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  1. Out again yesterday... A little cool ... 85 and overcast, starting at 65 degrees. Better choice than today high of 71. A 5mm wetsuit took care of that. A little deeper that makes many locations unavailable or cause you only to dig the top 6 inches... Not many out hunting, likely waiting for better conditions. With Hurricane Ian, lots of change, trees down, sections of the river cleaned out, sand and gravel moved around. My finds.. Not all that impressive until you look at a couple of my favorites in lower right..... I really enjoy marine mammal fossils li
  2. Hey all, Part 2 of my blog series on whale and dolphin earbones is here - my guide to identifying isolated dolphin/toothed whale (Odontoceti) periotic bones. Check it out here: https://coastalpaleo.blogspot.com/2023/01/bobbys-guide-to-whale-dolphin-earbones.html Sample image:
  3. Shellseeker

    Playing in the mud

    When the Peace River is too deep, I sometimes try land hunting and fortunately I have very good fossil friends who make me smile when I see them AND who have the skills. My son and I got together on New Years day and had a great time sloshing in the mud and making a memory. The mud turns to concrete when it dries on equipment and boots and it took more than a few hours to get cleaned up. A couple of nice finds , one to try and ID. The 1st is a nice little Meg that I sent on to my grandson in Texas. Liked the Olive drab color in the sunshine. The 2nd is a small do
  4. Hey all, it's been a decent year for marine mammal paleontology: I wrote my yearly blog post reviewing all of the new studies that came out. Check it out below: https://coastalpaleo.blogspot.com/2023/01/2022-in-review-advances-in-marine.html Also - some selected images of the more spectacular marine mammal fossils described this year:
  5. I was able to meet with Daniel and his parents at a pay site on 12/3/2022, and the finds did not disappoint, at least for me. First of all, Daniel and his family were amazing folks. His parents were probably closer to my age, maybe even a bit younger, haha. That said, Daniel’s playlist was spectacular, it was late 60s and early 70s soft rock, it made the trip extra special. This was my first time to this site, and clearly a different type of finding fossils. Working for them was harder than I expected, but not too difficult. Here is are my three favorite f
  6. Found this little fossil on the James River shoreline near Surry, Virginia (US). Wondered whether it might be an incomplete dolphin ear bone, but not entirely confident in that ID! It's just about an inch long.
  7. Hi all - it's been a while, since I started on twitter and started teaching much of the itch I scratched through blog writing was taken care of by twitter - but now I've thought about returning to more long-format science communication. The blog format is certainly more informative for most fossil collectors anyway. The new post is just the first in a series on whale and dolphin earbones - the first is an introduction to the basic anatomy and function of earbones, along with basic differences between baleen whale (Mysticeti) and dolphin (Odontoceti) earbones, with comments on their
  8. Hello, I found this bone cluster in a Miocene era beach deposit on the east coast of the South Island New Zealand. Appears to be ribs of some kind, 5 in total. Perhaps some sort of dolphin? Any help identifying the type of animal this came from would be much appreciated. Scale is in inches. Thanks!
  9. TheCreekendWarrior

    The Creekend Warrior Collection

    Been at it for about a year now and I try to hit the creeks at least twice/month if I can help it. The "loose" pics are either newer finds that haven't made their way into the display yet, or finds that have their own display. Most of these were rescued from the Gainesville area. Some are from the Peace River & Joshua Creek, as well as Manasota, Caspersen, Venice & Fort Clinch beaches. I was also lucky enough to discover a previously unknown spot VERY close to home, while scouting one day! Dr. Hulbert (w/ UF) confirmed it is a new spot, but was reluctant to c
  10. Fossil_Adult

    Calvert cliffs

    Went to Calvert cliffs yesterday and it was a perfect day. There wasn’t much wind, and the water was really calm. I only saw one other person out but the beach was pretty much empty. Saw a bald eagle on a tree above I didn’t have my phone on me but it was a really nice sight. I knew that was going to be a good day and it was. I found a megalodon with feeding damage, a really nice 2 and a half inch sperm whale tooth, a nice 1 1/2 inch dolphin tooth, a squalodon tooth, a nice mako, an awesome wahoo jaw, and a bird bone to top it off. It was find after find today, here’s the photos:
  11. I normally fossil hunt Oct-Mar so my season has started. Launched the kayak out of Chesapeake Beach and began to work down the cliffs. Unfortunately it was far rougher than I had hoped so the kayaking was tough as such I didn’t go as far as I’d have liked. But I made my first and only stop worth it and found a good handful of teeth and a couple nice verts! The biggest makos were 1.40” and 1.20”, the biggest dolphin teeth were 1.20” and 1.03”(my two biggest!). All in all it was a beautiful morning and a great first hunt of the season for me.
  12. J.D.

