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This is huge and absolutely stunning :dinothumb: I want one :)

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ziggycardon
1 hour ago, Abstraktum said:

This thing is SO epic :faint:

The skull is literally as long as myself:headscratch:

 

So excited to see it in your room. Post pics ASAP when it arrives :D

Ooh yes it is! I know it's 1,80 meter in length but I still can't really picture it's size in my head, I think the size will blow me away when it arrives.
And yes ofcourse, I'll post pictures as soon as it arrives, probably one of me lying next to it to show it's massive size. :) 

39 minutes ago, rebu said:

This is huge and absolutely stunning :dinothumb: I want one :)

Yeah it's really amazing, it turned out great, I couldn't be happier with the result. 
I really can't wait for it to arrive. :) 

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Bobby Rico
4 hours ago, ziggycardon said:

replica is a breathtaking

Ziggy my friend I was just wondering when are you opening your museum to the public?  :rofl:

 

very impressive piece  :wub:

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19 hours ago, Bobby Rico said:

Ziggy my friend I was just wondering when are you opening your museum to the public?  :rofl:

 

very impressive piece  :wub:

Hahaha, I do get that question a lot lately. :D 
If I have to make a prediction I would say, probably 5 years after I marry and the house is full of fossils and the hobby has gotten out of hand and my wife says it's enough no more fossils in the house and I start building a fossil shed. :D 
I think it's safe to say that will be the moment when I should open up for the public. :) 

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Some little acquisitions I received today which I got for a good price at an online auction. 

A Trilobite trackway of 315 million years old found in the Hale Formation, Cane Hill Member, Washington County, Arizona, USA

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A little opal-replaced clam from Coober Pedy, Australia (135 million years old)

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More fossils will be coming the next few weeks as I am planning on placing quite a few large orders this month. 
After that I will slow down a little bit and keep myself to my usual monthly fossil budget. :) 

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Wrangellian
5 hours ago, ziggycardon said:

Some little acquisitions I received today which I got for a good price at an online auction. 

A Trilobite trackway of 315 million years old found in the Hale Formation, Cane Hill Member, Washington County, Arizona, USA


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This is nice... I have seen them from Alabama but not Arizona. I would have taken a stab at it if I had noticed it!

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10 hours ago, Wrangellian said:

This is nice... I have seen them from Alabama but not Arizona. I would have taken a stab at it if I had noticed it!

I think many had the same thoughts as you as there where 3 for auction and the other 2 where each snatched away during the bidding. I was lucky to win the last of the 3! :) 

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Wrangellian

Yeah, sometimes you get lucky, but usually I'm not: When there is something I want, everyone else wants it too, and they have deeper pockets!

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6 hours ago, Wrangellian said:

Yeah, sometimes you get lucky, but usually I'm not: When there is something I want, everyone else wants it too, and they have deeper pockets!

Yeah or they snipe at the auction the last second.

I won these 2 items but I lost a very amazing Mosasaur tooth when someone outbit me during the last 5 seconds of the bidding.

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Today I got a pleasant surprise in the mailbox! 
This amazing Iguanodontid caudal vertebra found in The Wealden Clays, Wessex Formation, The Wealden Group, Chilton Chine, Isle of Wight, UK (130 million years old), could be Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis or Iguanodon bernissartensis. 
I ordered it 3 days ago, but didn't expect it to arrive this soon! :) 

Very happy with this piece from the Isle of Wight was something that was very high in my collection wishlist. :) 
Always wanted to have an Iguanodon of Mantellisaurus bone as it's one of the dinosaurs that my country is famous for, and since there is no Bernissart bone bed material available for private collectors, this Isle of Wight bone is as close as it gets :) 
So happy me! :D 

 

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I currently have it displayed next to my Iguanodon claw replica, just have to print an information card for the vert! :) 

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Bobby Rico
6 minutes ago, ziggycardon said:

country is famous for,

Very nice pieces Ziggy. Yes Brussels has an  amazing  collection of finds.

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ReptileTooth

Cool vertebra! Iguadon has such big place in history of Paleontology :dinothumb:

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23 hours ago, Bobby Rico said:

Very nice pieces Ziggy. Yes Brussels has an  amazing  collection of finds.

Thank you! :)  
And yes they have, one of my top 3 favorite musea! 
During my student time when I studied animal care, we visited the museum with school and we had a guided tour through the invertebrate section of the museum as part of our "taxonomy" class. 
And I apparently impressed the guide so much with my knowlegde on living invertebrates, that she offered me a job to take care of the living invertebrates that they had I a special room in display in the museum! 
Still kinda regret not taking that opportunity, cause I think that would have been amazing! :) 

 

21 hours ago, ReptileTooth said:

Cool vertebra! Iguadon has such big place in history of Paleontology :dinothumb:

Thank you! 
And they indeed do, that's why I love them so much! Always wanted to have some genuine bone material of them, but never really though that I'd get my hands on one! :) 

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Even Marley, our cat, is impressed by it! :D 

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On 3/3/2019 at 12:17 AM, ziggycardon said:

Yeah or they snipe at the auction the last second.

I won these 2 items but I lost a very amazing Mosasaur tooth when someone outbit me during the last 5 seconds of the bidding.

I hate to do it but it works. It's the only way I've been able to get anything.

