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  1. Nice bird bone from the Zandmotor

    Hi everyone! Last week I found this nice, rather big, bird bone on the Zandmotor (Netherlands). It is most likely late Pleistocene in Age (Weichselian) but could possibly be older (though I doubt this is any older than early Pleistocene, given the conservation). I believe it to be a femur of a rather large species of bird. My first thought was the great auk, Pinguinus impennis, but I think my bone is probably not sturdy/thick enough for such a heavy bird. I'm currently thinking it might be something like a large sea gull, but this is just guess work, and birds are definitely not my area of expertise. What do you guys think it might be? Also, if any of you has some kind of free identification guide/paper for bird bones (modern/fossil), could you please share it? I'll already tag @Auspex and @MarcoSr as I remember that you two have worked with bird bones before Thanks in advance for your help! Max
  2. Is This a Fossil?

    Hey everyone! I was recently fossil hunting at Bolinas in California, which is known for its fossilized sand dollars. While hunting, I found this strange piece and I'm not sure if it's a fossil or not. It's from the Merced Formation, which is from the Late Pliocene to the Pleistocene in California. I have no clue what it is, but I am looking forward to hearing if anyone on the forum does. Thanks!
  3. Came across this specimen on an Ohio Fossils group. It was apparently found in south-central Ohio (Serpent Mound area) in 1958. What’s bothering me is that it seems to be a marine pelecypod with aragonitic preservation. All of Ohio’s exposed rocks are either Paleozoic or Pleistocene, and with vanishingly few exceptions, Paleozoic aragonite is simply not preserved. I know there are mollusks in pleistocene marine concretions, notably from Newfoundland, but not in the sediments representing Pleistocene Ohio’s terrestrial&freshwater environments. This is a marine clam, and there was no marine environment in pleistocene Ohio. Nor were there marine environments producing concretionary fossils in any nearby source area for glacial debris that ended up in Ohio, as far as I am aware. Nor in any of the Ohio River’s past source areas to the south during the Pleistocene. So....is this concretion then an object moved long distances by ancient humans? Does anyone recognize the concretion as similar to ones they’ve seen in some particular Formation? Or am I way off in terms of my preservational logic? Original post: “I collected this 60+ years ago from a tributary stream to the Miami River in SW Ohio - what is it and how old? Opinions please!”
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  5. Canine Teeth ID

    Good afternoon, I was hoping to get an ID on these teeth I found today in a Creek here in Austin, Texas. I have found artifacts at the same level belonging to Late Pleistocene. First picture has a large modern dog tooth on the left side for comparison. Thank you
  6. Over 200 mammoths as well as camels and horses discovered at current airport construction site in Mexico: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/mammoth-graveyard-1.5712058
  7. Another bone from the Brazos River

    My boss was at it again and he and his wife found another collection of bone, teeth,fossilized wood, and turtle shell along the banks of the Brazos River, TX. Attached a few pictures and I have it at my desk currently so would be happy to take more/or better shots. Portion had broken off (that's why he gave it to me yay!) which I might try and reattach. I've seen some similar on the site, but
  8. Mammal tooth

    I think this is a premolar. I’m thinking camel, but maybe bison?
  9. Mammal tooth for ID

    Is this molar found in Peace River gravel matrix from a raccoon? After looking at a lot of pictures, it looks like a lower tooth, an m-2. Is this correct? @Harry Pristis Thanks for looking.
  10. Teeth and more

    Dear TFF Members, these are the fossils I found during my last fossil hunt - I need help with ID No. 1 Skull and vert of? No. 2 A part of jaw with 1 tooth No. 3 Teeth of?
  11. Teeth from Niger

