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  1. Hey all! Between an ill-timed conference, election month, the pandemic, online teaching, and a few other issues, I was way too stressed out and busy to be on here regularly since October. Also, in mid November we began digging up a small basilosaurid whale in Harleyville, SC - very likely to be the most completely known specimen of the dwarf basilosaurid Chrysocetus, and perhaps the most important basilosaurid discovery in North America of my lifetime. I did manage to write a blog post about our fieldwork, so as an apology for being AWOL and only getting back to identifying cetacean stuff a few months later, I offer this writeup as penance! It feels good to be back in the saddle again. Cheers, Bobby
  2. Peace River Oddity

    I went hunting today in my favorite place -- the Peace River. The day was gorgeous, Sunshine, 70s and I had a 5 mm wetsuit. The river is down (quickly 2-3 feet). Someone upstream closed the locks of a lake or something similar this last week. I was in an area that I had not hunted in years, but I recalled some of the landscape and tried a few of my old spots. Pretty good , but not great. Some nice Hemis, but small shark teeth were few. Found a horse ear bone, a small armadillo scute, a very small canine, but they came slowly, so I move trying lots of different locations. The last one gave me some curious finds and this was the most unusual. I kept on turning it over and over, wondering what it was.... rock, crystal?, or some sort of calcification like the Calcite clams from Rucks Pit. What happened to this odd fossil? So the 1st 4 photos kept me confused, but an old friend was exposed on photo #5. At 2.25 inches, the pattern on the shiny part is definitive. Enjoy.
  3. Whale tooth ID

    Hi, Can someone please help me with an ID on the following fossil and how old it may be? Whale tooth (Florida) 80mm long x 25mm wide
  4. A Christmas present

    My son lives in Texas. In normal years, I see him for Holidays, sports events, summer vacation. Not normal this year. I had not seen him for 14 months. He has been visiting his Mom on Florida's Atlantic coast the last 3 weeks. On Thursday, he drove to the Peace River and we went hunting in relatively deep water. I found more of the good stuff. Short Thursday night and back to hunting a different location Friday. This day , he had the lucky charm and picked up 4 !! whale teeth in 45 minutes. I could not have been more pleased. It was a grand day, cool but the sun shining. We were recalling other good times, laughing over the same old jokes from the past. This is a Christmas memory that will last. I realize how fortunate I am. Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year to all my TFF friends. Jack The Whale teeth. The 1st 3 are likely Kogiopsis Floridanus. The 4th is a tooth similar to Aulophyseter morricei (STH and Maryland), but this small tooth is not identified from Florida in any of the scientific papers I have seen. b
  5. Weird sea mammal bone

    Hi guys, I found this bone on the Bulgarian shore of the Black sea, near Balchik. In the region there have been found the remains of cetotherium sp., dolphins, seals, flamingos and others. I am wondering though what exact bone it is and of course of what. I thought that it may be a part of a fin or something like that, but I failed to find a photo of a bone like this. Any help for the identification will be very much appreciated! And happy soon to be new year!!
  6. Whale ear bone ID

    This is a Whale ear bone found in Antwerp. It's from the Miocene epoch. I don't know what species is. Can you write your opinion, please? Thank you.
  7. Shark tooth embedded in bone?

    Hi everyone, A friend found this bone with what looks like a shark tooth embedded into it while he was hunting in Bakersfield near Shark Tooth Hill. Does it look like an embedded shark tooth? and what type of shark do you think it could be from? He found several Hastalis and Planus teeth in the same layer. I really appreciate all the help the community has provided me. I learn something new every time. Thanks!
  8. Rock ...or Bulla

    Chances to get out hunting have disappeared. A lot of rain with Hurricane Theta and then some tropical storms. There is a lot of activity late in the season which means higher faster water in rivers and creeks. So I look back on recent curiosities. Hunting 10 days ago, I pick up a curious rock that seemed to have texture, broken at one end. It was white inside. At a distance of 10 feet and 2 hours digging, I found the smaller end. That might be a shovel mark, and for a second I thought I might have broken it, but 10 feet apart, no way. I really do not like breaking fossils. . Now it looks like a water worn whale bulla with a rock boring mollusk hole at one end. But what about that white inside? What is it? How did it form? A couple of more photos... So, we might say that the white was sand (silica) that filled the bulla, and underwent a "transformation". Note that in the last photo , the white seems to merge with the fossilized bone... Curiouser and curiouser... I certainly look for insight from those who have seen this previously.
  9. I am wanting to put together a complete spine of a whale. I have found many vertebrae, but unable to find a diagram of a spine. I'm starting at point A so anything could help. Even different species of whale. I'm have collected most of them from Sarasota County, Florida. Any links or suggestions would be great Thank you! Brandon
  10. Whale rib fragment or something else?

