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Found 258 results

  1. Mammal (marine) Earbone

    Found very little yesterday. This is somewhat unique as are all earbones. Found in a Bone Valley area with no Pleistocene material but with pre_equus horse teeth. At first, I thought "baleen whale", but it is too small. Asking @Harry Pristis and @Boesse to evaluate, but encourage all comments and suggestions. Jack
  2. Fossil glue?

    Good evening everyone. What kind of glue or adhesive do y'all use to put fossils back together with?
  3. Jaw bone id needed

    Anyone know what this is from? Found in the peace river in arcadia fl.
  4. Peace River, Digit or Vert?

    Found in the Peace River, Florida, Bone Valley. Is this a digit or a vert? And which species? It feels fossilized, and was found in a spot with other Pleistocene bits.
  5. Peace River Small Vertebrate Teeth

    Peace River, Florida, Hardee County, Bone Valley formation : Here are some unidentified teeth that caught my eye. There are several here,.including one possible dire wolf and a bunch that have me stumped. #1
  6. Sm raptor claw

    I was introducing my great_nephew Jake to the Peace River, he foscused in "small, tiny" fossils and found some good stuff... One was shark teeth, and the other a claw. looks birdlike to me so calling on @Auspex to help ID or just speculate. The 6mm shark teeth: The 7 mm claw: All suggestions and comments appreciated.
  7. Recent Finds

    Out hunting, found a nice single mammoth tooth plate (it only takes one of these to make my day), and 3 finds I am not sure about. 1) A caudal vertebrae, 3x width to height. Something with a tail but not a gator or dolphin.... 2) A small hoof core 3) and a broken bone with a telltale "collar" on the tip of my tongue but just can not place it... A blowup of the hoof core....
  8. Peace River Florida Verts

    Here are a couple of verts that I found very close to each other. I am not sure if they are from the same critter or not. I am not sure if they are fossil or recent, but if I had to guess, I would guess they are recent or Holocene. Any ideas what these are? Verts give me trouble - they are rarely what I think they are.
  9. Big Bone - femur?

    Here is one more from the Peace River (Florida). It's a big bone that resembles a femur of some kind. Again, I am almost certain this is not fossilized, or not fully. Could be fairly old (early Holocene) or recent. Cow? Horse? Human?! Thanks!
  10. Big Jaw Bone with Teeth

    This large jaw bone was found in the Peace River (Florida). I don't think it's fossilized, but it doesn't exactly look very-recent either. Surely Holocene I think, although I guess it could be older? Is it horse? Cow? Something else? Any help is appreciated. Thanks! (The brass scale cube measures 1cm square)
  11. Another place to avoid - Bartow

    Well, don't waste your time with the northern Peace around Bartow. We put in a Heritage Peace River Landing and paddled upstream for two hours - searching for karst features, gravel, or any other sign of fossils. In short, nothing. Not a darn thing. No rapids. Very little exposed limestone. We only found one area of small gravel and it contained nothing big or worth taking home. Just some tiny teeth and some small bone fragments, a few turtle scutes, etc. This area was heavily mined by the phosphate industry in the 1960's and 1970's before environmental regulations were put into place. This entire area looked like a moonscape until the 1980's when reclamation took place. Having said that, the scenery was nice and it was a pleasant paddle. But I wouldn't go there again looking for fossils.
  12. Exciting Phalanx

    If this is what I think it is... it's rare and exciting. This fossil is a phalanx (a toe bone at the end of the foot) . I have mis_identified very similar bones as predator in the past, so I ask for help . @Harry Pristis For anyone new to fossil toe bones, refer to the analysis and fantastic photos in this TFF thread: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/83952-toe-bone-possible-predator/
  13. A couple of oddities

    I always have stuff that could be IDed because I am always imagining that it is something that it is not... may be true here also: Whenever I see the multiple holes in a line , I think tooth sockets and thus Jaw. But here I am pretty sure that is not what I have. So, if not jaw, it must be turtle scute, but this is ODD for turtle.. Anyone come across something similar? That for all comments and suggestions. Jack Then a small incisor that should be horse, but might be camel or...
  14. A really busy week

