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  1. Hi, just going through some rocks I brought back from Norfolk, UK, thinking quite a few may be fossils (I didn't have long so just grabbed anything I thought looked suspiciously organic by intuition) and as it turns out I think I was quite correct in a number of cases - I think I have quite a few pieces of whale and and a few little bits of mammoth tooth. Trying to confirm this to myself led to a lot of reading and learning online about the local geological formations involved and also whale anatomy, both new topics for me which I always enjoy delving into - part of the enjoyment of fossil hunting for me - I'm less of someone looking for beautiful specimens for display (though I'm not going to turn those down!) and more someone who loves the detective work of trying to identify obscure parts and recreate some aspect of the vanished world before us from its traces. And searching through whale anatomy and what these weird chunks could be I came across a picture of a whale periotic and realised that the weird little pot structure I had was almost definitely one of these, which if I am correct is good because I believe they are one part of a fragmented whale anatomy that is quite diagnostic. Also I then realised that a strangely hooked piece I found right next to it could well be the tympanic! The preservation here is unusual because many theorise that these kind of whale fossils were first laid down in sandstone in the Miocene when Norfolk was covered with a shallow warm sea, and then later in the Pliocene and early Pleistocene when temperatures dropped sea levels dropped too and the area became land (part of the reason the geology of this area is interesting is the constant transgression and regression of the sea over a few million years), these Miocene rocks were eroded away and the harder fossils reworked into new estuarine or nearshore sediments of this era, often but not always with a layer of hard iron-rich concretion coating them which helped protect them (I guess one question would be, is there anyway of easily removing this hard concretion layer?) So if I am right, these are bones from Miocene whales (many showing signs of shark damage), reburied in the Pliocene / Early Pleistocene and then finally eroded out again in the modern day - quite a journey! Anyway, enough background, for starters I'd love to see what people think about this periotic / tympanic. Am I right? Here's a summary of my findings (note I used a pic of dolphin periotic someone posted here for comparison so I hope that isn't too cheeky)
  2. What vertebra is this? Whale?

    Can anyone identify this vert for me? I’m guessing some type of whale, but that’s as much as I can even guess. It was found in Black Beard creek in Liberty county, Georgia
  3. Hello! I actually found both of these Miocene fossils years ago at Brownies Beach (Calvert Cliffs Maryland, USA). When I found the tooth, I thought it to be a worn, unidentifiable rooted Cetacean tooth (so I never researched it) but saw a fossil hunting trip report this morning where a similar fossil was identified as a sperm whale tooth so I'm hoping this might be the same case. As per the other one; it looks a little different from the normal mammal bones i find here so I figured I would post this one too. As always, all help is greatly appreciated! -Frank
  4. Sperm whale tooth...cool find

    Hey guys, found something totally cool this weekend looking for teeth and bone in Virginia. This long thing that looked like a claw. First thought was dinosaur raptor lol!!! But I know that's not it. Anyhow a buddie here said it's a sperm whale tooth. Pics below. Also found alot of bone(whale), teeth, verts, half a small Meg, mako tooth, and a pair of fossil sunglasses someone lost! Good luck everyone.
  5. Found in North Alabama - not sure what it is

    I was out yard saleing and cam across an eccentric fellow who had this on one of his tables. n opinionIt looked pretty cool so I bought it. I asked for an opinion from a friend and he thinks it is a whale vertebrae . I have absolutely no idea what do you guys think? Thanks in advance for the opinions
  6. Thoughts? Found in Va Creek today

    Thoughts? Found this heavy bone in the creek today. We have found whale bones there before. Also found what I believe is part of a vertebra along with some huge Chesapecten.
  7. Strange whale or dolphin tooth

    This tooth has me stumped. I'd love to have your thoughts. Is it from a ziphiid? Something else? Any chance it isn't cetacean? It was found in the Eastover Formation in eastern Virginia.
  8. Agatized Bone Oregon coast

    Any Ideas on this?
  9. First Thought is Whale Rib Parts

    I guess my first thoughts are whale bones. I have found some vertebra and a phalanx down the creek last week. These were buried in the creek wall and I believe in the Yorktown Formation. They are very heavy and have a solid “ring” to them when they touch. They’re on an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper for size reference!
  10. Is this a dolphin/whale tooth?

    This one is a first for me. Online sources indicate perhaps dolphin/porpoise/whale? Can anyone narrow it down? Myrtle beach find. Thank you! - Paula
  11. I found this bone today in a freshwater creek in Virginia, along with some old scallop shells. I’ll post a four pics of this bone first and then the others that I found last week that were pretty certainly identified as a small whale vertebrae and a flipper phalanx. Curious what this new one might be. Thank you!
  12. Would it be possible that these two bones would come from a similar animal? I have been told with pretty good authority the larger is a whale vertebra and am curious about the smaller, found in the same creek, 100 feet away. Also Chesapecten shells found in the same creek.
  13. Last year I discovered a baleen whale fossil along the cliffs of Calvert cliffs park. Tomorrow it will be getting excavated. However I broke my leg just before Christmas so I am looking to see if anyone can video the excavation for me as I cannot attend. I’m hoping to get a video and some good pictures I can share on here. Please feel free to message me as I’m anxious to see the excavation process. I just wish I had better luck so I could attend and assist in the excavation of what I found. Anyone willing to help is super appreciated !!! Thank you
  14. Is This A Whale Vertebra?

