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Found 542 results

  1. Toe Bone?

    I think I found a toe bone same time I found the teeth from my last post and also where I found the sloth tibia in a previous post of mine. Peace river, Florida Bone Vally formation. I included a very short video so you can get a better look at it, my pictures do not really capture it well but I am getting better at taking pictures as I go. Take a look interested in what you think, thank you! I really appreciate you guys that help identify. My first year out collecting and I hope to be able to help others here some day. https://drive.google.com/file/d/17XeRmKHvC2duACTqJ1ma2DFikGPHF14R/view?usp=drivesdk
  2. 4 mammal teeth ID

    Hello again everyone! 4 teeth in 2 hours out of my spot in the Peace river, Florida. part of the Bone Vally formation. The first one (far left I am pretty sure its a nice horse tooth. The second (curved) could also be a horse toothbut has these 3 "ribs" (second pic) I guess you would call them that make me think it could be something else. The 3rd from the left I think another horse tooth just broken and the far right, I have no idea. Thought maybe a dolphin but I looked at pictures and the ones I seen dont have 2 roots like this one. Perhaps a mammal of some kind. Excited as always to hear what you think, thank you! The far left tooth is approximately 2" (50mm) this should be good reference for the others.
  3. Help identify peace river find

    Let’s try this again. Need some help identifying this tooth & jaw fragment I found in the peace river area. It has 1 perfect tooth with a second tooth on the opposite side split in half. Has me very stumped!
  4. Proboscidean Calcaneum?

    Was back at the Peace River, FL yesterday and happy to find recent rains had not impacted the water level or flow by much at all. Went back to the area where I previously found Proboscidean carpal, patella, jaw and tibia bones. After several hours of digging in a grid pattern I came up with what I believe is a well preserved calcaneum from a mammoth or mastodon. I would appreciate any input on this being a correct ID or not. Thanks.
  5. Proboscidian tibia?

    On my last visit to the Peace River I came up with four large long bones. They ranged in length form 11" to just over 14" and width from 3" to 5". If aligned end to end they are approximately 42" in length. Two of the long bones do fit together and equal 21.5" when joined. Several small chips/pieces were also recovered and so far I have been able to fit two of the small pieces into the long bones. They were found along with a mammoth or mastodon patella, carpal, partial mastodon tooth and end of a femur. I believe they are a mammoth or mastodon tibia and was hoping for confirmation or direction to search for an alternative. The first two photos are the ends of the two pieces that fit together.
  6. peace river shark teeth

    Hey y'all. I got some peace river gravel and found some small shark teeth in it. There's a few interesting ones that I can't decide what they are. They might not be identifiable, but I'm just curious if they are. Thanks!
  7. ID help on odd bone piece

    I posted a report in the trip section yesterday that included this bone I am not sure about on an ID. @Ash suggested the tip of a mammoth femur and in looking at a number of mammoth femur photos I think he is right. If anyone can corroborate or suggest an alternative your input would be appreciated.
  8. Chased by a Gator!

