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  1. Stumped on these two

    I am having a tough time coming up with what these two teeth are. When I first pulled them out of the river I thought horse. Then looking closer I began to question that assumption because of the hollowness seen in both. Looking on line and through my Neophyte's Guide I then found a similar looking Sirenia molar. But then I also found a Neohipparium Eurystyle unerupted lower molar that looked like a possibility. Any help clarifying the ID on these would be appreciated.
  2. Sawfish Vert ?

    Out hunting today. Interesting location. Mostly marine, but did pick up some Equus teeth at the end. I have a couple of Sawfish verts. Is this another ?
  3. The last couple of fossil hunting seasons on the Peace River have been pretty short and limited. In 2017 Hurricane Irma made a mess of Florida and pretty much ran directly over the Peace River causing unbelievable flooding in the area (Canoe Outpost in Arcadia had to rebuild their office after the waters rose to waist-deep). Last season frequent periodic heavy rains kept spiking up the river level anytime it got down near levels that would have permitted decent fossil hunting. Both seasons were very brief but persistent fossil hunters (driven nearly mad from the waiting) did manage to pull some nice fossils from the rivers and creeks despite the limited opportunities. This season Florida seems to have relocated the switch for the secret hurricane repulsion device and we have been spared any storms. The northern Bahamas sadly were not so lucky and that is a continuing mess that will take more than a year to try to recover from. I remember a time nearly a decade ago when the vagaries of the weather patterns conspired to put Florida into drought conditions. It was a weird year for weather all around. We had a strong blast of cold air from the north that, instead of being repelled quickly, held on for an extended period. This caused enormous fish kills in Florida Bay where the shallow waters quickly cooled below the tolerance of many species and stuck around long enough to make a severe impact. I worked on a project monitoring coral reef health on the Florida reef tract which usually looks for coral bleaching and mortality during the peak-of-summer water heating events. It was a mild year for bleaching but corals are also susceptible to temps below their liking and an estimated one sixth of all corals in the Florida reef tract died during that two-week period over the winter of 2009-10 (some reefs experienced a 75% reduction in corals). In 2010 the rainy season failed to appear as expected and by autumn we were under water conservation restrictions with limits on the days that we could water to try to resurrect our brown hay into lawns. I can remember being in the Peace River nine years ago to the day on Sunday, 10-10-10 near Arcadia. The river was so low that it was virtually impossible to navigate without getting out and dragging the canoe over large sandbars only a few inches deep. It was an interesting time to see parts of the bottom of the Peace River that were normally hidden by deep dark water. It was early enough in my fossil hunting experience that I likely did not take appropriate advantage of the deeper holes which might have produced some prizes that were normally off limits. http://www.canoeoutpost.com/peace/showpage.asp?page=waterlevel I just checked the Canoe Outpost water level page and the river is at their "normal" datum point. This is when the level of their floating dock aligns with their fixed dock. Fossil hunting usually starts about a foot below this and gets really good about two feet below. If we can avoid any late season hurricanes we might have an early start and (finally) a nice long fossil hunting season in South Florida. I'm assuming that the Florida regulars @jcbshark @Sacha @Shellseeker @Bone Daddy and others are keeping their eyes on the water levels and hoping for a productive season to make up for the last two. Looking forward to seeing an over-abundance of nice finds this season. Cheers. -Ken
  4. Petrified wood?

    Picked this up from the Peace River last week. Started to toss it to the bank thinking - another piece of dugong - then I noticed striations on all sides and both ends. They don't appear to be cross - hatch (Schreger-Patterns) but raised my curiosity to a level that made me keep it in the hopes of an ID. The lines are hard to see in the photos but are dashes (- - - - - - ) in most cases and sometimes form a vee pattern. Any input would be appreciated.
  5. ID Help Please

    Picked up the below partial tooth on the first trip to the Peace River for the new season on Friday. Was pretty sure it was a partial Mastodon tooth. After searching numerous images I am now thinking it could be Gomph. Any help with a positive ID would be greatly appreciated. Sorry the ruler became blurred as the focus was concentrated on the tooth. Size is 2" x 2" by 2.5" high.
  6. Opening Day!

