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  1. 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
  2. Brandy Cole

    Proboscidean Tusk?

    When I first decided to picked this piece up I thought it was just an interesting looking chunk of petrified wood, but when I grabbed it, it felt and looked weirdly light and fragile. I pulled it out of the bag for cleanup today and noticed what looked like faint schreger lines. Pictures in the daylight made the lines look clearer, though it's hard for me to make out exactly how they run.
  3. Today @PFOOLEY and I went behind the scenes at the NMMNH&S. Thanks to Dr. Spencer G. Lucas for letting us in and showing us some amazing specimens. We started with some heteromorphs... ....donated from Utah There were other ammonites... We then ventured into the other room full of goodies... ...this Parasaurolophus.. See it? Some plant fossils...
  4. Harry Pristis

    Gomphothere Teeth

    From the album: TEETH & JAWS

    This is a pair of gomphothere (elephant) teeth from the Late Miocene - Early Pliocene Palmetto Fauna. They were recovered from a phosphate mine. The Taxonomy from Hulbert (2001) is: Parvorder PROBOSCIDEA . . . . . . . . . . Superfamily ELEPHANTOIDEA . . . . . . . . Family GOMPHOTHERIIDAE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Subfamily GOMPHOTHERIINAE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tribe GOMPHOTHERIINI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gomphotherium simplicidens (Osborn, 1923)

    © Harry Pristis 2009

  5. Brondonh

    It doesn't look like a tusk

    Im not sure what this is and would like some help figuring it out. It was found in Manatee county, FL where a new lake was being dug up. I did find half of a Gomphothere molar very close to it, but I also found anything from whale, meg, mammoth, sloth, horse, turtle etc. All around it. It's kinda flakey in some areas, but doesn't appear to be enamel. It has a flat surface and round... Maybe a mandible?? IDK
  6. Brandy Cole

    Partial Gomphothere Molar?

    Had some productive hunting and found this in a gravel bar. I'm hoping I've found my first gomphothere or mastodon tooth! Or at least a part of one. I've looked at several threads about differentiating them, but I still had a hard time identifying this for certain. Am I headed in the right direction or could it be something else? It does look smaller than I would have expected. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  7. J.D.

    Gomp maybe?

    Hi, All! My name is JD. I am from Pittsburgh, PA. Was visiting Edisto last year and found this weird fossil. Have been struggling to ID. This was my first fossil hunt since I was a kid living in Beaufort. P.S. I did properly report this to SC and was properly licensed Can anyone tell me what this is?
  8. Le Quoc

    Is this Gomphotherium?

    Hello everyone, I have been offered this tooth by one guy. He said this is Gomphotherium. Because I don't have any knowledge about this so can you help me to identify the tooth is actually Gomphotherium or not (I know that there are some ancient elephant from Germany also). Is this a suitable price to get this piece? Thanks for your help!
  9. At a location, where there is a possibility of finding Miocene fossils, I found this fossil molar. Initially, we considered whether or not it was a Bear_dog molar, but as we left for home, I brought up the possibility of Gomphothere. Prior to sending it to Richard Hulbert for identification, I had searched the internet and believed it looked somewhat like the few examples of Gomphothere milk teeth I could find, including one from the Montbrook site. I note that this tooth at 22 mm APL is at least 30% smaller than any tooth I found for comparison. Richard confirmed that the tooth is
  10. DVL

    Proboscidean Tooth?

    Hi All- This was found in a creek bed in Northern NJ (not Big Brook). 3 1/4 inches long. Bedrock is early Jurassic but a mastodon or mammoth tusk was found a few miles away (I assume Pleistocene material could be found just about anywhere?). It resembles some teeth I've found online (mastodon and gomphothere). Interesting crystal structure. Thank you- Dwight
  11. Flaffy

    Proboscidean tooth?

