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  1. Titan

    Tiny Enchodus Skull?

    My Mom (being the totally awesome Mom that she is) took me on a fossil hunting trip when I was thirteen (way back in 2003) out in the Smokey Hill Chalk of Kansas with a group of students. We got to dig on a private ranch and I found this specimen splitting a layer of the chalk. I learned really quickly to follow an older gentleman that was one of the organizers of the trip and he'd tell me about the layers we were digging in and of past finds which I found very interesting. When he found a string of fish vertebra sticking out of the chalk I asked if I could dig into the hill beside him. He said yes and a few minutes later I'd found this (and he had an entire two foot fish tail) It's about 4.5 cm long and I think it's a tiny enchodus skull but I'd love some feedback on what y'all think it is? 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: Thanks, - James
  2. Some pix from my June 2024 trip to the great quarry near Kemmerer Wyoming. Tried to identify the fossils as best I could but happy to hear any amendments to these. Included a nice pic of a partial fish with a clear view of the scales. The alleged Priscacara is not the best fossil but it is BIG. Got lots more smaller stuff, but mostly partials as well.
  3. Hi all, I recently went on a hunt in one of my upper Britton formation spots north of Dallas. During that hunt I found what I first thought might have been a jaw bone in a concretion, but after getting it home and doing some initial cleaning it poked to be a skull, it didn’t look like xiphactinus, enchodus, or pachyryzodus that I can tell. The bones are disarticulated in the concretion with one vertebra, what looks to be a tooth, the skull in question, and a large chunk of bone. Any help with the ID would be great and appreciated
  4. Well, I’m finally getting to dig into my truckload of fossils from my Wyoming trip with @RJB so it’s my turn to open up a prep thread. I spent a couple hours today poking around to find the perfect fish to start with. The 18” layer never disappoints. This good sized Diplomystus has 2 Knightia on top of it. I’m going to try to save both but I’m concerned that the right hand one is covering most of the Diplo’s skull. If that’s the case, the little guy will have to go! This is after about 90 minutes of scribe work.
  5. Mahnmut

    Somewhat fishy

    Ahoi, I just finished a model of Dunkleosteus the lazy way, because I don´t have that much time these days. Lazy way means: Skull is a bought model from kaiyodo dinotales, postcranial is a skeletal drawing by Scott Hartmann I modified slightly and printed on some transparent foil. Like the outcome. It is quite small though, only 15 cm, representing a meager 3m in my chosen scale. can anyone tell what the other two are? both recent species, one handmade after a photograph, the other 3d printed from ct data. As I don´t know if I can add tags after posting , I just added the ones I may put in this thread if I ever find the time to build them. After all my Whales, other marine Mammals , Birds and Reptiles I thought it would be nice if I could include some more Reptiles and "Amphibians" (?) If it crossed the border between land and sea, its likeness shall be built by me -some day. -Placodus -Cyamodus -Mastodonsaurus -Tiktaalik -Ichthyostega -Diplocaulus Aloha, J
  6. Hello my friends! Recently bought this two fishes. I know they are real! But I have read before that there is a common practice to ink them, so many of these guys are usually inked! I'm pretty sure the faint one is practically clean from ink but can't be sure! Can you give some advice on how to identify inked areas? Thank you so much in advance! Macros tip if you are on a budget like me! If your smartphone has a macro option, you can use a small cheap macro lens over your built in macro lens, don't use your cellphone's flash but lit your desired object pretty well with one or two desk lamps. Not the best photos but they will show more details than using just the cheap lenses or the built in lenses!
  7. Brevicollis

    What species of fish fossil ?

