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Found 274 results

  1. Where do I belong?

    Got this on a hunt today. Mid. Miocene, Round Mountain Silt Member, Temblor Formation. California. It is 5cm long, 3.5cm wide, 2cm thick. I am presuming whale, but don't really know. It seems strange to me in that the channels that would carry nerves or blood vessels are going perpendicular to the way it would set in the spinal column. One of the channel openings looks to be partially fused off which may have pinched nerves or blocked off blood supply. Any thoughts as to where on the critter it belonged and if indeed it is whale or not?
  2. The title is rather self explanatory looking for a contact, someone in an institution such as museum or university who has some specialty in vertebrae paleontology from the Jurassic era. Any help is greatly appreciated I Have already contacted Joseph Sertich from the Denver museum of science but have received nothing back (nearly a month ago) and the possibility he is away on a field expedition currently and might not be back for some time. Thanks as always Matt
  3. After a month of needle work, finally finished. This cluster is 65x30cm and I love it, lots of work but I just enjoyed it so much that I am sad it is finished Nothing to work on now This was my first work on a fossil and even though quite scary, very rewarding. I am definitely not stopping here. Besides 29pc of shark vertebrae I managed to expose many other fish vertebrae and bone fragments but the highlit must be an Enchodus tooth. Thank you all for your advise and helpful info on this project.
  4. https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/national/newly-discovered-titanosaur-fossil-had-a-heart-shaped-tail https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/mnyamawamtuka-new-dinosaur-valentines-day-heart-shape-tail-bone-a8778331.html https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/a26312599/titanosaur-new-dinosaur-species-mnyamawamtuka-moyowamkia/
  5. Cen. Fla fossil

    Looking for help IDing this one that was donated to Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis, FL (just about in the very middle of the state). i believe it was found around here. Thank you
  6. Is this a vertebra?

    I found this vertebrae(?) Sunday, January 13th, 2019 in Myrtle Beach, SC. I think it's mammalian but I'm still relatively new to collecting fossils. Can anyone help me identify this?
  7. psittacosaurus

    Any idea where i could acquire a psittacosaurus skeleton?
  8. Small Marine Vert

    I was out land hunting with a friend and his daughter yesterday in the pouring rain and 60 degree weather. When the rain lets up, the winds would gust adding a chill to the whole endevour. . Sloshing thru the mud puddles picking up fossils, it does not get better than this. Basically, we are hunting a middle miocene marine environment. 99% of all fossil finds are shark, whale (earbones, verts, bones, teeth), dolphin, dugong, rays and fish (tilly, mouthplates, etc). There are Equus teeth. I also found one of those yesterday. So this seemed unusual for the location. I hope TFF experts can help me narrow down what it is and is not...
  9. Hi friend, I am working on a cluster of shark vertebrae and need advice on preservation. I have decided to clean up the whole sample and expose some of the fragments of different bones which are in the matrix surrounding the vertebrae. I need to stabilize the whole sample after I finish but I can't get here in Czech republic Butvar b76 as many people recommend. Can I use PARALOID B72 or AKEPOX 1005? Will I be able to apply paraloid with a brush and is it even suitable for this? Can you please advise or recommend other product?
  10. Looking to find out as much about this vertebrae piece found at Calvert Cliffs, MD.
  11. Barosaurus prep

    These past few months I've been working on the weekends as part of a team of amateur and professional paleontologists to prepare a large Barosaurus at the Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi, UT. From October to January I have worked on two large vertebrae from this adult Barosaurus. I believe we won't know the gender until we begin work on the pelvis but not to many of these species have been uncovered so we'll have to compare some other models. It's been a very rewarding journey so far. Here's a couple of pictures of preparation work with a Paleo Tool Air Scribe (forgot the model but one of the larger ones) in October. I'll try to get some before and after photos as we're making tremendous progress on these vertebrae. Behind me is a large 9-ton jacket containing a group of Utahraptors and an herbivore (sand pit). I'm not allowed to post any photos of that but the sickle claws and raptor teeth are a very impressive sight. FYI I realize this isn't as finite or fragile a work as the prep jobs @Malcolmt or @Ptychodus04 do but hey it's a start. Working on the vertebrae's. A near complete vertebrae is on the bottom right. I now wear a mask since the matrix particles are so fine and can get into your lungs and eyes. On the wall above me is a skeletal layout of an adult Barosaurus. The red filled in portions indicate the bones we've already recovered. The pelvis, back femurs, feet, and an assortment of vertebrae. The head is yet to be found and might not be in this jacket. Up close of the vertebrae. Another angle Another angle with some near complete tail sets behind me. If you look closely you'll see some completed vertebrae in the background. Another angle Working from behind the glass so viewers can come see. This is a rewarding, volunteer based opportunity where I feel like I can give back to the community. Occasionally I'll poke my head out to educate those passing by. The youngsters really like this exhibit. Smiling for the camera. Fossil description is on the bottom left. The nine ton sleeve containing the Utahraptors is directly behind me. Another angle This might be my favorite. It shows most of the vertebrae lined up. This photo was taken back in October and I'm amazed at how far it's already come along. Really excited to post some closer photos and will compile a time lapse. A bit fuzzy but another angle Another angle Another angle Another angle (yes I'm wearing my Penn Dixie fleece FYI @DevonianDigger)
  12. Otodus vertebrae

    This week I willl be collecting these Otodus Obliquus vertebrae cluster. It's from Morocco and the size is about 65x30cm, there is 24 vertebrae and the biggest one is around 7cm diameter. There is still lots of matrix on the vertebrae so I was planning to finish cleaning it all. I will like your opinion on this. Should I do it, how difficult is it going to be? I like it the way it is already but I am sure it can be finished better. Is it worth trying?
  13. Calvert Cliffs Mystery Vertebrae

    In addition to a trip to Flag Ponds this week, I was also able to spend a couple of hours at Calvert Cliffs State Park where is found the following peeking out from the clay at the surf. I’ve been doing some research but am coming up empty. Any ideas?
  14. Possible whale vertebra? It's huge!

