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  1. Reptilian skull cap?

    I found this really cool piece. I believe it's some kind of skull cap from a reptile. Problem is, the seller is not English. And his description is only about 6 words. The fossil is 19 centimeters, and the only words that I understand from the description are "Cretaceous" and "Brazil."
  2. Fossil ID Inquiry

    Hello. While vacationing along Lake Huron in Michigan, I found a rather impressive, and likely rare, fossil (see image). It is clearly a vertebrate with skull, spine, appendages, and pelvic region relatively intact and clearly visible. The specimen is approximately 2 inches by 2 inches in size. Any advice or direction, as to whom I should contact to identify/analyze my find would be most appreciated. Thank you very much for your time.
  3. A few weeks ago I sent Roger ( @Ludwigia ) a piece with some bones from Holzmaden. In exchange of some money and some fossils from Zwingelhausen he prepped it for me! Already in the unprepped condition I had the suspicion that it might be a skull or at least a part of a skull. Only a few bones were visible first. Unprepped stone: I found this one in 2016 in the visitor quarry Kromer near Holzmaden. Its about 23 cm long. The prep work was very difficult, because the stone was so hard. It took about 12 hours. But nevertheless Roger did a great job and I am very happy about the result Here are two pictures of the finished piece: As you can see its really a part of an Ichthyosaur skull It might be a juvenile but I am not sure You can see the eyehole very good, although its a shame that the eye itself isnt preserved:
  4. Pachycephalosaurus dome?

    Ive almost never seen a pachy dome that has a fold/sharp edge along the top. I found a single picture that was still from the side, but really looked like it was an edged one. Ive asked for more pictures of other angles, but am still waiting to hear back/get any.
  5. New Tylosaurus

    I thought the mosasaur fans here might enjoy a fairly recent bit of mosa-research… This paper describes the very well preserved skull and associated postcrania (a few vertebrae, some pectoral and pelvic girdle elements, a partial forelimb and a hindlimb) of a new tylosaurine mosasaur species, Tylosaurus saskatchewanensis. The holotype material of this tylosaur is from the Upper Campanian (Late Cretaceous) Bearpaw Formation of Saskatchewan, Canada. The paper: Jiménez-Huidobro et al. 2018 new Tylosaurus species.pdf A sneak peak at some of the material described (articulated dorsal vertebrae) - scale bar is 10cm: Hope you guys like it
  6. Triassic mystery bone

    Hi all! I've found this strange bone (unprepared yet) in triassic aged sandstone from the anisian. In the same location there have been many shark, fish, and Marine reptile species reported. I can't seem to I'd what part of the body this bone represent, not even talking about the species... The bumps on the surface are half spheres, some of them protruding half way without squere encourage, I think they can be teeth or some kind of dermal plate. So, does anybody care to share their thoughts on the matter?
  7. Birthday gift raptor

    Today is my girlfriends birthday, and for the occasion I made her a special present. A few weeks ago I got my hands on a 3D print of a Velociraptor mongoliensis thanks to a friend Paleontologist. The plan was to assemble the skull and paint it for her birthday. When I first got the parts I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of surplus plastic material I had to remove to clean the cast. But after a few hours of cleaning the parts with a hobby knife I managed to glue the main parts together. I still kept the lower yaw and the skull appart and left the teeth on the sprues for painting. After a white undercoat with a spray-can I panted the bones dark brown up to tones of lighter brown and ochre. The teeth were painted in a gray-brown color with a finishing gloss and glued afterwards in the painted skull. Those are a few pictures of the whole process. The parts after cleaning them and gluing the parts together: Undercoat of white paint: the skull parts with the different tones of brown: Glueing the teeth : The finished replica:
  8. Tennessee fossil found

    Hello my name is Josh, I am new to the fossil world, but I did find a fossil an would really appreciate any help in possibly identifying it. Thank you.
  9. fish or primitive mosasaur

    ok so I have in question a piece from my friend he identified as fish however i thought differently so hence forth i ask you fine people, with vastly greater knowledge than I have. Bony fish head (Actinopterygians, ray finfish) Middle Cretaceous (between 125 and 86 Ma). Goulmima, Morocco Length
  10. Oreodont skull prep

    So I bought a partial oreodont skull (Merycoidodon culbertsoni) from an auction site and i'm using it to break in my new air compressor. Here are some before and after pics. I had expected the skull to be fragile and the teeth to be pretty solid, considering how robust teeth are, but I found the opposite to be true. I've had to repair a few of the teeth as I went. They have a tendency to break apart. Luckily nothing too serious. The skull itself seems indestructible by comparison. Overall i'm very happy with how she's turning out so far.
  11. animal skull in northern scandinavia

    Hi! I suppose this is going to be a piece of cake for professionals like you. However this specimen who has most likely met a very violent end in the woods of northern scandinavia stilll remains unidentified to this day. Would anyone be kind enough to take the time to help? (Second picture follows)
  12. Dear Fellow Fossil Fanatics, I just had a great day at Big Brook, found some shark teeth but also 3 specimens that I am not sure at all what to make of. Any insights would be awesome! Best, Huttner
  13. Here we go again! Even with my eyes closed tight and hallucinating, I would never be able to come up with this description. Of course, found while cruising "The Auction Site", I found this diddy. Described as a fossil "dog skull", this winner can be had for a mere $999. + shipping. Now let's not all go scrambling for the bid button at once. I am sure there are plenty more to be had in the sellers construction rock pile out back. This one should be filed under the title "Seriously?!!!".
  14. What is this?

