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  1. RogersRanch

    Recently bulldozed road find

    Found this on a recently bulldozed road in Duval county Texas. Sorry I only have one tape measure. Any thoughts?
  2. Howdy fellow fossilers. I moved to Corpus 3 months ago with my wife and I've always loved hunting fossils across the US. Let me tell you, I can tell this is a great spot. I've seen Steve71's posts on mammoth teeth and Pleistocene bones, bison, mastodon, tapir, horse teeth etc. I'd really love to find some of those things and if anyone knows any pointers for stuff nearby (not by san antonio) I'd be forever in your gratitude. In the meantime, here are some photos of fossils I found roaming the beach at Port Aransas.
  3. Brandy Cole

    Pleistocene Vertebra

    I found this vertebra over the weekend and was excited to see it still had a spinous process attached. I believe it's one of the earlier thoracic vertebra on the spine, like a T1. It doesn't resemble the horse or bison verts I've found, and I'm wondering if it could be camelid. Since it's fairly round and convex on the anterior side, I considered reptile, but alligator would be all that I'd think would fit with size, and it's a poor visual match compared to the gator examples I've seen. Any ideas are always appreciated.
  4. Brandy Cole

    Small Bone--Rib?

    Found this a while back and had it in my unidentified pile. I assumed it was a small mammal rib and probably un-identifiable, but I took a second look recently, and there's something about the shape that doesn't quite look mammal to me. It also seems older than many of my finds because the entire in-fill at the broken end appears fully mineralized. I figured it was worth asking about. @Harry Pristis @Shellseeker @JohnJ @Meganeura @GPayton @garyc
  5. Brandy Cole

    Proboscidean Tusk?

    When I first decided to picked this piece up I thought it was just an interesting looking chunk of petrified wood, but when I grabbed it, it felt and looked weirdly light and fragile. I pulled it out of the bag for cleanup today and noticed what looked like faint schreger lines. Pictures in the daylight made the lines look clearer, though it's hard for me to make out exactly how they run.
  6. Brandy Cole

    Petrified Wood with Inclusions?

    I found this piece a while back and picked it up due to its strange shape even though I couldn't identify it. I've mostly focused on learning how to ID Pleistocene fauna since that's mostly what I find. But now I'm trying to learn more about other things I may be overlooking. In several views, this looks like petrified wood to me. But the back view makes it look like it could just be weirdly shaped chert. One way or another, I haven't found anything quite like it. Hoping someone can help. @JohnJ Pic 1: Front Pic 2: Front view from the bottom Pic 3: Front vie
  7. Brandy Cole

    Skull Fragment with Ear Bone?

    I had some spare time this week and have been going back through unidentified finds and sorting the ones where I think an ID may be possible. Based on what I've learned, I think this may be a cranium section with ear bone visible. But I can't figure out what animal it could be. Any ideas are appreciated.
  8. Brandy Cole

    Large Pleistocene Vertebra

    My husband found this really large vertebra today in a south Texas gravel bar. Looks a lot larger than the one bison thoracic vertebra I have, and the extra dorsal processes fused together are confusing to me. I thought maybe it could be a sacral vertebra that has broken off from the others, but I don't see the large foramen that I would expect it to have. Also it looks smaller than some of the measurements for mammoth that @JohnJ has posted for reference before in a post by @fossilus. I also don't think it resembles the possible sloth in the post above.
  9. I found this clearing trees on our property in a coastal town in south Texas. It is rather heavy. At first we thought possible alligator egg as we have a lot of gators in this area…. we are also 3 miles from a river. Any help would be most appreciated.
  10. Brandy Cole


    I scrubbed as hard as I dared to try to remove the light brown particulate on this to make the articular surfaces clearer, but not much luck. I'll give it a shot as is. Not sure exactly what I found. I actually passed it up twice thinking it was chert until I got a closer look and saw osteoporosity along one edge. My best guess is epiphysis, but I'm not sure what from.
  11. Brandy Cole

    Equus or Pre-equus Tooth?

    I found this molar in a south Texas gravel bar. Pretty sure it's equus since there's no isolated protocone (although there is a tiny pebble stuck right in the join, haha). I just noticed that it's a bit smaller than all my other equus teeth, and the pattern seems simpler. I looked through "Fossil Vertebrates of Florida" and couldn't quite make a match with either equus or pre equus examples. MSCH from root to parastyle: ~65mm APL length of crown enamel: 24 mm TRW width of crown from mesostyle to posterior protocone: 25mm. First pics are the tooth, then a couple o
  12. Brandy Cole

    Mammoth Tooth--Juvenile?

    I was super excited to find this over the weekend because I'm pretty confident this is my first fairly complete mammoth tooth (although an earlier misidentification tonight is keeping me humble haha). But it's a lot smaller than I expected. Juvenile? Baby? Or can an adult Columbian mammoth have teeth this small? Please excuse the moss. Haven't had a chance to clean this one up yet.
  13. Brandy Cole

    Partial Gomphothere Molar?

