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  1. This is a tortoise fossil from Hezheng, China. Unlike the other white coloured tortoise fossils, it's black in colour. Is it painted or naturally black in colour due to phosphatization?
  2. Found this today - has a weird pattern and has what looks to be bone texture. Anyone have any ideas?
  3. SawTooth

    Tortoise spur?

    I found this strange fossil that I think is a tortoise spur, could someone help me on that?
  4. SawTooth

    Summer travels

    I went on a fossil hunting trip a few weeks ago but have not had the time to post it until now. It was a very successful trip, I got my first complete tapir teeth some nice deer teeth,and a few other strange fossils. Any ID help is appreciated. sorry about the picture quality, my camera is not the best.1. bobcat, maybe raccoon tooth, it looks predatory, but it's pretty small.2. other strange tooth and fragment that appears to be from a similar animal.3. predator, maybe worn Coyote, not much of an enamel pattern. 4. Rodent, any chance of a specific species?5. Weird thing that appears to ha
  5. Shellseeker

    A 1st time bone... for me

    I went to the Peace River today. It seemed like a great way to spend Memorial day. My spouse had the Hotdogs, baked beans and coleslaw waiting for me to get home. My friend @jcbshark was asking for an ID. For the 1st 3 hours of digging , the finds were ONLY pretty colored small shark teeth, mostly broken , mostly hemis, but a few were perfect. Then I moved locations to be closer to my hunting partner and at first the only thing that changed was the small shark teeth were black. In the last hour a couple of bones made my day... Big smile BIG smile... 1st from a tort
  6. cava.zachary

    Giant tortoise hyoplastron?

    From a north Florida river, about half an inch thick. Based on the lines from the scute margins that are visible I'm guessing this is a partial Hesperotestudo hyoplastron? -Zach
  7. PODIGGER

    Peace River Hunt

    Got out on the river yesterday for what turned out to be a productive day. It was a chilly morning so the wetsuit was a necessity. Even if the air temp is warmer the water stays cold throughout the day. I returned to a gravel bed I found earlier in the week and got right down to digging and sifting. Every clean out of the sifter provided a good number of various small shark teeth. Tiger, Sand Tiger, Snaggle Tooth were abundant. A few small partial megs and even a baby Mako made an appearance. Below is a picture of the best of the shark teeth along with an alligator tooth and what I b
  8. fossil_lover_2277

    Tortoise or sea turtle peripheral?

    Hi all, I found this turtle peripheral in eastern North Carolina. I believe it is from Cretaceous Black Creek group sediments, but Pliocene Yorktown formation is also possible (both are marine). A person I showed it to said it was a Hesperotestudo (tortoise) peripheral, not sea turtle, so thus terrestrial (I guess it might be terrestrial Pleistocene, but that would be unlikely, I don’t find much of any Pleistocene material where the shell was found). However, it actually looks similar to a peripheral I have from a known fossil sea turtle. Is this peripheral sea turtle or tortoise?
  9. Hello!! Just wanted to share with the forum some of my fossils and bones that I do not need identified but would love thoughts on nonetheless. The elephant bone is of a four tusker- the upper part of the tibia, and completely mineralized, and very heavy. It is anywhere from 13-15 myo. The tortoise shell frags include the lip of the shell, as well as a nice slab of the plastron- found separately, but in the same creek. Tortoises were in Nebraska 8-15 mya. The horse tibia has been identified as either the tibia of the small three-toed horse Pseudhipparion, or t
  10. Ima Surchin

    Petrified Turtle Remains?

    Location: Sweetwater, TX
  11. I'm putting out an open call for any collectors who have any reasonably complete tortoise or turtle material from the Peace River (or its tributaries) or even possibly Bone Valley material from the quarries in the area. I'm working with Jason Bourque in the fossil prep lab on the campus of UF here in Gainesville (presently working on an 18 Ma gator skull from the Thomas Farm site). Jason is reassembling some turtle specimens that had been collected in Florida that have been languishing in the collection for decades. He's presently reassembling a giant tortoise plastron collected in the 1980s.
  12. fossilsonwheels

    Donatello the Tortoise

    I’m excited to finally be able to do a fossil prep post here on TFF. In addition to the Fossils on Wheels stuff, I am also a Supervisor at the Gateway Science Museum here in Chico. I’ve mentioned that the Gateway has some pretty special fossils right now that will become part of a fossil exhibit in the fall. Some of the fossils are getting quite a bit of attention from media outlets from around the world. These fossils come from the Miocene Merton Formation of Central California. Most of the prep work is being done by faculty, staff members and students of the Geology department at
  13. With a week of collecting under my belt I felt ready and excited to take on the next, this time exclusively on the White River formation. All factors being considered, the White River is probably the most difficult formation to hunt among those I've been lucky enough to explore thus far. For one, the terrain is often very rough, with all sorts of ridges, rises, washes and gullies to hike through. Another issue to account for is the reflection of light off of the white sediments, meaning that ample sunscreen is a necessity if you don't want to burn to a crisp. That harsh sunlight can lead to te
  14. RescueMJ

