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  1. After a trip to Venice Beach, Florida, I'm having trouble with identifying 2 fossils found onshore. The first is something I initially thought was a well worn micro shark tooth, but on closer inspection am having doubts. There is also a piece of what looks like petrified wood. Perhaps pine? Any help or resources would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Unknown Vertebrae Pleistocene

    I found this partial vertebrae today that is sliced almost in half. Inland Venice, FL. It was located 100 feet from where I recovered an Early Pleistocene Equus tooth this week. This vert is 61mm high and 60mm at widest diameter. The ends are very flat and smooth. There are two circular areas where there are breaks. Assistance in ID is welcomed. I’m not sure how to proceed. Images are taken at 1x. Regards -Michael
  3. Unknown Claw Fossil

    These fossils have been found within 500 yards of each other on surface soil in Venice, Florida. Other early pleistocene dated fossils in immediate area. When I found the first one, I thought it was a nail from a dog. Several others found in the last few months. I appreciate any input on these identifications. Happy New Year -Michael
  4. Venice, FL Horse Teeth ?

    Hello all. I found two different teeth this week that I think are horse. This sample was found on surface in location where I have found Meg teeth and dugong ribs, inland Venice, FL. I have attached photo showing occlusal view of cheekteeth. I cannot find a matching pattern in Dr. Hulbert's textbook or his 1988 Bulletin. I appreciate your feedback.
  5. My neighbor and I are both getting ready to make some dives off of Venice, Florida to find some shark teeth. My neighbor just moved in, and I'm only recently certified, so we were wondering if anyone could share some GPS coordinates of places to make our first dives in Venice. He already owns a boat so taking a charter seems like an unnecessary expense. Any help would be great!
  6. Hi all!! These were found along the Venice, FL beaches this past week (along with other items that like dozens of shark teeth, a sand dollar, lots of shells, etc). My extreme novice research says the common epochs here are Plio and Pleistocene (but spans early Miocene through Pleistocene epochs from what I have read), with the main formations being undifferentiated shellbeds, Caloosahatchee formation, Tamiami formation, and Fort Thompson Formation (although I've seen geo material reference others as well like the Peace River Formation, which I know is popular on TFF, but unsure whether it actually encompasses Venice Beach area). From reading the forums, it seems that Venice is already well known by members, so I suppose I am mostly writing out this info above you so all can correct me if I am wrong! Could anyone else identify any of these? I have a few guesses, but that is about it. Set A really interested me because of what looks like fossils within in them - maybe I am just seeing things though *I didn't put much focus on the shark teeth (this was just a group of the teeth found on 1 of the days). I am really interested to learn how to identify other items!
  7. Venice Shark Tooth ID, Please

    Hello, newbie here! My son found this on our property in Venice, Florida. Our home backs up to Alligator Creek (original headwaters for Lemon Bay). Just moved to Florida this summer, so I have other posts to make as well - hoping you all will share your knowledge so that I can get better at knowing when I see something special and, overtime, learn how to identify some of these things myself (besides basic teeth like Lemon Sharks lol. Initial guesses on this were great white, baby meg (seems too small, but the shape and characteristics seem right), dusky, or extinct mako (just trying to do my part of researching first, but I am going in circles on it). Both sides are serrated from top to bottom. Couldn't get a shot at a good angle to show that the tooth is quite thick in the middle (rises to a clear high point in the middle when looking from left to right). Thank you all in advance!! Images in order: 1. Front 2. Right 3. Left 4. Left 5. Back (sorry, didn't realize it was blurry when I took it)
  8. Rock, Fossil, or Both?

    Found this over the weekend at Caspersen Beach. Grabbed my attention immediately with the beautiful color and design. Not sure that any fossils stood out, but maybe I'm looking at it wrong or just focusing on the wrong areas.
  9. Proboscidea foot bone?

    ID help appreciated. Found diving near Venice Beach, Florida.
  10. From Myrtle, to Charleston and then from Amelia around to Venice. It was truly a blessed summer strolling the beaches with family, and sometimes by myself. Of the hundreds found, these are my favorites.
  11. Fossil Jaw FL ?

    Found this suspect item inland Venice, FL. Mostly Pleistocene material within 100 yards: sloth, megs, dugong...Lots of clay and limestone in this site. Some material not totally mineralized. When cleaning item, fiberous material revealed. Unsure if it is a fossil or not. Jaw shaped?
  12. I found this in Venice florida. I was wondering if anyone knew the species. I believe it's a scallop. Thank you.
  13. Shark teeth Hunting in Venice, Florida

    Two Venice businesses turn searching for fossils and sharks' teeth into lasting memories Earle Kimel, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Oct 12, 2020 Yours, Paul H.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. Ear Bone Possibility?

