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  1. I have in my posession, two fossilized giant salamander vertibrae. I found them in the Peace River, and was wondering about the scarcity of the material. Any help would be appreciated. I will post pictures of them if requested. -Bill H.
  2. Recently Shellseeker initiated a very informative thread on smaller Glyptodont/Armadillo scutes in the Xenarthrans family. I love these small scutes and learned allot in that thread. As many of you know, I've been collecting micro matrix for a number of FF members, initially with MarcoSr and John Hamilton, but now with several others. Marco has been very kind in guiding me in the collecting of the matrix and identifying finds in his posts. He has also returned to me representative fossils from each locality I've collected matrix from. Yesterday, I took newly purchased gem jars and started sorting and displaying specimens. Each location had a range of very cool fossils, but the picture below shows one of my favorites. It is a Xenarthran scute about 6 mm by 8 mm and about 2 mm thick.It shows a typical "daisy" pattern on the face and the typical smooth concave surface on the rear. Thank you Marco for passing this back to me. Comments or info are appreciated. John
  3. Fish Teeth

    Here are some more finds from the Peace River matrix. Most are fish teeth which I realize cannot be IDd all the time. My main question; is ' B ' a sawfish rostral spine? A and E look like large crushing teeth, and C is more of the crushing tooth pallet. D has got me stumped... some kind of ray tooth? thanks for looking scale is mm
  4. Our Micro Fossil Of The Day

    On impulse today, went on a hike. We had a virgin from Chicago (never been fossil hunting) with us, and she loved it all. Amazed that we could dig about a little and find shark teeth! It was so cool to see her appreciation. We only got in the water up to our knees today. We are all Florida Crackers and terrified of anything resembling cold. We sifted for about two hours total. Scored quite a few good shark teeth, a couple of small vertebrae, a couple of gator teeth, barracuda. All micro fossil. Had to share the find of the day.
  5. Shrek's Favorite Whale Vertebrae

    There are so many amazing pictures on this site, I almost don't dare to share. This is by far our best find. We were hunting in the Peace River, Fl area about a year ago. We were digging in what we consider fairly deep water (4-5 feet). Shrek could feel a large piece of something, quite stuck under his feet. There is NO visibility when the water is that deep, there is too much tannin in the water. He kept trying to dislodge it with his foot, but it wouldn't come loose. Eventually he went after it with his hands. He said he knew it wasn't a large rock as soon as he touched it. When you have a find like that, the pull of the river gets as bad as a drug habit....we can't stop. My father is custom making me a display cabinet. I can't wait to show pictures. My tape measure didn't show up too well, but it is exactly 6" tall, and 6" across at its widest point.
  6. What A Perfect Day In South Florida

    What a great day. We thought it would be too cold to get in the water. The Dopey Digger team are a bunch of pansy Floridians. The thought of outside weather below 70 degrees usually scares us all away. There was frost everywhere this morning. I was ready to curl over and go back to sleep.The lure of teeth waiting to be found could not be ignored. Got some great stuff to add to our collection. I surprised all of us by being one of the first ones in. As soon as Shrek saw I was in....that was all she wrote. No way Fiona was going to out do him. Puss in Boots was right there behind grabbing the shovel; Donkey just kept dry and talked, and talked, and talked from the shore. The pictures aren't too great, but they are all typical Peace River finds. Apparently our method of digging is novel. We "team" dig. We all participate in digging and sorting. All finds go into a big pile. When we get home (if it's late it may be a few days) we all get back together and take turns at the pick of the litter. It works for us because we all live very close, are not in the slightest greedy (yuk) and have known each other for a long time. Shrek loves being able to move unmovable things, Puss in Boots loves meg teeth, I love micro fossils, and Donkey just loves to be there so he can talk, and talk and talk....teehee.
  7. I Can't Begin To Guess

    Found this around the Peace River area in Charlotte County, Florida. Most of our finds are easily identified. This, however, truly stumps me. Going to try to show several pictures from different angles, but I'm new to this site.
  8. Peace River Finds- What Are These?

    These were found in the peace river last year. I split them into 2 groups. The right are clearly fossils and one is a small turtle shell I presume. The largest piece is the brown piece on the left which is about one inch. I included a few images of each including the side view on a few on the left. What is interesting is that the inside of the left grouping is black. It looks like a rock I guess? For the fossils, can these be identified. I know that many are fragments but your expert opinions would be appreciated for both groupings. Thanks
  9. Hey Ya'll, I've been to the Peace River again and found a few more things I can't identify. Sure would appreciate a bit of help here. #1
  10. Dire Wolf? Bear?

