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  1. Well, I had hoped to post a long and triumphant report about what a great expedition we had and how many wonderful fossils we found. This post will not be that. After six years away, @joshuajbelanger and myself mounted an expedition to return to a secret honey-hole area we frequented many years ago when we had access to a piece of private property on a remote stretch of the Peace River. This spot produced many quality fossils and we did our best hunting here around 2014-2016. We hadn't been back since December 2016. Without access to private property, we had to launch f
  2. Shellseeker

    Different ages, same site

    I was out hunting yesterday to a miocene_pliocene site that produces mostly small shark teeth with occasional surprises. In this instance there were three. 1st up... Upper molar Nannippus aztecus (11-5 mya) upper molar. Certainly Nannippus, likely aztecus based on size and location. Next , my unknown, a dolphin periotic earbone, 29 x 16 mm well worn and found in a miocene site. @Boesse And finally a Bison or Bos lower m3 unerupted enamel cap .. no roots. I was quite excited seeing the complete enamel in excellent unworn quality. But based on size
  3. Shellseeker

    A Canine or Tusk

    One of the enjoyable things of this hobby is friends sending me photos of their finds. Usually I try to post my own fossils, because I have them in hand and take additional photos and measure, etc etc. This one arrived today, a land find from a pit in Bone Valley.. I asked for additional photos and measurements, but felt I could show you the photo I have and request input. To me, it looks to be 3-4 inches and has some distinctive markings. I have a guess, but will wait on yours.. Jack
  4. 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
  5. Shellseeker

    What is it?

    When I first picked up this fossil, I noted lines that reminded me of fossilized ivory, but not quite. A friend polishes fossils and rocks....I asked that he polish one end... Sometimes it looks like bone.... And sometimes it looks like fossilized wood, and occassionally, I seem to see Schreger lines. All suggestions appreciated.
  6. Shellseeker

    Flat Dermal Denticle

    This is a 1st for me, a denticle that is this thin, this large. I dimly recall hearing somewhere that these came from sharks, not stingrays. Let's see if some more knowledgeable than I concur. @Al Dente @MarcoSr@siteseer
  7. Shellseeker

    A couple of unusual periotics

    Hunting this week, and the highlights of one trip were 2 ear bones, one small dolphin and one larger. The dolphin is smaller than any I have ever found, @Boesse and then another, somewhat similar to Equus but a lot bigger, somewhat similar to mastodon but smaller. A couple of years back, @PrehistoricFlorida put a 2 inch mastodon ear bone up on online. I now wish I had purchased it for comparison purposes. Mastodon on the left of 1st photo. My new find is L 39 H 46 W 28 mm. There is not a lot of material out there on fossil mammal ear bones. Let me know if you see
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. jonnyquest

    Powered by Hemi

    Some Hemis through the years I picked up online, from forum members and even found personally. Enjoy Aurora,n.c.
  20. 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
  21. Shellseeker

    Predator Canine

    64 mm Canine. I keep flip_flopping. Wolf, Bear, Jaguar are the likely candidates.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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?
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