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  1. Hey guys, since we were on the topic of mammoth/mastodo ivory in the I.D forum, I was wondering if we could quickly talk about Schreger lines. I have found several small ivory fragments with Schreger lines and was looking through articles the other day about them and ID'ing ivory. I saw a picture of a cross section of sperm whale ivory and noticed some lines. I wanted to know are these Schreger as well or are they limited to only those in the Proboscidea order. Below is the picture, a picture of my best ivory chunk, and a link to the website I was looking at. https://www.fws.gov/lab/ivory_natural.php#whale
  2. Hey guys, a while back I found this amazing chunk of bone after dredge was dropped off for Irma restoration of my beach. I took it in to the NHM of Florida in Gainesville where I had people examine it. We found it not to be giant ground sloth but either Mastodon or Mammoth, and after lookin at some bones I decided it was probably Mastodon. I wanted your guy's imput on the bone. We know it's leg, but which bone? Let me know! Attached below is a link with video showing off the angles better along with photos.
  3. It seems that some behaviour patterns have always been encoded in the genes - like taking care of a member of the group. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ice-age-mammoth-fossil-tracks-reveal-how-young-ancient-elephants-cared-wounded-adult-mammoth-1660905
  4. Bark Mammoth Ivory

    Out hunting today... found lots of interesting stuff, but this thread is about one find. I have found lots of small pieces of ivory, and a section of Mammoth tusk, and a small Mastodon tusk (I have been lucky but I give my luck lots of hard work and opportunity). Today I found a large chunk of Ivory and my hunting buddy said it was "Bark Ivory" and they make knife handles out of it, but be careful because it might break... So this is just a discussion and set of questions when I find something and want more details. What is Bark Ivory? It does not seem to have Schreger lines.. these lines are straight in one direction. Does not ALL ivory have Schreger lines? What is the pock_marked rough exterior? Is it natural pre-mortem or some sort of boring worms? If this stuff is fragile, how do I stabilize and/or polish to make those knife handles.. Inquiring minds want to know. and I am thinking that some fossil hunters may have answers. Thanks.
  5. Need help with fossil ID

    My parents found this on their farm in southern Minnesota (Watonwan County), roughly 50 years ago. My parents--now in their 80s--are thinking about selling the farm, and passed the fossil on to me. I would be thrilled if anyone could help me figure out what it might actually be. I have tried to take clear pictures of each side. Any questions, feel free to let me know. Thanks in advance for your help!
  6. I took the time to take a couple pictures while out hunting this time so figured I would post up a report The day started off horrible- an hour late leaving my house (and it's a 2 hour drive to the river), colder than expected and somehow I forgot my lucky shovel. I allllllmost turned around and said the heck with it but stopped in Ace hardware, bought a new shovel and got on with it. I decided to launch at a new spot and explore a bit since the day wasn't starting off great and most of my good spots are still under too much water to dig. I had already decided that I probably wouldn't find much but it would be a good break from life to spend the day in nature on this river I love so much. Did I mention it was cold? Well, it was cold enough I didn't see a single person the entire day and probably counted 50+ dead Tilapia and Snook as they can't take water temps under 52 for long. I paddled for quite a while until I hit a creek that had fairly high walls and decided to paddle up it to see if there was gravel. It was mostly sand but I kept probing and a ways up there was an opening in the trees and all of the sudden I heard sweet crunchy goodness a few feet down. Gravel in one of the only sunny spots? I thought Maybe my luck was changing... I also forgot my small screen which would have been great in this creek so only had my large screen with me but I made the best of it and started moving sand. 30 min in, I start to see nice big gravel and then the treasures started coming up. One of my best if not The best day I've had for mammal fossils so far in my hunting career. The highlight came about an hour into digging- a baby mammoth tooth! I'm not sure how complete it is but I was blown away when it came up. I immediately stopped and took a picture: This was my best screen of the day- (granted there were many with nothing) Glyptodont, Sloth and Megaladon A nice golden Meg Associated Horse teeth The best of the day- Mastadon tusk end The best Megs of the day I filled up a gallon bag with other broken megs, unique turtle shell pieces, verts and other cool stuff. It seems the hurricane and record high levels did some fossil replenishment this year so I hope to report back with more trips soon! Dig deep and fossil on!
  7. Hello everyone! I recently dug up this juvinille mammoth tooth and wanted to know if anyone can tell me how complete it is? I know it's missing the roots but I wanted to know how many plates they usually have? Also- is there a way to tell if it was from a Colombian? Thanks in advance for any insights! Ill do a full trip report soon
  8. Mammoth part 2

    Heres one more fun find from yesterday- big toe from our elephant friend.
  9. Mammoth

    Since Plantguy asked for more, heres the other cool find from today. Mammoth cervical. pretty nifty.
  10. What part of a Mammoth is this?