    Found this on a beach with some shark teeth and other bone fragments. Most of the bone around there is very worn and tumbled, making it impossible to ID. This piece however has some interesting features and could possibly be identifiable. I'm thinking its a piece of the top end of a whale rib? Anybody recognise this as something else, large terrestrial mammal maybe? Thanks
  11. Hi All, I could use some help identifying what looks to be a tooth? I found it on Wrightsville Beach, NC. Is it a tooth? If so, what kind? Porpoise? Whale? I have been searching with no luck so I thought I would ask the kind people on this forum. Thanks, J
  12. Aurora, NC - Squalodon?

    I have a dozen teeth from Aurora, North Carolina that I believe to be from the toothed whale Squalodon. Instead of uploading photos of that many, I'm uploading a few that are representative of the dozen and detailed photographs of three of these. For context, the first tooth here is 2.5" long and 1" wide at its thickest.
  13. I have here a 3" piece of bone, found in Calvert Cliffs, Maryland. I'm not well-versed enough with these to narrow it down further from marine mammal, and am hoping that these photographs contain some identifying features that may be useful to one more familiar with these. Can it be narrowed down any further?
  14. Dear Fossil Forum Members, My friend recently found this bone-looking piece on the beach near the St Marys formation at Calvert Cliffs. We have heard that many of the bones washing up are fragments of whale or dolphin bones. Since this piece is so big, we are thinking its some sort of whale bone. Could anyone please help verify this? Sorry there are no proper forms of measurement, for reference the piece is roughy 4.5in (11.5cm) wide and 6.5in (17cm) long. Here are some photos:
  15. A Whale with no name

    My hunting days, during South Florida's rainy season are few and far between. I wait for and really appreciate the opportunities that come my way. I was out with a friend in the sunshine today. We were finding lots of small teeth, plus sand tigers, upper/lower hemis, a few small Makos, and I even picked up a Meg. There also were a number of sting ray teeth, denticles and broken spines. Then , in the 2nd last sieve of the day, I found one of my favorites -- a whale tooth, but not just any whale. I have found a number of Kogiopsis .sp teeth and somewhat fewer Scaldicetus teeth, both of which are know to exist in Florida. This one is neither Kogiopsis or Scaldicetus... Very odd. Is that enamel on the outside with flaking horizontal bands tradition or cementum? A little bit of a "bulb" at the root end, and one of the oddest root terminations I have ever seen on something I think to be whale. Last year I was fortunate to be "gifted" a number of Aulophyseter morrice teeth from a friend who hunts Shark Tooth Hill. I added a photo of this newly found tooth, just to indicate that there are other whales with teeth this size, even though they do not match other characteristics. I had a fantastic day. I found a high quality whale tooth that very likely can not be identified. and finding one gives me hope that I will find more like it.I decided to publish photos just in case others have found similar teeth... Jack
  16. Whale Stuff

    2-3 weeks back, I was digging a hole trying to get down to the clay bottom, finding some nice sized G. cuvier and just on top of the clay, a 2 inch Mako. I also found a little bit of whale, a broken tooth, a small "cookie", and a very flat bone fragment and something that seemed like a rock, but was not.... or at least I thought not... It took me a little while. This really does feel like rock . and the clam bore hole did not help. I found something like it 3 years ago and just had to recall. k Sometimes, it is not just a rock. rIn this case , it is a petro_tympanic of a baleen whale. Here is an example from a Grey whale. So this is an ID thread. What about that flat bone?? Came out of the same hole, nothing similar, once again it feels like a rock, but.... something is saying "bone" to me... I have been wrong before. Opinions appreciated !!!!!
  17. Tooth, Tusk or Bone?

