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  1. Large Bone Found in 20' of Water

    Anyone help me with this fossil? It's large and found in SW Florida diving. Thabk you!
  2. Seeking clues by slicing 20,000-year-old mammoth tusks Ned Rozell, Alaska Dispatch News, September 3, 2017 https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2017/09/02/seeking-clues-by-slicing-20000-year-old-mammoth-tusks Yours, Paul H.
  3. Mammoth tooth reveals beast once walked around Austin, Texas Laura Geggel, Live Science, August 30, 2017 http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/08/30/mammoth-tooth-reveals-beast-once-walked-around-austin-texas.html Yours, Paul H.
  4. giant vertebrae

    This came from a quarry in San Patricio county. It's pourous and larger than any other vertebrae I've found. Thanks
  5. No Idea...

    I'd love to know what this might be. So if anyone has any ideas, please offer them up. It was found around Giddings, Texas near a whole lot of petrified wood. The consistent response is that it's a small piece of a very worn mammoth tooth, but I just don't think so. The middle of it seems to have a flint-like quality. Thanks.
  6. Curing a large mammoth tusk?

    I work at a small placer (gold) mine in the interior of Alaska, and we routinely find mammoth ivory. Sometimes just small pieces, sometimes complete tusks. I have purchased one from my employer, and try as I might, I have been unable to find any information on curing, or drying, the tusk before treating with butvar-76 or similar. This tusk is over nine feet long, weighs 85#, and is a beautiful specimen from a mature female wooly mammoth. The bark is a rich mahogany color, mottled with blue and ivory patches. It is obviously worth a small fortune, and I would like to preserve it as best as possible. Other tusks I have seen, will crack and deform as they dry. I want to minimize this as much as possible. I have heard of techniques such as banding with hose clamps, wrapping with burlap and keeping moist, even burying for a period of time, or a combination of these. What have others done with large tusks? How much moisture is acceptable before treating with acetone and butvar-76? Will the solution draw out moisture from deep inside the tusk, or will that water remain trapped there? This one has been out of the ground for less than two weeks. Thanks for any help! Here's another, my tusk is the one in the foreground.
  7. Please help with several bones

    Dear Guys, I recently found some bones that are difficult to me to identify- possible mammoth rib proximal end, rhino zugoma and unidentified radius bone in Late Pleistocene sand layers of Varena Town, South Lithuania (it is Eastern Europe). The width of mammoth rib proximal end is 6,2 cm in the articular part, the bone layer in the cross section is massive. The length of possible rhino zygomatic bone is 5,6 cm and it has specific texture in the skull surface near eye. It is also massive and I see that thickness of bone is about 1,5 cm. The partial radius is 10,2 cm length and 3 cm width in the lower articular part. Any idea what this should be? Best Regards Domas
  8. Good as I can not buy my dinosaur egg what do you think of this molar mammoth? Excellent Miocene Mammoth molars, an extinct elephant ancestor with long, curved tusks that evolved in the Pliocene of North America. These large mammoth molars were found in Florida. Authenticity guaranteed. A GEM Pleistocene Mammoth molar. The Mammoth, an extinct elephant ancestor with long, curved tusks that evolved in the Pliocene of North America. This large molar with an incredibly articulated chewing surface. Complete root. An exceptionally well perserved specimen. Well fossilized. Weighs 7 lbs. No damage. No repair.
  9. Hi guys, can someone please help me by telling me how to clean and preserve a mammoth tooth. My dad got this mammoth tooth from an archeologist about 20 years ago. In that time it was never cleaned and it is really dry and a bit crumbly. I would like to clean it and preserve it, it would be a shame to watch it turn to dust.
  10. Heya, Skye and I received this as a wedding gift and we're wondering if it really is mammoth hair, or is it yak? Or even fibrous plant material? We're both scratching our heads as to whether it actually is even hair. Forgot a pic.
  11. Hi Is it Mammoth tusk?
  12. Possible mammoth phalange found

    Dear Guys, I have found one thick phalange but I cannot decide what animal it is. Very similar appearance have mammoth but also horse distal phalange. The width is 6 cm. Any idea what is this? Best Regards Domas
  13. I'm looking for the latest info on preserving tusk material. I found some associated chunks in the Peace River in Florida yesterday and they are extremely fragile. I'm keeping them in water until I know how to proceed. I have, on hand, some Butvar B-98 crystals but I've had trouble getting them to dissolve in acetone. Is there a trick? My understanding, also, is that butvar cannot be used until the fossil is completely dry. I would appreciate any input on this subject. Thank you!
  14. Mammoth or Mastadon polished tooth slice