    I got this off eBay as an impulse purchase. It was described as a mammoth bone from Alaska, but I don't know what bone. What am I looking at? Thanks, Matt
  11. Hey Everybody! Happy new year! So my wife and I went down to Florida for a week to spend the holidays with my mother in law who lives in Cape Coral. We spent a few days around Christmas on the Peace River canoeing and fossil hunting. The weather was great and the river gave up some of her bounty. The river was only about 12 inches below normal which was a little higher than I am used to but I'm not complaining. The higher water makes it harder to dig deeper when the water was already up to my chest in some spots but we managed to pull out some good stuff. Here's the bounty. I am also going to post some items in the ID section that I would need some help with so check out that post too if anyone can help. Thanks and enjoy! Shark teeth. I know just a fragalodon but look at the size of that tooth! Shark teeth. I did well with megs this trip! I actually pulled up my sifter on a dig and had 2 megs in it! That was a first for me Some interesting staining shapes on this tooth's enamel. From what?? Gator scutes, turtle, horse teeth, ray dermal scutes, puffer mouth plate, clam cast, and some mammal bones I believe this bone chunk has some predation teeth grooves on it?? Nice tortoise spur, manatee vert, turtle, horse teeth, middle pic is a drum jaw section, puffer mouthparts, alligator teeth, ray teeth, mammal bone pieces This stuff all came from one hole I was digging in. Lots of ivory pieces, mammoth tooth piece, toe bone?, vert?, whale tooth?, and large piece of bone. Lots of tusk pieces. I was hoping my shovel would scoop out a nice piece of tusk but did not. I will be going back to that spot later in the season. Saw a lot of big gators on the river on this trip too. This was a big one! Thanks for lookin!
  12. Big and little

    It was a gorgeous day for 5 hours, then the cold front arrived about 1:30pm in Arcadia. I found Makos, tigers, ray bucklers, a llama ankle bone, a couple of antique bullets, and my hunting partner found and asked me to identify BIG (12.5 inches): I guess you can see LITTLE on the previous photo: Thanks for any and all comments and identifications. Jack
  13. $640,000 MAMMOTH

    A snip at this price http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42379425
  14. Cleaning Mammoth Tusk Pieces

    I just purchased some beautiful mammoth tusk pieces that I will hopefully restore into a tusk that will be at least 20 inches long down to within 2 inches of the tip (which is missing). It is a project I am working on with my daughter. I want to start by cleaning the pieces which are very dusty and dirty. I read to avoid water and maybe use rubbing alcohol but many of the pieces have a beautiful blue color to them and I am afraid of ruining that. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
  15. All offers are welcome. I'm not looking to trade everything together, just willing to trade some of it. The black mammoth partial was collected in the US. The complete mammoth tooth is from the north sea I believe, and measures over 9" long. I am not sure where the mastodon teeth are from, but I got them from a very reputable member of this forum. Some of my favorite fossils are shark teeth, trilobites, ammonites, and stuff I can prep myself with electric engravers. Again, All offers are welcome!
  16. Hello, My first post and I am quite a novice. Found this mammoth tusk for sale in Alaska at a dealer. It is about 60 lbs and 100 inches long. It is being restored, but the person working had to leave in between. The tip about 8-9inches is covered in resin for restoration work. It is yet to be finished. Do you think its worth buying it? Any professional restorers in Alaska? How much does it cost to restore it? What would be the resale value on something like this? Thank you all..
  17. Mammoth tooth

