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Found 28 results

  1. Bison tooth or cow tooth?

    I got a tooth that I found in a river or creek in central Iowa. I'm not sure exactly where I found it, just that I found it in the water. I was wondering if it is a bison tooth, but I can't tell the difference between bison and cow teeth. I found a partial bison skull with the horns in a creek I go to, so it wouldn't surprise me if it is a bison. I included a picture of the front, back, and grinding surface. Thanks for any help.
  2. Bison or Cow Bones?

    Could anyone help me identify the type of bones we found today in the Post Oak Creek? These two bones weren't found together. Thank you for any help.
  3. Bison tooth ?

    Hi to all. Today i found this tooth in the stream in the middle of the Forest. Last time when i was there,i found one huge oyster.So the question is:Is this a Bison tooth or not? The one on the right side i found on the road near the forest,it's also heavy as this one from the stream. If someone can help, it would be much appreciated
  4. Cow jaw?

    Hi guys, I think this one might be a cow but either way it's quite old based on where we found it. Just curious if anyone could give more insight, as we found some other small pieces of assorted bones / ball joints in this creek bed while metal detecting / fossil hunting. If you need more pictures, let me know. As always, I appreciate the knowledge here. PS: There are two separate jaws (obvious by # of teeth). The lighter colored one appears to be a little younger / less weathered. The darker one is basically wood composite at this point.
  5. Bison or Cow tooth?

    I am with a construction crew building a bridge in North Dakota. I found this tooth while excavating one of the proposed piers in a sand layer approximately 20 ft down from the original ground. The sand layer also has 3 inch clams around it as well. The river channel was man made in this area where the tooth was found back in the 70’s and the original river channel is about 1500 ft away. However this area we are excavating appears to be original ground. The tooth is fairly large and was found next to a vertebrae as well. I am thinking this could either be bovine or bison. Any ideas?
  6. Bovid ID?

    Ok as if the clam wasn’t enough excitement for the day, not that this is exciting I also found what I believe is a very old, but modern cow skeleton, which I believe is most likely fully articulated. I just want to confirm it is cow. I went fossil hunting yesterday, which was almost a complete and total bust for me. Rarely happens, but that was the case fossil wise. However that does not mean I didn’t find some really cool, very, very cool, want so badly kind of stuff, but I couldn’t carry them out because they were too big and heavy. Anyway, it was miserably hot. I believe I found the hardest, most difficult, poison ivy overgrown path I could possibly find into the creek. First attempt was a 25 foot drop straight down into the creek. I scouted a small section of the creek out, found lots of very cool stuff, but only a coupe of oysters and that was it fossil wise. I was hot and wanted to check out another place before dark so I looked for an easier way out. I found one I thought I could manage. Problem was I was in my flip flops. I had no traction. If I’d been in my boots I’d had no problem at that spot. I couldn’t make it so I went further up creek. The creek water was like warm bath water and offered no relief from the heat. I came to a spot in the creek where a pool of water was divided off from the sandbar. I stepped into it and too my surprise the water was cool and sooooo refreshing. I splashed it all over myself to cool down and walked on. I walked maybe 10 feet and saw this on the edge by the creek bank. It seemed to have recently fallen about 4.5 feet from the middle of the creek bank above. There was a large clump of bank to the right that had more bone in it. I have to mention that I was a few hundred yards from a cemetery so it gave me pause. I had to process it a moment and determine that these were not human bones. Wouldn’t that be horrible! The cemetery could be 100 yrs old. The creek changes course over the years and encroaches upon the cemetery and graves start washing out into the creek!! Yikes! I’m sure it must have happened somewhere once upon a time. Didn’t happen here though. Moving on. This was embedded in the bank about 4.5 feet from the portion of the creek I was standing on and about 5 feet down from the top of the bank. No way it could have been redeposited since it seems largely articulated. I’d been seeing concretions in the bank of the creek so initially I thought the ball to the right was a stone. I was taking a pic of the broken bone. Rib maybe? The ball and one above it I think are heads of femur or something. Here is the bank. You can’t really see the other bones in the bank in this pic. They are there though. Bad quality pic, but I removed some of the dirt from the bank to expose the bone. There is more bone to the right and left. Some of the bones that had fallen from bank. A vertebra Anyway, do you think it is cow or could it be bison? That’s about all the pics I have. It’s modern, but I’m curious. I am assuming the cow must have gotten stuck in the mud and died. The cool water in the creek had to be coming from an underground spring. This was maybe 10 feet from there. Maybe it made the soil very soft and contributed the the bovid’s demise. I have come across cow skeletons on numerous occasions that died in a field and are completely disarticulated from wild animals scavenging them. That didn’t happen here. It must have been mud or something.
  7. Easter Suprise

