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  1. Primate fossils are very rare. I would really like to see what primate fossils TFF members have in their collections or have collected and donated. Mine have been personally collected, and have been donated, and are posted below. Let me start this post with the nicest primate fossil that I’ve seen, to show what is possible to find. A Messel researcher from Germany, to whom I’ve sent thousands of squamate specimens for study, sent me the below Messel book gratis last year. This is a book full of incredibly preserved specimens from plants, to insects, to mammals, to birds, to reptiles, to amphibians, to fish. Some very well-preserved primate fossils are in this Messel book, including an incredible Darwinius masillae articulated specimen shown in the below picture. After showing that incredible Messel primate, my primate specimens, which follow, seem pretty meager, but nevertheless are of scientific value. First, three primate teeth that I found in anthill matrix, from anthills situated on exposures of the Big Cottonwood Creek Member of the Chadron Formation (Latest Eocene-early Oligocene), from my sons’ M&M Ranch in Nebraska are shown in the below picture within a figure, as well as the cover of the publication that they are described in. Because the researchers were not able to assign the teeth to a genus (see the text in the red box in the below picture) I intend to recollect anthill matrix in the same 3 areas where the teeth were found in hope of finding a more complete primate specimen (at least a partial jaw with a premolar, molars) so the species can be identified. Secondly, a partial omomyid primate jaw, which I found in the Eocene, Nanjemoy Formation of Virginia, shown below in a figure from the paper that the partial jaw is described in (see first page of the paper below). Also note the two excerpts below from the paper. Due to the extreme rarity of this specimen, it is extremely unlikely that I could find another specimen that might be positively identified. From the paper Title and Abstract: "First Fossil Primate from the Atlantic Coastal Plain" From the paper DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: "Considering its geographic separation from other known North American, as well as European, omomyids, it almost certainly represents a previously unknown species. However, in the absence of premolars (often the most diagnostic teeth in omomyids) or any other anterior teeth, or obvious derived molar traits, it would be premature to create a new taxon for this fragmentary specimen." I am really hoping for and looking forward to TFF member primate posts to this thread. Marco Sr.
  2. FossilFancy

    White River Badlands

    Hello all! My new year's resolution includes finally working up the gumption to post here and not just continue to scroll and read with awe! In late 2022, my partner and I were with a small, lovely group in Nebraska, scouring the White River Badlands. We found three partial oreodont upper skulls, a good amount of teeth, jaw fragments and assorted bones. We also found what I believe is an oreodont endocast, and a tooth from a cat (perhaps smilodon related?). An incredible prepper located in South Dakota worked on these oreodont partials and far exceeded our expectations. Thanks everyone for sharing all of your incredible work around this forum and for giving a novice like me a place to share as well! Partial One (shown in inches) Partial Two Showing what I nearly stepped over on the ground, as it appeared in situ. Here are those same teeth I saw just sticking out through the ground, now cleaned up. Partial Three Endocast (apologies, no ruler in sight) Cat Tooth
  3. I just finished the initial prep of a cute little Peobrotherium camel skull we found this summer in the panhandle of Nebraska. It was found upside down with the bottom of the mandibles exposed and in pretty crumbly matrix. It was pretty fractured. It's a beautiful skull and I will do some final restoration at a later date. Thought I'd share with the group. In-progress photos:
  4. diginupbones

    Small artiodactyl molar

    I figured this was probably a long shot but thought I would check anyway. Is there anything distinctive about this tooth that would help narrow it down? miocene North Central Nebraska.
  5. MarcoSr

    M&M Ranch in Nebraska

    My younger son Mel just led his first fossil trip of the year on our Eocene/Oligocene M&M Ranch in Nebraska last week. My sons, Mel and Marco Jr., are starting to get back from their prepper some of the fossils that they found on our ranch in 2018. Not all fossils go to the prepper. Mel preps some of the specimens himself. Below is a picture of the specimens Mel found in 2018 that he will prep. Here are a few pictures of 2018 specimens just back from the prepper. Mel found another saber cat in 2018 that is in prep. Below are a saber cat skull found by Mel and saber cat skeleton found by Marco Jr. in previous years on the ranch. They have found seven or eight so far on the ranch. I'll probably be going out to the ranch a couple of times this year. However, I spend most of my time at the ranch taking matrix that contains micro squamate, bird, amphibian, and mammal specimens. I'm currently working with seven researchers on this micro material. Marco Sr.
  6. diginupbones

    Interesting little tooth

    First one of these I have found. Need a little help with ID please. L-23 W-12 H-20.
  7. Curious on the identification of this. Found in a gravel pile with other odd and end bone pieces with multiple mammoth teeth found at the same site. Just curious as to what it could possibly be as I’m thinking it is a possible fragment of bone from one!
  8. diginupbones

    Possible skull?

