Have you unearthed a fossil?

North Texas has a rich geological and paleontological history. Many of the specimens in the Museum’s collections were discovered by everyday folks who found something odd and wanted to have it identified. Our research staff can usually identify a specimen based on a few decent photographs.

However, there are a lot of things in nature that can look like they’re an ancient fossil of some kind but aren't actually fossils. Curious if you've stumbled upon a great discovery? Submit your pictures, using the form below, to our team of experts.

In the picture, please include:

  • a common object for size reference, like a ruler or a coin
  • the location where the object was found
  • any other possibly relevant clues that may explain the condition of the object
Limit five images and 10MB per file.

Preliminary Identification Form

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