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Hey guys. I am a new member and currently an 18-year-old freshman college student. I am currently going through basics but as a kid, I loved dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. I recently have thought about changing my major from biology to paleontology. I am a fossil collector and hope to collect hundreds of examples of prehistoric life. As I said I'm a fossil collector but a novice at it. I know relatively what a given organism is but I want to know, if possible, the species. If they are completely unidentifiable, no worries. I might add that all of these fossils did not have locations of where they were found except the starfish which was found in Morocco. I'm making a log of all my fossils and want to know the genus of each individual one. I have linked a google drive folder with all the images of the ones I would like identified if possible. Feel free to message me with any questions or just to get to know me. I'm open to making friends with fellow lovers of life. Thanks.

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1m0QB8pmy-snZYujwb6Fy06flKsRxQK3E

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Introducing where the fossils were found

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Utera

I might add that all of these fossils did not have locations of where they were found except the starfish which was found in Morocco.

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grandpa
4 minutes ago, Utera said:

I recently have thought about changing my major from biology to paleontology.

Hello Utera, and a big WELCOME to TFF from Austin, Texas - Hook 'em!;) 

I love your love of life.  I am an elder student of life myself. 

Having been a freshman,  a sophomore (literally - wise fool) most of my life, I'd like to offer that at 18 and a freshman, you are in just the right place to be asking what you really want to major in.  Let the process develop without forcing it or worrying about it.  If you lose your path along the way, don't quit searching, you will find it again.  Just follow your passion.  And remember - double majors are certainly not unheard of, especially when it comes to such closely related subjects as biology and paleontology.  AND - with either of these majors you will want to think about an advanced degree to get the most bang for the buck.  That opens the door to research that can combine both of the interests for a fruitful research project. 

Enjoy your college years, study hard, keep your nose clean, but  do have sensible safe fun along the way, and you will do fine and find your direction.

 

(I sound like a . . . ) Grandpa:)

 

P.S.  Oklahoma is a great place for fossils, and OK they have an alright football program too. :D

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Rockwood

I hope you don't mind me saying that it sounds to me as if you should do your own homework.

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Kane

If you could post the photos directly here, that would be ideal as third-party links tend to expire over time which would render this thread of little value in future. Some of our members are also not inclined to click on third-party links to view photos that might be better viewed here. Thanks, and welcome. :) 

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hemipristis
5 hours ago, Utera said:

Hey guys. I am a new member and currently an 18-year-old freshman college student. I am currently going through basics but as a kid, I loved dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. I recently have thought about changing my major from biology to paleontology. I am a fossil collector and hope to collect hundreds of examples of prehistoric life. As I said I'm a fossil collector but a novice at it. I know relatively what a given organism is but I want to know, if possible, the species. If they are completely unidentifiable, no worries. I might add that all of these fossils did not have locations of where they were found except the starfish which was found in Morocco. I'm making a log of all my fossils and want to know the genus of each individual one. I have linked a google drive folder with all the images of the ones I would like identified if possible. Feel free to message me with any questions or just to get to know me. I'm open to making friends with fellow lovers of life. Thanks.

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1m0QB8pmy-snZYujwb6Fy06flKsRxQK3E

 

I started out in bio and considered paleo, but soon realized that I like to eat and have a roof over my head.  Instead, I went into "soft rock" (sedimentary) geology, and took paleo courses as electives.  This avenue has provided 25 years of gainful employment in the environmental field as a hydrogeologist.  Had the oil and gas field been anything more than anemic earlier in my career, I might have gone into it.  Interestingly, my paleo interest  has helped me with my job, and my job has helped me with my fossil collecting.  

 

If you like microfossils or molluscan fossils (one of my interests), it can indeed be of great value in the oil & gas or environmental field in terms of lithologic logging during well drilling.

 

Feel free to PM me if you'd like some advice

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Utera
3 hours ago, Kane said:

If you could post the photos directly here, that would be ideal as third-party links tend to expire over time which would render this thread of little value in future. Some of our members are also not inclined to click on third-party links to view photos that might be better viewed here. Thanks, and welcome. :) 

I had tried that but all of the images are too big to be posted here.

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Fossildude19

Posting photos here for posterity and to avoid broken links.

 

Looks like some typical Moroccan stuff, except for the "cockroach" (Cricket? ) that may be from China.

 

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caldigger

It looks like at least 4 out of 5 of your items are from Morocco.  Not sure on the insect.

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Fossildude19
4 minutes ago, Shamalama said:

Dave

 

Edit: Fossildude is faster than me at editing!

 

Good to see you on again, Dave. :) 

Thanks: you just made my day. 

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Shamalama
7 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

 

Good to see you on again, Dave. :) 

Thanks: you just made my day. 

Been distracted and busy. Pseudo lurking these days but wanted to help out. :)

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caldigger

I think the ammonite ( judging from the rainbow nacre ) looks to be from Madagascar. 

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caldigger
1 minute ago, Shamalama said:

Been distracted and busy. Pseudo lurking these days but wanted to help out. :)

Pseudo lurking?  You're either lurking or your not.  :heartylaugh:

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Shamalama
4 minutes ago, caldigger said:

Pseudo lurking?  You're either lurking or your not.  :heartylaugh:

:ninja:

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Shamalama
7 minutes ago, caldigger said:

I think the ammonite ( judging from the rainbow nacre ) looks to be from Madagascar. 

I think you are correct.

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Ludwigia

Ammonite 1: Cleoniceras

Ammonite 2: Goniatites

Echinoid: Clypeus

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Utera

Thank you to Ludwigia, caldigger, shamalama, fossildude19 and thanks to everyone who has helped me out. I very much appreciate it. 

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