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  1. Dire Wolf? Bear?

    I just found this tooth in Florida's Peace River. It looks like a canine. Shell Seeker suggested either bear or dire wolf, and as always, he suggested I turn to the experts on the Fossil Forum for help. I appreciate all input.
  2. Here are some pieces I found at the Peace River this past weekend that I need help ID'ing. #1 An incisor just over 2 inches. #2 A funky little tooth. (porpoise?) #3 I have absolutely no idea. It's pretty small. Around half an inch. Surprised my old eyes even saw it. #4 A broken bone end. I'm hoping it's an identifiable end.
  3. Cool Little Gastropod

    I don't want to be a posting hog, so I hesitate before starting new topics, but I thought this little guy was pretty cool. In the Peace, the foundational Limestone erodes into the river and in some areas constitutes a large portion of the gravel we sift. I don't generally concern myself with invertebrate fossils any more, so I only keep the occasional well preserved items I come across, and good preservation is fairly rare. This guy came up in my shovel yesterday (Dec. 13th). I had hoped to just clean it up a bit and leave it in the matrix, but it wasn't well consolidated and came loose. When it dries, I'll see what I can do to put it back together. If anyone can identify it I'd appreciate it.
  4. Human Tooth From Peace River?

    I just found this tooth in Florida's Peace River. Unfortunately it is damaged but it looks similar to a human tooth. I have attached a photo of the top, showing the wear, and then photos of the sides of the tooth, including the side that is missing as it shows the interior of the tooth. I've also attached a photo of a human tooth for comparison.
  5. Help With Some Peace River Finds

    Can someone help me in identifying these recent finds in the Peace River. They were found near Brownville Park a bit down stream...
  6. A Few Peace River Bones

    So, I was going through some of my old bones this weekend and decided I should revisit the forum, since I have been lurking for too long. I was checking how I had labelled some of my fossils and looking at some that I had not IDed yet and I found these four interesting bones. I think I know, in general, what each is, just not specifically what or what from. All were found in the Peace River making them between Miocene and Pleistocene in age. 1. I think this is an osteoderm. The odd curved groove that leads into one "edge" of the piece got me curious and it looks nothing like my armadillo or glyptodon pieces. Any ideas are welcome. It appears broken along two edges and I drew in the direction I suspect the breakage would lead. Also, the top has two concentric ridges that follow the same path as the large groove. Approximately 1.5 inch x 1.25 inch 2.This one I'm almost certain is an osteoderm and I believe it is a xenarthran. I was wondering if anyone had experience with this particular style and could give further information (placement, species, etc). For those with the reference, it looks very much like the line drawings of osteoderms said to be from the limbs of Holmesina septentrionalis from A. Gordon Edmund's, "The Armor of Fossil Giant Armadillos." But without a comparative piece and only one line drawing I wanted a second opinion. Approximately 1 inch x 3/4 inch 3. This is a carpal or tarsal. It reminds me a lot of the horse magnum or ectocuneiform, however it seems much thicker, proportionally, than those bones. I know these ones can be hard, but it is rather distinctive. Approximately 1 inch x 1.25 inch 4. Here is an ear bone. I recall researching this piece and thinking it was very similar to some pig or peccary ear bones, however I have lost those references and cannot seem to find them again. Approximately 1 inch by 1/2 inch Thanks for looking! Roddy
  7. Peace River Unknown

    I posted these pics in another string but thought this might get better vis. Pretty well worn, but retains the basic phalanx structure. The apparent "twist" is what is confusing me. This is lighter colored than most river finds, but still appears to have a high degree of mineralization. Not a hyperostotic bone and clearly is not bilaterally symmetric. Appreciate the time.
  8. My schedule and the river level finally agreed so I could get out Weds. Beautiful day with a low of 63 and a high of 83, mostly sunny....hard to beat. Had a better day than I had expected with the water level still fairly high but very doable. Got a good selection of fossils with 2 really pretty tapir molars and an incisor, 2 pretty good size snaggletooth teeth and other typical stuff. Also got this that I'm unsure of. It's pretty worn but see if these 2 views help anyone identify it. Thanks everyone.
  9. Went to the Peace River for the first time since the rains stopped. I found the usual assortment of goodies along with two pieses I've never found before. I think I know what they are, but as it says at the bottom of all my posts, I'm no expert. Any help with confirmation, or proper identification, would be appreciated. #1 I'm thinking Glyptodon. A piece of osteoderm from the tail?
  10. Peace River Sites Now?

    I know the Peace is still slightly high for the best fossiling and clarity, but we still may give it a go tomorrow as we have the day off. Any input on the best spots to go when the river is still a bit high? We will likely take kayaks. We usually go to Wauchula, Gardner River Rd, Thousand Trails....head up to Charlie via kayak....any thoughts welcome!!!!! And, if you think we'd be wasting our time and the river is too high to sift in general let us know that, too! Seems it could be on the cusp!
  11. Time To Drool!

