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  1. Hey I was hoping someone could help me find a PDF copy of a relatively old paper... Troedsson, G.T. (1924). On Crocodilian Remains from the Danian of Sweden. Lunds Universitets Årsskrift, Ny följd. Avdeling 2, 20, 1–75. Part of it contains the description of a very well-preserved skull of Thoracosaurus "scanicus", which would be very relevant for a research paper I'm working on right now. Thanks in advance! -Christian
  2. Kenyan fossil reveals chameleons may have 'rafted' from Africa to Madagascar by Andrej Čerňanský, The Conversation https://phys.org/news/2020-02-kenyan-fossil-reveals-chameleons-rafted.html The open access papers are: Tolley, K.A., Townsend, T.M. and Vences, M., 2013. Large-scale phylogeny of chameleons suggests African origins and Eocene diversification. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280(1759), p.20130184. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/pdf/10.1098/rspb.2013.0184 https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/abs/10.1098/rspb.2013.0184 Čerňanský, A., Herrel, A., Kibii, J.M., Anderson, C.V., Boistel, R. and Lehmann, T., 2020. The only complete articulated early Miocene chameleon skull (Rusinga Island, Kenya) suggests an African origin for Madagascar’s endemic chameleons. Scientific Reports, 10(1), pp.1-11. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-57014-5 A related paper is: Kappeler, P.M., 2000. Lemur origins: rafting by groups of hibernators?. Folia Primatologica, 71(6), pp.422-425. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/12174623_Lemur_Origins_Rafting_by_Groups_of_Hibernators https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Peter_Kappeler/4 Yours, Paul
  3. British Columbia’s Tyrannosaur

    Hi I have a question, has there been anything on the Tumbler Ridge Tyrannosaur? And have they identified it in any way yet? Thank you!!
  4. Bison skull - Identification help

    I found this skull sticking out of the bank along the Tongue river in Ashland, Montana on the Cheyenne Indian Reservation. If anyone has any information I would love to find out more! Thanks.
  5. Hello TFF members - I'm in need so some advice on this one please. So this is my first post (happy to be corrected on any newbie errors) and although preparation is my favourite part of the fossil game, I am 'fairly' new to it - In other words, please go easy on me, I'm aware it's going to be all too tempting to say I've bitten off more than I can chew here... I recently purchased this Mosasaur skull from a well known European fossil auction site; you may have seen it yourself if you follow such things. It wasn't 'hugely' expensive, but that doesn't mean I'm not serious about making something good out of it and giving it a lot of attention (which clearly it will need...). It is from Morocco, was sold as a Platycarpus (from the teeth I would tend to agree, but please correct if you think otherwise) and originally was complete in a plaster jacket. The seller decided to prep it and remove from the jacket. Whilst this may have exposed more of it, some quite nicely, they have also turned it into the most insanely fragile fossil I have ever come into contact with! It was already in five large pieces when advertised for sale, and despite being very well packaged, has suffered further in transit. The matrix is not much more than hard (ish) sand and the bone only marginally more solid. Doesn't help that it's so crushed, so only matrix between each piece. Clearly leaving it in the matrix, perhaps replacing the jacket with something more aesthetically pleasing as part of a mount and prepping only the surface would have been the way to go, but it's beyond that now, so I would really love some thoughts and suggestions on the following: 1 - Immediate stabilisation and strengthening to prevent further breakages and reattach the broken sections (buckets of CA to solidify the sand matrix and reduce porosity to enable gluing?) 2 - Rebuilding/mounting (combining these two, as it will never be strong enough to hold in one piece and the mounting technique will likely need to be integral as it will need complete support across the entire back. It would never be my first choice, but I'm thinking a rebuilt matrix under the fossil to support and hold it together at the same time?) Ok, lots of text there for background and to give you more context, here are some pictures which will help... Original, in jacket: Advert pics: And another: Now it's home, in a slightly more confused state: And another: Last one, you get the idea: If anyone is interested in seeing more of it, please let me know, have lots of pics. It's an interesting item and despite being crushed to hell, looks to be fairly complete (the reverse tells it's own story too, more teeth there, etc.), but it's realistically only ever going to be an 'in matrix' display piece. Out of curiosity, I believe it's upside down, with the two maxilla visible on top and the upper jaw section being below, sure someone will easily be able to confirm? Anyway, enough from me, would love your thoughts and really appreciate anyone who has the time to consider and reply. If I haven't been clear or you need more info, please just let me know. Thank you, Dave
  6. hello everyone, a few days ago surfing the internet I came across a site of fossils from asia. scrolling through the various offers I noticed this skull, the description reported only that it belonged to an unspecified myocene carnivore. All in all the price was quite low for what seems to be the quality of the piece. To a more careful investigation it would seem a hyaenidae even if the present matrix makes identification quite difficult, however still there is something that does not convince me. the matrix seems intentionally put to cover part of the skull. What do you think about it? Even if the price is cheap it's still to high for my poor pockets, so noway I would ever buy it. However it intrigued me alot.
  7. Skull identification ?

    Does anyone knows from what animal is this ? from Greece. It is heavy
  8. Fish skull bone. Any guesses on species?

    Found near McFaddin Beach Texas. I know it belongs to a fish but I was hoping someone might point me in the direction of the possible species?
  9. Possible skull?

