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  1. Hey Gang, Was going thru another box and found a small piece that I acquired awhile back that I dont have a name for and looking for some help....if anyone has any ideas...much appreciated... Did some preliminary review of some of the Eocene pubs but nothing screamed yep thats it... From a quarry near Fossil Lake, Kemmerer, Wyoming. Green River Formation. Got some interesting fish bits in the plate as well... @piranha Thanks! Regards, Chris
  2. Utahman

    Fossil Hash?

    I think I found tumbled fossil hash out near Green River, Utah (Jurassic?) and was wondering what exactly I did find? I appreciate all help! I have so many to identify... glad I found this forum.
  3. Tony G.

    Douglas Pass Colorado

    Fossils found at Douglas Pass, Colorado this weekend. Seed?, Unidentified leaves. Shells. (Elimia tenera and unidentified clam). Plant fossils were found near the Radar Dome. The shells were found at a much lower level.
  4. doushantuo

    advanced wasp systematics

    Illustrating phylogenetic placement of fossils using RoguePlots: An example from ichneumonid parasitoid wasps(Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) and an extensive morphological matrix Seraina KlopfsteinID1,2,3*, Tamara Spasojevic2,3 PLoS ONE 14(4): e0212942. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212942 edit14/7:keywords added pone.0212942.pdf
  5. acron611

    My new Fossil Fish

    Hello Everyone, I recently purchased a Phareodus encaustus from the Green River formation and it is currently in the mail. Just wanted to share it.
  6. Well,, it was just a couple of weeks ago when I was out on a fishing trip to the Green River Formation. We were invited back to the almost unknown 'Phareodus' layers!!! Very tuff layers for sure. We had to use special chisles for these layers along with the normal thin shims used for the 18 inch layers. We didnt end up with very many Phare's, only 2 but the boys did get some purty good B-Grade Phare's!!! What we did find was quite a few small diplo's and small Mio's in some very very nice high quality preservation. The one thing was,,, just how many small good preservation Mio's does
  7. Paul R.

    Fossil Leaf ID Needed

    Thinking this may be a insect chewed on Bursera inaequalate ralis, any thoughts. Green River Formation.
  8. Back in about 1992 or 93and for many years later and still to this day I took the whole family fossil hunting. I always made it a priority to take the family on a fossil vacation. I use to do 7 out of state trips for fossil hunting every year with one of those for the family and always in the last week of june or first week of July. Always had to wait for the kids to get out of school. Used to do trips that last up to 3 weeks. Ha! Now a 4 or 5 day trip is about all I can do. The misses doesn't go with me nowadays but I cant help it, I need to get out even if I cant do much because of t
  9. Paul R.

    Fossil Leaf ID Needed

    Looking to ID this Green River fossil leaf if anyone has an ideas?
  10. Fossil-Hound

    Muddy Wyoming Fish

    FYI @Ptychodus04 @Kittenmittens @mamlambo @Fossilis Willis @Malcolmt @DevonianDigger Well managed to get out last Friday to dig up some Green River fish from the split fish layers. These layers aren't nice and hard like the 18 inch, nor are the rarer fish as obtainable (they don't preserve as well), but you can still find some pretty cool stuff. A family next to me found a foot long Phareodus in perfect condition with a dark red color (forgot to take a picture of that). I don't think they realize just how lucky they are because those are not easy to find. The night before it rained a ton
  11. Jeff Browning

    ?? Bone or just interesting rock?

    Didn't pay much attention when I picked this up, just noticed it was interesting. It was a surface find and I guessed I would figure it out later. Any ideas? Found this somewhere south of Wamsutter, WY.
  12. oilshale

    Amphiplaga brachyptera COPE, 1877

    Amphiplaga is one of the rarer of the Green River fish fossils, making up some 1% of the total from Fossil Lake, its only known location. Amphiplaga belongs together with its close relative Erismatopterus to the family Percopsidae within the order Percopsiformes. Amphiplaga is best distinguished from Erismatopterus by its dorsal fin, which has three hard spines (the first one is very small) followed by 9 or 10 soft rays. Erismatopterus usually has two hard spines followed by 6 or 7 soft spines. Amphiplaga can reach up to 15cm with an average length of about 10cm while Erismatopt
  13. oilshale

