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  1. Florida Fossils

    I found some fossils this weekend that I found on a creek along the Peace River. There were three bones that I needed help identifying. The first appears to be a toe bone. I was kinda thinking horse, but it may be too small. The second is a jaw bone. I believe it may be a racoon, but not sure. The third item looks like a claw. My guess is a giant tortoise spur, as I'm not sure what else looks like it. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Tooth ID (Alligator?)

    Hello! I was sifting for shark teeth this past weekend at Sarasota beach in Florida and came across this thing. It's 3/4 of an inch long and 1/4 inch wide. I was researching fossils found in Florida and it looks a bit like an alligator tooth, but I'm not sure. I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!
  3. Fossils on FL beach

    Two days ago, I found this fossil on the beach off of southwest Florida. Can anyone help me to ID it? Initially I thought it was a shark tooth. There are a lot of small shark teeth fossils (less than an inch heigh) on this beach. After further inspection, I am wondering if it is a fossil of a broken bone. It's about an inch. Newbie here. Any guesses? Thanks very much! I appreciate your help.
  4. This winter has been very wet and opportunities to hunt the rivers have been limited. All of them have been running high ever since that major rain even back in December of 2018. Yesterday the USGS Zolfo gauge had dropped down to 6.1 feet, which is the lowest it's been in a long time. So, off we went to try our luck. We put in at Payne's Creek State Park and paddled upstream past the bridge and outside the park boundaries. We then paddled up to the area around the so-called "waterfall". The river was a bit higher and faster than we had anticipated, and some huffing was required to get through the shallow runs where the current really picks up. The last time I had seen this stretch of river was back in November of last year before two separate flood-stage events followed afterwards. There were some trees down, but nothing that required portaging.... until we reached the first major outcrop. It was not fully exposed due to the high water, so it made a single "speed bump" rapid that is split around an ad-hoc island, with a creek running off to one side. There is no way to paddled over/through this rapid against the current, so the best course of action is to paddle to the right and go up a narrow channel between the island and creek. One can easily paddle in, push up on the rock slab, and get out to drag one's kayak or canoe past this section of rapids - there is clear easy paddling on the other side for a good distance until the next set of rapids which is often referred to by locals as "the waterfall". Note, when the water is this high, the waterfall is not exposed and it's just a tricky section of the river that requires portaging. When the water is about a foot lower, it makes a nice waterfall effect, but that effect was not present yesterday. We spent a few hours having a picnic and hunting this area. There was some decent gravel trapped in the limestone depressions and that yielded small teeth and other oddballs. I did find one nice tapir tooth with root, but it must have fallen out of my bag back into the river - I was disappointed to find it missing when we got back home. Overall, the day was not a complete bust for fossils, but we didn't find any meg teeth, mammoth, or anything else sexy or interesting. We just found the usual suspects - scutes, small teeth, dugong ribs, antler bits, etc. The weather was beautiful - sunny with a nice gentle breeze and the temperature was perfect for paddling. We saw a lot of birds, but not many gators - just a couple of babies sunning themselves with mama nowhere to be seen. I'm glad we went before more rains come and make it too high and fast for casual paddling. More rain is in the forecast, so this might have been our last chance for a few weeks. (*fingers crossed that the rain gods are kind to us*) I shot a brief video of the spot. Note, if this spot is familiar to you, take note of the big jumble of fallen trees at the top of the frame when I pan through the rapids (far side) - that side of the rapids used to be clear and deeper - boats could bypass the rapids on that side. Not any longer. Two large palm trees must have fallen during the last flood and now there is a big gatory mass of trees and driftwood blocking the channel. Until another flood washes that obstruction away, larger boats won't be able to pass here (canoes and kayaks only) - as recently as November 2018, bass boats could pass through here. Video link -
  5. Weird skull. Catfish?

    Finally made it out to the Peace River yesterday - the river is still a little high at most spots, but this winter has been too rainy to be picky about the gauge height. We found some small teeth and the usual minor things - broken mammoth tooth plates, antler, scutes, dugong rib, etc. We did find one oddball thing that I am fairly certain is a catfish skull. At first glance, laying in place, it looked like a snake skull, but on closer examination it appears to be a fish. I did some Google searches, but most of the catfish skulls I saw looked a bit different than this. Gar maybe? Eel? or ?
  6. Pliocene bone from Florida

    I have found a lot of fossils at a land site in Southwest Florida recently and have been trying to ID them all. After finding a section of gomphothere and rhino tooth I think they are all from the early pliocene. This bone has been driving me crazy though. Its 2 inches long and an inch wide, and any help would really be appreciated.
  7. Florida humerus

    I found this today. Not sure exactly what it is from. It is 6" in length.
  8. Found this amongst some rocks and Agatized Coral at Dunedin Causeway in FL. Can anyone confirm that it's actually a fossil? And not just a modern cement mixer or something?! Pretty sure it is a fossil! Thanks
  9. Vertebra?

