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Found 26 results

  1. kinda big bone

    I almost tripped over this log today while out on the Brazos River. So my question is...Is there a way to differentiate mammoth femur from mastodon femur. I can post more pics after I clean it up a bit. Right now all I know is that it weighs 52lbs, 17 inches wide and 30 inches long. It was fun carrying up the bank and back to my car. And wondering if I would dive in after it if I swamped the kayak on the trip back.....
  2. mammal calcaneum

    Hey mammal experts! I found this calcaneum today on the Brazos River, pleistocene gravel. I'm leaning toward carnivore on this one, possibly big cat or dog? Thanks!
  3. medial phalanx

    I found this medial phalanx today. The bone in question is on the right in each picture. The bone on the left in each pic is an equus medial phalanx for comparison. I think this may be a tapir medial phalanx. I looked in Harry's gallery, but could not find a match.
  4. pleistocene toe bone?

    I found a phalanx or metapodial bone that I'm not familiar with. It's from pleistocene river gravel on the Brazos in Texas. I'm getting a sloth vibe from it, but can't find a match.
  5. Ammonite ID 2

    Here is a 2nd ammonite found right near the first one, but a few years earlier. Can anyone tell me what the crystalline component is? This is from the Edwards Formation near Rio Vista, TX. I think it's one of my favorite ammonites because of the crystalline material. I'd kind of like to bleach the crystals to clean it up, but I'm not sure if that's possible.
  6. mammal tooth?

    This one has me stumped. I'm not sure if it's a pleistocene aged tooth from something like beaver or a rodent; or maybe even something marine like a coral. The "tubes" seem to run the entire length of it. I haven't even ruled out man made. It measures 1.5 inches x 3/8in. x 5/8in. I welcome all opinions. Thanks!
  7. Clam and worm ID

    I found this clam a while back. The one side was pretty clean, but the other side and top were covered with something like mudstone. So I set about cleaning it up a little. I'm an amature wanna be so I didn't do that great of a job, but as I was cleaning off the mudstone like stuff I uncovered at least 3 other critters. I broke the fragile shell of creature # 2 attached to the top, before I realized it was another shell. I thought it was shell fragment in the mudstone. I uncovered creature # 3 a very tiny worm about 1 mm in diameter and maybe 2 cm long. I also uncovered creature # 4 a more robust worm about 6 mm in diameter. I'm not sure how long that one is, because I may have broken him in half before I realized he was there. I think it was wrapped around the clam on the top and side. There may be a 3rd worm down the side as well. I got distracted by something else and never finished cleaning it up. Anyway, can anyone tell me what type of clam this is? Can anyone tell if the worms are different species or is one just younger than the other? I don't think creature #2 is not really identifiable other than maybe a barnacle type or something. I don't know my creatures. I'm new at this.
  8. Ammonite ID

    I found this a few years ago walking through the countryside near Lake Whitney on what is now called Lake Whitney Ranch in Bosque county off of hwy or FM 56. The unique thing about this one was it was sitting at the base of a large tree in the woods. I guess the roots had pushed it up to the surface. I've got a dozen, maybe 2 dozen or more of numerous species, but I've never got an ID on any of them. This one may be hard to ID, because it has eroded away in places and has lichen growing on it.
  9. pleistocene bone id

    I found this today on the Brazos River in SE Texas. I've tried comparing to other bones on line and I'm leaning toward tapir metapodial. Any other thoughts?
  10. Brazos River, Texas - Unknown Bone

    I found this bone at the mouth of the Brazos river. It has a couple of nice teeth impact marks. Does anyone know what the bone type is? Thanks.....
  11. Brazos River, Texas - Scute?

    I dug this heavy little piece and several other nice bones out of a dark orange clay bank (modeling clay). I think that is why this piece and the other bones is well preserved? This piece is 1.75 and .25 thick, the back is concave. It weighs 16g. Is this a Chunk-o-saurus or maybe a Dermal armor with skin? Or... should I just ask, does anyone know exactly what this is? Thanks y'all....
  12. Any help would be very appreciated on this vertebra found in the Brazos River in Texas. Many thanks for looking and replying!
  13. Brazos River, Texas - Vertebra

    I found this big vertebra and several other smaller ones on the Brazos river.
  14. Brazos River, Texas - Tooth?