    My best hunt to date: After family events, I had some time to go hunting today (easter), the first warm time I’ve had to hunt when I actually knew what I was doing. The tide was not ideal, but not dangerous. As I walked down the beach, many where there Hunting. I correctly assumed that these were mostly normal beach goers, and I was down south alone with few fresh footprints. I walked the whole length, it took about an hour forty to the end and back. As I walked, I found a nice common thresher and I cracked a grin. I found another and that kept the smile. I then found a complete cow shark tooth and was rather chuffed, and then BANG! MEG! My first after half a year of hunting the cliffs. It’s worn and has been stress fractures, most would not hold it in high esteem but being my first I was ecstatic! This meg will always hold a special place in my heart. I said a quick prayer and continued forth not caring if I found anything else, my trip had already been made. Then I found some decent White sharks, which I have for some reason been missing. Some nice hemis hopped into my view as well. Eventually I decided it was time to go back. On the way back I noticed someone had put a block of a hard clay (actually more of a limestone I think) on a small boulder. I took a look and saw there was a chunk of bone in it! This was a little over 1.75 miles from the entrance, so someone must have picked it up, realized it wasn’t worth the trouble and left it. I’m not so easily detered. So I carried this ungainly 20 pound mass ( I’m in the tennis team so you can infer my strength) the almost two miles through the highish tide which concealed under water boulders. Perhaps stupid, but worth it. I felt pride from the strange looks I got from the beach goers, perhaps they thought I had found something important. Any way I’m going to photograph everything tomorrow but here’s what I have now, enjoy.
  8. Hello! This was my first time (3/25/2018) at Brownie's Beach in Maryland and it was a great day! I arrived at around noon and only stayed for 2 hours or so... the wind was piercing. There weren't many collectors and I found quite a few small teeth and the best of the day was what I believe is a Cosmopolitodus hastalis. I do have a few questions about some teeth I found and also the park itself. I noticed the red sign to the south (right) that mentions staying away from the cliff zones, but it's pretty ambiguous. Am I to assume you cannot go beyond the red sign or just close to the cliffs? I saw several people go down that may be guilty myself) (I may and have read trip reviews here that mention going far south. I completely understand the hazards with the cliff but there is a considerable gap between the actual cliffs and where the water breaks. I just wanted to clarify - but anyways here were my finds for the day! This is the first tooth I'm not too sure about - maybe a Whaler Shark? And here is the second - possibly just a worn Mako?: Some Cow Shark's I believe: A Snaggletooth Shark? A cool little Tiger Shark? And my favorite of the day Cosmopolitodus hastalis? I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of teeth I was able to find here as opposed to some of the other parks in the area. Thanks for all the interest and help!
  9. Need help IDing tooth found in NE Iowa!

    I found this tooth in a dry creek bed in NE Iowa. The area I found it in is unique due to the fact that even though it is surrounded by farmland, the sheer rock bluffs and rock overhangs cut by the little creek over the centuries made this area unsuitable for farming. Northeast Iowa was apparently missed by many of the ice advances during the Ice Age so the area as a whole has a much older surface geology than found anywhere else in the state. The tooth is between 1 1/16” and 1 3/16” in all measurements. It looks too old to be from a cow though I’m sure they have been in the area since first settled. The closest thing I’ve found myself online is a tooth from a prehistoric camel. Any help IDing it would be much appreciated!
  10. This was found in the northern end of the Sacramento Valley. I’m curious if it’s bison or cow. This area would be on the border of the bison range, but the area was used frequently by the Native Americans. It could be a possibility that it was imported in ancient times.
  11. It was supposed to be a beautiful day today so i got up at 5am and hit the beach. I was treated to a stellar chubutensis before the sun came up then a gorgeous sunrise it was a fantastic beach day. Plus a couple of my other recent trips. We are finally getting towards prime hunting season in maryland bring on winter.
  12. Pleistocene Vertebrae Help

    Hi all, I recently found a bunch of vertebrae on a river in NE Kansas. I have found parts from deer, cow and bison here. I do not know how to distinguish bovid vertebrae as well as some of you all do, so I need your help. I will follow up with more pics.
  13. Quaternary Teeth

    Hi all, A few months ago I was fossil hunting by the Republican River in NE Kansas when I found part of an upper jaw washed up on a sandbar. From it I got 3 teeth, and I am trying to determine weather they are bison or cow. Two of these exhibit a separate, distinct stylid. However the third, which is by far the most worn down, seems to have an integrated stylid. I've seen a few pictures of bison teeth whose stylists are not completely separate from the rest of the tooth, but I don't know if that's truly indicative of not being a bison tooth. Any help is appreciated, thanks all!
  14. Bison or cow? What do you think?

