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  1. The stars have finally lined up : schedule, health, weather, funds, and river gauge. That means it's time to hit the river again! Tomorrow I am going to a location that is one of my secret honey-holes. Let's call it "Alpha". It's on the Peace River and has produced plentiful Pleistocene and Holocene specimens. Want a fuzzy clue about it's location? Ok, here goes : it is in a counter-intuitive spot that is easily overlooked. That's it. I have not laid eyes on Alpha for months, so I am unsure what to expect. Hopefully it is fruitful (it usually is). Only three other people on the planet know where this spot is - my wife, my stepson Josh, and my daughter-in-law Alaina. Tomorrow my wife and I are going - so wish us luck! The truck is already loaded up and we will be on the road when the roosters are crowing. I typically post a report after the trip, so that report (and photos) will go here via replies. Stay tuned...
  2. Hi All! My wife & I are heading down to Tampa tomorrow to visit my brother, his wife & my new baby niece. It turns out that they are going to be tied up until around dinnertime this Sunday, so it looks like I'll have some unexpected free time to hunt for some fossils - yay! I've been doing a fair amount of research and see that there are a lot of sites within an hour or two of Tampa. Given the very limited time that I will have to hunt, I'm trying to narrow down to the best spot to start hunting & also have a backup spot or two nearby in case I'm not having much luck at the first spot. I figured that I'd post on here to see if anyone could help me out with some info on a spot or two where I would have the best chances this time of year. We definitely don't mind working to find stuff, and we are even down to rent a kayak if that would be a better option. If anyone has any pointers and could help me out, or better yet, if you will be going out collecting this Sunday & wouldn't mind my wife & I tagging along, we would greatly appreciate it! We don't have a fossil collecting permit, because I just found out 2 days ago that we'll have free time on Sunday, so I didn't have time to get one for us. I'm fully aware that that greatly restricts what we are able to collect, at least in certain locations, but we would be happy to even find decent sized shark teeth or some lower grade agatized fossil coral. We are more concerned with just having a good time being outside and finding some cool stuff! Also, I collect a lot of fossil shark teeth from up here in New Jersey too (and a ton of rocks & minerals too), so I'd be more than happy to give someone some of fossils/rocks/minerals that we find up in NJ in exchange for some help while we are down in FL this weekend. I'd also gladly return the favor if you are ever up in the NJ/PA/NY area, since I'm a heavy field collector and have several productive spots up this way! Thanks in advance for any help you can provide! Best, John
  3. This was a beach find from Ponte Vedra FL, near Jacksonville. I have found a variety of fossils there from a Pleistocene bone bed offshore – mammal, reptile, fish, etc. The shape reminds me of a claw and the texture seems layered like a hoof, but maybe I’m projecting. Can anyone identify it?
  4. Got a bunch of pics from the past 12 months of fine Florida hunting. Been busy getting out with quite a few members and had a few real nice finds. Gonna take a while to post all these so please be patient and thanks for lookingFirst some in situs
  5. Sunshine and friends on the Peace River

    On Saturday, I met up with two TFF members for a hunt on the Peace River. It was cool (cold) at 8 am, especially in the shade, but the best fossil location was in the shade. While many fossil hunters have certain qualifications for "keepers", I keep almost everything, especially a fragment that I can not ID. I also keep a lot of fossils (like turtle) that many hunters toss. Weather wise, we had a fantastic day. Especially when the sun warmed up and covered out hunting location... the wet suits came off. Here is a photo of some of my finds: At first, I thought upper_right would be my Find of the day...but there is something else, very interesting in this photo.... The above photo is a Glyptodon scute, that Strongly resembles a strawberry. It only has TWO !!!! connection points to other scutes. I have never seen another like it , and I have seen plenty of Glyptodon tail scutes. So I will be searching Glyptodon for this scute --- Help me find it.!!!! And this is an earbone... I think I know, but whose ?? There are many "common" fossils in the 1st photo. Can anyone Identify all the fossils in the photo? Saturday was a great day. Great variation in finds. I went again today, In addition to back pain, I only found ray, barracuda, and shark teeth.. Best find was a 1.4 inch hemipristis.. Today was overcast ,and chilly. It was also a great day. I was on the Peace River.
  6. Dugong Ribs?

