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Back in February I went fossil hunting along the Peace River in spots between the towns of Wauchula and Arcadia. I found the usual shark teeth and dugong rib pieces along with a few porpoise and even barracuda teeth. However I would appreciate it if someone could help me identify a few of the other fossils I found. 1. Partial alligator tooth? or just a piece of bone. 2. Tusk or tooth fragment (strange pattern on the cross section. 3. Claw core from a bird or small mammal. 4. Partial glyptodont scute?
Hello again TTF! This will be my second post about my finds from my first trip to the peace river! This post is dedicated to one of my favourite finds and one of my favourite animals, the mammoth! During my trip to the peace river, I found many beautiful fossils myself, but I seemed to have had the best luck searching through other people's garbage. The location where I went to collect in was already visited many times by other people. Everything unwanted that turns up in their shifters is usually thrown to the banks, creating garbage piles. One particularly productive garbage pile produced many of my favourite Dugong ribs, my only meg (more on that later) and a mammoth tooth! How someone could look at these things and throw them away is beyond me. Unfortunately, the tooth was already fragmented when I found it. I believe that all the fragments came from the same tooth, though, because some fit together perfectly! I also have a question about this tooth. Is it possible to identify the species of mammoth from the tooth, either from its features or by looking at the known species of mammoth present in Florida? Thanks!
DinoMike posted a topic in Member CollectionsHere are the Megalodon teeth that I found in a phosphate mine near Fort Meade, FL. Actually, it was a closed mine. Cargill (before they became Mosaic) would dump post-processed overburden from their active mines there in big piles, so that fossil clubs, Scout troops etc. could hunt with lower risk than in an active mine. The downside to this is that the stuff had all been through the phosphate mining machinery, pipes, etc... so it was ALL banged up. Still, better than nothing, as you can see! (I think the bottom right tooth is actually mako, not meg.) .. and then, there's THIS guy! This big boy is the crown jewel of my collection! I didn't find this one, a member of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club found it in a South Carolina river & donated it to the club. The club holds raffles occasionally for fundraising, and I bought $10 worth of tickets... and won this piece!