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  1. Rare Shark Tooth

    If it is what I think, it is only the 3rd one of these I have found in 10 years, and all of them have been broken. I found my first in May of 2013 and 2nd in December of 2015. Neither of those finds had any serrations. Almost everything that I was finding was broken, broken Mako, broken GW, broken tigers, and many broken Bull shark teeth. I had one good upper hemi.... Here is a photo with a broken Tiger shark tooth. On picking it out of the sieve, I stopped immediately. Point and serrations like a tiger, but something was odd... Even though I was finding lots of tigers, I have chances of this one being a tiger at 15%... Here is the tooth.... and a blow_up of the serrations one one edge... The broken outer edge is .75 inch. Imagine it would have been 1.2 inch if unbroken.
  2. I'll start by saying I'm not looking for anyone's honey hole, but if you want to share please private message me. I'll be in Florida (Tampa/Venice mostly) with my family (coming from Utah) in late July/early August. Had hoped to hit up the Peace but I've heard it's no good because the water is high. I have 3 kids who love to fossil hunt and dig around for treasures so I'm disappointed that the Peace won't work out. What I want to know is if there are any safe spots in smaller creeks that I can access (legally) during that time of year and bring my kids for a few hours? Rather not do any guided trips, but would be ok to pay to access someone's land. We did the beach stuff (caspersen, manasota) last year and now looking to try our hand on a creek. Would be happy to give some tips on Utah spots in exchange for any info. Thanks.
  3. Petrified piece of a boat?

    Need help identifying this
  4. Fossil Identification help

    Any help with identification would be appreciated! Found this item on the beach of Amelia Island. Has a nice symmetry about it. I thought it could be a fossil scute of some sort. Measures about 1.5 inches across. any ideas? Thanks.
  5. Need help identifying this bivalve

    Attached is a bivalve I found in the Bradenton, FL area. It looks like a “cats-paw”. Can someone help me with the identification of this fine fossil? Thanks!
  6. Hello everyone, I am traveling from Wyoming to south Florida in the Ft. Myers area. I am really interested in visiting one of the quarries where I can collect fossil marine seashells. I know about Ruck’s pit but looking for something else. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas for old abandoned pits in the Ft. Myers area. Thank you thank you in advance!
  7. Gulf coast fossil

    On a trip to St. Pete's I found some nice agate and a few fossil pieces like this. Any comments would be greatly appreciated
  8. My fossil buddy and I went out this last Saturday, decided not to kayak because it was too windy, so we avoided the Peace or Caloosahatchie rivers and instead headed north to one of our favorite walk in spots to screen for sharks teeth. I was anticipating the water would be warmer than the air, ( 44 degrees) and I was right. It was actually nice to walk the mile into the site in cool air for a change...no bugs, beatiful sunshine and several blooming wild trees. The river was at just the right height. I could show you all the nice shark's teeth I found, but I had decided to give them to a young man at my church who wears a shark's tooth necklace. I have him a nice little box, with an accompanying sheet drawing of each type of fossil and a name so he could learn to identify them....sand, bull, hemipristis, tiger, and even a nice by small megaladon tooth, a couple pieces of ivory, part of a horse tooth, a barracuda tooth, and beatiful gator tooth, a nice 2 inch section of deer antler with its base, a puffer fish plate, several turtle pieces....a lot. However there were two i kept for myself. The vertebrae pictured, that was so perfect I thought it might be recent, but the flame test didn't reveal even a little hint of smell, and the nice shell with evidence of a predator...I can image something smashing into this living busycon, stabbing it, and then ripping the mollusk out of its shell to eat...racoon do you think? Strong teeth. At any rate it was great to be out again. BTW, I am going to post the vertebrae in ids cause I have no idea what it is. It is an inch across....in my excitement to photograph it because it is so perfect, I neglected to add a ruler....sorruy.
  9. This shell was found a few years ago in a pile at Bradenton Beach to be used for paving the parking lot. There were postings on TFF about this. I have wondered about the interesting structure covering part of a muscle scar. There are numerous items of interest on this shell half. Not sure if all will be visible in the following pictures. Above the opposite muscle scar, There are 10 rounded slight raised white deposits that are solid and not layered. But at the inside edge of that scar is the beginning of a layer that also has 4 more rounded slightly raised white deposits. Across the bottom 1/2 inch width of the shell are elongated raised white bumps that are aligned with vertical striations on the outside of the shell and on the inside align with the raised "teeth" on the shell's lip. (Sorry I do not remember or know the right term) At the center of the inside of the shell is a single corralite. Below the unidentified structure near the edge are 2 rounded black raised forms that have very small opening. possibly these are bryozoans? The outside of the shell has are what I believe are bristle worm borings above the unidentified structure. Nearby is a small partch of bryozoa. The corralite and 2 dark rounded bryozoans? occurred post mortem. Not sure when the growth of the unidentified structure occurred. Likely post mortem since it partially obscures the valve scar. I wonded initially if it was an unusually loose formation of a blister pearl? The 10 raised white objects above the opposite muscle scar and the elongated vertical bumps, I assume occurred while the animal was alive. Appreciate all thoughts and comments on this interesting fossil. Thanks
  10. HI all! I am excited to get to go back to Venice Florida tomorrow for a whole week. I was wondering if there was a good fossil guide who could take me out hunting - something a little more advanced than just "beach finds". However, I'm not into scuba or snorkling. (not that I don't enjoy that, just not right now). Any suggestions? Thanks!!
  11. Peace River on Nations Weather Service site

