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  1. James Savage

    Rooted Dolphin/Cetacean Tooth?

    Hello everyone I found this small tooth yesterday diving in a SE US river spot that has only produced Miocene era materials so far: Shark Teeth-Megalodon, Carcharadon Hastalis (no Carcharadon Carcharias yet), Hemipristis Serra, etc.) and plenty of whale bone, verts, ear bones and teeth. I think this is a small dolphin tooth but I haven't seen one with a root that is pretty much perpendicular to the tooth like this. I've also attached a couple pics of the other stuff found yesterday for reference. Thanks for looking. Let me know if there is another angle that may help
  2. Hi All, It's been a while since I have posted, let alone gone collecting but I just had a really good trip down to the Matoaka Beach Cabins in St. Leonard, MD. Here you can pay $5 ($10 on weekends) to access their beach which gives you about 1/3 of a mile to explore. I went down on Tuesday the 14th since I had some time off from work. It coincided with an extremely slack tide which directly led to many of my best finds. No shark teeth unfortunately, except for two pieces that were just roots with the toothy part broken off. I did however clean up on Ecphora sp. and Cetacean bo
  3. Hello everyone I've got a collection of some random mammal (probably) bone/teeth IDs that I'm stumped on. The brown ones are from a southeast US river and the black ones are from dredge spoils from a different southeast US river. Both produce beat up isolated cetacean bones, ice age mammal bones and shark teeth. I find bones and teeth from the Miocene to modern. I always enjoy seeing what others find and try to guess what they are. Any guesses would be appreciated. Trying to get better at ID'ing fossils found out on trips and am curious how close I am.
  4. BBC article here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-58340807 Academic article here (including co-authorship by our own @Boesse): https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2021.1368
  5. Good day everyone, I was given this cetacean vertebrae by a local who combs the beach for fossils everyday, could anyone potentially identify it - it is pretty roughed up. Thank you.
  6. ThePhysicist

    Interesting mammal teeth (modern)

    Hi y'all. While visiting a local rock shop, I saw these mammal teeth in a tray labeled "shark teeth," along with actual shark teeth. I wasn't sure of what they were and decided to take them home. Their proximity to another tray of fossil cetacean teeth and their rough similarity (crown-to-root ratio) made me think they could be odontocete. Thanks for any help! @Boesse@Harry Pristis
  7. Yan11

    Cetacean Skull Fragment?

    Hi guys, I found this bone cluster on the shore of the Black Sea, near the city of Balchik, Bulgaria. From the region there have been findings of Miocene cetaceans, seals and some ground megafauna. The more circular bone somewhat reminds me of an ear bone but comparing it with pictures of fossil dolphin ear bones I can't say if it really is one. So my question is if it is an ear bone and if it is, does that mean that´s a part of a skull? Any help on the identification of the fossil will be very much appreciated! Best regards!
  8. ThePhysicist

    Whale tooth ID

    Found this tooth at a local rock store. It's about 2.7 cm long. I have no locality information, but I think its preservation suggests its from Lee Creek. It has worn secondary cusps, indicated by arrows. Any information would be much appreciated.
  9. Rexofspades

    Matoaka Fossil Bone ID

    Hi Everyone! I went on a one man expedition to Matoaka Cabins last weekend, picked up some wonderful finds. but a couple pieces I discovered are puzzling me. I am all but certain they are bone. And I am also confident they are fossil based on the color, texture, and density. But Id like to know if there is any further identifying that can be done outside of them being bones? I admit its likely a bit of a long shot as they are isolated specimens, but any best guesses would be appreciated. My speculations are: long one is a cetacean rib segment. Small one is fragmentary f
  10. Fossil "D"

    Help with ID please.

    Found by a diver in SC. Was told it was possibly a genus Y dolphin lower jaw section. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  11. Hi folks! This is my first fossil find. I was so excited that it might be a dinosaur tail bone, but after looking at a bunch of photos online it seems to certainly be cetacean. But it's so tall... Most vertebrae seem so squat and this one is rather lanky. It's just a bit bigger than a standard Pepsi can. It definitely "clinks" like a rock rather than bone but is very porous, has taken days to get the water out of it. I assume that channel is for the spinal cord, it's a bit over a half inch wide inside the channel. Here's two photos, dorsal and ventral; I could post more if yo
  12. bthemoose

    Matoaka 1-30-21

    I made it out to Matoaka yesterday before today’s snowstorm and had a successful Maryland Miocene hunt, despite a large amount of ice obscuring the shoreline. (I won’t complain about the cold after @RuMert’s trip report yesterday. ) I found an unusually high number of cetacean vertebrae and cookies (epiphyses), several Ecphoras, shark teeth, and some other nice finds. This Carcharodon hastalis tooth was waiting for me when I arrived on the beach. And this cookie was just a few feet away. Off to a good start! Heading north, the ice got progressiv
  13. Rabbit

    Found on beach Virginia, USA

    We found this specimen today on the beach at Chincoteague Island, Virginia, USA. It's about 25 cm long and has a spongy looking interior. My first thought on seeing on the beach from far away was that it was a fin. Some edges are smooth suggesting that shape. But up close it's hard as a rock. Anyone know what this is?
  14. "An almost perfectly preserved whale skeleton thought to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old has been discovered in Thailand. " https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55097088
  15. RescueMJ

    Cetacean Caudal Vertebrae Age?

