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  1. Herb

    Chesepectin middlesexensis

    From the album: Neogene fossils

    Chesepectin middlesexensis, Pliocene, Yorktown formation, Yorktown, Virginia, USA. Covered with barnacles.
  2. Herb

    Chesepectin middlesexensis

    From the album: Neogene fossils

    Chesepectin middlesexensis, Pliocene, Yorktown formation, Yorktown, Virginia, USA. Interior of shell
  3. markhero

    Pathological Acquipecten comparison

    From the album: Recent Finds

    Pathological speciment Acquipecten Opercularis Greece Lower Pliocene 5cm wide Compared to a normal fossil speciment

    © Mark hero

  4. markhero

    Pathological Acquipecten side view

    From the album: Recent Finds

    Pathological speciment Acquipecten Opercularis Greece Lower Pliocene 5cm wide Side view of the pathological anterior wing

    © Mark hero

  5. markhero

    Pathological Acquipecten

    From the album: Recent Finds

    Pathological speciment Acquipecten Opercularis Greece Lower Pliocene 5cm wide The pathology is located on the anterior wing

    © Mark hero

  6. From the album: Greek Giant Balanids

    Medium sized Balanid Concavus Concavus (barnacle) Greece Pliocene 4 cm length personal find
  7. From the album: Greek Giant Balanids

    Medium sized Balanid Concavus Concavus (barnacle) Greece Pliocene 4 cm length personal find
  8. markhero

    Giant fossil Balanid Concavus Concavus

    From the album: Greek Giant Balanids

    Giant Balanid Concavus Concavus Greece Pliocene 9 cm length personal find
  9. Harry Pristis

    Tilly Bone Fossil

    From the album: BONES

    Fossil fish vertebra from the well of a gun-pit in a phosphate mine, Polk County, Florida. This vertebra exhibits hyperostosis, an overgrowth of bone, found mostly on the vertebrae and internal spines of some fish. The perforations alongside the centrum may represent what's left of the neural and haemal canals of the vertebra.

    © Harry Pristis 2015

  10. markhero

    Giant Balanid find

    From the album: Greek Giant Balanids

    Giant Balanid Concavus Concavus Greece Pliocene 10 cm length personal find
  11. Harry Pristis

    Happy With My Rediscovery

    I was rummaging again in my storage building, pulling out fossils that I couldn't identify (or didn't appreciate) over the years. One of the teeth I pulled out was a three-toed horse tooth, this exquisite Nannippus tooth. This is the tiny hipparion, Nannippus peninsulatus (formerly, N. phlegon) first molar (m1). N. peninsulatus are not common Florida fossils . . . they are Blancan in age (extinct about 2.2 Ma.bp), and Blancan mammal fossils are of limited distribution in Florida. I read that this species is more common in Texas. Anyway, I was so pleased with the tooth, that I photographed
  12. Shellseeker

    3 Small Shark Teeth

    Trying to sort and catalog finds from the last couple of weeks, I came across some not too common small teeth. All 3 measure approximately 27 mm. I believe that I know 2 of them but very unsure on the 3rd. I can add photos if it will help identification, but the experts here likely will not need them.
  13. Shellseeker

    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
  14. MikeR

    Pliocene Project Part 2

    Part of the fascination with fossil shells is the excellent preservation which occurs under the proper conditions. With the exception of color, specimens whether shell, coral, or echinoderm, many times look as if they were picked off of a beach. Yet careful examination reveals differences between fossil and recent related species which demonstrate changes within taxa through time. Often overlooked however, are the geological processes which form shell beds. A principle of global geology is transgressive/regressive sea level rise. During warm periods, less water is captured in ice caps and glac
  15. a book review of: "The Monkey's Bridge: Mysteries of Evolution in Central America" by David Rains Wallace. Trinity University Press trade paperback edition (originally published by Sierra Club Books, 1997). 277 pages. Suggested Retail: $18.95 USD. The formation of the Isthmus of Panama, the land bridge connecting the Americas, was the most recent, significant tectonic event of the Cenozoic Era. It occurred just over three million years ago and carried with it not only local but also global consequences. The land connection allowed terrestrial plants and animals to invade new territories
  16. nchazarra