    I thought this might be of interest to those in our area of Central Florida for checking the Peace River, we had storms last night in our area of central Fl so I was interested and wanted to share NSW RIVER CHART Arcadia Bartow Zolfo Springs Also to learn more about the Peace River for new people Peace River State Park
  12. Hunting with Sacha

    No, not Sacha from Disney's Peter and the Wolf, no, not Sacha from Casablanca..... @Sacha So we went hunting yesterday meeting up with a couple of other fossil seekers in a location that has been very, very good to me in the last decade, but has taken a lot of hunting pressure and is not what it once was... However I can always hope to catch lightening in a bottle... or in my case, a fossil in the sieve. Nice day, a little cool, but 3 of us had wet suits on and I was comfortable. There was a younger guy from Minnesota, who was hunting in his bathing suit!!! I used to be young once!! I was hunting maybe 15-20 feet from Sacha and we carried on an ongoing banter, what we were finding, previous hunting successes, other likely locations and most important what was the other guy finding. One topic we discussed was how many of the numerous unknown bones you find, do you keep.. Sacha tends to toss and I keep almost everything to be tossed, if necessary , at some later date!!! I was finding mostly small shark teeth, but some were in good shape and big enough to encourage me to keep on hunting that hole I was digging. Sacha stayed at the same spot the whole day, whereas I stayed in one spot for 90 minutes, wandered around digging potholes for 90 minutes and eventually returned to my original hole , digging deeper and deeper, maybe because it was easier to carry on the conversation.. So here are my finds. What you see at the bottom are small shark teeth. Broken to the left worth $10 a pound that I donate to a fossil friend and relatively whole on the right ( young relatives, fossil club raffles and auctions, schools, kids organizations, etc. ) I have been doing this for 12 years. There is no lack of requests for teeth.. Average complete teeth go for $25 a pound. Consider what 30-40 pounds is worth. I try to be net zero on shark teeth by every year end. What is left under the white? Some more complete and/or interesting bones, broken or small bits that came into my screen. Fossilized wood, sea urchin spines, barracuda teeth, even one broken Meg, some upper Hemipristis, sting ray teeth, deer tine, small camel premolar, broken root dolphin tooth, sawfish rostral teeth, mammoth bits, dolphin bulla, calcified clam, etc .. normal stuff for the Peace River. I have some items I though worth their own photo: Closeup of the dolphin tooth, may be a ray barb fragment... the back sweeping teeth I did not recall seeing previously, and the reason for this post. Sacha asked what shark had the upward tip teeth with a rear nutrient groove. For that matter, why do some sharks have outward pointing tips? Finally, with whatever space I have left , I will flash up some of the bones. I may/may not add some to a fossil ID. Enjoy!!! Bone#2
  13. Ball Joint Hip?

