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Found 5 results

  1. Would it hypothetically be possible to buy land near the phosphate mine in Aurora and rent a backhoe and eventually get down to the formation? How deep is the formation? Thanks, Tyler
  2. IMG_0871BVbrownWhale2.jpg

    From the album FloridaWhales

    Order: Artiodactyl Infraorder: Cetecea Family: Physeteridae Genus: Unknown Species: Unknown Whale tooth, Length 10.7 cm, 4.2 Inches One in a box of broken Whale teeth found in Bone Valley Phosphate Mine in the 2000s
  3. Hemipristis serra

    From the album TEETH & JAWS

    A couple of Hemipristis serra anterior teeth from a phosphate mine in Polk County, Florida. The larger (upper) tooth slant length is 37.9 mm. (This image is best viewed by clicking on the button on the upper right of this page => "other sizes" => "large".)

    © Harry Pristis 2015

  4. Here are the Megalodon teeth that I found in a phosphate mine near Fort Meade, FL. Actually, it was a closed mine. Cargill (before they became Mosaic) would dump post-processed overburden from their active mines there in big piles, so that fossil clubs, Scout troops etc. could hunt with lower risk than in an active mine. The downside to this is that the stuff had all been through the phosphate mining machinery, pipes, etc... so it was ALL banged up. Still, better than nothing, as you can see! (I think the bottom right tooth is actually mako, not meg.) .. and then, there's THIS guy! This big boy is the crown jewel of my collection! I didn't find this one, a member of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club found it in a South Carolina river & donated it to the club. The club holds raffles occasionally for fundraising, and I bought $10 worth of tickets... and won this piece!
  5. Cf Industries Trip

    Last Friday, I joined other members of FCOLC (Fossil Club of Lee County) at a Phosphate mine just north of Wauchula Florida. Basically, we are allowed to walk around on a huge area of processed removed overburden -- at this location , the overburden is 16 feet, with the clay and phosphate layers below that level. The mine strips the overburden and processes the phosphate layer. Others found some almost perfect megs, some nice horse teeth, but my own finds were few and far between. Having said that, I always find something of interest. The "processing" usually chips or breaks the majority of teeth as you can see form the photos. I did find what seemed to be mastodon teeth fragments, but I am not sure of the largest piece. Is it tooth or just another rocky concretion? All they all tooth fragments, all rock concretions, or a mixture? It was muddy, some mosquitoes, and rained for the last hour, but I enjoyed the trip -- a lot better that working in the yard and my other more normal activities.
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