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  1. I figured you guys would enjoy a few pictures of this Funky Pathological Meg I dug up in the Peace River a few weeks ago. It was a nice start to the season for sure!
  2. Being from California, we have never hunted the Peace River. We will be in the Naples area for a few days. Is anyone willing to take us out for a hunting trip? Can offer an exchange experience for Shark Tooth Hill in Bakersfield. This is an example of what we find!
  3. Thanks to contacts made by FF Member Megaholic (Chuck), this guy will soon be on it's way to the Department of Invertebrate Paleontology at the University of Florida at Gainesville in response to their request to have it for analysis and display. . Abertella dengleri Echinoid- Late Miocene, Peace River Formation - Hardee County, Florida, USA Thanks Chuck for making that connection for me.
  4. Peace River Vertebra ID

    I found this vertebra in Peace River and I haven't had any luck identifying it. Any ideas would be appreciated!
  5. To hunt or not

    I had gone out New Years Day and promised a friend Dave that I would go out today, Jan 3rd to the Peace River. We talked last night about the weather, air temps in the 50s, rain in the morning, winds 10-15 mph. We decided we could handle it. There are 3 of us who tend to hunt together. Each of the 3 spouses think all 3 of us are insane, with her particular spouse being the craziest of the 3. At 8:20 am Dave and I launched from Heard Bridge with a temp of 51 degrees and constant rain. We each had 7mm wetsuits, scuba gloves/boots plus Dave had a scuba skullcap. It stopped raining at 10:30 am, and was mostly sunny with intermittent clouds, and the breezes were sporadic. The primary issue for both of us was how our hands and fingers reacted to the cold. I wore a scuba glove on one hand, switching when fingers on that hand started having difficulty picking up small shark teeth. Dave just tried to tough it out, but at times had to use the index fingers to pick up each tooth. Dave found a couple of horse teeth, a pristine large puffer fish mouth plate, and many small teeth. Here are my finds: and a mass of smaller teeth which is pretty common on a Peace River hunt. Some closer shots: The broken Meg is 2.5 inches. 3rd photo is a cream enamel fragment of a Mastodon tooth... wish I had the rest of it. For those who find these crystalized sea urchen spines, here is an ID for the last photo. Dave and I talked while I was eating lunch and he was trying to pick teeth out of his last sieve, we agreed it had been another great day at the Peace, mostly because the weather is turning COLD! and only a crazy person would hunt the Peace before Sunday.
  6. Peace River Find ID Help?

    I spent the holidays down in Florida so I was able to get in a few days on the Peace River for some good fossil hunting. I posted the trip finds in a separate post. Here are some things I need some help on. Thanks so much! #1 #2 #3 long piece... antler tine? bone? #4 vert of what?? #5 bottom whale tooth? sperm whale?? #6 Thanks for help!
  7. Hey Everybody! Happy new year! So my wife and I went down to Florida for a week to spend the holidays with my mother in law who lives in Cape Coral. We spent a few days around Christmas on the Peace River canoeing and fossil hunting. The weather was great and the river gave up some of her bounty. The river was only about 12 inches below normal which was a little higher than I am used to but I'm not complaining. The higher water makes it harder to dig deeper when the water was already up to my chest in some spots but we managed to pull out some good stuff. Here's the bounty. I am also going to post some items in the ID section that I would need some help with so check out that post too if anyone can help. Thanks and enjoy! Shark teeth. I know just a fragalodon but look at the size of that tooth! Shark teeth. I did well with megs this trip! I actually pulled up my sifter on a dig and had 2 megs in it! That was a first for me Some interesting staining shapes on this tooth's enamel. From what?? Gator scutes, turtle, horse teeth, ray dermal scutes, puffer mouth plate, clam cast, and some mammal bones I believe this bone chunk has some predation teeth grooves on it?? Nice tortoise spur, manatee vert, turtle, horse teeth, middle pic is a drum jaw section, puffer mouthparts, alligator teeth, ray teeth, mammal bone pieces This stuff all came from one hole I was digging in. Lots of ivory pieces, mammoth tooth piece, toe bone?, vert?, whale tooth?, and large piece of bone. Lots of tusk pieces. I was hoping my shovel would scoop out a nice piece of tusk but did not. I will be going back to that spot later in the season. Saw a lot of big gators on the river on this trip too. This was a big one! Thanks for lookin!
  8. Mammal tooth in Jaw Frag

