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  1. Australian Paleontology

    Possible Horsetail Fossil?

    Recently I found this plant fossil at the Late Triassic aged Blackstone Fm, Queensland, Australia. I think it’s a horsetail but I’m not certain.
  2. Australian Paleontology

    Personal Paleo Reconstructions

    Hey, everyone! These are some of my paleo reconstructions I've done recently, and I thought I may as well share them here. Btw if you want to use them, the top to are both under CC BY-SA 4.0, so theres that. Enjoy! Firstly here we have a skeletal reconstruction of Eomurruna yurrgensis, a small procolophonid from the Early Triassic, Arcadia Formation of Queensland, Australia
  3. Tidgy's Dad

    Adam's Cambrian

    A rangeomorph holdfast trace fossil from the Ediacara formation, Rawnsley quartzite of the Flinders Range, South Australia. This specimen is Medusina mawsoni, so called because it was until recently thought to be a jellyfish, but is now believed to be the attachment point of a fractal rangeomorph as Charniodiscus is the point of anchorage for Charnia sp. This one may have been the holdfast point for some species of Rangea. The diameter of the outer circle is 1.5 cm and the fossil is estimated to be 555 million years old.
  4. Foozil

    Australia's Largest Trilobite

    Thought I'd post this interesting new paper which describes Australia's largest species of trilobite so far documented. Described are 16 species of trilobite, including two new genera and five new species, all from the Amadeus Basin in the Northern Territory. One is even named in honour of my father and I, Iridis schoonorum LINK
  5. Paleontologists have classified a a new species of Titanosaur, Australotitan cooperensis, found in 2007 in South-West Queensland. It is the largest dinosaur ever discovered in Australia. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-57394830 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/07/world/australia/new-dinosaur-species.html
  6. Bugabob

    Opal filled bone (?)

    Here’s a different kind of possible opal fossil from Australia. This was found in Winton, not lightning ridge. See the next post for the story behind it. I hope the opal fossil collectors and experts on here will weigh in with their opinions.
  7. MarcoSr

    Stromatolites

    Two highly polished, end cut Stromatolite agate achats from the Mátra mountains, Gyöngyöstarján, Hungary from the Miocene, 20 million years ago that I recently purchased. These are the first Stromatolite fossils that I’ve added to my fossil collection. I’m posting a few pictures to show the incredible colors in these pieces. End Cut (1) ( 543grams 103mm by 102mm by 35mm) End Cut 2 (166grams 75mm by 45mm by 45mm)
  8. Bobby Rico

    New Crocodile

    An eight-million-year-old crocodile skull discovered in central Australia is now believed to be part of an extinct species new to scientists. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-57139281
  9. Duppa

    Fossil or strange rock?

    Hi All, I found this strange looking rock in a creek bed in central Queensland. I've never seen anything like it before. Maybe fossilized coral of some type? There are opal fields and dinosaur fossils in the area. Sorry about the blurred photos, my phone is just about stuffed. Thanks
  10. 2 days ago I found a beautiful jet black fossilised great white shark tooth almost 4cm long on a Sunshine Coast beach. I think it may be a lucky find as we’ve combed the beach for a few days now at low tide and nothing more to be found. I haven’t been able to find anything about finds in this area either. Not sure if anyone knows if it is a rare thing here?
  11. From the album: fish

    Leptolepis gregarious Woodward, 1895.Late Jurassic.Merrygoen Ironstone, Purlawaugh Formation. Farrs Hill, Uarbry. New South Wales.Australia
  12. goldsmacker

    Opalised Dino Tooth? Pic Heavy

    Hello everyone I have recently obtained an opal parcel of rough to cut into gems from the opal fields at lightning ridge Australia, however right before I was about to grind this one rough opal something stood out. I remembered walking in the natural history museum in Sidney Australia and noticed the opalized teeth of varies animals/dinos etc. This one was just like one I had seen many years ago. I cleaned it only; no polish just water and a soft paintbrush as not to alter it. From my research, I found a possible match a Hypsilophodon it lived in the area where lightning ridge opals are fo
  13. Keljay777

    What are these

    Can anyone please tell me what these are? Found in a quarry in Australia I have a lot of unusal shape rocks from there. 20210311_090719.heic
  14. Chingazzin1

    Unknown Fossil Please Help Identify

    Hi I have a fossil I found while exploring an area near Dubbo NSW australia. I taught it was just petrified wood until I cleaned it and notice on one end has colour and looks like it could have fish fins on the side. The length is 300mm and width is at its widest point 180mm. It was just sitting on side of a dirt track and also has another part to it which I will pick up next time I'm out that way again. Any help in identifying what I have here would be much appreciated as I wouldn't have a clue other than what I think it is. Thanks
  15. rcarino.brutal

