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  1. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - Claw, Bone, Antler?

    I don't know anything about claws... and I have learned that a river can wear down a bone to all sorts of shapes. I found this little bone today... seems like a bone. It is hollow within. One side (the inside i'll call it) is flat... well it kinda curves in a little. The outside has a roundness and a curve that seems to lead to a point that's not there anymore. I thought of a deer antler but at the end where the openings are...it has that curved center where it looks like a place to pivot? Again... it could all just be a bone that has been water worn to expose the interior which I don't reco
  2. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - Femur head to what?

    This here is what I believe to be a completely mineralized head to a femur. It's rock solid. Beneath it, the bone has some sort of blue crystallization to it... not sure what that's called. But I am not sure, based on the size, if its bison, juvenile mammoth or something else. Think it's too big for Equus and not big enough for mammoth. I have a large femur and it is bigger than that one. Found it yesterday, Saturday, on a SE Texas gravel bank. It has a nice blue color to the bottom of it due to the crystallization. And it's interesting that the crystals are only on the bottom part of i
  3. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - Blue/Green/Orange Horse Tooth

    Found this yesterday amongst other unusual items on a gravel bank near the transparent tooth I recently posted. Based on the chewing surface... is this an Equus? I think it is missing the part where a protocone would be. It has beautiful colors. Lately I've been finding some unusual colored specimens. There's gotta be something in the water here.
  4. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - Bos/Bison/Camelid tooth

    I found this tooth today. It has a stylid which leads me to BOS or Bison. From what I read....Camels didn't have stylids, is that right? The chewing surface seemed kinda like a camelid tooth. Also... there appears to be another stylid on the side of the tooth not down the center like I've seen. It's a much smaller one. Is that normal? Was looking at other pictures online of stylids and didn't see one on the side like this. I do believe it has some age to it. Not sure how old tho. Size is 33 mm across or 1.3". Size is 51 mm front to back or 2" Found on a river gravel bank here in
  5. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - modern pig/hog tooth?

    I found this today. It has a lot of river wear to it and even the chewing surface is pretty worn. Are those cavities?? I suspect pig or hog. It's 1" across.
  6. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - What Is This??

    Out on the river gravel banks I always pick up the unusual. I pass up clam shells regularly and we do have oyster shells nearby on the Gulf beaches south of me. I thought this was weird and out of place... so I kept it. What is it??? I doubt it came upstream to my location so it had to have been washed down from further up north. I didn't measure it but if it needs a measurement I'll get it. Also, sorry for the color differences... I brought it closer to the light in the handheld images. Found in SE Texas on a river gravel bed where I do find Pleistocene material.
  7. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - Equus tooth fragment?

    I found this tooth fragment today which I think might belong to Equus. I don't think it belongs to anything else... but I hadn't seen a horse tooth fragment where these lines were visible that run the length of it. They probably are in each of them... I just hadn't seen it so wanted to confirm with those who know. It's too busted for a chewing surface view. Almost no chewing surface available as it's kinda thin. Length is 2.3"
  8. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - Camelid distal metatarsal?

    Also found this bone the other day which I think is a camelid distal metatarsal? It's completely mineralized and would shatter if dropped. Very brittle. But I was wondering... does anyone feel as torn as I do when I try to clean these things up and you take off the matrix... the color underneath just doesn't match to what's been exposed for so long?? I do want to see the complete bone minus the matrix and crusty stuff... but dang the color difference bothers me. Oh well. So is it camelid? I did find one that seemed similar a while back. Sorry for the poor images. Included one where I was getti
  9. Here's another small bone that I found. I'm not sure if it's a metacarpal/metatarsal?? Some images online use the same image but both words. But it is a small one and I'm not sure if deer would be the owner. Could be... I'm just not aware that it could be that small. Size is 3/4 inches wide and 1.5 inches in length. It does have some mineralization to it. Found where I find Pleistocene material.
  10. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - small bone?

    Was a good day today out hunting. River is receding leaving small gifts. Also saw the fattest and biggest water moccasin I'd ever seen on the gravel bank which was a bummer. After chasing him off I found this cool little point which is my 1st out here. But I also found this little bone that is either highly eroded and gave it this shape or it is that way. I can tell that the cracks are filled and the matrix along the bottom is gonna have to stay for a bit cause I'll end up breaking it if I scrape it with dental picks. It is brittle and appears old as other similar bones I've found here. But
  11. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas pair - Vert, Wood, or Toe Bones??

    Found a pair of bones (I think) this morning. They look like bones and my 1st thought was perhaps toe bones or phalanges. They are mineralized...the larger one completely. Then I couldn't really find a match online so I started thinking it was similar in appearance to mosasaur verts I see them find online up in the NSR. But that's way up there in SE Texas speak. But then I thought perhaps it's wood. So I'm confused. Every vertebra found so far has had a spinous process or a part where it was obvious one belonged or some other part. These are simple. Tail bone? The larger we can call #1
  12. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - What is this?

    Found this today in a spot I usually find Pleistocene material. I have no idea if it's a tooth, part of a tooth, or it has something to do with perhaps a turtle shell or fish??? Thanks for any help. It's 1.25 inches in length and .75 inches wide.
  13. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - Toe bone (phalanx) to what?

