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  1. This morning I finished picking through some collections of micro-matrix I made earlier this year for a project I was working on. I was lucky enough to be able to meet-up with Jack, @Shellseeker to visit a collecting spot on Little Payne Creek where I was able to collect a nice bucket of micro-matrix. The fossils in this feeder creek to the Peace River often exhibit much nicer coloration than the grayscale fossils found in the Peace River itself. I came across a tiny shark tooth (8.5 mm x 5.5 mm) that has me stumped as I've not seen anything quite like it before while micro-matrix picking. You'll see it has lovely caramel cream coloration (looks tasty enough to eat ) but the thing that I found unusual about this tooth is the presence of tiny side cusps. The only species I encounter here in South Florida that has side cusps is the Sand Tiger Shark (Carcharias taurus) but the tooth shape is entirely wrong for this species. The shape is generally consistent with Mako (Isurus) but not with the cusps. The age of the material from this location--Peace River Formation (Miocene-Pleistocene) would seem to exclude something like a baby Carcharocles auriculatus or C. angustidens and though I've heard of megs showing primitive cusps on baby teeth, the shape does not fit my concept of Carcharocles. I'm stumped, which is good because this means there is a learning opportunity for me here. Anybody have any thoughts on this tiny caramel beauty? Cheers. -Ken
  2. megladon, finally!

    I finally found an entire megladon tooth. I have hundreds of fragladons and was beginning to wonder if I would ever find one. It is not huge but it is two colors and in perfect condition. Sorry about the crappy pics but my laptop is all I have to work with. I found it laying right on top where flood waters had receded. It made my day! Also found a large vert in perfect shape. And a monster gator tooth, that is a nickle I am holding against the base.
  3. White shark

    Is this a white shark tooth or a small meg? Scale in cm/mm (Peace River, Florida)
  4. Florida Fossil Armadillos

    There are 4 (or more) fossil Armadillos in Florida. I found a very small osteoderm today. It is in this photo with an Armadillo osteoderm that I found 3 years ago, also in the Peace River. So, Is this small osteoderm Dasypus bellus or Pachyarmatherium leiseyi , a much smaller and rarer Armadillo endemic to the Peace River in the vicinity of Paynes Creek State Park. The real question is how to differentiate between these Florida Armadillo species.
  5. Oddly shaped mammal bone

    A curious bone. What bone has a right angle? Calcaneum? maybe Vertebrae process. I hope other have seen these. This would seem to belong to a medium to large mammal. All suggestions appreciated!!!
  6. Medial Phalanx

    5 years back, I found a small bone from a jaguar that increased my respect for small bones and started me down the identification process. It has a spot for claw retraction and overall a medial phalanx can be IDed as such. Fast forward to yesterday. I have been visiting the Peace River and connecting creeks, trying to find places to hunt without much success. DEEP, FAST, FULL of gators. But I am persistent and found access and even a few fossils: an Equus earbone, a nice hemi upper tooth and an unknown toe bone plus a smattering of other shark and Ray teeth. Now I can recognize a Medial Phalanx although it is only 1/2 the size of the Jaguar. I realize that it is Harry, Nate, and those other Florida toe bone hunters who find this interesting. But it does give me an opportunity to show off this: Small but almost perfect out of the clay layer... My 2017-2018 Season has STARTED!!!!.
  7. A claw core

    Satisfying my fossil gene by sorting ziploc bags of old finds. When I am busy hunting (3-4 times a week) , I just dump lots of finds without looking too closely. That gives me the joy of discovery even when I can not go hunting. Here is a group photos of some small one that intrigue me. I am some what lazy and have not take small pictures of all these little one, but selected the one that seems to be a claw core. It is 1.25 x .6 inches. Hopefully others have found similar ones in the Peace River. I seems to have a denser core just sticking out in the 3rd photo down.
  8. Small Sloth tooth

