Do you think you may have found a fossil? Complete and submit the form below to get an expert opinion! We have an outstanding fossil ID team waiting to provide their thoughts on what it is you may have found.
PLEASE NOTE: The Paleontological Society is a nonprofit membership organization that works to advance the science of paleontology. The Fossil ID service is performed by dedicated volunteers for the purpose of general education. We are NOT able to provide appraisal services or advise on the potential monetary value of fossils or other items, so please do not ask!
To help us identify your find, please upload no more than three pictures of the item taken at different angles and/or sides. Please make sure image file sizes are no larger than 1 MB each; if they are larger, please resize them or they may not upload correctly.
Without knowing where a fossil came from, it can be impossible to fully identify it. Please include as much location information as possible, especially the approximate locality / place it was found (so we can look up formation) and stratigraphy / rock layer (if known). include this information in the “Where Was Your Fossil Found?” field.
In addition to location, we need to know the relative size of the fossil to make an accurate identification. Please submit items with a scale in every photo, such as a scale bar or ruler.
Photograph all items on a neutral background such as a gray or tan background. PLEASE DO NOT USE WHITE OR BLACK BACKGROUNDS as it fools camera meters.
Submissions without these requirements may experience substantial delays. As a 100% volunteer fossil identification team, we love what we do, and we want to help you get a quick and efficient ID.
We thank you for following these guidelines!
Meet the ID Team
The Fossil ID team is ready to identify your fossil finds! The team consists of 4 individuals, some who are professionals and others who are expert amateurs.
Lee Cone is the President of the Special Friends of the Aurora Fossil Museum and expert on Carolina Fossils. He has found many unique specimens in the Carolinas, including the “Cone Whale” on display at the Mace Brown Museum in Charleston, SC. He has also spoken at two GSA events and is a big supporter of the FOSSIL Project.