    I know its highly unlikely but the more I look at this the more I'm convinced it's a fossilised skull. It seems to have a clear line where mouth should be and it's very symmetrical. Any help with identification (or refution) would be greatly appreciated.
  10. Possible whale skull

    Hi Everyone I found something today that looks like a possible whale skull. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? @Boesse @Doctor Mud Thanks so much!
  11. Consolidating a bison skull

    Ok I have a large mostly complete bison skull I need to consolidate as it has started flaking. I have some butvar 76 and acetone, which I understand I should mix at a ratio of 1:50 for stabilizing. I have soaked old gun stocks I mb acetone in aluminum pans in the past, I am thinking of doing this as it appears for stabilization you want to submerge the skull for about 10 minutes, not just pour it or paint it on correct?
  12. 3D Printer Files

    I'm hoping someone can point me in the direction of somewhere that has 3-D printer files available for download of fossils, specifically skulls. I teach geology over the summers to children, and would love to incorporate a couple 3-D printed skulls if possible. I believe I have located a 3-D printer and a friend who is willing to let me print a few things. If anyone has a website that they can recommend which makes its 3-D printer files available or would be willing to share their own files with me, I would greatly appreciate it. No preference on species, variety is preferred to show a better depiction of Earth's history.
  13. Asymmetric horns just like some deer antlers. So when half a skull is found, you can't assume the other side was symmetrical. How many times do we find half a skull? https://m.phys.org/news/2019-11-dinosaur-skull-paleontology-assumptions.html
  14. Prepped Oreodont skull

    Here is an Oreodont skull I prepped a few years ago. I did have to glue some of the larger rear skull pieces together, but otherwise there are no restorations. Just sharing with the group.
  15. I got this from a friend about 2 months back. Lately the black coating on it has been flaking off. I am not sure what it is and was curious if I should remove it or do I need to stabilize it with something?
  16. Oligocene insectivore

    The garage was a bit chilly to work in today so I decide to work in the office at my scope a bit instead. I'd like to be able to identify this piece (Peratherium, Centetodon?) but I'm struggling with all the post cranial elements covering the teeth. Any suggestions from the perpetrator community for how to proceed?
  17. Hello! I see this psittacosaurus skull on internet. It seems real? Is small the sizes are 6.5 5,3 4,1 cm Thank you so much.
  18. Possible fish skull

    Hello again. I found this strange bone on the beach in abu dhabi ruwais. I am not sure if it is a fossil, it is ver porous. It is about 1.5cm thick The beach was man made, so I am not sure exactly where this might of came from.
  19. Bones Central Texas

    I found a deer skull in an area of Central Texas where Native Americans lived for over 12,000 years. The skull was found half way up a tree. Near by were other weathered bones, mainly of deer. Additonally I found an unusal orbital socket, I guess that is the term. The eye socket is the same height as that of the deer, but much more elongated and it looks like the nose would have been very near the eyes, like a cat. I am posting a picture of the bones in hopes that someone has knowledge about both living and extinct Texas wildlife. I can post different angles, if needed. Thanks for looking and any help you can provide!
  20. Skull id

    Found this skull on the Arkansas river in Wichita. Anyone have an idea on if this is domestic dog or wolf? We can and do find skulls and bones going back to the ice age on the river so want to finally know what I have
  21. Skull Found on Atlantic Shoreline

    Can anyone identify this what type of marine life this skull is part of? I found it today along the East Coast of United States - Atlantic Ocean Spoon in photo for scale. The strange up raised markings on top are perplexing. Type of Eel perhaps? It's wet from me rinsing it in sink. Thank you!
  22. I found this lovely skull recently in Florida's Peace River. It was near a spot of fresh erosion from a high bank that contains a thin gravely-shelly layer running through Holocene-Pleistocene overburden. You could see the fossils weathering out of the bank and falling into the water below. A gravel bar had accumulated near the bank in the river and it was littered with fossils. I did not see any evidence of Miocene fauna, like the usual dugong ribs or megalodon teeth. Sitting in plain sight, upside-down (teeth up) in barely 4-6 inches of water was this skull. It is fossilized. Dense with a dark patina. To my delight, it had a canine intact and it is a beautiful color of blue that is similar to what you see in some Bone Valley fossils (and shark teeth) that have been buried in the right localized conditions. All of the remaining molars have some of the same blue coloration. So, I am thinking this is not recent and may be something interesting (hopefully)? It's quite small, as you can see in the photos. Is it a small critter, or a juvenile-version of a larger species? I would love it to be something like a juvenile dire wolf pup, instead of something less sexy like an ancient opossum. Any guesses on what this could be?
  23. Hyracodon Skull

    Good evening I have a Hyracodon skull. Nearly complete, but does have some putty work done to the upper. Excellent teeth. I have two of these and wouldnt mind losing one. I just wanted to see what any of you had to trade of equal value. Not really looking for anything in particualar. Show me what you are willing to trade!
  24. T Rex bite article

    An article discussing research on T Rex skull and jaw anatomy and implications for "bite." https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/09/t-rex-bite-could-have-crushed-a-car-thanks-to-its-stiff-skull/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=Science_20191002&rid=68DAEDD7EC7A307D1290E5C3629C1CCF
  25. What’s this peculiar skull-thingy?

    So, I found this in an area of TN where several marine fossils have turned up (various Gastropoda, trilobites, and more), but this was unearthed at the site of some serious deep water erosion and a small land slide at the banks of a lake. It looks to me like a skull of some sort, where the animal in question perhaps keeled over and laid for a looong time on its right side, hence the “squashing” of that surface. Apart from the somewhat mashed right side, and some chipping to the snout, it’s otherwise perfectly symmetrical.