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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

      Bowfin

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Amiiformes Hay 1929
      Family: Amiidae Huxley 1861
      Genus: Amiopsis
      Species: Amiopsis lepidota
      Weissjura Group
      Altmühltal Formation
      Hybonoticeras hybonotum Zone
      Lithacoceras riedense Subzone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Tithonian
      Wintershof
      Eichstätt District
      Bavaria
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch811
      • 2 comments
      • 76 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Pycnodontiformes Berg 1937
      Family: Gyrodontidae Berg 1940
      Genus: Gyrodus
      Species: Gyrodus sp.
      Calcaires blancs de Provence Formation
      Neochetoceras mucronatum Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Tithonian (late)
      Canjuers-Les Besson
      Var (departement)
      Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
      France
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1869
      • 3 comments
      • 166 views
      Kingdom: ANIMALIA
      Phylum: CHORDATA Haeckel, 1874
      Class: ACTINOPTERI Cope, 1871
      Order: IONOSCOPIFORMES Grande and Bemis, 1998
      Family: OPHIOPSIDAE Bartram, 1975
      Genus: Ophiopsiella
      Species: Ophiopsiella procera
      Weissjura Group
      Altmühltal Formation
      Hybonoticeras hybonotum Zone
      Lithacoceras riedense Subzone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Tithonian
      Blumenberg
      Eichstätt District
      Bavaria
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch12
      • 2 comments
      • 268 views

      Ibis

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Aves Linnaeus 1758
      Order: Pelecaniformes Sharpe 1891
      Family: Threskiornithidae Richmond 1917
      Genus: Rhynchaeites
      Species: Rhynchaeites messelensis
      Messel Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Lutetian
      Grube Messel
      Messel near Darmstadt
      Hessia
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch141
      • 10 comments
      • 417 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Aeduelliformes Heyler 1969
      Family: Aeduellidae Romer 1945
      Genus: Neslovicella
      Species: Neslovicella elongata
      Vrchlabí Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Permian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Cisuralian
      International Age: Asselian
      Košťálov
      Krkonoše Piedmont Basin
      Bohemia
      Czech Republic
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2140
      • 1 comment
      • 177 views

      Sponge

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Porifera Grant 1836
      Class: Demospongea Sollas, 1883
      Order: Protomonaxonida Finks & Rigby, 2004
      Family: Hazeliidae De Laubenfels, 1955
      Genus: Crumillospongia
      Species: Crumillospongia biporosa
      Wulongqing Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Series 2 Epoch
      International Age: "Stage 4"
      Gaoloufang
      Kunming Town
      Yunnan Province
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Po2674
      • 0 comments
      • 153 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygii
      Order: Perciformes
      Family: Moronidae
      Genus: Cockerellites
      Species: C. liops
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Eocene
      Instone Quarry
      Kemmerer
      Wyoming
      United States
      • 0 comments
      • 78 views
      Kingdom: Plantae Haeckel 1866
      Phylum: Aneurophytophyta Bold 1973
      Class: Archaeopteridopsida Takhtajan 1978
      Order: Archaeopteridales Zimmermann 1930
      Family: Archaeopteridaceae Nicholson and Lydekker 1889
      Genus: Archaeopteris
      Species: Archaeopteris sp.
      Comblain-la-Tour Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Famennian
      Poulseur (District)
      Comblain-au-Pont
      Province de Liège
      Belgium
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Pfl2669
      • 0 comments
      • 140 views

      Stylophora

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: ECHINODERMATA Klein 1754
      Class: STYLOPHORA Gill and Caster, 1960
      Order: ANKYROIDA Parsley, 1998
      Family: LAGYNOCYSTIDAE Jaekel, 1918
      Genus: Lagynocystis
      Species: Lagynocystis pyramidalis
      Šárka Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Darriwilian
      Rokycany
      Okres Rokycany District
      Plzeň Region
      Czech Republic
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ec2173
      • 0 comments
      • 146 views

      Eel

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Anguilliformes Greenwood et al. 1966
      Family: Urenchelyidae Hay 1903
      Genus: Abisaadia
      Species: Abisaadia hakelensis
      Sannine Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Cenomanian
      Hgula
      Byblos (Jbeil)
      Mount Lebanon
      Lebanon
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2472
      • 2 comments
      • 179 views
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