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Found 14 results

  1. Unidentified molar

    Hi, I was wondering if you could identify this for me and if it’s a fossil? found on the Peace River.
  2. Tooth maybe?

    Hello, I have two items I will be attaching photos of, what I believe are teeth. ( uneducated Guess) It only let me upload 2 pictures. I’ll try to pu the others in the comments maybe?
  3. I got out for a very short fossil hunting trip for Pleistocene fossils a couple days ago and recorded the hunt. I labeled everything I found as I found it to help others know what is being found, and went over what everything was at the end. Check it out if you get time:
  4. By the title your probably skeptical about me actually finding a fossil in my backyard of course I didn't actually find a real fossil in my backyard as that would be quite fictional. I thought I would say that before beginning the fossil ID help... Because in reality I found 2 fossils in my backyard not one!!! In the lot beside my house is dense forest I live in Florida with very invertebrate rich soil in fact almost all soil in my area (suburbs near Indian river) contains hundreds of small shells Pleistocene to recent. However last year when I was looking for modern animal bones I was very surprised to see a white shard sticking up from the ground I tried the porous test with my finger but it was not positive so I concluded it was most likely not bone as most Pleistocene epoch fossils are much more reactive to the test than older fossils and since in my area there are only Pleistocene to recent fossils I assumed it was an invertebrate so I started to excavate the area. To my surprise I found a very large conch-like shell I actually had to cut the roots of a nearby tree as the roots were going through the shell. I later came back and found yet another specimen. It's quite the story to find literal fossils in your backyard but anyways here are the two specimens i'm curious to see your opinion on them please feel free to ask for different pictures and or questions. Thanks in advance, -RJD Yellow>First Specimen Orange>Second Specimen Blue>Modern Invertebrate IF YOU ARE TRYING TO ANSWER ID USE COLOR CODES PLEASE AND THANK YOU,
  5. Help With a Whale Fossil

    I don't know much about whale fossils . . . Can I get some help? This appears to be an auditory bulla which seems unlike the larger specimens from baleen whales. I think it may be a damaged bulla from Pomatodelphis. Any thoughts? In the one view, I've marked with a yellow ''x" two pholadid clam borings so that they don't distract. That same view seems to show an area of shear which represents a missing process.
  6. Was wondering if someone could help me correctly identify this fossil. This was found on a beach in Destin, FL this summer and appears to be maybe an eel or serpent like creature, it measures ~2 5/8" long and ~1" wide and tried to picture best I could. Any help would be appreciated and can send more pictures but could only post one due to size constraints. Thank you very much for your time!
  7. Peace river molar

    Found yesterday. All I know is it's from a mammal. 2 cm wide x almost 2 cm tall
  8. Tapir Toothrow

    From the album TEETH & JAWS

    These are the left-side cheek teeth of Florida tapir, Tapirus cf. T. veroensis. The length of the tooth row is 5.19 inches (132.0 mm). Pleistocene of Dixie County, Florida (This image is best viewed by clicking on the button on the upper right of this page => "other sizes" => "large".)

    © Harry Pristis 2016

  9. camel fibula

    From the album BONES

    A lamine (llamas) camelid fibula from the Bone Valley gravels, Peace River, Hardee County, Florida.

    © Harry Pristis 2015

  10. Giant Tortoise

    From the album BONES

    (This image is best viewed by clicking on the "options" button on the upper right of this page => "view all sizes" => "large".)

    © &copyHarry Pristis 2015

  11. Eagle Ray Toothplate

    From the album TEETH & JAWS

    This is an eagle ray toothplate from the Suwannee River. Most often, these toothplates are disarticulated into single teeth. Note the wear on the occlusal surface, probably from crushing hard-shelled food items. Family MYLIOBATIDAE Subfamily MYLIOBATINAE Myliobatis sp. Late Oligocene Suwannee Limestone Suwannee County, Florida (This image is best viewed by clicking on the button on the upper right of this page => "other sizes" => "large".)

    © Harry Pristis 2015

  12. camel cervical vertebra

    From the album BONES

    This is a cervical (neck) vertebra - a C3 or C4 - from a Pleistocene camelid from Gilchrist County, Florida. The species name is uncertain, but lamine (llamas) camels were the dominant species in the Florida Pleistocene. More images at: http://www.thefossil...be/#entry599855 (This image is best viewed by clicking on the "options" button on the upper right of this page => "view all sizes" => "large".)

    © -Harry Pristis 2015

  13. dugong & manatee teeth

    From the album TEETH & JAWS

    This one is the smallest dugong tooth in my drawer; most are substantially larger. Manatee teeth are not rare among Florida fossils. Dugong teeth are not common. (This image is best viewed by clicking on the button on the upper right of this page => "other sizes" => "large".)

    © Harry Pristis 2015

  14. Tooth Cross-Section

    I've come close to putting this giant armadillo jaw into my scraps box each time I looked at it in the past. It's too good to throw out, yet it doesn't have much collector appeal. This morning it occurred to me (whence come these inspirations?) that this jaw is unique in one way: It reveals the cross-section of a tooth (second from the last tooth) in the mandible. Ho-hum you say. Well, armadillos like all xenarthrans have hypselodont teeth; they are peglike, open-rooted, and continuously growing. In cross section they don't look like horse or bison or dire wolf teeth. Lacking a branch-like or hooked root, teeth of an otherwise-preserved armadillo jaw are likely to fall out of the alveoli. It is common for a fossil jaw to be edentulous. Amadillo teeth have no enamel. They grow continuously, they had to. Without enamel, they would have worn pretty quickly. They are open-rooted; that is, the tooth pulp-cavity was not closed as in many other taxa of mammals. Think of the continuously growing incisors of rodents and lagomorphs but without the enamel. The term used to describe this condition is "hypselodonty" and is usually applied to mammal teeth. The term describes teeth that are open-rooted and ever-growing. Hypselodont teeth are found in xenarthrans, rabbits, some rodents, and a few ungulates, according to Hulbert's book. Anyone have an interesting cross-section to share with us?
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