    I found this fossil, that I think is a vertebra, though I am not sure it is. I was thinking dugong bone, but if anyone has suggestions they’d be much appreciated. Thanks!
  10. Good Florida hunt

    So today I was going to try to get in the Peace for a bit. I know where some gravel beds are that you can get in when the water isn't quite as low as you want. I messed around for about an hour but then it just wasnt paying off. One good hemi and everything else was just jar teeth. So I packed up and headed to my old stand by spot. Did pretty good but also put in a lot of hours. *In the pic the top is a section of mammoth tooth it is hard to tell looking at the pic now.
  11. Bone?

    Does anyone know what this? I found it in a Coastal environment, and I am not sure if it’s bone? It feels kind’ve heavy.
  12. Fossilized Osteoderm?

    Hey can anyone help me identify this fossil? I think it might be from a turtle or alligator. Thanks for the help
  13. I wanted to share some pictures from a recent trip to SW Florida. I grew up in FL but I didn’t do any fossil hunting until I moved to CA and found Shark Tooth Hill. I was really excited to get out and find some Florida fossils. Unfortunately, the Peace River was too high to hunt so we have to explore some smaller rivers that weren’t too flooded. That worked out for me because we found some great fossils! Some members of the forum were nice enough to show me around. I sent out a box of STH finds to my FL friends to get some fossil goodwill going. I think some of them were posted for ID in another thread. I really enjoyed what to me was easy digging in the Florida creeks, it was kind of hot out for February but the weather was great for being in the water. I was really surprised about the diversity of fossils found, at one point on the bank we found an area that had both land and marine fossils in the same layer. You could walk around and just pick cool stuff up. That is where I found the Giant Armadillo jaw section that won the fossil of the month. It was a nice contrast to STH where you tend to find the same type of fossils over and over. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
  14. Caspersen Beach Fossils

    Hey there, A friend of mine recently came back from Caspersen Beach in Florida with a handful of shark teeth and random chunks of bone found along the beach. Having never been to the area myself, it’s my understanding that fossils wash ashore that are Miocene and Pliocene in age. I was able to ID a number of her finds, but there are these two similar looking chunks that I’m hung up on. They almost look like worn horse teeth. Can anyone ID these beyond the chunks that they are? Thanks as always!
  15. Running of the Bulls.

    Hello to all my fossil friends! In the early hours of the morning, my family and I returned to the Arctic of the north, from a weeks vacation in sunny Florida. We had a great time at Disney and Universal Studios. But the highlight of the trip, for me, was a Fossilhunt at Cookie Cutter Creek with @digit (Ken) and his wife, Tammy. This trip was planned since the fall when I had asked Ken if he would be willing to meet up with me for a hunt. Originally I was wanting to hunt the Peace River. A couple weeks ago Ken told me that the water levels of the Peace were too high and we discussed other possible options he mentioned Cookie Cutter Creek as a possibility and I was all for it. I would like to take this time to mention that Ken was constantly giving me updates on the weather and water levels of various waterways and also tons of information about what to bring and what to expect while there. He really put a lot of time into this for which I am extremely grateful. At one point he brought @Shellseeker (Jack) into the conversation to ask if he could help out with any sites that were not flooded. Jack did a few scouting trips on the Peace but could not find a site which was doable. We were hoping that maybe he would meet up with us at CCC, but he could not make it. I would like to say Thank-you for reporting back with us the conditions. Also Ken got the OK, from @jcbshark to access this site so a big Thank-you to you sir as I had such a great time there. The trip was planned for Monday, March 4. I got up at 3:30am and left the resort by 4 i had about a 2 hour drive in which it was pouring rain and lightning. I was afraid that the hunt might be canceled but the rain and lighting stopped after about an hour into the drive. We met up at McDonalds for a bite to eat and then i piled my stuff into Ken car and he drove us to the site. Before we left, Tammy gave me a big bag of homemade Chocolate Walnut cookies. They were delicious. I ate a couple every day for breakfast for the remainder of my vacation. When we got almost to the site we were greeted by a couple deer. I always enjoy wildlife so it was a good way to start the day. A couple minutes after that, we were at the site. For anyone that doesn't already know, this creek is named as such, as it is the only place in Florida, known to produce the teeth of the Cookie Cutter Shark. To find these you must collect and search through the micro matrix. Ken had planned out a system that would benefit us both. He had brought 3 sisters. 2 of them had1/4 inch mesh the other 1/2 inch. In the 1/2 he put in a piece of window screen. He then would put the 1/4 on top, fill it with gravel, shake it so the smaller stuff fell through to the window screen. He then handed me the top sifter to look for the bigger stuff as he continued to rinse the micro matrix in the window screen and then dump it into the bucket. Then he would take the other unused sifter and put that one on top. As I got done searching through one we kept swapping sifters back and forth. It was a very efficient way for both of us to get what we wanted. Ken was interested solely in the micro matrix and I was more interested in the bigger stuff. One of the first things of interest when we entered the creek was a shell layer visible a short way upstream from the access point. There were so many shells jam packed onto the side of the banks. I was going to take a pic of this but forgot. It was very impressive. But I did grab some of these shells so I have pics of what I took. It was just a bit further from this were we spent most of our time searching the gravel. More to come...............
  16. Fossil fest tampa

