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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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....
  4. Small is nice

    A couple of recent trips. The Peace is lower although I spent a lot of time digging at chest level. I was digging with friends finding a lot of small teeth in smaller gravel with an occasional Mammoth fragment or deer tooth and then this trip maker. . I have found a few small ones in the past but this one rates right up there as 2nd best. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/37772-baby-meg-from-zolfo/ A week earlier, I found a favorite. These always take me a while to ID... With all the rains, a very curious season, but I am enjoying
  5. Predator Carnassial

    So, I was out with a friend last Wednesday, and just to prove the fact that more than 1/2 the time my finds are "normal" and I get my joy from the river itself, I had one of those days, a small broken Meg, a turtle footpad, a small chunk of mammoth, a curved (?) piece of ray barb, and a nice 6 inch chunk of cypress wood. As we were packing up, Fred Mazza returned with a group he was leading and a lovely lady allowed me to take a couple of photos of this pretty fossil: Enjoy
  6. Finally! 1st since Jan 6th

    It seems like forever. 2 months staying home due to heavy rain and deep water. A good friend took me to one of his spots -- I am blessed with good friends.. Consistent finds over time. Gator scutes, Horse Teeth, a few very nice Makos, with only a few unknowns. A very nice day, water depth a little high, but the sun was shining and the fossil hunting was sweet. Here are some unknowns.. My partner said both are whale, but I am not sure. Especially the jaw -- small for whale... And this one -- an ear ? A fantastic day of hunting, but I am really hurting today -- ligaments and joints, muscles in back, biceps, and forearms... It will take some pain to get back in shape... Enjoy, Shellseeker
  7. Sloths and 3Toed

    Location, Location, Location I am blessed to have fossil hunting buddies who take me along for the ride. We have discovered a very remote location that is a mix of Pleistocene (Equus, turtle, gator, camel) Marine (Dusky, Bull, Tiger, Mako, Whale) and Blancan (Sloth, 3 toed horse, Holmesina floridanus). If only it could last for years. Pure heaven for a fossil hunter. Both my buddy and I found a sloth tooth. His more battered than mine (photo below) . This one almost seems like a Caniform but maybe not; It seems to have enamel at the tip but maybe not. I'll identify this tooth to sloth family given time. Late in the day, digging in a spot that produced GWs and Equus earlier, up popped a 3Toed: This one a lower, and I have no idea how to differentiate beyond the very small size (41mm length). and within 10 minutes an upper just slightly larger. Unbelievable!!! 3Toed horse are RARE!! but not here. I will be trying to Identify the name of the Sloth and the 2 small horses who gave me these teeth. All assistance greatly appreciated!!! SS
  8. Some Peace River finds

    I was traveling to Connecticut to visit family and friends just prior to Christmas and returned 11pm on the 22nd, but did get out on the 24th. My fossil buddy and I found some oddities, so I need some help here. #1 A tooth ?? #2 Tilly?? #3 A dermal denticle but which ray? #4 Fish vert 2 inches in diameter #5 Marine Mammal Thanks for all comments and guesses Jack
  9. Sometimes I break fossils

    I am always sensitive to breaking fossils, especially rare ones... It is exceeding painful to realize that a fossil made it intact for tens of thousands of years and I broke it with my shovel finding it. I am very careful, but it happens: My worst experience was a broken major root on a Dire Wolf Carnassial.. the pain...the pain..!!!!! I also broke the tip of a point (twice) that was pinned upright in a crevice of the bedrock. I was digging in an area rich in mammal fossils -- some mastodon, mammoth bones & teeth. The chewing surface is distinctive. and this is a pretty nice "fragment"...almost 5 plates of a lower jaw tooth. Lower jaw because of length between roots and chewing surface. I found the 1st piece about 10:30 am and a 2nd piece of the same tooth 45 minutes later about 3 feet away. Digging in a mixture of 60% gravel and the rest sand -mud mix down to a base of grey clay. The fragments were on the clay. The 2 pieces fit almost like a glove. . At first, I thought I might have broken them apart but was relieved to note that, although the plates fit loosely, there was significant missing cementum and no telltale shovel marks. Whew! So, broken by some natural forces in the preceding decades. I'll consolidate and set the 2 pieces up in a display, but I do not intend to glue them back together... Where would be the story in that? By the way, my hunting partners and I have an agreement on all "fragment" fossil finds. Who ever finds the 1st piece, has title to all other fragments of that fossil found. This, of course, is from Chapter 3, sec. 5 of the 14th edition of the Peace River Fossil Hunters Code of Conduct and Rules of the Road. (PRFH-CCRR). I can quote chapter and verse to my fossil hunting buddies, but sometimes they do not listen. SS
  10. Small Predator Carnassial

