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Singapore Fossil Collectors 2017 End-Year Gathering!

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Hi everyone, and Happy New Year! Singapore Fossils Collectors just had our end year gathering at a new location! As usual, there was food, there was laughter, there was trade, and there were so many fossils! Feast your eyes upon Calvin's personal museum collection.

 

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First up, a genuine Dimetrodon from USA. There are some restorations to the skull and bone, but the vast majority is original material.

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A high-quality Ichthyosaurus cast

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Stegodon tusk, various shark jaws, whale vert, mammal bones etc. The tiger skull is a cast, thankfully

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Plesiosaur skull from Goulmima

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Various amazing material. An authentic baby Psittacosaurus. Ammolite with mosasaur bites. Xiphactinus jaw. Pliosaur tooth etc.

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More interesting stuff, especially the large hadrosaur skin impression in the middle, and the Tylosaurus jaw behind

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Various casts on the top level. A mix of various dinosaur material, claws, lobster, teeth etc. The item that fascinates me the most is the Spinosaurid tooth from Thailand

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Again a mix of fossils, with a croc jaw on the top, inverts in the middle, and dino ribs at the bottom

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Calvin's Triceratops corner. A trikes rib, frill and baby horn

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An enormous museum-prepped egg that left me flabbergasted. It's not real, but the eggshells are genuine.

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An authentic and droolworthy sabertooth tiger skull

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A Carch jaw

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Allosaurus jaw. Holy ****

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Elephant bird egg

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A baby Dromaeosaur with some composited bones

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Casts of an Ankylosaurus and Oviraptor skull

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Captorhinus skeleton. Very handsome fossil

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Mixture of relics from modern horseshoe crab to preserved snake to triops fossil to trilobites

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Went to Calvin's toilet and saw this genuine Mesosaurus. Truly, there are fossils everywhere

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Scattering of Moroccan fossils in his study room

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T-Rex tooth on the left, 5-incher Carch tooth on the right

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Giant Kangaroo bone from Aussie

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Turtle shell from China

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Croc scute and Ankylosaur scute

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Just look at the wall! I can't even list all the fossils I see here. On the top you have an Eurypterid, ammonites, Liaoning insects, crustaceans crabs. On the middle you have Aussie material, amber, opal fossils(crazy expensive), on the bottom you have a hadrosaur egg, a titanosaur egg that was once mine, and an oviraptor egg

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More of his amazing study room

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Just look at that plesiosaur paddle! You also have various dino claws(partially restored), plesiosaur vert, cave bear paw, mammoth bones etc

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In love with his giant Solnhofen insects

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His Meganeura(giant dragonfly) cast

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Foozil

:faint:I'm speechless... (almost) This collection would have been amazing to see IRL! Spectacular! Thanks for sharing, now I have something to keep me up tonight :P 

Happy new year, too! :) 

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Troodon

Another excellent gathering. Always nice to see all the Singapore collectors together.  Like the new venue, Calvin's collection is quite a showcase.  Thanks for posting.

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Tidgy's Dad

Happy New Year! :)

Most museums would be proud of that collection! 

Golly  ! ! ! 

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snolly50

I enjoyed seeing that collection. Congratulations on another successful gathering of enthusiasts. 

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PFOOLEY

Oh my...

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Spinosaurus

:popcorn: good stuff to start of 2018

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caldigger

Wow, you kids don't fool around! Those are some serious fossils. 

I would imagine any top notch museum would clamber for such specimens.

Please continue to delight us with your future meetings.

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WhodamanHD

:drool:waaaa? I feel a fossil coma coming on....:faint:

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LordTrilobite
6 hours ago, -Andy- said:

A real baby Dromaeosaur

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I've seen closeups of this specimen before. To me something looked very wrong on it. I suspect this might be a partial real specimen with a lot of sculpting going on, especially on the skull.

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Sagebrush Steve

Amazing collection!

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ynot

What a way to spend a day!

