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  1. RuMert

    Fish vertebrae types

    From the album: Moscow region Late Jurassic vertebrates

    Upper - bony fish, lower - cartilaginous fish. Fili Park, Volgian-Nikitini zone. 2-4 mm
  2. Hi! I work at a children's museum in Tennessee, and we go out to local elementary schools and teach science lessons. One of them is on fossils... how they form, how they are found, what they can tell us about life in the past, etc. I have been tasked with organizing our materials for this particular lesson to give to our new teachers. In cleaning out some bins, I found the fossils I have attached below. I have no idea where the museum got them, but my feeling is they have been in our possession a while. I would really like to attach a name to these fossils, what the date range
  3. What a trip my son and I had this year! We started out in the Hell Creek fm of South Dakota. This was a special trip through Paleo Adventures for his "veteran" guests who have already spent a few years with him and could operate without supervision. We started out hunting a new ranch. This property is virgin ground with LOTS of acreage that needed exploration. The group was split into 3 teams, each taking a different area. Our team was further split into pairs. So, it was my son and me, exploring for new outcrops. The sun was intense, the temperature hot, and hours of hiking and sta
  4. I prefer to find my own fossils, but over the years I've been given a handful of things by friends and family. Most of these were given with no accompanying information about the location where they were found or the geological age. I'd be very appreciative of any information people here can give.
  5. This is my first ever fish fossil.
  6. itsronni

    Another NJ Tooth!

    Hello once again! Here’s a find I’m particularly excited about, a new tooth! I found it while perusing gravel banks at Ramenessin. It’s tiny! 1 cm at the most. It does have striations, though they were difficult to capture with my camera. It’s also split in half. One carinae as well. I’m hoping this is of the marine reptile variety, guessing croc due to the size. I dabbled with the idea of pachyrhizodus as well, although I think the striations rule that out? Any insight is much appreciated, eager to ID this one!
  7. Rocksmakemehappy

    Do you see what I see?

    Hello everyone, I am hopeful that I can get some information about this rock/fossil. I see quite a few different shapes in this guy here, but I need to make sure that my imagination is not running away with me. I don’t know if I should keep trying to brush clean, to show what I believe is the fossil. or continue. My Indian artifacts consume a lot of spare time, and space enough as it is. but now this guy got me really intrigued. thanks in advanced everyone.
  8. pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

    Marine reptile teeth from Nancy

    Hi everyone, I got offered this pair of marine reptile teeth as those of ichthyosaurs, but am having a hard time making my mind up about their identification. I'd therefore like to ask for your opinions. The teeth were found during works around Nancy back in 2004, and, based on other ichthyosaur finds from the region, likely dates the Toarcian stage of the Early Jurassic (though, from what I can tell, Oxfordian marine deposits are also accessible in the area). This makes them roughly the same age as material from the Posidonia Shale/Holzmaden and Whitby, bu
  9. I collected this fossil many years ago as a kid, from a very rocky creek bed in Gorman, Texas. North Central Texas. No idea as to the geological age of the area. The "scales" have a slightly curved face that rises from the center to the sides, but not front and back. They also seem to be leaned on top of another similar to how normal scales are, all pointing the same direction. Almost looks as though the back side of the specimen has bone fragments visible? To my untrained eye, this what I assumed. From my own research, so far I assume it could be from a fish
  10. PaleoGenesis

    Pressures and Temperatures

    Looking for information on pressures and temperatures present during typical fish fossil formation. My most recent fossil is from the Green River formation in Wyoming. I know there are some generalized guesses out there but I'm looking real numbers and a description of how those numbers were arrived at or calculated. Thank you.
  11. Bails

    Fossil fish tail?

    Hi all, I found this today in Charleston, SC. Is this a fossilized fish tail? Any other info on it? Not sure how rare it is but it’s the first I’ve come across. It’s only about an inch long
  12. itsronni


    Hello everybody, long time no see! Went to Ramenessin, NJ today to do some hunting and found this. It’s about 1 cm across at its widest point. The texture on the bottom (or top?) reminds me of a ratfish. Wondering if anybody can positively ID this for me! Thank you!
  13. minnbuckeye

    Devonian Fish Bone to ID????

