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  1. fossil found on Wrightsville Beach NC

    I found this fossil on Wrightsville Beach North Carolina 10/19/18-- It feels like a tusk or a tooth....and it feels solid. Any ideas on what it might be?
  2. I believe its some kind of tusk.
  3. Hello all, I am in the process of restoring 2 beige mammoth tooth, but before going on with a butvar dip, I was wondering if anyone has a good tip in order to enhance the natural colors of fossils. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  4. Hi everyone- I have a juvenile mammoth tusk that I would like to learn how to stabilize and restore. The problem is I have (almost) no idea how to even start! The tusk is fully dried out, but it’s split down the middle. I need some advice! Here’s what I know has to be done: 1. Clean the outside and inside as much as possible without using water- any suggestions on what to use? 2. Superglue the two pieces together and use hose clamps to hold the two pieces together- any suggestions on glue/method? 3. Fill gaps/cracks with epoxy- any suggestions on a good type? 4. Sand sand sand! 5. Beyond this point I’m not sure- is there some sort of protective varnish people use? I’m sure I’m missing about a dozen crucial steps here- I have literally never tried anything like this before, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. I posted some photos of the tusk, and I will post photos of progress! Thanks everyone.
  5. A large male tusk a Miocene Rhinoceros has been in my possession for a couple of weeks. I am aware of a couple of businesses which specialize in restoration of fossils, megs, artifacts and the tusk owner asked me to facilitate restorations. The tusk itself is of very high quality with or without restorations. I have a small Rhino collection and I am considering negotiating a purchase price that both of us could feel good about. So here it is. A lower left tusk of Teleoceras Proterum, which was endemic to Florida 8-10 myas. You can see where the tusk was broken between the 5 & 6 inch mark and repaired sometime in the past. A top restorer could erase the mess around the repair, replace the bonding with a like colored material, and come close to making the break disappear. One of the few sources of this level of detail quality occurs in the Florida Phosphate mines. This one was found in a Polk County mine in the 1980s. To my never-ending pain, I did not start hunting until decades later. The next photo is of a T. Proterum skull found in Florida and re_assembled with (I am sure) some restoration. I have circled in red the equivalent fossil left tusk. The animal would sharpen the two lower tusks with the single roundish upper incisor. A couple of more photos. Here is detail on the tusk root. I have colored yellow a small pebble that I have not chosen to remove .. yet. Note the unbroken tiny knobs and the bluish tint to the inside of the root. Finally, a discussion of the tusk tip which could also be a candidate for restoration... So, the mahogany area of the tip has been shaved and polished by the upper incisor for most of the animal's life. Then it was broken on an angle (the grayish , white section). That new gray-white section was then shaved and polished by the upper incisor. This is similar to badly breaking a large bone an have it heal before you die. Your bones (or tusk) will always tell a story. The area next to the red line is a post fossilization "fresh" break and candidate for restoration. So, should I buy it and if I do, what level of fossilization is appropriate? I am not a big proponent of restoration. I have some time to think, and while I do, decided to share this fossil with TFF members. What is the good of having a nice fossil if you never show it to someone who might appreciate it. Enjoy. Jack
  6. STH Find

    I have been going through some of piles of bones in my yard and I came across this piece which I didnt find too interesting untill I cleaned off the end and found it to be partially hollow. The hollow part goes about 1/2 the way down and tapers to a point. Anybody have any ideas? I have got guesses from partial tusk to large fish spine. Thanks Jesse
  7. Please help ID? Tooth or tusk?

    Hi I am curious to see what this may possibly be... found just off the savannah river on the Georgia coast. It appears to be either a tooth or tusk of some kind, solid on one end, appears to be somewhat hollow on the other. Also any thoughts on the couple of items in the immediate background would also help. I've been fossil hunting about three years but still have so much to learn. I believe one is small gator tooth, a possible snake vert., a Glyptodon scute, and maybe another small tooth of some sort (or just n interesting stone, but appears to have small root, may be difficult since so small in the pics. Any help is so much appreciated. All found in same area today, close to dredging areas not too far away. Thanks!
  8. Unknown... Need help!

    I do not know where this was originally discovered however I found it while cleaning my mother's garage. It looks like it's been through a lot... Can anyone help me decifer what this might be?
  9. wooly mammoth tusk ID.

    I recently acquired this piece of what I was told a wooly mammoth tusk. It weighs about 4 pounds and is about 10” long by 5” wide. I just thought I would post it on TFF to get some feed back. I was told it is originally from Alaska but can’t be sure. I would welcome any information related to this unique piece. Thanks Cliff Dweller
  10. Mammoth Stand

    Sometime last year, I stabilized and repaired this mammoth tusk for @StevenJD. At the time, we didn’t land on a way to display the gnarly beast. Believe me, this is in great shape for a central Texas mammoth tusk. Steven asked me to sell this piece on his behalf so I made a stand to hold the three big pieces in a roughly life like position.
  11. Fossilized Tusk

    I recently purchased a box of miscellaneous knife making supplies at an estate sale. When I first saw this object, I thought I had bought an ugly piece of wood, but when I picked it up, I realized it was something else due to the weight. It looks like a small tusk, but I’m a newbie and have no real clue as to what this is. I’m confident this forum is the place to find the answer. Thanks!
  12. More bits and pieces from GMR

