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And entirely mounted the Psittacosaurus looks like this. 
I ordered the skeleton in february but there were quite a lot of delays, but luckily it arrived today and it was well worth the long wait. 
Really love the skeleton and it looks amazing in the room, my first mounted skeleton for the collection! :D 

 

Psittacosaurus replica, Jiufotang Formation, Liaoning Province, China.
Cretaceous, 120 mya

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beside the skeleton I also ordered 2 more replica's from the same company.

 

A Deinonychus antirrhopus claw, Cloverly Formation, Colorado, USA

Cretaceous, 110 mya

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It has recieved a nice place among my other claw replica's

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The other replica was that of a Bambiraptor feinbergi skull, Upper Two Medicine Formation, Montana, USA

Cretaceous, 72 mya

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Quite a difference cin size compared to the Spinosaurus skull ;) 

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ziggycardon

And this is how they enchance the fossil room, the skeleton really is a nice add to the room! :) 

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PaleoNoel

Nice pickups- Just a note, the Edmontosaurus from the Hell Creek is E. annectens while E. regalis is slightly older and from a different formation (Horseshoe Canyon fm. from Alberta).

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14 hours ago, PaleoNoel said:

Nice pickups- Just a note, the Edmontosaurus from the Hell Creek is E. annectens while E. regalis is slightly older and from a different formation (Horseshoe Canyon fm. from Alberta).

Thanks for pointing it out!
Don't really know how that error managed to slip in when making the cards since I have it labeled correcty in my fossil excel sheet, but I'll change it the next time I'll make new cards. :) 
 

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It has been a bit quiet with collection updates these past few months and that is simply due to the fact that may or may not have to do with the fact that I have spend a little bit too much money on fossils. :D 

 

But these past few days have been all about fossils again! :) 

 

Last saturday I went on my first ever fossil hunting trip with the BVP (Belgische vereniging voor Paleontologie) to Eben-Emael in Belgium. 

It's a limestone quarry only a 20 minutes drive away from me. The quarry is part of the formation of Maastricht, and lies only 3,5 km away from the historic ENCI quarry in Maastricht, the famous type location for the Maastrichtian.
Here are most of the finds from the trip after I mostly cleaned & prepped them.

 

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A large Pteria approximata which I recieved from one of the leading members of the BVP during the trip

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My favorite bivalve find of the trip, a Neithea regularis

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A nice oyster imprint on limestone

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A small brachiopod, Trigonosemus pectiniformis

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Multiple Scaphopoda & Polychaeta fossils. 
Some of the bigger ones are Pyrgopolon mosae.

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A large oyster I haven't been able to ID properly

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Some more oysters, all probably Acutostrea uncinella

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The first fossil I stumbled upon on the trip and so my first ever fossil I found which also probabely is Acutostrea uncinella

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My best find from the trip, a Serratolamna tooth

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A very nice Hemipneustes striatoradiatus that I got from @Manticocerasman during the trip

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Another Hemipneustes striatoradiatus I am currently prepping, but it is very fragile, so I might not prep it out entirely.

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Multiple pieces of crab/lobster claws, probably all belonging to Mesostylus faujasi

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A flint pipe, which was formed when the ancient burrows of Decapoda were filled with Silicon dioxide which later formed these flint pipes in the limestone.

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2 Belemnites (Belemnitella sp.)

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And a trace fossils called "Lepidenteron lewesiensis" which are the scales & remains of fish. 

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And here is how I am currently displaying all those new finds! :) 

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And today I also recieved two parcels with fossils I've ordered!

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A belemnite (Belemnitella junior) from the now closed ENCI quarry in Maastricht, the Netherlands (Cretaceous, 70 mya)

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Multiple Nummulites in sandstone, found in Montagne du Grand'ru, Compiegne, France (Eocene, 47 mya)

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Skolithos linearis worm burrows, a stray fossil from Lathum (The Netherlands) that originated from Sweden (Cambrium, 530 mya)

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A Reindeer antler (Rangifer tarandus) found in Overijssel, the Netherlands (Pleistocene, 20 000 years old)

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A huge whale vertebrae found in the North Sea (Pleistocene, approx. 1 mya).