    Erismatopterus levatus

    From the album: Vertebrates

    Erismatopterus levatus (COPE, 1870) Eocene Ypresian Green River Formation Kemmerer USA
  14. I am headed to Kemmerer with my son to look for fossils. I am aware of the quarries in Kemmerer and want to know if there is anything that we should not miss on our road trip or around the area. We have 5 days to explore. Thank you!
  15. I bought a small set of paints recently in a medium I had never used before, gouache. It's a lot like watercolor, but more opaque. I've always liked the look of watercolor but I've been more comfortable with acrylics. I thought I'd give the gouache paints a try, and I think I'm going to like them. Here's a Knightia I painted today, with an attached fossil Knightia. At least I think it's a Knightia. It's not preserved terribly well. I'm planning on painting some more knightia, probably a school of them, then a Diplomystus and maybe move on from there. It should be interesting.
  16. Hi all, I have been searching through posts in the forum about various types of abrasives, and I can't seem to find a comment anywhere where someone breaks down the pros/cons of the different forms of abrasive and their microns. Of course I realize everyone has their own preferences, I am just confused as to the objective benefits of what looks like the three main types of abrasives: dolomite, aluminum oxide, and just plain baking soda (besides the fact that baking soda is more delicate.) The Paasche Air Eraser comes with 240 micron aluminum oxide, but that seems to be
  17. Are these replica or genuine fossil? They look like the same.
  18. RCFossils

    Help With Green River Bird Leg

    I purchased a fossil collection several years ago that contained a beautifully preserved bird leg with some feathers preserved. It is was collected in the Green River Formation of Southwestern Wyoming. I know very little about fossil birds and am hoping someone on the Forum might be able to narrow the ID down to what family of bird it might be. Any Help will be greatly appreciated.
  19. Fossil Claw

    crab ID

    Just curious. I keep seeing these hand mined boney crab fossils from the green river formation from Chinese sellers on an auction site. I have also seen them listed as from Madagascar. They don't look like green river fossils. Just wondering if they are real and where they actually come from.
  20. Fossil Claw

    First Green River fish prep

    I bought this 18 inch layer in March of 2016 from Blake. @FossilDudeCO Finally felt comfortable enough with the air scribe and micro air abrader to tackle it. looks like I might have found a bit of coprolite in there too. Needs a little bit more final clean up work but I am pretty happy with the way it turned out for my first one.
  21. Hello everyone, A geologist friend of mine roped me into his love of all things ancient, so here I am new to the fossils, and new to the Fossil Forum. I received my first Green River fish slab yesterday and spent most of the day on and off working off the layers with dental scaler that I've used for in the past for Roman coins. Must say that this matrix is much easier than the stuff encrusted to the coins! So far I'm pretty happy with the progress, but am looking for advice on how far to take this so that I don't overwork the piece. Here are a couple of photos of
  22. Ptychodus04

    Another Fish Prep

    Are y'all getting tired of GRF fish prep threads yet? Well, too bad here's another one. This Diplomystus is working its way through the rotation on the prep bench. I now have a tall bench with a standard desk height left hand return table for my prep area. The magnifying lens lamp can swivel between the 2. This allows me more flexibility to lean in over a larger piece to prep areas that are hard to reach on the higher bench. Also, this allows me more room to have multiple projects going at the same time. Next step is to build a stand for the blast cabinet on the right hand side of the bench to
  23. My wife and I took a wonderful trip to the American Quarry near Kemmerer, Wyoming this September. One of the most unusual finds we made was this teeny tiny Priscacara baby. I do love finding the big fish, but this tiny little guy has a lot of attitude. He was by far the smallest fish we found on the trip. edit - for those of you not familiar with US coins - fish is approx. 15 mm nose to tail.
  24. JurassicParkCarnotaurus

    Show Us Your Green River Fossils!

    Hey everyone! I recently started planning a trip out west for next summer and was thinking of going to the Green River formation. One of those "keep all you find" digs. Thought it would be cool to see some fossils from there that some of you may have found. Or even some you could have purchased. Thanks!
  25. My wife and I just got back from a week’s driving tour through Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. We stopped in at American Fossil Quarry outside of Kemmerer, Wyoming, for a few hours to dig for Green River fish. It was a productive day, and we both bagged some nice finds. Seth, the owner of the quarry and a TFF member, wasn’t there that day, but his assistant, Nick, was very helpful in getting us started. I brought a bag full of tools which were mostly unnecessary. As Nick pointed out, all you really need is a brick hammer and a thin chisel, both of which they provide. I noted that since this w
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