    As we all know, GMR is good for random chunks of things. I found these 2 yesterday. The first i thought was tusk. The second I picked up because I thought it was a split whale tooth but then I got home and saw faint lines and rings. The third looked like enamel but I can't match it to anything. Thanks all!
  13. This fossil was dug up fishing recently in Kankakee County, Illinois, where the bedrock is Silurian, but this fossil would have to be Pleistocene. Any help with ID is appreciated. I do not have possession so these are the only photos I have. If you provide an ID, please provide your reasoning. Thanks!
  14. A Spineless Mammoth Tusk

    So I was paddling along a stretch of the North Sulphur River recently where I have little experience. Most of the time, my eyes are on the Ozan formation down low, but for whatever reason, I glanced higher at the overlying Pleistocene Sulphur River Formation, and spotted a curious white ring from about 40 feet away. Hmmm...worth investigating. It was indeed ivory as I had suspected, and the dirt plug in the center suggested that I was staring at the pulp cavity on the proximal end. Let's have a peek.
  15. Tooth,tusk,antler... oh my

    Hi ya'll, it's me again. I was given this for my collection as a gift. The guy that found it came acrossed it while sport hunting on private land in Ohio in 98. From what I've obtained it came out of a 'landslide' and was just sticking out. That is all in info I could get on it. I was thinking antler or pig tusk but my 12 yr old son swears it's "OMG MOM IT'S MAMMOTH" but I told him to not get his hopes up before I went to the experts (you all). I plan on trying to put it back together but I don't want to mess it up. Can I use super glue? If not what should I use to glue it's bits back on.
  16. Help in identification

    This unusual fossil is3 1/4 inches long, 2 3/4 at widest point and tapers to 2 inches. It is 1 1/8,inches thick. The shape is somewhat oval and tapers. This is the 2nd fossil with this coloration that I found in November. Fossils on the beach range from Cretaceous--Exogyra shells and sea urchins to Miocene/Pliocene megalodon and great white shark teeth. The beach has been "renourished" after a recent hurricane. Formerly abundant shark teeth are now very sparse. It does not appear to be bone. The idea of a "tusk" occurred to me but I am unfamiliar with what a tusk would look like. Any ideas or even better questions would be appreciated. Previously (yesterday) posted a bone found in the same area. Additional pictures will follow. The reverse side
  17. Hello, My first post and I am quite a novice. Found this mammoth tusk for sale in Alaska at a dealer. It is about 60 lbs and 100 inches long. It is being restored, but the person working had to leave in between. The tip about 8-9inches is covered in resin for restoration work. It is yet to be finished. Do you think its worth buying it? Any professional restorers in Alaska? How much does it cost to restore it? What would be the resale value on something like this? Thank you all..
  18. Sus scrofa jaw from Pleistocene Russia.

    From the album Ice Age Europe

    Top down view.
  19. Sus scrofa jaw from Pleistocene Russia.

    From the album Ice Age Europe

    A great juvenile wild boar jaw from the Pleistocene of Russia. You can see the front tusk/incisor still erupting. I've wanted one of these for a while now but they are quite rare. I love it! The tusk is actually loose and comes put. I think that's great! I can see the whole root.
  20. Hi! Its been awhile since I posted so I've accumulated several new specimens. They are all from a beach in the Savannah River. Many are broken... A - Giant Beaver Tusk B - Elephant Ivory piece (note the schreger pattern) (Is there a way to know the species?) C - Capybara D - ??? E - Canis ??? F - Tapir ??? G - ??? H - ??? I'll post more in a second part... Any comments are greatly appreciated!!!
  21. Hi all. I am new to this forum. Please help me to identify fully fossilized Tusk. Line Chrager is not displayed. Size 40х55х125 mm. Thank you.
  22. Curing a large mammoth tusk?

    I work at a small placer (gold) mine in the interior of Alaska, and we routinely find mammoth ivory. Sometimes just small pieces, sometimes complete tusks. I have purchased one from my employer, and try as I might, I have been unable to find any information on curing, or drying, the tusk before treating with butvar-76 or similar. This tusk is over nine feet long, weighs 85#, and is a beautiful specimen from a mature female wooly mammoth. The bark is a rich mahogany color, mottled with blue and ivory patches. It is obviously worth a small fortune, and I would like to preserve it as best as possible. Other tusks I have seen, will crack and deform as they dry. I want to minimize this as much as possible. I have heard of techniques such as banding with hose clamps, wrapping with burlap and keeping moist, even burying for a period of time, or a combination of these. What have others done with large tusks? How much moisture is acceptable before treating with acetone and butvar-76? Will the solution draw out moisture from deep inside the tusk, or will that water remain trapped there? This one has been out of the ground for less than two weeks. Thanks for any help! Here's another, my tusk is the one in the foreground.
  23. Marine Mammal Tooth or Tusk

    Trying to figure if this is a walrus tusk or whale tooth - doesn't look like most of the whale teeth I've seen. I'm inclined more towards a sperm whale. Position in the jaw? This is an inshore ocean/ estuary find from GA. Same area as shark teeth. Thanks for any help.
  24. Mastodon

    Is this mastodon tusk and jaw?