    Looking for an ID on this find today by my hunting partner!! Curious on the size... Thanks for all responses. Jack
  11. Sm Mammal Jaw

    It is interesting that these little teeth (without the jaw) are in the river, but I do not find them while hunting a 1/4 inch sieve. They clearly fall thru and unless I am hunting micros, I miss them. All IDs and comments appreciated. SS
  12. 22Oct8th2014BlackMeg3

    From the album PeaceRiver 2014-2015 Season

    Carcharocles megalodon with brown tree root markings, Hawthorn Grp. Peace River Fm. 2.6 mya, Zolfo Springs, 2.0 Inches. Found on October 8th, 2014
  13. 15Sept2014AlopiasGrandis

    From the album PeaceRiver 2014-2015 Season

    AlopiasGrandis (Giant Thresher) teeth, Hawthorn Grp., Peace River Formation, Miocene, Wauchula, Florida, 1.1 Inches, Sept 15th, 2014
  14. Some Interesting finds

    A mixture which I find most enjoyable -- life is like a box of chocolates... First, kudos to Harry, who maintains a GREAT!!! Gallery. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/gallery/image/37880-bison-vs-camel-astragalus/ The 2 side "columns" measure 69 and 78 mm respectively, so I believe this is right side Bison Astragalus in fantastic shape. and next a large deer or small camel tooth -- it is 29mm long and 21mm across chewing surface. Finally, 28 mm GW or Meg, My 1st take was GW, but one companion said GW and the other said Meg and I am unsure... seems like a close call, but maybe not. Thanks for any/all comments, guesses, and accurate IDs. Jack
  15. Frags can be gorgeous

    Mixing a thread with known finds and an odd bone. 1st the fragments, so nice that they are my finds of the day (yesterday)... The 2nd photo seems shaped like a camel or maybe a snail... Would have been fantastic to find the whole, but I am very pleased with fragments. I was not sure on the river but now I think an overworn Tapir pre_molar: Now the unknown -- strange little bone, bird ??? I will leave it to the experts. Thanks for looking. Did I mention? Zolfo gauge just dropped under 6.5 feet this morning. The Peace River is open for hunting. Happy days are here again!!! SS
  16. A vert and a toebone

    Well, When I not in North Florida quarries, I am hunting the Peace River. Here are a couple of mammal bones that my hunting partner found and asked me to help identify. 1st up -- a Vert Sorry, I did not get exact measurements, and then what seems to be a toe bone:
  17. Bos/Bison M2

    A pretty impressive tooth. I think it is an M2, 70 mm long and 37 mm across the chewing surface. Seems to be fossilized but Peace River is a dark water river and can make a modern tooth look fossilized. Would larger size imply Bison? The tooth is in fantastic shape but that can be normal for many of the fossils coming from the sand, mud, clay, gravel mixture near the banks of this spot. What about the chewing surface, it seems missing/eroded. Poor fossilization or recently erupted or ?
  18. An Interesting bone

    I was at an NFD event Saturday and a fossil hunter came over to me and asked for an ID of some Peace River fossils. Here are a couple of photos: It is bone and it seems complete. Seems to be a terminal appendage and is 1 7/8th inches long. My initial thinking is marine mammal, but does not seem large enough to be whale. In any case, I could not ID it. Good Luck...
  19. Mammal Teeth & Birdbone

    All of these are in great shape making me question whether or not any are fossil, Added the Birdbone to see if Auspex could ID. 1/2 x 1.125 inches 3/4 x 1.125 inches and the 2.4 inch bird bone: All comments appreciated.
  20. Revisiting Camel-Bison

    These finds from last Saturday. When I first saw this tooth in my sieve, my immediate reaction was "bison", just based on the chewing surface where the chevrons seem more rounded than "v" shaped. Then my hunting partner noted no stylid, and this likely camel-llama I thought that the buttresses looked to be more like camel. Size is H35mm X W22.5mm X L26.1mm (occlusal surface). With the degree of fossilization, it's hard to believe this is Bos but that's a possibility. If camel, seems large enough to be Heniauchenia. Next up -- turtle center osteoderm -- different from the thousands of such osteoderms I have seem in the last 5 years. Any ideas on which Turtle and/or why so different looking? Finally a couple of fish verts: Are these fresh or salt water? Each is in excellent shape. Can these be modern? TFF identified a larger previous version of Vert1 as Sawfish.. Based on size, these are pretty small fish. It was a great hunting day, out in nature, fantastic weather, found some less common fossils. What could be better? Thanks for all comments. SS
  21. Large Peace River Canine

