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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. Mastodon tusk section.

    From the album Pleistocene Florida

    A large section of tusk from a Mastodon (Mammut americanum). From the Pleistocene of Florida, US.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. $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.."
  13. I'd like the forum's opinion on this piece, of which I have very little information: It is a tusk of some sort, broken at one end and perhaps the root end at the other? It appears to be a piece of petrified wood at first glance, especially the side with the long crack down it. However it is much lighter than petrified wood, and the broken end shows the signature hollow center. Pics are below, the grid on which the specimen is on are 1"x1", for size comparison. This came from a craigslist purchase of all things. It was part of a large lot (about 100 pieces) that this lady had in storage, many fish fossils and other things I still need to identify, these belonged to her father who I took was deceased and was selling everything at a steal as she needed to clean the storage unit out and didn't want to haul 'rocks' around. I believe that this is Mammoth or Mastodon as in addition to this tusk there was a partial Mastodon tooth and a large, broken Mammoth tooth- I will post about the fix for that later- in this collection I purchased. Due to the above I know nothing about where this came from or how old it is. It has the large crack on the one side but it doesn't go all the way through, there might be a coating or shellac on the piece, I can't tell. Any thoughts or feedback is appreciated. I'll answer any questions to the best of my ability, and appreciate any feedback!
  14. Mammoth Id Help

    Hi. I need ID help for some mammoth stuff i got. I would like to know what mammoth species these things belonged to. 1. Mammoth tooth - Is between 0.1 and 1.8 million years old. - Was found in a gravel pit in Budapest, Hungary. 2. Two small pieces from a tusk - Is between 10.000 and 500.000 years old. - Was found in Russia.
  15. Claw, Two Tusks, And A Molar . . . ?

    Does anyone have any ideas what animals these might be from? They were all found recently on Edisto Beach, where Miocene and Holocene marine fossils are found mixed in with Pleistocene land vertebrate specimens. I have no idea on the one that appears to be a claw, as it seems to be too straight to be a bear, and too pointed for anything else I could think of. It has no groove on the back, but rather a bit of a ridge, and is otherwise round. BTW, I gave the claw the "bite" test, and it definitely feels more like rock than bone. If not more specific, I was wanting to know if the molar is indeed from a herbivore, or if it could possibly be a back tooth of a carnivore. The two tusks(?) appear to be from the same kind of animal, ??
  16. Hello, I live on the Clackamas River near Oregon City, OR, USA. There are some really neat things that wash up on the shore but this one grabbed my eye. I have no knowledge of fossils or bones but that is why I am here, seeking help in identification. I found it along the bank of the river, just laying there, did not have to dig it out or anything. The curvature, proportion and internal structures of this object did not necessarily look like wood to me so I am wondering if this is in fact some sort of tusk or tooth and if so, what animal it may be from? I have tried to provide some clear, informative pictures to give an idea of the size and features of interest. Thanks in advance for your help!
  17. Peace River Find-What Is This?

    I found this in the Peace River-Florida. The pictures are the not the greatest. The sides are etched which makes me think that they are either mammoth or mastadon. The lower picture is a similar piece. Please let me know your thoughts by looking at the top picture. Any help would be appreicated! Thanks
  18. I found this back in August in the Willwood formation in the Big Horn basin of wyoming. I know the Willwood is eocene in age. At first I though it could be from a Uintatherium. I took it to a paleontology professor at BYU to get his two cents. He specialized in vertebrate paleontology, but he was unable to help me with a positive ID. It's about 1 inch in diameter by 3 inches long. The enamel seems to emanate from a point on the broad side of the tusk, not from its point (first photo). The pulp cavity appears to get wider towards the point of the tusk (2nd photo). It's broken so I don't know how long it originally was (3rd photo). After looking at a uintatherium skeleton in a museum, I'm almost certain it's from a different animal.
  19. Sidetracked

