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  1. lesofprimus

    Lesofprimus Fossil Collection

    Here are a few photos of my entire collection spread out in my living room between 3 seperate tables and separated by groups; Table #1 Crocodilians, Theropod Dinosaurs, Marine Mammals and Marine Reptiles. Table #2 77 Different Shark Teeth Species. Table #3 Amphibians and Reptiles, Miscellaneous Fossils and Fish.
  2. Hi all - it's been a while, since I started on twitter and started teaching much of the itch I scratched through blog writing was taken care of by twitter - but now I've thought about returning to more long-format science communication. The blog format is certainly more informative for most fossil collectors anyway. The new post is just the first in a series on whale and dolphin earbones - the first is an introduction to the basic anatomy and function of earbones, along with basic differences between baleen whale (Mysticeti) and dolphin (Odontoceti) earbones, with comments on their
  3. Shellseeker

    Small Florida Whale teeth

    Last Thursday, I was hunting the Peace River watershed with a friend. When we returned to his home (close to the Peace River), he pulled out 2 small teeth. One he had found during out hunt that day and the other a couple of months back. He asked me to identify them and leverage the TFF community if possible. To me , this was obvious. While I can not explain the size and I have no idea what the species is, horizontal "banding" on a canine shaped tooth means one ID and one ID only: Whale. I underline that statement because I want to be challenged if my assumption is incorrect
  4. Mandarin

    Baltic Sea Teeth

    Hello all, I just found these two things on a beach of the Baltic Sea in Latvia. The bigger one could fool me because the black part is very much like wood, however the bottom part (the gum?) has an interesting texture. Also, I don’t know how to describe it but the bottom part feels almost sort of fresh, like it’s not very old…. While it’s hard and solid it still looks wet unlike other fossils I have held. Sounds silly but maybe it helps identifying it. Although the smaller one is very similar, I almost have no doubt that it’s a tooth or claw. From what I could find on the internet, m
  5. Alex BC

    Whale Rib Piece? (Or tooth?)

    Hello there everyone! I found this in North Myrtle Beach, any ideas as to what it is? Thanks in advance for any information!
  6. From the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/26/world/australia/new-zealand-whale-fossil.html 2 men used a rock saw and chisel to extract a fossil whale out of a riverbank that was a local attraction. Its not clear if thats illegal per New Zealand law. There are a few quotes from Bobby Boessenecker in the article. It seems amateur and commercial fossil collecting has exploded in the past few years along with the fossil market. The article implies that we'll see more of a push to codify laws to protect these fossils in response.
  7. This past Wednesday I decided to take a ride over to my Eocene pit. I have not been over there much lately but as I have shown in the past it has produced some amazing fossils. Well, it did it once again!! Eocene Castle Hayne Formation Comfort Member 43.4 mm (1.71 inch) wide at the base of the tooth. 36.4 mm (1.43 inch) on one slant and 35.4 mm (1.39 inch) on the other slant. This is measuring just tooth. No root. After conversing with @Boesse he says it is probably best to identify it as a milk tooth of a small basilosaurid. An upper P3 or P4. Quite excitin
  8. Fossil_Adult

    Calvert cliffs

    Went to Calvert cliffs yesterday and it was a perfect day. There wasn’t much wind, and the water was really calm. I only saw one other person out but the beach was pretty much empty. Saw a bald eagle on a tree above I didn’t have my phone on me but it was a really nice sight. I knew that was going to be a good day and it was. I found a megalodon with feeding damage, a really nice 2 and a half inch sperm whale tooth, a nice 1 1/2 inch dolphin tooth, a squalodon tooth, a nice mako, an awesome wahoo jaw, and a bird bone to top it off. It was find after find today, here’s the photos:
  9. Found these in eastern NC river this weekend and could use some help identifying. It was in an area most likely Yorktown , found among great white teeth, a horse tooth, tilly bones, whale bone and some shell fragments. Lot of reworked material in the gravel. This item looks like the bones of the front of a lower jaw to me but these holes off to the sides confuse me - they are rounded inside like a tooth or tusk might have sat in them but the angles are odd - I could be wishful thinking here - just seemed out of the ordinary to me. Then the other is a bone it’s much lighter and the p
  10. J.D.

    Cetacean vert?

    Found this in the water near the fossil beach of Westmoreland State Park in Va. Seems like a whale / dolphin bone, but what part? Is it a vert piece? As always, thanks for the help.
  11. Zenmaster6

    Agatized Bone Oregon coast

    Any Ideas on this?
  12. Alex BC

    Bone Fragment, Maybe Whale?