    Dear TFF Members, I have recently purchased these two teeth - the seller said they come from Niger, Tenere, which probably makes them Pleistocene stuff, however which animal they belonged to, no idea. Please help :)) No. 1 No. 2
  12. In the past couple of months, I'd been to lavernock quite a few times looking for fossils. Usually each session would produce some nice assorted bits of bone and ammonite fragments, nothing too out of the ordinary. But lately, I've began finding quite a few bits of pleistocene bone there. I checked online but nothing really came up regarding pleistocene bones and etc, in Lavernock. I looked online and something came up which said that the bristol channel used to be a glacier? Which got me thinking that there's probably a pleistocene deposit at the bottom of the bristol channel which slowly washes bones ashore as I've only really found the bones on a very, very low tide. But I honestly don't know. Does anyone have any idea as to why I'm finding these bones at Lavernock? Here they are if you're interested: P1 and P2 are various bones, not sure about identification. P3 is a Bison tooth next to a deer tooth. Thanks!
  13. ID Smooth Florida Fossil

    I am sharing this very unusual fossil from Inland Venice, FL. I recovered this item from 3 feet below surface in gray clay. It is 25 mm high, 16 mm wide, and 5 mm thick. Fossil is perfectly smooth. This type of fossil is an outlier. I would believe it if it was in a rock tumbler for a long time. I'm very sure that didn't happen. Curious to see if anyone has recovered this type of item before.
  14. Unknown Florida Tooth

    Found this specimen yesterday in inland Venice, Florida. This is the first time I have ever seen this fossil tooth. Pleistocene material (clay and shells are abundant 3 feet below surface. Other finds in this 'field' have been meg teeth, sloth vert, dugong ribs, whale vert. I saw a possible example from Morocco online. Tooth is glossy and has circular bands. Fossil is 20 mm high and 15 mm in diameter. Thank you in advance for your assistance. I will post another oddity found today. Regards, Michael DEPRESSION IN TOP OF TOOTH Raised ridge from top to bottom. It is visible on left & right BOTTOM VIEW: 15mm diameter, slightly depressed in center.
  15. Ice Age & erratics in Lathum

    Hey guys! This hunt was on more than a month ago, on the 18th of July, but I haven't had time to make a trip report till today. Better late than never! In late June I invited my good friend Tijn ( @Hunter0811) to come hunt with me at the Zandmotor, and then come to my place to see my whole collection, and we had a great time talking about all things fossil-related. That evening he told me about a new location he had discovered near his house in the east of the Netherlands which also had Ice Age mammal bones, and so we made plans to meet up again soon, but this time over there, so that we could check this new place out together. He picked me up at the train station and we biked to the place. The weather was nice, although maybe just a bit too warm, but sunny and good for fossil hunting. We had to cross a small field with cows to get to the place after parking our bikes, and they were curious to see what we were doing so they approached us to say hi. The site is near a village called Lathum. It's quite literally a big pile of rocks: gravel with lots of erratic stones, all dredged from the bottom of a nearby pond. The hunting there consists of just looking in between the stones.
  16. Any idea what this is?

    This fossil was found in pleistocene deposits in florida, and i’m thinking based on size that it’s either bison or horse, it is around 8.5 inches
  17. Paramylodon claw, which one?

    Hello dear forum members, Here I have a damaged sloth ungual supposedly from Paramylodon (see description in the last pic) Is it possible (for some of you) to determine which finger or toe it belonged to? That would be great. Thanks J
  18. Unknown Florida leg bone

    Found this bone in clay matrix, East Venice, FL. Length 45mm. Width, 22mm. Appears to be leg bone. This came out of a pile where I have: mammoth, mastodon, equus, Sloth material.
  19. Florida Mammal Bone ID Vertebra

    Recovered a reddish brown, dense, solid fossil yesterday. Flat spot 40mm x 40mm. Widest part is 75mm x 45mm, x 55mm high. Found in Pleistocene material. I'm guessing it is part of a vertebrae/spinal column. Looked for comparative pics in galleries... was unsuccessful. Thank you in advance for ID assistance. Regards, Michael 40mm x 40mm squared area
  20. McFaddin Beach: Turtle, bone? Or ?