    Hello, I saw this fish fossil for sale today and wondered what kind of fish species it is. There was absolutely no information given on this thing, so we have only the pictures. But I think that such a crazy jaw will be recognizable enough to identify it. Any ideas appreciated ! The fish is 33 cm in length. @oilshale, @rocket, do you guys have an idea ?
  8. I managed to grab a couple hours at Rock-a-nore, Hastings this morning. This is my usual hunting ground and the material here is Wealden, early Cretaceous and around 140 million years in age. Not having a lot of time, I didn't work a long stretch of the coast and only made it as far as Ecclesbourne Glen, a couple of miles maybe. I found the usual couple of Tempskya tree fern trunk samples but, having ample specimens already, these were left in situ for others to find. I came away with a couple of specimens, a small fragment of reptile bone and something poking out of a rock which I cleaned back at home to reveal what looks like a partial fish rib or spine. This is actually a good haul for the location as I often leave empty handed. That's not to say that I haven't found anything, just nothing that adds anything to my collection. Here's the view prior to accessing the beach. Looking east towards Dungeness (the nuclear power station is visible in the distance). The terrain can be hard going (especially when you've had ligament replacement knee surgery last December) as it's a mainly pebble beach with cliff debris and many large boulders (a lot of which are slippery at this time of year). The cliffs are dangerous and prone to constant falls and so best avoided as there's a constant clatter of falling material. That said, it's wise to keep an ear on what the nesting sea birds are doing on the cliffs as they become extremely agitated when the cliff is about to move substantially so there is some warning. I have twice in the past had to dodge sections the size of a family car falling from the cliff which is why I prefer to beach comb these days. The site is also an SSSI and as such, removing anything from the cliff or footprints from the beach (unless loose and portable) is a criminal offence. The suspected fish rib or spine. Reptile bone fragment. The side that gives the game away - clear vessel structure. The sample alongside a very similar sample found about a month ago in the same general area. Bone preservation at this location is extremely variable so anything similar is invariably associated or of the same origin.
  9. JamieLynn

    Texas Cretaceous... Crocodile?

    After doing some internet research I am tentatively thinking these might be crocodile teeth rather than fish.....I can't seem to find any examples of Cretaceous fish that these might fit. But looking at the croc teeth, I see some similarities. Both of these were found at the same site in Central Texas, Austin Chalk formation. They are 1/4 inch. Any thoughts on these ? 1. 2.
  10. Misha

    Chondrichthyian palate

    From the album: Misha's Middle Devonian Fossils

    Pucapampella rodrigae Chondrichthyian palatoquadrate. Not much is known about these fish as fossils aren't too common and preservation isn't great, mostly just impressions from this formation, this species may be synonymous with Zampoponiopteron, another chondrichthyian fossil found in the region but whereas this represents skull elements Zampoponiopteron is fossilized fin material. Belen Fm. Eifelian, Middle Devonian La Paz, Bolivia
  11. Sauropod19

    Calvert Cliffs, MD, USA

    Hi all! I hope you are well! I recently made my annual trip to the Washington, D.C. area, which always includes a trip to the Miocene deposits of the Calvert Cliffs. I think I have a general idea on these IDs but wanted to confirm with others, especially the first two sets of images. I’ve tried to group like fossils as well. Thanks for looking! 1 (ray dermal plate?): 2,3, and 4 (otoliths?): 5, 6, and 7 (with 6 and 7 magnified at the end, respectively; cetacean ribs?): 8 (crab claw?): 9 (ray mouth plate part?): 10 (?): 11 (third image is root zoomed in; cetacean tooth?): Plus, here are a couple of finds that I just wanted to share for fun! Thank you again!
  12. Hi All! First post. I've been trying to ID these specimens from an archaeological site for a while now. I'm pretty sure they're fish bone - maybe a skull element? I found someone else had posted a very similar specimen on here in 2019, and was told sea robin/Tilly bone. But mine can't be Tilly bones, I'm pretty sure, as there's lots, and they're all the same. They're also coming out of deposits with not that many other fish bones - some, for sure, but these seem to be popping up a lot (at least 10 so far), and I've looked at a lot of archaeological samples in my time and haven't seen these before. There's some variation in size - apologies for the lack of scale but they range from 1.5 to 3 cm or so. I'd appreciate any help!
  13. bockryan

