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  1. 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?
  2. 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 specimens. Julianna has made extensive posts on Merritt Island micros. This post does contain some additional/different examples of specimens from the matrix. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/57198-merritt-island-florida-pleistocene-fossils/ http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/59507-merritt-island-florida-pleistocene-fossils-part-2/ http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/60385-merritt-island-florida-pleistocene-fossil-photos/ If you mouse over the pictures you will see the file name which has the specimen size and my best effort at identification. If you can identify anything further or you see id errors please contribute to this post. Below is a gem jar display which shows some of the nicer specimens that I found. Clique the photo to see an enlarged version. The gem jar cups are 1.75 inches in diameter for size reference of the specimens. This is what is in each gem jar: 1 Lizard and snake vertebrae 2 Lizard and snake vertebrae 3 Interesting specimens that I need to id 4 Lizard jaws, mostly anole 5 Salamander vertebrae 6 Mammal teeth 7 Mammal teeth 8 Amphibian jaws (or don’t look like lizard) 9 Frog specimens 10 Mammal bones 11 Crab claw tips 12 Fish specimens (jaw fragments, teeth, scales, otoliths, and vertebrae) 13 Claws 14 Scales/Diodontid tooth plates 15 Ray tooth and barb 16 Scale/turtle shell fragments Below are some pictures of some individual specimens Ray: I found a single Dasyatis tooth: Fish: Otolith: Drum Tooth: Fish jaws/plates: Continued in the next reply. Marco Sr.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. So that leaves a very small skunk or a weasel. I am leaning towards a weasel, but would love to have confirmation. Is the bone too beat up to ID?
  5. 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 next reply
  6. 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 obvious from my new photos that these are vertebrae. Then came hours of research and many PDF downloads. Turns out that these cool little bones are autotomous lizard caudal vertebrae. There seem to be at least two kinds in the matrix possibly representing different species (or positions in the tail). I have included some of the links to helpful papers on the subject. http://‎www.scielo.br/pdf/aabc/v87n1/0001-3765-aabc-201520130298.pdf http://The Anatomy and Histology of Caudal Autotomy and Regeneration in Lizards (PDF Download Available) http://Lizard Caudal Vertebrae on JSTOR
  7. Another Merritt Island mystery solved

    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:
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. Vole Tooth #1, Pic B (Microtus sp.?)

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another pic of the vole tooth.
  14. 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.
  15. Stingray Spine #2, Front

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another view of the stingray spine.
  16. 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.
  17. Spotted Seatrout Otolith #1, Front B

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    The third picture of the Spotted Seatrout otolith.
  18. Spotted Seatrout Otolith #1, Front A

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another picture of the Spotted Seatrout otolith.
  19. Spotted Seatrout Otolith #1, Back

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    I believe this is the otolith of a Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) or a similar species 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. Sheepshead Tooth #1, Pic C

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    The third pic of the sheepshead tooth.
  21. Sheepshead Tooth #1, Pic B

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another pic of the sheepshead tooth.
  22. Sheepshead Tooth #1, Pic A

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    A tooth from a fish known as the Sheepshead (Archosargus sp.) 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.
  23. Rodent Incisor #3, Pic B

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another pic of the third rodent incisor. This is 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.
  24. Rodent Incisor #3, Pic A

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    One of the many rodent incisors I've found in this matrix. This is 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.
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