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  1. fossilus

    Huge vertebra I found last week

    So last week in the heat of SE Texas I decided to go on a kayak trip (It was 102 F). I didn't find too much but did find this giant thoracic vertebra. It's about 25cm, 9.75 in to the top of the processes, 24 cm (9.25 in) wide across the processes. It looks different than most of my proboscidian vertebrae that I've found, it has a very round neural channel, like I've often seen in sloth thoracic vertebra. It's also stretched vertically. The front articular process extends farther out than what I see in my elephant vertebrae (could it be a xenarthra type process?). It
  2. Jonathan Raymond

    My bull shark tooth

    Here are two pics of my bull shark tooth. Species: Carcharhinus leucas Age: 11 700 years to 5 millions years ( Pleistocene-Pliocene) Size: 0,98 inches Localisation: Florida (Sarasota)
  3. val horn

    unknowns from tar river NC

    I have always thought to bring home whatever I find, as I can throw it out later. Now that I am starting to go through old stuff I am finding it harder than I expected. Some are clearly junk, some are small pieces of bone without any identifying character but I remember how much fun I had finding these pieces. the good part is looking at what I had forgotten about. Here are two that I still hope someone can maybe identify. The first is a very heavy dense piece of long bone 15 cm by almost 4 cm with a partial surface on one epiphysis. the second is a very light bone (making m
  4. fossilus

    Beauty in the beast

    I went fossil hunting last week in SE Texas heat and humidity. Not a lot of finds but I did find this proximal humerus encased in sandstone. I wanted to share it after I cleaned off the sandstone and ID'ed it. I believe Bison, quite possibly Latifrons as at least one Latifrons horn core has been found at this site along with many massive bison bones. Heavily mineralized, this piece weighs about 2kg (4.5 lbs) and is about 15cm max width, 18.5 cm long. It retains the process that is usually missing from the river finds I've made. What I find cool is the crystal filled void! Most o
  5. dbrake40

    Mystery Bone - Pleistocene?

    Mystery bone fragment. Partially mineralized. Found on a riverbank in southern Minnesota. Deposits on the river are mostly Pleistocene to modern ( with a couple Cretaceous band cut through). My first thought was a very old very tumbled calcaneus (horse or bison size). But the depression, pointed out in red circle, does not seem to match either of those. I know its very worn but thought I'd give it a shot here.
  6. All you experts out there please help me id these finds exploring fishing with my young son yesterday in local river tributary. background info temp 108 degrees f. River spring fed and not dried up like all others in north tx. Between putting worms on 5 year olds hook I found these specimens. 1. first 3 pics found large sandstone that I had a feeling might have a fossil in it due to shape. Started to break edged off with sturdy rock and ended up breaking in half. This is what I found. Coal fossil that has chambers like bamboo. Coniferous fern like plant trunk o
  7. MeggieKat

    Found in Southern Louisiana

    While riding four wheelers along the creek, my friends found this. To my completely untrained eye it looks like some sort of phalanx, but I have no idea. Several fossils have been found in the area from the pleistocene, pluocene, and miocene epochs. If you have any ideas, let us know!
  8. Lucid_Bot

    Modern Bone and Tooth?

    Howdy! Found a bone and tooth the other day in a stream in Allegheny County. I tried burning the bone, but couldn't smell anything.
  9. During our explorations in search of fossils, we obviously favor sedimentary rocks; I invite you to follow me with my wife in search of fossils… in volcanic rocks! (only observation without sampling) In the center of the volcanic massif of Cantal (central France), we explored a not very accessible valley where outcrop deposits of breccias of dense pyroclastic flows, in search of fossil woods of Villafranchian age (upper Pleistocene). According to an old reference (conference , 1969) one can find: “sometimes tree trunks inclined in all directions and sometimes branches. They are black
  10. garyc

