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Found 8 results

  1. Fish or mammal?

    Hello everyone, I'm trying to get a better idea of the things I keep picking up(looking for?) at the river. I'm also trying to temper my own misguided enthusiasm, which has a tendency to steer me into false confidence. Judging from quantity alone my guess is that four of the objects in the photo are tilly bones of some sort, and two are worn cetacean bulla(I think). I have found many more of the suspected tilly bones, they have no symmetry, they all have a connection point from which bony fibers appear to radiate. At first I thought these to be bulla but my doubts have pressed me to seek a higher authority. The two on the left I believe are worn bulla, the four on the right are examples of the unknown bony beans, and the ruler is in mm. thanks for your time.
  2. Mystery items from LC: Marine mammal?

    Here are a pair of head-scratchers that I found i at LC. The first is from the Pungo River Fm I thought was a bivalve steinkern, but it is not carbonate, which one would expect in the lime layers of the formation (that, or phosphate, and itisnt phosphate). There is still some matrix on it. So that leaves me with maybe some portion of the bulla/ear region of a marine mammal, but that's purely a guess. The second is from the Pliocene Yorktown Fm, and the material appears to be the same as that of cetacean tympanic bulla. But it doesn't look like one, or like anything Ive seen from a cetacean. Any ideas? thanks
  3. Does anyone have a decent photo or 3 of the earbones to a seal or similar pinniped?
  4. So I've been looking around at the pile in the garage, trying to get rid of some of the junk and taking some photos that I thought you all might be interested in. I think some of you may have picked on my fascination with earbones...If you dont have that fascination keep scrolling....Well, here's one partial example with multiple views that was a little more different than most but I think its a whale bulla. Its preservation is a little different and there is an extra cavity where normally you would have solid bone...just my guess anyways. Also another shot of it on the very left showing some of the other bullas and its relative difference. Maybe its something completely different. Here's a neat little blob of casts of sponge borings and I've been trying to get a real sharp close up of what I think is a bryozoan in the same matrix but its the best I can do. The unknown is really cool but I just cant capture the real coolness with my cell phone..The scaley looking fragment is approximately 6mm long.The preservation detail is remarkable given its only a fragment. I suppose I really should put this in the ID section as I was wondering if these are all same Sconsia species. S. hodgii? Not that important...Didnt realize I had 4 of them until recently. A couple of them have taller spires and I just cant decide if they are all the same or not. Here's a Chesapecten. C madisonius I think. (photos of after and before) that I put in 2-3 hrs here and there trying to clean. Was using dental picks and a brass brush to remove the sandy matrix and endless soaking. I could do more I suppose but I dont have the patience for prepping. I had ideas of separating the valves but maybe in another lifetime. It has all kinds of very small sponge boring holes and grooves that make me absolute crazy. LOL. Was hoping to find that it had attached barnacles but they were gone and I only had scars left. Those of you who have that patience to prep I applaud you! Lastly for all you barnacle and brach fans...I know there are thousands of you..I am one..LOL. So a complete brach Discinisca lugrubris around here is pretty rare. I only have a few and this is the 2nd of 2 brach/barnacle associations I have. What makes this barnacle on top of a brach extra special special was that when I recently was looking for plates/stuff inside the barnacle (which had no plates and mostly just sand) I found another brach...a tiny juvenile! Yeah! So its time for breakfast...Continued hunting success! Regards, Chris
  5. Well I was looking at Marcos cool post about coprolites and was scrounging thru some of my Manatee Cnty boxed material and didnt find any coprolites so here's several potential whale/dolphin type frags that I'm not entirely sure about and was wondering if any of you all can confirm. I'm thinking A is a root of a maybe a dolphin tooth, B is a bulla of some sort , C is a fragment of some type of fish jaw--seems like I've seen this somewhere before? D and E appear to be anterior processes/ of dolphin periotics. I added a closeup of the end view of A and a closeup of C. I also found this little guy which is fairly well preserved and has some very distinct symmetry...seems to be a tilly of some sort. Thanks for any help. Regards, Chris
  6. hominid,cetacean,adornment

    nothing needs to be added further koearbonewebtahono.pdf
  7. Was lucky enough to get some access from a nice fella about a mile and a half north of Chippokes State Park. Very nice spot and untouched. Some pretty cool finds in just a couple hours.
  8. Here are a couple of periotics (ear bones) from small, toothed whales from the Miocene-Pliocene of South Florida. I don't know more than that about them, so I'm hoping that someone here will have an identification. Such periotics are found from time to time in the Peace River, but they are not well known to collectors. And for comparison:
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