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Taking advantage of my time spent home, I finally got a couple of glass display cases to showcase fossil specimens from my collection. Finding ones that were affordable and blended with the style of our home, was challenge, and I took my time choosing. Despite a bit of criticism I receive from some of my fossil collecting friends, I am a generalist collector who doesn't specialize in anything. Having said that, my collection does feature some rare faunas; Devonian and Cretaceous bivalves, Lower and Middle Devonian brachiopods and gastropods, Cretaceous vertebrates, etc. The focus is largely on fossils of the Northeast (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, and Eastern Canada), but a number of trips to the Ohio Valley, Texas, out west, and Germany have expanded my collection which is about 90% self collected with remaining fossils primarily gifts from generous friends. There is only one purchased fossil in the display and one I traded for.  I ended up with twelves shelves- ten devoted to animal life (seven of those are invertebrates), and two for plants. I was seeking to emulate the old style of specimen display that one might encounter in a 19th century museum, when displaying specimens was the priority. I didn't and  couldn't display my entire collection which is too large, so I picked representative specimens to tell the story of the vast variety of prehistoric life on earth. Some of my best specimens didn't make it into the display.

 

These are the cases which are situated in our finished basement:

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The first shelf on the right devoted to sponges, corals, conularids, and bryozoans.

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There is one shelf devoted to brachiopods with specimens from the Cambrian up to the Paleocene. 

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What a fantastic and professional display, Jeffrey! By contrast, mine is a cluttered piece of trash! I am immensely impressed by this, and the thousands of hours it took to fill these cases with all your hard efforts! This is simply WOW. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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Bivalves are central part of my collection and a whole shelf is devoted to them.

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Cephalopods: Nautiloids, Ammonites, and Belemnites:

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Makes me realize how badly I mistreat my fossils. I am a bad fossil parent

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10 minutes ago, Malcolmt said:

Makes me realize how badly I mistreat my fossils. I am a bad fossil parent

An opportunity for Marianne to get you a few nice cases to display your killer finds. It might get them off the pool table! :D 

 

I mean, really... I am looking forward to running the table on you and sinking everything after the break. :D 

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Arthropods: Trilobites, Phyllocarids, Crustaceans (shrimp, lobster, and crabs), Eurypterids, and Barnacles: 

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The Echinoderms: Crinoids, Blastoids, and Echinoids:

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Finally the chordates: Fish. This includes placoderms, ostracoderms, lung fish, coelacanths, and bony fish. 

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Wow!!! Amazing collection. I’m blown away by the organization as well as all of the amazing specimens!:default_clap2:

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My collection of shark and ray teeth from New Jersey and Maryland and my Green River fish:

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historianmichael

Such a cool collection! You have been some amazing places and collected some incredible fossils. Your display cases are what I dream of having one day for my own collection. 

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Looks great @Jeffrey P! You have quite a variety there. You're like me. I'm forced to "specalize" on the local sites, but I'll take any chance I can get to broaden my horizon :D

A couple of spelling corrections for you on a couple of German Ammos: The Ancolioceras opalinoides is from the Murchisonae zone, and the Pleydellia and Cottswoldia from the Jurensismergel Formation.

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Lovely fossils, beautifully displayed.:b_love1:

Thank you for sharing these with us. 

So many great specimens. 

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