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  1. Here is a series of five images showcasing some of my finds from the first hunt through the Merritt Island matrix. I have just begun to study the fossils in this intriguing matrix, and hope that I haven't got too many wrong. There are so many possibilities when you find a bone in this stuff. It might be mammal, or reptile...amphibian, or even fish. The variety is one thing I wanted to showcase. Of course, the amphibian fossils are the really exciting finds, but they are the most difficult to identify. These images will be featured on episode 5 of 'Fossil Hunters'. continued in ne
  2. GeschWhat

    Merritt Island Matrix Mysteries

    I wish I wouldn't have started on this matrix again. I'm not getting anything else done. I just went back through all the old posts, so hopefully I'm not being redundant with my questions. #1 - Wild guess here - some sort of suprascapula? #2 - I don't know whether the bone can be identified. Considering the condition of the bones that come out of this matrix (usually very good), what do you think the chances are that the little gouges on this are feeding traces? #3 - I'm thinking reptile jugal or quadratojugal on this, but just a wild guess. Julianna had poste
  3. More from Sacha's Merritt Island micro matrix...anyone out there know what this is? Thanks much!
  4. old bones

    Merritt Island mystery #8

    Hey is another mystery found in Sacha's Merritt Island, Florida Pleistocene matrix. I don't have a clue how to classify this one. The image shows 3 views if the same piece on the left, and 2 separate bits on the right. I can't tell if these fit together or not. Note the puckered hollows and the blue translucent bumps which are actually that colour! This is one of the strangest things to come out of this matrix. Any ideas?
  5. Another fine find from Sacha's Merritt Island Micro Matrix. I'm thinking this is modern, and it has a crustacean vibe to it. Any clue as to what this might be? @old bones @MarcoSr
  6. GeschWhat

    Merritt Island Matrix - Fused tail?

    I was digging around in Sacha's wonderful Merritt Island matrix the other day and found this. First let me apologize for the fuzziness of some of the images. My curiosity over-road my patience. Because of the ball and socket, I'm thinking this is a salamander caudal vertebra? If that is correct, would this be a vertebra that would break in an effort to avoid predators? Or could this be where the tail grew back? Mind you, these are just guesses. Perhaps it's not even from a salamander. I will try to get better photos, but this little bugger is so small, I'm having a hard time getting clear imag
  7. old bones

    Another coprolite for consideration

    Here is another of the many coprolites that I have been finding in Sacha's Merritt Island matrix. I haven't focused on these too much, being more intrigued by the bones. But with all of Lori's interesting threads on coprolite lately, I figured that I would put this one out there. Many of the coprolites in this matrix resemble this one. Sometimes I can see tiny bones in them, often not. I am curious what animal these are from. Most of my finds are terrestrial, with an occasional fish otolith or vertebra. So, @GeschWhat and @Carl et al., what do you think?
  8. Pleistocene ray, fish, salamander, frog, snake, lizard and mammal specimens from matrix from the Melbourne Bone Bed from the Indian River, Florida. I want to thank John Sacha for supplying the matrix. This matrix was basically shells with fossil specimens. This was an extremely interesting matrix to search because of the large number of mammal and small reptile specimens. It also contained a good amount of amphibian specimens which I haven’t seen before in matrix. There were marine specimens also like fish specimens but the shark teeth were pretty beat and there were only a couple of ray speci
  9. old bones

    Is this Dasypus bellus ?

    This the smallest armadillo osteoderm that I have found yet. Is it even possible to ID it to species? I found it today in Sacha's 'frog toe' matrix.
  10. old bones

    Humerus for ID

    When I found this humerus in Sacha's Merritt Island matrix (aka Frog Toe matrix), I remembered a post from @Harry Pristis regarding the EECF of a similar bone. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/67182-miocene-mystery-bone/#comment-705462 I wonder if it can be ID'd further. If the entepicondylar foramen is present in opossums, shrews, moles, mustelids, and raccoons, those are the possibilities to consider. I think that it is too large to belong to a shrew and too gracile to be that of a mole. If from a raccoon or opossum, it would have to be a very young one.
  11. old bones

    Another Eureka moment

    A few weeks ago I submitted a request for ID on a couple of tiny bones from TFF member Sacha's Merritt Island Pleistocene matrix. http:// Small Pleistocene bone for ID - Fossil ID - The Fossil Forum The help that I received was based on the limited photos that I supplied. Lateral views alone just don't cut it! I was not satisfied with 'mouse', so I 'dug' a little deeper. I decided to re-photograph a few of the odd little bones in different aspects this time. Duh... my results really do illustrate the importance of showing the 'ends' of a bone. It was very obv
  12. I posted this Pleistocene fossil last week. I found it in TFF member Sacha's Florida micro matrix from a spoil island in the Indian River. I could not find a match in any of my books, but I did find it in a PDF! I don't know that it is the species that I selected to compare, but I am happy to call it 'snake'. The 'unknown' that I originally posted: The match that I found: The figure that I found:
  13. old bones

    Merritt Island Bone for ID

    I am re-posting this as it got lost in the upgrade last Sunday. I could use some help on this one which I think is a cranial element. It was found in TFF member Sacha's Florida Pleistocene Merritt Island matrix. As I previously noted, the preservation may look a bit like fish, but a lot of the amphibian finds from this matrix have a similar appearance, so I don't want to rule anything out. Thanks for looking.
  14. PA Fossil Finder

    Merritt Island Canine Tooth

    I was searching some of the Merritt Island micro matrix (the famous "frog toe" matrix) I had gotten from tff member Sacha when I found this tooth: It's about 21 mm. long, and it is from the Late Pleistocene Melbourne Bone Bed near Merritt Island, Florida. I was initially very surprised! How did this relatively large tooth end up in a bag of microfossil matrix? I think it is some sort of canid or felid canine tooth. I'm not very good with mammal teeth, so I would appreciate any help with identification.
  15. old bones

    Whose tooth from Merritt Island

    This tooth was found in Sacha's Merritt Island, Florida (Pleistocene) matrix. It is in pretty good shape... the roots are odd. Any ideas? Julianna
  16. Ancient Bones

    Merritt Island unknown

    Can anyone help with the ID of this, what looks to be a tiny bone from the Pleistocene Merritt Island matrix. Jill
  17. PA Fossil Finder

    Claw #1a

    From the album: Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    An unknown claw from the Melbourne Bone Bed (10,000 - 20,000 years old). Found in microfossil matrix gathered from a dredge spoil island near Merritt Island, Florida.
  18. PA Fossil Finder

    Vole Tooth #1, Pic B (Microtus sp.?)

    From the album: Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another pic of the vole tooth.
  19. PA Fossil Finder

    Vole Tooth #1, Pic A (Microtus sp.?)

    From the album: Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    One of the vole teeth I've found in this matrix, from the Melbourne Bone Bed (10,000 - 20,000 years old). Found in microfossil matrix gathered from a dredge spoil island near Merritt Island, Florida.
  20. PA Fossil Finder

    Stingray Spine #2, Front

    From the album: Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another view of the stingray spine.
  21. PA Fossil Finder

    Stingray Spine #1, Back

    From the album: Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    A rather broken stingray spine from the Melbourne Bone Bed (10,000 - 20,000 years old). Found in microfossil matrix gathered from a dredge spoil island near Merritt Island, Florida.
  22. PA Fossil Finder

    Spotted Seatrout Otolith #1, Front B

    From the album: Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    The third picture of the Spotted Seatrout otolith.
  23. PA Fossil Finder

    Spotted Seatrout Otolith #1, Front A

    From the album: Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another picture of the Spotted Seatrout otolith.
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