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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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..
  6. Sus scrofa jaw from Pleistocene Russia.

    From the album Ice Age Europe

    Top down view.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!!!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Mastodon

    Is this mastodon tusk and jaw?
  13. Hi Is it Mammoth tusk?
  14. I'm looking for the latest info on preserving tusk material. I found some associated chunks in the Peace River in Florida yesterday and they are extremely fragile. I'm keeping them in water until I know how to proceed. I have, on hand, some Butvar B-98 crystals but I've had trouble getting them to dissolve in acetone. Is there a trick? My understanding, also, is that butvar cannot be used until the fossil is completely dry. I would appreciate any input on this subject. Thank you!
  15. Today's peace river adventure

    Today I decided to hit an all new location. I have my personal Mosaic spot, which is a stretch of river that isn't very populated. But, we've hit this area in force last season, and due to the nature of the fossils they do not regenerate in one season. The fossils in this area are actually extracted from limestone, rather than the bank, so it takes time to replenish. At least, this is my personal observation. I actually prefer this, because I am not fighting other people for spots, and the fossils are usually of a more beautiful color because they are straight from limestone. Anyway, I've hit my mosaic spot for a couple miles north and south of the put in point, but today I decided to put in several miles south of the furthest south I've gone, with the intent to make my way north until I recognize the surroundings, which I did. So, 10 minutes into my northern trek into unfamiliar territory, I come across several gravel bars that had been lightly hit. I don't sift, but, there was a limestone embankment that I decided to nose around. I immediately saw what looked like a huge chunk of tusk tangled in palm roots. I pulled it out with my paddle, and being fooled before looked for the schreger lines, alas they were there, clear indication that this was mammoth tusk(still looking for those 90 degree mastodon lines). Upon closer inspection, there was several mammoth jaw bone fragments as well. I dug what I could out, and decided to push forth. I figured, today is already a good day! I moved on until I hit an area with large limestone embankments and a waterfall. There was no sign of vertebrate fossils(oddly) so I started breaking open limestone, and pulling out some really nice inverts. I also collected some interesting modules encased in the limestone for later inspection. Bored and burning, I pushed forth. The final area I hit reminded me of my mosaic locations. Bones scattered here and there, fossilized and non. I picked up everything with a little appeal. It wasn't long before I found several large sections of mammoth tooth. I know there is more there, but the water quality, although low, was poor for visibility. After finding all the low hanging fruit, I paddles north until I recognized my surroundings. Then happy with my findings, I made the leisurely paddle back down stream. Today was was a good day.
  16. Possible tusk; everyone is stumped

    I thought this would be an easy ID, but everyone is stumped. I found this in Florida's Peace River in a mix of pleistocene and miocene material. It is approximately 3 1/4" long by 3/4" wide by .5" wide. I've looked at photos of giant beaver teeth and this item is quite straight, very little curve to it. It was also suggested possible juvenile proboscidean tusk but I have zero experience with those. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  17. Mystery fossil? (Or rock)n

    Hi there! I found this specimen on a beach in north Florida (Amelia Island). The curve shape caught my eye, and the black surface changing to dark brown interior reminded me of fossil coloration. Any chance this is a fossilized tusk of some kind? Hopefully the photos are detailed enough. Many thanks!
  18. Tusk or Leverite

    This turned up in my screen. It has an unusual look to it so I don't want to toss it until I can get a better idea of what it might be. The inside looks like dentin instead of bone. It's 2" long.
  19. This is a Mastodon tusk fragment I found this in a fresh water environment in early November. It seemed relatively stable after cleaning, but over the past four months the uniform dark brown has taken on this mottled pattern. I haven’t detected any instability, no flaking or crumbling, but it no longer sounds solid when tapped with a finger, I assume cracks and fractures are propagating with progressive drying and differential shrinking. I know modern elephant ivory can develop cracks as it ages. So I assume it’s only a matter of time before this fragment starts to fall apart. I have a couple pounds of Butvar B-98 but I have little experience with fossil ivory. Should something like this be given time (months) to dry thoroughly before being consolidated? is it okay to just dunk something like this in Butvar after the initial cleaning and 24 hours to dry? I would have liked to retain the more attractive rich uniform brown color. Darrow
  20. Mammoth ivory

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A small piece of mammoth ivory found on the Zandmotor.
  21. I went out to my favorite stretch of the Peace river last week and spent a good 6 hours digging a giant hole and stuffing my pockets with goodies. The weather was in the low 80's and the river was low, slow and clear. I found a few Megs, a bison tooth, a couple tapir teeth, a piece of antler with chunk of skull still attached and a bunch of other random awesome stuff. The best piece of the day was this chunk of tusk I resurrected from under 4' of gravel. It stuck out like a sore thumb and looked almost bright orange while wet. When I looked closer I can see what looks like a natural taper on one end that may be the business end of the tusk. I remember recently looking at a much better piece shellseeker dug up and the slant looked similar. Either way, very happy to have found it . Get out there while you can!
  22. Dec 7th Peace River Trip

    Gorgeous Hunting day.. We have a cold front coming in Friday night but today was high 70s , sunny and somewhat warm water. Nothing special on the fauna page, some mosquitoes, shiners (fish), and turkey buzzards. I was out with 2 fossil hunting friends and this particular location is known for a lot of small shark teeth with an occasional mammal tooth -- so what I found today was a lot of small shark teeth including some excellent upper hemis, a couple of turtle footpads/spurs, a couple of tapir tooth caps, an Excellent Meg and a very good horse tooth. This makes for a very memorable day, especially since the companionship of friends in a favorite location already makes this outing special. Then, one of my friends found this!!! Who knows what else is hiding under the gravel, sand and mud? We will try to find out on future trips.. but not this weekend -- Saturday morning temps are 35 degrees.
  23. Metro unearths ancient elephant fossils below Wilshire Boulevard, Curbed LA - ‎Dec 1, 2016‎ http://la.curbed.com/2016/12/1/13802216/metro-mastodon-mammoth-purple-line-fossils Metro Workers Unearth Mammoth Fossils During Purple Line Construction K-Earth 101 FM http://kearth101.cbslocal.com/2016/12/01/metro-workers-unearth-mammoth-fossils-during-purple-line-construction/ Mammoth tusk, teeth, and skull discovered during construction of Los Angeles Metro line Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3989006/A-mammoth-discovery-Tusk-teeth-skull-ancient-elephants-discovered-construction-Los-Angeles-Metro-line.html Yours, Paul H.
  24. Took the day off Tuesday and went to check a few areas I haven't visited recently and found this chunk of tusk. Mastadont I believe... An appropriate find for that Election Day. Darrow