    Unknown Florida Vertebrae

    Found the most complete vertebrae today. Caramel brown with intact neural canal. Same location I recovered a Hesperotestudo crassiscutata carapace in January. Inland Venice, Florida. Mostly Pleistocene material here. I don't think it is a gator. Your assistance is appreciated. -Regards,
  15. bigtx

    Bones in TX

    Found some bones sticking out of the creek bank in Central TX. Area has confirmed Mastodon remains. Tusks and a tooth all found within 1/4 mile of this site. Bones are 12 feet below the top of the bank. I did a little digging around today to get a feel for what it could be. It appears it could be a large pelvis bone (4-5 feet wide). I also found a small bone that appears to be from the foot/toes etc. Not really sure how I should proceed. Is there any educational value in this type of bones? Who would one contact to ask? I am sure Mastodon bones are fairly common.
  16. I just got back from an amazing and very fruitful week of fossil collecting on the White River Formation in northeastern Colorado. The White River Formation is a very easy and fun rock unit to collect vertebrate fossils on. The White River Formation was deposited during the very latest Eocene and the early Oligocene, though the faunal diversity in the areas I was collecting on suggest it was laid down during the Orellan North American Land Mammal Age, which centers on around 33 million years ago during the Rupelian age of the Oligocene Epoch. I am very lucky to have a grand uncle
  17. Got back out to the Peace River yesterday, returning to the spot that gave me a nice bison tooth on my previous visit. It was 67* F on arrival and breezy. A bit unusual for Florida at this time of year! The water was warmer than the air temp. It was also a little deeper, more cloudy and running a little faster due to rain the previous night. I paddled up stream, portaged over a small area of rapids and was digging by 8:30am. Started off in the last dig spot but was turning up nothing but small shark teeth. It was enough to keep me encouraged but not enough to keep me from feeling the c
  18. RescueMJ

    Venice Osteoderm?

    These two pieces came out of a dump truck with older Pleistocene material in Venice, FL. Found 5 Lightning Whelk shells in this load. Large piece of shiny osteoderm has other bones in the matrix. I have not found this type of piece before. ID welcomed. - Michael
  19. Found this fossil inland, Venice, FL. Early Pleistocene material. I believe this is perhaps tortoise shell showing spinal attachment point to vertebrae. Piece. Measures 17cm x 13cm x 5cm thick. All photos taken at 1x. I look forward to reading your remarks. - Michael
  20. GPayton

    Giant Tortoise Peripheral?

    Found this huge chunk of tortoise shell yesterday while scouting a new gravel bar on the Brazos River near Houston. I've found many fragments before, but never anything this large. What got me even more excited was how it seems that it's a mostly complete bone (except for some wear on one of the flat edges that would have been an area where the bone joined another piece of the shell). I tentatively identified it as a peripheral from the edge of the shell from a Hesperotestudo sp., since they seem to be the only species of giant tortoise that lived in Texas during the Pleistocene. Can anyone wi
  21. Lorne Ledger

    Texas Cave Find Claw

    Hello everyone, hope someone can help ID this claw for me to at least genus. This came from Burnet County, TX cave on the river. It is well fossilized and solid, from an older layer in the cave where I have found two turtle species - Apalone and an unidentified leg hole fragment of turtle/tortoise the material is Late Pleistocene. I am figuring this claw probably belongs to my unidentified turtle shell piece but the shell fragment is pretty beat up.
  22. Brandy Cole

    Large Turtle Piece?

    I found this partially covered in sand and very shallow water at the edge of a sandbar in a local stream. I cleaned it up with vinegar and a toothbrush when I got home. The fossils in the river near me are supposed to mostly be Pleistocene, but I've also heard that there may be some Cretaceous period marine fossils. I tagged this as a possible turtle piece because that's what it resembled to me, but I couldn't really find anything like it when I searched the internet and this site. I have more pictures, including pictures from before I cleaned it, if those would be helpful. I
  23. ~•◇reapwhatyousow◇•~

    Stranger than Fiction

    Tortoise shell peices found on and/or in the ground.
  24. I found the piece of shell shown below, which seems big to me, and was wondering what kind of type/size turtle it might be from. Would it be comparable, for example, to something like a modern giant land tortoise, which could be as much as 4 feet long - or something smaller or bigger than that. Not a test - just wondering how you might guesstimate the size and type of the turtle. Thanks. .
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