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Yesterday I got one of my biggest fossil deliveries when it comes to quantity! :)  
It was a little bit a mix of fossils, microfossils, meteorites, volcanic samples and historical artifacts and a book.
It was so much in one shipment I was even a little bit overwhelmed by it :) 
So here they are, most of them are part of a collection and some of them are probably not properly ID'd, will start a topic on those (mainly the Bull Canyon material & some Permian pieces)

I was all quite a filler on my desk
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A snappin turtle lower jaw (Chelydra serpentina) found in River gravel of Gilchrest County, Florida (Pleistocene), if anyone is familiar with this location, feel free to share the aprox. age of the fossil found there, cause I can't really find much info on the age of the pleistocene fossils from that fossil location
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A Hemiauchenia macrocephala tooth found in River gravel of Gilchrest County, Florida (Pleistocene)

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A Maiasaura peeblesorum coprolite, found in the Two Medicine Formation, Montana, USA (75 million years ago)

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A Koskinonodon perfectus tooth found in the Bull Canyon formation, New Mexico, USA (227 - 208 mj)

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The newest additions of my permian collection! 
3 Orthacanthus platypterus teeth, found in the Wellington garbar complex, Waurika, Okhlahoma, USA 
Both my oldest and my smallest shark teeth in the collection! :) 

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Edaphosaurus boanerges sail spine & caudal vertebra found in Archer City Formation, Red Beds, Archer County, Texas, USA

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Dimetrodon limbatus sail spine, found in Wellington garbar complex, Waurika, Okhlahoma

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ID'd as a juvenile Dimetrodon limbatus claw, but not very sure about that one, but nonetheless an amazing little permian claw :) 

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A collection of Eryops megacephalus fossils, a piece of dermal armor, a toe bone, a tooth and a skull plate. (But not sure all belong to Eryops)

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The current permian collection display in my showcase cabinet

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And here are the newest additions to the Hell Creek collection
Lepisosteus fossils, a scute, skull plate, teeth and vertebra found in the Hell Creek Formation, Montana, USA (66 million years old)

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Borealosuchus fossils, 2 teeth and a scute, found in the Hell Creek Formation, Montana, USA (66 million years old)

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A cretaceous mammal incisor that belonged to Altacreodus magnus, found in the Hell Creek Formation, South Dakota, Buffalo, USA (66 million years old)

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A cretaceous mammal upper premolar that belonged to Alphadon marshi, found in the Hell Creek Formation, South Dakota, Buffalo, USA (66 million years old)

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And my current Hell Creek display
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A small Anolis sp. jaw & bone, found in the Brooksville 2 site in Florida, USA (28 million years old)
These fossils were found in fissures in an ancient cave system.

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A meteorite shocked belemnite fossil, found in the Norlinger Ries impact crater in Germany.

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A very nice cut Michelinoceras michelini found in Erfoud in Morocco (390 million years old)

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A piece of fossil material of Rhynie Chert, Dryden Flags Formation, Scotland, UK (396 million years old)

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And got these 2 microscope slices (for when I finally get my microscope)
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And I also ordered a lot of microfossils and matrix vial for when I get myself a microscope in the next 2 - 4 months.


I got 3 vials of permian material from Waurika, Oklahoma,
1 vial of permian material from The red beds of Archer County, Texas
1 small vial of Conodont rich Mississippian material from the Chappel Limestone formation, Texas
1 small vial of Cretaceous Lower Gault Clay, East Wear bay, Folkestone, Kent, UK
and a micropalaeontology slide with Jurassic Blue Lias matrix rich in holothurian material.

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I also got this book to help me ID my permian finds when I get my microscope

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Japanese star sand, Hoshizuna beach, Okinawa, Japan

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And I bought a lot of Triassic microfossil material from the Bull Canyon formation as I simply love the Triassic period. 
Now I know the Bull Canyon formation isn't that well described so I am aware some of the ID's are possible wrong, but I'll start a special topic for that in the ID section of the forum with better photos of said specimens as I know there are a lot of knowledgeable people on this forum :) 

A tooth listed as Sphenodont (Rhynchocephalia indet.)
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3 teeth listed as Revueltosaurus (Pseudosuchian)
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3 teeth listed as Arganodus lungfish teeth
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A tooth listed as Therapod indet.
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2 teeth listed as Pseudopalatus which is a junior synonym of Machaeroprosopus (phytosaur)

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And for the rest is got these 3 Volcanic samples

Green Olivine rich sand from the Pu'u Mahana cinder cone, Hawaii

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Obsidian rich sand from Mt. Kilauea, Hawaii

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Very fine volcanic ash from Mount Quizapu, Chile
from the eruption of August 9, 1967

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I also got this amazing Carbonaceous meteorite
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And a small vial of Microtektikes from the Hell Creek Formation in Montana (66 million years old) 
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And for the rest I got some cool historic artefacts
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And that was the entire delivery! 
Well almost... the seller forgot to send a Frankstown collection with multiple shark teeh, fish & ray fossils and a croc scute. 
So I'll get that somewhere next week and I am looking forward to it! :) 

I must say it quite a difference with the mailbox score of 2 days before where I got my largest fossil item vs my smallest now :) 
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Troodon

Wow lots of nice additions to your collection.  My favorite has to be that Spinosaurid skull, it's pretty cool and looks great... congrats

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PaleoNoel

That's quite a mailbox score! Love the bull canyon triassic and TX/OK Permian and the HC Mammal teeth. Hopefully next dig season I'll find a tooth from one.

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13 hours ago, Troodon said:

Wow lots of nice additions to your collection.  My favorite has to be that Spinosaurid skull, it's pretty cool and looks great... congrats

Thank you! The Spino skull definitely has become the pride of the room now :) 

11 hours ago, PaleoNoel said:

That's quite a mailbox score! Love the bull canyon triassic and TX/OK Permian and the HC Mammal teeth. Hopefully next dig season I'll find a tooth from one.

Thank you, they were formations and time periods that really interested me and I am happy to have started a collection of them :) 
I hope to see your finds here on the forum if you discover some of them, fingers crossed :) 

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Tidgy's Dad

Tremendous collection. :)

I really love the microfossils at the end. 

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