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Found 248 results

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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
  6. 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!!!
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. Another Florida fossil I bought years ago, resembles a chunk of ground sloth claw
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.. .
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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!
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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