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  1. So over the past few days I was visiting Bozeman from Raleigh North Carolina as I was visiting the MSU campus because I've been accepted to start as a freshman in autumn 2021. And I hope you know what I am trying to major in. I mean you know what forum we're on I don't have to spell it out. Anyway, in that time I managed to spend all day visiting the Museum of the Rockies which is considered one of the Mecca halls for paleontology. Our crazy old boi Jack used to be Prof and curator there before... well you know. My home museum, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences are taxo
  2. Somerset fossil hunters 'need to be better informed' BBC News, July 27, 2021 United Kingdom Fossil Network Yours, Paul H.
  3. I went also into a quarry with nice Bajocian fossils
  4. A very nice week holidays in soutwest France this week one of my biggest find and a nice mortality plate
  5. PetrosTrilobite

    Jurassic crocodile from Morocco?

    I see some good teeth with ID "Jurassic crocodile" from Boulmane, Morocco (El Mers Group) - Atlas Mountain and age 170 million years. I can't find any article about jurassic crocodiles from this location. Is the ID real or these teeth are just Goniopholis from Morrison or other common croc?
  6. Largest find of Jurassic starfish and relatives ever discovered in the UK excavated by Natural History Museum British Natural History Museum Part-time adventurers’: amateur fossil hunters get record haul in Cotswolds More than 1,000 scientifically significant specimens taken from former quarry after discovery. Miranda Bryant, The Guardian, July 20, 2021 Yours, Paul H.
  7. Hi all, I am trying to identify this fossil from a photo taken at Blue Anchor, Somerset. It shod be Triassic or Jurassic. At first I thought it might be a marine creature but it, doesn't look like a skeleton, so I thought possibly a large plant? It is perhaps 0.5 to 0.75 metres across. Many thanks.
  8. Hi, just wanted to show you prep of a quite nice preserved Lacunosella cracoviensis - endemic specie of my Jurassic area prepped with a Engraver and a little bit of vinegar for surface cleaning. Started as a 20 pounds chunk
  9. pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

    Looking for info on Temnodontosaurus eurycephalus

    Probably one of the most enigmatic species of Temnodontosaurus is Temnodontosaurus eurycephalus, owing to only one skull ever having been found. This particular species is often described as a snub-nosed temnodontosaur with massive teeth and heavy jaw muscles that it probably used to hunt other ichthyosaurs (and other marine reptiles). Its holotype is currently held by the Natural History Museum in London, with the below being some images of it, taken off of Wikipedia: My interest with it, at present, lies with its dentition, with the morphology of its teeth. For I've
  10. oilshale

    Osmylidae indet.

    There are additional unidentified conchostraca (clam shrimps, arthropods) on the slab. The age of the Daohugou strata has been notoriously difficult to determine, and a number of studies have produced conflicting results. Gao and Shubin, 2001 reported an Argon-argon dating age of 164 ±4 million years ago (Middle to Late Jurassic, Bathonian to Oxfordian); this opinion is now widely accepted. Taxonomy according to Fossilworks.org. Diagnosis for the family OSMYLIDAE Leach, 1815 according to Winterton et al., 2019 p. 13. “Adult head with dorsal tentorial arms weakly developed; ocell
  11. dhiggi

    Whitby area find - bone?

    Had a great day today at Saltwick Bay, after a little while scratching around picking up Dactys, I split a couple of nice big Hildoceras, one of which I’ve left with the shop in town to get tidied up. While looking around to try to beat my finds, my daughter found a little piece of gyrosteus bone. After stopping to do a bit of splitting (including a nice little pyrite Dactylioceras) we headed back and daughter was really pleased to find a slightly worn little ichthyosaur vertebra. That refocused the eyes and I spotted a partial ichthy skull in the shale, once we’d got over the excitement we sc
  12. There are additional unidentified conchostraca (clam shrimps, arthropods) on the slab. The age of the Daohugou strata has been notoriously difficult to determine, and a number of studies have produced conflicting results. Gao and Shubin, 2001 reported an Argon-argon dating age of 164 ±4 million years ago (Middle to Late Jurassic, Bathonian to Oxfordian); this opinion is now widely accepted. Taxonomy according to Fossilworks.org. Emended diagnosis for Choristopsychidae according to Qiao et al., 2013, p. 93: "Forewing broad oval or subtriangular, field between C and ScP comparativ
  13. RuMert