    Hello everyone! I found this (Possible) bone fragment on the beach in South Carolina and was wondering if there is any way to get a better idea as to what this belongs to? Just happened to see a few photos of whale bone shards that made me think, maybe whale bone? Any and all help is appreciated, thanks gang!
  13. At the end of August this year I travelled to Larvik in southern Norway to visit "Norges stein og mineralmesse". On my drive from Nässjö in Småland to Strömstad in Bohuslän i took a short detour to visit Taberg. Taberg is a huge iron ore mountain consisting of Titanomagnetite-Ovlivinite which is only found in Taberg, Sweden and Rhode island, U.S.A. The ore body was created 1.2 billion years ago and has survived both a number of ice ages as well as several attempts of mining. Today the mountain is protected by law and during winter the old mine shafts house
  14. Hello everyone. I'm making my rounds across my different groups and forums, so if anyone has seen these photos before you'll have to suffer through them again. From June through the end of August I locked in on a concentrated area of sand tigers, makos, and my favorite mega-tooth shark: Otodus auriculatus. I didn't find one every trip out, but my most plentiful day gifted me 3, and my last trip out provided me with the largest tooth I have ever recovered from the garden state. I battled minuscule mosquitoes and a horsefly that was every bit horse as it was fly. Despite nature's bes
  15. strochim

    Tusk, tooth, or bone?

    I recently purchased this "tusk" from someone else who said he found it on a fossil hunt in South Carolina. He called it a tusk, but didn't know from what type of creature. I don't believe it's a walrus tusk, and I'm not sure it's even a tusk. Maybe a bone or a tooth? I really have no idea. Thus, I'd appreciate anyone who may have seen something like this before. I've also attached a few photos of other "fragments of a tusk" that came with it. Are all of these the same things? Any idea what they are, and what they are from? Thanks.
  16. Shellseeker

    Another set of fossils

    I have only been out twice this month. Life interferes. A couple of weeks back I posted this thread with the fossils I wanted to identify most and got good participation to identify 3 of 4. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/125703-hunting-florida-interesting-finds/&tab=comments#comment-1366710 I found a bunch of other fossils, some of which I thought I knew, some not... I am trying to use the fossils to date the layer... Here is a list so you can copy and replace with your IDs 1) sawfish rostral tooth 2) turtle Osteoderm or Deer ungual.
  17. Petalodus12

    Flag Ponds unidentified bone

    Hi all, Apologies for being gone for so long. I have been busy with pretty important research for my (hopefully) undergrad thesis. Anyways, I found this bone a few years back at Flag Ponds Nature Park in Calvert County, Maryland. It's Miocene in age. I know that most bone chunks coming from float from the cliffs are unidentifiable but this one seems to have some diagnostic characters considering the amount of foramina running through it. I could be wrong, however. That's why I study fish, not cetaceans! Thanks all in advance.
  18. Shellseeker

    Bands in Marine Mammal teeth

    I recently found a distressed canine in the Peace River. When possible I really want to identify all such fossil canines. The length is 1 and 1/8 inch. At the river I seemed to see (photo #1 & #2) "latitudinal banding" which means marine mammal. At home, I note that the root end turns to the side of the canine (photos #3 & #4), a characteristic that I mostly associate with porpoise. So , what is my question: Do all Dolphin/Porpoise teeth have such banding? The only reason I do not detect it on 95% of my Florida Dolphin/Porposie fossil teeth is that the banding
  19. Greetings, In Manatee County, Florida I recently found this very large piece of whale skull with the ear bone STILL ATTACHED!! The entire piece is about 1 foot long and 1 foot wide (30.48 cm) and the ear is 3” long or 7.62 cm. I did not know that was what it was when I brought it home as it was completely packed with material. (I just knew it was a very large and very heavy bone). I found out it was actually an amazing discovery about 20 minutes into cleaning it when the perfectly preserved ear bone started showing through the material. I have found countless whale bulla fossils but i
  20. I found what are claimed to be Basilosaurus jaws online, and I can't decide whether they're authentic. They definitely have real material, but I have a suspicion that they might be composites. I should also note that they are suspiciously cheap [price redacted]. First one is 15.7 inches: Second one is 24.4 inches:
  21. Shellseeker

    Summertime Hunting2

    In the summertime, I try to hunt at least once a week, and my preference is twice a week. I have to be adaptable, moving to low water spots in the river, or into creeks, or on to dry land. All have different issues, but in all cases, I depend on the generosity of my friends. Yesterday I went with a friend who happens to have permission to cross private land. I provide the 4x4, most/all of the small shark teeth I find, etc. No kayak against the current. It is still not simple, we had to prospect in season for locations that would only be waist to chest deep in July. The mosquitoes
  22. gigantoraptor

    Togocetus whale teeth?

    Hello all I got these whale teeth from the phosphate mines of Kpogamé-Hahotoé in Togo. The only whale genus that seems to be described there is Togocetus, but I heard someone say Pappocetus is also known from there, but I'm not sure that's true. These fossils don't really fit in my collection, but they are still really interesting so I would like to know what they are. Thanks in advance
  23. r00t2400

    Cervical vertebra cookie?

    Found this in a creek in South Carolina. Looks to be part of a vertebra right?
  24. Tigereagle12345

    Trip to Westmoreland State Park, VA

    Last weekend I went on a camping trip to Westmoreland State Park in Virginia, somewhere I had fossil hunted previously and found some cool bones like a dolphin vert. This time, I found several bones that I believe might be able to be identified. If anyone can help, it would be much appreciated. Thanks! All of the finds: A piece of whale bone, id'd through size: Rey Teeth: Continued in the next post due to upload issues
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