    I found this a while back and figured it was just a piece of pelvis or some other unidentifiable bone. Once I started cleaning it up I noticed what looked like a couple of teeth sticking out. I started cleaning out all the nooks and crannies and discovered that these holes passed all the way from one into the other and you could push a pipe cleaner all the way through them. I don’t know which way is up or down on this thing or what kind of animal it could’ve possibly come from. It is solid all the way through and heavy. Found in North Central Nebraska. @jpc
  9. NEFossils

    More gravel pit finds

    Found these in a gravel pit pile -NE Nebraska wanting some help on identification. Are the teeth bison? I’m thinking the horn core is also bison, unsure on the metapodial (maybe deer?) and other small piece! Any help on the big fragmented piece would be awesome, seems to be mineralized about 2cm thick or so. TIA!
  10. I am thinking this is a weird shaped rock, however the top part is throwing me off with the pattern. Hopefully I am wrong?
  11. diginupbones

    Need help with ID odd shaped bone

    Not sure where to even start looking for info on this one. Almost looks like the end of a humerus but I’ve never seen one quite like this. North central Nebraska. Most likely miocene
  12. Barb dunker

    Found in Noth central Nebraska

    Found this on a trail down to a creek. Northern Nebraska.
  13. diginupbones

    Claw or horn core?

    I really have no clue on this one. My best guess is some kind of Core of something. Seems to have bone structure inside. It is fossilized and heavy. Found in North Central Nebraska Miocene.
  14. Hello everyone! I'll start with etiquette questions. To be honest, I like to collect things that I think look interesting. I was at an estate sale and bought a small collection of fossils, arrowheads, stone tools, bones, and other things that I cant even begin to speculate as to what they are. I am definitely now addicted to this and plan on dedicating several hours a day for my new found love. With that said, here are my questions and another item for identification. 1. How many postings are appropriate per day for identification without becoming annoying? 2. Is there an app anyone is aware of that I can simply upload an image and get accurate results? 3. What would be the best way to share multiple, dozens of pictures in one large group, if possible to share with all the members? And finally, another set of pictures for identification. To me, this looks like a finger from gorilla. There are markings on the bag it was in that I can make out that says Nebraska and Reptile. I don't know if that is accurate, but please enjoy the photos and any identification would be much appreciated. Thanks! Dan
  15. I found this large chunk of antler in a river just like you see it. I’m wondering if I should knock the soft clay off or leave it displayed as it is. I think there is probably a brow tine buried in there and also I see some bone on the opposite side. Really dying to see what it looks like but it looks pretty cool like it is. I’m also a little afraid that it might fall apart if I remove it. I see some pretty good cracks in it. Thanks
  16. diginupbones

    Odd shaped astragalus

    This one looks quite a bit different than the rest of my astragali. Any ideas what critter it came from? Found in North Central Nebraska. @Harry Pristis
  17. diginupbones

    Pet wood ID

    Found this chunk of petrified wood and was just curious if anything can be learned from the growth rings as far as type of tree etc. @Rockwood
  18. Please help! Did I find some Dinosaurs? Here are pictures
  19. Jimbone

    Help IDing this toe fossil

    Hello all, Looking for help in identification of this fossil, looks like a toe, but from what. Was found in south central Nebraska loose on a river bank. There is some 4x4 traffic through the area so I suspect driven over and freshly broken. Sucks but it in interesting to see the interior of the fossil. TX, Jim
  20. Hi everyone. Found this forum and gotta say - I LOVE IT! I just started learning how to hunt last summer. Anyways, I was gonna be in northwestern nebraska this weekend, and have been looking for places to fossil hunt. One place I saw was the badlands go into the northern part of nebraska near ashfall (which I guess you CANNOT collect it). I've been looking for a publically accesssible place to go to where it is allowed. Does anyone know a place they can recommend? I'm thinking just that general quadrant of the state or so for some mammal fossils. Thanks
  21. diginupbones

    Need help with a Mammal bone ID

    Not only do I not know which critter this came from but I also I don’t know which bone it is. Getting a proboscidean or rhino feel. Any help appreciated. Most likely Miocene, found in North Central Nebraska.
  22. diginupbones

    Strange tiny tooth

    Pretty sure this is a tooth. What do you guys think? North Central Nebraska, Miocene. @Harry Pristis @Shellseeker
  23. diginupbones

    Pisiform bones?

    I think these are all pisiform bones but I’m not 100% sure. @Harry Pristis, I looked at some of your older posts about these bones but the shapes didn’t seem to match these. first one measures 68 mm x 54 mm. Second one measures 52 mm x 43 mm. The last one is 44 mm x 34 mm
  24. diginupbones

    Very small leg bone

    Any ideas on this one? Should be Miocene like the rest of the stuff in my area. Nice little well preserved bone. Found in North Central Nebraska.
  25. diginupbones

    Tiny astragalus

    This is the smallest one of these I have ever seen. Any ideas of what critter it may have belonged to? Found in North Central Nebraska Measures 20mm X 12mm.
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