    Hello! I found these two pieces on a beach in Venice, Florida. I believe they may be dugong ribs? The smaller one is about two inches, the larger one is three or four. The larger one is heavy for its size, which I read earlier is a sign of it being a dugong bone, however the smaller one doesn’t seem to be But it seems to have the spongy texture of a fossil bone (I tongue tested it ) if anyone has any idea or can at least tell me if these are actually fossils or not, it would be appreciated! Thank you! The first two are of the smaller one, the second is of the bigger one
  7. Manasota Key, FL mammal fossils?

    Thanks everyone for running such a great forum. Went on first fossil hunting trip in Manasota Key FL (just south of Venice beach) and got a bunch of sharks teeth including some nice slightly larger ones while diving, and was able to roughly identify them from your posts. Also have some not shark / ray teeth found washed up on the beach. I wrote down the best guess I could figure but am really unsure. Appreciate any thoughts! Thanks!
  8. Calcified Clam

    Hey gang. Just wanted to post some photos of a Calcified Mercenaria Permagna Clam I purchased about ten years ago. I did remove some of the remaining sell pieces to expose all the calcium underneath. Hope you enjoy.
  9. Peace River Tooth

    Is this a tooth? Any help is appreciated.
  10. Florida Beach Find

    My dad brought me this item that he found while walking on Indian Rocks Beach, right outside of Tampa. I find a lot of random bone chunks, sharks teeth, and fossil scutes on that beach. I'm not sure on this one and was even a little skeptical that it was a fossil at first. The "inside" of the fossil does seem porous like bone would be and there seems to be a ridge line with two compartments on either side (my thumb is inside one of the compartments in one of the pics below). The outside does have a strong line running down the top and continuing onto the bottom (similar to what I would expect to find on a turtle scute) though it is very worn. Any ideas?
  11. Broken Carnassial Large Predator

    My better half has been away for the better part of two week, severely limiting my hunting trips. Today I managed to get away to a location on the Peace River where I have taken some TFF friends previously. It was cool 53 degrees driving there , but once the sun came out , it was OK -- as long as I had my 5 mm wetsuit. I was by myself because getting a dog_walker was a last minute offer. This location has a line -- clearly Miocene marine on one side and Pleistocene mammal on the other. I had found some medium sized Hemis, 5-6 Armadillo osteoderms, about half of a good sized dolphin tooth, some gator teeth, a couple of verts... no fantastic finds but a very soothing experience on a bright sunny , cool day. So, I am thinking last sieve, and this comes up.. for a second laying in the sieve , I thought it was whole.... but no. I did go back for a couple more sieves to try and find the rest of it, but no such luck. Carnassials are very distinctive. I think this is enough to not only identify the mammal, but also the exact tooth position. The length of the broken enamel is approx 13 mm. Enjoy !!! Jack
  12. Florida Peace River

    Found this on the Peace River - I know it’s not - but resembles a human incisor - anyone know what it might really be?
  13. I have a lot of these and I dont what to overload people. Here is another fossil i found in the overburden at my plant. Ocala formation in alachua county Florida. I dont have the slightest clue what this could be from, but i think it is big and probably a mammal.
  14. I found this in the overburden at my work, which usuallly consists of the first 15 ft of dirt, clay, and sand, and below that is the Ocala formation in Alachua county Florida. the vast majority of the bones i find are deep in the redish-brown clay. ( The dark/wet spots are glue)
  15. Small canine tooth

    I found this small canine tooth at a land site in Hillsborough county and was wondering if anyone had any idea what it might be from. I found a different canine tooth nearby last year and I think they may be from the same animal

    Hello, I've had a shark's jaw for quite some time now and I'm curious to know what type of shark it belonged to. Can anyone please give me some clues based on the photos I've attached? I'm a newbie and fossil neophyte. Thank you very much in advance, Luc
  17. Hi everyone! Yesterday I found a shark tooth on a beach in Jacksonville, Florida that I would love help identifying. Does anyone have any ideas what it could be? Thank you so much in advance for your help.
  18. Micro Unknown From Florida

    On this dismal pre-winter day, I slipped downstairs and looked at a few handfuls of micro-matrix from Cookie Cutter Creek. Besides a half dozen tiny shark's teeth, I came across this unknown. I am not sure if it is even a fossil. But it is different than anything else I have seen while investigating this interesting matrix. Opinions are welcomed!!!! @digit Mike
  19. Multiple Hunts this week