Thanks for the tour.

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8 hours ago, LordTrilobite said:

I've seen closeups of this specimen before. To me something looked very wrong on it. I suspect this might be a partial real specimen with a lot of sculpting going on, especially on the skull.

 

I was told the same thing by another expert who examined the fossil. But Calvin confirmed that the dealer had showed him pics of the excavation and the entire prepping process, so he's sure of its authenticity.

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fossilized6s

Wonderful!! Thanks for sharing this. It's always great to see fellow fossil enthusiasts getting together and sharing knowledge, hunting stories, breaking bread and exchanging material. 

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Troodon
1 hour ago, -Andy- said:

 

I was told the same thing by another expert who examined the fossil. But Calvin confirmed that the dealer had showed him pics of the excavation and the entire prepping process, so he's sure of its authenticity.

https://fossilcollector.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/dromaeosaur/

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Nimravis

@-Andy- like all of the other years, great post. Love the pics, what an amazing collection. What did you get in your trades?

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43 minutes ago, Nimravis said:

@-Andy- like all of the other years, great post. Love the pics, what an amazing collection. What did you get in your trades?

 

This was the first year where I got nothing haha. Overspent recently, and I am still saving for Tucson. But there certainly were many fossils I was eyeing, especially Calvin's 5-incher Carch. Pity he's not selling.

 

2 hours ago, Troodon said:

 

Thanks Troodon. What are your honest thoughts on this specimen? As said, another expert expressed doubt about the skull, so I am curious as to what you think. 

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Troodon
5 hours ago, -Andy- said:

 

Thanks Troodon. What are your honest thoughts on this specimen? As said, another expert expressed doubt about the skull, so I am curious as to what you think. 

Well I gave you a way out with that article but here are my thoughts.  The article was very convincing nothing was done to the skeleton and that may be spot on.  So did he receive an already altered or fabricated skull.  When you compare the skull to images of an adult it looks very fake.  Yes you are comparing an adult to a baby still the fine features are missing.  For example: teeth are wrong, proportions off, nasal is way off.   The skull is missing a Premaxillary, no maxillary to pre-max separation, the dentary is one solid piece missing pits, ridges etc,  it goes on and on.

I do not see the elements that make up a skull or the sutures that connect them.

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LordTrilobite
8 hours ago, Troodon said:

Yes these are the closeup photos I was talking about. I completely agree the skull just looks off. Better yet, comparing it to the skull of Bambiraptor might be a closer analog as it's a small bodied Dromaeosaur that some believe is a juvenile. Which is also not a very good match with this one. I think other parts of the skeleton also seem to lack some detail, like the dorsal vertebrae. Also I'm noticing now, that though the caudal vertebrae do look very much real, they are not consistent with Dromaeosaurids. There should be long thin zygapophyses running along the top and bottom sides of the caudal vertebrae. So I think this might be a composite and possibly not a Dromaeosaurid.

 

Bambiraptor skull.

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Velociraptor tail with lots of thin zygapophyses running along the length of much of the tail.

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51 minutes ago, Troodon said:

Well I gave you a way out with that article but here are my thoughts.  The article was very convincing nothing was done to the skeleton and that may be spot on.  So did he receive an already altered or fabricated skull.  When you compare the skull to images of an adult it looks very fake.  Yes you are comparing an adult to a baby still the fine features are missing.  For example: teeth are wrong, proportions off, nasal is way off.   The skull is missing a Premaxillary, no maxillary to pre-max separation, the dentary is one solid piece missing pits, ridges etc,  it goes on and on.

I do not see the elements that make up a skull or the sutures that connect them.

 

Thanks Troodon. We are all here to learn. Calvin doesn't come to the forums, but he told me before to inform him if any of his fossils were problematic. I once kept mum when I saw a misidentified fossil in someone's collection, and I was aghast when I later saw that fossil was sold to another friend at a hefty price.

 

As always, if you spot a problem fossil in my collection, please call me out.

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