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  1. Capybara Molar, But...

    Hunting fossils is often humbling. You think you know something , but you only find small shark teeth. That happened twice this last week -- and then today, I find one of my favorites and something unique (for me). My favorite fossil is Sloth, and this little tooth is as good as it gets. The unique fossil is Capybara -- usually I find pieces, my largest was 6 "plates". This is almost a complete tooth. But when I search "Fossil Capybara Molar" on the net, I find little this looks similar to mine with 14 "plates".. What am I missing?.. Is this NOT a Capybara Molar?
  2. Odd Mammal Tooth Fragment

    This one is odd and not sure that I have a guess even though enamel should be distinctive. Odd transition between enamel and root. The occusal is odd, enamel only at the edge. I am curious. SS
  3. Sharktooth Id

    Did not recognize this one. Showed up in my screen yesterday. Surprisingly large root for its size, but no serrations.
  4. Whale

    Along with a couple of nice Equus teeth and an excellent Bison premolar with 1 complete root, I found this gem. I was sad because it was split, but so happy to find only my 2nd whale tooth in 4 years. I was spoiled in finding the 1st tooth in my first months of fossiling. I am very pleased. Now the questions. Are both teeth whale? Can we say that with any confidence that either or both teeth are Sperm Whale? Why/How did the fossil process treat these 2 teeth so differently? Approximately, how long ago was Zolfo Springs visited by whales? Now the new find ---
  5. Tailbone, But Which Mammal?

    Found today, looks marine like. I can think of a couple of good candidates, but will wait for suggestions and expertise. SS
  6. A Couple Of Teeth & Bones

    I was out yesterday even with a chancy weather forecast. Turned out better --much better then I thought -- both the weather and the results. In my 1st sieve, I found a nice chunk of Mastodon tooth, and in the last sieve one of my 10 best Megs out of the Peace River -- just on 2.75 inches. In between I found a number of question marks. I have a few guesses but will leave IDing to the experts. There is one more, left for next post. All suggestions appreciated. SS EDITED: Photo1 15mm occusal surface X 25mm Photo2 33mm occusal surface X 28mm Photo3 38mm in length
  7. Isolated Protocone

    I have found a lot of horse teeth in the Peace River, all but 1 came from Equus. When I picked up this tooth this week, I see an Isolated Protocone, thus not Equus Can someone more familiar with horse teeth, tell me if this is likely Hipparion? For details see http://www.flmnh.ufl...ony1_3/Pe13.htm
  8. Marine Mammal Verts

    Found in the same sieve/hole. Not sure they are same or similar mammal. Larger is 3.1 inches at base, 2 inches high, 2.25 inches wide. Smaller is 2x2x.5. I always think these are porpoise but the larger one is larger than I have found previously. SS
  9. Collection Of Knowns & Unknowns

    What a gorgeous day yesterday. I was with friends: the water is clear, not a cloud in the sky, sun is shining, the birds are singing, even a gator or two. Most of the time, I realize how truly fortunate I am to live so close to pursue this hobby. I was digging in a jumble of gravel for a mix of Miocene-Pleistocene treasure and my luck was holding. Any day with a Sloth tooth is an outstanding day on the river. So a few knowns: Sloth Tooth, a perfect ectocuneiform (an equus tarsal, but Harry will confirm), and a Petrous portion of a temporal bone - horse again , I think). But what of the unknowns? a tooth, and a couple of distal toe bones? ID Help needed. Toe or maybe not --
  10. Mammal Toe Bone

    I had been finding some Sloth material and the interesting deer proximal phalanx (earlier post), and somewhat discounted this find because I was not positive that it was bone or complete. It is asymetrical and from some views looks like a concretion. But having looked closely and enlarged the photos, I am now pretty sure that it is a complete bone.. Just do not know what bone it is -- SS
  11. Feline Phalanx

    6 weeks ago I found a small bone that was identified on TFF as a Jaguar Medial Phalanx. I was very pleased with it. Predator cat fossils are special in my mind. I wrote an article for my local fossil club newsletter, http://www.fcolc.com...rs/news1212.pdf using much of the knowledge and photos contributed by Nate and Harry. Fast forward to yesterday. I am digging with a fossil friend who is focused on teeth , and specifically Makos & Megs- the M&M boy. Around noon, my friend finds a small intact bone which I identify as a predator phalanx. He says . To each his own. So here are the photos side by side with my Jaguar medial phalanx. The new bone seems to be more proximal (from Harry's photos) than medial, but it is smaller and less robust than the medial. Unfortunately I flipflop in the photos: In the 1st photo the unknown bone is on the left, in the second photo it is on the right. SS
  12. A Bone & A Tooth

