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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.


    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

      Palm Wood

      Kingdom: Plantae
      Phylum: Angiospermae
      Class: NA
      Order: Arecales
      Family: Arecaceae
      Genus: Palmoxylon
      Species: Palmoxylon sp.
      Contra Costa Group
      unknown formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Miocene
      International Age: Tortonian
      Orinda
      Contra Costa County
      California
      United States
      • 1 comment
      • 110 views

      Inarticulate Brachiopod

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Brachiopoda
      Class: Craniata
      Order: Craniida
      Family: Craniidae
      Genus: Crania
      Species: Crania modesta
      Naco Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Carboniferous
      Sub Period: Pennsylvanian
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Moscovian
      Canyon Creek
      Gila County
      Arizona
      United States
      • 4 comments
      • 367 views

      Tyrannosaurus rex

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Avetheropoda
      Family: Tyrannosauridae
      Genus: Tyrannosaurus
      Species: Tyrannosaurus rex
      Hell Creek Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      Garfield County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: C(HC)TR3
      • 0 comments
      • 268 views

      Stromatolite

      Kingdom: Bacteria
      Phylum: Cyanobacteria
      Class: N/A
      Order: N/A
      Family: N/A
      Genus: N/A
      Species: N/A
      Chalk Canyon Formation?
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Miocene
      Carefree
      Maricopa County
      Arizona
      United States
      • 0 comments
      • 214 views

      Productid Brachiopod

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Brachiopoda
      Class: Strophomenata
      Order: Productida
      Family: Productidae
      Genus: Bellaclathrus
      Species: Bellaclathrus spinosus
      Schnebly Hill Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Permian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Cisuralian
      International Age: Kungarian
      Forest Lakes, south of
      Gila County
      Arizona
      United States
      • 5 comments
      • 226 views

      Elephant Shrew

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Mammalia Linnaeus 1758
      Order: Macroscelidea Butler 1956
      Family: Amphilemuridae Hill 1953
      Genus: Pholidocercus
      Species: Pholidocercus hassiacus
      Messel Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Lutetian
      Messel Pit
      Darmstadt-Dieburg District
      Hessia
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch138
      • 8 comments
      • 325 views

      Alligatoroid

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia Laurenti 1768
      Order: Crocodylia
      Family: Alligatoridae
      Genus: Diplocynodon
      Species: Diplocynodon sp.
      unknown formation
      Mammal Neogene zones MN4–MN6 (biochronological zone)
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Miocene
      International Age: Langhian, late
      Gračanica coal pit
      Bugojno City
      Central Bosnia Canton
      Bosnia and Herzegovina
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1752
      • 3 comments
      • 229 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Echinodermata Klein 1754
      Class: Rhombifera Zittel 1879
      Order: incertae sedis
      Family: Pleurocystitidae Neumayr 1889
      Genus: Pleurocystites
      Species: Pleurocystites squamosus
      Simcoe Group
      Kirkfield Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Sandbian - Katian
      Brechin, Carden Quarry
      Simcoe County
      Ontario
      Canada
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ec1730
      • 2 comments
      • 200 views

      Avisaurus

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Aves
      Order: Avetheropoda
      Family: Avisauridae
      Genus: Avisaurus
      Species: Avisaurus archibaldi
      Hell Creek Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      Garfield County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: C(HC)AA1
      • 7 comments
      • 171 views

      Lizardfish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Aulopiformes
      Family: Ichthyotringidae
      Genus: Ichthyotringa
      Species: Ichthyotringa cf. furcata
      unknown formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Cenomanian, late
      Ain el Kerma (town)
      Jebel Tselfat (ridge)
      Fès-Meknès (region)
      Morocco
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2290
      • 0 comments
      • 193 views
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