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  1. Small Canine

    I had an interesting day. Not MANY finds but the ones I did find were either favorites OR somewhat unusual. Favorites were a 1.3 inch GW and a 1.6 inch Sloth tooth, Now the Canine I am requesting an ID on:
  2. Round, flat, small fossil

    I was out today and found mostly small teeth, a few photos of nicer fossils added to the TFF Peace River trip thread and a number of unknown (at least to me) bones. Here is one of my more interesting finds.. Small, round, flat bone may be an epiphysis, but this one seems oddly shaped even for that... and even if it is determined to be an epiphysis, it there enough to identify to an animal?
  3. Chuck Ferrara invited me and my dad fossil hunting on the Saturday before Easter. We woke up at 5:30 am and met up at the boat ramp at 7 am. We got to the spot 2 hours later after seeing two small gators and tons of turtles. It was shallow so we had to walk a little bit, while walking I found a 1974 Pepsi bottle, sadly it was missing the paint but still cool. We dug for a while there finding some gator teeth and other little goodies. We all agreed to change spots and float downstream a little bit to another . The spot we dug in was a deep murky area, my dad and I found 10 mammoth chunks and 4 nice horse teeth among other goodies, chuck found heartbreaker megs and other goodies like mammoth teeth chunks and other odds and ends. At that spot my dad was digging while I sifted and picked through, and he found a 70s Gatorade bottle. And the once and in a life time part.... we found a old metal sign.
  4. Tooth Fragment

    An interesting day. I was at the general area of the Peace River where Jeff & others are leading a TFF field trip on Saturday April 15th. I was digging in an area which would primarily produce small shark teeth but there is always the opportunity to find something unusual. In a shortened day , I found 100 plus shark teeth including 3 lower hemi around 1.5 inches and a number of large lemon and tiger shark teeth. At the end of the day, Sacha came by and we discussed the river and finds of the day. It is always good to connect with TFF members while hunting. At first I had no clue on what this tooth fragment (enamel) came from but now I think I know. I also thought it was complete. I have added a brown filter because it seems to best show details. This tooth is actually black. Size=12x19x22 mm Looking for other opinions.
  5. Mammal Verts

    I went out yesterday and really got a LOT of exercise with the water so low and the distance to my hunting location a long ways. I was rewarded by the normal Peace River experience -- lots of fossils in the sieve. Most of what I wanted confirmation on falls into the "I think it is a Vert Category", I am hoping they are easily identifiable, and will add other views or specific size details as required. Thanks for any/all suggestions and comments. By the way I added a non_vert at the end -- a Horse tooth lower that may be from an early version of Equus or may not.. Vert #1: Vert #2 Vert #3 Vert #4 I am not positive that this is anything beyond bone, but the texture seems to be vert or jaw like: The horse tooth: I just could not find Harry's photo picture of this one.
  6. Unerupted Equus Teeth

    As some of you know , I volunteered to analyze a box of horse teeth for a fossil friend. Still working on it, but came up with a question for the Horse whisperers: Horses have a set of adult teeth that start around 4-5 inches and are worn down over years. New teeth are erupted at a maximum size. When the teeth wear out , the animal dies of starvation. I seem to have found a bunch of teeth that refute that understanding. I have 20-30 such non erupted teeth and many measure around 1.5 inches long and a few of them have roots. What am I missing .. How can the majority of unerupted teeth I have be so short? What am I missing ?
  7. Florida Whale Tooth

    If you had asked me yesterday, what fossil I would most want to find on a hunt today, I would have said a complete large whale tooth. It came my way !!!! and I had a great day with a TFF fossil hunting friend, who guided me to the exact right place to dig! But I have questions. Is or can this 4.5 inch tooth be Kogiopsis .sp? Is the enamel only visible in fossils? I found another whale tooth approximately 20 feet from today's whale tooth (above). Can these two teeth be from the same species? Thanks for all comments and suggestions. Jack
  8. Maybe a shiney bone or...

    Just a strange pattern on this likely bone -- looking for TFF members to comment. I look for it being ivory but did not see the schreger lines. Thanks for all comments
  9. Mouth plate? Peace River

    Hi, Looking for a little help identifying this small fossil. I found it in the Peace River, Florida at the weekend. There were plenty of stingray and pufferfish mouth plates along with turtle shell, but this looked a little different. It has the hallmarks of a fish mouthplate but would love some help. It's about half an inch. Thanks for your help as always. Tom
  10. Megalodon3InchesText.jpg

    From the album Florida Megalodons

    3 Inch Peace River Megalodon found March 2nd, 2017
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    From the album Florida Megalodons

    C. Megalodon is 3 inches long and has traces of the clay that kept it so pristine.
  12. 3 Inch Canine

    Unfortunately, I did not find this fossil. My hunting buddy did!. Right now I have just this photo. Making the assumption that this is going to be Bear or Jaguar. Would like the Identification help all understand how to differentiate, The tip has been broken, most likely pre-mortem. Thanks Jack
  13. Sloth tooth