    I have been watching water levels and flow gauges for the last two weeks hoping for a continued drop as the dry season seems to have arrived in Florida. I headed east for the 1 hour drive to Wachula this morning when I saw the drop in flow rate and water level last night to a manageable level. It was a beautiful morning and a peaceful drive through cow pastures and orange orchards. That is unil I got about half way there. Suddenly there was a tremendous Bam! on the left rear passenger side of my jeep. Thought I had been hit by an anti tank round! A quick look in the side view mirror revealed a six point buck flopping around in the middle of the road. He had sprung out of an orange orchard at full speed and slammed into the left rear door of the jeep. By the time I hit the brake he was back on his feet and running back into the orchard. A quick check of the jeep showed a small dent (about the size of a quarter) in the left rear door and minor damage to the rear wheel cover, hair was all over the side. Once I realized there was no serious damage I figured there was only one thing to do. Get to the river and find something good! Upon arrival I found the river to be flowing at a very reasonable pace and I wasted no time in getting my kyack loaded and launched. It was interesting to see all the new obstacles left by the summer rains. Several new trees down that had to be skirted and quite a few limbs poking up from out of the water to be avoided. I arrived at my chosen spot that had been producing nice finds in the spring and found a very large palm tree down blocking easy access. I beached the kyack and walked around the tree scanning the shoreline as I went. I immediately saw some horse teeth in about an inch of water for my first find of the day. Scanning the area I saw another interesting object poking out of the sand that looked like some kind of enamel on rock. When I pulled it out I was greeted with a small but nice partial mastodon tooth. This was before I even got the shovel and sifter out of the kyack! Spent the rest of the day digging and sifting with some additional nice finds. All in all a good day. Photos below.
  7. Sm bone

    It feels good to get back to river hunting, slightly early this year. My hunting friend found this bone and asked if I could get an ID. There seems to be some features that possibly identify the "type" of bone (humerus, scapel, etc) versus which animal. It is 3.2 length x 1.1 height (inches). Found in the Pleistocene - miocene mix that is the Peace River. However, most of the associated fossils were shark, fish or marine mammal (porpoise earbone & verts), so marine is a possibility. ALL comments & suggestions are greatly appreciated. Jack
  8. I was kayaking and fossiling this weekend with my sister and her husband in the Peace River in Gardner, Fl. and she found a vert and I am having a hard time trying to figure out what it belongs too. At first I thought it was whale but it's too small and as for a gator the shape looks different so any help would be appreciated :-)
  9. Pristine Peace River Tooth

    This tooth is an outlier in my collection because it’s the only really nice Peace River fossil I’ve ever found... but it’s a beauty. Pronounced bourlette and serrations all around, and that lovely tannin brown *chefs kiss*. As an Aurora guy, I’d call this Carcharhinus obscurus. Does that prognosis still hold for Florida? thank you all!
  10. Odd chunk of bone.

    I recently bought a box of fossils from @Bone Daddy that included a "grab bag" of items found in the Peace River. One of them is odd looking, at least to me. 6.5 cm long x 3.75 cm wide x 2 cm at its thickest. Its got enough curves & slopes that my camera wasn't sure where to focus & I have no photo stacking software, so please bear with me. Not sure if it's just really odd weathering or how this particular bone looks normally, but the under side has sort of ripples running the length of it, all joining at a "point". Pics are of the top, bottom, both sides & 2 of the butt end, 1 of which is a close up. No idea if this is anything special or not, but that's why I'm here. Awesome or dud, either way, it's mine & special for that. So now.. on with the pics. Not sure why 2 of them rotated, but..
  11. Peace River, FL Is this a tusk?

