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I have always been fascinated with paleontology and archaeology as it is the real life history book of our foundation. Below are some of my personal collections that I have acquired. Not all are listed, but as time allows, I will be adding more.

Mosasaurus Jaw Bone& Tooth

Mosasaurus is the type genus of the mosasaurs, an extinct group of aquatic squamate reptiles. It lived from about 82 to 66 million years ago during the Campanian and Maastrichtian stages of the Late Cretaceous. 

Mass: 30,000 lbs

Length: 49 – 59 ft.

Lived: 99.6 million years ago - 66 million years ago (Cretaceous - Paleocene)

Kingdom: Animalia

Genus: †Mosasaurus; Conybeare, 1822

Class: Reptilia

Age: about 82 to 66 million years ago

Tyrannosaurus Leg Piece

Tyrannosaurus is a genus of large theropod dinosaur. The species Tyrannosaurus rex, often called T. rex or colloquially T-Rex, is one of the best represented theropods. Tyrannosaurus lived throughout what is now western North America, on what was then an island continent known as Laramidia. Here is a nice long piece of bone from a T Rex. It  was found in the Hell Creek Formation, near Newell, Butte County, South Dakota, about 20 miles north of Sturgis.  There were a large number of pieces (more than 120)  found in the same exact site, of a T-Rex.  Unfortunately  too eroded  to make a complete skeleton.  All the pieces are from the same back leg, so they are mostly femur, fibula and tibia of the T Rex. The specimen measures about 4.7 inches. It is a quite narrow piece of bone, broken off from a main leg bone.

Height: 12 – 20 ft.

Eaten by: Tyrannosaurus

Lived: 83.6 million years ago - 66 million years ago (Cretaceous)

Speed: Tyrannosaurus rex: 17 mph

Lifespan: 30 years

Eats: TriceratopsAnkylosaurusEdmontosaurusHadrosauridaeCorythosaurusAlamosaurusStruthiomimusTyrannosaurus

Large Spinosaurus Tooth

Spinosaurus is a genus of spinosaurid dinosaur that lived in what now is North Africa during the Cenomanian to upper Turonian stages of the Late Cretaceous period, about 99 to 93.5 million years ago. 

Height: 18 ft.

Lived: 112.03 million years ago - 72.1 million years ago (Albian - Campanian)

Family: †Spinosauridae

Kingdom: Animalia

Genus: Spinosaurus; Stromer, 1915

Eats: OnchopristisMawsonia

Dolichopodidae in Baltic Amber

Dolichopodidae, the long-legged flies, are a large, cosmopolitan family of true flies with more than 7,000 described species in about 230 genera. The genus Dolichopus is the most speciose, with some 600 species. The creature either drowns as the sticky goo fills its mouth and spiracles (bug lungs) or starves as it struggles to escape the resin. Most insects or arthropods fossilized in amber are less than seven-eighths of an inch long, since larger creatures can usually pull themselves out of the resin's deadly grasp.

Scientific name: Dolichopodidae

Higher classificationFly

Rank: Family

Family: Dolichopodidae; Latreille, 1809

Order: Diptera

Diplomystus Fish Fossil

Diplomystus is an extinct genus of freshwater clupeomorph fish distantly related to modern-day extant herrings, alewives, and sardines. Diplomystus' morphology, including its upturned mouth is prototypic of a surface feeding fish. The genus are herrings that likely fed on small surface dwelling fish as Knightia, is evidenced by numerous fossils found with Knightia is the stomach or mouth. The genus Diplomystus is also found to occur in Cretaceous strata in South America, as well as Cretaceous Lebanon.  This piece is dated between 40-50 million years ago.