    Spending my time usefully. Sorting, collating, identifying, and throwing out or donating finds from last season so that my spouse will allow me to bring another fossil into the house when the season starts again. I tend to over collect and keep many things others would find useless, but there are always some treasures. One ziploc bag contained a bunch of small goodies, part of which are in this photo: Some I know, some I do not, but for this purpose I am interested in the small Sloth tooth: The tooth is 36 mm length, chewing surface 12.5x16.5 mm. This tooth is small for Sloth, not as small as P. garbani, but small, even for P. harlani, which is the smallest of the Florida ground sloths. In this post, @PrehistoricFlorida.identified a similar but different tooth FROM THE SAME LOCATION as a Megalonyx caniniform. Similar because the two teeth have the exact same texture change going down the side of the tooth. So, some questions. 1) Is the new tooth a Caniniform? In photo number 3 of 4, there is wear abrasion on the side of the tooth, but that may not be definitive. I am thinking it is a molariform, but updating my thoughts about side abrasions. 2) What is causing the differentiating texture rings around the top of these 2 teeth? Is this common. 3) We have 2 species of Megalonyx in Florida: M. leptostomus was about half the size of the later M. jeffersonii (Jefferson’s ground sloth). I doubt whether it is possible to differentiate teeth between them. It is great to be a fossil enthusiast. I really enjoy the detective/speculation. Jack
  9. Hurricane Irma

    Would love to know what these are in the first photo.. found on Venice beach in Sarasota, FL. Hurricane Irma stirred the water up quite a bit, wish I had found more.
  10. What's this reddish-purplish coloration?

    In one very particular site of mine on the peace river, I noticed that some of the fossils have this coloration. Here is a pretty good example on a mammoth tooth I've found. It seems that the fossils vary, but every now and again I get this mineral on the fossils. What is this? What causes it? I'm sure it's probably pretty common and I really should know this, as I'm studying geology at the University of Florida. But, hey, you guys have a collective fossil and mineral knowledge of an ancient god. Put this mystery to bed for me please.
  11. Tampa bay area ID. Image heavy.

    Hello! I'm new to the hobby of fossil hunting. I live in the Tampa Bay area and frequent a little island between Apollo and Macdill AFB quite a bit. I also took two trips to the Peace River last winter. These are the ones I'm quite not sure of! I'm no photographer so the pictures aren't the best but I've tried to organize them the best I could. Any ideas would be helpful! These are from the Tampa Bay area and Peace River area. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9
  12. PeaceRiverWhaletxt.jpg

    From the album FloridaWhales

    Order: Artiodactyl Infraorder: Cetecea Family: Kogiidae Genus: Kogiopsis Species K. Floridana Whale tooth, Length 11.4 cm, 4.5 Inches
  13. Florida Peace River unknown

    August is my month to catalog my fossils from the previous 12 months and summarize them in the required report to the Univ. of Florida so that my fossil permit can be renewed. As I grouped my stuff together, I found a few unknowns, mostly fragmentary, that I'd appreciate a little help with. This first one, I think, is pretty cool looking and appears to be complete. I'm not going to mess with the fragmentary stuff, since most of them aren't display worthy. Here's the little cool one from front, back and side.
  14. Tiny claw core

    16x9.5x5.2 mm What it it? Which animals are candidates? Looking forward to questions, comments, WAGs and an identification. Found yesterday.
  15. Peace River, Florida shark teeth

    Hi all! I've decided to give all of my Peace River, Florida stuff to my daughter (I've decided to focus on invertebrates whereas Viola loves/wants everything, so I'm giving her all of the shark teeth that I've acquired so she can share them with her classmates). I've already been able to identify the stuff that Viola had allowed me to keep (thanks to people here on TFF!), but I never bothered to identify the stuff she chose to keep, so I'm asking for your help once again. I was able to identify a couple of teeth that she had chosen to keep (e.g., snaggletooth, sand tiger, tiger), but I'm not sure of a few of them, so here they are: The top 3 have serrations, although the 2 on the left (lighter-coloured ones) are less obvious than the 1 on the right. I thought that they might all be "requiem sharks" (Carcharhinus sp.). The middle one has serrations along the shoulder but no obvious serrations on the crown (at least I can't see them!) - I figured that it might be a lemon shark (Negaprion sp.), but I'm not ruling out Carcharhinus sp. since their lower teeth are different from their upper teeth (I think...). The "unknown" one has very clear serrations - perhaps this one is also Carcharhinus sp. since it doesn't seem to have the shape of tiger, hammerhead, or snaggletooth shark teeth, but I'm not sure... Thanks in advance for your help! Once these are identified I'll add them to the already-labeled baggies and give them all to Viola Monica
  16. Peace River (and elsewhere!)

