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  1. I watched a show on PBS last night, "When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time." I just happened to notice it on the guide about 45 minutes before it was on. It is actually about more than the evolution of whales, the group having four-footed Early Eocene ancestors. There is a long segment roughly twenty minutes long each on crocodilians, birds, whales, and elephants. I thought it was a good show overall with interviews of researchers I know from their technical articles ( Hans-Dieter Sues, Philip Gingerich, Emmanel Gheerbrant, Christian de Muizon). However, each segment was also a little light on content for the topic and one was especially unclear. The one on birds made it appear that Deinonychus was an ancestor of later birds. They should have showed a chart showing when it lived in the Cretaceous with Archaeopteryx and the Liaoning birds millions of years before. There was a quick view of a family tree that seemed to illustrate that but it went by in a second or two. The segment on whales showed a lot of footage of modern whales and some great background on the "first whale," Pakicetus, but it didn't show any of the whales described in the past twenty years. It just mentioned that there had been recent discoveries. I thought there should have been at least a quick look at Ambulocetus and a few of the increasingly more marine-adapted forms that lived before Basilosaurus. They pretty much jumped from Pakicetus to Basilosaurus to the divergence of toothed and baleen whales. I think they could have spent the two hours just on the whales just as the title of the show led me to believe. I liked the segment on elephants because just as I was expecting the show to skip the earliest known members of the group, they go to Morocco and then talk to Emmanuel Gheerbrant who described Phosphatherium, the first probiscidean, which is known from the same early Eocene phosphate layer as a lot of the shark teeth we see at shows are from. Other extinct forms were descussed as well. Here's a link that takes to an online notice and website: https://www.pbs.org/show/when-whales-walked-journeys-deep-time/ Jess
  2. Anyone know what this it?

    Does anyone know what this is? It doesn’t look like a fossil and it looks like some sort of horn/antler section of a mammal. It’s about 7cm long. Thanks in advance.
  3. Oreodont

    I was recently given an Oreodont skull that someone had started but he gave up on it after breaking it into 5 pieces. One of my relatives who knows him was talking about how I’m into fossils and the guy just gives it to him so he gave it to me! So it’s my next project. Even though it’s not in the best shape I’m still excited to get it! I love prepping fossils even though I can only do it on my days off.
  4. Hi all, I thought I would start off with my most recent find and one that has been making me crazy trying to figure out what it is. It is obviously a pelvic area from some mammal. The rear part of it looks like mammoth but I can’t find anything on the web that looks like that front area with the beaklike bone. My first attempt at posting pics on here so hopefully this works. I realize it is upside down but it is too delicate to flip over
  5. Sharktooth Hill mammal tooth

    Hello TFF, I found this mammal tooth recently at Sharktooth Hill in Bakersfield, CA. It's about .5" long and looks like a bit of the enamel has broken off. I think it might be a Neotherium mirum tooth but I'm hoping someone more educated can nail it down for me. Thanks for the help!
  6. Hey everybody, I'm on vacation at the outer banks, North Carolina and I've just found this vertebrae, but im not sure what animal it is from or even if it is fossilized, if anyone could give more insight it would be greatly appreciated, and i could post more pics upon request.
  7. Recently I’ve found some strange fossils from an area in Simi Valley (Southern California). I had thought there were only shells, but turns out there is vertebrate material! Among other fragments, I found a couple big whale vertebrae as well as this piece here that I am unsure about. I’ve seen some mentions of fossils from smaller marine mammals like dolphins and pinnipeds, maybe it’s one of those? Unfortunately there only one end present, so I’m not expecting to get anything too specific. The formation is about 5 million to 11 thousand years more. Hopefully I can get some more interesting things from that spot. Thanks!
  8. Pleistocene mammal bone

    I found this on the Brazos River a while back and I am just now getting to it for an ID. Any help is appreciated. @Harry Pristis @Uncle Siphuncle
  9. Mammal Tooth?

    I found this on Topsail Island the other day. I know some people have found horse teeth on the beach so curious if this is a broken one. Looks like a molar.
  10. Pleistocene Mammal Tooth Help

    Hello, I need some help identifying this small mammal tooth crown that I found on a beach in Tampa Bay. Thank you!
  11. Mammal Bone ID from Rare Location

    Hello everyone, I was hoping someone could help me with the identification with this bone that I found at the Royal Peacock Opal Mine in the Virgin Valley, Humboldt County, Northeastern Nevada, USA. Geologic age is the Miocene. Bones are very rarely found in this area. It is mostly opal, petrified wood, and fossilized wood. I am guessing this came from a land mammal. Possibly a camel. Does anyone have a better idea what it could be? I donated this bone to the mine owner due to its rarity. I thought it should stay where it was found. PS: In the next few days I will post a couple of other rare fossils found at the mine by the owner's son (Jake Anderson).
  12. Lance fm Mammal Tooth?

    I just "rediscovered" what I believe to be a cretaceous mammal tooth, I placed it with the triceratops and edmontosaurus spit teeth thinking it was a sliver of one. Taking a closer look I think it could be the crown of a small mammal's tooth. I want to know what you think (It's about 7 millimeters long).
  13. Vertebra?

