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  1. Peace River ID needed

    My boyfriend and I finally made our first trip to the Peace River two weeks ago. We were lucky enough to spend the whole week on the river with varying levels of success. We did find a few smaller megs and fraglodons. We need help identifying many of the items we are unsure of. There are LOTS of pictures headed to the ID forum so please help if you can! Pic files are big so I can only upload one at a time. We flew so I had to leave another probably 20lbs of other huge bone fragments, dugong ribs etc with a friend who lives in the area. I won't get them until they drive up here in July. Thanks EDIT: I'll use my new Moderator powers to edit your posts adding item numbers to your finds so they may be more easily referred to later on in the discussion below. -Ken Item #1
  2. tooth fragments

    I have a few pieces of what looks like teeth to me. wondering if a differential ID can be proposed
  3. Who did I belong too?

    Found in the Peace River, Arcadia, FL! Who did I belong too?
  4. ...at least for me for this season. I'll be out of the country over the next two weekends and then off to Greece on vacation for most of June so I'll likely not get another chance at hunting the Peace River this season unless something really unusual happens with the weather. I expect rainy season to have started by the time I'm back from Greece and the Peace will likely be several feet higher that it is at the moment. Currently, the Peace is as low as I've seen it this season. During a heavy drought several years back I've seen the Peace about a foot lower than it is now which made for a long trip from Brownville to Arcadia with a lot of time out of the canoe pushing it over shallow sandy areas. Yesterday, we had to get out a number of times and that combined with the headwind we fought all the way back to Arcadia meant we had to allocate more travel time which left less time for digging and sifting. On the (Canoe Outpost) bus ride up from Arcadia to Brownville we spotted a couple sitting the seat in front of us who looked to be new to fossil hunting on the Peace. They had loaner sifting screens and a shovel from Canoe Outpost and I figured we might help introduce them to a fun (and addicting) passtime. We hadn't planned on spending much time at the large (well-known and hard-hit) gravel bed just downstream from Brownville but changed our plans to help Mike and Samantha (if I haven't misremembered their names by now--names, not my strong suit). After a brief stop before the main gravel bed we stopped at another area with very chunky gravel that is even closer to the boat ramp at Brownville. This area is well within walking distance from Brownville Park and I suspect it gets hit hard by walk-ins. Lots of gravel to be found at that spot but it wasn't even giving up small shark teeth so we soon moved down to the primary gravel bed near Brownville. I gave some tips and pointers on how to hunt the area and let them use our larger sifting screen with 1/4" mesh while we poked around with the 1/"2 mesh sifter trying to find an area that was producing fossils. The gravel bed at this location is virtually from bank to bank and runs for somewhere between 100-150 feet so it is not a tiny area. Even though it is large it is by no means cryptic and it attracts lots of attention. Evidence of holes and piles litter the bottom here (till they are erased like a big Etch-a-sketch each summer during flood stage). The big trick to hunting this site is to find some place where you are not digging through someone's spoils. Prospecting lots of sites in this location till you hit an area that is producing some nice finds is the best way (IMHO) of working this location. We poked around without much luck till we found an area that my probe told me had some gravel under a topping of sand. Within a few minutes digging there I pulled out a rather large chunk of giant tortoise (Hesperotestudo) carapace that should have been identified and kept by any previous hunters. This made me feel more certain about spending more effort in this spot. Before long we were pulling out some larger shark teeth (and fraglodons) as well as a few other things like gator teeth and mammoth and mastodon tooth fragments. Every so often I'd bring over some donated finds to our new "students" so they could start to understand the diversity of finds that can be pulled from the Peace. I continued to dig in the spot we finally landed on as it was giving up a variety of small prizes which were useful in demonstrating the types of things to look for in the Peace. Shark teeth are relatively easy to find and identify but more obscure fossils require obtaining a search image to be able to spot effectively. Shortly after I had shown the river's two newest fossil hunters a small piece of mammoth tooth we pulled something interesting out of our sifting screen. Tammy got to it first (she works the sifter while I man the shovel). Initially, she thought it was an odd piece of turtle shell (a good assumption as the Peace has lots of varied pieces of turtle and tortoise carapace). She had picked it up and was holding it sideways. I took it from her to look closer and upon rotating it saw the occlusal surface. "Horse tooth," I said instantly seeing the crenulated enamel ridges on the top of the tooth. But something was odd about it--it just didn't look right. Lower horse teeth are more narrow and elongated (better to fit into the narrow lower jawbone) while upper horse molars are more squarish. This piece wasn't quite square nor was it as elongated as a lower tooth should be. It was the right size for an Equus molar but the square peg just wasn't fitting into the round hole. Finally, the penny dropped and I excitedly understood why this horse molar looked so odd--it wasn't equine at all! It was mammoth--BABY mammoth! I went over to show this new find to our fossil partners do jour and while I was explaining to them how you could tell it was mammoth (by the very characteristic bands and loops of enamel sandwiched together with layers of cementum) Tammy came over and said, "Guess what I found?" I hadn't a clue--the Peace can give up a wide variety of items. She held out in her hand another chunk of baby mammoth tooth--one entire loop of enamel. It only took a few seconds to verify that this piece fit neatly into the chunk we had just found--the tooth was growing! You can be sure we dug around in that spot for another hour or more but never found another scrap of this tiny tooth. Likely it had previously fragmented on its path from where it was eroded out of the river bank to the spot we recovered it. The two pieces had probably recently separated but didn't make it far from each other--they may have even separated just with the agitation of shaking the sand out of the sifting screen. I'm glad we were able to reunite this pieces. Still, by no means a complete baby mammoth molar but a good size chunk and my trip-maker for the day. I had originally planned on skipping past this location and prospecting some other gravel spots we have hunted in the past but haven't tried for several years. I'm glad the decision to instruct some newbie fossil hunters paid off so quickly with fossil Karma. Before too long our new acquaintances headed off down river and we soon gave up our search for any more of this molar and continued down as well. On the way down we spotted a large gator in the same spot as we saw one when we were there last time. It looked to be about the same size (9-10 foot) and I suspect it was the same individual in its current favorite sunning spot. We prospected a bit here and there but had spend so much time near Brownville that we wanted to make it down to our favorite spot near Oak Hill. We stopped again at this location to hunt for a bit because it has chunky gravel and sometimes gives up nice prizes. Mostly, it's just big chunks of matrix with lots of dugong rib bones and very few shark teeth but this is the same spot that gave up two nice gator osteoderms last time out. The water is quite low without much current at the moment. If fact, the wind that was blowing steadily from the south was actually pushing my sifting screen upstream. You can see from the photos below that the water is also quite cloudy as there is a major algae bloom going on presently. This is making the normally tea-colored clear river water quite opaque and greenish. Vertical visibility is less than a foot. This lack of clarity is not impacting fossil hunting too much but it makes the paddling downstream more difficult as it is making the sand bars and deeper water channels more difficult to discern. Hidden logs below the surface are also more difficult to see making for more dangerous navigation. We had to think more while traveling but since we know this stretch of the river pretty well we didn't have major difficulties. Here I am enjoying the Peace for my final trip of the season. This second stop of the day didn't give up any large prizes but did produce a nice diversity of items. The second find of the day was this tiny jaw with several molars in place. It looks to be something from the a rodent or lagomorph but I'll need to spend more time getting an ID on this.
  5. I've never been out of Brownsville. I'll probably head South once I get there. I'm expecting the river to be extremely low. I don't sift, so I guess I'll be looking for holes. Anybody familiar with the area? North or south more promising? Everyone is welcome to come. -J
  6. Tortoise Shell?

