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  1. New Jurassic site

    Hello, I made this trip actually yet in 2020, on December 29th, but I didn't have time to post it earlier. I went to Sulejów, which is a former limestone mine now flooded with water: Nearby there is an active mine, but they don't let in fossil hunters Anyway, I was hoping that the water level would be low enough to permit browsing the slopes and it was so - of course not in every place. Some parts of the reservoir are overgrown and not very accessible: There were however a few slopes where I could go closer to the water level and browse the rocks:
  2. What is it?

    Hello, These are fossils I found during my recent visit to the Pleistocene site. Any idea which animal it could belong to?
  3. Could this be wood?

    Hello Everyone, today I went again to my favourite Pleistocene site - and a friend of mine found something that he thinks could be a fossilised wood. He thinks it could have been brought here by the glacier. It looks like this: It's not very big, as you can see - but quite heavy. Does this look like wood to you? I will appreciate your feedback. Kasia
  4. New Miocene site

    Hello everyone, two weeks ago I went for a short fossil hunting trip - first a Devonian location, which I believe I have already presented, then the Silurian one - also reported before. The last place was a Miocene site that I have never visited before. It's called Smerdyna and is referred to locally as a "little grand canyon" As you can see on the map, it streches for more than 3 km - it's like a huge crack in the middle of flat land: From the ground level it looks like this:
  5. Hi everyone, I'm new here and I hope I can find identification with the help of this forum, I don't know much about fossil, I'm interested in everything that's old and in history in general. This summer my 5y old son found the attached bone(?) at a beach in Poland (city of Sopot) and i didn't thought much about it. Yesterday I used Google lense and it displayed other similar bones of raptor(?) Toe bones. Maybe you guys know more about it, i thank you in advance for your help. My son is super interested in dinosaur of course and i try to give him as much knowledge about History as possible. Have a nice day and stay healthy Scale is in Centimeters
  6. Hi, as recently I have been going mainly to the Pleistocene location, I have lots of surplus fossils I will gladly trade I'm not looking for anything specific - all offers are welcome. Set A Set B Set C Set D All these fossils come from Góra Kalwaria, Poland.
  7. 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!
  8. 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?
  9. 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.?
  10. unknown shell

    I find the ribbing of this shell peculiar. Do you recognize this taxon? Oxfordian of Poland. Associated finds include: sponges, brachiopods & bivalves.
  11. 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.
  12. From the album Brachiopodes, Shells, corals, sponges......

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

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

    Primipilaria primipilaris mid Dévonian ,Eifelian Skaly, Holy cross mountains, Poland
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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:
  19. 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.
  20. Diaphus sp.

    From the album Vertebrates

    Diaphus sp. Lanternfish Oligocene Menilite Formation Jamna Dolna Poland
  21. 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
  22. 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
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