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  1. Shellseeker

    Fish vert and fish tooth

    Finds from a week ago. I am used to finding Sawfish verts more often than Shark verts. This may be a Shark vert. If so, type of shark? Interesting and isolated damage. Here is a view after drying: Size Diameter 34 x 17 mm max/min, and 28 mm height A 2nd find: I immediately thought Drumfish, because I know of not other fish that has similar teeth ? Is it?
  2. 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
  3. Shellseeker

    An interesting Bone

    With the River and creeks WAAAAY over my head, I have started to sort, review, reduce my collections from the last 3-4 months, starting from the most recent. I have a couple of interesting bones. The 1st I think in a cannon bone from a small pre_equus horse. Why small pre_equus horse? I find 1 Equus fossil at this location for every 100 pre_Equus horse fossils, plus this bone is too small to be an Equus cannon bone. Why Cannon bone ? Because it seems very similar to a photo of Equus Cannon bone created by @Harry Pristis. Harry identified as left leg, Mine seems to be the opposite ori
  4. Shellseeker

    Peace River oddity

    I was out today with a friend hunting the Peace River. You might ask how. 90% of the river is way too deep and dangerous to hunt. I have a temperamental back which does not allow me to hunt areas that are less than knee deep. During season, there are many isolated areas like that, and for likely places we dig probe holes to determine if the area contains fossils. We identify areas which might be hunt-able when the river is 4 feet above normal. So a lot of small shark, ray teeth, mostly broken and a few finds that make the trip worthwhile.. On this day, a posterior Meg, a chunk of an
  5. 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
  6. Shellseeker

    Back to a favorite location

    Went out again yesterday (It's easy because I am retired,and planned to prioritize fossil hunting). It has been a while since I hunted here, and my friend and I commented that there had been intensive hunting since we were here last. While he was doing pretty well on Megs, Makos, and Hemis, I was having trouble finding a productive spot. -- it happens. The day was overcast and hot, but I am standing in water feeding the swarms of mosquitoes and an occasional horse fly. Did someone ever tell you that "Deep woods Off" would keep these varmints from pestering you? I have a not so secret st
  7. I went back to a location that I had not hunted in a while. It has a majority of small shark teeth and marine fossils, but occasionally provides me with a pre_Equus horse tooth. and that opportunity , by itself, is a good enough reward , to keep me coming back. So, I found lots of little broken shark teeth. Many of the other fossils are fragmented and/or very worn. Zoom in on the Mako on the left edge as an example. This is what I sorted down to: So, Some Gomphothere/Mastodon chunks, a few pieces of tusk, some worn dermal denticles, broken Makos, a few larger Hemis, a San
  8. Every now and then something weird shows up in my sifter. Look at this cute little guy. Hexagonal shape with a faint raised area in the middle. Texture, shape, thickness all seem right for a giant armadillo, but the size is tiny. I've never seen one this small. Can someone confirm or deny this? Could this be from a baby/juvenile? Could it be a baby glyptodont. I'm stumped.
  9. Shellseeker

    A Meg with character

    I went out today in the forecast of Hurricane ETA. It was better than I anticipated. Less windy, less rain. The sun was out about half the day just North of Wauchula, Florida. I did not have a lot of success most of the morning, small shark teeth, 70% broken. My find of the day was a tiny broken dolphin tooth. Early afternoon, my luck changed. I found some gravel 3-4 inches deep with clay at the bottom. The small teeth were mostly whole and a little more colorful, then I found a broken Meg, then my find of the day (below) a Meg just under 2.5 inches. It is always better to be
  10. Shellseeker

    Predator tooth

    A very interesting tooth. As you know, the fossil layers in Florida are generally jumbled over time, leading to the frequent occurrence of finding million year old fossils, right next to fossils from 10000 years ago and even non_fossils from 100 years ago. This fact adds greatly to the difficulty of identifying any specific fossil. One of many fossil layers I hunt dates back to 12 mya. This find came from that layer. It is a predator tooth used for shearing meat off of bone. Size is occlusal length 17.6 x width 8.3 x H 26.7 mm, putting it in the range of Canis latrans or Puma concolo
  11. I was out hunting with yesterday. Intermittent clouds and sunshine. Usually when I hunt fossils, it is humid and hot with mosquitoes and horse flies dive bombing you. Yesterday, the temps were mild, humidity gone and it was actually chilly at times in cool water at 75 degrees. distressed My hunting partner was doing well, finding distressed Megs and (mostly broken) 3_toed teeth. I was finding almost nothing. A lot of broken small shark teeth, combined with broken bones, and a modern tusk from a small wild hog. In times like these , I keep the more interesting broken bones: Here
  12. jonnyquest