    Not sure if this tortoise, turtle, or some type of scute. Found in the Peace River. Measures about 5 inches.
  7. Possible tusk; everyone is stumped

    I thought this would be an easy ID, but everyone is stumped. I found this in Florida's Peace River in a mix of pleistocene and miocene material. It is approximately 3 1/4" long by 3/4" wide by .5" wide. I've looked at photos of giant beaver teeth and this item is quite straight, very little curve to it. It was also suggested possible juvenile proboscidean tusk but I have zero experience with those. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  8. ID help Please

    No Idea about this one Skull possibly. Found Bison tooth nearby and Llama toe bone/
  9. More help needed

    Markings on mat are 1 inch squares. Possible to be Whale vert?
  10. ID Help neede d

    Marks on mat are 1 inch squares. Any help appreciated, If suggestions, I can do more research online or in my books. Thanks
  11. Suspect carnivor incisor

    Found in Arcadia FL area. Suspect carnivor incisor very "beefy" root. Possible canine/ feline ?
  12. April 30th Peace river

    Chris (search4) and I are heading out Sunday for a hunt on the Peace. He's bringing his wife and my kids are coming with me and possibly another member and his son. If any members want to join us you're more than welcome. You will need a canoe or kayak. Pm me and I'll give you the details, Jeff
  13. April 28 Peace River?

    Hi all, I am going to be in central Florida this week on a business trip and I have a bit of free time Friday afternoon. I am planning to go to the Peace and was wondering if anyone would like to meet up. It has been a couple years since I collected in FL and I cannot wait to get back out there!
  14. Peace River "dog" ?

