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  1. 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.
  2. PaleoPat

    Fish Identification

    Hi everyone, I got this fish at a mineral shop and he had no identification for it. My son thought it might be a knightia or a mioplosus. It also looks to me like it got fossilized when going to the bathroom. Can anyone help me ID it? Am I right about the poop? I'd really appreciate it. Pat
  3. Pagurus

    Fish paintings

    I'm working on some new fossil fish paintings and thought I'd share them here. I'm trying to work my way through the Green River formation fish first, though I'm sure I won't paint them all. I've only done two so far, but I'll add more as I paint them. The quality will vary, I'm sure. Here's my take on a Priscacara. and of course a Knightia: I've started on a diplomystus, and will post that soon. Thanks for looking. Oh, for those interested, I'm using gouache paints, similar to watercol
  4. Winter Hobby

    Finished product

    All done. I can completely understand the addiction. Are there reputable places to buy unfinished fossils?
  5. Winter Hobby

    Latest project

    From the album: Winter Hobby

    This has become very addicting. I've been using an art gum eraser with a bit of success. I'm hearing that a micro abrasion tool is the next "tool" to invest in if I want to take this to the next level. They seem a bit pricy and cumbersome. Any thoughts?
  6. Winter Hobby

    Detail work

    Unlike the soft oil-shale, I've been preparing this Knightia from a much harder matrix. It's still oil-shale but doesn't seem to flake off as easily as the other. I love how I can see the specific bones and the scale is a bonus. Here is my question to the frum: The dental tool shown in the photo is what I've been using but it doesn't seem to be able to get that final bit of matrix off. It looks like it's covered in a thin layer of dust and I'm worried that if I scratch it off, I will lose much of the detail. How do I remove the final layer and get that dark brown carbon color
  7. Winter Hobby

    New project

    I was warned that this can get addictive. My current project is 2 Knightia in oil shale. I'll post updates but I'm going slow on this one.
  8. Winter Hobby

    Identifying

    I'm told the middle fish is a Knightia. Any ideas about what the other 2 are? Also, When I'm done preparing this, how can I darken the fossils and seal it up? It's in oil-shale. Thanks!
  9. Raptor9468

    Green River Fish rust?

    I have prepped this fish a year ago with a needle,looking back at it with a magnifier i see some weird powder on parts of the head only.Is it gonna turn into powder and rust away,or had i carelessly prepped it to this state?
  10. Top Trilo

    Knightia or Diplomystus?

    I bought this prepare your own fossil fish either knightia or diplomystus so I could prepare something for the first time which is why it looks like this don’t judge. I was wondering two things actually, one is it a knightia or diplo? And two are all green river fish this hard? I know I didn’t do a good prep job but was the fish poorly preserved as well? It was paper thin in some places and the fish doesn’t look whole it looks like its bones got moved after it died. Oh it’s also about 3 inches from the mouth to the “end” of the tail
  11. Currently I have been trying to come up with different tips and ideas for newbies and make a video out of it to teach others about fossil collection. I would like to ask for any advice for fossil maintenance, protection, and mainly good starter choices. I would also want to request for members to post pictures of their common fossils of all sorts, so I can make a more lively video with them. Currently I plan to suggest Knightia, triceratops/edmontosaurus splitter and KK vert fossils, but I would want some advice for invertebrates because I have not yet explored those ani
  12. Mioplosus_Lover24

    My 2nd Trip To American Fossil!

    Hello all! This summer I took my yearly trip to Wyoming, and with my luck I again came back with several extremely incredible fossils! I found many less fish this time around, but I did find several more rare ones! I probably only found around 50 fish in the 3 days I was there. I found 8 Phareodus, including 2 juveniles! I found only 1 Mioplosus this year, the fish seems to be avoiding me sadly... I found 3 Priscacara, including a very large Priscacara serrata! I found an interesting Hypsiprisca preserved beautifully on an algea layer, also found several more Amia scales, but one of my favor
  13. jnicholes

    Yesterday’s finds

    Here’s a preview of what I found yesterday. I went to Wyoming for fossil trip, courtesy of fishdig.com. more pictures coming when I get home.
  14. blackmoth

    green river fish fossil Knightia?