    Not sure if a toe bone is sufficient to ID the source, but the last time I posted a medial phalanx, it was. Size: 10mmx16mmx22mm and a tooth -- looks like a molar, The long root in 22mm The occusal surface is 5mmx13mmx19mm
  13. Odd Shark Tooth

    I was finding Snaggles, which along with Makos and Megs, are the 3 larger teeth in the Peace River. As I tossed this one into my bag, I thought "small worn snaggle". But snaggles have serrations, lots of them. This one seems to have an edge like a Mako but not shaped like a Mako. So, super worn snaggle, imagination, or .....
  14. 2 Inch Mammal Tooth/tusk

    I have already received 3 or 4 identifications for this one -- obviously all can not be correct. All responses appreciated. SS
  15. Two Mammal Bones

    One of the bones was found today, the other is my Christmas present from a fossil buddy. -- I have some fantastic friends. Both come from the Peace River. Bone #1 below has characteristics of an astralagus (I also found a deer astralagus today), but I do not believe that it is -- mostly because this bone is unbroken and I have never seen a 1/2 astralagus with a hollow center. Bone #2 is a vert with a rapidly decreasing diameter. I wonder if it is close to the neck or close to the tail. All WAGs appreciated. Also how do I insert a photo between the lines of text? SS
  16. Horse But Maybe Not Equus

    I find many Equus fossil teeth. This one seems different. Appreciate any pointers to occusal identification charts and/or confirmation one way or another. Thanks SS
  17. Brrrrrrr!

    It was cold enough to wear the 6mm FarmerJohn wetsuit yesterday. Here are some finds, some known, some not... Thanks for IDs
  18. Odd Bone

    Very light in weight, 1.5 inches/ 42 mm. Seems mostly complete, but very odd in that there is a "bump" only on one side.
  19. Peccary, Mastodon, Tapir Or ?

    With the "Baby Mastodon" TFF thread, I was searching the net for Tapir, Peccary, and Mastodon teeth and discovered this one, identified as Peccary. http://www.indiana9f...tes/Peccary.htm Very odd!!!! It did remind me of a tooth I found weeks ago and believed I had correctly identified as non-Peccary. I will not confuse the identification by adding what I thought it was... SIZE -- just on 25mm=1 inch across the occusal surface.
  20. Article For Fcolc Newsletter

    Recently I posted some finds on TFF, and my Fossil Club of Lee County President, Bill Shaver, asked me to write an article for the December Newsletter... I do not claim certainty on some of my speculations, but felt that some might like to read this attempt to raise interest in new club members and also give some kudos to TFF. SS Seeking a Predator When I kayak on the Peace River looking for a likely fossil location, I frequently have a desire locked deep in my subconscious that says this could be the day. This could be the day when I find a special fossil: maybe a mastodon tooth; maybe a sloth claw; or maybe an extremely rare predator fossil from a dire wolf or saber cat. One fossil buddy has a very large Jaguar canine and another has a Dire Wolf carnassial. In the spring of 2012, I found a broken Jaguar carnassial and I returned to a close location on November 8th as the water depth receded. On this day I was “prospecting”, seeking a new location as I was probing for gravel about 8 feet off the east bank of the Peace River. A couple of inches of sand covers about 8 inches of gravel which is on top of 8 inches of gray clay. Usually I put 4 or 5 shovels full of gravel in each sieve-load, but on the 3rd shovel of the 1st sieve, there was a odd looking bone. I stopped and then danced around the river with glee: it was a perfect 3 inch Sloth claw, likely from Megalonyx leptostomus. But that is another story for another article. Naturally, I returned to the same hole to find more, but after another 3 hours, I had found a few small shark teeth, and one small odd looking bone which was complete and heavily mineralized. The size is 1.25 inches or about 40 millimeters. One end reminded me of a raptor toe bone which I had found in 2011. (Photo #1 below) For any fossil that I do not recognize, I ask Louis Steiffel at the next FCOLC meeting OR I take a couple of photos and ask the experts on The Fossil Forum.com. For new fossil seekers, this is a great resource to Florida fossil experts, rapid identification of fossil finds, and free registration. It took “Prehistoric Florida” (www.prehistoricFlorida.com) less than 3 hours to see my post and identify my find as a Jaguar Phalanx (a toe bone that attaches to the cat’s claw). This was just the start of my education on feline phalanx bones. Prehistoric Florida added some details: “The bone is a medial phalanx; this bone is located directly behind the claw. The reason it is offset a little bit is allow the claw to retract.” He also gave me some web pointers to Medial Phalanx fossils from Smilodon Fatalis (Photo #2) and Panthera Onca both on his website. Another Fossil Forum expert “Harry Pristis” provide a photo of numerous Jaguar Proximal Phalanx fossils and a pointer to a very special articulated line drawing of feline foot bones (Figure #1). I have shown my Jaguar Phalanx to a fossil buddy who has been searching the Peace River for 40 years and he gave me one more insight. This bone came from a left paw. So did the Saber Cat fossil Phalanx in Photo #2. I am very pleased not only with this fossil but also with everything I have learned with help from my friends. If you are internet savvy, take a look at The Fossil Forum and PrehistoricFlorida.com. You will find a lot of pictures to aid identification and you might even find some fossils for sale. Figure #1 has been adapted under “fair use” of the copyright laws from THE FOSSIL CARNIVORE Amphicyon longiramus FROM THE THOMAS FARM MIOCENE by Stanley J. Olson; Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College, Volume 123, No. 1; July, 1960. I may use this sketch for identification again.
  21. A Very Large Toe Bone