    I like all fossils but I have a special affinity for Sloth. I find a lot of it and once again, in my last sieve of the day, up pops a broken sloth tooth. Many of my hunting friends like Megs a lot better, but for me Sloths are rare but come to me somewhat frequently. If a tooth must be broken, I get the best part -- the chewing surface. So we all know this is a sloth tooth but I have more detailed questions. 1) Which specific species? Paramylodon Harlani? Megalonyx Jeffersonii? leptostomus? 2) Is this specific tooth a caniform? 3) Why is this tooth concave? Is the tooth above it convex? I know that only a few may have the expertise to specify Sloth tooth details, but posting here helps me share the rare find and share this tooth with those TFF members who are also addicted to Sloth material. Also, it may make me more sloth knowledgeable. UPDATED to add a link to this thread from 2013 which also has a sloth caniform. Note the similarity of the occlusal surface except for the flat versus concave surface on this new one.
  14. Mako

    I was out today. I have decided to occasionally show photos of the Peace River just to let TFF members know what it looks like and why I love it. I was at this location today and I found a trifecta: Meg, Hemi, and Mako all at 1.5 inches in length. Great day but I am mostly interested in the Mako, because its shape is unusual for my previous Peace River Mako finds. Is this a Isurus Hastalis and if so, which tooth position? Here are a couple of Peace River Makos from previous trips for comparisons: Thanks, Jack
  15. EQUUS Identifications

    I was out hunting yesterday. One of my frequent finds in the Peace River is horse teeth , usually Equus .sp. I found one yesterday. Typical Equus upper molar. EquusExample#1 I am very interested in horse fossil teeth but have focused on pre-Equus. To tell the truth I just do not know a lot or can tell differences between Equus variations like Equus Simplicidens or Equus Complicatus, etc but I am about to learn!! My education should focus on Florida because that is what I tend to find, but I am interested in but I am interested in any publications that can effectively differentiate Equus .sp. I will start by searching TFF and checking out Harry's gallary. A week ago a hunting friend gave me a box of horse teeth he had found all of which he believed to be Equus. Actually he wants the teeth back . I am just doing the identification & analysis. Lots of teeth!!!! My 1st separation was 1) large uppers 2) lowers, 3) not fully erupted 4) m3 lowers, 5) M3 uppers, and a few odd ones. While many teeth are worn or chipped, there are some fantastic teeth like this one below. EquusExample#2 Note what I refer to as the "squiggles". I generally have used these to differentiate pre-Equus horse species and I am wondering what variations I might see in equus.
  16. Un_erupted Molar

    Found today about 5 hours ago in Peace River. I am not positive on the ID but I have a pretty good guess. This tooth in un_erupted == no roots and no use wear on the chewing surface. Does that mean this tooth came from a juvenile (baby??) before the tooth could be used?
  17. A curious Mammoth Tooth

    Back on January 29th, in a Peace River location that has had a huge amount of digging activity, a fossil buddy and I were finding a few isolated undug pockets and small shark teeth that were introduced in the last floods. Around 11am, he shouted loudly and lifted up this extraordinary find, which both of us later agreed should not have been there.. it was on the clay layer below a gravel , sand, mud mix of approximately 18 inches. This tooth had not moved for 100s (1000s) of year and since the area was well dug, should have been found years ago. Since his children are completely uninterested in any fossil finds, he sells 99% of everything/anything he finds and friends get a 25% discount over wholesales prices ( that which a dealer will offer him). I saw him and the tooth again at our fossil club meeting last night, and decided to buy it -- so you all get to see it. Questions below: I like the fact that it has some of the root, shown in the last photo. I believe this to be a lower jaw tooth based on size, and someone in the Fossil club indicated Imperial rather than Columbian Mammoth. Question #1 -- It seems pathological -- is it? It does not seem that the chewing surface laid flat in the lower jaw. Look at the amazing steep slope on the chewing running straight into the top of the roots. It is hard to understand how this tooth "fit" into the jaw. Question #2 - size is 6 inches x 6 inches x5.5 inches (last is length of chewing surface). From my experience this is a rather small mammoth tooth even for a lower. Does that mean juvenile? I am pretty pleased with this new acquisition, even though I did not find it myself.. SS
  18. Sunday with Friends

    I was out hunting the last 2 days with friends. I enjoy the experience. Sunday was far more productive. Here is a large bone. I found 2-3 of these with similar quality. Maybe I will find an equivalent LARGE tooth to be sure, but usually I think of these as Proboscidea.. Hosenose for short. If there is any reason to think otherwise, please enlightening me on the additional possibilities. Mostly I leave large indeterminate bones in the river. Sometimes I take them for auctions or fossil digs for kids. I have questions on this one.. Note the large amount of muscle attachment bone modification.. Can this be used to narrow the bone ID possibilities? Is this normal or pathological? I found just little teeth in the morning, along with these larger bones but in the afternoon I came on strong. A Capybara molar, the first in 4 years about 1/2 the size or less of the 2013 find. A couple of Megs and a very nice Hemi!!!
  19. Breezy