    Can't quite tell what kind of "dog" tooth this belongs to. I went for a trip on the Peace River and found a lot of mammal bits, but this is one that's still giving me trouble to ID. Would love to hear any thoughts. Thanks!
  15. Dugongs in the peace

    Question, I have been digging ALOT in the peace river in Arcadia this year, not one dugong rib. Yet I can head north 7 miles or so to Brownville and find at least 5 a day. Why do yall think this is? Thanks.
  16. Fossiling season

    Hello Everyone, I am aware this may be a dumb question but thought that a lot of Floridians would have the best input. I am a traveling therapist and have the opportunity to travel to Florida this fall on a 3-month assignment. I have never hunted Florida Fossils on the Peace River outside of the months of April and May and was just looking to clear the air on whether Fossil hunting is possible during the Fall-winter months (say September thru February). I am aware that this is still considered the dry season, but was hoping to get some pointed advice on this time of year. Again, I am most likely looking to hunt the Peace. Thanks all for any advice/ help you can give!
  17. Peace River Podial

    Don't yet know my mammal podials. Found this beauty in the Peace River in Florida last Friday. Anyone know what it is?https://youtu.be/wnG4DzQYYU8
  18. Florida member meet up

    Today I was fortunate to get the opportunity to hunt with a group of members on the Peace river in a stretch I've not been to yet. I personally didn't find the holy grail but did get to see some pretty nice pieces found. I would like to thank all the folks who came out today including Chris( Search4), John(Sacha), Ken and Tammy( Digit), Paul( Cam28), Kyle( Addicted2fossils), Cris (Cris) ,Grimlock (Dan) and his son Wolfie, Sir Tommy the toad (Jeremy) and his family and Calvin Jenkins (Kevin) My phone was close to dead by the time we arrived because I had to use my gps on it to get there and thus only have a handful of pics to share but it was great to get together with these folks for a hunt in our great state included is a pic of my better finds including a nice posterior Meg, hemis and a horse tooth. Please feel free to add some pics to this. Also, thank you John for putting us on some good hunting grounds for this trip
  19. Jaw and vertebra id please?

    Can anyone help me id these two pieces that I found when sifting for shark teeth from the Peace River near Wachula, FL? Thanks.
  20. Help identifying please

    Found these yesterday on the Peace River, not sure if unique rock formations or something more. Thank you!
  21. Peace River IDs

    Hi. I found these claws/talons (?) on the Peace River Saturday. Can anyone help me with a definitive ID for them? Thanks, Steph
  22. Peace River Claw Core

    Hey guys! I dug up this claw core in the peace river last week and wanted to get some opinions on a proper ID. Any suggestions are appreciated!
  23. With the waters of the peace river very low, slow and about as clear as it gets I decided to try my luck snorkeling a few deep holes I visited last year north of Arcadia. The gators are out but we were as safe as possible and had zero issues. The depth of our best hole went from 2-3 feet of limestone bottom to a roughly 10' deep hole that was 4ish feet wide and 20+ feet long. We threw rocks in for about 20 minutes hoping to scare out anything that might be hiding and then I cannon balled in. It took a few minutes to check things out (dive light on hand) and one of the first things I saw was chunky gravel with a Meg tip sticking out. I didn't have any scuba tanks with me and had to go back to the surface frequently because of the depth but we recovered a great deal of fossils! We also dug for an hour or two afterwards and did ok but nowhere near as good as when we snorkeled. I dont usually hunt this far south but that's going to change in the future :). Here are the best from the day : Overview of the best: Huge haul of Megs, a few Makos, tigers and snaggleteeth Smallest Megs I've ever found A beautiful 2.5" Meg Horse teeth and a cow tooth Sloth tooth pieces Deer antler with skull piece Pieces from 2 different mastodon teeth Ivory Raptor leg/claw bone
  24. open invite to a member hunt

    A few members are getting together for a Peace river hunt on Saturday April 15th. It will be on the Peace and you will need to provide your own canoe or kayak. I was hoping to get away from the areas hunted by the canoe outpost folks so this is going to be out of the area they service. Any TFF members are welcome to join and folks new to hunting would be able to learn from some of our valued members on here with years of experience hunting this great area. It will be paddling upstream from where we put in and even though the river is very low with little current now it is still a workout paddling against the current and I'm sure we will do our share of dragging craft over the shallow spots so expect a fair bit of physical exertion. If this sounds fun send me a pm and I'll keep you in the loop Jeff