    Found in Green Mill Run creek on 8/21/2020. Unsure if it is whale tooth, some type tusk or Bone. My original assumption was Sperm Whale but some have thought maybe tusk??
  18. Whale vert?

    Hi all! Found this on a beach where late miocene fossils are often exposed or washed up. Im thinking it's a whale vertebrae, but would like the input of the forum members. Whale or something else?
  19. Hey all, I wrote up some more on our recent paper on the giant dolphin Ankylorhiza (formerly Genus Y) from the Oligocene of South Carolina - this is a bit more interesting as it covers the anatomy, adaptations, feeding ecology, and evolutionary implications of the discovery. Hope you can give it a read! https://coastalpaleo.blogspot.com/2020/08/ankylorhiza-tiedemani-giant-dolphin_9.html
  20. Fossil identification

    I found this fossil in Santa Cruz and don’t know what part of whale this is. Thank you all so much. The photos are the one I’m not so sure about.
  21. Bulla Fossil

    East Venice, FL. Pleistocene material. I believe the fossil is a bulla It measures 76 mm x 41 mm at longest points. It is on the red color side. I am attaching a bulla that is black in color for comparison which is a smaller example. Can anyone explain which animal they could have come from?
  22. Hey all, Since COVID began and I've had more free time I've been getting back to blogging, and now I'm regretting taking such a hiatus since I started here in Charleston. I've written the first of a 2 or 3 part series of semi-technical blog articles that most here should understand and appreciate on our new study on the giant dolphin Ankylorhiza tiedemani (formerly known as Genus Y). The first post is about the background to our paper, and the second one will be a bit more on the anatomy, feeding behavior, locomotion, and evolutionary implications of Ankylorhiza. Take a read here: https://coastalpaleo.blogspot.com/2020/08/ankylorhiza-tiedemani-giant-dolphin.html
  23. Whale Bone?

    This was found at the same site we recovered a possible manta ray tooth from along the coast of Southern California. It has two to three distinct layers, one very thin layer possibly 1mm thick (on the outter side, displaying some black tar-like markings), a layer about 3-4mm thick (just below that thinnest layer described above), and the last layer being 3/4 of an inch thick (this layer is very porous). Can only provide one photo as I’m limited to the size of the upload, I possibly can upload more images if possible. Looking if we can get an ID on the subject, thank you for all of your help.
  24. White Whale, probably not Moby

    I have a fossil hunting friend, who keeps very little of what he finds. Anything that has serious issues goes back to the fossil gods or into the bone garden at home. To make it into his collection, it must be exceptionally good. I am not like that... I keep almost everything... to analyze and toss later maybe, but initially keep it. He keeps very few fossils, which has its advantages. We sort of have a deal... anything he does not want (in certain categories) he saves for me.. I do what I can to repay the kindness. One of those categories is whale: He gave me this one last week It is a 4.25 inch Florida whale tooth, likely Kogiopsis. My question relates to the composition. The species seems to have no enamel, so originally this was dentine, surrounded by cementum. It is a land find from a construction site in Florida. I have similar teeth with this composition from the Bone Valley phosphate mines. To show a different Kogiopsis tooth, found in the Peace River, with a different composition: It is what I call "hard" composition... So the questions: 1) Is this composition unique to Florida? Do other TFF members who find whole/broken whale teeth (or any other fossil) have this type of composition in their fossil collections? 2) What is the composition and the process that creates it? Thanks, Just driven by curiosity. Jack
  25. Miocene whale jaw or rib?

    I posted in a trip report a few weeks ago that one of my boys found two big fragments--including the joint--of whale jaw in a cliff fall from Calvert cliffs. The assumption of jaw was based on what seemed like a good comparison to a jaw on fossilguy.com plus overall shape. But a commenter suggests that the joint is maybe not flat enough to be from a mandible and that this could really be a rib. So I'm looking for any second opinions. We would really like to get a proper ID, especially as my son wants to fill in the missing segment and make a single piece out of the two pieces for display. Because of the way they came out of the fall, although they were with each other, we aren't 100% sure of what the orientation of the two pieces ought to be with respect to one another. I have put the two pieces in a few different configurations just to show what each might look like. Having a proper ID would really help. Any whale experts, please have a look and let me know what you think.
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