    Had some productive hunting and found this in a gravel bar. I'm hoping I've found my first gomphothere or mastodon tooth! Or at least a part of one. I've looked at several threads about differentiating them, but I still had a hard time identifying this for certain. Am I headed in the right direction or could it be something else? It does look smaller than I would have expected. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  14. Brandy Cole

    Un-ID'd Bone End

    I should know this one, but I've looked for a while now and it's not coming to me. South Texas, pleistocene. Hope someone can help. Thanks!
  15. Brandy Cole

    Mammoth patella?

    Found in South Texas. I still have a hard time distinguishing between more rounded proboscidean bones, even after looking at the University of Michigan's excellent mastodon examples. I think this one best resembles a patella, but I'm unsure
  16. Brandy Cole

    Cretaceous life?

    Most of what I find in southeast Texas is mio-pleistocene, and fresh water based. But at times older cretaceous stuff washes down. Since it's rare here, I'm completely clueless as to differences between oysters, corals, rudists and things but would like to learn more. I found this a while back and it seems to have very distinct patterns on the outside and inside. From searches, I thought maybe a broken piece of rudist, but I wouldn't know one if it bit me. It just doesn't look like normal rock to me. Any guidance would be appreciated. @JohnJ
  17. Tynator

    Shark teeth from UVALDE county

    These teeth were collected on a private ranch in Uvalde county. I have tried finding resources about shark teeth in Uvalde county but have turned up blank. What formation have these come from? What species are they?
  18. Brandy Cole

    Another small jaw

    Small jaw found in Southeast Texas. Looks consistent with the other Pleistocene fossils I've found in the area. Since everyone was able to help with the other jaw, I figured I'd give this one a shot. Thanks for any help!
  19. Brandy Cole

    Little Hoof Core?

    I checked the river yesterday for a short time and came across a lot of chunkosaurus, but I'm pretty sure this piece could be a small hoof core. If so, I'm not sure which species it may be. I felt like it was too rounded for deer but too small for equus. There is mostly Pleistocene in this gravel bed, but Miocene/Pliocene is possible due to older formation outcroppings up river. To me, this looks similar to a small hoof core that @garyc found and posted in an older thread that was ID'd as a possible miocene horse. But I'm always learning. Thanks for every
  20. Brandy Cole

    Axis Vertebra--Bison?

    Found a large vertebra in South Texas where mostly Pleistocene fossils are found. I believe it's a C2 axis vertebra. Due to the size, I was thinking it could be bison. Is that correct, or could it be another large mammal? Thanks, Brandy
  21. Rayminazzi

    South texas fossiling

    I took advantage of the nice weather on my last couple days off and went to a couple sites around town, in no particular order here's the most interesting things I found. First a worn ptychodus anonymous tooth from the eagle ford shale. next what I think is a pachidiscus travisi from the basal pecan gap chalk and a half of a graptocarcinus texanus carapace from the buda formation in a location I had never found anything particulary interesting before. Quite worn but still recognizable And while normally one finds echinoids and ammonites in the georgetown this time I only f
  22. dntrl1

    Bone ID. Old or Newer?

    Ok, still new at this fossil hunting thing. Went poking around today in an Alluvial Creek bed in the Goliad formation of Duval County, Texas. We found an ammonite here a few weeks ago and were searching for more when my daughter found a bone in the side of a bluff, about 6’ to 8’ above the creek bottom which is always dry here. It seems slightly petrified but not hard as a rock. It is very brittle. Not sure if this is a cow from 50 years ago (or 10 years ago) or something more exciting. It was buried under a lot of pebbles and sand on the side of the Bluff. We’re still out here searchin
  23. Rayminazzi

    Cretaceous ammonite

    Found at the contact between the pecan gap chalk and Austin chalk. I'm thinking some kind of scaphites but trachyscaphites spiniger which is known from this formation doesn't look similar to me. As always, thanks! PS @Uncle Siphuncle
  24. Rayminazzi

    Buda ammonite and unknown

    Found these in the Buda formation. in situ ammonite, it's less than an inch wide. and this unknown fossil. Maybe a echinoid but doesn't seem to to have a pattern like echinoids I'm used to. Reminds me of the algal fruits of Porocystis globularis found in the glen rose. Any help is appreciated
  25. Rayminazzi

    First fossil of the (past) year

    Haven't really been able to do much fossil hunting between my job and a herniated disc that meant I couldn't bend down for many months now but finally felt good enough to go to a fairly easy location. This is a spot where the Buda formation meets the del Rio clay. Not sure which this came from but I think del Rio is more likely. Apologies for the image quality. My light died and I had to use a flashlight
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