    Made another trip to the Peace River today. Got on the water by 8 am and headed for a spot where I have previously found mammoth and mastodon teeth. Started digging and by 9 am I had a partial mastodon tooth! Came up with a nice complete deer proximal phalanx, a handful of tiger shark teeth and some mammoth and mastodon tooth chips. My pouch was getting full so I went back to the kayak to safely put the mastodon tooth and other finds in bags and stow them away. As soon as I got back to where I was digging I heard the shovel "clink" on something. Reached down and pulled up a nice vert about 4" across. My probe then bumped something and I came up with what I believe is a mammoth or mastodon patella! Kept digging and started pulling up large bones ranging from 8 " to 12" long and up to just over 4" wide. Ended up with four of them. I was wearing some new gloves recommended by @Shellseeker and was very glad I had them on. When getting up these large pieces I was doing a lot of hand digging trying not to damage the bones while pulling them up. I found an additional large bone that was quite rounded and took a good deal of hand work to free from the sandy bottom. When I finally pulled it up my first thought was - looks like a baboon's behind (lol). I have been through my fossil guide and done some searching on line but haven't found anything that compares to it yet. I had decided ahead of time to head home by 2pm and about 11:30 I began moving all the finds back to the kayak as I knew it would take several trips. When this was done I headed back to the dig spot and the first sifter gave up a nice 1 1/4" meg. This was followed by what I believe is a mammoth germ tooth. More searching on line will be needed verify it. A few more shovels of gravel went into the sifter when I turned around to see an alligator (4" to 5") swiftly heading right toward me! I dropped the shovel and splashed out of the river so suddenly the gator stopped and turned sideways as it kept watching me. It floated there looking at me as I caught my breath and started wondering if I was going to get back in the water to retrieve my shovel and metal probe. We had a bit of a standoff for about 5 minutes. I took the time to load my pouches with the remaining finds I had placed on the bank. Seeing that the gator was just holding in place I mad a quick grab for my equipment and then decided to climb the bank and return to my kayak on land. I had never encountered an alligator in this spot before. Being it is gator mating season they do get more aggressive and territorial. Which means I won't be back to this site for the rest of the season. Thanks to the aggressive gator I called it a day at 12:30. Some photos of the best and largest finds - The stuff in the pail are small pieces that I believe came off the large long bones. Looks like I have another puzzle - like the tusk pieces found previously. Two close ups -
  9. Deer Tooth perhaps?

    Hi Again! Found this over the weekend really nice shape with full intact root. I think its actually 2 teeth stuck together. I did alot of searching, wasnt able to really find anything similar. hipparion; 3-toed horse? tapir perhaps or maybe a deer? any one reconize this? Thank you as always to the community! size is 1.25 Ince (31mm) wide and same from top to root. The teeth themselves are fully intact and small about 3/4 inch (19mm) the tooth on the left in first picture and 1/2" (12mm) on the right Hawthorn Group, Peace River Formation, Bone Valley Member which ranges from Miocene to Pliocene.
  10. Listening to the weather report for Florida on Sunday was getting me discouraged. A cold front was predicted to come through the state Monday afternoon and evening bringing rain, thunder storms and possible severe weather. I had not been back to the Peace River for a week and was thinking if the rain hits hard it will be another week before the river is back at a level for easy hunting. What to do? A look at the hourly forecast for the areas of Wachula and Bowling Green, FL showed a 5% chance of rain at 8 am Monday, 20% at noon and 40% by 2 pm. With that forecast I decided an early arrival at the river with a departure by 2 pm would be doable. I was out of the house by 6:30 am and on the river paddling by 8 am. It was overcast and breezy but no sign of rain. The river was still nice and low and slow moving. I decided to take some pictures on the way to my hunting grounds to compare with ones I took back in Oct/Dec when this fossil season started. Here they are for a side by side type comparison. First up a tree that partially blocks the river north of Payne Creek: Dec 31, 2019 - Same tree as seen today- Next an area I refer to as the rapids as seen Dec 31, 2019 - Same area pictured today - Last is a palm tree that fell into the river. I apologize for the blurry photos here, but the kayak was making it hard to steady the shot- Oct 11, 2019 - Same tree today - So, you may be wondering how the fossil hunting went. Very good I would say. I think I am going to have to start calling the area I was in today the "Bone Yard". Came up with two partial Proboscidian carpal bones, a nice chunk of mammoth tooth, a chip of mastodon tooth, turtle leg spur, some eagle ray pavement teeth, a fairly nice meg, several other misc shark teeth and several unidentified large bone fragments. My plan to stay until 2 pm didn't quite work out. The wind really started blowing hard by 10:30 am. A short time later the water flow seemed to be picking up. Just as I found the meg in the sifter a small section of the nearby bank fell into the river. I was starting to think I would leave by noon just to be safe. Over the next hour I kept noticing the water flow increasing and more small areas of sand falling from the bank into the river. That convinced me to leave before I became just another old fossil in the bone yard. I made it back to the parking area as the wind continued to pick up and the water got a little rough. Home is south and west of the river and I made the hour drive home before the downpours started. All in all a good day! The best finds are below: First carpal bone - Second carpal - in pretty bad shape: There were several additional bones found that I don't think will be able to be identified. I am planning on posting the largest in the ID section once I can get some good pictures. Looking forward to getting back out there at the end of the week!
  11. Raccoon, lynx, or canid tooth?

