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  1. Shellseeker

    Interesting unknowns

    I went out hunting today, needed the exercise. Predicted afternoon showers, but warm and sunny all morning. I was doing pretty well, constant finds of Bull, Dusky, Tiger shark teeth, mixed with Osteoderms from Alligator, Armadillo, Glyptodon. About 1:30, getting ready to kayak back to my truck in order to beat the rains, I saw something that I did not recognize in the sieve. xx I turned it over and over trying to figure out what it might be... When I saw this next edge, I thought I knew... But maybe I was incorrect. What do you think it is...
  2. Shellseeker

    A day in the Sunshine

    I went fossil hunting yesterday. It is an activity that brings a smile and renews my soul. Sometimes I like the solitude of hunting alone ( my 1st 18 months I only hunted alone), but this day I was blessed with good friends and I could tell stories, share their cut up fruit and trail mix, and marvel on what we were finding. These are mostly my treasures.. None of us found large quantities, I had less than 50 fossils in my collection bag... but what we did find was unique and/or had some quality aspects... A tiger , 32 mm across the root. A Dusky or Bull, never
  3. Shellseeker

    Some curious bones

    Out hunting Monday. 1st time in a while. Low expectations. This is a challenging location to reach. In the 1st sieve , found a connected turtle osteoderm. That was nice... A number of items that could be teeth, but too beat up to identify. Shark teeth were Bull, Dusky, Tiger This request is about these 3 fossils: 1) I know the tympanic bulla Identification because of a great previous posting by @Harry Pristis.which I saved to my local disk. The find is fragile ans thin... likely in development pre_birth. Just wanted to confirm the identification..
  4. Shellseeker

    A Birthday present

    The 1st major Hurricane of the season has left destruction in Mexico, and promises a drenching in South Florida starting today. Expecting 7 inches of rain where I hunker down. Not dangerous, but lots of rain. It may effectively end the fossil hunting due to deep and fast water. Yesterday was my Birthday, I celebrated. Emails, cards, and presents from family and friends. Spouse made an old favorite, Pineapple upside_down cake, and went out to dinner. I had the Lobster Fra Diavolo, hot and spicy but so good. I enjoy Birthdays, but they seem to be arriving faster and faster.
  5. Shellseeker

    An update on Sloths

    Back in December, I found a really nice Paramylodon harlani claw in the Peace River. described in this thread. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/120010-a-fantastic-christmas-present/&tab=comments#comment-1316237 In March, I found another Sloth Claw in a different location that had produced some late Pliocene, early Pleistocene fossils. In the month before I found this claw , I found 2 sloth teeth, identified as P. harlani. I made a foolish assumption that the claw was also P. harlani because that was a likely species in that location. Fast forward to las
  6. Shellseeker

    2nd of 4 Bones -- A Vertebra

    A Vertebra ... It has some unique features.. Note those 2 interesting facets on the 2nd and 3rd photos...
  7. Shellseeker

    1st of 4 Bones

    When hunting, I usually have numerous bones which I am unsure about identification. Depending on how much time I have , more of these bones get posted. I have 4 in the same location. I thought this might be a hoof core of a really huge animal. but the only possibilities seem to be Eremotherium and Gomphotheres. I know Mastodon does NOT have foot bones like this.... Maybe it in not a foot_bone... Here is something similar in size.... https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/huge-mammoth-mastodon-fossil-toe-ankle-bone
  8. Shellseeker

    3rd of 4 bones

    3rd of the bones from this site... A toe bone that seems off_center... Is it a medial or proximal phalanx ? I do not see space for a retractable claw. Which mammals have toe bones at 40 min length.
  9. Shellseeker

    4th (and last) bone

    Another toe bone, this one seems like a phalanx... Pretty large animal. longer than an Equus phalanx. I will go checking tapir.. There is a fair amount of other tapir fossils at this location.
  10. Shellseeker

    A leg bone that I should know

    I was out yesterday. Fantastic day in the sunshine. Did not need a wetsuit, even 3 mm. I was "prospecting" mostly walking upstream , checking likely places for gravel. Not many hoorah finds, but sometimes you only need one. I was finding a number of mammal bones, leaving most of them behind. Here is a bone that I think I have seen frequently, but just spent a couple of hours trying to get a good match searching TFF and the internet for variations of Horse, Proximal/distal, Radius, Tibia... and I am not sure yet.... I started the search thinking it was a leg bone of a s
  11. Shellseeker

    Small Cannon bone

    I was out hunting fossils yesterday and was quite successful, although many of the finds were covered with algae, concretions and unusually stained. There were fewer small shark teeth and many larger, broken, fragmented mammal bones. Found a number of Equus, camel, and possibly modern calf teeth... damaged and encrusted. The larger bones potentially identifiable are most interesting. That's a couple of Camel (likely Hemiauchenia.sp) Metatarsal 3s in the left middle. a phalanx and very small Ulna in the right middle of the photo. For this thread, I am interested in i
  12. Shellseeker

    Tarsal ?? Carpal ??