    Artiodactyl jaw

    Despite the 100 plus degree temps, the low level of the Brazos River drew me from comfortable air conditioning. I hit a stretch of the river that I frequent and know that it’s been picked over, but it’s almost a foot lower than my last visit so I hoped there would be more to find. I didn’t come home with the haul I’d hoped for, but I was not disappointed either. The find of the day was this partial mandible. When I initially picked it up I was thinking bison. After getting home and cleaning it up a bit and comparing to another bison jaw I have I’m now leaning toward camelid. I also think that
  11. I just wanted to share this, thought it might be of interest and there's definitely room for improvement and tips! This was the first fossil mammoth tusk I restored and prepared a few years ago- a juvenile mammoth tusk that was split laterally almost perfectly down the middle. It was sourced from central Alaska, though not sure if it was discovered in a mining operation or if it was exposed on a river bank as so many are. The first step was to submerge and soak the entire tusk in a PVA solution, followed by Apoxie sculpt and banding to merge the two broken pieces and restore some
  12. This is a tusk I prepped a few years ago, sourced from central Alaska. It was in great shape for being a partial, no breaks to repair or even major cracks to fill, all natural besides a little stabilization and polishing to bring out the colors. Really strong vivianite on this one and inside the internal cavity appears to be crystals. It was tricky to get a good photo of them, but see below. I took a few of the inside shots with a UV flashlight as well as just a flash. Vivianite crystals?
  13. Hello to everybody! I'm kinda new here, but before I start I must say I really love this forum! It has really great vibes and you instantly can tell that this is a good and friendly community! So, I am ziggycardon, I live in Belgium, close to the border of the Netherlands and when we start speaking geologically, I live on the same cretaceous sediments as where the first major Mosasaurus discoveries where done! Unfortunatly I have never been on a fossil hunt myself and everything currently in my collection was bought or given to me. But I hope to change that soon, as I am dyi
  14. With pleasure I want to show you my collection of fossils - it's a work in progress. My first piece is this Lycoptera davidi from Western Liaoning, my brother's gift for my birthday. The plate is 13 centimeters long, the fish 8 centimeters long.
  15. I finally took a trip to the North Sulphur river last week. There have been a couple good rains so I was hoping that would uncover some stuff. The last couple of trips in 2021 were terrible. All muddy and picked over. This trip was still pretty muddy and little in terms of quality mosasaur material. However I went low and found a lot of smaller material. I wonder if the recent muddyness of the river is due to the lake construction or if the river just hasn't had enough rain lately? Is picture 2 an enchodus jaw? I believe the pictures of item 3 are of a really chipped pi
  16. garyc

    Mammal bone

    I’m at a loss on this large bone fragment. I found it on the Brazos River in SE Texas, Pleistocene. It seems too thick for a rib…. The solid bone at the broken end is about 1/2 inch thick. At 10 inches long and broken, it could be a limb bone???
  17. Hi all, would love your thoughts on what this might be. Found it in Tamala limestone aka Coastal Limestone that dates back to the Pleistocene Age. The circular parts about 1" in diameter.
  18. This is a partial 'Megaloceros giganteus' jaw I recently bought, which I'd love to learn more about - but especially the following: 1. Is it actually from Megaloceros, or - indeed - another mammal? 2. Can we tell how mature the animal was when it died? 3. Is the jaw a composite at all? 4. How are such fossils prepared for sale after being found: i.e., I'm especially curious to learn about whether paint and/or glue are applied - and, if so, what would it have looked like before such preparation, upon its discovery?
  19. Marco90

    Mammuthus primigenius

    From the album: My collection in progress

    Mammuthus primigenius Blumenbach 1799 Location: Hatvan, Heves County, Hungary Age: 2,5 - 0,01 Mya (Pleistocene, Quaternary) Measurements: 7x15,5x14 cm Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Class: Mammalia Subclass: Theria Superorder: Afrotheria Order: Proboscidea Suborder: Elephantiformes Family: Elephantidae
  20. Brandy Cole

    Large Pleistocene Vertebra

    My husband found this really large vertebra today in a south Texas gravel bar. Looks a lot larger than the one bison thoracic vertebra I have, and the extra dorsal processes fused together are confusing to me. I thought maybe it could be a sacral vertebra that has broken off from the others, but I don't see the large foramen that I would expect it to have. Also it looks smaller than some of the measurements for mammoth that @JohnJ has posted for reference before in a post by @fossilus. I also don't think it resembles the possible sloth in the post above.
  21. Harry Pristis

    Giant Tortoise

    From the album: BONES

    © &copyHarry Pristis 2015

  22. Ancient tooth suggests Denisovans ventured far beyond Siberia Molar found in Laos could be the first fossil evidence that the hominin species was far-ranging and able to adapt to different climates. Freda Kreier, Nature News, May 17, 2022 The Open Access paper is: Demeter, F., Zanolli, C., Westaway, K.E., Joannes-Boyau, R., Duringer, P., Morley, M.W., Welker, F., Rüther, P.L., Skinner,; M.M., McColl, H. and Gaunitz, C., 2022. A Middle Pleistocene Denisovan molar from the Annamite Chain of northern Laos. Nature Communications, 13(1), p
  23. Marco90

    Stephanorhinus sp.

    From the album: My collection in progress

    Stephanorhinus sp. Kretzoi 1942 Location: Bugyi, Pest County, Hungary Age: 2,5 - 0,01 Mya (Pleistocene, Quaternary) Measurements: 3,8x6,3 cm (tooth) Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Class: Mammalia Subclass: Theria Superorder: Laurasiatheria Order: Perissodactyla Suborder: Ceratomorpha Family: Rhinocerotidae
  24. Hi Fossil Forum! I'm hoping for a little help in identifying a fossil I found recently in the Brazos River in Fort Bend County TX. I've tentatively identified it as Pleistocene in age (it's pretty well mineralized) and most likely belonging to a vertebrate mammal but have been rather stumped beyond that. I was initially thinking it could be part of a scapula but I'm now fairly sure its not. At one point I compared it to a skeletal mount of a Pleistocene camel at a local Natural Science museum and was momentarily convinced it was part of the ilium with part of the acetabulum damaged
  25. Harry Pristis

    Equus Tarsals from Florida

    From the album: BONES

    Some common horse (Equus) ankle bones (tarsals) from Florida. These were recovered from Florida rivers.

    © Harry Pristis 2022

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