    I screened this piece and several others that are similar on a sand bar......
  15. I found what looks like a fish fins, turtle fins or turtle feet on the Brazos river, Texas
  16. Brazos River, Texas - teeth or claws?

    I screened these 3 pieces on a sand bar on the Brazos river during the hot and dry month of August when the river is usually always at its lowest level of the year.
  17. Brazos River, Texas - Foot/Toe Claw?

    I found this strange bone on the Brazos river. It kinda looks like some kind of foot claw to me. What do you think it is?
  18. Brazos River, Texas - Tooth

    I found this long tooth on the Brazos river. Any ideas of what it belongs too?
  19. I found this claw, toe bones and other bones and teeth on the Brazos River, Texas.
  20. Brazos River, Texas - Big Bird?

    Brazos River, Texas This "bird thing" came out of a working sand pit on the Brazos River 20 yrs ago when a drag line crossed a clay fossil vein. I dug around for a few days and found a few other small black companion bones to this "bird thing", that I can't currently find, in the same layer of Brazos orange clay. I think bird thing floated down here from someplace else just waiting for me to find it so I could post it on Fossil Forum. The pit flooded a few months later and is owned by another family today. I've searched for other bird fossils and profile examples and I've only found a few. Side note: They found a bloat and float mammoth at another Vernor sand pit in Clute Tx in 2004. The site is only a couple of miles as a crow flys from the Brazos river. They opened a restaurant and dive club in the pit.... I'm still hoping to find my bloat and float one day.....) http://m.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Skull-from-Ice-Age-mammoth-unearthed-in-Clute-1982484.php .
  21. Brazos River, Texas - Tooth

    What type of tooth is this? And your thoughts on removing some of the excess rock or matrix from the crown?
  22. mammal vert id

    I find lots of verts. Most are horse, cow, deer. Some more mineralized than others. I don't bother posting most of them. This one seems different, but I can't describe why I think it's different. Just a gut feeling. Any thoughts? Found on the Brazos River, Texas, pleistocene.
  23. Pleistocene bone

    Hello, I found this in the Brazos river. I have been unable to identify using my usual resources "google images". At first i thought it might be a metacarpal or some kind of foot bone but the end appears too flat, more like a vertebra. I am looking to see if any of y'all have any ideas. Thanks!!
  24. Once we left Waco, heading back toward Houston, my wife, my daughters and I swung through Bryan/College Station and stopped off at the Whiskey Bridge. I had never been to this location before, but based on what others have mentioned here on TFF I was very excited. I trekked down the slope toward the Brazos, leading my 5 and 9 year old daughters. With the recent flooding, the hillside was very slippery and muddy, and we had a little difficulty finding a child-safe path. We only spent about 30 or 40 minutes hunting, but we discovered some nice specimens. Here are a few... So here is a cursory attempt at identification. I believe the first specimen is Athleta petrosus. I believe the second is Cochlespiropsis engonata. The third is Pseudoliva vetusta carinata. The last is Turritella sp. If I am wrong on any of these IDs, please let me know. Climbing back out was just as difficult as climbing down. It was made more exciting by my 5 year old daughter landing face first in wet sand and mud. Fortunately, she thought it was funny. Mommy, thought it was less so...
  25. On another one of my canoe trips down Brazos, Texas a friend of mine found a bone and tossed it to me. I've been able to confirm it is a horse metacarpal 3. I've done the stone to bone test and it does "click" like a stone. I was asked if it is completely minieralized. One test that was mentioned was "scaping test". Does anyone know what this means? What would a scape test on mineralized result in? what would happen if not fully mineralized? The reason for this "true fossil test", horses were introduced back to Texas area around 500 years ago. If this is a fossil, which I do believe that it is, means that this is a fossil of a Hagerman Horse also called American Zebra which went extinct 10,000 years ago. While the largest find of Hargerman Horse was found in Idaho, there have been some found in North, Texas.
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