    Cetacean vert?

    Found this in the water near the fossil beach of Westmoreland State Park in Va. Seems like a whale / dolphin bone, but what part? Is it a vert piece? As always, thanks for the help.
  13. Hello everyone. I'm making my rounds across my different groups and forums, so if anyone has seen these photos before you'll have to suffer through them again. From June through the end of August I locked in on a concentrated area of sand tigers, makos, and my favorite mega-tooth shark: Otodus auriculatus. I didn't find one every trip out, but my most plentiful day gifted me 3, and my last trip out provided me with the largest tooth I have ever recovered from the garden state. I battled minuscule mosquitoes and a horsefly that was every bit horse as it was fly. Despite nature's bes
  14. 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..
  15. RandyB

    Aurora NC finds

    My wife and I made our way down to North Carolina for the Aurora Fossil Museum's Fossil Festival last weekend. Overall it was a pretty productive trip and we came away with well over 1000 shark teeth, some nice shells, lots of ray teeth, some shark, fish and cetacean verts, small cetacean teeth and a bucket of coral pieces. We heard many of the regulars say that the tailings weren't as productive as other years, but I saw quite a few nice specimens being collected. A few of the larger teeth, most of ours were damaged, but some of the colors are great: Lots of s
  16. Shellseeker

    Bands in Marine Mammal teeth

    I recently found a distressed canine in the Peace River. When possible I really want to identify all such fossil canines. The length is 1 and 1/8 inch. At the river I seemed to see (photo #1 & #2) "latitudinal banding" which means marine mammal. At home, I note that the root end turns to the side of the canine (photos #3 & #4), a characteristic that I mostly associate with porpoise. So , what is my question: Do all Dolphin/Porpoise teeth have such banding? The only reason I do not detect it on 95% of my Florida Dolphin/Porposie fossil teeth is that the banding
  17. jmacneill

    Dolphin Vertabra? Corolla, NC

    While walking in the early morning in Corolla, NC 2 weeks ago I was distracted by a black bird that lead me to find this vertebra. I've never found anything like this at the beach so I thought I would ask for some help here. The only thing I've found that looks like it is here - scroll down to Xiphiacetus (Eurhinodelphis) bossi Dorsal Vertebra - Plate 7 - #5 https://www.fossilguy.com/gallery/vert/mammal/marine/eurhinodelphis/eurhinodelphis_miocene.htm Thanks in advance for any answers! Jennifer
  18. Notidanodon

    Cadzand cetacean tooth

    Hi guys, not too sure how reliable the provenance on this is but it’s supposedly from cadzand, Netherlands, I got it in a lot of dolphin tooth, but the serration reminded me of squalodon which it obviously isnt but I was wondering if anyone else had any ideas
  19. Shellseeker


    7 feet at Zolfo makes it very difficult (dangerous) to hunt the Peace River. I just got off the phone with my fossil hunting partner. Likely we'll go Monday trying those shallow spots we marked during season. That is because we are more stubborn than Bighorns. Makes me think back to Tuesday. We tried a location that has produced some miocene finds, but we had been there many previous times, and ignoring small teeth, there were few finds. Might be a croc tooth, but I would not argue if someone said gator. The reason I made this a FossilID thread
  20. 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
  21. Skull-yRose

    Found Skull encased in rock!

    I' m a local photographer in Flagler Beach, FL. I frequent a local beach almost daily. I have come across quite an interesting find. Currently due to stormy weather causing rough waves and some higher than normal tides the rocks have been sliding down into the ocean and breaking apart. Well a wonderful treasure was exposed in one of the rocks. A skull. There is also a tooth and what looks to be bone vertebrate. I am in the process of excavating currently but would love to know who this skull belongs to. Any help is appreciated!!
  22. r00t2400

    Small odontocete tooth

    I found this tiny tooth in a creek in Summerville South Carolina. Help with an id would be greatly appreciated. I’ve seen a couple other posts with a similar tooth where the consensus was undetermined species. Is this the case with this tooth as well? Thanks in advance!

    Peace River Visit X 2

    Out to the Peace River, FL twice this week, Tuesday & Saturday. Was busy tracking down an ID for what turned out be an eagle or large hawk toe bone. With that done and a trip out yesterday I thought I would combine the two visits into one trip report. The weather was perfect both days with temps in the mid 80*s. The water flow and level were excellent and visibility great. It was easy to see the bottom and anything laying there. A shot of the morning paddle to the dig site - Got there and started digging with the first good find being the phalanx or toe bone m
  24. John1234567

    Marine Bone

    Found on beach in outer banks. 10 inches by 12 inches Any help with id would be appreciated
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