    Dendrophyllia? Fossils

    Good afternoon, Today I found these two little pieces of a coral on a Pliocene conglomerate formation in Spain. To me they look like Dendrophyllia, but I'm no expert in corals. Any help? Thanks!
  17. Harry Pristis

    Coral Dichocoenia


    This is a soft-ball size coral head (a corallum) from the Pliocene of Florida. This specimen has a number of interesting features: The epitheca (the thin covering over the exterior) is removed -- probably ground down by tumbling on the sea bottom -- on the dorsal portion of the corallum. The proper walls of the calces (the individual corallites) are exposed in the damaged area (though these walls are indistinct in Dichocoenia). On the left in the image, two clams of the Family Pholadidae ('rock-burrowing clams') are imbedded in the corallum. Hiatella arctica is one such pholadid known fro

    © &copyHarry Pristis 2014

  18. Hi, I am currently writing the manuscript of a field guide to fossil cetaceans, but does anyone have a PDF of the following paper that you can send to me: Whitmore and Kaltenbach, 2008. Neogene Cetacea of the Lee Creek Mine, North Carolina. pp. 181-269. In: Ray, Bohaska, Koretsky, Ward, and Barnes (eds.), Geology and Palaeontology of the Lee Creek Mine, North Carolina, IV. Virginia Museum of Natural History Special Publication 14.
  19. Herb

    Peace River

    Pam and I went on a Peace River kayak trip Friday 5/31 guided by Mark Renz. We had a great time on the river and talking with Mark, who is very knowledgeable about the river, fossils and the history of the area. The weather turned out great even though we had to postpone the trip a couple days due to thunder storms in the area. We found some great fossils and lots of teeth (another post, another day, I'm a couple years behind in shooting pictures). No alligators, I'm sorry to say, I was hopping for some close up pix but not too close up. All in all it was well worth the trip and a lot of fu
  20. AncientEarth

    Carcharodon ...?

    I'd like to get some input on this specimen I found mid-week last week. It's slightly different than the usual Carcharodon carcharias that I have been finding. The formation is Early Pliocene in age. Is this is a C. hubbelli? It is possible this washed in from an older formation and was deposited during the Pliocene, however that is just theory/conjecture at this point. The wavy serrations on both sides are what are throwing me off, I don't know if that's a deformation or vestigial cusps. The tooth measures 7 cm/2.76 in on the dot.
  21. Biconoid22

    Carcharodon Shark Damaged Tooth?!

    This is a tooth I dug in northern Santa Barbara County that has possible damage from another shark. I'm am not sure of this and want to hear your opinions. It is from a Pliocene conglomerate and a slight polish to it from the ancient environment it was in. Also if anyone happened to know the exact species that would be great to know too. Thanks!

    Balaenoptera? ear bone

    From the album: Some verts and greenies

    Really big Earbone from possibly Balaenoptera whale Early Pliocene (Zanclean) Spain Deposited in a Museum
  23. Daryl McEwen

    Nc Unknown

    Found about five of these of different sizes recently in some Mio/Plio material and haven't been able to id. My best guess is whale and they remind me of ear bones but much larger. More whale material from same material. Notice the feeding damage teeth marks on the whale shoulder bone. This is an unknown partial tooth, my best guess is Squalodon
  24. I wanted to share a few of the local Central California Coast mammal specimens I've collected in the last month. The tooth as it turns out is not easy to ID as I already had a friend check with Bobby on it (Thanks again Bobby!) This is the first time sharing the vert specimens, one to me almost looks like it has a possible bite mark (shark) on it due to linear scratches, the other is a very well worn vert. I may be wrong completely on the Odontocete ID, if so please feel free to give input. Age is Late Pliocene from deposits in northern Santa Barbara County.
  25. AncientEarth

    Unknown Among Dendraster Specimens

    I'm not sure if this is a partial bone fragment or plant remains, but I have been finding this and others, all of the same general diameter, just partial segments or broken lengths amongst these Dendraster ashleyi specimens while I blast them clean. This one almost comes to a closure like it was crimped shut on the end. Anyone familiar with this Pliocene age material have an idea in mind? Thank you Aaron
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