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  1. Fish Aspirations!

    One of the rarest and most unique fossils are aspiration pieces! I have been very lucky in acquiring 2 over the course of collecting, neither are incredibly good, but their rarity alone makes them that much more desirable! I would love to see anyone else's fish with eyes bigger than their stomachs!
  2. Teeth and more

    Dear TFF Members, these are the fossils I found during my last fossil hunt - I need help with ID No. 1 Skull and vert of? No. 2 A part of jaw with 1 tooth No. 3 Teeth of?
  3. shell in flint

    Erratic boulder found in Poland so no geological context, but I'm guessing Cretaceous circa about ;-) Can you identify this species? Maybe Lopha sp.?
  4. unknown shell

    I find the ribbing of this shell peculiar. Do you recognize this taxon? Oxfordian of Poland. Associated finds include: sponges, brachiopods & bivalves.
  5. Geological maps

    Hello, Found this great site today that has nice geological maps for many Eastern European countries, plus some more. http://www.geokniga.org/maps Some maps are outdated in terms of roads, but the geology remains more or less the same. Zoom in and out using +,- on your left. If someone not familiar is interested in those areas, use this site to convert Cyrillic to latin, then translate. https://www.lexilogos.com/keyboard/russian.htm The legends on the maps though are international and recognized by colour.
  6. From the album Brachiopodes, Shells, corals, sponges......

    Aulacella prisca (Schnur, 1851) Eifelian, Skaly, Poland
  7. From the album Brachiopodes, Shells, corals, sponges......

    Primipilaria primipilaris. (von Buch, 1834) Devonien - eifel Grzegorzowice - Skały Poland
  8. From the album Brachiopodes, Shells, corals, sponges......

    Primipilaria primipilaris mid Dévonian ,Eifelian Skaly, Holy cross mountains, Poland
  9. Polish coprolite: shark?

    Hello all This summer I found this coprolite in the Odra quarry in Poland. I found around 6 of these but nothing else. The other members of the group found shark teeth and some other stuff. Mosasaur remains are also found there, but extremely rare. I know it's hard to assign coprolites to kind of animal, but is this what a shark coprolite would look like? Around 1 cm.
  10. Poland: Pine Cone or Plant debris

    Hello all I found this little piece last July in the Folwark quarry in Poland. Pretty sure it's just some regular plant debris, since that's a pretty common find there, but it keeps looking like a little desarticulated pine cone. It's pretty small, around 1 cm, and from the Late Cretaceous.
  11. Seed Pod #5, Cardiocarpon

    Here is #5 in my seed pod ID verification request effort. It was listed as Cardiocarpon rare seed fossils, Carboniferous, Upper Silesia, Westphalian "C", Poland. It contains two seed pods. Is this description correct?
  12. Trip to the Triassic

    Last weekend I went to the south, to the area of Chrzanów - I have tried before twice to get to the Płaza quarry, but it is impossible during the week, as it is an operating facility, so I needed to visit it on the weekend The weather was beautiful - it felt almost like spring. Looking at the pictures you would not tell it's the middle of winter here:
  13. Baltic Amber insects!

    I purchased this piece of amber form Poland a few weeks ago and I was wondering if anyone could help with identifying the insects? I’m not overly familiar with fossils of this age. Thanks! Note: the close up photos are taken using a hand lens.
  14. Diaphus sp.

    From the album Vertebrates

    Diaphus sp. Lanternfish Oligocene Menilite Formation Jamna Dolna Poland
  15. Fauna???? ID request