    From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    Polished mammoth or mastadon tooth purchased at store. Labeled wolly mammoth, from Florida.
  15. Mammoth ivory piece

    From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    Mammoth ivory purchased from store. From Siberia.
  16. Extinction of Mainland and Island Mammoth Populations in Alaska 6,000 Years Ago, Royal Tyrrell Museum Speaker Series 2017 Dr. Duane Froese, University of Alberta, presents new research on the extinction of mammoths and other megafauna from Arctic North America and the causes of the final extinction of a population on St. Paul Island, Alaska, about 6000 years ago. Some of the papers referenced in the talk are: Graham, R.W., Belmecheri, S., Choy, K., Culleton, B.J., Davies, L.J., Froese, D., Heintzman, P.D., Hritz, C., Kapp, J.D., Newsom, L.A. and Rawcliffe, R., 2016. Timing and causes of mid-Holocene mammoth extinction on St. Paul Island, Alaska. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, p. 9310–9314. Guthrie, R.D., 2006. New carbon dates link climatic change with human colonization and Pleistocene extinctions. Nature, 441(7090), pp. 207-209. Palkopoulou, E., Dalén, L., Lister, A.M., Vartanyan, S., Sablin, M., Sher, A., Edmark, V.N., Brandström, M.D., Germonpré, M., Barnes, I. and Thomas, J.A., 2013, November. Holarctic genetic structure and range dynamics in the woolly mammoth. In Proc. R. Soc. B (Vol. 280, No. 1770, 9 pp.) The Royal Society. Yours, Paul H.
  17. While rummaging around my fossil shed at the prop, I ran into these two beauties. Sad to say, I dont remember where I got the dino vert from, but im guessing I got it in trade with Earnest Shirley in Hanksville. I did a heck of alot of trading with him back when my kids were young. The mammoth tooth, and quite large too, I got in a trade from a guy who got this from fishermen from the North sea? I can see that they both need some work, but still, cool to find in my shed. RB
  18. Peace river

    So I went to Brownville on the peace river, in fl, Today. Usually, I dig in an area fairly close to public access (foot). Today, I walked downstream about a mile, saw some big rock beds that looked like spoil piles, walking along I find a mammoth tooth right on top! On a dry bed! Looking a little further, I see a really big vert, half exposed! What a day! The mammoth tooth is strange, it covers the hand, but is small (not broken) The occlusal surface consists of about 6 ridges and valleys and is 2 1/2 inches thick by 4 inches wide. The only camera I have, at the moment, is my sucky laptop, sorry. The tooth looks whole, is it deciduous? Any thoughts on the vert? Cetacion? I will update this thread with better photos at some point. Could not believe my luck! Surface finds in a relatively, well picked area. The fossil Gods are good!
  19. Anyone know what this is?

    Sorry I know nothing about cameras and can't seem to get a small enough MB when a I get a closer shot. Just wondering how many years before a fossil like this can occur?
  20. Today's peace river adventure

