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  1. Well, I think I am done. I was out on Memorial day. The water was waist to chest level. I rarely go back to back days so Wednesday the 30th was possible. I had an interesting morning -- see below. 6 inches up was barely hand-able... We left a little after noon. Did find some neat fossils: This place is worth a return visit. Interesting open cavity at the end of the root. Very fragile #s 2,3,4. I know what these are... because I have seen them previously. I find thousands of the Asian clam ,an invasive species in the Peace River but I am hoping that @MikeR can identify this salt water clam from an earlier age. Then a Sawfish or Shark vert which are relatively uncommon. Finally, one I am unsure of: I have seen those "eyes" on the inside of a turtle shell... so I think that is what this is, although the shape is odd. See this thread. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/71000-prospecting-trip/. This season started off slow and started picking up in December. I will miss going to the river, but it gives me time to sort , catalogue, and pay attention to other important facets of living. Its all good.
  2. Hunting between thunderstorms and deeper water. During the rest of the season, I note those places where I am finding fossils but have low water conditions...because of lower back issues, I generally refuse to hunt where I must bend over the screen. However, I do remember where such spots exist for days like today. An excellent day, some unusual, finds, a couple of megs, and then these: A odd bone, I have not previously found, but believe to be an Equus Splint bone: Another interesting fossil which I think most likely a large Sloth dermal scute. Finally, my best find of the day, a piece of jaw with a Hemiauchenia m3 molar in nice cream - brown colors.. These are really nice finds... but I was cherishing the end days of the 2017-2018 season with a friend on a day with sunshine in the morning and rain clouds later in the day. Does not get better than this... Jack
  3. Its always Interesting

    The Peace River is a magic place, It always has surprises in store, even when I am finding little that is Spectacular!! Look at this selection found while hunting today. Some NICE Hemis, a flake from tool making, even a wild boar tusk (hollow inside and modern) and then The botryoidal translucent brown mineral growing on the fossil is chalcedony. Chalcedony often fills the empty spaces in fossils, especially wood and bone. Did I mention a calcified sea urchin spine .. NEAT !!! Even got 1 Meg (very 1st find of the day), and a couple of calcified Barnacles.... I have never found a calcified barnacle in 10 years of searching this river... I love the diversity of finds... something new i every sieve. And the water was cool and the sun was shining.
  4. Hello everyone been ages since I’ve visited this site so I figure I’d share a trip I went on Saturday. I went out with a good buddy of mine and a guy I haven’t met before to try Peace River. We put in at Wauchula and went a few miles from the boat ramp in our canoes. After a few hours of digging we found some interesting stuff I’ll include pics of what I found . This is probably my favorite find of the day, a giant stingray plate chunk, anyone ever see any like that?
  5. A couple of Canines

    A hunting partner asked me to ID this canine, approximately 1.25 inches. I think I know what it is because of the "ripple" in the enamel, but feel better if backed by TFF expertise. I usually search TFF and the internet for matches and saw an old TFF post from 4 years ago that never quite identified this tooth. This TFF thread discusses Peccary. In the above thread, @Harry Pristismakes this comment: With the wear facet on the outside of the curve, Gary, your find is an upper canine. That's what I seem to have , a very small peccary looking tooth with the wear facet on the outside of the curve. Are there other possibilities for the Peace River Miocene - Pleistocene mix? Thanks for the help, Jack
  6. An excellent and lucky day

    Today I went with 2 friends to a hunting spot that has been productive for months , but was beginning to run out of gravel that one of us had not sifted thru. Most of the morning we spent seeking gravel, and finding small shark teeth, turtle bone, footpads and spurs, a few pieces of mammoth tusk, dugong/manatee rib sections, a couple of baracuda teeth, and one !!!! horse tooth. The day did not improve for my friends. This is actually where LUCK comes in... We have an excellent hunting spot, all 3 of us are excellent hunters with great techniques, we are digging within 20 feet of each other. I got hot at noon; We packed up and left 2 hours later. These days are the ones I recall when I'm the one finding little/nothing. Given all these fantastic finds, you might ask which I liked best... The juve mastodon spit tooth...versus the 2nd Calippus I have ever found. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/46940-three-toed/ I believe that this tooth is Calippus (16.25x19.25x20 mm) but maybe slightly larger than my Calippus Elachistus from May of 2014... Feeling good, Feeling GOOD and unbelievably LUCKY...
  7. Odd Shark Tooth

