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  1. Two Small Peace River Oddballs

    Hi Folks, here are two oddballs that I found in the Peace River this season. I think the tan one might be some kind of recent scute. The black one is "fish shaped" roughly and is very mineralized. The black one is shaped (to me) like some kind of scale or scute, or but it seems to be too thick to be a scale. Does anyone have any ideas what these little oddballs might be?
  2. Another Florida fossil I bought years ago, resembles a chunk of ground sloth claw
  3. More peace River unknowns

    I have found a ton of these in the Peace River, each measures about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch
  4. I've had this for years and I do t know if I found or bought this but I don't know what this is
  5. On one of our first trips of the year, I found this partial skull. It was the proverbial case of "low hanging fruit" and it was just laying on the bottom in a pothole on the limestone bed, covered by about 6 inches of water. The sun lit up and it practically yelled out to be picked up. The cranium was mostly intact, but the lower jaw and all of the dentition was missing. It was in one piece, but it was fragile and it split into two equal halves on the bumpy ride home in the truck. This was a mixed blessing, because it revealed what was previously unseen: the brain impression on the inside of the cranium. It's quite beautiful in an morbid aesthetic way and it is the first time I have seen an impression on the inside of a skull. The skull is not fossilized, so it is fairly recent. I am not 100% sure of the species, but I suppose it's the white tail deer or one of it's immediate predecessors. I was not sure which forum to post this in, it's mainly just for sharing and to see if anyone else has a similar brain impression in their own collection (and see more photos of them). I would like to know exactly what species it is for ID purposes, so that is why I put it in here - mods feel free to move this one to a more appropriate forum if necessary.
  6. I was happily snoozing away when my cellphone received a text message saying Josh was on his way to come pick me up. My truck is in the shop, so we would not be taking the 16' canoe for this trip. We were taking the kayaks strapped to the top of his car. I had about 15 minutes to get ready and the thermometer said a chilly 56F. I put on some an extra layer of clothes under my usual cargo shorts and t-shirt and waited for him to arrive. We were heading back to our favorite honey holes at Secret Location X - a secluded spot along the Peace that is flanked by large stretches of private property that we have permission to use. There are no public ramps or access points for miles in either direction, so we rarely see anyone else while we are out there. No highway noise, no houses along the bank, no barking dogs, nothing - just the way I like it. By the time we arrived, the temp had risen a few degrees and was about 60F. The last remnants of the morning fog were lifting and the air was filled with the sounds of nature - birds and wind in the trees. We loaded up the kayaks and launched downstream to head to our usual spot which has produced mammoth teeth, numerous megalodon teeth, and a wide assortment of mammal bones and teeth. On our way downriver, we spotted a group of 3 or 4 hawks overhead who screeched in protest of our presence. I had never seen hawks in a group like that and I am not sure what type they were. We also saw numerous turkey vultures and the usual herons and cranes. A lone Robin looking for a meal on the bank looked a little out of place. Gator activity appeared to be minimal and we only spotted two small juveniles who stayed on the bank and ignored us as we passed. There is a side creek that we always pass and say to ourselves - "We need to check that out one day.". The last time we came here, we stopped to check it out. As soon as Josh put the nose of his kayak into the creek mouth, a group of baby alligators appeared from the brush and they ran up inside a hollow under a tree rootball. Knowing that Mama was nearby, we decided to abandon the side creek and move on. Now, a few weeks later, we decided to try the creek again. Josh let me do the honors of going in first this time. With a wary eye for the nest, I headed into the creek mouth. No gators were evident, so we got out and started walking up the creek. The water was only inches deep, but the silty bottom was very loose and you could easily sink in to your knees in spots, so we walked along the bank. The creek snaked around and doubled-back on itself a few times. Trees and roots made constrictions in the flow which resulted in tiny waterfalls which made that pleasant "babbling brook" sound. I wished I had brought my camera, which was still in my backpack in the kayak. As it turned out, there wasn't much in that creek worth taking photos of. The banks were shallow and there was almost no gravel or spots that looked promising for fossils. After following it about 100 yards inland, hacking our way through the underbrush, leaping across to opposite banks, we decided to cut our losses and get back to the kayaks. We didn't find a single fossil in that creek. We headed back downstream to our usual spot and started searching. Josh was crawling along the bottom with his snorkel and mask. I was walking in a "Sanibel Stoop" that I use during shelling at the beach, stopping to reach into holes and turn over rocks. I had the sifter trailing behind me and I would throw handfuls of gravel into it. I found a few of the