    16cm long, looks like some kind of Nightia nut I am not sure.
  15. I am new to fossil collecting and paleontology in general. I wasn't sure if these are real, as it's almost unbelievable to me that I can buy such things for so cheap, but apparently the seller is highly regarded. I was under the impression that finding multiple things fossilized together is quite rare? Either way, I impulse bought this, along with some spinosaur teeth. What do you guys think? These knightia are from the Green River Formation in Wyoming, and according to the site, the largest fish is 3.1 inches. Any thoughts, impressions, or random information would be appreciated.
  16. Hello. I was wondering if anyone could help me with some fossil identifications. Thanks for any help. First, here is a Green River formation fish plate. I know the fish are Knightia, but I don't know how to differentiate the species. I think they are Knightia eocaena. Can anyone confirm the species? Thanks. Next, here is a shark tooth I found while digging on the Ernst ranch in Bakersfield, California. It is either Carcharodon hastalis or Isurus desori. I'm not great at telling the two apart. Can anyone confirm the species? Thanks.
  17. Hello Everyone, Newbie here from the Emerald Isle. I finally pulled the trigger and purchased my first fossil—a Green River Diplomystus dentatus with Knightia eocaena. The seller is well-known and highly regarded on this forum so I’m not necessarily concerned with the authenticity, but I am really keen to hear people’s opinions on this specimen. My apologies if this is the wrong place to post. Thanks, Robert
  18. I got this fish with some others in a trade deal the other day; I was supposed to get a mixed box of Diplomystus and Knightia, but this guy stood out for me. Doesn't look like either, and seems a bit too big for Amphiplaga. Maybe juvenile Mioplosus? Anybody? Is there another photo that can help? Thanks for looking!
  19. Basically, I put a bunch of fossil fish together in one piece . All fish that I have found at the Green River formation in Wyoming. There's a Phareodus, a bunch of Diplomystus, and Knightia. Jared
  20. Bought a fossil online. Wanted to know if it is real or not. I'm a new member, so ignore my lack of knowledge on these things.
  21. jnicholes

    Learned something.

    Hello everyone! So, a bit of a long story. I have a habit of looking at my fossils under a magnifier. Today, I was looking at a knightia fossil and I decided to theorize a little bit about it after looking at it. After looking at it for a little bit, I told myself that it looks like a sardine. After I did that, I went on the internet to take a look at the family of knightia as well as a family of herrings and sardines. to my surprise, my theory was correct. Knightia and herrings and sardines share the family clupeidae. You learn something new everyday! Jared
  22. Good Morning everyone, I have a toddler who recently got very much into dinosaurs and fossils which eventually brought back all my childhood afflictions and memories to same. We stopped my a small fossil shop near Austin where we both went crazy with all the variety. Needless to say he got some very nice, small items. I spent quite a lot on a few pieces with the hype and childhood yearn to always have in possession a few Real items. Upon our arrival at home and in closer inspection as well as researching online, I'm not sure if I purchased authe
  23. Hello I'm a newbie fossil collector (and newly active member) who happens to several interesting fossils for a decent price from our favorite auctions sites 1st is are Knightia. The seller claims that they are not restored or enhanced 2nd set are 4 Spinosaurus teeth. The seller claims that cracks have been repaired, but no restoration or composition has been made (Pictures 2-9 of teeth in pairs) 3rd is a Lycoptera which the seller claims is not restored or enhanced 4th are plates of Elrathia Trilobites from Wheeler Formation 5th are Fossil Ferns from Llewellyn Formation 6th is a
  24. Can anyone identify these structures protruding from the top and bottom of the fish?
  25. 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
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