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Found 237 results

  1. Bone, Enamel Or Ivory?

    I pick this up last Wednesday. Normally, this texture, heaviness, and "hard" fossilization means tooth or dugong rib. I paused because the sun seemed to glint off of Schreger lines. could this be a chunk of ivory? Size is.6x.9x2.0 inches, so a decent size making it less likely tooth enamel. When I finally took the photos, it does not have the Schreger lines I expected to see, but I have never seen this pattern on dugong. When I am stumped, I bring it to the community expertise of TFF. What is this material? Photo set #1 Photo set #2 Photo set #3 Photo 2b seems to demonstrate that this fossil has narrow growth lines. I am at a loss, and look for any/all suggestions. SS
  2. PeaceRiver Megalodon

    From the album PeaceRiver 2014-2015 Season

    C. Megalodon, Hawthorn Grp., Peace River Formation, Miocene 2mya, Wauchula, Florida, 3.008 Inches, May 20th, 2014
  3. DoubleSpurCM

    From the album PeaceRiver 2014-2015 Season

    Hesperotstudo crassiscutata (Giant land tortoise); Hawthorn Grp. Peace RIver Fm. Pleistocene, Wauchula, 1.4 Inches
  4. Palaeolama Mirifica

    From the album PeaceRiver 2014-2015 Season

    Palaeolama Mirifica (Stout-legged Llama) lower right mandible with m3 molar. Hawthorn Grp. Peace River Formation, Pleistocene, Wauchula, Florida Aug. 26th 2015
  5. Small Mammal Molar

    I am walking gingerly today. Three outings (with different hunters each) the last 3 days. Peace River above Wauchula where I posted an ID that may be rare smaller camel m3, Myakka River above Rocky Ford, where I had engine trouble and paddled back with 1 paddle and 1 shovel, and yesterday back to the Peace River. We found a lot of well preserved small shark teeth at Myakka and I found a kogiopsis .sp tooth in what seemed like a dominate marine layer. Lots of fossil shells. Saw a real LARGE gator in a really narrow point of the river. My hunting partner and I only disagreed on how much bigger it was than my 12 foot canoe. Sorry I did not get a photo of the gator but I had other things on my mind. Saturday was the most productive. Found a small area not previously dug that produced interesting finds. I do not find many lower makos. Is this mako Hastalis? Ah.. This is an ID thread. I was disappointed to see the damage to the chewing surface and thought maybe horse, maybe camel. Then it occurred to me that I had never seen a horse or camel with side ribbing like this and maybe someone would be able to ID on what is left on the chewing surface. Ok!! All the photos fit in 2mb!! As always comment and help in ID appreciated. SS
  6. Deer ? M3 Molar

    Found this one today. Calipers 31mm height, 25mm length of occlusal, 6mm to 9mm widths of occlusal. A couple of friends indicated Llama-Camel, but I have recently found llama-camel and I think this one is too small. All comments appreciated. SS
  7. Small Unerupted Tooth

    Personally I only found normal stuff today, but in the last sieve, one of my hunting partners found an odd tooth -- We were all confused at the river, but looking at it now, it seems obvious -- it is unerupted and lacks roots. Mammoth, Mastodon, tapir, and Peccary baby teeth might have this characteristic. You can see it is very small -- about 15 mm high and from 11 to 13 mm in the oval diameter. All suggestions appreciated. SS
  8. Another Great Find

    Two of my hunting friends invited me to a new location. They were finding good items (bison, horse, a lot of small teeth, an occasional Meg) but I found that llama tooth-jaw section and then this: A caliper measurement is 32 mm for occlusal length and based on this photo link from Harry's Gallery http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/gallery/image/8784-dire-wolf-vs-bear-dog-carnassials/, I believe this is a dire wolf carnassial. I am taking a lot of good_natured ribbing about the amazing string of luck and I deserve it. When 3 of you are digging next to each other, it is hard to point to anything but luck. But we all know that fossil gods and luck are fickle. I am enjoying it as long as it lasts.
  9. Mammal Molar

    I have been running hot lately. A Sloth Claw and partial sloth tooth, good to excellent makos and some 3-toed horses. On Saturday I found a Palaeolama Mirifica m3 molar and a beautiful GW while my hunting buddy was finding a SaberCat Incisor. Today I found TWO mammal teeth -- one known which is my BEST Palaeolama Mirifica m3 attached to a piece of jawbone!!! A few in-situ shots: Believe me, there are not easy to find-- like 1-2 a year, not 2 in 72 hours. But an ID request on the other tooth I found: It is 17.5x22mm chewing surface. I have some thoughts, but will allow others to comment first. All guesses appreciated. SS
  10. Cusps & Serrations