    I have suggestions of really large lemon, small mako and sand tiger without cusps, Help
  8. Some older fossils

    I was out hunting today, and found some unusual stuff for me. Example of a known is this Galeocerdo contortus . I do not find them with this level of preserved serrations. To me this means a likely Miocene location. So three (3) requested IDs First: Second: In a different location a week ago, I found the one on the left. Maybe concretion, with strange circular "pore"... but then the one on the right today. So this is something, possibly fossil or what? Last, A Ray mouthplate: Worn , very thin, Can someone id the specific ray? Thanks for all comments and replies. A VERY interesting day with many unique and unknown (to me) fossils.
  9. A couple of vertebrae

    Trying to identify 2 Verts from the Peace River, Florida. Initially I thought that the 1st vert was shark. It is unusual. Hopefully someone recognizes the big circular "hole"... The 2nd is beat up a little, maybe harder to identify
  10. What to keep

    Out today to the Peace River, Great day, great weather, good friends. Barely time to post a few photos of finds before going to sleep. Many of my co_hunters keep only the best and toss the rest.. I keep everything I find somewhat interesting. So a couple of group photos... In the 1st photo, a collection of Glyto stuff in lower right, a couple of very strange mammal verts that I might put up in the Fossil ID section tomorrow. Upper right is a unique Mammoth tooth fragment. 2nd photo has an Equus Phalanx on the right, a couple of lower hemis (38 and 45 mm) on upper left. A few more photos: Other side of Mammoth fragment: The backside of that round vert on right of photo #1, I have no clue on this one. and finally, a small chunk of coral with crystalized polyps. I have found these before and could track down the name. Some of these finds are relatively rare for me.. I also enjoy finding different stuff. Hope you do also Jack
  11. Posterior Meg?

    I found this at the weekend in a creek off the Peace River in Florida. It's pretty worn, but you can still see the serrations along the edge of the crown. My initial reaction was that it was a tiny posterior megalodon. It's only 0.5" wide however. Any thoughts? The bit that confused me was that it curls up slightly when laying flat (see third photo)
  12. Shark tooth ID - Florida finds

    Wondered if I could get a little help ID'ing these two shark teeth I found at the weekend in a creek off the Peace River, Florida. I found lots of nicely colored Lemon, Tiger and Dusky shark teeth over the weekend but these two were a little different Tooth #1 - This is the yellow tooth with the curved tip. This had the hallmarks for a Lemon with the flat root, but the very curved tip looked odd. Is this a pathological Lemon or another species? Tooth #2 - This looks like a symphyseal tooth but I don't think it's a Tiger as it's not got any fine serrations. Any thoughts. Both are about 0.5". Thanks in advance Attached to this posted is Tooth 1
  13. Small Tarsal or Carpal

    This is the time that my northern relatives like to seek warmer weather, so I am juggling guests, traveling , and fossil hunting... I was out Sunday and not again until today.. Once again, I went to a location that I had thought was dug out years ago, including lots of trips by me. Here is a group photo of the "best" finds... A great Butterfly osteoderm, 2 chunks of fossilized wood, a camel_llama tooth without roots, a nice 33mm Meg and a tarsal or carpal from an unknown (to me ) mammal. Extra credit for identifying what type of tree provided the wood. The tarsal/carpal is 32x24x13 mm. I am used to seeing Equus tarsals or carpals. This one seems really small and maybe is not equus. All comments, suggestions appreciated. Some more photos:
  14. Feb 21st Peace River hunting