    Still stumped by this one thinking about submitting it for fossil of the month based on rarity alone. First tooth in a jaw I've found yet, seems to be carnivore. Found in a stretch of river with roughly plenty of Pleist. material.Thanks! @Harry Pristis @Boesse @ynot
  9. Very humbling as always to fossil hunt with people as enthusiastic, if not more in some ways, this sunday morning/afternoon with @Sacha and @Max-fossils. Great time talking fossils, Florida, etc. as well as finding my favorite commodities. Not very many people on the river today, still wonder why lol.. Not my best day on the Peace by any means, but still very fun & if I had to choose between quality & quantity, I choose the former and got just that. One really seems to be a wolf/bear dog?/ at least coyote premolar or molar in a jaw frag, has to be one of those or a similar species based on size alone. Not many hemi's, megs, few tigers, but I was barely getting any shark teeth in the first quarter of the hunt (using my 0.5" screen) so I'm happy to walk away with that haul lol. Also like the colors on my largest hemi of the day (the lower w/o much root). Also a nice porcupinefish/pufferfish mouthplate pretty early on, along with the carnivore tooth. & my 2nd glyptodon scute ever, also a nice christmas surprise. Saw a few gators on the way back, got quite a workout on the way upstream to the digging spot (would be suprised if nothing is sore tomorrow). Few more unknowns, maybe mammoth ivory, but I might post those later if need be. Just mostly curious about that canine molar/p. molar. Ironic or at least funny bc I just found my first terrestrial carnivore/omnivore tooth on my previous fossil hunt (a much smaller bear molar) Not to steal all the thunder, spoiler alert a sloth claw core was found along w/ some colorful shark teeth.. (not many pics on the river because I know Sacha & Max/his family took a few) P.s. Thanks again Sacha for organizing this hunt & loaning the kayak, & thanks Max for the unexpected goody bag; I'll have to get with you to confirm the correct ID's after I give it my best attempt. +Merry Xmas to all & safe travels!
  10. Peace river unknown

    This little molar (or pre-molar) is the only other item I found on my Dec 19th trip to the Peace. It's pretty worn down, but I was hoping someone could make an ID for me. Thanks for the time.
  11. This has been a pretty disappointing year so far, with the season delayed by high water levels and then very poor results on trips to the Santa Fe, Withlacoochee and Peace when I finally could get out. This last Tuesday yielded reasonable results which I'm thankful for since the trip was a scouting expedition in preparation for a Christmas Eve trip with @Cam28 and @Max-fossils. Most of the vertebrate finds are pretty typical. My favorite find, though, was this sand dollar that looks like it had been dropped into the river after being professionally prepped. We find thousands of fragments of these while we're screening, but this is the first complete one I've run across. I think it's the best find of the day. I'm hoping Paul and Max will get something on our trip that will make it memerable.
  12. Mammal tooth ID

    I found this tooth yesterday at Peace River and I haven't been able to ID it yet. I think it is a canine tooth from some type of mammal.
  13. Peace River Sharks Tooth Questions

    I have a few quick questions in regards to this tooth (measures approximately 2" in overall length) which I found last week in the peace river 1. What shark does this belong to? My guess is megalodon. 2. Does this belong to a Juvenile shark, or would this have been a smaller tooth on an adult shark? Either way, taking this to the jewelers because it's my first large shark tooth find!
  14. Small Mammal Molar

    Cute little molar I found on my shovel while shark tooth huntin'. No idea if it can be classified into species but seems to be from a small terrestrial carnivore/omnivore. Thanks!
  15. Ear bone?

    Assumed it was whale ear bone when I found it earlier this year (Peace river) but can't seem to find a match. Only about 1.25 inches long
  16. claws

    I found these together in the Peace River yesterday. I am pretty confident they are from one of the Xenarthrans, but not clear on which one. The sizes overlap and are too close to being the same for me to say. I suspect Glyptodont or Holmesina.Thoughts?
  17. Hey everyone, I'm looking for trip suggestions for this December. My wife and I recently had a little time free up and we have flight/hotel points to redeem. We'd prefer somewhere that's not super cold (we're from Colorado) but something that also has some fun things to do besides collecting, like hiking or exploring. I've been considering trips to NC, SC, or the Peace River. I'd love to hear from anyone who would have some suggestions for places where we can vacation and I can get out for a few afternoons to look for cool specimens. I'd be particularly interested in fish/shark tooth locations, but invertebrates would also be cool (especially ammonites, trilobites, etc). Let me know what you guys think - any suggestion is appreciated!
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. White shark

    Is this a white shark tooth or a small meg? Scale in cm/mm (Peace River, Florida)
  21. 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.
  22. 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!!!
  23. 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!!!!.
  24. 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.
  25. 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