usual common things like small shark teeth, antler pieces, dugong rib pieces, and turtle shell. I never like to go home empty handed, so I always keep the first few dozen pieces I find, no matter how common or incomplete they might be, so those pieces went into my bag. Josh found a couple of tiny megs and some fragolodons, but the spot was otherwise unproductive - I think we have tapped it out on previous trips. So we decided to head further south downstream to some newer areas we have only scouted briefly. The trip downstream was pretty long and we went around a lot of bends. There was lots of sandy bottom that didn't have any gravel or crunch to it. A couple of miles downstream and we arrived at a small island we had scouted previously. There is a fork in the river there with exposed limestone bed and some gravel. So we got out and started looking around. Right off the bat I found two big chunks of bone. One appeared to be some kind of odd vertebra or thick scute of some kind. I put it in the bag and kept looking. I found a small vert that is likely alligator and a few more of the usual common things - some of which I tossed back to lighten my load. Josh did a small bit of snorkeling but didn't find much. By this point we were pretty tired (I was feeling a bit under the weather from the start), so we decided to call it a day and head back. This is where the trip became a little more interesting for me. The current was deceptive on the way downstream, and now that we were going back against it upstream, it was more work than I had anticipated. Both of us were having to work pretty hard during stretches. There were also a lot of obstacle courses to run - fallen trees that made choke points in numerous spots where one had to "thread the needle" to get through, or get out and walk the kayaks through. I was beginning to regret going so far downstream at this point and just wanted to get back to familiar territory where we could stop and take a break. On the way back, we were nearing the spot with many fallen trees and shallow spots. One particular area, there was a narrow gap between the bank and a fallen tree, and the water in that gap was only about 10-12 inches deep. Right before and right after the gap was deeper water. On our way downstream through it, I got wedged and had to get out of the kayak, walk it through and then get back in. Now that we were heading back upstream, we were nearing that stretch, and I was very tired from paddling against the current. I was just about gassed and was looking for a spot to pull the kayak on up the bank and take a brief rest. I was approaching a bend and the narrow gap was on the other side of the bend. As I come around the bend, I see a big adult gator on the bank (10+ feet) and he slips into the water just as I approach. He/She is in the deeper water just before the gap and I cannot see it because the water is black as coffee and in the shade where the sun cannot illuminate that spot. I don't like it when gators do that. I prefer them to stay on the bank and give me the stink eye as I paddle by. So now I am tired, almost out of breath, and in a spot where I cannot stop because I want to put some distance between myself and that beast. I also know that there is a pretty good chance that I might not be able to get through that gap and might be stuck right next to the lurking unseen gator. So I summoned the last of my strength and starting paddling like a man possessed. I built up a head of steam and just blasted my way forward and threaded the needle, right through the gap. I still couldn't rest, because I wanted to put more distance between myself and it. So I kept paddling until I thought I was going to pass out. It wasn't fear so much as prudence. Chances are, the gator had already retreated into deeper water in the opposite direction because they are more scared of us than we are of them. But I wasn't taking any chances. Josh was a bend or two behind me, so he didn't even see the gator, or hear my warning shout. I was hoping he wouldn't have to get out and walk it through that gap and get death-rolled. We finally got back to our very first spot, where I decided to rest. I pulled the kayak out and plopped down onto the bank to catch my breath. After a few minutes, Josh came around the bend and I told him about the gator. We had a laugh about it and he did some more brief searching while I panted and heaved on the bank like a 90-year old man with asthma. After about 15 minutes, we paddled back to the car with our meager haul. After I got home and laid it all out, I saw that the weird vert-scute thing was actually more interesting than I had thought. It had a weird pattern on it and didn't resemble any piece I had found previously. So I snapped a couple of photos of it and asked a more experienced hunter to ID it for me. I was pleasantly surprised that it was a ground sloth vertebra. I am now quite pleased because I found something I have not previously found. I was due for something unusual and I got it. In hindsight, there was quite a bit of "chunkasaurus" in that same spot where I found the sloth vert, so that spot is worth revisiting in the future - just in case there is more of that sloth there. This photo is our first hunting spot (the honey hole) - in the distance, you can just make out Josh crawling along the riverbed looking for swag.
  7. Josh and I are heading out tomorrow morning to revisit our primary honey hole in the Peace River. This time we are going to do a systematic grid search of the area. No stone will be left unturned. Wish us luck.
  8. Dec14th Peace River

