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  1. I'm going through my vertebrate collection and making sure the labels are correct before I start forgetting everything haha. I have here two small bones that I found from the Lee Creek Mine in NC. I collected the white one from the Pliocene Yorktown Fm, a marine fauna. The brownish one was collected from mine spoil, so it could range from Miocene-Pleistocene. I have them tentatively identified as marine mammal phalanges, but these are somewhat out of my comfort zone. Thoughts? I"ve tried to show the two bones from all angles. If better or additional photos or needed,
  2. Bradley Flynn

    Thoughts on cave bones?

    Hi all I have been looking through some of my cave finds and want your thoughts on two specimens that look much older than the other bones. All these bones where found in one cave that could have possibly been inhabited by humans as recently as 370 years ago, before colonialism. I have found some ostrich egg fragments as well as sea shells in the upper soil layer, this might be an indication of human activity, I have also found evidence that the site was occupied by scavengers and predators like the lynx and leopard at some points. The site is approximately 1.5km from the nearest coast an
  3. Yan11

    Weird sea mammal bone

    Hi guys, I found this bone on the Bulgarian shore of the Black sea, near Balchik. In the region there have been found the remains of cetotherium sp., dolphins, seals, flamingos and others. I am wondering though what exact bone it is and of course of what. I thought that it may be a part of a fin or something like that, but I failed to find a photo of a bone like this. Any help for the identification will be very much appreciated! And happy soon to be new year!!
  4. heres a link to a newly described fossil seal that we have been finding bones and skulls of here in taranaki, new zealand for the last 15 or so years. https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&hs=0U9&biw=1496&bih=754&tbm=nws&sxsrf=ALeKk01vc72KwYUUtagYwhLgRk96jWpnXQ%3A1605241533476&ei=vQquX5veHM7w9QPNhoLgBQ&q=new+zealand+fossil+seal&oq=new+zealand+fossil+seal&gs_l=psy-ab.3...33364.36178.0.37013.5.5.0.0.0.0.554.1364.0j1j3j5-1.5.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.0.0....0.uRROVU4bIrg
  5. hemipristis

    Seal or Walrus?

    hello all, it's been a while since I've been on. I hope you are all doing well in these trying times. I recently purchased a series of large mammal phalanges from Lee Creek. They're clearly Yorktown (Pliocene). While they seem to resemble seal phalanges, they're awfully large (14-15 cm). I'm wondering if they are walrus instead? Does anyone know if the last Smithsonian Lee Creek volume (Vol 4) is available online as a pdf? Alternately, are there easy "tolls" that I can use to distinguish, or does anyone feel comfortable making a distinction? Thanks!
  6. Hi all - I did not have time in January when I normally write these up, but thanks to Covid quarantine I managed to get some time last month and write up a comprehensive review on my blog of every single 2019 paper in marine mammal paleontology. Enjoy! https://coastalpaleo.blogspot.com/2020/05/2019-in-review-advances-in-marine.html
  7. Amazing day yesterday! @sharkdoctor and I spent all day at the Calvert Marine Museum’s collection sorting through and cataloging pieces of his collection either loaned or donated to the Museum. When I say amazing fossils, I mean it. Crabs, birds, whale material, possibly a new species of seal, teeth, turtle plates, and more. @sharkdoctoris a really cool guy because he focuses all on adding to science and not just trying to grow his own collection. Plus, he’s so informative! After completing the cataloging of his collection we proceeded to catalog some of Bretton Kent’s world class shark tooth
  8. Found this partial tooth a few years ago in some Holo-Pleistocene marine sediments on Oahu, Hawaii. There is also the chance that it is more recent, as there had been some dredging in the area, though I haven't seen any evidence at this location. Approximately half of this tooth is missing. What remains is half of the crown and one root lobe. It is 17 mm in maximum dimension. My guess is carnassial. Seal? Canid? Appreciate any and all input.
  9. the Most complete skull I’ve found to date. Both bottom mandibles seem to have all of the teeth and possibly only missing 2 premolars out of the top. Skull looks to be all there and possibly some other bones judging from some broken cross sections but who knows! I’ll upload more photos in the comments. The rock is 45.5 cm long 36cm wide the skull measures 26cm I’ll continue work progress as time goes she may take a while!
  10. Does anyone have a decent photo or 3 of the earbones to a seal or similar pinniped?
  11. In January, @Metopocetus and I met to do some map work and go through some old documents in search of productive exposures of the Eastover Formation (which generally lies on top of the Calvert Formation in Maryland and Virginia). Like all good fossil hunters, we met at dawn to do a little fossil hunting first. The wind chills were below zero (F), but there was a blowout tide. We each found a fossil shell or two and some cool pictures of interesting ice formations along the Chesapeake Bay (below) and then retired, thoroughly frozen to a warmer spot to do our map work. Working with some 50 year-
  12. Shellseeker

    STH Confusion

    I have recently been blessed to acquire some excellent Shark Tooth Hill (STH) marine mammal teeth. Not totally happy on not knowing what exactly I have, I am reaching out to STH experts to enhance my knowledge and understanding (but mostly to identify these fossil). One TFF member who has extensive knowledge of STH is @ynot because he sent me matrix and micros from STH. So, Tony please invite other STH enthusiasts to assist here. After spending time looking at the Pinnipeds: Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses teeth, both fossil and modern, I am confused about a lot of things: Here is one of
  13. reddesilets

    Seal tooth

    So a while back, like a year and half or two years, I found one of our more prized fossils in a creek. I had no clue what it was - I mean I knew it was a mammal, but it certainly wasn't a dolphin or anything like that. Later at a PPS meeting, Bobby and Sarah ID'd it as a true seal, p1 premolar. I later decided to showcase it by doing a painting and mounting it along with a drawing of the dentition to show where it goes. Such a great tooth and I've not found any more since. *note: the painting is of a modern day gray seal - it was the closest in dentition that I could find
  14. Jaeta

    Seal or porpoise tooth?

    Found this at Calvert Cliffs. My first thought was a porpoise tooth, but is it possibly a seal? Thanks!
  15. Greetings, fossil folks. After posting an ID question the other day, and getting all excellent responses, I figured I had done my single"drive-by" post, as I just don't have any other fossil material to share. Then I flashed on a fossil that has been residing in the same place, my mom's walkway, for what may amount to a mere 1/500,000 of its life, or approximately 50 years. My folks bought their house back in the early 1970's. I was 15 or 16 at the time. The hardscaping was done with a lot of flagstone. Exposed on the surface of one slab, was a tooth of some sort, with more than 1/
  16. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at joegallo1954@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since May 23,
  17. Link to Live Science article. Enjoy,
  18. Craig Little

    Whale And Porpoise Teeth?

    I have two teeth shown below. The long skinny ones I have been told are whale teeth and the other I was told is a porpoise tooth. I found images in a book showing it may be a wolf sized dog, a seal or or possible a whale shark. Anyone have any opinions? I have a few of both in a display shot in the last image. Thanks in advanced for the input!
  19. RickCalif

    Allodesmus Molar

    From the album: Sharktooth Hill

    Allodesmus Seal Molar...A find from the Slow Curve area....Ernst Quarries.
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