    Hi everyone! We made a trip to McFaddin Beach a few months ago (mishmash of Pliestocene materials wash up), and found these two items, which _at first_ we thought were 1. A bone (left) and 2. a turtle scute (right), all photos. BUT - the item on the left, the bone, has kind of a nice finish, with small bubbles, on the inside (lower left photo). ?? And the item on the right, the scute, has a very interesting texture on the two flat faces. Could it still be turtle? Or could it be something else? Your input appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  21. Happisburgh and East Runton

    Hi, not too long ago I went to East Runton and Happisburgh in the hopes of finding some fossils, whilst the best time to go is winter, I was happy going in Summer. Apparently, fragmentary Mammoth molars are found commonly at Happisburgh during winter months. I found possibly two bits of mammal bones, possible fossils shells (one was in the clay cliff) and an orange belemnite. Is it possible to identify the bits of bone, or are they too small? Possible fossil shells Possible bits of bone. The top bit split when I picked it up, unfortunately the split bit then split, so that's just drying now after being glued. Orange belemnite
  22. Florida Fossil Tooth ID

    Found a new type of fossil from my dig site. East Venice, FL. Pleistocene material in area. Fossil is 26 mm long and 13 mm in diameter. Appears to have enamel on outside. Fossil ID appreciated. Regards, Michael
  23. Ice Age fossils

    The other day I decided to switch from the usual Paleozoic and look for Pleistocene fossils in the city of Chicago. Because of the pandemic, the streets were barren, so driving around was very easy. Here is Michigan Ave & Wacker Drive, a normally bustling, congested intersection.. empty and quiet. I wasn't expecting to find anything and have a nice drive. There were a couple areas I was interested in exploring, the first looked promising but revealed only glacial till/sand/clay. The second area I was surprised upon close inspection to find tiny fossil mollusks in the unearthed lacustrine glacial deposit. No saber toothed cats or mastodon teeth, of course, but still a nice surprise. I collected as many as could find in the small exposure. This would be Wisconsin Episode, Equality Formation, Dolton Member. I'm not sure what phase of glaciation Lake Michigan was at around this time, but from what I can glean from reports, this would be between 8,000- 26,000 BP, I believe. Amnicola sp. Pisidium sp. ? ? Group shot. The only literature I can find regarding Pleistocene mollusks deals with NW and central Illinois. Also had some fun with the sand under cross polarized light. The sand grains look more angular and jagged than local beach samples. After collecting the mollusks, I made my way up to Juneway beach on the far north side . It is a beach that has recently been completely engulfed by Lake Michigan and the city had to dump Silurian dolomite to thwart erosion. It is a modern "lost beach." Thanks for reading!
  24. Tusk Stabilization

    This is a tusk I recovered from a river sand bar in Iowa 24 hours ago. The tusk was in somewhat damp sand. It started to degrade right away once it was unearthed. I wrapped the tusk in a towel but it did dry out a bit. I got it home about 5 hours later and re-wrapped it in damp towels. I am writing this post to spell out my plan based only on reading some other posts but not based on any experience. I would appreciate any advise. What am I missing or doing wrong? -Add many zip ties to hold tusk together. Leave crusted-on sand for now. -Wrap with damp towels and wrap that with plastic trash bags, NOT completely airtight. -Store in dry basement for several months to gradually dry out. -After drying period, carefully clean and "baste" with paraloid b-72 50:1 -Use more concentrated paraloid b-72 to glue loose parts. Lots of small crumbled pieces to deal with somehow. -Cure for several days and then fill voids with PaleoSculp (or equal) a little bit at a time. -Sand and buff -Make a stand and show off! Thank you for looking!
  25. Unknown Humerus

    I found this distal end of a mammalian humerus several weeks ago on the Brazos River southwest of Houston. After hours of searching, it doesn't seem to exactly match any of the common suspects: deer, camel, horse, or bison. Deer or camel is more likely than horse or bison, as the bone is relatively slender and the end of it isn't as bulky as either of those animals. It is possible that I have incorrectly ruled out deer and camels as the trochlea and capitulum on the end are very worn down. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm more than willing to hear them. Thanks!
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