    I extracted this vertebrae from a 10 inch long matrix that looked like concrete. East Venice, FL, Sarasota County Pleistocene material. Lot of clay found in material adjacent to this dirt pile. I think the vert looks like image on p.341 in Fossil Vertebrates of Florida. The vertebrae is 4 inches in diameter and 4 inches high. This would be the first whale vert I found here. Mostly finding meg teeth, sloth, equus, dugong. I think it may be cetacean caudal vertebrae. I am attaching pic that looks right that I found on the net. My question is What would the estimate be of age
  16. Hi all, I'm hoping some of the resident experts here can help confirm or correct my IDs of the three fossil shark teeth and what I believe is a cetacean lumbar vert shown in the pictures below. I found these recently on a beach along the Calvert Cliffs in Maryland (Miocene exposure). Thanks for your help! For the shark teeth, I believe the the two on the left are both Carcharodon hastalis (though am more confident in my ID for #1) while the one on the right is possibly Isurus oxyrinchus though may also be Carcharias sp. All three have worn roots so I realize that may complicate the
  17. Frank Eaton

    Calvert cetacean mandible ID

    Found this mandible in a rock fall at Calvert cliffs in June. I believe it’s mysticete because of the lack of tooth sockets, but am open to complete redirection if I’ve got it all wrong. Any ideas?
  18. After posting ID questions on a couple of STH whale bones that were mostly unidentifiable, I decided I'd post images of the one whale fossil I have that seems like a slam dunk ulna (Aside from an easily ID'd ear bone.). It may be debatable as to which specific family category, but at least its location on the whale is pretty certain, right? Too bad it's a partial, but it's all I have. It looks a lot like one that is called Tiphyocetus temblorensis in an image from the California Academy of Sciences. Tiphyocetus Temblorensis Even the mottled coloring is similar. As I mentioned, this
  19. scubapro67

    Cetacean Atlas

    Wondering if this could be a dolphin, porpoise, or small whale. Measures 6 x 4 inches. Found Tar river, NC near late Miocene/ early Pliocene geology. Thanks.
  20. Caallison

    Cetacean vertebra Update

    I found more parts of the, believed to be, cetacean vertebra. I found two of the coastal facets (i just call them wings) in the same sight, an so far im still having trouble finding and goo reference photos of vertebrae that have this feature, any ideas? [WinZip file deleted]
  21. Hi, just going through some rocks I brought back from Norfolk, UK, thinking quite a few may be fossils (I didn't have long so just grabbed anything I thought looked suspiciously organic by intuition) and as it turns out I think I was quite correct in a number of cases - I think I have quite a few pieces of whale and and a few little bits of mammoth tooth. Trying to confirm this to myself led to a lot of reading and learning online about the local geological formations involved and also whale anatomy, both new topics for me which I always enjoy delving into - part of the enjoyment o
  22. sharkdoctor

    Strange whale or dolphin tooth

    This tooth has me stumped. I'd love to have your thoughts. Is it from a ziphiid? Something else? Any chance it isn't cetacean? It was found in the Eastover Formation in eastern Virginia.
  23. Friends of ours had their daughter come to visit for the holidays. She likes to rockhound and collect crystals and pan for gold back in the Seattle area where she lives and was eager to try the experience of fossil hunting in the Peace River. The weather (and river level) was looking good till a few days back when that huge mass of unstable air over the southeastern US unleashed torrents of rain. In fact, we were kidding Kelly that it was her presence here that brought the Seattle weather. She had a red-eye flight into Fort Lauderdale airport a few days back and on the morning of her arrival,
  24. Hi again from West KY. Hope these photos are OK. I've wrestled with them for a couple hours now. (LOL) This was found with some others while I was walking a creek in the Jackson Purchase area of KY, Graves County to be exact. This was on the surface, as were the others, all near each other. They look to have been washed out, as the banks of the creek are, in some places, as high as 15 - 20 ft. The other side was cut out in the 1800's to make a railroad track. The ruler didn't come out clearly, but, this measures about 9mm x 7mm x 5mm, weighs 552g. This area is known to have been under wat
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