    April 3, 2010 Adrenalin pumped through me like it usually does on the way to a new location. While on the road, I enjoyed ‘working out’ the geology I traveled over. The sunny spring morning framed the entire outdoors in vivid color, and from the corner of my eye, I noticed some fresh excavation in the distance. Like many other places, I made a mental note of it and continued to my destination. Dozens of miles and minutes later, my friend, Bob, and I had pulled our gear together and loaded things into the boat. We waded through the spring bloom and poison ivy and began a journey we would not soon forget. Golden groundsel & Texas bluebonnets I wanted to learn more about one of my favorite geologic outcrops on this trip, the Lower Cretaceous Washita Group. Its formations have fascinated me with the remains of creatures of incredible variety and beauty. From the monster-sized Eopachydiscus ammonites to the simple, elegant form of Kingena wacoensis brachiopods, the North Texas strata have enchanted fossil hunters for years. According to some of the latest research, the lowest in the group, the Kiamichi Formation, is supposed to be around 103.5 million years old. It is followed by the more well known Duck Creek Formation at near 102 million years old. The Fort Worth, Denton, Weno, and Pawpaw Formations are found in the middle of the group. Above these, the Main Street Limestone (about 97 million years old) is overlain by the Grayson Marl. The Washita Group is finally capped at close to 96 million years old by the Buda Formation. Our trip started near the ‘bottom’; just where was our next challenge. One of our first clues came in the water when the partial whorl of a Mortoniceras ammonite laid in contrast to the bottom gravel. My interest was further piqued by a second ammonite wedged beneath a few rocks on the next gravel bar. Other fossils in combination with these ammonites and a bank bluff of alternately receding layers of marl and hard stone suggested we were in the Fort Worth Formation. Partial Mortoniceras ammonite fragment Mortoniceras sp. ammonite Of course, we kept in mind that the gravel bars contained the reworked fossils of any formations found upstream. But before long, Bob found a large Mortoniceras ammonite eroding from the silt covered formation. Mortoniceras sp. ammonite As we moved along the stream, it became apparent that no one had collected there in a long time. Large Macraster echinoids and additional ammonites were scattered periodically in the gravels. It was amazing to see so many. Bob found two other large ammonites hiding in the gravel. We picked up a few more fossils along the way, but most looked their best where they laid...capturing a moment of potential Cretaceous perfection. Larger Mortoniceras sp. ammonites found by Bob Macraster obesus fossil sea urchins Keeping us company in water were other creatures, too. A shy red-eared turtle and a well-fed diamond backed water snake added to the adventure. But it was a close encounter with several spawning longnose gar that kept the adrenalin flowing. Diamond backed Water Snake Red-eared Turtle Spawning Longnose Gar Bob’s haul and my finds About mid-afternoon, we had a nice load of fossils in the boat, so we headed for the take-out. On the way, I contemplated a few options to round out the day. Then I remembered the fresh excavation on the morning drive. So we loaded up and headed that way. Upon arrival, I realized the site was not as large as it appeared earlier in the day. A utility easement near the road had been reshaped by a bulldozer. In the course of their work, they had cleared a large ditch and exposed the local geology. We thought we would give it a quick look to see what formations were present. Bob walked slightly ahead of me as we descended into the shallow water. Sticky yellow clay and a few Ilymatogyra arietina oysters stuck to my shoes. Then, I froze. “No way...you’ve got to be kidding,” I uttered. Bob turned and responded, “What?” I looked up at him from where I had dropped to my heels, “I’m about 90% sure this is ivory…mammoth ivory! It’s part of a tusk!” My heart pounded as I looked just below the water at its fragmented surface. Silt covered most of the concentric layers, but I recognized the fragmentation pattern from previous tusk finds. We pulled out our cameras and began the preliminary documentation. Initial exposure It was late afternoon, and I did not know the size of the find. But another problem was more obvious; the shallow water clouded with the touch of a finger. The clay appeared to be reworked Grayson marl (Del Rio Clay), so it would not be hard to excavate. However, the Pleistocene gravels scattered within it would make any digging awkward. After sizing up our options, we decided to get creative with the water to maintain visibility. Bob generously labored to keep clear water flowing across the area I slowly excavated with my knife and rock hammer. Working in the silty water was slow and frustrating. There were moments I just used my hands to ease away the gravel and clay. I thought I could expose the end of the tusk in a short time; but as the sun descended lower on the horizon, the realization that I might not, began to sink in. Late in the day, we took our final series of photos. The long shadows and tired muscles signaled the moment to make some tough decisions. There were about three feet of tusk exposed and it was all underwater. It was extremely fragile. To try to remove it would have destroyed it. So, I made the decision to carefully cover it up. Although it was a difficult choice, given the circumstances, I thought it was the right one. To excavate it properly would require drier times or a small coffer dam, plaster, reinforcement, and more tools. Even if it was removed under the best conditions, the final preparation would be a huge challenge. It was time to call in ‘the troops'. Cloudy water was a constant problem Roots penetrated one end of the tusk Angling downward into the clay and gravel Bob and I discussed tentative plans to find someone to lead a future excavation. Then, I graciously thanked him for his efforts and, with a handshake on a day well spent, we parted company. During the long drive home, I called a couple of friends for assistance with the new ‘tusk project’ and gathered more leads to follow up. What a memorable day! I called my wife and told her we got a little sidetracked on the way home...when she heard ‘why’ she said, “You’ve got to be kidding!” June 2010 Postscript: At the end of April, after speaking and corresponding with several universities and groups, I was finally able to find an organization to take on the ‘tusk project’. They have contacts within the paleontology department of a local university and they hope to use the dig as a training opportunity. The question on everyone’s mind: Are there bones associated with the tusk? Organizing a university dig takes a little time. Nevertheless, this story will have another chapter in the future.