    I went "prospecting" today with jlar7607. Many of our normal spots are too deep. That was not the problem today -- it was mostly a day of shallow maneuvering -- 6 miles down and 6 miles back, with 4-5 stops. We found heavy gravel at one location, but not many fossils beyond Dugong ribs, turtle shell, and large mammal bones. So we moved on -- but came back to check again at the end of the day. Joe and I each found a horse tooth, and he found a broken juvenile mammoth tooth and a mostly complete Meg but the find of the trip was this canine. Size is 3.2 inches long and 1.13 inches max diameter. Initially , I thought it was a jaguar canine because of THIS find a year ago. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/46605-25-inch-predator-canine/page-2 The shape of the 2 canines is very similar, but this more recent one is really beat up. I can not make out an enamel versus root line for example. The biggest clue is in the last photo. Great find independent of ID. I have been running HOT!! and I hope it continues!!! SS
  22. Hunting With Sacha

    I had an open day and Sacha already was planning to go hunting today, so we agreed to meet at a location on the river whenever we got there. This was around that area where Digit had found the May Fossil of the Month, Sacha found two mammoth teeth, and I found a juvenile mastodon jaw and a very stunning small meg. Our day was gorgeous, sunny and warm. Both the river valley and standing in the river kept us cool. The river was up a foot or a little more since I had been here last. Also Sacha and I were alone with nature. No one passed the whole day. Background: Sacha found some nice large upper hemis, a possible manatee tooth, and we both found camel premolars. There were horse and bison teeth but the bison was beat up. LOTS of little shark teeth and a glyptodont osteoderm for each of us. Then this: After you think about what this photo shows, you can see all of it below. Here is another find. Is it gator or croc? Size = 1.75 inches One for Auspex: 4.7 inches long. Hunting fossils is always better with someone who shares your enthusiasm. We talked fossils, hunting equipment, agatized corals, other hunters that we both know, the presence of (small) gators, and helped each other to find the best places by jointly probing the gravel beds. All in all, a very satisfying day. Hopefully Sacha and Shellseeker will go hunting a couple more times before end of season. Almost forgot. A chunk of fossilized gator jaw with 3 teeth and a couple of broken stubs in the tooth sockets. Note that the larger tooth is a "replacement". I did not realize that previously. A VERY unique fossil. x
  23. Recent Finds On The Peace

    Like others, I am sometimes unsure whether to add a post to ID, Hunting trips, or Q&A when I have some topics that cover more than one area. To tell the truth, I just randomly choose. I am squeezing trips in, going out 3-4 days trying to beat the rainy season. It is raining heavily most afternoons and sometimes we get caught in the rain. this week (3 trips) I managed to avoid the weather with cloudy and overcast and down pours shortly after scampered back to vehicles. I do not think I have a favorite spot, but I am fortunate to have hunting partners who do have a favorite spot and have come to think of me as a good luck charm. It does not get better than that... I actually have a place in mind to go hunting IF a day opens up, but that is unlikely before the rains force me to higher ground. Some recent superior results: Getting any part of a jaw with teeth is rare and found a fossilized rat mandible with complete molars and canine; then yesterday, this this rather impressive finds. I hear this is lower left mandible from my hunting partner. This is my best find ever for Tapir. Today, I was in a different environment, much more marine fossils (but no Megs). The sting ray barb is 2.5 inches, and clockwise, Kogiopsis sp., equus lower packing tooth, large pristine file fish vert, sting ray dermal denticle (see separate photo) and horse wolf tooth. Quite a variety and lots of quality. I do have a question about this Kogiopsis tooth. At first, I thought it was a tapir canine based on the heavily sharpened point. Many of the Kogiopsis teeth I have found have an actual point. Does this slant sharpened point imply a specific position in the jaw or just a random positioned upper tooth? So here is one that stumped me.. Initially I thought it was a huge base for a deer antler. Then I thought hoof core. My hunting buddy suggested Vert. I really do not know. Dimensions: 1.8 inches high, 2.1to2.3 inches in diameter. All comments appreciated . SS
  24. Meg with Cusps1

    From the album MegsCusps

    C. Megalodon, Hawthorn Grp., Peace River Fm., min 2 mya Miocene, Peace River, Bowling Green, 2.78 inches
  25. RSCN0953t

    From the album MegsCusps

    C. Megalodon, Hawthorn Grp., Peace River Fm., min 2 mya Miocene, Peace River, Zolfo Springs, 1.90 inches
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