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  1. Hi, There is this turtle skull for sale that is from the Kem Kem and i wanted to see if this is real (or if it has restoration work done on it) since this is the first turtle skull i have seen out of the Kem Kem. Thanks :).
  2. I noticed the fossils of more 'modern' reptiles are not commonly shown/displayed (partly because I think they are fairly common in the U.S. and not viewed as too spectacular), so I thought we might do so here. I'd love to see your croc/alligator and turtle material, especially from various locations!
  3. Is It A Fossil?

    Hi I am new to this forum. I live in Ca and collect minerals, fossils and as an amateur photographer, I am photographing some of my collections. These photos are of an unopened small geode (3 cm, or 1.25 inches tall). They are all of 1 specimen taken at different angles. Many decades ago I received a bag of small geodes all formed in the same light green volcanic ash. This was among them. No other geodes in the bag had this texture or pattern on the outside. I put it aside thinking it may be a fossilized impression from a prehistoric reptile or tortoise foot. I have never gotten a definitive answer. Sadly I can’t recall for certain the location for the source of the geodes, but perhaps it was Chihuahua Mexico. Is this a fossil, or merely some crystallization causing the surface to appear this way? Any help would be appreciated Thanks Tom
  4. In 1996 I was working in New Zealand and purchased a turtle fossil at a gem and mineral show. I was told it was from the Gobi Desert, and that's absolutely all I know about it. It weighs 9.5 pounds/ 4.3 kg; is 10 inches/25 cm long and 9 inches/23 cm wide at the widest point. I've got several photos, and now I just have to figure out how to post them...I am not the most computer literate person.. It looks like I can only upload 1 photo per page? I'll try to post more...
  5. Kyiv turtle, 3 associated scutes

    From the album Dinosaurs and Reptiles

    Eocene Kyiv suite, Lutetian-Bartonian. Personal find. 3 fused scutes: C1,2 - costal scutes, N - neural scute, R- rib. Approximate position of the specimen is shown on the diagramm.
  6. Fish Skull Fragment?

    I found this fragment in a Cretaceous conglomerate. I am still trying to figure out the name of the formation, but it is either from a river bottom or sea shore. My first thought when I found it was a piece of turtle shell, but upon closer examination, it reminds me more of fish skull fragments I have found in other formations. I was hoping some of you might be able to provide some other perspectives. The piece is ~12 mm long, ~10 mm wide, and ~2 mm thick. It is slightly convex with a slight bumpy texture on the outside, although mostly eroded away, and some sutures at the very edge on the inside.
  7. Paper describes shell remains of eight fossils referable to Helopanoplia distincta from the Hell Creek Formation of Montana and North Dakota that, in combination, document nearly all aspects of the shell morphology of this taxon. Helopanoplia distincta is based on just two shell fragments from the Lance Formation of Wyoming. The new fossil material thoroughly supports the validity of Helopanoplia distincta. There is also a very informative map showing where the exposures are of the Hell Creek and Lance Formations. Joyce WG, Lyson TR. (2017) The shell morphology of the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) trionychid turtle Helopanoplia distincta. PeerJ 5:e4169 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4169
  8. Unidentified Testudine Carapace

    Hi, I've recently been sorting through my freshwater turtle pieces from the Bouldnor Fm. and have come across a couple of fragments that don't resemble the normal finds of Emys and Trionyx. I remember collecting them at the time and thinking how weird they looked but I presumed the markings were the result of damage etc. so didn't give them much thought. Interestingly I've found a reference in a paper from 1890 on the fossil chelonians of the Isle Of Wight that states: "There is a third species of chelonian, the remains of which are comparatively rare, and the outer surface of whose carapace is furrowed in lines, much after the manner of the larger species of recent land tortoises." This accurately describes the pieces I have, but as far as I know no large tortoise (or any tortoise material) has been collected from the Bouldnor Fm. and with the paper being nearly 130 years old I took it with a pinch of salt. I was wondering if anyone would be able to confirm if these pieces are actually from a separate taxa of chelonian or whether the markings could've been caused during diagenesis etc. Thank you, Theo
  9. North Sulphur River!

    I finally had a chance to hit the North Sulphur River again after spending the past few months working a lot and hunting different areas. It was pretty dry and picked over with lots of footprints but I managed to find a nice variety. I really like the color of the sea turtle shell and the base of the Cretaceous fish fin.
  10. I was out at North Sulfur River yesterday. It was terribly picked over. Do you start looking even at pieces of junk at that point. I found a couple interesting things, but not that noteworthy. The most easily found thing out there are Exogyra oysters. So when I saw this I first thought it was an oyster fragment and almost didn’t pic it up, but it looked different like a piece of turtle shell so I picked it up and threw it in my bag. I can see thin layering on top and a bit of what looks like the pearly surface of an oyster shell, but then I also see a tiny bit of what looks like porous bone structure on a couple edges. I think it could be a turtle shell fragment. I’d like to hear your thoughts and opinions. Top side of shell Underside. You can see some porous portions on top right. Porous structure. Definitely not oyster looking.
  11. Hunting in the rain

