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  1. I have a coprolite that has me somewhat puzzled. It was found in a river in South Carolina and dates Miocene-Pliocene. I picked it up at the Tucson Gem Show because I thought it resembled some east coast coprolites with longitudinal striations/furrows/grooves that @MarcoSr posted a while back. Now that I've looked at it for a while and done a little prep work, I'm not so sure the grooves are sphincter related. There are intestinal muscle marks visible on one side, but they don't seem to match up with the grooves. The grooves were filled with sandstone/limestone. I left matrix in the deeper portions to preserve the integrity of the specimen. Across from the grooves are what look like puncture marks. My first thought was that they were clam borings. However, they do line up with the grooves in question. Now I'm wondering if these could be tooth marks as well. Under magnification, I noticed smaller tooth marks and an impression that I can't figure out. My imagination is now getting the best of me, and I'm seeing food chain activity. I'm seeing a big fish nabbing a small fish that was nabbing an invertebrate that was feasting on feces. Do you think the larger grooves and holes could be tooth marks? Does anyone have any idea what could have left the impression? The only thing I could think of is some sort of mollusk. Love your thoughts on this. @Carl
  2. Horse Ancestor Teeth

    Hi All, I've found 2 horse teeth in Hillsborough county, Florida that seem to be too small to be equus. The first one is badly damaged but I'm thinking it's a merrychippus species, the second I think is a nannippus species. Any help on identifying them would be greatly appreciated as well as any tips on better ways to ID them than staring at dozens of sketches of horse teeth.
  3. Mercenaria tridacnoides

    Extinct Quahog. Geographically wide ranging in Upper Pliocene deposits from Zone 2 Yorktown in Virginia to Tamiami in South Florida. Campbell (1994) considered this a form of M. corrugata, separated by its thicker shell.
  4. Mercenaria corrugata

    Extinct Quahog. Commonly found within Bed 10 of the Pinecrest Member.
  5. Dire Wolf Carnassial Tooth ?

    Hi There, I've been holding onto this for a year or so waiting to get it ID'd .. always suspected it was a tapir tooth partial but that was before I stumbled upon a few Dire Wolf carnassials with similar breaks. Is this possibly half of a Dire Wolf Carnassial tooth ? @Harry Pristis This was found in dredge material in Port Royal, SC. Pliocene to Pleistocene or so ... Thanks, Brett
  6. Purisima Fm id

    Need Id on Unknown piece from the purisima fm. Capitola, CA. Miocene- Pliocene. Texture looks similar to turtle/ alligator scutes to me. Thanks
  7. Gompy dig this March

    Hey all! If the weather is good I'll be digging an old site the Nebraska border in Dallas, SD. Excavation around 1917 produced fish, horse, rhinoceros, and gomphothere material. I've been out prospecting the land and found pieces of ivory, bone frags, and tortoise fragments as well. I have written permission to collect and excavate there, does any want to join for a week of digging?
  8. Good evening to all! This fossil is attributed as being a legitimate fossil fruit. According to the seller, it is of the species: Eomastixia saxonica (Pliocene - Germany). This is real?
  9. AntWerpen

    Hey im new! Im going on a trip to Antwerpen soon and my goal is to find Megalodon teeth/shark teeth. BUT i dont know where in Antwerpen i should hunt. Can you guys give me a tip or something helpfull?

    Hello everybody I found this fossil yesterday the piece I also believe to be a paleolithic sculpture containing fish /bears etc i would be very grateful if any of you guys could verify this fossil for me the fossil measures approx 8cm best regards David
  11. Hi! I am just looking for some possible good fossil hunting sites anywhere in the South Florida area, preferably near Palm Beach County. I have never fossil hunted in this part of Florida. I have heard of a few lucky people on this forum who have found mammal material (i.e. Mammoth, Mastodon, Camel, Sloth e.t.c.). I will be staying at Eau Palm Beach for the week. I am looking for sites with these mammal fossils or just shark teeth and pleistocene shells. I'd also be willing to plan a group trip if there are any other members nearby! I am willing to drive any distance from Palm Beach to a good site. I hope to hear from you soon!
  12. Publication Request

