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    Welcome to The Fossil Forum Collections Reference Museum! 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 Reference Museum

      Image Taxonomy Stratigraphy Time Scale Location Statistics
      Kingdom: Plants
      Phylum: Lycopodophyta
      Class: Lycopodiopsida
      Order: Lepidodendrales
      Family: N/A
      Genus: Diaphorodendron
      Species: N/A
      Carboniferous
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Carboniferous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      DNR
      Russia
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Mammalia Linnaeus 1758
      Order: Perissodactyla Owen 1848
      Family: Pachynolophidae Pavlow 1888
      Genus: Plagiolophus
      Species: Plagiolophus annectens
      Lower Carbonate and Evaporite Formation (LCEF)
      MP17A-MP18 mammal zones
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Priabonian (early to middle)
      Saint-Hippolyte-de-Caton (Village)
      Alès (Arrondissement)
      Gard (Département)
      France
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2189
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Class Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Aspidorhynchiformes Bleeker, 1859
      Family: Aspidorhynchidae Nicholson & Lydekker, 1889
      Genus: Belonostomus
      Species: Belonostomus sp.
      Tlayúa Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Albian
      Tlayúa Quarry
      Tepexe de Rodriguez (Town)
      Puebla (State)
      Mexico
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2565
      • 2 comments
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille, 1829
      Class: Trilobita Walch, 1771
      Order: Redlichiida Richter, 1932
      Family: Ellipsocephalidae Matthew, 1887
      Genus: Ellipsocephalus
      Species: Ellipsocephalus hoffi
      Jince Formation
      Ellipsocephalus hoffi–Paradoxides (Rejkocephalus)–Lingulella Biozone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Miaolingian
      International Age: Drumian
      Jince (Village)
      Okres Příbram (District)
      Středočeský kraj (Region)
      Czech Republic
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar150
      • 0 comments
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      Pearl Oyster

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Ostreida
      Family: Pteriidae
      Genus: Pterida
      Species: sp.
      Monmouth Group
      Mt. Laurel Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      Reedy Point (North Side)
      New Castle
      Delaware
      United States
      Catalog #: RPN21-057
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      Long-legged Fly

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: Insecta Linnaeus 1758
      Order: Diptera Linnaeus 1758
      Family: Dolichopodidae Latreille 1809
      Genus: indet.
      Species: indet.
      Prussian Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Eocene
      Primorskoje (Open Pit Mine)
      Yantarny (Village)
      Kaliningrad Oblast (Region)
      Russia
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2453
      • 3 comments
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: Incertae sedis
      Order: Incertae sedis
      Family: Parvancorinidae Glaessner 1979
      Genus: Primicaris
      Species: Primicaris larvaformis
      Qiongzhusi Formation
      Eoredlichia Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Series 2 Epoch
      International Age: Stage 3 Age
      Chengjiang (County)
      Yunnan (Province)
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2512
      • 0 comments
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      Lance Lacewing

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: Class Insecta Linnaeus 1758
      Order: Neuroptera Linnaeus 1758
      Family: Osmylidae Leach 1815
      Genus: Indet.
      Species: Indet.
      Jiulongshan Formation
      Daohugou Bed
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: None
      Daohugou (Village)
      Ningcheng (County)
      Inner Mongolia (Province)
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2562
      • 0 comments
      • 53 views

      Lanternfish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Myctophiformes Regan 1911
      Family: Myctophidae Gill 1893
      Genus: Oligophus
      Species: Oligophus moravicus
      Menilite Krosno Group
      Menilite Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Oligocene
      International Age: Rupelian
      Futoma (Village)
      Rzeszów (County)
      Subcarpathian Voivodeship (Province)
      Poland
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2560
      • 0 comments
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Ophidiiformes Berg 1937
      Family: Bythitidae Gill 1861
      Genus: Propteridium
      Species: Propteridium sp.
      Menilite Krosno Group
      Menilite Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Oligocene
      International Age: Rupelian
      Futoma (Village)
      Rzeszów (County)
      Subcarpathian Voivodeship (Province)
      Poland
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2558
      • 0 comments
      • 195 views
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