    This piece was found in a pleistocene deposit off the New Jersey coast and was labeled as Whale, hard to find any comparisons so I am unsure this is the case though its likely, any help on this will be appreciated. measures 3 x3 x 2 1/2 in
  15. Small Florida Whale teeth

    Last Thursday, I was hunting the Peace River watershed with a friend. When we returned to his home (close to the Peace River), he pulled out 2 small teeth. One he had found during out hunt that day and the other a couple of months back. He asked me to identify them and leverage the TFF community if possible. To me , this was obvious. While I can not explain the size and I have no idea what the species is, horizontal "banding" on a canine shaped tooth means one ID and one ID only: Whale. I underline that statement because I want to be challenged if my assumption is incorrect. In the experience of TFF members, have they ever found a tooth, other than whale, that shows this telltale banding? Here is a marine mammal tooth I found 8 years ago in Horse Creek, a tributary of the Peace River. Horizontal banding and an enamel tip!! I know better than to ask for an ID below the level of "whale" on these teeth. As far as I can tell , no one has done a scientific study in the state of Florida on fossil whale material. I was fortunate, almost exactly a year ago to host a TFF member and fossil hunter to a couple of Florida fossil hunting trips. @JBMugu found some really nice Florida fossils but he gifted me something I valued much more. STH Whale teeth See the telltale banding close to the root? Maybe these small Peace River whale teeth are in the same family as Aulophyster. Maybe not... I would love to have Bobby comment on this, but I think he is busy with his day job. Next best thing is an old Bobby comment on the same topic of Small whale teeth. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/95733-sharktooth-hill-teeth/ What I read from this is that Bobby thinks "small kogiid sperm whale" is an option!!!! Harry has a great picture_photo of Kogiopsis .sp Whale teeth, and I myself have found many at the 3-5 inch size. So, what is this thread about beyond small Florida whale teeth that can not be identified by anyone? There are numerous TFF members who hunt in Florida, hunt on the east coast of the US, find whale teeth while hunting worldwide. Please attach photos of any whale teeth under the length of 50 mm and around a diameter of 10 mm. I am trolling for whale teeth that look like these, and the names of whales like Aulophyster who had small teeth. Thanks for any contributions , Jack
  16. Yesterday, I got back from a family vacation to California. While there, I was able to spend two days digging at the Ernst Quarries. The weather was beautiful and the teeth were plentiful! Carcharodon planus hiding in the rock.
  17. Possible whale skull

    Hi Everyone I found something today that looks like a possible whale skull. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? @Boesse @Doctor Mud Thanks so much!
  18. Bands in Marine Mammal teeth

    I recently found a distressed canine in the Peace River. When possible I really want to identify all such fossil canines. The length is 1 and 1/8 inch. At the river I seemed to see (photo #1 & #2) "latitudinal banding" which means marine mammal. At home, I note that the root end turns to the side of the canine (photos #3 & #4), a characteristic that I mostly associate with porpoise. So , what is my question: Do all Dolphin/Porpoise teeth have such banding? The only reason I do not detect it on 95% of my Florida Dolphin/Porposie fossil teeth is that the banding is covered by cementum. I appreciate all responses, Jack Here is a picture of Whale tooth composition. These are Peace River or Bone Valley Whale Teeth:
  19. I braved the 30 degree Celsius heat to check out one of my local rivers, the Waipara, last weekend. I've had good luck there before with finding whale vertebrae and was lucky enough to find another one this time which makes 3 from a 1km stretch of river. I also managed to find the usual oyster shells and even a nice bit of petrified wood. Here is a video of the hunt:
  20. Possible bone?

    Hey everyone. Its been a while. Found this on the beach so I have no idea where its from. Looks pourous on the inside but totally rock. Not too heavy though. Found in Puget sound WA
  21. Cetacean bulla

    I found my first Whale bulla on a Carolina beach. I would love to know what kind of whale it is from. @Boesse
  22. Basilosaur lower frontal jaw section

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    Basilosaur(us?) frontal lower jaw seyction, from Boujdour, in Morocco. Hopefully the species can be distinguished with some more info
  23. Basilosaur frontal lower jaw section

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    Almost the entire frontal canine portion of the lower jaw of a Basilosaur. As you can see, the area where the absent front canines were, at the tip of the piece is visible, as well as where the missing last canines were situated. Although it was labeled as a Basilosaurus, I’m a little hesitant to consider that the case until I can personally corroborate the information. Apparently from Boujdour, I’m just having trouble finding information about which whales are, or are not found there, so until then I’ll leave it more open with just Basilosaur.
  24. vertebrate id help

    Good morning , Second thread of morning. I was hoping someone could help me with Id of the 2 vertebrae shown in photos below . i found items at flea market. Much help would be greater appreciated.
  25. What is this?

    Hi, I found this in the Black Sea in Sozopol, Bulgaria and I wonder what it could be. It is some kind of bone structure that contains a couple of bone-looking sticks connected to each other. At first I thought it is a fragment of a whalebone or something but maybe someone knows it better
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