    I get out hunting as often as I am able. In addition to the fossil finds, I am at a point in life where exercise has great value and fossil hunting the Peace River watershed 3 times a week does get the muscles moving and the blood flowing. Add the great feeling with getting out into nature which I share with numerous animals of all types and this is just about a perfect hobby, BUT, not always a successful one. I think that I, over the long run, find one impressive fossil a week... What about this week? A lot of folks are saying that the Peace River water depth is dropping and this is open for success in fossil hunting. Last Sunday, I went to one of my favorite locations that have been very successful for me in the past, as recently as last spring. I usually kayak to to/from this location for an hour each way and hunt shovel and sieve for 5-6 hours --- good exercise. The Peace River is still high. Right this minute , the USGS gauge at Zolfo Springs is over 7 feet. That is un_diggable, except in isolated spots. You need to cling close to the banks and the currents are fast. !!!! I found a couple of chipped Equus teeth, turtle shell and spurs, 120 small teeth 70 % broken. Largest of the small shark teeth were 3 30-40 mm hemipristis (2 lowers and an upper). I did enjoy the day, sunny, cold out in nature. So , Monday was my 2nd day out to the Peace River this week.. Somewhat better, with 2 frequent fossils hunting friends, staying close digging in a 2 foot layer that had been uncovered by the heavy summer currents. They found it and invited me to partake. Not a show stopper , but some good fossils. I tend to remove (and donate) broken and small shark teeth from my "finds" photo. So the finds from a home to home 12 hour hunt. Some osteoderms, barracuda teeth, a few larger Lemon and Hemipristis teeth, a broken tapir, broken llama incisor, Thresher tooth (relatively rare). and then some closeup photos below. I liked this last hemi best and another sun_shiny day in paradise

    My question is below but here is a brief intro! Thank you all for the great insight into fossil hunting. I'm Josh, from Florida and have been hunting relics for about 5 years now (27yo), from metal detecting to surface hunting. Just a hobby that I do occasionally, mostly to learn about the history of our land and try to preserve it before it's all worn away. I find the research in hunting almost more fun than the actual craft. Although, it's tough here in FL to be caught "preserving history" .....give me a break. Anyways, i've been lucky enough to have a job as a Surveyor which has put me in places that I hate sometimes.... but also gives me access to pieces of land that a lot of hunters dream of in FL. I've been able to find old bottles, arrowheads, and relics at work without the hassle of getting permissions(that would be mostly impossible to get otherwise). So when i'm hunting on my time I always find it so hard to find places to do so freely. Anyways, enough about me. Here is my question regarding a potential megalodon tooth site, definitely shark tooth site. I've found some nice dredging in my area, with dredge disposal management area listed on the bid. It's accessible from what I can tell on the maps but labeled as "District-Owned" and overseen by General Contractor/Engineer. Has anyone hunted a site like this in Florida? It's essentially a dredge spoil island with management. If so, did you wait for the project to finish and come in after? Approach the site manager? Hunt it without permission? Thank you for any insight, it's greatly appreciated!
  21. Twisted Vertebrae

    I keep trying to twist this fossil around thinking it will come out a marine or cetacean (atlas or axis) vertebrae. Something like a rubik cube. Any one recognize a feature? The fossil is L 3.25 x W 1.5 inches .
  22. Small Canine

    One of the guys hunting with me today found this canine and asked me to identify. I was surprised how laterally thin the tooth is. I am pretty sure we will identify. Please state the characteristic that makes your ID correct. i.e what differentiates from similar sized mammal canines? The standard experts: @Harry Pristis @PrehistoricFlorida. EDITED, sorry. The top edge close to the tip (Photo #3) is worn presumably by grinding against the opposing canine. All comments & suggestions appreciated. Jack
  23. I had the good fortune to visit the CEMEX Brooksville mine with the Tampa Bay Fossil Club last week, where I wanted to look specifically for examples of Phymotaxis mansfieldi. I had dolomitic casts from the Santa Fe river, but that was it. I was fortunate enough to find a nice one this trip along with a very tiny one and a partial. This post, however, is looking for the ID for the rather large "clammy" bivalve which was fairly common in the Suwannee Limestone in this mine. Anyone familiar with this guy? Appreciate the time!
  24. Ideas on what it is and what kind?? Thanks!
  25. Dermal

    When hunting the Peace River, I find some - many Ray dermals of this general form (not quite as pristine as these phosphate mine versions: I have been finding more of the little "buttons" recently, maybe 5-10 a hunting day. When in the productive areas, I find lots of these which I always thought of base plates for attaching bottom of Ray spines. The I ran into something that I have definitely NOT seen previously. Less than the size of a penny. So, what is this and , am I moving back or forward in time comparing this new arrival with older stuff? Usual suspects: @Harry Pristis, @siteseer, @MarcoSr @sixgill pete@Al Dente @cowsharks