    I just found this tooth in Florida's Peace River. It looks like a canine. Shell Seeker suggested either bear or dire wolf, and as always, he suggested I turn to the experts on the Fossil Forum for help. I appreciate all input.
  11. Here are some pieces I found at the Peace River this past weekend that I need help ID'ing. #1 An incisor just over 2 inches. #2 A funky little tooth. (porpoise?) #3 I have absolutely no idea. It's pretty small. Around half an inch. Surprised my old eyes even saw it. #4 A broken bone end. I'm hoping it's an identifiable end.
  12. Cool Little Gastropod

    I don't want to be a posting hog, so I hesitate before starting new topics, but I thought this little guy was pretty cool. In the Peace, the foundational Limestone erodes into the river and in some areas constitutes a large portion of the gravel we sift. I don't generally concern myself with invertebrate fossils any more, so I only keep the occasional well preserved items I come across, and good preservation is fairly rare. This guy came up in my shovel yesterday (Dec. 13th). I had hoped to just clean it up a bit and leave it in the matrix, but it wasn't well consolidated and came loose. When it dries, I'll see what I can do to put it back together. If anyone can identify it I'd appreciate it.
  13. Human Tooth From Peace River?

    I just found this tooth in Florida's Peace River. Unfortunately it is damaged but it looks similar to a human tooth. I have attached a photo of the top, showing the wear, and then photos of the sides of the tooth, including the side that is missing as it shows the interior of the tooth. I've also attached a photo of a human tooth for comparison.
  14. Help With Some Peace River Finds

    Can someone help me in identifying these recent finds in the Peace River. They were found near Brownville Park a bit down stream...
  15. A Few Peace River Bones

    So, I was going through some of my old bones this weekend and decided I should revisit the forum, since I have been lurking for too long. I was checking how I had labelled some of my fossils and looking at some that I had not IDed yet and I found these four interesting bones. I think I know, in general, what each is, just not specifically what or what from. All were found in the Peace River making them between Miocene and Pleistocene in age. 1. I think this is an osteoderm. The odd curved groove that leads into one "edge" of the piece got me curious and it looks nothing like my armadillo or glyptodon pieces. Any ideas are welcome. It appears broken along two edges and I drew in the direction I suspect the breakage would lead. Also, the top has two concentric ridges that follow the same path as the large groove. Approximately 1.5 inch x 1.25 inch 2.This one I'm almost certain is an osteoderm and I believe it is a xenarthran. I was wondering if anyone had experience with this particular style and could give further information (placement, species, etc). For those with the reference, it looks very much like the line drawings of osteoderms said to be from the limbs of Holmesina septentrionalis from A. Gordon Edmund's, "The Armor of Fossil Giant Armadillos." But without a comparative piece and only one line drawing I wanted a second opinion. Approximately 1 inch x 3/4 inch 3. This is a carpal or tarsal. It reminds me a lot of the horse magnum or ectocuneiform, however it seems much thicker, proportionally, than those bones. I know these ones can be hard, but it is rather distinctive. Approximately 1 inch x 1.25 inch 4. Here is an ear bone. I recall researching this piece and thinking it was very similar to some pig or peccary ear bones, however I have lost those references and cannot seem to find them again. Approximately 1 inch by 1/2 inch Thanks for looking! Roddy
  16. Peace River Unknown

    I posted these pics in another string but thought this might get better vis. Pretty well worn, but retains the basic phalanx structure. The apparent "twist" is what is confusing me. This is lighter colored than most river finds, but still appears to have a high degree of mineralization. Not a hyperostotic bone and clearly is not bilaterally symmetric. Appreciate the time.
  17. My schedule and the river level finally agreed so I could get out Weds. Beautiful day with a low of 63 and a high of 83, mostly sunny....hard to beat. Had a better day than I had expected with the water level still fairly high but very doable. Got a good selection of fossils with 2 really pretty tapir molars and an incisor, 2 pretty good size snaggletooth teeth and other typical stuff. Also got this that I'm unsure of. It's pretty worn but see if these 2 views help anyone identify it. Thanks everyone.
  18. Went to the Peace River for the first time since the rains stopped. I found the usual assortment of goodies along with two pieses I've never found before. I think I know what they are, but as it says at the bottom of all my posts, I'm no expert. Any help with confirmation, or proper identification, would be appreciated. #1 I'm thinking Glyptodon. A piece of osteoderm from the tail?
  19. Peace River Sites Now?

    I know the Peace is still slightly high for the best fossiling and clarity, but we still may give it a go tomorrow as we have the day off. Any input on the best spots to go when the river is still a bit high? We will likely take kayaks. We usually go to Wauchula, Gardner River Rd, Thousand Trails....head up to Charlie via kayak....any thoughts welcome!!!!! And, if you think we'd be wasting our time and the river is too high to sift in general let us know that, too! Seems it could be on the cusp!
  20. Time To Drool!