    Can anyone help me ID this tiny tooth found in the Peace River near Arcadia, Florida?
  12. Mastodon or Mammoth toe bone?

    Hello everyone , I am reposting this along with a short video I uploaded to Google drive . My last post received no response and hoping someone might notice it this time that has some knowledge about the bone . I found this in the peace river in Florida . It is considered the Hawthorn Group, Peace River Formation, Bone Valley Member which ranges from Miocene to Pliocene. I believe it may be eithor a Mastodon or Mammoth toe bone. I included a picture that leads me to this and hope someone might agree and narrow it down for me. Thanks for looking ! Dimensions : 8" (200mm) one end is 5" (127mm) wide and the other is 4" (100mm) wide in the middle it's diameter is the size of a large male wrist . Weighs 1050 grams https://drive.google.com/file/d/10AOA0gvLDI5qLhzrRnenF3nk6kcUjZag/view?usp=drivesdk This is quick video (30 secs) of this fossil, (that's coco stuck her face in my video) that I uploaded to my personal Google drive, I hope it don't violate any forum policy.
  13. Unknown Partial Bones

    On my last visit to the Peace River I found several partial bones in the area where I found a piece of a mammoth/mastodon metatarsal. This is also the spot where I recovered a piece of jaw bone, carpal bone and teeth of mammoth and mastodon. The bones I am posting now are ones I am not sure are even enough to hope for an ID. If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them. BONE #1: BONE #2: BONE#3: Thanks for looking!
  14. I went back to Zolfo Springs again yesterday to make use of the 94 degree day before the predicted cold front and rain came in. Nobody else on the river as the day was supposed to be pretty windy, but it held off almost until I was on my way back to the truck. Decent results with a bison incisor, nice little meg and mako and a cool little canine. The canine is about the length and contour as a domestic house cat and a little thinner and less curved than a raccoon. Nice day out.
  15. Peace River ungual

    Spending some time in the house picking through some micro-matrix I collected last time I was out on the Peace River. The fine gravel is more worn and polished than from other sites (like Cookiecutter Creek) but that is to be expected since the Peace is a much larger waterway with a greater flow (especially in the summer when the gravel is being deposited). Most of the small shark teeth tend to be worn as well but not as much as you'd find from specimens picked up from the surf zone of places like Caspersen Beach in Venice, FL which produce a lot of teeth that look like they've been through a rock tumbler. Few novelties seem to come from the Peace River micro-matrix (compared to other micro-matrix sites in Florida) but an interesting little ungual turned up yesterday. My suspicion is that this is likely a turtle claw core but I see so few of these that I can't distinguish avian from terrapin. Anybody have a thought on this little find? It measures 7.5 mm from end to end. Cheers. -Ken
  16. Peace River fossil