    So I have been going to my usual spot in the Peace River for the past 5 years, always finding something larger or new! This time it looks to be a tusk? This was actually nearby where I found the mastodon/gompothere molar 2 years ago. It was in bedded in the river bed and when it was removed, some piece broke off. It's also fairly heavy for it size. Also, I do have a fossil permit. Can some link me or provide me info about legal concerns of owning this?
  12. I finally got to do some hunting in the Peace River area of bone valley and just want some help with identifying these teeth.
  13. Since I'm done with the Peace River this year, I thought I would start sorting this season's finds in preparation for my report to the Univ. of Florida. I usually throw all the small teeth I find into a jug for give aways, but I had set these 3 teeth aside because they looked a little different. Just wondered if they were anything special. They all are serrated on both edges.
  14. Closer look at Horse teeth

    I have been working with Shellseeker in PM's on identifying several horse teeth found in the Peace River this spring. His input has been extremely helpful and we have narrowed down almost all. The two shown here raised the question as to whether they are Equus or Nannippus based on size (length/crown). I am posting them here hoping for additional input on classification. They are numbered 3 & 4 as they are part of a series we were evaluating. Any input would be greatly appreciated. The red/pink ruler is inches. The blue is metric and provided to give a close up of the crown of each.
  15. Hi I'm going to be making the 2 hour drive out to the Paynes creek area of the peace river to look for sharks teeth. It's a long drive and I am dieing to find my first big Meg. I could really use some advice on where to look. I'm not asking for exact spots but. If i'm going to spend the whole day out there on one of my very few free days then I really don't want to come home empty handed. Please any help will be amazing.
  16. Help with ID

    Found this last weekend while hunting in Horse Creek. Looks like a claw from? Have not seen anything like it before. Not anything recent, definitely fossil. Thanks
  17. Hello! This is my first time posting,I’m sorry if any of the format is incorrect. I read through the rules first. I know some of these might just be rocks that look like something cool, or modern bones/teeth. Any identification ideas are welcome, I’m still learning what is what and I’m really interested in all of these things that I’ve set aside. Most were found in Peace River and Caspersen Beach.
  18. Help identify shark tooth

    So I found this tooth sifting through all the little extras from my fossil trip to Florida, it doesn’t look like any of the other common bull sharks, lemons etc. I think it is a baby megalodon but I’m not sure, it is serrated but a little worn, it’s much wider and not as narrow/pointy as a typical bull. Thoughts?
  19. Can anyone identify

    Florida, Peace River. Arcadia LINK
  20. ID Help Please

    This specimen was found in an area with a lot of Dugong rib bone and other fragments. Initially I tossed on the river bank with the pieces I didn't intend to keep. Taking a second look I thought it could be an ear bone of some type. After a lot of searching on this site I think it most resembles Sirenian ear bone and I am hoping for confirmation or redirection on what it is. Thanks for any help you all can provide.
  21. ID Help -Yesterday Peace River

    So yesterday was a great day on the Peace River. I found what I believe (hope) is a Mammoth spit tooth. If not it's a nice chunk of tooth plates. I posted a quick shot that was somewhat blurry in the discussion section last night promising better pictures today. So, first an overall from yesterday's best finds then to four shots of what I hope will be confirmed as the spit tooth. Input is much appreciated!
  22. Tell me what YOU think this is?

    Found this yesterday in the peace river in Florida. Now, I think I know what this is, but I would like some positive ids from you guys. I hope this is one I can check off the bucket list before I leave Florida. Also, if anyone can ID this turtle, please let me know. I found the whole thing embedded in clay, and now I have a bit of a puzzle on my hands. Would be nice to see some pics for reference. -J
  23. ID Help Please

    Two more finds from last week I would appreciate some help on. First #3 is what appears to be bone of some type. It is heavier than it looks and feels solid. #4 I believe to be a mammoth tooth fragment and am seeking confirmation. Thanks for any input!
  24. ID Help Please

    Did a lot of online searching trying to id this little specimen. What it seems to most resemble is the top if an Equus incisor. Could that in fact be what it is?
  25. ID Help Please

    Looking for help with ID on these two finds from the Peace River, FL. Closest I could come to an ID on #1 is an Echinoid. On #2 I am thinking it could be a giant tortoise leg spur? Any input would be appreciated.