    About to travel for the holidays and need to pack. Just a few minutes for this post. Out today, hunting the Peace River. What a GORGEOUS !!! day. Sun shining, warm water, out in nature. None of those fantastic finds this day, bit even an average day on the Peace is pretty good. Lots of small shark teeth, many of them broken, a couple of turtle spurs, glyptodont osteoderms, puffer fish mouth plates all with quality issues. And then these.. .
  9. Weird Coral-like Thingmobobs

    Over time, I have run across some oddball stuff in the Peace River (Florida). Does anyone have any idea what these are? Are they fossil corals? Or some kind of tubeworm casts? Or something else entirely different? The larger one is singular, but I have found several of those smaller ones.
  10. Name that Bone! (Alligator Funny Bone)

    Found this bone in the Peace River recently. I know I have seen these before, but I cannot recall what it is. Does anyone know what critter this belongs to? Turtle? Deer? Thanks!
  11. After much waiting and watching of the gauges, we made our first trip out to the Peace for this winter season. Our favorite honey hole is a secret, but suffice to say it is in Hardee County. We use the Zolfo USGS gauge because it is a good indicator for our site, even though our site is some miles from the Zolfo gauge itself. The gauge was reading 5.49 feet and the flow was reading 192 when we put the kayaks on the water at 8:30am. This was the first time we had been back since the first week of June. I had expected to see more signs of high hard water (given the flood stage events of the summer), but things looked about the same. Some old obstructions and logs were washed away and new ones in new places had appeared. The apparent recent high water line appeared to be about 4-6 feet above water level on the banks and trees. Things just didn't look the way I thought they would if 16 feet of water moving at 2000-gps had surged through the channel. The usual beaches and sandbars were in the same spots. No previously-covered gravel beds had appeared since our last trip months ago. And there wasn't as much low hanging fossil fruit as I had expected. Keep in mind, this stretch is only rarely hunted and usually just by us. We were likely the first hunters to check this spot again since June. We just didn't see any freebies or easy pieces laying near the banks or sticking out of the banks. When we reached our first spot, it looked the same and was actually under less water than we expected. We did a pretty thorough search of the river and banks at the area while staying there for 3 or 4 hours. There were no large trophy pieces or rarities to be found. We did find a lot of broken-up mammoth teeth plates and broken sections of ivory. Also many fragolodon pieces were found, but nothing big or intact to write home about. Sure, the river had brought in a lot of new turtle shell, small shark teeth, dugong ribs, and ugly chunkasaurus lumps, but we left the majority of those behind while looking for prettier or more exotic fare. The water was also colder than we expected. I was searching the banks and wading/reaching into limestone holes. Josh was snorkeling, and he was getting borderline hypothermia from the chill waters. The Sun was no help, because a constant layer of scattered clouds kept the Sun covered most of the day. The lack of Sun also hurt the water visibility. I'm tall and can wade into deeper water without getting my top half wet. My arms are also very long and gangly, so I am good at reaching to holes on the river bedrock without getting my torso wet. That extends my longevity on cloudy chill days. I reached into a lot of holes and turned over a lot of rocks. I came away empty handed on most occasions. Sure, I threw aside a ton of turtle scutes and small teeth that just weren't on my hit list. I also wish we had a dollar for every piece of dugong rib that we left behind. I did find a few oddball pieces that I am still trying to idenfity. I also found several small pieces of mammoth ivory. Despite much snorkeling, Josh came away with a nice vert, a few broken mammoth teeth plates, a few fragolodons, and some misc oddballs. We didn't go home empty handed, but it was not a write-home-about-it type of day either. The weather was otherwise pretty, despite the cloudiness. It was refreshing to get back out on the water again for the first time in several months. It was quiet and serene. We saw the just usual birds and turtles. No snakes were encountered. And we only saw one mama gator with a gaggle of babies nearby. The latter was seemed a little unusual given how late in the season it is. Our second secret spot will remain until later this week when we return for a second trip to check our other spot. I'll post some photos after I get home and unpacked later. Let the games begin!
  12. Small but interesting