    Does this look like cow or bison? Thanks.
  15. Am I looking at Cow or Bison here?

    Would love to know if I've got cow or Bison artifacts here...
  16. Eastern NC - Bison Tooth ID Assistance

    I found this in a gravel bed at Greens Mill Run (GMR) Yesterday afternoon. I am thinking it's Bison, but would like confirmation and also assistance with which species and possible age. It's fossilized (tinks like a rock when tapped on a metal shovel) so I want to assume it's not modern but I suppose I cannot rule out the possibility of it being colonial? the range/mix of material at GMR might make this difficult - as I found it with shark teeth and whale bone much like everything else - even horse teeth.
  17. Spent the day on 2 different beaches and was rewarded with a rare excellent summertime hunt. Paper towel is from on the Bay in the morning low tide and a close up of the good stuff the bigger meg is 2 3/4 teeth on the plate are from the river on the afternoon low tide before the storms chased me off the beach with a ground shot of the river meg oh how rare it is to find megs on the river!!!
  18. So these are the pics from my last 3 hunts on the Bay the Megs seem to be hiding from the heat but other than that i killed it. First pic is last thursday second pic is last sunday third pic is from today and 4th is a closeup of the cow
  19. Bison or cow?

    Hi guys, I found these earlier today on a creek bed in NE Kansas. I think it's a somewhat old bison upper jaw ( part of it broke)...but it could be an old cow as well. There was also another interesting thing I found, in not sure what it is. I'll try upload more pics later.
  20. Buffalo/Bison/Cow jawbone with teeth?

    Found these in Sherman Texas in the lowest part of a formation at the bottom of a creek. In this same formation, we were pulling out small goblin shark teeth and ptychodus teeth. Trying to ID what exactly these are? Everything is preserved well, but the bone portion is super brittle. My first instinct was cow, but where we pulled it out of the formation gave me pause (and I looked up pictures of buffalo/bison, and it looks similar). Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  21. Set out for a two day expedition with my girlfriend down to Westmoreland SP to see what we could find. The first day was ok, finding a lot of broken teeth and some bone. The second day we cleaned house and my girlfriend found her first Meg. This excites me because hopefully this will keep her motivated to come fossil hunting with me haha. She really had a great day finding a couple beautiful makos, a meg, and a sweet upper sevengill tooth. If anyone could help me identify this chunk of bone that'd be great. Hope you enjoy the pics! Boneheadz
  22. Horn Core and "Horn"

    From the album BONES

    "Horns" (sensu lato) are what bovids have on their heads; "horn" (sensu stricto) is the outer covering or sheath of keratinized skin on bovid horns. Keratin horn does not preserve as a fossil, except perhaps in permafrost. In bovids, horn cores are living bones (that is, they are vascularized and they grow). Horn (keratin) is not vascularized, though new keratin is laid down to keep up with bone growth. Bovid horns are not shed seasonally as with cervid antlers, nor is the keratin sheath shed annually as with the antilocaprid pronghorn antelope. Bone horn cores have internal channels and buttresses, and have no distinct margin between core and bone of the skull. The keratinized skin covering of the horn core is without interior channels or buttresses. The keratin wall tapers to a feather edge and usually shows growth rings on the exterior. (This image is best viewed by clicking on the "options" button on the upper right of this page => "view all sizes" => "large".)

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  23. Cow Tooth?

    Can anybody identify this tooth and its approximate age? I'm pretty sure it's a bovine tooth. It was found about 15-20 feet into the surf off the beach at Dauphin Island, AL. I was digging shells and such out from under the sand (under about 2 feet of water) and found this (about 4 inches under the sand under the water) along with the shells I was digging up. It looks to be modern given its condition, but then I'm not sure if this could be from being buried under sand and ocean as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
  24. What Are These Teeth?

    While looking for shark teeth in a creek that flows into the Rappahannock River, I found a hole and rooting around found a big tooth with big roots (about 2" long and across). I was pretty excited until I found four more and then decided the tooth were likely from someone's old cow and had washed into this hole along with many small shark teeth. However the enamel are two of the teeth are shiny black (the two biggest have pearloid gray enamel) and I don't have any idea how long it takes for cow teeth to stain, so I figured I would ask the Experts.
  25. Just went out for a quick kayaking trip to scope out the END of the English river. River Junction to be exact, ran up on the sand due to low water levels. As I was walking over the sandbar I notcied several fossilized corals, that I'm sure of. However, I also found this tooth and it seems to have started my newly found hobby of fossil hunting. I love this site just from browsing for a few mins and I would appreciate all the help I can get on this tooth. My curiosity is driving me nuts! Bison? Cow? Horse? Sasquatch? Thanks again!
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