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  1. Broken woolly Rhino skull, Need Help!!!

    Hi guys, Recently I ordered a partial wooly rhino skull and as you could imagine I was on the brink of tears when it arrived. I ordered from overseas and someone must have dropped the box or something? but I am contacting the seller to see if I could get a partial refund (but I have my doubts). So I am trying to be positive and make this my "not so little" prep project, there is one problem though. I have no idea what I'm doing! (I don't even know if It's salvageable) So this is where you amazing people come in. I would love to get this looking as original as possible and was wondering if there was a product for that, or if I could just use household items, Or maybe there's some other solution that is foreign to me? Anyway, I would love to here every idea and any advice you've got. I have taken some pictures that are listed below, the last two are it in the condition before it was sent. If you need any more pictures to refer to, Please! contact me otherwise thanks for taking the time to read this and hope to hear from you soon. Thanks so much, Ryan.
  2. Mosasaur premaxillary bones

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    2 unidentified mosasaur species' anterior end of premaxillary bones. One with teeth broken off just beyond the skull, and the other has 2 remaining teeth, with the rest broken off at the level of the skull. the larger fossil was found in the phosphate mines of Khouribga, Morocco. ive since lost the information for the smaller fossil, sadly.
  3. Triceratops skull and brain case

    From the album Dinosaurs & flying reptiles

    Another view showing an area of what I do not know. I'm guessing it involves nerve fibers/channels.
  4. Triceratops skull and brain case

    From the album Dinosaurs & flying reptiles

    Another view showing more channels/cross sections of blood flow(the small solid dark gray areas), and nerve channels. I'm not entirely sure what the large dark areas are, although I believe it to be related to blood flow as well.
  5. Triceratops skull with brain case

    From the album Dinosaurs & flying reptiles

    Another view showing the spongy internal bone growth
  6. Triceratops skull and brain case

    From the album Dinosaurs & flying reptiles

    2 pieces of a triceratops skull with brain case impression. Blood vessels, veins, and arteries visible, as well as nerve channels. I have to contact in order to get the fossil information again.
  7. I'm 3D printing this Velociraptor's skull - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2736627 Details are very realistic, but I didn't found any real Raptor's skull image to compare. Internet is full of replicas... Anyway, if you're going to 3D print it, consider that it is a very pain. It is badly split, and it is not very easy to 3D print: more than half of the pegs will break and some of the pieces have mesh issues. Also, I suggest to print teeth flat on the 3D printing bed, and not as the original STL. I will update the post with new images as I glue and paint it. Regards, Adriano
  8. Bridger fm. Amphibian

    Hello fossil friends. I have this skull piece here that's quite interesting. Looks to be some kind of amphibian skull. The locality is Bridger fm, but after doing some research I haven't been able to find any information on amphibians from this locality. Would anyone be able to shed some light on an ID for this piece?
  9. fossils in a museum in Palm Beach

    when i was in miami during the summer i went to this mall in palm beach where they had this museum that has dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals but they are some fossils in there that i dont know what they are so i wanted them to have IDed.
  10. Kansas pliosaur skull

    Just got a new paper from ResearchGate It basically describes the dentition morphology of Megacephalosaurus eulerti, a pliosaur from the Turonian Carlile Shale of Kansas. The paper also looks at general aspects of M. eulerti cranial anatomy. The study is based on a beautiful skull housed at the Fort Hays Museum of Natural History (see below). Madzia, D., Sachs, S., & Lindgren, J. (2018). Morphological and phylogenetic aspects of the dentition of Megacephalosaurus eulerti, a pliosaurid from the Turonian of Kansas, USA, with remarks on the cranial anatomy of the taxon. Geological Magazine, 1-16. Abstract of the paper: Megacephalosaurus eulerti is a large macropredatory plesiosaur representing one of the last members of the diverse pliosaurid clade Brachaucheninae. The taxon was established upon a nearly complete skull including the mandible and fragments of the postcranial skeleton originating from the lower middle Turonian (Upper Cretaceous) of Kansas, USA. Owing to its age, reasonable completeness and its state of preservation, M. eulerti bears important anatomical details regarding the last brachauchenines. Here we assess the dentition of the taxon, compare the teeth to those of other thalassophonean pliosaurids and comment on the utility of these results for inferences of the phylogenetic relationships of the last brachauchenines. Additionally, we provide remarks on the cranial anatomy of M. eulerti, revise character scores of this taxon used in current phylogenetic studies and address the phylogenetic relationships within Brachaucheninae. Parsimony analyses, aimed to test different char- acter sampling and tree-search strategy, inferred only a single unambiguous synapomorphy uniting a clade formed by mid- to Late Cretaceous brachauchenines: presence of subcircular rather than subtrihedral/trihedral cross-sectional shape of the teeth. Still, the last brachauchenines (Brachauchenius and Megacephalosaurus) can be roughly characterized by a switch from anisodont to subisodont dentition and reduction of their tooth count. Nevertheless, the overall knowledge of the origin, phylogenetic relationships and distinguishability of brachauchenine pliosaurids remains poor and represents a subject for further extensive studies and modifications in taxon and character sampling. For those who want it, I can send it by email to them
  11. Bought this skull a couple years ago at a gem show. It seemed that the seller wasn’t even sure what it was themself, but claimed it might be a mosasaur skull. It was the only one they had and the rest of the stuff they sold was teeth from North Africa such as Carcharodontosaurus and Spinosaurus teeth. There are some parts that make it look real to me but if it is real, I’m not sure what it would be from.
  12. I was scrolling through a site when I spotted this, I recently had some "complications" with another Ichthyosaurus specimen, and I was wondering whether this specimen is real or enhanced. The snout looks to me like it was carved on but I want to be sure.
  13. These beauties can be found on an auction site. Such reasonable prices, ... too.
  14. Need identifiy! whose skull it is?

    My freind presented this skull fossil for me some days ago. I was sure it from Carnivora animals so i searched about them, but many of carnivora skulls looks simmular....after searching, i guess it can be mustelidae, meles or wolfs but couldn't sure what is species exactely is. I want to know whose skull is it! +This skull is from Java island, indonesia. I learned lots of thing on here TFF because of your many helps. thanks for your all helps! + add more details
  15. Protopsephurus liui (skull)

    From the album Chondrichthyes

    This is a closeup of the skull of this Protopsephurus liui. You can easily see here the namesake of the paddlefish: the long paddle-shaped rostrum. Scientists first thought the fish would use the paddle to sift through stones searching for food. This is why the name Protopsephurus was used because it translates to "first pebble bearer" (can also be considered as "first pebble holder"). Nowadays we know this is not how the rostrum was used. Tiny hair sensors line the rostrum, and these sensors act as a hyper sensitive radar. The eyesight of paddlefish is considered relatively poor so the animal would need these sensors to hunt successfully. Other notable features here are the wide fenestrae and the gapping jaw. The fenestrae were likely designed to be wide so the skull would be lighter, the reduced weight would help the fish with making quick movements. The wide jaw is clearly here in this specimen (the curve shaped bone towards the bottom of the skull). The fish would open its gaping maw and suck down any food it could fit in its mouth. Prey items would have been small invertebrates and small fish.
  16. the Most complete skull I’ve found to date. Both bottom mandibles seem to have all of the teeth and possibly only missing 2 premolars out of the top. Skull looks to be all there and possibly some other bones judging from some broken cross sections but who knows! I’ll upload more photos in the comments. The rock is 45.5 cm long 36cm wide the skull measures 26cm I’ll continue work progress as time goes she may take a while!
  17. 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."
  18. 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.
  19. 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:
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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?
  23. 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:
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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