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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

      Cockroach

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Insecta Linnaeus 1758
      Order: Blattida Latreille, 1810
      Family: Fuziidae Vršanský, Liang & Ren, 2009
      Genus: Parvifuzia Guo & Ren, 2011
      Species: Parvifuzia peregrina
      Jiulongshan Formation
      Daohugou Bed
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: None
      Daohugou Village
      Ningcheng County
      Inner Mongolia
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2548
      • 1 comment
      • 172 views

      Spikefish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygii
      Order: Tetraodontiformes
      Family: Triacanthodidae
      Genus: Carpathospinosus
      Species: Carpathospinosus propheticus
      Menilite-Krosno Group
      Menilite Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Oligocene
      International Age: Rupelian
      Jamna Dolna
      Bieszczady County
      Subcarpathian Voivodeship (Province)
      Poland
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1797
      • 3 comments
      • 221 views

      Cockroach

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Insecta
      Order: Blattaria Latreille 1810
      Family: Raphidiomimidae Vishnyakova 1973
      Genus: Graciliblatta
      Species: Graciliblatta bella
      Jiulongshan Formation
      Daohugou Bed
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      Daohugou Village
      Ningcheng County
      Inner Mongolia
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2521
      • 0 comments
      • 279 views

      Jellyfish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Cnidaria
      Class: Scyphozoa
      Order: Indet.
      Family: Indet.
      Genus: Indet.
      Species: Indet.
      Elk Mound Group
      Mount Simon Sandstone or Wonewoc Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Furongian
      Krukowski Quarry
      Marathon County
      Wisconsin
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Cn2537
      • 0 comments
      • 222 views

      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
      • 194 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
      • 440 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
      • 348 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
      • 278 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
      • 298 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
      • 419 views
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