    Today I decided to hit an all new location. I have my personal Mosaic spot, which is a stretch of river that isn't very populated. But, we've hit this area in force last season, and due to the nature of the fossils they do not regenerate in one season. The fossils in this area are actually extracted from limestone, rather than the bank, so it takes time to replenish. At least, this is my personal observation. I actually prefer this, because I am not fighting other people for spots, and the fossils are usually of a more beautiful color because they are straight from limestone. Anyway, I've hit my mosaic spot for a couple miles north and south of the put in point, but today I decided to put in several miles south of the furthest south I've gone, with the intent to make my way north until I recognize the surroundings, which I did. So, 10 minutes into my northern trek into unfamiliar territory, I come across several gravel bars that had been lightly hit. I don't sift, but, there was a limestone embankment that I decided to nose around. I immediately saw what looked like a huge chunk of tusk tangled in palm roots. I pulled it out with my paddle, and being fooled before looked for the schreger lines, alas they were there, clear indication that this was mammoth tusk(still looking for those 90 degree mastodon lines). Upon closer inspection, there was several mammoth jaw bone fragments as well. I dug what I could out, and decided to push forth. I figured, today is already a good day! I moved on until I hit an area with large limestone embankments and a waterfall. There was no sign of vertebrate fossils(oddly) so I started breaking open limestone, and pulling out some really nice inverts. I also collected some interesting modules encased in the limestone for later inspection. Bored and burning, I pushed forth. The final area I hit reminded me of my mosaic locations. Bones scattered here and there, fossilized and non. I picked up everything with a little appeal. It wasn't long before I found several large sections of mammoth tooth. I know there is more there, but the water quality, although low, was poor for visibility. After finding all the low hanging fruit, I paddles north until I recognized my surroundings. Then happy with my findings, I made the leisurely paddle back down stream. Today was was a good day.
  21. ...at least for me for this season. I'll be out of the country over the next two weekends and then off to Greece on vacation for most of June so I'll likely not get another chance at hunting the Peace River this season unless something really unusual happens with the weather. I expect rainy season to have started by the time I'm back from Greece and the Peace will likely be several feet higher that it is at the moment. Currently, the Peace is as low as I've seen it this season. During a heavy drought several years back I've seen the Peace about a foot lower than it is now which made for a long trip from Brownville to Arcadia with a lot of time out of the canoe pushing it over shallow sandy areas. Yesterday, we had to get out a number of times and that combined with the headwind we fought all the way back to Arcadia meant we had to allocate more travel time which left less time for digging and sifting. On the (Canoe Outpost) bus ride up from Arcadia to Brownville we spotted a couple sitting the seat in front of us who looked to be new to fossil hunting on the Peace. They had loaner sifting screens and a shovel from Canoe Outpost and I figured we might help introduce them to a fun (and addicting) passtime. We hadn't planned on spending much time at the large (well-known and hard-hit) gravel bed just downstream from Brownville but changed our plans to help Mike and Samantha (if I haven't misremembered their names by now--names, not my strong suit). After a brief stop before the main gravel bed we stopped at another area with very chunky gravel that is even closer to the boat ramp at Brownville. This area is well within walking distance from Brownville Park and I suspect it gets hit hard by walk-ins. Lots of gravel to be found at that spot but it wasn't even giving up small shark teeth so we soon moved down to the primary gravel bed near Brownville. I gave some tips and pointers on how to hunt the area and let them use our larger sifting screen with 1/4" mesh while we poked around with the 1/"2 mesh sifter trying to find an area that was producing fossils. The gravel bed at this location is virtually from bank to bank and runs for somewhere between 100-150 feet so it is not a tiny area. Even though it is large it is by no means cryptic and it attracts lots of attention. Evidence of holes and piles litter the bottom here (till they are erased like a big Etch-a-sketch each summer during flood stage). The big trick to hunting this site is to find some place where you are not digging through someone's spoils. Prospecting lots of sites in this location till you hit an area that is producing some nice finds is the best way (IMHO) of working this location. We poked around without much luck till we found an area that my probe told me had some gravel under a topping of sand. Within a few minutes digging there I pulled out a rather large chunk of giant tortoise (Hesperotestudo) carapace that should have been identified and kept by any previous hunters. This made me feel more certain about spending more effort in this spot. Before long we were pulling out some larger shark teeth (and fraglodons) as well as a few other things like gator teeth and mammoth and mastodon tooth fragments. Every so often I'd bring over some donated finds to our new "students" so they could start to understand the diversity of finds that can be pulled from the Peace. I continued to dig in the spot we finally landed on as it was giving up a variety of small prizes which were useful in demonstrating the types of things to look for in the Peace. Shark teeth are relatively easy to find and identify but more obscure fossils require obtaining a search image to be able to spot effectively. Shortly after I had shown the river's two newest fossil hunters a small piece of mammoth tooth we pulled something interesting out of our sifting screen. Tammy got to it first (she works the sifter while I man the shovel). Initially, she thought it was an odd piece of turtle shell (a good assumption as the Peace has lots of varied pieces of turtle and tortoise carapace). She had picked it up and was holding it sideways. I took it from her to look closer and upon rotating it saw the occlusal surface. "Horse tooth," I said instantly seeing the crenulated enamel ridges on the top of the tooth. But something was odd about it--it just didn't look right. Lower horse teeth are more narrow and elongated (better to fit into the narrow lower jawbone) while upper horse molars are more squarish. This piece wasn't quite square nor was it as elongated as a lower tooth should be. It was the right size for an Equus molar but the square peg just wasn't fitting into the round hole. Finally, the penny dropped and I excitedly understood why this horse molar looked so odd--it wasn't equine at all! It was mammoth--BABY mammoth! I went over to show this new find to our fossil partners do jour and while I was explaining to them how you could tell it was mammoth (by the very characteristic bands and loops of enamel sandwiched together with layers of cementum) Tammy came over and said, "Guess what I found?" I hadn't a clue--the Peace can give up a wide variety of items. She held out in her hand another chunk of baby mammoth tooth--one entire loop of enamel. It only took a few seconds to verify that this piece fit neatly into the chunk we had just found--the tooth was growing! You can be sure we dug around in that spot for another hour or more but never found another scrap of this tiny tooth. Likely it had previously fragmented on its path from where it was eroded out of the river bank to the spot we recovered it. The two pieces had probably recently separated but didn't make it far from each other--they may have even separated just with the agitation of shaking the sand out of the sifting screen. I'm glad we were able to reunite this pieces. Still, by no means a complete baby mammoth molar but a good size chunk and my trip-maker for the day. I had originally planned on skipping past this location and prospecting some other gravel spots we have hunted in the past but haven't tried for several years. I'm glad the decision to instruct some newbie fossil hunters paid off so quickly with fossil Karma. Before too long our new acquaintances headed off down river and we soon gave up our search for any more of this molar and continued down as well. On the way down we spotted a large gator in the same spot as we saw one when we were there last time. It looked to be about the same size (9-10 foot) and I suspect it was the same individual in its current favorite sunning spot. We prospected a bit here and there but had spend so much time near Brownville that we wanted to make it down to our favorite spot near Oak Hill. We stopped again at this location to hunt for a bit because it has chunky gravel and sometimes gives up nice prizes. Mostly, it's just big chunks of matrix with lots of dugong rib bones and very few shark teeth but this is the same spot that gave up two nice gator osteoderms last time out. The water is quite low without much current at the moment. If fact, the wind that was blowing steadily from the south was actually pushing my sifting screen upstream. You can see from the photos below that the water is also quite cloudy as there is a major algae bloom going on presently. This is making the normally tea-colored clear river water quite opaque and greenish. Vertical visibility is less than a foot. This lack of clarity is not impacting fossil hunting too much but it makes the paddling downstream more difficult as it is making the sand bars and deeper water channels more difficult to discern. Hidden logs below the surface are also more difficult to see making for more dangerous navigation. We had to think more while traveling but since we know this stretch of the river pretty well we didn't have major difficulties. Here I am enjoying the Peace for my final trip of the season. This second stop of the day didn't give up any large prizes but did produce a nice diversity of items. The second find of the day was this tiny jaw with several molars in place. It looks to be something from the a rodent or lagomorph but I'll need to spend more time getting an ID on this.
  22. Alaska Mammoth Tusks