    It rained hard most of the morning, It is not a lot of fun with water pouring down your neck, Thankful for baseball caps. Fortunately there are rewards... 4 of the Megs were unbroken and small. Largest was 1.75 inches. Some big chunks.. Land tortoise or sea turtle? This is the biggest complete piece that I have found. Finally, a likely rib bone.. just wondering if the groove makes this one identifiable.. Thanks for suggestions Jack
  12. Skin Fossil

    Hello, I found this little fossil while walking along the Missouri River near St. Louis, MO. The fossil is two sided and the pattern is the same on both sides. The fossil is thin so I wasn't thinking a turtle shell. The last two pictures are a picture of the top and bottom. Could it be a skin fossil?
  13. Turtle Plastron

    This piece of turtle plastron was identified by Dr. Weems (an in hand look) as the sea turtle Carolinochelys wilsoni. I had been trying to I.D. it for a while before I was able to get it into his hands. It is about 1/4 of the plastron and this turtle is thought to possibly be the extinct ancestor of the modern loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). C. wilsoni is the only species in the genus.
  14. Turtle non det.

    From the album Vertebrates

    Turtle non det. Early Cretaceous Sihedangzhen Liaoning PR China

    So I took the similar topic of another fossil ID on this site, but wanted to make sure it was the same thing. I found this 30 miles inland off of the East coast of SC, USA where I usually find megs, angustiden teeth as well as hemipristis teeth. But I have only seen similar things pulled out of Peace river in FL. Is this part of a Hesperotestudo?? Or could it be gator. One more picture
  16. Turtle

    From the album Eocene vertebrates of Ukraine

    3 associated turtle scutes
  17. Isle of Wight finds

    Hi, After deciding to post an October find item, I thought I would post these photos for your suggestions. I prepped them all last weekend at the same time as the spine. Photos 1 -3 only had its edge showing and the matrix is really hard so the engraver came out, yeah it still works. Held my breath and went for it and managed not to break what I think is some turtle shell, it is 4cm long and 4mm thick. I am reluctant to prep the other side and remove all of the matrix as I do not want to ruin it completely. It is not much to look at but for the size of the fragment. The photos are self explanatory. The following ones are from the same rock at the other end. A chunk of bone, maybe part of a jaw it is 3.5 cm long. It was not until I prepped it that the tiny jaw 1cm long with 6 teeth sockets appeared to one side, one socket has a broken tooth in it, not my fault. Initially I only saw the end, I thought turtle shell as the profile was V shaped suggesting an edge. I dare not try to uncover it anymore It could be a small croc or maybe Amia which is known from the same matrix which is part of the Atherfield Clay formation, I really have no idea. Any experts out there please jump in with what you think it is. Cannot post it in finds as I cannot ID it, sugar.
  18. Hi, I work at a fossil shop in Moab U.T., and for the life of me, I can't figure out what species or period it's from. I have reason to believe it's from China, but I can't confirm this. This has been on my mind for a long time, and any help would be greatly appreciated!
  19. Fossil is 3 feet long and found in peru.
  20. Hot NSR Trip!

    Hot long NSR trip. My legs are sore lol. Nice variety today including attached verts, bison tooth, mosasaur verts, multiple fish jaw sections, turtle shell, gastropods etc.
  21. Desert find

    I found this piece out here in the NM desert while walking our dogs.....we are the only ones that live out here so I'm not sure how this got here...or has it always been here under the sand?Can anyone tell me if this is anything?It looks like a turtle egg but is solid
  22. Portsmouth Island, not fossil yet

    Portsmouth Island soon to be fossils, (maybe) whale turtle
  23. Ancient Reptile Bone?

    Hello, everyone. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. I found this fossilized bone in a creek outside of Austin. On a separate occasion I found a very nice Mosasaur vert in the same area (literally a few feet away from where this was found). It looks to be a vertebra, but two people (Paleontologists) have looked at it, but feel that it's NOT from a Mosasaur. Possibly from a turtle? Can anyone offer any thoughts?
  24. So I have had a lot of interest in the three turtles we pulled out of the quarry this year. While we are not ready to unveil them completely, here are a few pictures during the prep process to tantalize. Both the Xrays and a small pic or two. Xrays do not show everything so you have to use your imagination about what is in the rock. The first pictures are of the little turtle my dad found. Species is currently being evaluated, it is about 6 inches long. Next are pictures of one of the two large turtles we found on top of each other, separated by only inches. It is a trionyx, possibly Apalone, approximately 4 feet long . The other large turtle is a Chisternon, nearly 4 1/2 feet long.. That was an exciting weekend. I will post more when Prep is complete. Seth
  25. Baenidae non det.

    Might be Chisternon undatum Leidy, 1872, but turtles that size are almost impossible to determine.