    I was out with a very good fossil buddy. Usually I cover the transportation gas, boat and he wants me to know that he appreciates the contribution. Today he gave me the 1st fossil photo below. I found the 2nd which I am thinking is Palaeolama Mirifica M3. He found the 3rd. and neither of us knew the ID. I am a very lucky man. Here is the request for an IDentification. Normally Serrations & Cusps belong to RICs. What mammal is this? Thanks for all responses, comments, and suggested IDs. SS
  11. A Fossil First

    I found this a couple of weeks back and initially had no clue.. it was clearly a fossil, but also different and unexpected. It is a fragment and I believe I know which animal. It has heightened value because it is the only one I have ever found. It goes in a Riker box. Sad to say, on my way back home, I dropped my collection bag and one fossil -- this one - broke. You can see the cracks. I was more than irritated at myself. Today I patched it back together. An example that proves not all cherished fossils are either complete or pristine.
  12. Interesting Finds

    Out with two friends: we had a great time in the sunshine and river. We were finding Megs -- 7 for me, with 3 pretty good. But the only Meg I'll show here is a broken root.. This is a complete root, with the only blade section being that containing the serration on the left photo. IF the ID is Meg, does anyone have a complete Meg where the root is this fat but only 30 mm wide? The root is so unusual, I would really like to know what a whole tooth with this kind of root looks like. Next I find a lot of gator teeth. Is this gator or croc? Finally, I think now that I initially mis-identified this one as horse. Requesting an ID. Whenever I find a tooth like this when I am not sure, I immediately think, while standing in the river, This one goes on TFF. Also found a piece of broken glass that must of been hand blown and looks really old. I love the surprises. SS
  13. Halloween Mask

    Today was one of those great days. An occasional fossil hunting buddy (Joe) asked me to go with him to a new location (for me). I placed myself in his hands. We went downstream with Joe probing likely gravel locations, and he eventually chose the 3rd stop. The very first find for either of us was this tooth that showed up in my sieve as I dumped my 2nd shovel full. I immediately judged Joe's leadership and this trip as successful! Now about that Halloween mask: it was found about 8 inches below the Mako location. Another photo to help identification. It is about 7 inches wide. And finally, a very unusual non-fossil find -- a bottle. Bottles show up a lot, especially brown or green modern ones. But THIS bottle has something I did not know existed. It is a modern bottle with plastic screw cap. but it is actually 2 bottles, a bottle inside another bottle. Sounds medical to me. Anyone know the purpose? As for my buddy Joe, he found 4 nice Megs, a couple of pristine dillo osteoderms, a large dermal denticle, 2 horse canines, and a mako of his own. It was a great spot for both of us.
  14. 31Mm Claw

    The Peace River is lower. There are lots of hunters out there. It was a nice day to be out with friends. I picked up a couple of unusual Armadillo osteoderms and small shark teeth. One of my friends found this 31mm claw. I have found osprey and eagle and they are different.
  15. A Small Horse Molar

    I am always confused by the size of horse teeth. I find some massive Equus in the range of 4plus inches long and 1.25 inches square. Then a much smaller tooth that may look like Equus but has a significant size differentiation. Then there are very small molars that can only be pre-Equus ancestors. We were hunting an area that has all 3 versions. Here is a Medium example (55 mm long, 16x 11 mm wide. It also has the nice characteristics of being unbroken and unerupted. My hunting buddy found a horse molar that was 40mm x 11mm x 5mm which definitely would be pre-Equus. The last 2 photos seems to show an isolated protocone. Question: Could this molar come from Equus sp.? 2) Is there documentation/book that provides size-range of molars as a step to identification? It is difficult to "read" the occlusal surface. Thanks for any and all suggestions and comments. SS
  16. Lower Mammal Canine

    Somewhat medium size approximately 1.7 inches in length. It has a non_bulbous root and significant tip damage. All assistance and comments greatly appreciated. SS
  17. Excellent Day In Poor Conditions

    This morning the Peace River was high (Zolfo guage around 7.5 feet) and cold (7am temps below 50 degrees). That is not cold for northern states, but pretty cold if you plan on spending the day digging in a river. I DID have a fossil hunting partner just to show that I am not alone in my addiction. Depth forces digging close to the river banks or in scattered shallow spots. My last 3 times out, I have been finding mostly small shark teeth so skipping today was a consideration, but my hunting partner wanted to go. I went back to a spot that has had a lot of digging in the last year (it looks like a mine field or would if the river was lower). The fossil were just there!!! I found a number of good lemons, tigers, hemis and broken mammal teeth and the best finds: I am positive on 3 of the find and really pleased with one of my favorites. More photos on the other 3: I am pretty sure I know what the canine ID is, but appreciate confirmation. The last two I do not know. The last one I initially thought was fossilized wood or tusk, or a strange bone.. I am curious about the break -- has it "healed"??? or is there some other process going on? A larger photo of the break. All comments and identifications appreciated. SS
  18. Carnassial