    Hello all Does anyone have access to the following PDF? Klaus, James S.; Meeder, John F.; McNeill, Donald F.; Woodhead, Jon F.; Swart, Peter K. 2017. Expanded Florida reef development during the mid-Pliocene warm period. Global and Planetary Change, Volume 152, May 2017, Pages 27-37 Mike
  13. Hi all, So, as some of you already know, my trip to Florida is coming closer and closer I am indeed really looking forward to it! Well, I have some questions about the fossils there. Firstly, for the seashells found there (bivalves and gastropods), I know that many are fossil (mainly Miocene to Pleistocene). Well, I was wondering if perhaps there were any tricks or techniques to recognize fossil ones from modern ones. For example, for the Holland coasts bivalves, the fossil ones are usually thicker, dull, white/light grey in color, and they don't let any (or very little) light shine through. Well, I was wondering if there were similar tricks for the Florida seashells to find out whether a shell is fossil or not. Please do let me know how you do it! Oh, and one other quick question: are ALL the shells NOT found on the beach fossils? I know that in the Netherlands this is not the case (you can find shells several kilometers inland that are modern; they have been brought here by floods and storms), but was wondering if this was maybe different for Florida. And lastly, a quick question about the fossiling permits. Do I need to sign up for one (I will be collecting both invertebrate and vertebrate fossils, like shark teeth and dugong bones)? If yes, is one permit enough for the family, or does everyone need to apply for one individually? And how do I get them? So, recap: What are tricks/techniques for recognizing fossil seashells from modern ones? Are all the inland seashells fossilized? Do I need fossil hunting permits? Also, if there are any special laws that you think I should be aware of let me know too. Thanks in advance for your answers! Best regards, Max PS: just realized, this is actually more suitable for the Fossil Hunts thread... @Fossildude19 or another moderator, can you please move it? Thanks
  14. Blister Pearls

    I have never found pearls before so I am posting for confirmation. I have seen modern blister pearls at rock shows. Also wondering if these are fossil or modern day. The background for these finds is my wife had oysters locally and one had what we believe is a blister pearl. She seems to have an affinity for pearls as she has found 4 pearls (not blister)--2 in mussels and 2 in oysters. A few days later while walking the beach I found the large 1 1/2 inch pearl in a piece of quahog (Mercenaria) shell. Then I found other quahogs with interior coatings that differed from the normal shell. These had small raised bumps or "pimples". Then my wife found a cockel shell that had a small cluster of pearls. i wonder if these are possible Pliocene fossil pearls rather than recent? There are Miocene/Pliocene fossils shark teeth and fish material. Are these in fact blister pearls and how do I preserve them? Thanks for looking at these.First picture is modern oyster with blister pearl. Quahog blister pearl--fossil pearl?
  15. Turritella alticostata

    A nice Turritella. Not uncommon at this site, but rarely in such good shape.
  16. Not a clue but interesting form. My first thought was a weather form ammonite fragment? Found near the Palo Duro Canyon in TX. The area in question includes the following formations. Tecovas Formation: Triassic Trujillo Formation: Triassic Ogallala Formation: Late Miocene to early Pliocene Any help or direction would be appreciated.
  17. Bostrycapulus aculeatus ponderosa

    A nice slipper shell. Not a common find, especially in good shape. Forum Member MikeR has made the following notes on this sub-species in his gallery." Cambell, in his 1994 paper listed all spiny slipper shells as one of two sub species of B. aculeata. The subspecies ponderosa is inflated and can be variable in the amount of spines as stacked individuals will remove the spines of the one below them. Being the lifestyle is different from the extant B. aculeata, sub species ponderosa could be a different species." I agree with Mike's assessment of this, this should possibly be considered it's own species.
  18. Diodora redimicula

    A very nice limpet shell. These are very fragile and are most often found broken.
  19. Strombus alatus Gastropod fossil.JPG

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Strombus alatus Gastropod fossil Caloosahatchee Formation, Sarasota, Florida, USA TIME PERIOD: Pliocene Era (5.333 million to 2.58 million years) Strombus alatus, common name the "Florida fighting conch" is a species of medium-sized warm-water sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Strombidae, the true conchs. The shell can be as large as 112 millimetres (4.4 in). Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class: Gastropoda Order: Littorinimorpha Family: Strombidae Genus: Strombus Species: alatus
  20. Chama congregata

    A very uncommon find. Especially without it crumbling in your hand upon touching.
  21. Lucinoma contracta

    An uncommon find for this site, to be double valved and in good condition. This specimen has the added feature of a bore hole from a boring clam most likely.
  22. Cyclothone pygmaea, a bioluminescent bristlemouth, is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea.
  23. A bunch of different Glycymeris

    Hi all, So, here are a bunch of fossil bittersweet clams (Glycymeris) from different locations. So far they are all labeled as "Glycymeris" (which I'm pretty sure is correct). But I would really like to put a species name on each of them. Therefore I am reaching out to you all, because hopefully you will be able to help me sort this out! 1) Glycymeris from Westerschelde, Netherlands; from the late Pliocene (2.5 million years old). I'm thinking G. radiolyrata, but I'm not sure... 2) Glycymeris from Westerschelde, Netherlands; from the late Pliocene (2.5 million years old). G. obovata maybe? Or G. variabilis???
  24. Hi all, I have been having trouble finding a good guide to use in order to ID fossil seashells (mainly gastropods and bivalves) of the Neogene-Quaternary of Western Europe (mainly Belgium/Netherlands). So, I'm turning to you guys: does anyone of you have a nice up-to-date website/online paper that I could use in order to help me ID all of my different seashells? Preferable with clear photos/drawings of the different species. Thanks in advance! Max
  25. Aporrhais scaldensis

    Shell preservation.