    Peace River April 13, 2020 Found near Wauchula, Fl. I 'd appreciate nay help identifying this fossil? Thanks Steve
  17. I couldn't stay away from the river any longer. 13 days without a fossil hunt and the Peace River at the lowest levels I have seen made for too much of a temptation. I figured I would head to a spot off the main river channel where people have passed me by before without even seeing me. It also allowed me to park in a different area. Where I had parked on the last visit was getting too busy with people swimming and fishing. Got to the river early, about 7:40 am and no one else was around. Loaded up and headed up river. Had to get out and walk a few times as I pulled the kayak over areas where the water was very low. When I got to my spot the water was shallower than any prior trip. As I started digging everything coming up was covered with green algae and the water was very cloudy. I attributed this to the water level and lack of water flow causing the settling of material on the bottom. The morning was going pretty slow with only some small shark teeth coming up. About 10:30 I was rewarded with a nice Hemi and this inspired me to keep digging in the same spot. Glad I did! Within the next couple of hours I came up with a partial proboscidian (mammoth or mastodon) metatarsal, several more unk bones, a partial antler, a deer astragalus, dolphin bulla, a partial meg and some additional nice teeth. A little before noon I heard a very loud air boat heading my way. When it came into view I saw that it was two Florida Wildlife Commission officers. They passed by my site without seeing me and went a little farther north and stopped. After a short time I heard what sounded like a chainsaw. I was curious, so I took a walk along the bank to see what they were up to. Turns out they were cutting back debris from the river to ensure it remains navigable. This was a pleasant surprise and made my return trip easier at a tight spot farther down stream that I found widened as I headed home. Some photos of the days finds: First up the assorted bones including the metatarsal in the lower left. I believe the bone in the upper right is a very worn mammoth/mastodon carpal bone. Next the metatarsal looking like the foot of a small elephant - Partial antler and deer astragulus - A few shark teeth and dolphin bulla - Looking forward to a return trip next week!
  18. Proboscidian Metatarsal?

    Made it back to the Peace River today. I went back to a prior area where I have not seen many people in the past, trying to still avoid others. Came up with many pieces of bone. The one I am seeking input on is the only one that I think has a chance of being identified. Best I can come up with after research is a partial mammoth or mastodon metatarsal. This was found right where I discovered a proboscidian carpal bone and a partial jaw bone last year. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  19. Went to Zolfo Springs, Pioneer Park to put in for a trip on a very pleasant 92 degree Easter Sunday. Lots of people out, but most were doing the social distancing thing......many were not. As usual I was alone for most of my time on the river and it did turn out to be a rather productive day. Horse, camel/llama, gar, gator, Giant Tortoise, turtle, tons of shark teeth and the most interesting finds, 2 unusual osteoderms (top center in the picture). Using the 1/4" screen again to save my right arm muscles, slows down the process, but the tiny stuff makes the day feel more productive than shoveling constantly into the 1/2" screen. Especially in Zolfo where most of the gravel is less than 1/2" in size. Here's the take for the 5 hours, most of which will wind up in the donation/give away section.
  20. 3 unknowns take a look!

    Found these in the peace river, it's really giving me lots of fun and exercise during my time off work, #1 I think it looks like poop, #2 like a small egg (I did read the post about "if you think you found a egg" and the 3rd a tooth. The last one I posted turned out to be a rock but this one is definitely a tooth. I have looked and many alligator/croc images and I don't believe it belongs to either, looking forward to your opinion, thank you! Peace River Formation is middle Miocene to early Pliocene
  21. Help with unknown bones

    I found the below three bones in the same spot on my last visit to the Peace River. I have not had much luck trying to ID them. Maybe just because they are not preserved enough or whole enough to find a match. I am hoping someone might be able to make an ID based on the photos. I even suspected they may be all somehow related. I would appreciate any input. Thanks. All three together: The largest bone - partial small femur? Second bone - Carpal? Tarsal? Last one - Toe bone?
  22. Mastodon or Mammoth toe bone?

    Hi again , I found this in the peace river in Nocatee , FL Looks like I found leg bone to something , It's approximately 8" (200mm) one end is 5" (127mm) wide and the other is 4" (100mm) wide in the middle it's diameter is the size of a large male wrist . Weighs 1050 grams . What you think ?
  23. Florida fossil ID

    Hello I need help to I’d this, my first thought was mammoth or mastodon?
  24. Help identify peace river find!

    I found this down in the peace river Florida area and it’s got me stumped. 1 perfect tooth in the jaw section intact. A second tooth right behind it that looks split in half. Any ideas?
  25. Tooth or Rock

    Hi again , I found this in the peace river in Nocatee , FL Looks like a tooth but maybe just a rock ? About 14mm long maybe bear tooth? Thank you as always!
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