    Hey everyone, A friend of mine won an estate auction where he received a lot of antiques for resale. Knowing I had an interest in fossils, he let me have this. According to him, the estate was located in Florida. This is by far not my area of expertise but I’d love any insight so that I may conduct further research! Any help is appreciated! Thanks, Sid
  14. Large Mandible Symphysis

    Pulled this 6 inch square bone out of clay, shell, mud, sand, and a little gravel. It has retained many of the fine details and blood vessels. Initially I saw the horizontal bands and thought mammoth teeth plates, but not to be. So, large , broken bone I am pretty positive is lower jaw. I the 1st photo, I seem to see a Mandibular Symphysis groove moving directly left from the tip of my thumb. I am thinking Mastodon, but also wonder if Bison or Giant Sloth is a possibility. I hope that some other hunters have seen the kinds of parallel grooves present in the 2nd photo. Could these be huge blood vessels?? All comments and suggestions appreciated. Jack
  15. Florida Fossil Shell ID Needed

    This fossil shell was found on Marco Island beach (Naples, Florida). Any help identifying what it is would be greatly appreciated.
  16. Fossil or Rock

    I remember picking this up being with the MS Gem & Mineral Club in MS Central part years ago. I thought how interesting white on outside, red inside, could it be just a rock or an egg? I know you all will help me put this ? to rest. Thanks, Deb
  17. Broken bone & broken tooth

    When I get home after a hunt, I sort and spread out my good finds, to take photos and then have another pile of fragments and broken bones. I have gone back to that 2nd group to highlight some I am unsure of the ID. The location I was hunting produces mostly late Miocene fossils. Here are a couple .. 1st a broken bone. A friend hunting with me said Deer metatarsal. I am not sure after finding this deer metatarsal from North Florida on the internet, which has a clear groove down the center: and the bone I found which is flat in that section. Could be wear or different type of deer or different mammal. 2nd, a strange tooth fragment ??? While I would love to have an ID, that might be a bridge too far. I settle for anyone who has insight on the nature of the material on the left of this last photo. Is that enamel, tusk ? For example this is very different from fragmented teeth from horse or alligator, or whale... Thanks for all comments & suggestions. Jack
  18. Another Venice Beach Fossil ID

    This is another find that has me stumped from my last trip to Venice Beach, FL. It’s two twisted strands, approximately 1” long.
  19. After a recent trip to Venice Beach, FL this little guy has me stumped. Any ideas?
  20. Very light bone

    I can not recall seeing this bone previously. It is very light. I am not (yet) after the animal, I need to figure what type of bone is this. The bone is 32 mm in length, 19 mm height. I keep getting the feeling that I should know what this is....
  21. Florida Pleistocene Giant Ground Sloth Vertebra?

    I found this vertebra in Bartow county Florida along with some other mammal Pleistocene fossils. It was found in close proximity to some deer antler pieces and Mastodon incisor pieces. I found an almost identical vertebra online that said that it was a giant ground sloth vertebrae. The piece is heavily mineralized. Any opinions on this vertebra would be greatly appreciated. It has a diameter of 2 1/2 inches and a width of 1 1/2 inches.
  22. Hello I live in Orlando, Florida and have been trying to find good spots for a while. Just a problem is I would prefer a thin creek or river and I haven’t been able to find one yet. Any tips or locations? Sorry if I chose the wrong place to submit this I just recently found this website.
  23. Coral Agate

  24. Unusual molar and canine

    I have been hunting in the Peace River so long that anything I can not identify must be unusual. Small molars are difficult. Maybe @Harry Pristis has seen this before. It is 7 mm long and 5 mm wide. I also said Canine.... a little broken but it has character !!! 2 inches in length All comments, guesses, and identifications appreciated.. Jack