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A Sikhote-Alin meteorite found in Sikhote-Alin, Russia (Fell on 12-02-1947)

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A Utahraptor ostrommaysorum manus claw replica by John Mac.
Unfortunatly John will soon stop to manufacture the smaller replica's like claws & teeth to focus more on the larger projects.
A pity since he made the best fossil replica's out there but I am looking forward to see more of his bigger projects, so this is probably the last claw replica I'll get from him.

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The claw looks great between my other dinosaur claw replica's

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And I also funded a kickstarter project from another company that produces fossil replica's, the same one where I got my Psittacosaurus skeleton from. 
If the kickstarter reaches it's goal they will start producing Composagnathus fossil replica's & mounted skeletons. If they reach their goal I shall recieve a cool composognathus skull & hand replica somewhere around the new year. :) 
I might even buy a full skeleton to display alongside my Psittacosaurus when I have saved up some money.

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I got some new and very exciting fossils in the mail today! :D 

A Tragoceras falcatum fragment from an old collection, found in Siljan in Sweden (Ordovician)

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An Unidentified crystalized brachiopod, age and location unknown.

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My first Solnhofen fossil, a Perisphinctidae ammonite from an old collection found in Malm Zeta, Solnhofen Limestone, Germany (Jurassic, 150 mya)

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A Sperm whale tooth (Physeter macrocephalus) found in Antwerp, Belgium (Pliocene)

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A Steneosaurus bollensis tooth from an old collection (both negative & positive) found in the Posidonienschiefer, Holzmaden, Germany (Jurassic, 180 mya)

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My first North American Mosasaur fossil, a Mosasaur vertebra (possibly Tylosaurus) found in Taylor Group, North Sulfur River, Fannin County, Texas, USA (Cretaceous, 75 mya)

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And my favorite and rarest acquisition, a Pachyvaranus crassispondylus vertebra found in Ouled Abdoun in Morocco (Cretaceous, 70 mya) 
Pachyvaranus was a aquatic varanid, and although very little can be found of the species but what I've found matches with the vert I have! :) 

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A microscopic slide of Isua Greenstone, one of the oldest terrestrial rocks on earth and according to some even the oldest fossil on earth, although there is still a lot of debate wether it's geological of biological in origin. Nonetheless an amazing piece. 

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And the kickstarted for the Composognathus replica's got funded so I should get my skull and hand somewhere in the beginning of next year! :D 

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It's been I while since I was active on this forum, I was a bit buzy the last 2 months and I didn't have much time for left for fossils. 
But today I visited a local fossil fair called Paleotime and I did made up for the last 2 months that went without any new fossils. 

I bought quite a lot of new stuff, some very nice pieces which I had on my wishlist for quite some time! 
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A slab with some Stenopterygius ribs & vertebra found in the Posidonia Shale in Dotternhausen in Germany (Jurassic, 183 - 179 mya)

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A Balteurypterus tetragonophtalmus found in the Bagovitsa formation in Ukraine (Silurian, 427 mya)

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A spiny shark (Mesacanthus pusillus) found in Achanarras Quarry, Caithness, Scotland (Devonian, 385 mya)

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2 Igdamanosaurus aegyptiacus teeth found in the phosphate mines in Khouribga, Morocco (Cretaceous, 70 mya)

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The same slab also had a lot of bone, 1 more root without crown, another mosasaur tooth & a Ctetalamna tooth

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The Cretalamna tooth after removing it from the slab.

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A slab with mutiple Ginkgo adiantoides leaves, found in Sentinel Butte formation, Morton County, North Dakota, USA (Paleocene)

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A Squalicorax pristodontus tooth found in the Sibbe quarry (Maastricht area) in the Netherlands (Cretaceous, 70 - 66 mya)

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A Ptychodus mammilaris found in Bettrechies, Secap quarry, France (Cretaceous, 100 - 94 mya)

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Echinocorys sp. found in Lixhe, Belgium (Cretaceous, 70 - 66 mya)

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Manticoceras intumenscens found in Lompret, Belgium (Devonian, 365 mya)

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A Peyeria lybica denticle found in the Kem Kem beds in Morocco (Cretaceous, 95 mya)

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Phacopidina sp. trilobites found in Bretagne in France (Ordovicium)

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Neohibolites minima found in Wissant, France (Cretaceous, 113 - 100 mya)

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And this book from the last Mammoth symposium organised by the BVP

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Some photos of my newly aqcuired fossils on display in the fossil room!