    I went to the Peace River today. It is HIGH but doable if you are OK with taking risks. I did much as I expected. Found a few items, armadillo osteoderm, large puffer fish mouth plate, a medium Mako and some nice smaller Hemis. Good haul for early in the year. However, a stroke of luck. A year back I made friends with someone who hunted the Peace in the 60s and 70s, and still had about 1/4 of her collection. Items like a complete Mammoth tusk, complete mammoth verts including two that were fused, complete baby Mammoth, Mastodon, and Gomph teeth. Today was the day I was invited to view the collection and I feel blessed. How about tri-colored bone valley Megs: one was white roots with orange bourlette and blue blade. I offered to help Identify 2 fossils just sitting in a tray with a hundred other really special fossils. So here they are: a tusk just over 5 inches and a carnassial at 2.125 inches measured parallel to the occusal surface. Enjoy!!! I only wish I started hunting the Peace in the 60s. SS
  12. Attached are photos of a find from the Peace that I've taken to the Univ. of Fl twice. The 2nd time I got an identification that I would characterize as uncertain. It appears to be the last vert. from a mammal without a tail, or the last 3 vert., which appear to be fused, of a mammal with a very fine tail as related to the spine width. It was identified as belonging to a mammoth at the University, which I assume is possible, I just didn't get a warm and fuzzy at the time. Hope the pictures are OK. Appreciate the time.
  13. It may not be accurate to call this a fossil hunting trip since I neither found nor hunted fossils. It had been a busy 3-4 weeks since my last Peace River trip on July 11th. On July 12th, I headed north to Cape Cod (bluefish and stripped bass were running) and Vermont (went diving off the rocks in the Dorset Marble Quarry and sledding down Bromley Ski trails). Had some good times, but still I am addicted to the Peace River and withdrawal symptoms are setting in -- It is really pitiful. I get irritable easily, shake a little and, worst of all, spend time working in the yard. Even while looking at the USGS gauges, I decided to go to the river yesterday. The river is deep and the currants are fast. I had stuffed everything small into the hatches and strapped down everything else. Had a tether on the paddle and was also wearing a life jacket. I had flipped this kayak just about a year ago in similar conditions and adversity is a great teacher. The river has drastically changed with 4 weeks of daily downpours. All of the occasional vegetation like water hyacinth have been uprooted and swept downstream. In shallow flat areas the width of the river has doubled (at least) and in those areas with steep sides, the river is like rapids rushing thru what used to be tree branches 10-15 feet off the ground. It took me a couple of hours to make the almost 2 mile trip upstream against the currant. My basic plan was to reach a couple of gravel islands (normally 6 feet above the river) and hope that the river was only 2-3 feet above the top of the island. It could have worked! I found the right location with the top branches of saplings which grew on the islands sticking out of the river by a couple of feet. I probed down with my paddle and thought that the top of the island was about 4 feet below my kayak. There was a possibility that I was not over the highest point of the island, but there was only one way to find out. So I stripped off and secured my life jacket, grabbed the tether to the kayak, and jumped in. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. Note that I did not say that it seemed like a good idea at the time. Unfortunately, I was directly over the highest plateau, which was about 10 feet by 5 feet long and 4-4.5 feet under the surface. Not really dig-able because the current would effect both my balance and the gravel as I lifted the shovel. Using the kayak as a floatation device, I kicked my feet to get back to the river bank, into the life jacket and kayak. Here are some pictures. For perspective, cattle walked downhill under and 10 feet past the wire toward me in this photo to get a drink in early July. So, why do I tell this story: 1) When someone wants to visit Florida and the Peace River on their vacation before October, we can point them to this thread -- it is just not possible. 2) It demonstrates how desperate I am to get back to my favorite hobby. If anyone on the forum knows of any location in northern Florida that is not inundated by rain and you can still find a fossil or two, I am willing to travel... please reply to this thread or PM me. I need some summertime opportunities. Thx SS
  14. 2 Inch Mammal Tooth Fragment

    Mastodon has been guessed by fossil friends but I am not that comfortable with growth rings and pattern on the broken edges. I can think of 2 other possibilities, but will leave the identifying to others. Thanks for the Help SS
  15. First Time Poster

    Hey guys my name is Jamie and I'm from the Clearwater area. I've been fascinated with finding sharks teeth for the last 4 years ever since I went to casperson beach in Venice and found my first small meg, and meg fragments. I then ventured out to the peace river in search of a big meg since I hear of people finding them all the time. I've visited the river 3 times now and still no luck. Any suggestions where to look would be nice! I went to the river today and these were my finds. Anyone know what type of animal this tooth is from?
  16. Peace River

    These a a few shots of our trip and the haul we had with fred mazza on the peace river on april 21 2013, we has a fantasic time and i would reccommed fred to anyone looking for a guided tour, pitcured are fred my self my bestie Dot And 2 others Shaun and his daughter..Shaun is an awesome dad not many fathers would do this for their daughters or anyone else for that matter, shes a spitfireand has one heck of a collection and was head picker on this trip, they have been with fred before and come back often...she even give fred a run for his money with finds.....
  17. Flipper Shaped Bone?

