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  1. GreatHoatzin

    Donating to Museums

    I was reading through some posts talking about members' donations of fossils to museums, and was wondering how I would go about this, if/when I believe I have discovered something notable. Are there specific dates where fossils can be brought in to be evaluated, or do I contact the museum or staff by email? The ROM is the closest museum to me, and I would appreciate if I could find out more about their system.
  2. From discovery to display: how does a fossil go from the ground to a museum? Eliza Noe, Craig Press, October 21, 2021 CNCC’s Paleontology Program Yours, Paul H.
  3. So I had a great week out there. Visited all the museums around as well as Dinosaur Ridge and Red Rocks. Also checked out Florissant fossil quarry and Pikes Peak. I have way too many photos to share all of them. I want to say for anyone out that way, go check out the museums. OMG they are amazing. It's hard to pick the best but one that stands out on top (because of more than just their fossil displays) is the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Their wildlife displays are better than any zoo I've been to. Hands down simply an amazing place. The others are fantastic too. The Morrison Natural History Museum, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Dinosaur Ridge (Discovery Center is between Red Rocks and Dinosaur Ridge), Florissant Fossil Quarry (and take a bag or two home also). If you take some bags home use more than one thin razor blade and a jewelers hammer. Don't stack the blades on top of one another but put them on the same plane side by side if need be. This will help you split the shale on thinner and more complete layers. Bits of wood found in the shale is still there and can be destroyed fairly easily I recommend a stabilizer for all the fossils found there. Despite not being able to collect like I do here in Missouri those living near the area that can visit these places often are very lucky. On a side note today I got to get out and collect some Pennsylvanian plants (wood) that I've never been able to collect before. There were some nice pieces too big to bring home sadly.
  4. Jurassic Coast: Wildlife trust stops operating attraction BBC News March 17, 2021 Changed link in response to below comment. Thanks for the heads up. Yours, Paul H.
  5. The title was blunt to the point, & I was thinking. Let's hope this is far away, but still the fact is not going away. Ok we all know we have a passion for certain things here & have a collection going on. I'm curious what is others plan for their collection, once .........gone ? I know the simple thing is to will it to kin, though do they appreciate it ? And would they pawn it off as soon as they get ? I would assume if over time if need be you'd sell off to pay bills etc... Though what if your kin is not so much into your collection & you were not able to sell it off. Do you will it to a museum where many people can appreciate it, if its of interest an worthy for that museum. Or just say I don't care where it goes I'm dead.
  6. Hello! I am an MPhil student studying plesiosaurs, I am really struggling to locate Cretaceous aged specimens. Since I am based in the UK, most of the museum collections contain Jurassic age fossils so you can image I have an abundance of these! I thought it would be best to ask on the fossil forum since people from all over the world use this. Does anyone know of any museums in Europe or the US that contain large marine reptile collections that might contain a lot of plesiosaurs?
  7. Chasing Opal and Fossils in the Australian Outback An ambitious collaboration between scientists and a local mining community seeks to preserve one-of-a-kind opalized fossils. BY Clare Watson, Undark https://undark.org/article/chasing-opal-fossils-australian-outback/ A recent paper is: Bell, P.R., Fanti, F., Hart, L.J., Milan, L.A., Craven, S.J., Brougham, T. and Smith, E., 2019. Revised geology, age, and vertebrate diversity of the dinosaur-bearing Griman Creek Formation (Cenomanian), Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology, 514, pp.655-671. Yours, Paul H.
  8. The battle to rebuild centuries of science after an epic inferno Nearly a year after flames consumed Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, researchers are struggling to revive their work and resume their lives. Emiliano Rodríguez Mega, Nature News. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02141-2 Yours, Paul H.
  9. Do you guys know if there are any paleontological museums in Italy?
  10. Oxytropidoceras

    The fight for control over virtual fossils

    The fight for control over virtual fossils Palaeontologists have been urged to share 3D scans of fossils online, but a Nature analysis finds that few researchers do so. Dyani lewis, Nature News, March 6, 2018 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00739-0 Yours, Paul H.
  11. Oxytropidoceras