    From the album Fossil Diagrams

  23. Hello everyone, I noticed a sweet smell coming from my ice age mammoth fossils. Any idea what it may be? Thanks, Jay
  24. Years ago my wife and I hunted the Arner Ranch in NE for Oligocene vert material. The trip was led by Frank Garcia, and a number of collectors that came with him were from FL. I cultivated some new friendships on that trip, and one was a gentleman named Rob. Having collected previously with some of the same guys, Rob and I became fast friends. Last year I guided/pointed Rob around Texas for 2 weeks. His trip was well timed in the aftermath of massive statewide flooding, and he went home with huge amounts of varied material. His truck was literally sagging in the rear end on the way home. One hand washes the other in this business. My trip to FL was perfectly timed to capitalize on seasonally dry conditions, leave Valentine's Day alone, and beat the crush of Spring Break. The last week of Feb resulted in optimal conditions. I drove not only to haul finds home, but also to deliver ammonites to my hosts without the hassle of airlines. Anyway, Rob has some honey holes on the Peace River, and we hit several. The first put us on a collision course with varied Pleistocene material, including mammoth. A sampling is shown below. We grabbed busted Megs, and good examples of Hemipristis, mako, bull, sand tiger, tiger, and lemon sharks, glyptodont, Holmesina, llama, horse, turtle, whale, gator etc.
  25. Juvenile Mammoth Tooth

    Anyone ever see enamel growth like I circled in red?