    Good morning forum. Can anyone tell me if this fossil is fauna or ????? It's from the early Triassic, lower Muschelkalk, Libiaz, Poland. Matrix is 70 x 50cm
  16. Dear members, It’s time for another “review” of a palaeontological site I had the pleasure to excavate in. However this one is quite different from the others I already posted about: those were outcrops in Ohio, USA, where you could collect fossils freely or by signing a disclaimer. This time, instead, I had to operate alongside the institution that holds the concession to excavate and study the material. For fifteen days in August 2019 I excavated in the Late Triassic beds of Krasiejów, southwestern Poland, alongside the Institute of Paleobiology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, based in Warsaw. It is not the only “official” dig that I took part in, but, alas, the only I’m allowed to post pictures of! Krasiejów’s site has been exploited for the extraction of clay since the beginning of the XX century until 2002; the first scientific excavations took place in 1993 and the first publication was issued in 2000. Since then dozens of students and palaeontologists from all over the world have visited the site. The assemblage dates to the Late Triassic, but a more precise dating (Carnian or Ladinian) has not been assessed yet. Back then Poland was situated much southern on the Northern hemisphere, under subtropical conditions. Rivers formed extensive backwaters and swamps, separating islands from the dry mainland. Occasionally, intensive rainfall led to flooding that washed out skeletal remains and transported them to their final site of burial. Bones were then scattered and damaged, but rapid deposition led to their preservation. Krasiejów can therefore be classified as a Konzentrat-Lagerstätte. A section of the Bonebed is open to the public and it’s a truly mind-blowing sight! Dozens of skulls, mandibles and isolated bones of amphibians (later I’ll tell you exactly of which species) can be seen lying there since 220 million years ago. I pictured a small section of the bonebed, circling in yellow the skulls and in red the mandibles. The lithotypes that make up the outcrop are red claystone and grey pelites. Tools needed for excavating are geological hammers, pickaxes and shovels. That's what an usual day on the site looked like: The flora and invertebrate assemblage is not very rich: conifer cone scales and branches, freshwater bivalves and small arthropds. Fish were scarce and poorly preserved. In the case of lungfish, instead, toothplates were common: The most interesting aspect is represented by tetrapod bones: they are countless, even in my wildest dreams I could not have hoped of finding so many as I have! Metoposaurus was a temnospondyl amphibian characterized by a dorsoventrally flattened body up to 2 m (6,5 ft) long. Its bones are the most common remains in Krasiejów. It probably lived at the bottom of shallow-water reservoirs, as ambush predator hunting for fish and other small vertebrates. For air it had to resurface regularly, but it may not have been able to enter land. The bones on the bonebed belonged to it. Here you can see a close up of a mandible ramus from two perspectives, two ribs, a vertebra and interclavicle. Ciclotosaur, another temnospondyl amphibian, hunted on both water and land. It’s not easy to differentiate its bones from those of Metoposaurus on the field. Paleorhinus was a phytosaur, a 3,5 m (11,5 ft) long semi-acquatic predator superficially resembling a gavial. I have found a couple of teeth that belonged to it. Stagonolepis was a herbivorous, 3,5m long archosaur with a heavily armoured body. Its skull was small and equipped with conical teeth and a horny beak on the mandible and a fleshy snout on the upper jaw. It may have used them to dig food out of the ground. Osteoderms and teeth (not pictured) were rather common. We also found a femur of Stagonolepis: And a bone of the hind limb, that in order to be extracted and protected was covered with a field jacket of gypsum: Finally, a rauisuchian and dinosaur species make up the assemblage, but we didn’t find any of their bones since they are extremely rare. If you'd like to know more about Krasiejów, I suggest you to read these two papers: - Gruntmejer, K., Konietzko-Meier, D., & Bodzioch, A. (2015). The Triassic world of Krasiejów. FIELD GUIDE, 17. - Dzik, J. and Sulej, T. 2007. A review of the early Late Triassic Krasiejów biota from Silesia, Poland. Palaeontologia Polonica 64, 3–27. Well, that’s it! This excavation was an incredible experience for me, I met some great people and found amazing fossils! I hope you enjoyed and leave a comment if you have any question for me!! Fabio
  17. As the winter this year is not very harsh, on Saturday I ventured to a location quite close to my home - I learned about it during the last fossil fair It's a sand pit - well, sort of, as it extracts sand from the bottom of the Vistula River - and according to the fossil seller who told me about it, it is the place where one can find Pleistocene fossils. We were warned to stay clear of the pipes, because of falling stones, but we were allowed to browse the piles of whatever was filtered out from the sand
  18. Scophthalmus stamatini PAUCA, 1931

    From the album Vertebrates

    Scophthalmus stamatini PAUCA, 1931 Oligocene Menilite Formation Jamna Dolna Poland
  19. Polish Ammonites

    Looking for assistance with the identification of these ammonites from Poland (either Niegowoniec or Odrodzieniec). Age is late Jurassic; Oxfordian. Orthosphinctes? Perisphinctes? The best that I can tell, the ribs on the big one are only bifurcate. Anyone have an idea from which formation they may have come? @Ludwigia
  20. pterosaurs,diet,coprolites

    here size:about 11 MB Filter feeding in Late Jurassic pterosaurs supported by coprolite contents Martin Qvarnström, Erik Elgh, Krzysztof Owocki, Per E. Ahlberg, Grzegorz Niedźwiedzki
  21. Hi, Does anyone have a copy of the paper that I could look at: Skawiński, T.; Ziegler, M.; Czepiński, Ł.; Szermański, M.; Tałanda, M.; Surmik, D. & Niedźwiedzki, G. (2017). A re-evaluation of the historical 'dinosaur' remains from the Middle-Upper Triassic of Poland. Historical Biology. 27 (4): 442–472. doi:10.1080/08912963.2016.1188385. The paper by Skawinski et al. is quite remarkable for rejecting the argument by Rauhut and Hungerbuhler (2000) that Velocipes guerichi is too indeterminate to be placed beyond Vertebrata, and while it agrees with Wild (1973) in classifying Thecodontosaurus primus as non-dinosaurian, it disagrees with Wild's synonymy of primus with Protanystropheus antiquus.
  22. Arthropod trace?

    Hi It is arthropod trace fossil? Age :Campanian, Cretaceous Location : Kraków, Bonarka, Southern Poland.
  23. Jaw mammal

    Hi Whats jaw is animal it? Location :Tyniec, Southern Poland