    A hunting buddy's find. I think I know, but I am looking for confirmation. Great find. Shows whatever the conditions, the river can deliver.
  19. G. Cuvier Symphyseals

    Fossil finds tend to drive my curiosity and search for answers. I have occasionally found a FAT tiger and last Wednesday another came my way. I have a few in better shape but I would have to search for those. They are all about the same size with FAT (almost Meg like) root. Here is one. Is this a G. Cuvier symphyseal? In this TFF thread, posters (including me) provided photos that did not seem to have the Meg-like fat roots. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/22315-galeocerdo-id/ Here is another example on ebay of the FAT root variety. http://www.ebay.ie/itm/SYMPHYSEAL-GALEOCERDO-CURVIER-TIGER-SHARK-TOOTH-AMELIA-ISLAND-FLORIDA-FOSSIL-/350787442896?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item51ac8f98d0 Do TFF members have teeth identified as G. Cuvier symphyseal and do they look like the FAT root variety?
  20. 2 Very Small Mammal Teeth

    A fossil hunting friend asked me to ID two mammal teeth that he found in the Peace River on Sunday. I was quick to hazard guesses, but was slightly concerned with the small sizes. The first tooth is 3/5ths x 4/5ths inches. The second tooth is 1/4 x 1/2 inches. Apologies for the slight fuzziness in some photos, I only had my cellphone at the river and small fossils are hard to photo crisply (at least for me). Enamels on BOTH teeth are complete, unbroken, missing the roots
  21. A Fragment Of A Huge Tooth Or ?

    Found today -- I think Mammoth but would be curious of any other option. I have found Mammoth Tooth root endings that have confused me.. those can look like many other things -- On this one, I am wondering if the "bumpy" surface is the top of a very small tooth rather than the bottom of a very large tooth. As always, all comments appreciated. SS
  22. Large Canine

    What a year -- and it is just starting. The Peace river is very deep with late heavy rains and draining of feeder lakes. It is also cold out there. So my normal fossil hunting buddies will not go out. I leverage these times to invite some friends or local club members who want to be introduced to new hunting grounds. I was out Monday and today -- Shivered a bit, even with a 3mm wetsuit. I found some decent fossils -- 3-4 small Megs, a couple of Armadillo osteoderms, a very nice camel Astragulas, an unusual terminal vertebra. and originally thought I would be posting one or more of these finds. Today I was hunting with a seasonal husband and wife from my local fossil club, who live most of the year in Northern Michigan and swim in Lake Superior -- so the Peace Rive in December is no problem. The husband went in with shorts and a tee-shirt!!!. On the very last sieve, his wife found this fossil, that I initially considered wood, then bone, and then I saw enamel....Longest point to point = 3.5 inches, around the outer circumstance = 4 inches. Sorry for the quality of the photos taken with a cell on the river.
  23. Mammal Tooth

    I went out yesterday (foolishly). It was deep and fast. But there is a lot on my plate and days on the Peace are few and far between until after Christmas. The sun was shining, a beautiful day above the river. Found some decent hemis, a nice sand tiger and then this beaten up mammal tooth. I think it is canine or marine mammal, although that may be redundant. the measurement is approximately 38 millemeters with an inner denser core and an outer larger wrapping. So question: Is this inner/outer core definitive? Usually on mammals outer core is denser enamel. Blow-ups. Thanks for any/all comments.
  24. Two Unusual Bones

    I know that it is colder up North, but it was cold down here for a fossil hunter and getting even colder tomorrow. -- Yesterday it was supposed to be just shy of 80 degrees, but with clouds covering the sun most of the day, a stiff breeze, and water temps in the low 70s, I was very pleased I had a thermos of coffee and a wetsuit on. Tomorrow, high temperature is in the low 60s. I found a small but undisturbed spot, picked up a number of small megs, some very nice dillo osteoderms, a 5 plate section of mammoth and a number of odd looking bones. Here are 2 of them. EDITED: Fossil is 4.5x1.5x.75 inches Look at the detail -- almost like blood vessel groves I have seen in sloth claws. Added 2nd bone in next post due to total size
  25. Cookies, Anyone?

    A good find. Most of these are broken up by the churn of the river. I do not know why I thought these only came from whales. but this should be from dolphin. It is also smaller at 29mm in diameter than I anticipated. So the question -- How small do these get?