    I have a minor medical procedure tomorrow morning. Nothing serious but it will keep me out of the Peace River for a week or so....So today I went hunting for the last opportunity before a layoff. Did I tell you that I am lucky? I have 4-5 hunting friends and when asked, they all claim that I must be one of the luckiest fossil hunters in the world.. You can judge. My friend Dave had found a Meg in a new location for him and suggested we go back to the same location today. When I got to this "new" location, I realize that I had dug this same spot extensively back in 2013-2014. However, the depth of the river in down from last moth and Dave indicated that he had found deep gravel with lots of hemis, tigers, duskys, lemons and a few Megs.. Sounds interesting , We really had a workout expanding the hole down and out. I was in waist deep water to start and shoulder deep water at the end of the day. Lots of small teeth, plus , horse and chunks of Mastodon, Mammoth, and ivory...Dave was finding similar fossils plus a number of nice small Megs. Nothing unique Until. Dave thought this might be tusk because of the obvious layering. I am not positive, but If it is not tusk, there are few sources of 4-6 inch canines in the Peace River watershed. Let's see what Bobby think for this find. @Boesse I could not be more pleased. ANY identification yields a super rare fossil, even one that is broken in half. As we paddled back to the bridge, Dave indicated (half_humorously I hope) that he may not be taking me to his new locations in the future.
  15. Bones and a tooth

    Great day, hunting with a friend, warm, sunny. Did not even need a wetsuit. and then unknowns!! I love unknowns because it gives me a chance to learn and study thesenewly acquired fossils. First a tooth found by my hunting buddy. I have no clue what this is.. Next a medial phalanx.. almost 2 inches.. and finally a vertebral process.. I once found a Mammoth process almost 14 inches... this one is not that large... In the same hole, I found a 3 inch Sloth Proximal Phalanx... Lots of bones today.... As always, identifications, suggestions, and comments are greatly appreciated. Shellseeker
  16. Small Mammal teeth, Shark vert

    I was hunting in a lot of smaller gravel (almost Pea gravel) and thus found many smaller fossils.. Here are 3 of the one I was unsure of the identity. All suggestions and comments appreciated. Jack Fossil #1 Mammal tooth Fossil #2 Mammal Incisor Finally #3 a shark vert...
  17. Bark Mammoth Ivory

    Out hunting today... found lots of interesting stuff, but this thread is about one find. I have found lots of small pieces of ivory, and a section of Mammoth tusk, and a small Mastodon tusk (I have been lucky but I give my luck lots of hard work and opportunity). Today I found a large chunk of Ivory and my hunting buddy said it was "Bark Ivory" and they make knife handles out of it, but be careful because it might break... So this is just a discussion and set of questions when I find something and want more details. What is Bark Ivory? It does not seem to have Schreger lines.. these lines are straight in one direction. Does not ALL ivory have Schreger lines? What is the pock_marked rough exterior? Is it natural pre-mortem or some sort of boring worms? If this stuff is fragile, how do I stabilize and/or polish to make those knife handles.. Inquiring minds want to know. and I am thinking that some fossil hunters may have answers. Thanks.
  18. Multiple IDs Requested

    Out on a beautiful day with friends, returning to a location that had produced some good finds where I knew what I was finding. The river was up a foot since we hunted last and since my specific location was already pretty deep, I had to move and find another spot. The finds were "odd" .. lots of broken mammal teeth, few small shark teeth, and lots of scutes and bones. Example: Found a complete Glypt/Dillo osteoderm smaller than a dime and my smallest Meg ever. But this is an ID thread: 1st -- foot pad or hoof core??? 2nd... Antler or tusk tip?? Finally 3rd , a vertebrae with both processes broken off All guesses, requests for different views, suggestions appreciated. Thanks Shellseeker
  19. 2 Identifications for Sharks

    I met a friend near Arcadia on Tuesday. He gave me a Sand Tiger he had just found. A couple of questions: How many different species are called Sand Tiger? How many of those existed in Florida? What is the proper scientific name for this 1.4 inch Sand Tiger? I was slightly confused and wanted to share my acquisition of this very nice tooth... I was out today and found a small shark tooth (along with lots of other stuff) that I have never found before. I use a 1/4 inch screen and this tooth dangled over the river.. I was lucky to catch it as it fell... So , which shark, which position.... Is this tooth complete???
  20. Curious Mammal Bone

    Was hunting yesterday in the Peace River. Good friends, sunshine, LOTS of small shark teeth, a couple of nice finds and a couple of unknowns. My BEST Meg of the day was small and broken: A very complete and large (2.5 inches across) Puffer Fish Mouthplate: A JAW with 2 teeth, I think it is raccoon but would love confirmation... and then this fossil (2.75 x 1.0 inches) for identification. This bone is complete! I thought I knew what it was before looking at the end in this last photo... Now I will look for TFF and Florida experts... Interesting fossils with good friends on a beautiful day....
  21. Fossil or rock blobs