    Almost micro 3

    Hi all! This is another report from Oxfordian quarries in the vicinity of Moscow. Previous 1 (Peski) Previous 2 (Timonino) Peski again. If you read my fossil sites overview, you know that Peski quarry is a unique site where you could find lots of Carboniferous fossils, Middle Jurassic dinosaurs, calcitic Callovian ammonites and very good Oxfordian gastropods. The latter are the most numerous and easier to search for. My trip took place in April and was mostly a success with a good variety of finds
  14. Belemnites have been my core interest for decades, starting as an 8 year old kid when I saw and bought the pointy end of a large Cylindroteuthis in a curio shop (I still have it ). This led eventually to being able to research some Lower Jurassic ones for my Ph.D at university. I pursued another career after that (musical instrument repair and restoration) but palaeontology has remained a fairly fanatical interest ever since. Most of my early collection (including nearly all the research stuff) has been lost for various reasons but I've been able to replace much of it and added many new
  15. Hi all, I visited Aust Cliff in South Gloucestershire, UK for a couple of hours last week. I wasn't expecting much as I know how heavily collected it is, but got a few bits of interest which I was happy with under the circumstances. I'd be interested in educated takes on a couple of bits of bone bed I found there at least, especially this first piece that contains what I believe to be multiple bone fragments as well as coprolite pieces and lots of small black fragments - not sure if scales, teeth or what. Here's a view showing what I imagine is one end of a reptile limb bone - coul
  16. Tomas Holtz published this paper that looks at theropod assemblages in most of the faunas during the Jurassic and Cretaceous period. You an take whatever you like from this document but what I found interesting was his presentation of the dinosaur communities (shown by sizes and which ones not present) in the different faunas (starts at line 1178) Examples below: https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/handle/1807/106039 I understand why he excluded Nanotyrannus but not sure why Troodon was not included in the HC and Lance. He also excluded Zapsalis from the H
  17. Paper by Phil Mannion et al. that supports the validity of the 24 recognized Sauropod species in the Morrison Formation. Some authors have suggested this number is well overestimated and represent growth series. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.210377
  18. Hi all! You know I visit my favorite Volga river site (Ulyanovsk Oblast) more or less often, but this time I decided to give a try to another well-known Jurassic-Cretaceous site on the Volga river, located in the nearby Samara Oblast (city of Syzran). It's famous for its iridescent ammonites as well as marine reptile finds. I hoped to discover a real alternative to the Ulyanovsk site particularly as the conditions are very similar: surface collecting on river bank. Here the Ulyanovsk site is to the north, Syzran to the south. The latter is home to two distinct locations
  19. oilshale

    Macrosemius rostratus Agassiz 1844

    Taxonomy according to fossilworks.org. Diagnosis for the genus according to Bartram, 1977 (p. 140, excerpts): "Large, elongate macrosemiid fishes; skull roof free from ganoine; supratemporals greatly reduced; cephalic division of main lateral line and supratemporal commisure exposed by fenestrae; vomers bearing a transverse row of stout pointed teeth and a pair of large blunt teeth; ventral parts of anterior three infraorbitals expanded and overlapping the maxilla; gape very small, the quadrate articulation lying in front of the orbit ... dorsal fin single, extending from the occiput to
  20. patrick plesiosaurus

    Coprolite, Poor belemnite or poor vertebrae???

    I found this on the port mulgrave coast of yorkshire. It is Jurassic What could it be?? 19cm long and 2.5cm across Patrick
  21. Hello, everyone! I am in search of Jurassic shark teeth. Primary species I am looking for is Agaleus dorsetensis, an Early Jurassic Galeomorph shark that has been found in Europe, most commonly at Lyme Regis, UK. I prefer teeth with no matrix, no repairs or restoration. Other Jurassic taxa I am looking for include: Palaeocarcharias stromeri Crassodontidanus Notidanoides Phorcynis catulina Palaeoscyllium formosum Corysodon cirinensis I can offer fossil shark teeth of different rarities, depending on which teeth of these you c
  22. Part and counterpart of the same fossil. There are additional unidentified conchostraca (clam shrimps, arthropods) on the slabs. The age of the Daohugou strata has been notoriously difficult to determine, and a number of studies have produced conflicting results. Gao and Shubin 2012 reported an Argon-argon dating age of 164 ±4 million years ago (Middle to Late Jurassic, Bathonian to Oxfordian), this opinion is now widely accepted. Taxonomy according Fossilworks.org. Line drawing from Liang et al., 2009, p.20. Description according to Liang et al., 2009, p. 19: “Large
  23. pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

    Marine reptiles of Madagascar

    Hi all, I recently became aware that Madagascar appears to have a fully developed and interesting Mesozoic marine reptile record, yet am not particularly able to find any information on them. The only article I have come across is Bardet and Termier, 1990, "Première description de restes de Plésiosaure provenant de Madagascar (gisement de Berere, Campanien)". However, I've been unable to track this article down. As such, I was wondering whether anybody on TFF might have any information on them. Basically, I'm starting from scratch, so would be very interested in the clades of
  24. A sensation: First fossil evidence of a hybrid of Odonata and Arachnida from the Middle Jurassic of Daohugou, Inner Mongolia. A talented artist has painted one pair of legs too much by mistake. Was unfortunately sold to a trusting collector.
  25. My wife found this fossil while we were digging for ammonites up by Delintment Lake in Oregon. I believe this area is from the Jurassic period. Thanks for any help. I will post other pictures of the ammonites we found. Also, maybe someone can tell me if there are ammonites under these raised round pieces that we brought home. Figured I would give it a shot at trying to uncover them.
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