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Found 82 results

  1. Hi Is it Mammoth tusk?
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Mammoth ivory

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A small piece of mammoth ivory found on the Zandmotor.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. Tusk or Tooth that is the question

    Brain trust....Found this while searching a fossil bed in coastal Ga. my first thought was whale tooth but now not so sure. The hole in the base looks a lot like a Mammoth tusk I have but much much smaller . Could this be a juvenile tusk ? I can't see any cross hatching . Thanks for the input.
  14. Mammoth Tusk Prep

    @StevenJDennis brought me quite the project. It's a central Texas mammoth tusk that is in terrible shape! Texas tusks are as close to the complete opposite in preservation as compared to Siberian or Alaskan tusks. They are always brittle, broken, and just looking for an excuse to fall apart. Props to Steven for rescuing this monster from a terrible fate in the back of an old man's shed! The pics below show the tusk in the sate of preservation as they arrived to me. I have spent the last week with the fragments on end literally pouring medium viscosity PVA solution (about as thick as 20w 20 motor oil) into the cracks in an effort to stabilize them. 1 gallon later and they are beginning to toughen up a bit. PVA application will continue until the fragments will no longer absorb the solution. Then, I will attempt reassembly of the fragments. Unfortunately, there has been serious degradation of the fragments in many places. More to come!
  15. Hello Paleopeeps! I have a complete modern boar skull that I would like to trade for something a bit less modern (fossil). The skull is 13" long, 5 1/2" wide at eye sockets and 7 1/2" tall. It has all the teeth and tusks. A really neat item for you bone collectors. I would like to trade this for fossil material. Preferably mammal/ vertebrate (teeth, bones, etc.), but I am open to whatever really. I also like leaves, tree/ bark impressions, insect fossils, or what have you. I am not expecting another fossil skull but maybe some bits and pieces of something. Please PM me with what you have if you would like to see this bad boy on your mantel. Due to the size, I would like to keep shipping to the U.S., thanks caldigger
  16. Mastodon tusk section.

    From the album Pleistocene Florida

    A large section of tusk from a Mastodon (Mammut americanum). From the Pleistocene of Florida, US.
  17. Tusk?

    Found in South Georgia. Very smooth on one side and one end. Very heavy for its size. I thought it was petrified wood at first but someone told me it looked like a piece of tusk so I thought I would post some pics. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  18. Is this a section of mammoth tusk

    Hello, need help identifying this object. I was told it was a section of mammoth tusk. Hoping someone can confirm this. Thanks
  19. Mammoth or Mastodon tusk?

    Hello, Fossil Forum users! I work at a natural history museum and have discovered a lovely tusk specimen that is sadly lacking any labeling or documentation whatsoever. No one has a clue where it came from... odds are, it's local to Western WA, but without knowing the provenance there's no way to be sure. I'd like to at least identify it to the mammoth/mastodon level so I can put some kind of label on it. I've done some research and learned a bit about Schreger lines, but most resources I've found are more about telling the difference between elephants and mammoths/mastodons, which doesn't help me since I know it's definitely not an elephant tusk! I'm also having trouble figuring out which angles/lines are the diagnostic ones. Any help in understanding this difference would be greatly appreciated! Here are more photos: http://imgur.com/a/8ak2R
  20. Preserving Mastodon Tusk

    I treated a section of mastodon tusk with shellac and denatured alcohol. It appears like I did not use enough of one/both. Can I re-treat it?
  21. Tusk/horn Fragments Or Bone Fragments?

    My son found these various pieces also near a creek in Southwest Ohio. They don't have "marrow holes" like many of the bones we find so we are wondering if they might be fragments from mastodon tusks or bison horns.
  22. Gomphothere Tusk?

    Hi forum, I recently acquired what is supposedly a tusk from a gomphothere collected in Bosnia. It does look to be same shape and relatively the same size as other tusks I've seen, but you be the judge. I've never seen a gomphothere tusk available anywhere before this one. Are they uncommon to find? Thanks! Lauren
  23. Fossil Tusk, Tooth, Horn?

    Hi there, Can someone please help me identify these fossils? I don't have a lot of details, but looks as though they came from the ocean. Possible a tooth and a tusk? Thanks! Lauren
  24. $75 Per Pound

    On the wire- http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/mom-son-find-wooly-mammoth-tusks-22-years-24977996 A photo in this link from Alaska newspaper http://www.adn.com/article/20140813/alaska-mother-son-each-find-woolly-mammoth-tusk-same-spot-20-years-apart There may be a greater probability of finding a $15000 fossil if you happen to be in a specific family who happens to live in Alaska. --"...just out fishing and thought I'd look around for a fossil or two.."