    I have been running HOT lately -- not so much in quantity, but certainly in quality. Here are photos of the latest. I have been searching the net for mammoth or mastodon toe bones but nothing looks exactly the same. I have learned the questions: Is this Proximal, Medial, or Distal? Assuming the "rounded" side points forward and flat side rearward, can we tell which foot (left or right) and which toe on the foot? The size in 3.25x3.25x5.00 inches. Is this specimen a small, medium, or large example? I know that I am asking the usual suspects, but hope others will enjoy the discussion and answers.. and YES, I am search for the rest of this animal.
  22. Fossil Fish Vert

    Any fish vert is relatively rare. This one is my first complete one at any size in 4 years. I thought it might be shark; others suggested Sawfish or Billfish. Please help me identify. The diameter is 38mm (about 1.5 inches). How large of a fish would have this vert? Thanks SS
  23. Open For Fossils

    It is not perfect conditions; the water is still high, no visibility carrying a lot of mud, and gators have been flushed downstream -- other than that, it is prime time. Here are a few photos. I am mostly interested in IDing the first set. I find a lot of this fossil - almost exactly in this shape and size. I thought it might be a tilly bone , but just not sure. Other photos just show what is available. Enjoy SS
  24. Probably Not Your Average Bone

    Here is one that has me scratching my head -- Not the standard fossil bone texture or color. This one is black and shiney almost like enamel and a "pattern" that sort of reminds me of gator osteoderm. Then there is the striation pattern within the fossil. All in all, does not look like your average fossil bone. That does not say it can not be, just odd.
  25. Sloth Claw

    I have been distracted from fossil hunting for the last 6 weeks. I completed my 3rd year of fossil hunting in the 1st week of July, just as Tropical Storm Debbie was filling up the Peace River. The gauge at Zolfo Springs is at 7.5 feet today which is an improvement over 10.5 feet a week ago. I have been out of Florida, on vacation in Cape Cod and Vermont and then a 3 week job assignment in San Francisco. I am requesting a couple of identifications, and will attract attention with this Gorgeous 9+ inch Eremotherium Eomigrans claw that was an end of season gift of the river/fossil gods. It has been a magical season for me -- and that is an understatement. I have a good fossil buddy who has endured my fantastic finds with grace and good humor. Q1. I have searched the internet enough to ID this one as Eomigrans, and eliminate Mirabile (which may have never been in Florida). but Laurillardi seems pretty similar, maybe narrower. Since both were in Florida , how do I differentiate Eomigrans from Laurillardi? Q2. I also found (photo #2) a small half of a sloth claw south of Nocatee on April 1st. It is proportionally narrower compared to Eomigrans and just based on size, I thought it might be Harlan. Can anyone confirm or even speculate? EDIT: Whenever I post an ID request, I also start searching the Internet: Although I am not positive Glossotherium chapadmalense seems to be a likely candidate by both size and shape for this half claw. , http://www.fossilsonline.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_145_184&products_id=957 , Q3. In looking at other finds, I came across photo #3, one that I originally thought was Equus. I do not think that anymore. Can anyone ID? Good to be back. Now only if the rains would stop.....