    I do not recognize this one.... Where is @Harry Pristis when I need him? I heard that canids ALSO have tarsals and carpals.. What else besides Bison, horse, camels ??
  13. Shellseeker

    A toe bone with matrix

    I had a good day and then in the last 30 minutes found a bone that I did not recognize. That makes it a great day. I do recognize this as a toe bone. and it is very likely to be a medial phalanx of an artiodactyl. BUT... At slightly less than 36 mm long, it is very unusual. The 1st photo was staring at me out of the sieve, and I was pretty positive that I had not seen the like previously. In searching for a Medial Phalanx, I found this one in @Foshunter Gallary Very similar but too big... I am looking for 1.5 inch ,not 2.5 inch in length. B
  14. Shellseeker

    A very different bone

    Cool in the morning, but the sun was out and by noon just fabulous. When I picked this up, I did not recognize it as anything I had previously seen, and I have seen a lot of fossil bones. For a second, I was unsure that it was bone, but now I am pretty positive. Going hunting in the morning, so will be unable to read comments and suggestions until Sunday evening. Thanks for looking, Jack
  15. Shellseeker

    Blancan fossils

    I know of a Blancan site where Blancan fauna represent more than 80 % of the finds. The rest of the finds seem to be early Equus. You never know what you might find. I went there recently with a good friend after the deep water levels had subsided. Some of these fossils he found and some are my finds. To be successful in identifying fossils, it is important to understand the scientific age of the fossil you find in the same location. There are no Megs at this site and layer, not even fragments. The consensus seems to be that Megs went extinct 3-4 MYAs. There is some mixture, but unl
  16. Shellseeker

    Possible Claw

    So, I am scanning a sieve for small fossils and up pops this fossil. At a minimum, it is the tip of a long bone, but there is the possibility for more. Two things got my attention.. The texture is not common for bone. and the break (last photo) seems suggestive of claw . Your thoughts... bone, rock, claw ? Some Claws : http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/98916-small-claw/ http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/1389-some-type-of-claw/ http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/20064-pleistoscene-claw-id/&tab=comments#comment-222132
  17. Shellseeker

    A couple of bones

    I was hunting the Peace River on Wednesday and up came this bone that seems to have enough features to be recognizable. In the 1st photo, long bone coming in from right; in 2nd photo from left... Yesterday, I moved to a pre_pleistocene location, with mostly Blancan fossils. Found this one about the same size and once again with features that should be recognizable. So to start, I am just trying to determine type (Femur, Humerus, Tibia, etc). Certainly, let me know if you recognize the species, but even type of bone would give me a starting point...
  18. Shellseeker


    I have been sampling areas that I thought might have low enough water depths. It is also my exercise. I kayak against the current, go swimming along the way, pack a picnic lunch, enjoy the wildlife and scenery. Out side of small broken teeth, unrecognizable bone fragments , I found 3 fossils. A very nice Tiger shark tooth. Is this a scapula ? It is in fantastic shape, so might be modern. Can someone ID the mammal? And another bone. I do not think I have seen the like before... leaning toward turtle, gator, marine .. it seems to be mostly unbroken, wit
  19. Shellseeker

    Some Incisors

    Here in Florida , we can have driving Thunder storms followed by Sunshine.. One areas get 3-4 inches of rain, another 5 miles away gets a trace. I frequently check the water depth gauges. One of my locations opened up and I tried with a friend for some deeper water hunting. First, I found a small horse incisor consistent with the Blancan age of fossils from this site. The most common small horse I find here is N. peninsulatus, and I think this is likely from that horse. Then a switch to modern, and I am thinking this is wild pig / boar, but not positive whether it is
  20. Shellseeker

    A 2nd Interesting bone

    I found this one in early May. When it came out of the water, I thought it might be whale tooth or Gomph Tusk , but now I'm thinking it may be a rib. looking at this 2nd photo, I start to wonder if it is a complete rib, and then the next step down the rabbit hole, If complete, what animal has a rib like this... ? I ask myself such questions because sometimes , it leads to answers..... and sometimes , it does not... This is the 2nd bone I posted in the last hour, and I think I IDed the 1st, but on this one.....not so much.. As always , comments and suggestions always a
  21. Shellseeker

    Shark tooth, fish jaw

    Sorting through material from 4 weeks back. I have never found any Meg fragments at this location. I have found Isurus oxyrinchus, along with other Makos and Great Whites. This one is 11 mm And then ... this 29 mm fish jaw. I find alveoli placement rather odd. Does anyone know of any similar fish jaw? Thanks Jack
  22. Shellseeker

    A chunk of jaw with a broken tooth

    When I am hunting, and there is a lot of interesting material and I am running out of time, I over_collect. Anything that looks fossil gets taken for later review. Most of it is unidentifiable bone that gets tossed or donated. This fossil is one of those, but I am thinking that even as broken as it is, it might be interesting. The 1st photo is looking directly down on the chewing surface. At first, I thought no way will I ever identify this tooth. But now I am getting hope. The photo of this tooth is directed left to right along the jaw line of the animal. I am thinking that my thumb
  23. Shellseeker

    A small incisor

    Out on a gorgeous. A fossil hunting friend found this 27.3 mm incisor. He asked me to get identification from TFF. Finds from this location are predominately Blancan == Pliocene. On a previous occasion, he found a dolphin tooth, but the root fractured on the way home. He is concerned about the fragility of this incisor's root. The only consolidation experiences I have are Mammoth/Mastodon teeth and bones with Butvar. Should he consolidate this tooth and with what process?
  24. Shellseeker

    Interesting Bones

    I went hunting with @minnbuckeye Monday and in another thread discussed a couple of Hipparion horse teeth I found. We found lots of fossils. For example, here are 3 unusual ones. One is an Emmons fish tooth, only the 2nd that I have ever found, another a very rare Osteoderm from Pachyarmatherium_leiseyi, and then an oddly worn dolphin earbone (or at least shaped like a dolphin earbone). In this fossil ID thread, I am not trying to ID any of these. Here is a bone to ID. On all 3 photos, you can see bone on bone wear patterns, which seems to imply this bone is almost
  25. Shellseeker

    Sm Medial Phalanx

    aa Could be small horse, camel, tapir, but not Equus which would be much larger. See Harry's picture in this thread. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/76550-middle-phalanx-fossil-id/&page=2 or his Tapir bones in this one.. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/79479-medial-phalanx/ Thanks for all responses.
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