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  3. First attempts at taking pictures with a microscope

    Hey everyone - it's the Amateur Paleontologist After some time, I'm finally back on TFF A while back, I bought for myself a microscope so that I could take more detailed pictures of fossils. The microscope is a Veho VMS-004. Over the past few weeks, I made some attempts at taking some pictures of fossils - what do you think? Nicely preserved, ~10mm tall teleost fish tooth which I collected this summer at the Late Cretaceous chalk of Møns Klint (Denmark). Arm hooklets of a Belemnoteuthis (squid) specimen, from the Jurassic of Wiltshire. Specimen NHMUK 88603, in the Natural History Museum (London) collections. Each hooklet measures 3-5mm long. That's all I've got for now, but I'll take more pics in the future -Christian
  4. Burgess Shale Still Has Fossils

    Doesn't sound interesting enough to subscribe. Don
  5. Tube-like objects found on CA beach

    Hi all! I’m hoping to solve a mystery. I find these objects pretty regularly along the San Mateo coast of Northern California. I’m not even sure they’re fossils, but the bluffs above the beach are part of the Purisima Formation with plenty of fossils from the late Miocene to early Pleistocene so I thought it would be worth a try. They look to be made of compacted sand, like a concrete, but laid down in layers, with a more robust top with lines that have some shell-like material. Most pieces I found have this triangular shape that look like they might have formed tubes. All the pieces I’ve found look like they would have a similar diameter. I’ve never found any smaller. They’re pretty uniform. And common. Since I first noticed them a couple of months ago I find them every time I’m on the beach. They could be the result of a geologic process, but I’ve asked every beachcomber, zoologist, and marine biologist I can can find and no one can tell me what they are.
  6. Rock identity?

    How fun! I think we have a coral on the reverse side. Can you provide a close-up of the lower left quarter of the specimen where the structure looks like coral cells?
  7. Is this bryozoan or just rock

    I know the feeling.
  8. identification resources/skelton charts/pics

    There is so much material out there, and so much life to have reference for. I think you're gonna have to be more specific. But if you want dinosaur skeletal drawings. Scott Hartman does some really good schematic drawings of dinosaur skeletons. https://www.skeletaldrawing.com/
  9. Is this bryozoan or just rock

    Thank you for the input! I usually don't pick that stuff up but it's a sloppy snow/mud day so I thought doesn't hurt to drop them in my pocket and post some pictures. Thanks again
  10. identification resources/skelton charts/pics

    I know we can post pics of fossils and ask the forum members to help identify them but I would love to have a resource to browse through pics and professional skeleton diagrams. I have been searching for some good visual resources to identify fossils, in particular bones. I've seen some academic skeleton diagrams in some posts that basically map out in detail all of the bones of dinosaurs and other vertebrate fossils but I don't know where to find those diagrams online. I would also be interested in just a general catalog of detailed pictures of fossils. If anyone can share a link to any useful websites I would appreciate it.
  11. Rock identity?

    Sure. Here it is.
  12. Possible skull?

    I know its highly unlikely but the more I look at this the more I'm convinced it's a fossilised skull. It seems to have a clear line where mouth should be and it's very symmetrical. Any help with identification (or refution) would be greatly appreciated.
  13. Is this bryozoan or just rock

    Sorry. I think these are.
  14. Tooth ?

    Thanks. At least now the delay seems justified.
  15. Adam's Ordovician.

    Yup, pretty well with this matrix. Here's the other species of Vinlandostrophia I've identified from my Lawrenceburg bits. Low fold, deep sulcus, 7 plications on either side of the fold and the medial rib in the sulcus is slightly larger than the two lateral plications. This is V. laticosta. This specimen is a bit squashed but it goes to show how careful one must be with the prepping. The shells are really thin.
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  17. Thanks! I see your through your whacking thread that you are starting up again, too. Those are always interesting posts. Are you doing your freeze thaw outside or inside? I have a few containers in my backyard. I put them out during the cold spell we had a few weeks ago. Cheers, Rich
  18. Let's see your latest mailbox score!

    Marvelous prize. Love the scaphopod and the fusilinids while the hermit crab is very smart of @David in Japan
  19. @stats Rich you are having a good time with those concretions- beautiful finds.
  20. Let's see your latest mailbox score!

    @Pagurus that’s a lovely Japanese collection of fossil. @David in Japan fantastic prize indeed.
  21. I got my secret santa package in the mail! no
  22. Asteracanthus ornatissimus (Agassiz) Peterborough Member of the Oxford Clay Callovian - jason subzone Whittlesey, Cambs, UK Absolutely giant tooth collected some time ago, a highlight of my collection! -more pictures to follow
  23. Tooth ?

    Yeah it’s an iron concretion
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