    Hi everyone I found this huge, possible vertebra today and would really like some help with the ID. I'm thinking it might be a whale. I'm not too sure but I think the area is Miocene but I also see references to Cretaceous. This is from the South Island of New Zealand. It's about 10inches wide (25cm). Thanks!
  15. Recently you could find "many" bones and teeth in a "Bonebed" in a quarry near Buttenheim in Germany. Too bad I was a bit too late to search in this Bonebed. As I was there it was still possible to find something but the layer was buried under about 1 meter dirt. So I couldn't really find something there. All bones and teeth come from the Toarcian. This thread of @Kasia inspired me to buy some teeth and bones from there too. So thank you for the inspiration Here are my acquirements: I bought three Steneosaurus (crocodile) teeth: The first one is about 1. 3 cm long: Detailed: The next one is a big one with a length of 2 cm. This one was found in Altdorf: The last one is damaged and small (0.8 cm long) Beside of these Croc teeth I also bought some Ichthyosaur material from there: A 1.1 cm long tooth which could be quite nice if someone didn't glued it that bad... I am not sure what I will do with this one because there seems to be another tooth in the matrix and I will maybe try to break it and glue it a bit better. Too bad the teeth are extremely fragile so I am not sure what I will do... And another small Ichthyosaur tooth with a length of 0.6 cm: And last but not least three small Ichthyosaur vertebrae: All three are a bit bigger than 2 cm. All in all I have to say that I am quite satisfied with my purchase expecially because I didn't had to pay too much money for them. Thanks for viewing
  16. Hello, I am looking for help identifying a specimen collected during field work for my dissertation. The piece was collected from the Lower Oxford Clay (jason zone) in Peterborough, Cambs. I suspect that it is Ischyodus egertoni, but am not positive whatsoever! Any thoughts would be appreciated Cheers, Jacob.
  17. This weekend's finds

    This weekends finds!
  18. Finds of the weekend!

    Hello everyone First, thanks for responding to my posts, and sorry they haven't been up to par. I, like most people do appreciate feedback because I learn something sometimes. I'm posting just a few of my finds from this weekend. This time I'm only asking,please, that if you are not 100 percent, don't comment please. I know what I've been finding, my wife seen it first hand today, and I seriously feel that this area hasn't had anything like this. Call me whatever you may wish! There are no other stones but headline stones at my property. A major amount of earth was removed to build up the levee on which our 50 acre lake depends on , if that says anything about the amount of dirt, clay. So, these were found about a mile from the Middle Fork, Salt Fork, and those 2 combined the Vermillion River in Rural Vermillion County. More to come!
  19. Is this a dugong vertebra?

    Ok now that I'm getting the hang of this site, I'm trying to do more of my own research. And my amateur sleuthing wants to say this is a dugong vertebra - even though it seems a bit larger than other things I've seen. How am I doing? Thanks! (Found on Myrtle Beach today.)
  20. North Sulfur River vertebrae ID

    I believe it is a vertebrae. Found in Ladonia Fossil Park. Any Ideas?
  21. What am I

    I picked this up in a box of junk from an auction. I believe its a whale vertebrae its quite heavy it measures 20cm x 11cm does anybody know is it a fossil and what is it from if its not a whale. If it is a whale do you know what kind it could be
  22. Last Friday and last Sunday I visited the quarry Mistelgau in Bavaria. Its since 2005 abandoned and a very beautiful geotop. But you can still find fossils there! It's possible to find various Jurassic fossils like ammonites, gastropodes, marine reptile bones .... I was mainly interested in finding some Ichthyosaur bones and all in all I was quite successful. Here is a picture of the quarry: Belemnits can be found everywhere ... I found 6 Ichthyosaur vertebrae and 5 paddle bones. The vertebrae: The two associated vertebrae are my favourite ones. Unprepped: And prepped: The preparation wasn't too easy. It took 3 or 4 hours. Some more detailed pictures of vertebrae: Unprepped: Prepped:
  23. My finds from North Sulphur River near Ladonia on Saturday, December 22. The weather was great, the water was low and competition was moderate. Pleasant surprise finding an arrowhead. The little vert and the plate-like bone were both found near the Hwy 34 bridge.
  24. Can anybody tell what this vertebra is from? I believe it's from Kem Kem. *would this be a rib cage vert?
  25. Finally got a few hours to hunt around my local creek, I had found one mosasaur vert once before there so I decided to dig farther into the wall to see if there was more, to my surprise there was, the first one came out okay but the second one was really really crumbly. First one first
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