    Found this odd flipper shaped bone yesturday in the Peace River. Is this part of a vertebrae? It's 4 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1.25 inches thick.
  18. Florida Fossils-Peace River?

    We are taking a trip to Florida in a few weeks. I know that the Peace River has fossils. We will be in Naples. Do you know where a good place to look for fossils may be where we don't require a canoe? Are there any other rivers near by that contains fossils? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  19. Hi - first post! A friend and I are taking our three kids (ages 6-8) to the Peace River this weekend. Our plan is to screen for fossils all afternoon Saturday, camp in tents at Brownville Park Saturday night, and maybe do a little more screening on Sunday if everyone is up for it. I hope the water won't be too cold for the kids to last for at least a few hours. A year ago my son and I camped at Pioneer Park and did well with small shark teeth and many other fossils in the Wauchula, Zolfo, and Gardner areas. I've never stayed at Brownville, but based on my reading it might be more fun than staying at Pioneer Park in terms of being on a more remote stretch of the river and possibly nearer to good fossil-hunting. It would be awesome to find a small meg tooth or two, but we're not counting on it! For those who know the area, are there decent gravel beds that we can actually walk to from the Brownville campsite, or should we drive to other locations? I've done a lot of searching on this forum and it seems that just about anywhere on the river can be good, but we'll have better chances of finding meg teeth or "rare" stuff the further we go from access points (and of course the deeper we dig). Just wondering if it's worth our while to spend our limited time looking near Brownville Park (upstream or downstream)? Again, we are foot-based for this trip. So excited for this trip - hope to post pictures soon after our return. Any tips appreciated!
  20. Hi Folks- Similar to my post on Mazon Creek 2012...here is my post for Florida fossils in 2012. Mostly a few trips to Mazon Creek and other locations. All trips were led by Mark Renz of Fossil Expeditions.
  21. I've got an odd thing. This vaguely torus-shaped object came in a ten pound bag of Peace River gravel. The gravel is heavily time-averaged and contains Miocene shark-teeth and Pleistocene mammal teeth. My object certainly doesn't look to be part of any tetrapod's skeleton, and while it could be an invert I've got a feeling that it doesn't have any biological origin at all. I'm pretty sure it's just an oddly-shaped 'leverite,' but it looks enough like a man-made thing to arouse my curiosity. Certainly the central hole has a smooth-bored appearance. It looks for all the world like a bead -- pareidolia, probably. The doings of man don't generally hold much of an interest for me, but given where this came from, it seems like it could hail from that brief time in North American history that provides grist for the mills of paleontology and archeology -- the latest Rancholabrean. Did Clovis (or pre-Clovis, if you perfer) people even make beads? If so, do they look like this? In the pictures below the lines on the grid are 2 mm apart. We're looking at a small object here. I'm probably only fooling myself, but I'm curious. Take a look below:
  22. Hello, I will be in Florida in April with my wife and four year old son, and I wanted to take them somewhere to hunt for fossils, preferably shark teeth (Megs). We will be in Orlando (Disney) for a couple days then driving down to Siesta Key / Venice area to go to the shark tooth festival and weather permitting, do a couple shark tooth dives. However, since the wife and son will not be diving with me, I wanted to take them fossil hunting on land or in the shallow areas of the Peace River. I was wondering if anyone could please provide any information on good places a family can go to hunt / find fossils. We will be obtaining our fossil permits before we arrive so we can collect fossils other than shark teeth as well. Any help and or advise would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
  23. A Few Florida Finds

    I wanted to share a few of my finds from this year, but cannot create an album yet. These are from several different trips out to the Peace River. The lighting was not ideal, but I tried to get the photos to where you can see the finer details. If you have more info on the specific species these may belong to, please let me know. Fish Scales Fish Mouth Plates Turtle Spur Glyptodon Scutes A few teeth front and back - The one on the left may be a fish tooth, the others may be incisors but of what animal I am not sure. They all have a polished, glossy feel to them.
  24. Tusk Or Rib

    I found this in the Peace River and immediately thought it was a rib. However, looking at the cross section, I noticed the faint lines of possible growth rings. Sorry the pictures aren't fantastic, but I think you'll get the pics. Outside: Inside: Cross-section: Where the ring ends?:
  25. Peace River

    Found these "strange" fossils in the peace river. What are they? Fossil 1: Fossil 2:
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