    Last Friday , I drove to Tallahassee to participate in the Florida Paleontology Society Spring meeting. Some of my fossil hunting friends but NOT my wife, questioned my Sanity. But I thoroughly enjoyed hunting an Eocene quarry in South Georgia on Saturday. I even found a few shark teeth, hemipristis upper and lower, a colorful Mako and a Shrimp burrow, a Chesapecten, and a druzy oyster. It was a lot of fun but I definitely got my exercise. The shell stayed where it was attached to a 100 plus pound rock. Returned home on Sunday... The trip is about 7 hours for me. and then went to the Peace River Monday and Tuesday because my wife is traveling for the next week and I can not go hunting until she returns. But I did get a present yesterday!!!! This is my 4th complete mastodon tooth in 11 years.. A great feeling. It shows how rare finding one is, when compared to the intensive hunting that I do.. I always feel blessed, this time included. I research every key find: http://floridapaleosociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Fossil-Species-of-Florida-1-2002-Mammut-Americanum.pdf By size, this fossil tooth is a M1 molar, and an upper cheek tooth based on the axis alignment at right angles to the Lopfs. Like I said, it was a busy week.
  15. Donated Fossils

    I hunt with good friends. This was last Saturday. One friend knows I like mammal ear bones. So he donated this one to me. I have identified a number of Florida fossil ear bones, but not this one... yet. It seems to be broken and not horse, camel or bison, about that size. The other friend found this tooth, thought it might be deer. But I ventured that it was a camel premolar and I would be able to identify once back home. But after I compared it to this photo from the Florida Museum of Natural History, I was far less sure> Can it be either p4? Heniaucheniamacrocephala (below) PaleolamaMirifica Finally , a Sand Tiger which I found . If there are a lot of Peace River hunters who find sand tigers with double cusps on each side, raise your hand. We 3 agreed that this was very unusual. Is this really a Carcharias taurus tooth? Are there any other possibilities? Thanks for all responses. Jack
  16. Sm Carnassial

    Out yesterday, gorgeous day, good friends, mostly small shark teeth but a few keepers. That deer tine is one of my best at 2.75 inches, and the beaver molar, hard to find in this condition, is sweet!!!! But this tread is about a Carnassial or maybe it is a p4. Luckily, I hunt with a quarter inch screen. What animal family is this? It does not look like bigger canids I have. For that matter, it does not look like my felid carnassials. At first , I thought peccary molar, then tapir pre_molar, ....
  17. Saturday at Peace

    Saturday is the day I am least likely to go fossil hunting but yesterday was the exception. Another gorgeous day, sun shining, birds chirping.. I also had some interesting finds ... Some equus teeth and mammoth chunks upper left, bones upper right and a few dolphin bullas under the bones. Nothing special like tusks or large Megs. The tiny tooth lower center is a Mako: One of the mammal bones is a 1.5 inch cubonavicular, a little larger than deer (I think) may be Bos because it is not river worn.. Then a 1.25 inch small canine, I love finding canines... Found a bunch of gator teeth, including these... odd longitudinal lines, Finally this 1/2 long inch molar. There is lots of diversity and variations on the Peace. It has been collecting for millions of years. Every day is an adventure. I am so lucky to have this hobby, and this location.
  18. Peace River bone and a Vert

    Fossil hunting is almost perfect now that the Peace River is open, and I am trying to squeeze as many days and locations as possible. Travel north today but will be back at it early next week. Quantity was light yesterday but did get some nice finds (Glyptodon osteoderm, blueish Meg) and some interesting bones. Maybe someone will recognize this one.. The upper left bone is odd. 1st is that it is hollow which implies bird but it is large to be bird. I wonder what @Auspex thinks. 2nd is that it is tapering from what appears to be a joint and finally I do not recognize it as a common bone from the river. More Photos: And then a modern (?) vert : What type of reptile, fish, mammal has a vert that looks like this... As always, I appreciate all comments, suggestions, identifications.... Jack
  19. Zolfo Springs, Sunday March 31st

    Finally made it out to the Peace again on Sunday. Josh and I went upstream from the boat ramp at Pioneer Park. It wasn't a terribly productive day for either of us. That stretch has been hunted to death and it's slim pickings. There were spoil piles and holes everywhere. It also looked like every fossil hunter in Florida was there. We arrived early around 8:15am and there was already another hunter at the ramp. As the day went on, we saw several other kayaks and canoes, and almost every one of them had a shovel and sifter in evidence. I made brief small talk in passing with a few of them, and I kept wondering if I was talking to anyone from the Fossil Forum. I was pretty focused on what I was doing, so I didn't think to ask anyone. Was anyone from the forum there on this past sunday? Here are a few pics from sunday :
  20. Out hunting with Sacha