    I had previously posted this in a Post on a fossil hunting excursion to a Devonian site in Iowa. Since then, the bone has been cleaned up and substantially more bone exposed. I am hoping someone might ID the bone. But probably just a bone chunk! You don't know if you don't ask!!! Mike
  14. I've found small pieces of delicate jaw bone with teeth at big brook in the past, which I believe to be enchodus. This one looked like a much more heavy duty version of the same, so I was wondering if it might just be a larger specimen of the same species. I've photographed it next to one of the smaller fragments of jaw just for comparison. Thanks! @Trevor
  15. Fossildude19

    Hyneria lindae tooth

    From the album: Fossildude's Upper Devonian Fish Fossils

    Plate from the Upper Steam Valley Road cut. Assorted scales, and a Hyneria lindae tooth.

    © 2021 Tim Jones

  16. I found four of these fossils in a Devonian site (Mahatango, I think). To my eye they look like vertebrae, but that seems so extremely unlikely at a site that is mostly given over to crinoids, brachiopods and trilobites. I have never found any fish there. What are they? Thanks in advance for any help. Matt
  17. Jurassicz

    Fossil fish

    I bought this fossil Fish a few years ago. But does anyone know species or locality of the fossil? I can only think about Green River Formation, Lebanon, Solnhofen. Any thoughts?
  18. X-fish

    Fish Fin?

    I found this specimen in the smoky hill chalk in Lane Co. KS. From what I can tell, it appears to be a fragment of a fish fin (though I definitely could be wrong). Does anyone have any ideas? thanks in advance
  19. Ive been taking plate hangers and rebending them to make them then fit onto my small fossil fish and even bought some copper wire to do the same thing. After hanging the last three fish and one of them falling down, I realized I didnt like that way of hanging them. Went online and found another way to hang these. I used 2 part epoxy to glue these onto the backs of the slab. Mind you, this would not work with the softer kind of rock like the split fish material. RB I layed the hanger onto some 2 part epoxy and covered with plastic and placed a flat rock on top. Day
  20. jikohr

    Mazon Creek id help

    Hi everyone, I was going through some more of my Mazon creek material and could use some help with ids I have some ideas what these might be, but I'm still pretty inexperienced and would really appreciate some help. Thank you in advance!
  21. Ive been back for a few days now and finally got around to checking out all the fish we brought home. I also met up with @Fossilis Willis and his buddy Jacob. Nice guys and boy o boy did they hit paydirt! We found lots of the smaller stuff but looks like maybe 4 juvenile noto's?!!! As I was going through all these little slabs I was putting the fish that were closer to the rock and in really good shape into my sons tote and the ones i or he didnt want to mess with into the "for sale' tote. This trip really beat me up and may be my last but was great fun to be out again. Goin
  22. I've always wanted to visit the Florissant Fossil Quarry due to my interest in paleoentomology but for one reason or other, I was never able to make it out there. I was finally able to make a detour out during a roadtrip returning from a funeral last week. There were beautiful calm skies, which was lucky too since heavy rains were forecasted for the next 2 days. After a good 5 hours, this is what I had to show for my efforts: Most pieces will have unidentifiable organic smudges. Aside from that, small leaves are the most common readily recognizable fossils. I am a terrible botanist
  23. Some of my fossil hunting trips take place at home breaking down and looking through matrix obtained from collectors worldwide. This matrix came from the Cretaceous (Campanian) of Hallencourt France. Most of the nicer specimens that I found in this matrix were in the 1.5mm to 4 or 5mm size range. Almost all of the larger teeth were damaged (missing roots, broken root lobes, crown damage). The matrix is a very hard chalk which requires a pick ax or jack hammer to get the matrix from the formation which adds to the tooth damage. I am posting below pictures of a small number of the nicer and more
  24. Fossilartist

    Old collection fossil id

    I am unable to identify these pieces from my grandad's collection. He is now unable to clearly see and so sadly couldn't identify it. It must be something, he was a zoologist and the shale meant enough to have a crack repaired. Parts look like bones to me. I'd love to get these identified so I can prep them, making them clearer so he can see them clearer again.
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