    Anyone going to go tomorrow?
  17. Hey TFF Members! Here's something a little different! Cris and I wanted to change the pace a bit, so we decided to try our hand at finding fossil sea grass here in Florida! We read some old geologic publications from the 1960's with information about where to find this fossil sea grass. Not only are plant fossils very rare from Florida, but these particular fossils are in the oldest exposed formation here in Florida! The middle Eocene Avon Park Formation. We had an awesome time searching for this stuff, and finding it! They might not be the "coolest" looking fossils, but holding some of the oldest fossils that can be found in Florida is such a cool feeling! Hope you can check out the video of our adventure when you get a chance!
  18. Hello I am setting a 4 day trip to Florida with my son to find Shark Teeth and bone mid March. He is a teenager and experienced; we did a Summer trip to Summerville, SC. We hear rains have Florida rivers and streams fairly high right now? We have never hunted for fossils in Florida; but are looking to areas along the Peace River and researched Arcadia may be a good central location? We are thinking of doing: * Day 1 - Excursion with a guide (allows us to familiarize us with the area; dos and don'ts) * Day 2 - Hit Peace River (I have some general ideas of locations, but could use help) * Day 3 - Try some adjacent Rivers (I have some general ideas of locations, but could use help) * Day 4 - Either repeat above if we have success, or try Casperson beach in Venice Any insights/guidance would be fantastic. Thank you! Ken
  19. Lutra canadensis. Rare river otter mandible (lower jaw bones) from the Pleistocene of Taylor county, North Florida. Riker case included. Please don't ask what I want for it. I like all kinds of fossils just make an offer.
  20. Coprolite? Jacksonville, Florida

    Found this along with dozens of other fossils while hunting in Jacksonville. Hard as a rock and has that indistinguishable feces look. Let me know what you guys think!
  21. Hey TFF Members! Here's the second video of 2 days of fossil hunting that Cris and I did when it was a high of around 85/86 both days.... in February?! Florida is strange, but I love this so much compared to the weather where I was born up in Michigan. It's nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors comfortably all year! This was an extremely fun trip, other than the fact CRIS FOUND ALL THE GOOD MEGALODON TEETH! Hahaha. I still found some cool stuff, so I guess it's okay Hope you all can watch it when you get a chance!
  22. I'm interested in collecting in the Peace River and my kids are finally old enough. I've been lurking around the forums for a little bit and I've seen a few do's and don'ts, are there rules somewhere? For instance I have read you can't use a 2 handed shovel but seen numerous pictures with normal spade shovels in them. Digging/ looking for fossils in the bank? Collecting on state land(I thought the river bed up to the high water was OK) I'm looking for a little guidance, I don't want to run into any trouble or afoul of any laws. Any tips for a newbie are also appreciated.
  23. Florida jaw ID

    Hi all, I found this jaw section with the help of a friend on a trip to SW Florida last week. It was found on the bank of the creek with other land and marine fossils. Any ideas on what it came from? Thanks Jesse
  24. Gainesville finds

    Nice variety of finds from my Gainesville trip to Hogtown creek over the weekend.
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