    Not a lot of Time .. Out with my friend and and fossil enthusiast JLAR706 checking on a favored spot. Going out today also to a different location. Jlar started slow but caught up fast with some excellent Horse, Camel, Tigers and Makos. I has a similar set of Tigers, Horse, fewer Makos, but a couple that require ID, I think I know what these are, but size matters All in all, some great memories with a good friend in one of my favorite spots. Shellseeker
  13. Peace river claw or tooth?

    I found this by walking in to the Peace River at a boat ramp and sifting, any help is appreciated! There is natural wrinkles on one side
  14. An odd bone

    Trying to get some hunting/any hunting before the summer rains take over completely. I was out in a shallower area of a tributary creek to the Peace River. Found some smaller teeth and a few hemis, plus this rather odd bone. Tarsal? Carpal? It seems small for horse. I have seen a bone somewhat like this a couple of times, Just never able to identify.. Thanks for all comments. Jack
  15. A femur story

    Bones do not tend to have the pizazz of tooth, tusk, or claw. Sometimes they are given away even before an identification is made. I have been gifted a jaguar phalanx and a hosenose vertebrae process by some of my hunting buddies. Many of you know that I frequently hunt with jlar706. A month ago we were both finding great stuff, but maybe I was in the lead with a chunk of gomph and a bear canine. Into my sieve pops a long bone in good shape and I know that jlar706 collects unique bones and so I toss it to him as a gift. He shows it around, gets a semi-exciting approximate ID (I think that PrehistoricFlorida has seen these photos. He has offered it back to me with certain conditions.. While I am thinking about it, putting it on the forum to see if we can get a positive ID. Maybe it was a much better day than I thought...
  16. The Scenic Peace River

    These are just a few photos of my favorite Florida river, the Peace. I've explored many over my lifetime of hiking, camping, and fishing, but fossil hunting made the Peace my favorite. Now I want to do all of my old activities on the Peace (the aformentioned hiking, camping, and fishing). Today, I saw a catfish the size of my forearm (I have long arms). He hung around, checking me out, waiting for me leave to his hang-out spot. I couldn't get a photo of him, by the time I went back to the canoe to fetch my camera, he had bugged out to elsewhere. Then, right on cue, as soon as I put the camera back, he returned. I recall my dad saying years ago that the biggest catfish are not good eating because they have worms....not sure if that is true, just another dad-ism. I need to get my fishing license again, so I can catch dinner while we are out hunting for fossils.
  17. Here is another oddball mammal tooth I found in the Peace River (Florida, Bone Valley member, Hawthorn group). It is broken, but the root appears to be intact. I am having trouble ID'ing this one. Any ideas what it might be? Thanks in advance!
  18. Maybe Gomph