    Hey all! This is my first ID post... I have some ideas of what I've got but could really use some input. Can definitely take more pictures of anything in particular. Paramyledon tooth? I have one confirmation on this from a well known digger in the area. What do you guys think? (Arcadia creek) Peccary or deer skull piece? Upper right maxillary area? (Peace River) Piece of coffin bone? (Boca Grande beach) Weird claw core? (Peace River) Drum fish tooth? (Peace River) Thanks for the help guys! I have a ton more but that's all for now...
  17. Wishful thinking?

    I was looking over a metaxytherium vertabrae I bought, and I saw this line. I've heard of shark bite marks on these type of things before, could this be one? If more pictures are needed let me know! Note: I don't know which subforum this goes on, I put it on questions and answers.
  18. anatomy question

    I have a bone fragment from the Peace river- I've been puzzling over it's anatomic position- it seems like it could be shoulder girdle - I couldn't decide on whether to post under fossil ID or question- an ID would be nice, but I am more interested in the anatomy so here it is- the gray scale is for size- 4.7 x3.5 cm
  19. Exciting new fossil in the Peace Country By Derek Larson, Dino News & Views Daily Herald Tribune, July 6, 2017 http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2017/07/06/exciting-new-fossil-in-the-peace-country Yours, Paul H.
  20. Bone Valley teeth

    As many of you know , the Peace River is currently unhuntable due to rains and river depth. In many locations it is 10 feet deep. I thought I was finished for the season but then my regular hunting buddy called to say he had found a "shallow" location. What could this be? Always believe your friends!! Not only was it a shallow spot , but underneath the typical 12-15 inches of normal Peace River black gravel was a layer of crushed limestone , clay, and brown gravel and shark teeth. Many had the white roots typical of bone Valley teeth. And then THIS Meg ?? Only a touch of enamel left. Has the entire Meg been replaced or is it hiding under a layer of limestone? Whatever. I had a bonus day Monday on the river in the sunshine! I am feeling GOOD this week.
  21. Tusk? ID help

    Never seen this before. Some sort of tusk?
  22. While on Sanibel Island for vacation, I decided to go with Marc (Fossil Expeditions) to the Peace River for a couple hours of collecting near Arcadia. Here are pics from my from yesterday of my finds. Not bad results from working one 3 foot area: 140 complete shark teeth, 202 partial shark teeth and other misc items: bird claw, ray mouth plates and barbs, puffer mouth plates, vertebrae, armadillo/ gator skutes, turtle shell, bone pieces.
  23. Need help Identifying this

    This was found in SW Florida Peace River. Any thoughts ?
  24. Kids Club Micro-Fossil Hunt!

    So I didn't know where to post this, but figured fossil hunting trips would be a good spot since the kids were doing an indoor fossil hunt! Today I did my annual class for the Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS) Kids Club. It is always a hit, but due to scheduling I was unable to make the February class and did this one in May. May tends to be a smaller group because of the nice weather and vacations, but we still had a great time! The adults even wanted to get in on this activity and I was more than happy to help! The worst thing that happened was I forgot to take lots of pictures! I took (2) 5 gallon buckets of matrix, one bucket from Peace River, FL and the second bucket from Aurora, NC. I talked to the kids about how fossils in different locations can be similar (ie. shark teeth!) and we explained the importance of labeling your finds! Each person was given (1) 5-ounce cup of matrix from Peace River, and (1) 5-ounce cup of matrix from Aurora. We set up microscopes and laptops an allowed the kids to photograph their 5 favourite finds. We set out books, posters, and print outs to help with the identification part. They then loaded these photos on to a USB and have some very nice detailed photos to take home with all of their finds. That's right, I let them keep EVERYTHING! One kid found a cookie cutter tooth, full root and all! I don't even have one in my collection yet! Aside from keeping everything they found I made sure to send each kid home with a small 125mL bag of each matrix, and 5 various fossils from my Peace River hunting trips ((3) 25mm+ shark teeth, a dugong rib, and a turtle piece.) I shared with them my preferred methods of hunting and encouraged them to try their own! All in all it was a great day with lots of very nice finds! Thanks again to @Sacha for sending me Peace River matrix for my classes!
  25. Odd Florida osteoderm for ID

    Not quite sure what to make of this guy I found last week.... about the size of a quarter and thinking maybe just an odd placement for holmesina/ glyptodon but just not sure. Any help is appreciated: )