    Hello, Could just be a rock...but it sure has some interesting features.
  15. Cast Fossil of a skull.

    Hello, I recently found an extremely suggestive rock that mirrors a skull with a round object fused to it's jaw. I took it to a geologist from University of Georgia, Dr. Garrison. He estimated that it was approximately 250 million years old. He also said that it was a cast of a creature that died in sediment. The sediment filled in the organic parts and created a cast. Definition of cast fossils: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/paleo/fossilsarchive/casmol.html I will attach some photos. Also, Here is the direct link to a YouTube video of it: https://youtu.be/01M7u7E84Dw I really appreciate your time.
  16. I got back from the MAPS fossil show and here's what I found. The Pleistocene gopher skull was my big find and I was able to add a lot to my Florida fossil seashell collection. The fossil hunters I got the gopher skull from also had a complete Dire Wolf skull (no I didn't take pics) as well as other Ice Age fossils they found in Iowa and Nebraska. I also found a fossil deer antler covered in rodent gnaw marks made over 10,000 years ago (goes with my Ice Age gopher skull). Attending fossil shows like MAPS gives the collector the opportunity to add something to their collection that they cant field collect themselves. Thanks, Mikeymig
  17. ID on early hominid skull

    i need help on identifying this early hominid skull including the species and notable name that i saw and took of in a skeleton museum in orlando florida?
  18. skull replicas

    I did a photo shoot with my Nanotyrannus and Velociraptor skull replicas lastnight. Here are some of my favourites...
  19. found this on a spoil pile, dirt layer above soft limestone which sits above shale. Not from the area (Allen,Texas) so I don't know the period etc.
  20. Again in an own thread because I couldn´t add tags to old thread New print from the same source as this https://3d.si.edu/model/fullscreen/p1b-1474716020541-1478115462584-0 Odobenocetops! I planned to reconstruct all missing parts but stoped after the tusks because anything postcranial would become even more speculative than the missing skullparts. I´ll leave it as a fossil replica rather than a recontruction. Painting will follow.
  21. Our favorite auction sight has a Spinosaurus aegypticus skull listed from a seller in France. The seller lists it as being "real" and "70% complete." I was under the impression that there have been no complete spino skulls found? If you go onto the sellers regular website he also has a full spino skeleton that he says is the most complete specimen ever found.
  22. New vertebrate fossil. without head

    hi friends . i found a vertebrate for somthing but I cant identify ... but somone take her head .
  23. Oreodont Stand

    I've been working on a stand for the Oreodont skull I picked up at the Tucson Fossil Show. This one is an "antique" fossil that was dug back in the 1920s. I wanted a simple stand with a wooden base and a way to raise the skull up off the stand. I also wanted the mount to be as unobtrusive as possible so I didn't have wires sticking out all over the place. And I didn't want to damage the skull in any way. After trying several approaches I settled on this one using some red oak I had left over after building my fossil storage cabinet and some brass wire and bar I picked up at the local OSH hardware store for a few dollars. Here's what the finished stand looks like (I still need to make the final label): Here's what the stand looks like with the skull removed. The wires are formed so that the skull is held in place without slipping while still allowing it to be easily removed. I soldered them in place using Sn96 solder, a low-temperature solder that is reasonably strong. I'm sure you could also use epoxy. The vertical posts are brass tubing. I machined plugs to hold the bar to the posts and soldered everything together. Again, you could use epoxy. Looking from the underside, here's an overall view of how everything fits: And here's what the underside looks like from the front. The wires supporting the palate also prevent the skull from rotating or sliding around on its own. I also decided to use some museum wax to further secure it. End result is a stand that does a good job of holding the skull while still allowing it to be easily removed, looks reasonably nice, and should be stable enough to survive our typical California earthquakes.
  24. Hi everybody, I've seen this mosasaur skull... it has been classified like Eremiasaurus heterodontus from morocco . 750 x 380 mm. What do you think? Thanks
  25. Oreodont skull

    Hi I have not been here for a while and was wondering what to look for in a good oreodont skull. Some of the ones I have seen seem to be all plaster? Not sure but any advice would be helpful.