    I went to the Peace River today. It is HIGH but doable if you are OK with taking risks. I did much as I expected. Found a few items, armadillo osteoderm, large puffer fish mouth plate, a medium Mako and some nice smaller Hemis. Good haul for early in the year. However, a stroke of luck. A year back I made friends with someone who hunted the Peace in the 60s and 70s, and still had about 1/4 of her collection. Items like a complete Mammoth tusk, complete mammoth verts including two that were fused, complete baby Mammoth, Mastodon, and Gomph teeth. Today was the day I was invited to view the collection and I feel blessed. How about tri-colored bone valley Megs: one was white roots with orange bourlette and blue blade. I offered to help Identify 2 fossils just sitting in a tray with a hundred other really special fossils. So here they are: a tusk just over 5 inches and a carnassial at 2.125 inches measured parallel to the occusal surface. Enjoy!!! I only wish I started hunting the Peace in the 60s. SS
  21. Attached are photos of a find from the Peace that I've taken to the Univ. of Fl twice. The 2nd time I got an identification that I would characterize as uncertain. It appears to be the last vert. from a mammal without a tail, or the last 3 vert., which appear to be fused, of a mammal with a very fine tail as related to the spine width. It was identified as belonging to a mammoth at the University, which I assume is possible, I just didn't get a warm and fuzzy at the time. Hope the pictures are OK. Appreciate the time.
  22. It may not be accurate to call this a fossil hunting trip since I neither found nor hunted fossils. It had been a busy 3-4 weeks since my last Peace River trip on July 11th. On July 12th, I headed north to Cape Cod (bluefish and stripped bass were running) and Vermont (went diving off the rocks in the Dorset Marble Quarry and sledding down Bromley Ski trails). Had some good times, but still I am addicted to the Peace River and withdrawal symptoms are setting in -- It is really pitiful. I get irritable easily, shake a little and, worst of all, spend time working in the yard. Even while looking at the USGS gauges, I decided to go to the river yesterday. The river is deep and the currants are fast. I had stuffed everything small into the hatches and strapped down everything else. Had a tether on the paddle and was also wearing a life jacket. I had flipped this kayak just about a year ago in similar conditions and adversity is a great teacher. The river has drastically changed with 4 weeks of daily downpours. All of the occasional vegetation like water hyacinth have been uprooted and swept downstream. In shallow flat areas the width of the river has doubled (at least) and in those areas with steep sides, the river is like rapids rushing thru what used to be tree branches 10-15 feet off the ground. It took me a couple of hours to make the almost 2 mile trip upstream against the currant. My basic plan was to reach a couple of gravel islands (normally 6 feet above the river) and hope that the river was only 2-3 feet above the top of the island. It could have worked! I found the right location with the top branches of saplings which grew on the islands sticking out of the river by a couple of feet. I probed down with my paddle and thought that the top of the island was about 4 feet below my kayak. There was a possibility that I was not over the highest point of the island, but there was only one way to find out. So I stripped off and secured my life jacket, grabbed the tether to the kayak, and jumped in. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. Note that I did not say that it seemed like a good idea at the time. Unfortunately, I was directly over the highest plateau, which was about 10 feet by 5 feet long and 4-4.5 feet under the surface. Not really dig-able because the current would effect both my balance and the gravel as I lifted the shovel. Using the kayak as a floatation device, I kicked my feet to get back to the river bank, into the life jacket and kayak. Here are some pictures. For perspective, cattle walked downhill under and 10 feet past the wire toward me in this photo to get a drink in early July. So, why do I tell this story: 1) When someone wants to visit Florida and the Peace River on their vacation before October, we can point them to this thread -- it is just not possible. 2) It demonstrates how desperate I am to get back to my favorite hobby. If anyone on the forum knows of any location in northern Florida that is not inundated by rain and you can still find a fossil or two, I am willing to travel... please reply to this thread or PM me. I need some summertime opportunities. Thx SS
  23. 2 Inch Mammal Tooth Fragment

    Mastodon has been guessed by fossil friends but I am not that comfortable with growth rings and pattern on the broken edges. I can think of 2 other possibilities, but will leave the identifying to others. Thanks for the Help SS
  24. First Time Poster

    Hey guys my name is Jamie and I'm from the Clearwater area. I've been fascinated with finding sharks teeth for the last 4 years ever since I went to casperson beach in Venice and found my first small meg, and meg fragments. I then ventured out to the peace river in search of a big meg since I hear of people finding them all the time. I've visited the river 3 times now and still no luck. Any suggestions where to look would be nice! I went to the river today and these were my finds. Anyone know what type of animal this tooth is from?