    I am not positive what techniques others use when finding a blob of fossil or rock on the sieve. I turn it over once or twice and if I am not positive on whether it is fossil or rock, into the collection bag it goes. So a few days later, I am trying to figure out which are worth keeping: One of these is an excellent find, which I discovered 3 days later. Is it obvious which? I think I know what 2 of them are, have a good guess on a 3rd, but not clue on the 2nd and the 5th. So, another photo of the 2nd and the 5th. Maybe they are rocks..... The 1st is an Equus hoof and then this one I think is a hoof , but not sure whose hoof... That gets us to the last... If this is what I think, it is easily my best find of the day, and many fossil hunters would have tossed it. OK, gave you one, can you Identify the rest? Fossil or rock is a good start... Shellseeker
  22. Hunting success

    Went out this morning to what is appearing to be another Blancan site. I hunted Blancan fossils at a different location from 2015 to early 2017. That old location is pretty much played out, but now I am finding Blancan index species at a new site. I feel blessed . Cold at the beginning 41/42 degrees at 8am. However the sun was shining and it reached 58 degrees by noon. My hunting buddy found a number of Makos including a perfect 2.75 silver blade/brown root. He also found 4 plates of a mammoth tooth. I was no slouch .. 15 each of nice unbroken tigers & duskys, 3.3 Makos, an equus upper m3/p2, 2 armadillo scutes, camel lower tooth, deer tooth, and these.... Those of you that know me realize that the 1st photo of Nannippus Peninsulatus (11x13x22 mm) was all that I needed for a GREAT hunting trip. The rest is gravy. Going out again tomorrow.
  23. Big and little

    It was a gorgeous day for 5 hours, then the cold front arrived about 1:30pm in Arcadia. I found Makos, tigers, ray bucklers, a llama ankle bone, a couple of antique bullets, and my hunting partner found and asked me to identify BIG (12.5 inches): I guess you can see LITTLE on the previous photo: Thanks for any and all comments and identifications. Jack
  24. Florida whale fossils

    It has been a very hectic end of the year with many events both positive and negative taking my focus away from fossil hunting. I have been blessed in those instances when I can go out. I only have a day left this year and I am wondering whether I will brave the temperatures. I have a LOT of motivation. Yesterday I went to a new special location "gifted" by a fossil friend about 5 weeks ago. It has a lot going for it, in addition to high quality fossils and a good friend to hunt with.... We even had a sunshiny day. There are some heavy concentrations of surface gravel but the higher quality material is down 3-4 feet below the surface gravel, the karst, sand, on the clay. It is a lot of work, and I don't find a lot of fossil quantity but....I have been finding one of these about every 12-18 months and I know that is lucky because my hunting companions digging right next to me have not found them. There is no determinate identification for this whale, because usually one finds isolated teeth. I found a 4 inch diameter vert... 3 feet away from the tooth. I do realize this means almost nothing...but I am becoming curious on the lack of larger fossil sperm whale teeth available in North Florida and Georgia. Another photo that shows an oddity that I had not previously realized: This tooth is worn down by constant abrasion with the tooth above/below it and it even seems that the other side is also slightly worn. I had seen this phenomenon in Cat, Sloth, peccary, etc but not previously in whale. Yesterday was a great fossil day --- I will have the memory and joy of finding
  25. Frozen assets (Shark)

    Myself and my hunting buddy (un_named) are certifiable. We went out hunting this morning with the airtemps at 41 degrees in Wauchula. Not being completely crazy, I had my 7mm friend with me. I found a great Astragalus (turns out to be modern cow), and a complete femur (ditto). We saw a large gator. I felt sorry to see it slip into the water as we passed. The gator was just grabbing some rays on the sand banks. I found a couple of Megs, 2 pieces of fossilized wood, numerous small teeth and then these 2. Without the root , I am not positive this is giant thresher. If so, it is my 2nd in 10 years and even missing most of the root, will get a place of honor. I do not find many of these either... I have been labeling these "sawfish"; other have called them shark vertebrae or sting ray vertebrae. 33mm in diameter. Any insights? Thanks for all comments. Jack