    Powered by Hemi

    Some Hemis through the years I picked up online, from forum members and even found personally. Enjoy Aurora,n.c.
  13. Shellseeker

    Small Miocene Horse

    It has been a little while since I shared a pretty little horse tooth with the forum and this one qualifies. I would have put it on Fossil ID, but I know what it is... So, found in Bone Valley , Florida with great Black and Tan colors, an upper molar from a Miocene Horse. No isolated protocone to give those who love these teeth like I do, some difficulty in identifying. I'll be moving this one into my gallery of similar sized teeth after a couple of days. God, I the hobby that gives me the opportunity to find treasures like these... Jack
  14. Shellseeker

    Predator Canine

    64 mm Canine. I keep flip_flopping. Wolf, Bear, Jaguar are the likely candidates.
  15. Shellseeker

    A 2nd look

    Fossils with questions are tossed in a special bucket for thinking about when hunting opportunities start drying up. That time has come. Here a couple: The question: Mastodon or Gomph; I have found Gomph fragments in this location. Another 2 inch fossil, that I almost threw away!! Laying in the sieve, I thought it was unidentifiable bone, but then noted the odd ends. So Bone or Tooth .... If you decided tooth for this 2nd one, you might check out the fossils in this old thread!!! Thanks for all responses.
  16. Shellseeker

    Bone Valley Whites

    I am sitting at home, sorting ziplock bags of fossils collected in the last year. You know the problem. Too many fossils in the house. All these fossils came out of a Bone Valley Creek, definitely Miocene. For those of you who are fortunate enough to collect Bone Valley teeth, what is happening with the white on these teeth? Especially the Hemipristis.. A white tip. or the "bourlette" on the Tiger?
  17. kingcobb

    Some of my megs

    I have acquired a very small collection of Meg Teeth over the years. Nothing fantastic collection wise. I feel I have managed to acquire a nice tooth or 2 with some that are probably fairly common. 1st one I will post is the 1st bone valley meg I ever acquired. It's small but the color is striking to me. No point and the serrations are worn, but it always catches the eye.
  18. Bone Daddy

    Early Season Preview Coming?

    After exceeding flood stage by several feet, the Peace has dropped to about 8.5 feet and continues to drop. The forecast for the coming week is dry. This means.....(*drumroll*)..... that we may get an early preview of the upcoming fossil season. Or, we will get teased as the river levels drop tantalizingly close to searchable levels before a tropical storm or rain event dumps a ton of water on the river basin and makes it jump back up. I'm getting antsy. Is anyone else watching the gauge heights like a hawk?
  19. Hi Fossil Friends, I have some big bone chunks that were recovered from the Peace River (Bone Valley Formation, Hawthorn Group, Florida). There a couple of partial bones here that can possibly be ID'ed. There are also 3 "bone balls" - I am guessing these are the broken-off ends of larger bones, but can they be ID'ed? We hung on to these in the hopes they might be something interesting or unusual. But given their condition, it might be difficult or impossible to ID them. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! MikeG
  20. Bone Daddy

    Florida's Peace River

    The Peace River of Florida (“Talakchopcohatchee” - River of Long Peas in the Creek and Seminole Indian language. Named for the wild pea-like plants that grow along the river.) The Peace River is a “blackwater” river. This means the water is a dark, coffee color that results from a high content of tannins. The riverbed cuts through peaty, organic-rich material which leeches into the water and turns it black. When this water runs shallow over rocks or pale-colored sand, it can be transparent like weak tea. This is especially true if the sun is directly overhead and illuminati
  21. Went fossil hunting again in Florida's Bone Valley Formation. We returned to the Mammoth site where the large tusk section was recovered on the previous trip. After extensive searching in the area, no further Mammoth specimens were found. We still believe more of the beast is buried nearby, but this site is large and it's like looking for needles in a haystack. So, we are done with this site for a few months until the river drops further to allow better searching. We left the Mammoth site and continued downstream until we arrived at another one of our "h
  22. Williamrock

    Sea biscuit!

    Small but in amazing shape !
  23. Williamrock

    Turtle or glyph scute frag?

    Cant really tell ? I'm used to turtle I always find turtle fragments but this looks diffrent .
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