    Found this small toe bone (phalanx) today in an area where I find a bunch of Pleistocene mammal bones. It is rock solid. Heavily mineralized. Unfortunately, the business ends are eroded and worn. Hopefully these photos will help with an ID. It is 50 mm or 1.99 inches from end to end. Thanks.
  14. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas leg bone - Bison or bovid

    I found this bone in the same area as the bison radius from my previous post here in SE Texas. I've found pleistocene mammal material here before. Looking at some illustrations online...I think it's a metatarsal, but I can't tell if it's from a cow or bison. Both appear slender...bison leg bone images seem slender in the rear legs vs the front leg. This bone is heavily mineralized which leans me more towards bison than a cow. Unfortunately it has some wear at the ends that I was trying to compare images with. But I know there's someone who can tell right away and has one. This bone is just
  15. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - tooth or something else?

    This small piece is 1.5 inches in length. I initially thought it was just some sort of concretion... but after looking at it closely, I'm not so sure it is. Under what I believe is an enamel or dentin there are these rings that seem to be consistent throughout. Even underneath at the bottom and inside there seems to be dentin. I believe there are lines (transverse?) on the edges as well or perhaps they are scratches. Anyone have any idea? It's pretty cool whatever it is. Also, the river does put a lot of wear and tear on other teeth and bones I've found.
  16. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas leg bone

    I found this large bone today that I think might be a bison leg bone? Could be bovid but aren't the rear bison leg bones not as robust as the front? Thought I read that somewhere. But I can't tell if it's a radius or a metacarpal bone. It's highly mineralized...very heavy and solid. River chewed it up pretty good tho. Didn't think it was horse because it just seemed too big compared to other horse bones I've found and I can't find any good pics online of the features in the third picture. Sorry didn't get to clean it up yet. Found plenty of Pleistocene mammals in that spot. Cows too. Lots of
  17. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    Texas horse tooth - Upper vs lower?

    I found this tooth yesterday on a gravel bank where I find Pleistocene material. It is missing the root...and I've tried to compare it to some teeth I've seen online. I think it might be an Equus sp. because of the protocone not being isolated. And I thought upper...but it seems to be compressed and not as square as I thought uppers typically are? Aren't lowers in this shape? And do lowers have a protocone? It's solid as a rock and heavy. It has a beautiful color to it...to me anyway. I have found completely mineralized horse material here so I do take it into consideration that there are
  18. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    Texas bison axis vertebra?

    I found this big vertebra awhile back here in SE Texas. I think it might be from a bison based on it's size and shape...not sure of the species and I can't figure out the age. It has some mineralization to it. Typically what I find in my neck of the woods has a darker color and is heavy when I think of Pleistocene material. I understand now about tannins in the water and not using it's color as an age factor to go off of (which i typically did)...and also about where and for how long the bone sat in the ground before exposure can determine its mineralization and also it's color. I've been told
  19. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    Texas fossilized wood type?

    Looking at some of my fossilized wood and came across this 2 inch piece that was different at the ends compared to the others. Does anyone know the wood type? It has some nice colors to it. Thanks.
  20. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas Ivory or Snakewood?

    Well...either way it's a first for me. Looking at some unusual rocks that I've found over time I looked at this little 1/2" piece that I had...and I think those are Schreger lines on the ends making me think this could be a very small piece of tusk?!? Then I heard of snakewood so could it be that instead?? Either way....either one would be a 1st for me so I'm cool either way. Thanks for your thoughts.
  21. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    Texas coprolites?

    Cause it's always amusing looking at possible poo finds...I was wondering if this could be a coprolite? I always pick up the unusual while I'm out searching...and this is no different. I think it's poo only because of the end resembling a pinch point as described in the coprolite ID. It doesn't seem to have any inclusions. I don't know....maybe it was just a natural occurance and this is just a coincidence. I'll attach other images of some other possible coprolite that I questioned in other threads and it was usually unknown...but this is the only one I'm questioning here. Not having inclus
  22. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    Texas - Ivory or fossilized wood?

    I've had this with a bunch of unusual rocks I have cause I believed it to be fossilized wood. And it still may be, but I saw other post of Ivory pieces found and Schreger lines...and I thought this might qualify. The lines are throughout l each layer. I don't know anything about Texas fossilized wood and the trees from then...perhaps someone who does know Ivory and Schreger lines can tell me if this is that. It's a 3.5 inch piece.
  23. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    Texas - Pleistocene jaw bone?

    Found this cool little fragment yesterday. It's completely mineralized. Found it sticking out of sand which I don't usually find stuff in a bunch of sand...it's usually on a gravel bank. So I am happy with it. I find Pleistocene stuff here and i know it's 99% likely that I won't know what it belonged to...but...can anyone give me a thought on what bone it is. I thought perhaps a jaw bone...maybe because of that curve on the one side. But I dont see where teeth or root would have been nor do I have any good jaw examples anyway so I'm guessing. On the end...I don't think it ended there...I thin
  24. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    Texas - small jaw bone?

    Size: 1.5 inch Like the larger example I recently posted...this looks like a jaw bone but from something small. It's solid rock - completely mineralized. I could be waaay off...but to me it just seems like it is one. Doesn't look like other bones I've found other than the larger example and I've eliminated others. The owner of this won't be identified...not enough to go on...but hopefully what bone it is will.
  25. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    SE Texas - chunk of bone?

    I thought wood at first but I'm thinking this might be a chunk of bone from a large mammal? It's about 17 inches in length. Can you tell what it is? A femur?
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