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  1. Echinoid Express

    Encope tamiamiensis

    From the album: My Echinoid Collection

    Encope tamiamiensis Tamiami Formation Late Miocene to Early Pliocene (11-5 Ma) Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, USA Acquired from online, August 2023
  2. Holy moly guys. The saga of my historical yard continues... is this man made or a fossil? Had other great finds today, I think this one needs a post all of its own.
  3. Kimber

    Fossilized Gastropod shell?

    Please help ID this shell. Found in dirt for fill. Palmetto ,Florida
  4. Tales From the Shale

    Florida Trip 18th-26th

    Hello all, my name is Jonah. For Spring break I am going to be near Venice, Florida for a little over a week. I'm posting this to see if anyone would like to hunt fossils in the Arcadia area, or Venice/Caspersan. I have experience in the Peace River and diving Venice. If anyone would like to perhaps join or trade information please pm me. I may be stopping in the panhandle to visit an old friend and hunt there as well. So I'll be equipped with gear for both consolidated and non materials. Perhaps meeting a stranger to share a mutual interest is strange, but heck the hard
  5. Hello, Would anyone have any recommendations, tips/tricks for first time visitor heading to the Sarasota and Peace River area? Any fossil guide tour recommended? Thank you.
  6. On my way to Sanibel today I decided to jog left a bit, and drive thru Sarasota looking for any construction sites that may have fossil shells. I came across one that looked promising. There were a couple workers who allowed me to do a little collecting. I only spent about 20 minutes there since I wanted to get my wife to get to the condo we were staying at. While collecting, I walked around the shoreline of a small retention pond and saw this little guy. This crocodile was only about 5 feet long and was enjoying the water. Here are a couple pi
  7. Tootslg

    Wooly Rhino?

    Found in Sarasota, Florida.
  8. Brondonh


    Just wanted to share a few pictures of some of the Chesapectens i have been finding the past month at a construction site that a new lake was dug. As far as I know they are Chesapecten quinarius and Chesapecten madisonius sarasotensis. Normally I am looking for vertebrate fossils, but just recently expanded my view to invertebrates. I figured what the hell, there has to be something to them and half the places I search are full of them. Its been quite the journey and Im just sucked in now. Never thought that it would so fascinating and definitely has helped my understanding of the
  9. minnbuckeye

    Florida on my Own

    My son invited me down to visit him in Bradenton, Florida and to take in the Minnesota Auburn football game at the Outback Bowl in Tampa. Of course, I couldn't visit Florida without taking a few fossils home with me. Normally I search the countyside with forum members @jcbshark, @Sacha, and @Shellseeker. But I thought this time I am going out on my own. One afternoon was spent looking at unfinished housing developments around Sarasota. Another afternoon took me to Polk County phosphate mine areas where I scoured any exposed material along backroads. I think I did alright!!! First
  10. minnbuckeye

    Unknown Florida Fossils

    I have two gastropods for @MikeR to weigh in on if he has time. These were found in a pile of street material in a upcoming housing development in Sarasota County. I am assuming Tamiami Formation. 1. I am thinking Chicoreus floridanus but the opening looks different. On my specimen, it is fractured off a bit. 2. I am pretty sure this is Subpterynotus textilis, but being such a pretty fossil, I want to make sure. Now I will call on my resident experts @jcbshark and @Shellseeker , or anyone else that has an opinion, to aide in IDing th
  11. Ludwigia

    Dasyatis sp. (Rafinesque 1810)

    From the album: Pisces

    3mm. Whiptail stingray tooth from Cookie Cutter Matrix Sarasota County, Florida, USA Miocene/Pleistocene
  12. RescueMJ

    Unknown Florida Mammal Tooth

    Hello, I have positively identified three other teeth today by looking through the FF gallery and UF Florida Museum collections. This tooth is different from the Equus examples. I could not match it up with camel either. Some of you have incredible collections. Fossil collected from retention pond spoils in North Port, FL. Hole depth 5-10 feet below sea level. Area near Little Salt Spring. Thank you in advance for your knowledge. Regards, Michael
  13. Featherpicker

    Tooth or Rock?

    Found on beach in Sarasota today, curious if tooth or rock. Thank you!
  14. Before pictures are shown, I want to give @MikeR special thanks for helping to ID my finds. I spent countless hours attempting to name my specimens before showing them to Mike. So I am sure he too donated many hours of help to me. Lets say my batting average was a little under 50% (which included obvious ones that I did not send to him) in correctly IDing the shells. Hats off to my teacher!!!!! Less than 50% does mean I received a failing grade. So unfortunately for MikeR, I must repeat his course next year! With my gratitude expressed, let me get on with the topic. There was a w
  15. No trip to Florida from those of us 'up north" should happen without at least bringing back some shells and in my case, fossil shells. And no shell collector identifying his/her finds should go without having @MikeR give his opinion on IDs. (By the way, Mike, I skipped Shell Creek after an invite by Shellseeker to visit the Peace River). Next time!) Trying to attach a genus and species to Floridian fossil gastropods and bivalves is VERY difficult. I will be happy if I bat 50% on my identifications. It is for this reason, I hope Mike can peek at my finds. With that said, the shells
  16. Colossalfossils15

    Tooth ID (Alligator?)

