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  2. Spinamacropyge daliensis ZHU, 2005

    Correct - thanks for the other two references. I have listed Zhu 2016 only as a general reference to the Guole (Sandu formation) site. Also interesting: http://trilobites.1fr1.net/t2257-chine-formation-de-sandu-gisement-d-hewen-guole
  3. Show us your plastic dinosaur

    Cute! I can relate to the omnomnomnivore!
  4. Show us your plastic dinosaur

    Future arachnologist, perhaps? I had hoped my middle son would become an entomologist, based on his childhood fascination with insects. That didn’t happen. Lol
  5. McKittrick bird limb bones....but from what?

    These are tibiotarsi, and the ID key consists of 36 yes/no questions (such as "Shallow sulci posterior to both internal and external condylar ridges"). The key, correctly used with the bones in hand, can lead you to the Family. Maybe. I think the Tarsometatarsus (last one, in matrix) may be a raptor. what is its exact length? The humerus looks a lot like Barn Owl. Without having them in hand, the above is meant to be a good starting point for further research.
  6. Need to Repair Plant Fossil in Shale

    Where is it from to give a better idea for ID?
  7. Spinamacropyge daliensis ZHU, 2005

    Spinamacropyge is not included in Zhu et al. 2016. There are only two citations for this taxon with the description in Zhu 2005 and Zhan et al. 2010 reporting it in the 'Faunal Affinity' section. Zhu, X. 2005 Trilobite Faunas from Cambrian Upper Furongian of Guanxi with special notes on malformation, dimorphism, and function of eye ridges. PhD Thesis, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 224 pp. Zhan, R., Jin, J., Rong, J., Zhu, X., Han, N. 2010 Late Cambrian brachiopods from Jingxi, Guangxi Province, South China. Alcheringa, 34(2):99-133
  8. Hogtown Creek finds

    First picture, left side might be croc or gator, I'll let others more familiar answer that. The "mystery" next to it I believe is a catfish spine.
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  10. Show us your plastic dinosaur

    My grandson loved to watch that show when he was young, but now at 5 years old, he would rather watch spider videos, he is fascinated with them.
  11. Show us your plastic dinosaur

    I hadn’t heard of “Dinosaur Train” until now. I just watched a clip online. It looks like a really cute show for children. It does have a rather catchy theme song.
  12. Syracuse New York area?

    Thanks! Always want to be sure when a spot is listed as private property
  13. Tiny Hell Creek Theropod Tooth

    I hate to say it is without a good look of the shape of the base and a full mesial carina.
  14. So, I am formally stating my quest to find all of the echinoids (of Texas at least...let's not be silly) I live in Central Texas and we are blessed with an abundance of fossils. My first fossiking was in Cherry Creek, behind my house, in Austin. Although I did not really do much since those early days, now it has become my main hobby. I have collected a pretty dang nice collection of all kinds of Cretaceous creatures but echinoids are my favorite with ammonites a close second. I have decided to make it my goal to find all the species of Texas Echies I can find in my lifetime. So far I have hundreds of heart urchins, (Hemiaster, Pliotaxaster and Heteraster), a fair number of Loriolas and Salenias, a couple of Phymostomas and one very very worn Tetragramma. I have been making forays to Canyon Lake to find some of the more "unusual" urchins. These are my finds of the last couple of weeks. They are not great specimens but I am totally excited about them anyways. Hopefully I will eventually find some better quality ones, but hey, gotta start somewhere. For an avid amateur like myself (who is still trying to figure out how to recognize formations and zones and not having much luck at it) its exciting to stumble across something a bit different. Goniopygus and Pygopyrinas
  15. Help Identifying Bones From Morocco

    Yeah this does not look right at all. It's unlikely these bones belong together. Definitely not Spinosaurus, the colour and sediment is all wrong for that. The bones show wear that does not look entirely natural and as JohnJ pointed out as well the matrix looks smeared, which is a clear indication it has been tampered with. Typical botch job from Morroco.
  16. What is so special about the Keichousaurus?

    Right, and back in the 80's to maybe early 90's, numerous skeletons of Mesosaurus (Early Permian of Brazil) were available for sale and a number of those were also beautifully intact. Sometimes, an artful preparator dug out a limb or two (pressed against and underneath) and repositioned it to make the specimen more saleable. The Brazilian government stopped export of fossils sometime in the 90's. Some Triassic pachypleurosaur skeletons from Switzerland were also for sale during the 80's.
  17. UKGE vs the others

    Yes, I spend also a lot of time watching the birds I'm looking for Dromaeosaur, I read they were "close to" the actual bird. It's really interesting But we are quite limited to collect fossils of Maniraptor clade
  18. Tiny Hell Creek Theropod Tooth

    Thanks, not sure if I want a maybe. I'll have to think about it. Here is another view. What's needed for a sure ID is distance from the base of the mesial carina to the gumline, right? Sadly that appears to be either not preserved or covered up.
  19. Hogtown Creek finds

    Hey everyone, Here's some of my finds at Hogtown Creek in Gainesville, FL. I'm pretty confident those are some juvenile meg teeth. Both found next to each other in some heavy clay deposits, which explains the coloration. I was hoping maybe I could soak them in something to bring out the enamel color.. Any ideas? Not sure about the other fossils. Is that some sort of prehistoric cephalopod? The fossil next to it is smooth on the bottom, and I can only describe it as looking like an upside down mushroom. On the other picture, someone else told me the one was a crocodile tooth (what kind??). The one next to that is a complete mystery - but a very cool looking find. It's broke, but the back has two sharp points. Any help you can provide in ID'ing these fossils would be greatly appreciated!! Sam
  20. Show us your plastic dinosaur

    Hi BLT, I don't remember that song (found it on youtube) nor Art Barduhn but then I was in kindergarten when we were still going to the moon. Maybe six years ago, I was flipping through channels looking for something my youngest niece could watch (she was about 4 at the time) and stopped on "Dinosaur Train" on PBS just as the show was starting with the theme going. She started singing along and knew all the words. I applauded when the song ended and asked her how she knew it. Her brother used to watch the show and she is quick to pick up on songs. I think it was 15-20 years ago that Ron Schmidtling recorded "Dino Sounds," a collection of sings for kids about various prehistoric animals. He sold the CD at Tucson and performed (singing, playing guitar) at museums. Jess
  21. Need to Repair Plant Fossil in Shale

    I would use a thick superglue (cyanoacrylate) only apply the glue to the centre of the break as it will spread when clamped. To much glue and it will keep the break apart almost like bricks and mortar. Champing you’re have to be very careful maybe rubber bands will work well but I am not sure how fragile the rock is so I can’t help with this. Don’t rush it and I think it will go back together nicely. Good luck Bobby
  22. Show us your plastic dinosaur

    Here's a view of the Life issue I have from 1959 (found a photo on the web of a copy in better shape):
  23. Is this a blastoid?

    I agree it’s probably not a blastoid. It’s actually not very covered in sediment and the end is almost bulbous when you look closely. Do you think it could be the end?
  24. Is this a blastoid?

    looks like the basal cup of a crinoid calyx to me
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