    Actually this is to ID 3 items: Up to this point I have never found Gomph. but this may be it. How does one differentiate between Mastodon and Gomph? How does one differentiate between bear and jaguar canine? This one is 2.8 inches even missing the tip. Now one I do not recognize at all. Found one almost exactly the same 6 months ago. It is 4.5 inches long, fossilized and might be tilly bone in consistency. What is this?
  19. Imperfect Fossils

    Sometimes I find almost perfect fossils, and sometimes not. Today was not, but I had a great day on the river with 2 friends, both TFF members. To make it really special, this was one of those days when we had to prospect for new locations. Few of my prospecting days turn out this well. These last 2 seemed like they might have come from the same fossilization process. 3rd Photo of a 2.83 inch Meg.
  20. Weird Teeth and Claws

    Peace River, Bone Valley, Hawthorn Group. All found while sifting medium-large gravel in exposed limestone rock rapids in low moving water. Ignore the dugong rib at the top left and the alligator teeth at the top right above the vertebra. The rest are oddball teeth and claws from my last trip to the Peace River (Florida). I have tried to use the internet to ID some of them, but these continue to vex me. Any help would be appreciated. The long skinny claw thing (to the bottom right of the dugong rib) is hollow, but is not bone It has the remnants of some sort of enamel on it like a tooth, but seems too long and skinny to be a tooth. Ignore the little worn vert next to the bigger unknown vert. Thanks in advance! I can shoot more photos if needed.
  21. Shark w/ cusp

    It is Saturday. so I was out hunting. In this case, Arcadia. Did not find a lot but I always find something. My partner found even less but did find this small shark tooth with Cusp. Identifications appreciated. Then my finds A mako -- a couple of Verts. Continued on next post.
  22. Mammal tooth

    A friend asked me to ID this one, and he and I have a different view of what it might be. So I will ask the help of my friends on the fossil forum. I believe that Harry IDed a tooth just like this one a couple of years back, but we'll see. Thanks for any all IDs
  23. A Fossil hunting Weekend

    I was out on Saturday with Joe. I did very well, a very nice upper equus, a fine dillo, and numerous shark teeth with a few larger one. I also went with other fossil friends hunting on Sunday. Not the variety or size but far more colorful. I will let you judge. I was definitely pleased with both days although Saturday was an adventure all by itself with a flipped canoe, lost equipment and lost car keys. but that is another story. This one is about the finds, not my finds, but Joe's finds. How about 3!!! three lower jaw tiny horse teeth.., These are one of my favorites and I thought they would be the finds of the day But then Joe and I took a walk and in 4 inches of water over sand, Joe thought he saw a mammal bone, semi hollow, and seemingly cut by a modern butcher saw. But NO... Joe found a tooth that I long for , but have never found and never have seen another found during all my days hunting the Peace!!.. See the Photos on the next Thread... Joe had the Mantle this day.
  24. Interesting Calcaneum

    Out yesterday and my partner found this Calcaneum. It may be deer but Rich told me once that a flat cuboid indicated predator in this thread. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/42376-calcaneum-crab-claw/ Sorry , 3.5 inches in Length
  25. Hunting on Saturdays

    I was out with a TFF Fossil hunting buddy today. We compliment each other and always have a great time. Today was one of those special days. The water was perfect depth over our hunting spot, the sun was shining for most of the days and the fossil finds were excellent. We have a sequence of code words that indicate the type of fossil "Hold that Tiger" and "Holy S***" that describe the type and quality of a find. We also have friendly discussions on who is holding the "fossil mantle" which carries unbelievable luck and must be passed off whenever one of us gets too lucky. There is the "Fossil of the day" category which always leads to the discussion of "what will you trade for it?" While I am collecting photos of other finds, I decided to open this thread with an inSitu photo of the jointly agreed "Fossil of the day". This pretty Camel-Llama (Paleolama Mirafica} showed up in my screen at about 1pm, after my hunting buddy said he would like to find a gorgeous camel tooth. I will add some other photos in later threads and he may add some of his. A very, very nice find but there were others....
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