    A lot of concerns about going out today due to weather. It turned out gorgeous: warm with a mixture favoring sun over clouds. But it was windy!!! My kayak, tied off to a small tree, was whipping back and forth in a semicircle banging into the bank. I lost my baseball cap 3 times, twice chasing it downstream before it sank. After the 3rd time, I just dug capless! I was digging in heavy gravel, an 8 inch layer tightly packed under a sand layer 8 inches thick. It seemed like heavy gravel (size of golf balls) discard pile but I was finding some nice small shark teeth and slightly damaged horse teeth (4), plus a damaged bison molar, plus 2 larger chunks of mammoth, and a number of various size earbones, and a few broken meg fragments. A little strange but I was starting to anticipate a great! find. Then this 2.5x3 inch fossil pops into the screen and my 1st reaction, only lasting a second or two was Rhino. But I was confused until I turned it over. Side #2 makes it clear... Another great day in the neighborhood.
  20. Peace River surface finds

    We started the day with trailer troubles, the brake lights had to be replaced, but my dad could do it so we got to the river at 1:20. We put in my gheenoe at Gardner and since my brother with no interest in fossils was with us we had to go there for the deeper water. 4 minutes of boating later the motor overheated so we paddled a little to the nearest promising area. We saw a nice area and dug for 30 minutes and found tons of shark teeth. Then my dad went a little was away while eating to scout fish, I walked while eating later and after 30 seconds of walking I pulled up a nice turtle shell fragment on top of the sand. With that we quit digging and my brother walked with us then went back to fish. My dad and I walked a little and found a old jar ,that sadly broke later, but we kept going and right in top my dad saw 2 old marbles. We continued walking in hopes of more. After a few hours of hunting we ended with a chunk of mammoth tooth 59 bone fragments, a big bone section and some other odds and ends all in my two pockets by the way. On the way back with me struggling to keep my shorts up we arrived at their spot we found the marbles and 3 more had reappeared. Thanks for reading
  21. First dolphin tooth

    Once again I'm happy to say I am able to spend a few months hunting for fossils in Florida instead of hunting for my hat and gloves in Minnesota. I recently had the opportunity to go on a Peace River dig with Fred Mazza of Paleo Discoveries. After about fifteen years of collecting on the beaches and in the river I managed to find my first dolphin tooth. Shoveling in the river beats the heck out of shoveling snow.
  22. Itty Bitty Oddballs and Lots of Them

    Hi Folks, I went through one of my boxes of small oddballs today and pulled out some that I'd like to ID. I snapped some photos of them and tried to bring out the small details. They are numbered one through thirty one. I have a general idea of what some of them are, but I'd like to get a more specific species ID on them if possible. These were all found in the Peace River, Florida, Bone Valley, Hawthorn group. #'s 11 through 16 are small vertebrae or parts of vertebrae #9 is some kind of spine cookie #1 has a very fine pattern on it. I have a couple of these. #3 and #4 are partial teeth. #8 is weird - the reverse side (not shown) looks like a fossil hash with lots of small bits cemented to it. The top-side shown has a black and textured area. The side edge has a pattern of holes in it. The black area might be the embedded fossil. #5 has a hole in the middle and might be some kind of scute. #6 and #7 appear to be scales of some sort. #'s 10, 18, 19, 20 are small bones. #21 - I used to know what this one is, but I forgot. It looks like an angel with spread wings. #17 is just weird. I have found several of these that are similar, but this one is the most detailed. #27 appears to be a shark tooth that is completed encrusted in something. #'s 23 through 26 appear to be claws and have a keratin-like feel to them. #23 is concave and appears to be the outer sheath of something (tooth, claw?) #22 - bone fragment? #29 and #30 appear to be some kind of teeth, or ? #31 looks like a little brain - it might just be a weird rock. Any help is appreciated.
  23. PeaceRiver Cookie

    Went out hunting on a prospecting trip, so my expectations were low. In balance, one of my hunting friends has been hunting the Peace River for 50 years and is one of the best at finding new productive locations. The best spot was also the last spot selected. I did not find many fossils, but the few I did find had excellent quality. First was a horse tooth (M3) and about 2 hours later, my last find seemed to match. Also a very nice Giant Armadillo Vert. Here is my ID request: This would seem to be an Epiphysis. but it is different (thickness, pattern) than the ones associated with whale that I have previously found.. All Suggestions appreciated.. Shellseeker
  24. 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?
  25. Another Florida fossil I bought years ago, resembles a chunk of ground sloth claw
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