    It has been a while since John and I have hunted together. We did as much talking as digging, and there was this feeling that we had not found very much, but when I sorted it out, I had a large number of decent sized shark teeth over an inch, mostly hemis & tigers, even a (non_giant ) Thresher. Some of the small stuff turned out excellent and even an unknown at the end. Fossil # 1 Fossil #2 Fossil #3 An earbone, but whose? Equus is at least twice as large as this one. Pause, Have to post before I add more in a reply
  21. Sm Shark tooth and Sm Unknown

    The long off season nightmare is over. The Peace River is open for fossil hunting !!!! I even saw Fred Mazza guiding a group of 11 tourists. I went out today.. what a gorgeous day!! Sunshine, a cool breeze and water temps. Dug mostly in pea to golfball size gravel and among some very nice finds and a bunch of small shark teeth, found these 2. A Shark tooth..size is .75 inch. but, but, but where is the bourlette? and then this one. I have absolutely no idea. Size is one-half inch.
  22. This winter has been very wet and opportunities to hunt the rivers have been limited. All of them have been running high ever since that major rain even back in December of 2018. Yesterday the USGS Zolfo gauge had dropped down to 6.1 feet, which is the lowest it's been in a long time. So, off we went to try our luck. We put in at Payne's Creek State Park and paddled upstream past the bridge and outside the park boundaries. We then paddled up to the area around the so-called "waterfall". The river was a bit higher and faster than we had anticipated, and some huffing was required to get through the shallow runs where the current really picks up. The last time I had seen this stretch of river was back in November of last year before two separate flood-stage events followed afterwards. There were some trees down, but nothing that required portaging.... until we reached the first major outcrop. It was not fully exposed due to the high water, so it made a single "speed bump" rapid that is split around an ad-hoc island, with a creek running off to one side. There is no way to paddled over/through this rapid against the current, so the best course of action is to paddle to the right and go up a narrow channel between the island and creek. One can easily paddle in, push up on the rock slab, and get out to drag one's kayak or canoe past this section of rapids - there is clear easy paddling on the other side for a good distance until the next set of rapids which is often referred to by locals as "the waterfall". Note, when the water is this high, the waterfall is not exposed and it's just a tricky section of the river that requires portaging. When the water is about a foot lower, it makes a nice waterfall effect, but that effect was not present yesterday. We spent a few hours having a picnic and hunting this area. There was some decent gravel trapped in the limestone depressions and that yielded small teeth and other oddballs. I did find one nice tapir tooth with root, but it must have fallen out of my bag back into the river - I was disappointed to find it missing when we got back home. Overall, the day was not a complete bust for fossils, but we didn't find any meg teeth, mammoth, or anything else sexy or interesting. We just found the usual suspects - scutes, small teeth, dugong ribs, antler bits, etc. The weather was beautiful - sunny with a nice gentle breeze and the temperature was perfect for paddling. We saw a lot of birds, but not many gators - just a couple of babies sunning themselves with mama nowhere to be seen. I'm glad we went before more rains come and make it too high and fast for casual paddling. More rain is in the forecast, so this might have been our last chance for a few weeks. (*fingers crossed that the rain gods are kind to us*) I shot a brief video of the spot. Note, if this spot is familiar to you, take note of the big jumble of fallen trees at the top of the frame when I pan through the rapids (far side) - that side of the rapids used to be clear and deeper - boats could bypass the rapids on that side. Not any longer. Two large palm trees must have fallen during the last flood and now there is a big gatory mass of trees and driftwood blocking the channel. Until another flood washes that obstruction away, larger boats won't be able to pass here (canoes and kayaks only) - as recently as November 2018, bass boats could pass through here. Video link -
  23. Weird skull. Catfish?

    Finally made it out to the Peace River yesterday - the river is still a little high at most spots, but this winter has been too rainy to be picky about the gauge height. We found some small teeth and the usual minor things - broken mammoth tooth plates, antler, scutes, dugong rib, etc. We did find one oddball thing that I am fairly certain is a catfish skull. At first glance, laying in place, it looked like a snake skull, but on closer examination it appears to be a fish. I did some Google searches, but most of the catfish skulls I saw looked a bit different than this. Gar maybe? Eel? or ?
  24. Peace River Camping?

    Hello All, I would like to take a group of families camping somewhere along the Peace River in Florida to hunt fossils. Does anyone have a suggestion for a campground, or even just a great spot for finding fossils? We don't necessarily need to camp. Thank you for any suggestions!
  25. Small Mammal tooth

    Hunting buddy asked of I could get this tooth Identified. TFF my only chance. Florida Peace River. The curved root seems rare. Maybe an incisor. I have not seen this previously but such a small fossil would easily be missed. Thank for any comments and suggested IDs. Length = 35 mm
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