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Hello. I finally got around to taking pictures of my collection. It took a while to identify and label everything. I hope you enjoy the pictures. I’ll update this topic as I add new fossils.

 

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My first shelf currently has fish and mammal fossils. Weird combination, but I have limited space. I think the Knightia look nice at the top of the bookcase.

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Pair of Knightia eocaena

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Diplomystus

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Sea robin nose bone. I found this while on a Peace River guided tour with Mark Renz. He kindly identified it for me.

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Next comes my Morocco shelf. Mostly mosasaur material, but some dino stuff. My best specimens are three spino teeth that measure 5.5 inches, 4.9 inches, and 4.5 inches.  The big tooth has its own stand that I made for it (you can tell that I put a lot of time into it, a whole half hour… :P).

 

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Here is where I keep random invertebrate fossils. Most are purchases from the various fossil shows that happen around the Midwest. Some of my favorites from this shelf are the Fisherites (Receptaculites) oweni that I found in a quarry in Illinois.

 

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Shells I found in the pit outside the Aurora Fossil Museum.

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Belemnite pieces I found while digging with a museum outside Thermopolis, Wyoming.

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Fisherites I found while on an ESCONI field trip near Rockford, Illinois.5f5b4023c9940_4sFisherite.jpg.b80ec79628f1a2b2460b77a88e40f824.jpg

 

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Here is the next shelf. More random items. Mostly invertebrates. There are a few minerals too.

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Brachiopods. I received 4 really nice ones from the Bangor Limestone during last year’s secret santa event.

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The next shelf has trilobites and tiger shark teeth. I enjoyed collecting all the tiger shark species.

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A beautiful Neseuretus tristani sent to me by fifbrindacier.

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Tiger shark teeth. I should update this picture. I’ve acquired a modern tooth and a few more fossil localities.

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Cow sharks go moo. 

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I was around 5 years old when my fossil collection started. I received a partial megalodon tooth (right) from my dad. Despite being beat up and only half there, it was enough to inspire a paleontology hobby in young me.

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Nice Carcharhinus tooth that I found at Venice Beach, Florida.

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Whales and sharktooth hill finds.

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BIG WHALE VERT

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Some dolphin and whale teeth that I found on the Ernst Ranch.

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Tub of whale bone.

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Next set of shelves!

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Here are some ammonites. About half of these are gifts from caldigger. He noticed that I bought a beat up Douvelliceras at a fossil fair and offered to send me an upgrade. At the time, I was still relatively new to the forum. I was amazed to find a care package of multiple ammonites in the mail the next week. Later, I sent him a pair of Quenstedtoceras as a thank you. I kept the original labels with caldigger’s handwriting for the ammonites he sent me.

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Here is my collection of Carboniferous plants. Despite living really close to Mazon Creek, none of these are personal finds. I haven’t had any luck at Mazon Creek. The one time I went there, I marched around the forest for 3 hours and found nothing. I laugh about it now, but at the time it was kinda embarrassing. That trip report can be found on TFF if you look. I plan to go back to Mazon Creek one day. Next time, it will be with a local fossil club.

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Carcharodon hubbelli

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Beautiful colors

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GW vs meg

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Meg vs meg

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My first (purchased) meg and “mako.” This is an old photo.

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My first and only meg find… I should get it restored :rolleyes:

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Big Brook finds from hokietech96

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A work in progress display on Cretolamna and Squalicorax.

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My fossil collection 5 years ago. A lot has changed.

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Fantastic collection and great photos . I love the big whale vertebra. Thanks for sharing. 

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