    Hello! I was sifting for shark teeth this past weekend at Sarasota beach in Florida and came across this thing. It's 3/4 of an inch long and 1/4 inch wide. I was researching fossils found in Florida and it looks a bit like an alligator tooth, but I'm not sure. I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!
  17. Plantguy

    So a few more gastropod pics

    So I ran across 2 more gastropods from Sarasota Florida APAC that have been hiding in the garage--well maybe not hiding--just buried in the junk. Doesnt seem to be something common unless I have some tiny ones somewhere. Probably Tamiami Fm. Plio-Pleistocene. Thought they were the same initially and I had lumped them together. But now I see the one on the right has a depressed end. So maybe a Prunum sp. and a Bullata sp? that would be cool. Thanks for the looks and any feedback. Regards, Chris
  18. Plantguy

    Different Florida Mitra species

    Hey Gang, Going thru another garage box of old stuff and was wondering if you all can tell me if these 3 are all different Mitra species. Slight variability in the exterior ornamentation and spire heights and overall shell shape seem different. Maybe Mitra lineolata for the taller spired version on the very right? Spoil finds from APAC Sarasota Florida..Probably Tamiami Fm. Plio-Pleistocene. @MikeR Thanks for any help. Regards, Chris
  19. Hi Everyone, this is my first post and I like to thank you for your information. I will be traveling to the US in October. I'm going to travel in my car from Los Angeles, las vegas, Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Oklahoma, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City, Sarasota, and Orlando. I want to take advantage of that to do little fossil huntings across that sites. Obviously, I don't want to do something illegal or wrong while collecting. I was talking with some guy from natural science and tell me which is legal and which not. The original idea is to fossil
  20. This is the second large shark's tooth. It was found by my father who lived in Sarasota Florida. No more information on where he found it. Was given to me upon his passing. The measurements are: 1 ½ inch (3.81 cm) wide, 2 ¼ inch (5.715 cm) long, ¼ inch (.635 cm) height. Here are some pictures as best as I could take them.
  21. This is the first of 2 posts for 2 large shark's teeth. This one was found by myself on a shell driveway in Sarasota, Florida. Really. The dimensions are: 1 ¾ inch (4.445 cm) wide, 2 ½ inch (6.35 cm) long, height is ¾ inches (1.905 cm), tip curves up approx. ¼ inches (.635 cm), the width (from top to bottom) of the inside triangle shape is 5/16 inch (0.79375 cm). Here are some pictures as best as I can take them. Can you help me ID this tooth?
  22. Hi everyone, I moved to Clearwater a while ago but I work right between Bradenton and Sarasota. I’d like to start doing some little creek hunts or similar after work but I have been having trouble finding good locations. If you can help point me in a the right direction I would really appreciate it. Or, if you are local and would like to join me that would be great as well! Thanks in advance
  23. So my daughter decided she wanted to go look for shark teeth yesterday. I went to a nearby spot that we to this point had found very little, to my surprise we found some of the best color teeth I have personally ever seen. Any suggestions on how to clean the root?
  24. Jonelle

    Full Turtle/tortoise shell?

    Hey guys it has been a while since I've been on here, but I started trying to D all of the fossils I put away a few months back..I *think* this is almost a full shell? Found in Sarasota, FL..It is about 5in x 6in.. at first I thought it may have been a hunk of phosphate so I put it away in a bucket with some other fossils for later ID.. pulled them out yesterday and fell with the bucket... this landed in front of me and I couldn't help but notice it really looks like some details are still there! Any thoughts? Two views of the top and one from the bottom... thanks....
  25. fossilnut

    Help ID

    I was about to throw out a broken 2 inch shell when I noticed a dark object lodged inside. It is about 1/2 inch square. dark black/brown, opaque and hard. I had hoped it was amber but too hard. Won't scratch with a dental pick and sinks in salted water. Shell came from piles to be used to pave parking lot @ Bradenton Beach, FL (See Bradenton beach Fossil shells) I am reasonably certain that there is no mixing of any recent material. Have any SMR Pinecrest collectors ever seen this material? Any help in ID or other steps I could take to identify it would be appreciated. will attach pictures. Th
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