    Hi! I'm having trouble ID-ing this ~4.4cm long mammal tooth from China. It was labelled as Playbelodon, though the lack of cusps makes me doubt that assessment. I'm starting to wonder if it's a Proboscidean at all, and if it's an entirely different family of mammal alltogether. Does anyone have an idea on what this could potentially be?
  12. As the title says, I bought this tooth fragment last year from a retailer who I know has been wrong in identifying fossils before (I corrected them on hippo species). I know it's not much to go on, but do you think mastodon or gomphothere?
  13. Jim Kovalchick

    Possible gomphothere tooth fragment

    I found this partial tooth at Myrtle Beach today. I think worn gomphothere, but having never handled one I'm not sure.
  14. This is a tooth fragment I'm thinking of buying, and it's advertised as gomphothere. But it also looks mastodon to me. Thoughts?
  15. Tammy and I have been volunteering at the Montbrook dig site in north-central Florida every Wednesday and Saturday for a while. We're part of a small group of local volunteer diggers who've been able to dig the site during the pandemic. We have a maximum of 6 people at the site with 4 volunteers (aka retired people who'd rather not golf or watch daytime TV) and 2 from the museum. Over the last couple of weeks we've worked to take out several gomphothere bones that have turned up in the grid squares that we've been working. Two Saturdays ago we started the jacket on the remaining part of a gomp
  16. LynH

    Proboscidea foot bone?

    ID help appreciated. Found diving near Venice Beach, Florida.
  17. 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.
  18. JarrodB

    Mastodon or Gomphothere?

    Mastodon or Gomphothere? Northeast Texas North Sulphur River area find.
  19. Bozark

    Gompy dig this March

    Hey all! If the weather is good I'll be digging an old site the Nebraska border in Dallas, SD. Excavation around 1917 produced fish, horse, rhinoceros, and gomphothere material. I've been out prospecting the land and found pieces of ivory, bone frags, and tortoise fragments as well. I have written permission to collect and excavate there, does any want to join for a week of digging?
  20. So, I volunteered to help excavate Gomphotheres or Rhinos or something from 6-10 myas under the guidance of Richard Hulbert and the University of Florida's Paleontology department. Yesterday was the last day of the October, 2017 to May 2018 digging season. It is intended to avoid the wet and rainy season. I am pleased that my work would help advance the dig, but I volunteered because I thought that I would enjoy it, and I did. I was given great directions and I arrived at the site just before 10 am. It was on a Horse/Cattle farm out in the middle of rural Florida. It was basically f
  21. I am on a Trip to University of Florida at Gainesville Research & Collections Laboratory for Vertebrate, Invertebrate, and Paleobiology. This was today. Pretty busy with a Haile Quarry trip in the morning and then on Sunday a volunteer at a University of Florida fossil dig. Enough time to share some of the best photos... Most of this will be delayed until I am back home on Monday Photo #1 Teleoceras Photo# 2 Gomphothere Photo# 3 Possibly new ancestor of Gomphothere Photo# 4 Gomphothere Photo# 5 Baby Teleoceras Ph
  22. Got this jacket into my prep lab yesterday night, and couldn't stop myself from starting in on it today. The specimen is likely a Gomphothere scapula, with most of the articulating end intact. The matrix is a very poorly cemented sandstone, when exposed to surface conditions it becomes essentially loose sand but a few inches deep it gets decently solid. Most of the prep I did today was just using a dull small chisel to push away the matrix
  23. We got back out to the scapula jacket yesterday! The jacket we put on during a lull in the blizzard held exceptionally well. Fair weather for a change this time, the rancher had been joking about inviting us over whenever his land needed some rain (every time we've shown up before we've been rained our snowed out). We took our sweet time undercutting the jacket just to be on the safe side, then got it flipped and in the car in about an hour and a half of work.
  24. TNCollector

    Pleistocene Proboscidean Tooth

    I found this today in a coastal Early Pleistocene deposit in South Carolina. I was thinking mammoth when I found it, but now I think it may be something else? It doesn’t have the characteristic rows of a mammoth tooth.
  25. I've written trip reports before about volunteering with the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) at their various dig sites in Florida. The currently (very) active site is called Montbrook for a small town that used to be in the area (but is no more). Here are a few links from FLMNH which provide some contextual information about the site: https://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/museum-voices/montbrook/ https://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/florida-vertebrate-fossils/sites/mont/ https://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/museum-voices/montbrook/2016/09/07/why-montbrook/ The site has yielded an im
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