    I got this beauty in the post today, and I'm quite pleased with it. It came as part of a small collection of fossils, all purchased from the same shop, probably in the late 1990s. Although most of them came with the original shop labels, they contained very little pertinent information, and the label had come loose on this piece. I know absolutely nothing about mammoth teeth; please can anyone assist in identifying the species, how old it might be, or possibly even where it may have been found? I don't know if the preservation and species together would allow someone to make a determination as to where it could have been discovered. I was hoping it might be a North Sea example, but as I say, I don't have much of a clue. It's 9 inches long and 2.5 inches thick.
  18. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171130150406.htm
  19. Below is an intresting book review by Jason Calavito of a new book about mammoth fossils and myths. Review of "Discovering the Mammoth" by John J. McKay, 11/28/2017 http://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/review-of-discovering-the-mammoth-by-john-j-mckay Yours, Paul h.
  20. Hi! Its been awhile since I posted so I've accumulated several new specimens. They are all from a beach in the Savannah River. Many are broken... A - Giant Beaver Tusk B - Elephant Ivory piece (note the schreger pattern) (Is there a way to know the species?) C - Capybara D - ??? E - Canis ??? F - Tapir ??? G - ??? H - ??? I'll post more in a second part... Any comments are greatly appreciated!!!
  21. A great paper about classic Siberian mammoth bone beds. Nikolskiy, P.A., Basilyan, A.E., Sulerzhitsky, L.D. and Pitulko, V.V., 2010. Prelude to the extinction: revision of the Achchagyi–Allaikha and Berelyokh mass accumulations of mammoth. Quaternary International, 219(1), pp.16-25. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/248478864_Prelude_to_the_extinction_Revision_of_the_Achchagyi-Allaikha_and_Berelyokh_mass_accumulations_of_mammoth https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pavel_Nikolskiy/publications In part, the abstract reads: "The formation of the burials is a direct consequence of short but strong climatic warming (Bølling Oscillation) that resulted in many unfavorable environmental conditions. Among these, the increase of snow cover and stronger spring floods were very notable. Bølling warming is a model of the large-scale Holocene event. Mass death of mammoths during the Bølling phase was a prelude to their final extinction." Also, there is: Nikolskiy, P.A., Sulerzhitsky, L.D. and Pitulko, V.V., 2011. Last straw versus Blitzkrieg overkill: climate- driven changes in the Arctic Siberian mammoth population and the Late Pleistocene extinction problem. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30(17), pp.2309-2328. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232391380_Last_straw_versus_Blitzkrieg_overkill_Climate-driven_changes_in_the_Arctic_Siberian_mammoth_population_and_the_Late_Pleistocene_extinction_problem https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pavel_Nikolskiy/publications/2 Yours, Paul H.
  22. Tooth fragment? Kansas River Pleistocene

    Hello Forum! We had a fun float on the Kansas River near Lawrence this weekend. Found the normal assortment of bison and deer bones/teeth, but have one weird piece I'm struggling to ID. It's definitely enamel, even though it looks somewhat like a pectin fragment. (This is non-marine Pleistocene, so pectin is ruled out anyway.) Closest I can come to is a fragment of a root of a mammoth tooth plate. Thoughts?
  23. Mammoth site veteran challenges study on drought as cause of death By J.B. Smith, Waco Tribune-Herald, April 8, 2017 http://www.wacotrib.com/news/higher_education/mammoth-site-veteran-challenges-study-on-drought-as-cause-of/article_4b7849ca-35e5-502f-b89d-25e88c08c5cb.html What killed the Waco mammoths? Drought, not flood, a new study suggests By J.B. Smith, Waco Tribune-Herald, Jan. 27, 2017 http://www.wacotrib.com/news/city_of_waco/what-killed-the-waco-mammoths-drought-not-flood-a-new/article_68aec48b-cbc4-5319-aaba-0e67e06314cc.html Other web pages: Waco Mammoth Site: Visitors can walk over the largest concentration of Columbian mammoths to have died from one event. Atlas Obscura http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/waco-mammoth-site Waco Mammoth National Monument, Waco, Texas http://www.waco-texas.com/cms-waco-mammoth/page.aspx?id=174 Waco Mammoth National Monument, Waco, Texas Meet a Mammoth that isn’t Woolly https://www.nps.gov/waco/index.htm https://www.nps.gov/waco/learn/furtherreading.htm Waco Mammoth National Monument Research papers https://www.researchgate.net/project/Waco-Mammoth-National-Monument Nordt, L., Bongino, J., Forman, S., Esker, D. and Benedict, A., 2015. Late Quaternary environments of the Waco Mammoth site, Texas USA. Quaternary Research, 84(3), pp.423-438. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/284095029_Late_Quaternary_environments_of_the_Waco_Mammoth_Site_Texas_USA Yours, Paul H.