Identify a Fossil
Do you need a fossil identified? Fill in this form to get an expert opinion! We have an outstanding fossil ID team waiting to identify your fossil. You can read about the ID team toward the bottom of this page. Questions, images, and answers may be posted on the Fossil ID page.
To help us identify your possible fossil, please upload a couple pictures of the fossil at different angles and/or sides. Be sure that you include a ruler for scale in your image, or at least let us know the size of the fossil. A general location is also very helpful when identifying fossils.
Please make sure the image file sizes are no larger than 1 megabyte each, if they are larger, please resize them, or they may not upload correctly.
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.
Jack Boyland is a local expert on New Jersey fossils and Native American artifacts, especially dinosaur footprints of New Jersey. He also helped with a dinosaur track research paper and helps classify fossils at the Morris Museum.
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.
Paul Murdoch is a local Calvert Cliffs expert and the Vice-President of the CMM’s fossil club. He has found more fossil cetacean specimens and has done more excavations as a volunteer for the Calvert Marine Museum than I can count. He is also and now runs Chesapeake Heritage and Paleontology Tours, which is a fossil guide service for fossil sites along the Calvert Cliffs.
Bill Shankle is an integral part of the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society. He’s a research associate at the New Jersey State Museum and the board president of the Big Horn Basin Paleontological Institute. He has also helped with the FOSSIL Project by jointly leading a field trip with me at a GSA event in Pittsburgh.