to 3D. I really enjoyed learning as a child about dinosaurs and all animals. My Dad still holds on to my old Dinosaur toys and animal cards to this day and wont give them back to have something to remember me by. I will be 3D Modeling this Ammonite and animating it. I will share my progress on here with you all. I have an image below of my fossil as well as a 3D scan of it I had done, a while back at the Siggraph animation / technology convention by 3 rivers 3D. http://www.3rivers3d.com/gallery1.html. Thanks, William
  14. Tinkering around

    I've been bummed for a few months due to software issues and my scope camera. I was using a image box(shoe box with hole cut for camera(phone). I had my first mazon creek coprolite concretion pop last night. I collected it back in 2014 May with a group put together by Charlie(fossil rock pit 2. It's been through well over 150+ freeze thaw cycles. I was extremely excited it decided to open and reveal it's treasures. The treasure was well, poop! Here is the photo I took in the image box. The image is dull and well...I wasn't happy. I tried to hold my phone on the eye piece of my scope, but if you've tried this you know the frustration of trying something over and over again, expecting a different result. I took a toilet paper roll and cut off about an inch or so placed it over the eye piece and ended up with this result. I was fairly pleased with the results I increased magnification further. The concretion measures 1 inch in diameter. Overall, I'm very happy about this simple and easy method for taking pictures. The images might not be clear as I had to resize them. Eventually, I will be buying the adapter for my canon. Continued...
  15. These are some of the things I've collected over the years. I know one is coral, one is petrified wood, one is a jawbone with teeth. I have some volcanic glass with a round imprint (?) the big one has coprolite in the center. There is a Petosky stone, Michigan's state stone, and another bone piece I haven't identified. I'd love any help or information, and discussion on these fossils would be great. I'd also love to see pictures of your collections! I showed you mine . . .
  16. I would like to share some pictures with you from my first hunt on microfossils. Hope, that you will help me to identify some of the fossils. Description: Gray clay with foraminifers. Bed of the river Losis, 100m from river Venta. J2 Callovian Sample taken in year 2005 Processing of the sample: First, I cut a small amount of clay from the sample (~35-50 gr.). This piece was then desintegrated with hydrogen peroxide(3%). Then I washed this sample, using 2 sieves (100 microns and 63 microns) for about half an hour. Both fractures (>100 and >63 microns) were separated between two envelopes for drying. Then sample dried for 2 days within the room temperature. Looking for fossils: I don't know, what I did incorrect, but after drying, sample solidified a bit, and I needed to grind it a bit with my hands. It seems, that not all clay went away from the sample. The color of remains still was dark grey. I am using a simple 20x-40x scope, and I saw, that sample is full of something, that reminded me fish scale. A lot of small, blinking pieces. For now, I have searched through only >100 micron fracture. A lot of interesting stuff was found there. I need to apologise for the quality of the pictures. I don't have a special scope camera, so I took some pictures with my phone through the scope. Some pics(pictures are large, so I include only links to them): 1) http://i.imgur.com/5rfKmss.jpg Here I separated those shells in two groups, because the group on the left is more yellowish. I think, this can be another species. I was trying to identify this using foraminifera.eu and it seems for me, that these can be some Lenticulina ? 2) http://i.imgur.com/u4ljqJv.jpg Could not find any one similar. Looks like what I see on the top of the shell are chambers without a top layer? Or this is some kind of special ornament? 3) http://i.imgur.com/MQw5BOb.jpg These looks like Discorbida ? 4) http://i.imgur.com/pOP6QWy.jpg Have not found any similar in "Key to species". 5) http://i.imgur.com/TzPH3OJ.jpg Also no idea. 6) http://i.imgur.com/7niz8hW.jpg Same story Some other photos of microfossils, that are only in 1 sample : http://i.imgur.com/LgTMDPR.jpg http://i.imgur.com/IRHw12P.jpg Thank you for your time reading this post. I hope to see some answers. If you have any tips or you see something, what I did wrong, please, advise me! I am just starting, but I really like micropalentology and I want to study!
  17. Hi everyone, My lab colleagues and I are looking for fossil pictures of: 1 - Cordaitales, specifically showing the 'V'-shaped leaf and 2 - Strobylothyone rogenti, a fossil Holothurian (sea cucumber) We are currently working on a textbook entitled “Biodiversität und Erdgeschichte" ("Biodiversity and Earth History”), The book is written by Prof. Dr. Jens Boenigk and Dr. Sabina Wodniok, scheduled to be published in 2014 by Spektrum in Heidelberg, Germany. In addition we plan to publish an electronic version as part of an e-book package, which will be sold to scientific institutions. It is important that we'd have permission to publish the pictures in our textbook. You would, of course, be credited for the image. All the best, Edvard --- Dr. Edvard Glücksman Postdoctoral Fellow Jens Boenigk lab Allgemeine Botanik, Universität Duisburg-Essen Universitätsstr. 5, D-45117 Essen Germany Tel (office): +49(0)201183-4514 Tel (mobile): +49(0)17699830154 Departmental website: http://www.uni-due.de/allgemeine_botanik/ LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/glucksman
  18. Website For Kids And Beginners

    My site is mainly designed for kids and people new to collecting. There are some great pictures of fossils especially shark teeth. Enjoy!! LINK