    Kolkata Dinosaur Museum, Calcutta, India

    India’s invaluable dinosaur fossils lie neglected and forgotten in this Kolkata museum, Scroll Magazine , India https://scroll.in/magazine/903796/indias-invaluable-dinosaur-fossils-lie-neglected-and-forgotten-in-this-kolkata-museum https://scroll.in/topic/55864/museums-of-india Yours, Paul H.
  12. We’re Hardly Using Any Of Our Fossils The vast majority are languishing in museum storage. Is it time to dig them up all over again? By Cara Giaimo Atlas Obscura, September 26, 2018 https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/fossil-online-database The paper is: Marshall, C.R., Finnegan, S., Clites, E.C., Holroyd, P.A., Bonuso, N., Cortez, C., Davis, E., Dietl, G.P., Druckenmiller, P.S., Eng, R.C. and Garcia, C., 2018. Quantifying the dark data in museum fossil collections as palaeontology undergoes a second digital revolution. Biology letters, 14(9), p.20180431 http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/14/9/20180431 Yours, Paul H.
  13. Opening June 2019 after a long hiatus the Smithsonian is working hard to keep themselves fresh and interesting with a completely new fossil hall. Here is a quick snapshot they released. https://naturalhistory.si.edu/deeptime/ FedEx was used to transport T rex to be refurbished
  14. Fossil Forum Family, Soon I’ll be making a trip over to southern Italy (in the Apulia and then Sicily Catania area) . Don’t know what my trip will consist of because I’m always all over the place when I’m there...but in the event I have some time to kill, does anybody have any suggestions for any cool dino activities, like must see footprints, fossils, museums, etc? I was thinking of making a trip to Altamura, where I hear that there are many dinosaur tracks to see. I may also make a trip over to Naples. I hear it has a cool dino museum there. Lastly, anyone know of any cool areas for fossil hunting/collecting ? (Namely Mesozoic fossils) Thanks everyone
  15. Hi all, I'm Aidan from Hong Kong. My fossil hunt began when my father bought me a Trilobite fossil when I was 11, since then, I'm obsessed with these ancient beauties. As Hong Kong has nowhere for fossil hunt, I traveled to foreign countries such as Britain, Slovakia, France, Germany to search for them. Those amazing trips were memorable and I 'upgraded' my collection, I just can't wait for my next trip! Recently, my father bought a 4-inch Megalodon teeth from Britain, that was my best fossil ever, hope you like it! P.S. Hong Kong is a fun place, except the poor collection of fossils in the museums, the cuisines and hiking trails are terrific!
  16. Hello, does anyone know if there are any great fossil hunting sites in Asia? I'm going to Chiang Mai, Thailand this summer for a week, will be happy to know if there is some. Other fossil hunting sites in Asia countries are also welcomed. By the way, are there any marvelous natural history/ fossil museums in Thailand?
  17. The Utah Natural History museum held their annual DinoFest this weekend so I was able to get some great pictures of the new skeleton of Teratophoneus, 80% complete. The skull Here are some close ups of Teratophoneus teeth Now for the foot claws!
  18. FruitofTheZOOM

    Checking in to say hello!

    Hello everyone! I'm not only new to this site, I've actually never blogged before. I guess this is a great place to start. I'm an invert guy, I've worked for a few museums collections but also can talk rocks any day of the week. I'm very fond of ichnos, especially Paleozoic stuff. But to be honest, I'll listen to anyone who studies anything lithified. Cheers!
  19. I've been a member of the Milwaukee Public Museum for a few years now since I've had kids. That occasional school trip to the museum always fascinated me and brought wonders of the ancient world to my mind. It's almost unchanged since I was a boy, but I find new enjoyment from watching my children learn, explore, and imagine the way I did when I was younger. This museum isn't the greatest in the nation by any means, but it's the biggest in southeastern Wisconsin. Unfortunately Milwaukee isn't the industrial city it once was, and the museum doesn't get the funds to do much updating. The updating they do is more tailored at putting in new electronics instead of real geological treasures. The museum works the same as most, moving in evolutionary time for the fossils records. Most of the museum is dedicated to the Holocene epoch(probably 90%) instead of fossils, but I'll show some pictures from the more fossil heavy areas. They also have an online learning center called the Virtual Silurian Reef which can be accessed here... https://www.mpm.edu/content/collections/learn/reef/index.html I've found a lot of useful information about the area from this page such as that quarry in Racine I posted about in the Wisconsin thread. The plesiosaur and mammoth are at the entrance by the Imax and away from the main evolutionary trail.
  20. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Scipionyx samniticus

    Hi everyone, This summer I am going to Italy and was wondering in which museum the all-famous Scipionyx samniticus holotype is housed. Thanks for any help, Christian
  21. Francis Boas

    Opinions Needed Please!

    Hello Everyone, I'm an avid paleophile and social researcher doing work on natural history museums. I am interested in talking to people who love fossils! I am doing a survey and want to invite you to take it: Survey for the public: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DFX55S6 Survey for the paleontology community: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/67RNCMW You might fall into both categories! Please feel free to take them both if you want to. Only 10 questions apiece. The purpose of this survey is to ask people what they know about fossil collecting for commercial purposes, and what they think about this. I really want to get more perspectives on this issue. Ultimately I will be presenting the data at a conference and then publishing it open-access. I want to bring "amateurs" and the public into the conversation about the market! As a museum professional, I don't think my motivations and thoughts on this topic reflect any of those currently being circulated by the media, and I think it's simply wrong to leave people out of this conversation. Thanks for your time, I appreciate it! - Francis B. PS you can send me a private message if you want to talk about this further, I am all ears.
  22. Hello all, I will be going to Japan(specifically Tokyo, Nara and Osaka prefectures) on a free & easy trip end of this month, and was hoping if anyone on TFF can share with me if there are places to go for fossil-related activities. I have heard that the National Science Museum in Tokyo and Natural History Museum in Osaka are worth visiting, any reviews? I am also hoping to pay a visit to any markets or shops that are known for offering fossil material(too bad the Tokyo Mineral show is not on!). I am not sure if Japan has dig-tours for tourists, would really like to get in on one too! Thank you all for your time! Han
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