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    Welcome to The Fossil Forum Collections! This section is intended to be a database for our members to archive and document distinctive fossil specimens in their collections. It will help our community turn their personal collections into a useful database for fossil identification. A virtual museum, of sorts. In addition, the CRM will also serve to educate those new to paleontology about the importance of proper research and documentation. If you want assistance making an entry, please contact one of our CRM Curators.


    The amateur community has always played a vital role in the science of paleontology.  That impact cannot be overstated.  As an example, our members have donated countless significant fossils for academic study.  Some of these fossils were determined to be undescribed, new species; others added new knowledge of unknown morphology or distribution.  Odds are, many of us have very important specimens within our collections, and we may not realize it.  So, if you have good, focused images of specimens that exhibit defining characteristics, we hope you add to this archive and contribute to our mutual understanding of the past.





    Latest Fossils in Collections

      Image Taxonomy Stratigraphy Time Scale Location Statistics

      Sawfly

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: Insecta Linnaeus 1758
      Order: Hymenoptera Linnaeus, 1758
      Family: incertae sedis
      Genus: Prolyda
      Species: Prolyda elegantula
      Jiulongshan Formation
      Daohugou Bed
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Callovian to Oxfordian
      Daohugou (Village)
      Ningcheng (County)
      Inner Mongolia (Province)
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2847
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      Silky Lacewing

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: Insecta Linnaeus 1758
      Order: Neuroptera Linnaeus 1758
      Family: Osmylopsychopidae Martynova, 1949
      Genus: indet.
      Species: indet.
      Jiulongshan Formation
      Daohugou Bed
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Callovian to Oxfordian
      Daohugou (Village)
      Ningcheng (County)
      Inner Mongolia (Province)
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2805
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      • 49 views

      Liopleurodon ferox

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Plesiosauria
      Family: Pliosauridae
      Genus: Liopleurodon
      Species: Liopleurodon ferox
      Oxford Clay Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      Orton Brick Pit
      Oxford Clay, Peterborough
      United Kingdom
      • 0 comments
      • 134 views

      Ichthyosaur

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Haeckel, 1874
      Class: Reptilia LAURENTI, 1768
      Order: Ichthyosauria DE BLAINVILLE, 1835
      Family: Mixosauridae BAUR, 1887
      Genus: Barracudasauroides
      Species: Barracudasauroides panxianensis
      Guanling Formation
      Nicoraella kockeli Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Triassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Anisian (Pelsonian)
      Luoping County
      Yunnan Province
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2885
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      • 160 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel, 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope, 1871
      Order: Peltopleuriformes Lehmann, 1966
      Family: Platysiagidae Brough, 1939
      Genus: Platysiagum
      Species: Platysiagum sinensis
      Guanling Formation
      Nicoraella kockeli Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Triassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Anisian (Pelsonian)
      Dawazi Village
      Luoping County
      Yunnan Province
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2887
      • 0 comments
      • 156 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Pycnodontiformes Berg, 1937 sensu Nursall, 2010
      Family: Mesturidae Nursall 1996
      Genus: Mesturus
      Species: Mesturus verrucosus
      Weissjura Group
      Painten Formation
      Hybonoticeras beckeri Zone
      Lithacoceras ulmense Subzone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Tithonian
      Rygol Quarry
      Painten
      Bavaria (state)
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2220
      • 2 comments
      • 168 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: incertae sedis
      Family: Turseoidae Bock 1959
      Genus: Pteronisculus
      Species: Pteronisculus macropterus
      Beaufort Group
      Sakamena Formation
      Lystrosaurus and Cynognathus Zone
      Fish and Ammonite Horizon
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Triassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Dienerian
      Ambodipo
      Antsiranana Province
      Diana Region
      Madagascar
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1917
      • 1 comment
      • 89 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichthyes
      Order: Lamniformes
      Family: Otodontidae
      Genus: Otodus
      Species: Otodus angustidens
      Ashley Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Oligocene
      Dorchester County
      South Carolina
      United States
      Catalog #: TFFFL08
      • 3 comments
      • 167 views

      Angelshark

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Chondrichthyes Huxley 1880
      Order: Squatiniformes Buen 1926
      Family: Pseudorhinidae Klug and Kriwet 2012
      Genus: Pseudorhina
      Species: Pseudorhina alifera
      Weissjura Group
      Altmühltal Formation
      Hybonoticeras hybonotum Zone
      Subplanites ruepellianus Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Tithonian
      Sappenfeld
      Eichstätt (District)
      Bavaria (Province)
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2750
      • 5 comments
      • 207 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Perciformes Stirton 1953
      Family: incertae sedis
      Genus: Hypsiprisca
      Species: Hypsiprisca sp.
      Green River Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Ypresian
      Kemmerer
      Wyoming
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1711
      • 0 comments
      • 668 views
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