    Carcharodon carcharias or Otodus

    Is it from a great white? 1.5 inches and was found in Australia.
  16. oilshale

    Agathis jurassica White, 1981

    One of the common coniferous plant fossils found at the Talbragar site is Agathis jurassica. The genus Agathis is extant, representing a small group of some 21 species mainly distributed in Australasia, belonging to the same family (Araucariaceae) as Wollemia. Together with a fishtail. Key references: White. M.E., 1981a. Fish beds reveal lush fossil forest. Australian Natural History 20 (7), 227-230. White. M.E., 1981b. Revision of the Talbragar Fish Bed Flora (Jurassic) of New South Wales. Records of the Australian Museum 33 (15), 695-721. Woodward,
  17. TheSilverWolf98

    Mineral or Fossil?

    Hi all. Yesterday, I went on my first fossil hunt in about fourteen years. Went back to one of my old haunts, Jan Juc beach on the south coast of Victoria, Australia (Oligocene deposit - mostly mud and sandstone). I was expecting to find the usual - sea urchins, small crabs, coral, sponges etc. Instead I found a big, dark thing. A thing is all I can describe it as - buried in sandstone with the eroded top showing, I initially thought it could be a toe, or maybe some petrified wood. Once I moved the boulder to my garden and attacked it with a small hammer, what popped out was a little puzzlin
  18. Hello, I might be going on a week long trip to Lismore, NSW soon. Are there any fossil sites/places to look within an hour (any direction) from Lismore?
  19. McLean, G., 2017. A ‘mystery fossil’ is evidence for massive Devonian trees in Australia. Records of the Australian Museum, 69, pp.101-118. https://journals.australian.museum/mclean-2017-rec-aust-mus-692-101118/ https://media.australian.museum/media/Uploads/Journals/37694/1661_complete.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  20. The Massive Genome of The Lungfish May Explain How We Made The Leap to Land The open access paper is; Meyer, A., Schloissnig, S., Franchini, P. et al. Giant lungfish genome elucidates the conquest of land by vertebrates. Nature (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03198-8 Yours, Paul H.
  21. Crikey! Massive prehistoric croc emerges from South East Queensland University of Queensland, Science Daily, December 21, 2021 The open access paper is: Ristevski, J., Yates, A.M., Price, G.J., Molnar, R.E., Weisbecker, V. and Salisbury, S.W., 2020. Australia’s prehistoric ‘swamp king’: revision of the Plio-Pleistocene crocodylian genus Pallimnarchus de Vis, 1886. PeerJ, 8, p.e10466 Yours, Paul H.
  22. pseudechisbutleri

    Bone fragment of some sort?

    I found this fossil at the Molecap Greensand Formation in Western Australia. It's a Late Cretaceous coastal marine deposit, mostly marine invertebrate fossils there, shark teeth too. Sometimes marine reptile fossils and there's also been a couple of dinosaur bone fragments found, plus a pterosaur jaw fragment. I visited there in search of shark teeth, unfortunately I didn't find any but I did find whatever this is. Maybe a bone fragment of some sort? A rib fragment maybe?
  23. Bizarre sea beast with a circular mouth full of serrated teeth sparked a 'prehistoric arms race' 500 million years ago Michael Havis and ShivaliBest, MailOnline, Dec. 13, 2020 The paper is: Paterson, J.R., Edgecombe, G.D. and García-Bellido, D.C., 2020. Disparate compound eyes of Cambrian radiodonts reveal their developmental growth mode and diverse visual ecology. Science advances, 6(49), p.eabc6721. Abstract of open access paper PDF version of paper Yours, Paul H.
  24. Australian Paleontology

    Partial Opalised Dinosaur Jaw Frag???

    So i happen to come across this image, and it claims to be an opalised dinosaur jaw fragment from SA (South Australia) for me at least i do see some kind of fossil but its identification as carinal is dubious in my opion. What do yall think?
  25. Mike from North Queensland

    Unknow bone

    Hi all I found this little specimen a while back back and have a tenatave Id for the specimen I am still open to other options as to what the fossil may be. This specimen was found in the marine enviroment of the toolebuc formation in central Queensland.This formation is cretaceous aged about 100 millions years. In this enviroment I have found - ichthyosaur, pliosaur, turtle, shark, fish, bird, pterosaur so the posibilities are there. I have held back on the tenatave ID so as not to push in any direction and to allow alternate sugestions. Thanks in advance for any input.
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