    Never seen fossil in my dig sites. Inland Venice, FL. Reddish tint. Longest length is 48mm. Width 33mm. Material from this site has Equus and Sloth fossils. I did find a "whale tooth" within 50 feet of this fossil. I have recovered other whale ear bones that did not look like this one. Thank you in advance for your ID assistance. Regards, Michael
  19. 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
  20. Shark Teeth Beaches in Venice, FL

    Hi everyone, I'm planning a trip to South Carolina and Florida in late 2020. It's a family trip that I'm incorporating some fossil hunting into. And because it's a family trip, it's going to be beaches as opposed to rivers and creeks - dad's back can't handle the terrain (no Peace River this trip). As far as fossil hunting goes, my goal is shark teeth and quality ones over a large quantity. I'd like large ones, but I'm sure we all would. I've done my research on both states and have a pretty good idea of which beaches I can hunt in South Carolina. I'm having more issues figuring Florida out. It seems to me that my best bet is Venice, and based on the guides I've read for sieve-and-shovel-type hunts that gives me three choices: the Fishing Pier complex; Caspersen Beach; and Manasota Key. I'll have 3 days in that area. I can do each of those, but if one of these is known as better than the others for shark teeth, I'd rather focus my efforts on that. I'm wondering if anyone has accounts of their experiences at any of these to give me a better idea of how I want to distribute my time. While I continue to scour the forums for member experiences at these beaches, any advice would be appreciated. Even beaches outside of the Venice area; the trip is flexible and I can change it up.
  21. Hello, I'm a newbie. I'm looking for advice on what product to place on the fossils in the boulder below. I want to stabilize them in the matrix before I do any more removal. The photo with the (5) had a great rib in it but crumbled upon getting the rock into my truck. Fossils are exposed on many sides. As I began removing matrix with my Dremel 290, more fossils were uncovered. I read many articles and posts about solution adhesives. I want to keep it simple. I found premade Paraloid B-72 Glue, and the more complicated acetone and b-72, b-76 pellets. I may try and use a filler on my rib (1) that has a crack. This has been a great COVID hobby for me. My science students will get fossil remnants from me as student of the week rewards. Suggestions welcomed.
  22. Greetings, I am a newbie with a good fossil hunting ground. I have permission to hunt on this property. My previous post regarding a Caudal Vert. didn't get much attention. I was trying to find the age because most other material is Pleistocene. I went looking for more verts in the piles. On the other side of building lot I found a large boulder that was solidified mostly of chalky limestone. Visible on 4 sides are what I suspect are duogong ribs. There are many micro fossils visible. I have been cleaning the sandy dirt away from where the fossils are. They appear to be on the brittle side. The boulder is 24" x 12" and about 150 pounds. A dental probe has allowed me to scrape away areas near the fossils but don't want to push it. I'm looking for suggestions on what you experts do with a specimen this size. Thanks to all of you for your ideas. I am a science teacher in Sarasota County. I know some of you are in my area. I would like to make contact with any local experts. Regards, Michael
  23. Cetacean Caudal Vertebrae Age?

    I extracted this vertebrae from a 10 inch long matrix that looked like concrete. East Venice, FL, Sarasota County Pleistocene material. Lot of clay found in material adjacent to this dirt pile. I think the vert looks like image on p.341 in Fossil Vertebrates of Florida. The vertebrae is 4 inches in diameter and 4 inches high. This would be the first whale vert I found here. Mostly finding meg teeth, sloth, equus, dugong. I think it may be cetacean caudal vertebrae. I am attaching pic that looks right that I found on the net. My question is What would the estimate be of age? Would it be older than Pleistocene? I did find a Bonus 5mm micro fossil tooth in the matrix. If anyone can ID the tooth, that would be super.
  24. ID Florida Vertebrate Fossil

    Hello, East Venice, FL vertebrate mystery fossil. Unique indentation in V shape. Found in Pleistocene material. Cracked by tractor. Recent material identified in same location as: Sloth, Equus, Meg teeth. I realize it is not the best specimen but the V shape on one side is unique. Thanks in advance for your suggestions/identification. I didn't see an example in the gallery or textbook. Height is 5cm
  25. ID Fossil Turtle Shell ?

    Found this cool fossil today. Measures 6 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 2 inches high. Venice, FL construction site. Located 5 feet away from a nice Meg tooth. Pleistocene material recovered within 50 yards. My first thought was small tortoise shell fully intact. Located close by was another larger size tortoise shell that was not fully fossilized. Hoping someone can confirm this is a fossilized turtle shell. Regards, Michael