 

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I did some more prepping on the Igdamanosaurus tooth block and while I did expose 2 fish verts and a few bone pieces. I was able to find a nice Enchodus tooth on the back of the block, right behind were I dug out the Cretalamna tooth.

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And while I am still have to think of a spot to place the finds of this saturday (and I still have to treat most of them with paraloid) I did however give our most prized find of the day (6,5 cm long C. hastalis tooth) a nice spot among my biggest shark teeth

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Misha

That euripterid is awesome!

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ziggycardon
3 hours ago, Misha said:

That euripterid is awesome!

Thank you, I am very happy with it, I've been wanting one even before I started my collection.  
It was the main reason I went to the fossil fair. :) 

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Misha
34 minutes ago, ziggycardon said:

Thank you, I am very happy with it, I've been wanting one even before I started my collection.  
It was the main reason I went to the fossil fair. :) 

I really want to get a euripterid too, but so far I don't know where I could either find one or purchase it at an affordable price.

Also,

Where did you get that cast that is right below it? I have been looking for due to the exceptional preservation of the arachnid but I can't find one anywhere.

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10 minutes ago, Misha said:

I really want to get a euripterid too, but so far I don't know where I could either find one or purchase it at an affordable price.

Also,

Where did you get that cast that is right below it? I have been looking for due to the exceptional preservation of the arachnid but I can't find one anywhere.

I know the pain, I was looking for one for quite some time before I bought this one.

Most ones that I saw available for sale were Eurypterus remipes from New York, but do to import cost they were a bit to expensive to my taste. 

I wanted a complete specimen, didn't need to be big, but I wanted to have both it's paddles and I didn't want to spent more than 200 euros on it.
I was lucky enough that there were a few eastern european vendors at my local fossil fair so for the first time there was quite a lot of choice on Eurypterids and I was lucky enough to pick up this little guy with both paddles and no reconstructions for quite a reasonable price that was within my budget. 

 

I had my best luck finding mine at a fossil fair, maybe next time you visit one, take some spare cash with you and who knows, you might end up as lucky as me :) 

 

The cast is that of an Eophrynus prestvicii which I was lucky enough to find for sale in my regular fossil shop, it had came from an old collection. 
Unfortunatly I have never seen one for sale since.

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Troodon

Nice adds and you do a great job displaying everything .  Good overall collection. 

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Wrangellian
14 hours ago, ziggycardon said:

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I had my best luck finding mine at a fossil fair, maybe next time you visit one, take some spare cash with you and who knows, you might end up as lucky as me :) 

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: You guys have some great fossil fairs over there! Nothing like them in my area. We have rock/lapidary shows but usually not many fossils available.

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19 hours ago, Troodon said:

Nice adds and you do a great job displaying everything .  Good overall collection. 

Thank you very much, I try very hard to make my fossil room look like a miniature museum :) 

5 hours ago, Wrangellian said:

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: You guys have some great fossil fairs over there! Nothing like them in my area. We have rock/lapidary shows but usually not many fossils available.

Yes, I definiatly can't complain about it. I can usually find what I am looking at the fairs :) 

One of the pro's of European fairs is that people from all over Europe come to sell their finds and luckily for us there are quite a few nice locations for fossils in Europe & Northern Africa. 
Although some vendors with North American material would be most welcome as well as those fossils are quite hard to find at fairs here.

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Wrangellian

Yes, the cost of shipping across the ocean hinders that a bit. We don't see a whole lot of European material over here, either. At least I don't, aside from a few trades I've done with European members (whereof I know the costs!)

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Carcharodontosaurus

An amazing collection of assorted curiosities. I especially love the marine reptile material. To have an entire room like yours is a goal of mine.

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