    I found what appears to me to a mammal vertebra of some sort. I'm a newb, so any help would be appreciated. Found in the Texas Hill Country, less than a foot down.
  14. Mammal molar

    I’d like to apologise firstly in case my item shouldn’t be on this site as I doubt it qualifies as a fossil. This tooth was sticking out of the ground in my back garden in Worthing, South East England. I’m hoping someone might be able to help me identify it as I can find nothing on the net that looks similar and my children and I would like to know what may have been lurking in our garden in years gone by. As shown in the photos, the tooth is 25mm x 12mm x 12mm and has a strange array of serrations and points. The tooth has a hollow back with no root so I’m guessing it’s a milk tooth.
  15. Just a bit of fun with this garden find. Mrs R got me this week gardening because our friend from Brooklyn is visiting in a couple of weeks time. I was just putting some gravel on the topsoil of my pots to stop the birds digging out our succulent plant . I the spotted a small fossil bone fragments? The gravel is Scottish but I can’t at this point say any more than this. So the question is what if anything can we discern from this small piece of fossil bone? Archosaurs, mammal or fish? Just for fun and thanks all . Bobby
  16. Carnivorous mammal skull ID

    Could someone please help me identify this mammal skull? It has no associated geographic information.
  17. The largest carnivorous land mammal ever with a jaw similar in size to that of a rhino was found in Kenya and described by researchers from the University of Ohio. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/ou-ffi041119.php
  18. Hey everyone, I found this fossil last February on the Peace River, I believe I posted it with a bunch of my other finds from that trip a while ago and the ID came up inconclusive. I was hoping the folks on the forum could help me out with this one again. It's about 3.5 cm in diameter and I first thought it belonged to a glypodont but I'm not so sure.
  19. Peace River Incisor?

    Found this on my 2018 trip to Florida, I believe it is a rodent incisor and I would like to confirm that. And if it is, does anyone have any indication as to what variety it belongs to? It's about 2 cm long.
  20. Mammal vert

    This may be a long shot. Can anyone I’d this vert I found on the Brazos River in Texas?
  21. Mammalian jaw fossil

    This is a partial fossil jaw bone of an unidentified mammal species found in a cave in Guangxi. Any idea which mammal is that? 丨丨
  22. Iowa mammal bone ID help

    Hi everyone, I found what I think are a lumbar vertebra and an astragalus bone. I'm not sure how old they are, but they both seem pretty weathered and possibly mineralized. Both appear to be from bovids(?). These were found on a river sandbar around Ames, IA after recent spring flooding. Does anyone know how to distinguish bison from cattle bones? The vertebra is 35 cm wide, 10 cm long, and 8 cm tall. The astragalus is 7.4 cm long, 5.5 cm wide, and 4 cm deep.
  23. Request help in ID for Dallas 1968 fossil

    I'm new to this forum, and would like to request help in identifying a fossil that has been in my possession for about 50 years. When I was a child growing up in Dallas, Texas, my father was a landscape architect who often visited job sites and had excellent relations with various sub-contractors. One day, he brought home a fossil "dinosaur bone" from a private residential swimming pool construction project. It certainly does appear to be a fossil bone from a large animal, and one can even see fossilized marrow in a hole on the specimen - but whether it's from a dinosaur or a mammal, I have no idea and would like some help with here. The specimen is approximately 90mm long, 60mm wide, and 50mm high. I haven't weighed it. Although I've worked in museums for much of my professional career (and so I'm motivated both by scientific curiosity as well as a strict adherence to scientific rigor), I've somehow never brought this specimen for any expert to identify. Don't know why - just didn't. My father is still living and a couple of weeks ago I asked him if he remembers any additional information on exactly where, at what depth, etc. this specimen was found. Unfortunately, he does not remember any additional information or context. I'm including some photos here, but of course would be happy to provide additional ones, or to provide any other information that would prove helpful in identifying this specimen. And thank you very much in advance.
  24. Peace River Incisor

    Finally made it out to the Peace River this weekend. Tammy and I spent a day canoeing down the river on Friday checking some of our favorite spots between Brownville Park and Canoe Outpost in Arcadia to see if the river was low enough to guide a group of teen/pre-teen SCUBAnauts for a fossil hunting trip on Saturday. Though the river is still about a foot higher than I'd like it to be, the group got lucky when they planned this trip some six months ago. The river gauge at Arcadia is the lowest it's been this year and still dropping--though rain is expected for Tuesday so that could put a halt to the drop if it is a heavy rain. Kept a few items I would not otherwise have if I didn't need them for for a bit of fossil show-and-tell with the group before our trip on Saturday. Gave everything away but two items: a tiny laminid shark vertebra that is just a hair over 7 mm (I'm surprised it didn't pass through my 1/4" mesh sifting screen) and the other was my trip-maker as it is something of a mystery and a novel find for me. It appears to be a fully-rooted mammal incisor about 2" (52 mm) long and the crown is about 0.6" (15 mm) at its widest. When I pulled it from my sifting screen, my first thought was that it might be a camelid incisor. I've seen similar images online now that I'm back home with access to the internet. As this is something new for me, I'd love some confirmation. It would be great to hear from someone with more experience in finds similar to this like @Harry Pristis Cheers. -Ken
  25. Big Brook Deer / Antelope

    My daughter found this at Big Brook NJ today. Measures 3.5" in length. Looks like has socket for 2 other joints. Is this a modern white tail deer? The blackness has me thinking it may have some age to it.
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