    Back to Red Hill

    Went back to Red Hill, PA yesterday and had some success - ran into Doug who gave me another excellent museum tour at the nearby field station and showed off some newly uncovered material. Red Hill fossils come from the Duncannon Member of the Catskill Formation and are Late Devonian in age. Note that it seems the permitting process has changed somewhat recently as well, as Red Hill is now back under PennDOT jurisdiction. A permit needs to be applied for each visit via mail unfortunately, which is not particularly convenient but isn't the worst thing in the world, at least compared to a "no trespassing" sign. As others have discovered and shared, the technique is to build a "shelf" above an exposed bone layer where little fragments of bone and scales can be seen. In past visits I have either broken up fallen blocks of a conglomerate material that seems to contain abundant placoderm elements or have extracted visible teeth and fin spines from the wall. The "shelf" method seemed much more effective, especially since recent clearance of the roadcut seem to have removed any remaining pieces of that conglomerate. Beautiful colors on a Hyneria tooth, unfortunately the tip was broken (not by prep I think, so that's progress) A scale impression, have not ID'd yet. Good detail, broken at the top unfortunately. A piece of placoderm, likely Turrisaspis elektor. Not sure what element, possibly the pelvic/pectoral plate? Another good sized Hyneria tooth, again with a broken tip. This one slid down the slope, I found the impression and then was able to locate the tooth itself. Cleaned up nicely. The same tooth as the first coming out of the matrix a little bit, always nerve wracking because Red Hill material loves to just explode if you poke at it too much. I only chipped it a tiny bit on one side. Same tooth showing off those colors again, pretty nice looking for a 300+ million year old tooth! The exposure The fossil mobile in the far distance
  14. austinh

    Mazon Creek Gilpichthys greenei?

    Is this possibly a Gilpichthys greenei , or is that just wishful thinking? Is it just a long oval Essexella? Something else? Nothing at all? Thanks for the help.
  15. Fossil in the family for a couple of generations. Downsizing. Honestly, I have no clue how to ID this. Any help appreciated. Most Kind, Carl.
  16. Hello! I have been cracking open a few more concretions from Muncie Creek and I cracked open this bizarre fossil! I know braincases have been found in these nodules since I have found a braincase of Lawrenciella, and donated a braincase that was found to have parts of the upper jaw! My main reasoning for asking if this is a braincase is that it has a few bizarre structures I have not seen in other concretion fossils. The chance that it is an ordinary bone is very much a possibility. on the left you can see that there are these repeating structures Here is a more zoomed in image. Here is the image zoomed out for refrence. Below are images of the bizarre round patterns that are visible on the fossil Some general info on the area: Location: Missouri Timer period: Pennsylvanian Formation: Muncie Creek Shale member Size refrence:
  17. bockryan

    Hyneria Scale Impression

    From the album: Fossil Finds

  18. Kosmo

    Fish Fin?

    I live in Fountain, Colorado (south end of Colorado Springs), at the base of the Rockies. I found a perfectly preserved sea shell a couple years ago had me think it might be ancient; a fossil from when the region was part of the Western Interior Seaway. And that shell (not shown in these photos) has me "browse" the ground on occasion. Recent earth movers' excavation of the same grayish colored earth I found the shell had me looking for fossils the other day. And in relatively short order, I found this. My first thought was...fish fin, but the small (1-3 mm), whitish fragments of what might be shell fragments seem odd, combined with the fact that whatever it is, is more than just a surface imprint. See 2nd photo showing how it's got some thickness associated with it, unique to the rest of the rock. The 3rd photo shows the lines curling down along that side of the rock. Though I've watched a fair amount of shows on archaeology presented on channels like NatGeo, Discovery, etc., showing the process of removing rock from fossils as very tedious, I'm as amateur and unexperienced as it gets with such processes. So I'm reluctant to try to remove any of the attached rock, which looks like might reveal more of the curved (and underside) of whatever it is. It's heavy for its size and the rock is too hard and dense to easily break or scrape away.

    Fish? Jaw?

    I found this the other day in a Middle Cenomanian shell hash layer. It is about 30 mm long. It seems to be absent sharp teeth and instead has some type of crushing dentition. But, I'm not sure that it's even a jaw. It could be a fragmented fish fin or split spine. Does anyone have a good idea?
  20. Found these on a shoreline in coastal South Carolina. I assume the larger vert is shark and smaller ones are fish. I'm mostly curious if there's enough of the big bone piece to get an idea what it is. The hole goes all the way through but is clogged with debris.
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