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  1. Small spiky thing - Florida

    Very small, roughy one centimeter. Found near the Peace River. Apologies for bad photo quality. On a trip and can upload more when I get home. Thinking maybe part of some kind of fish jaw?
  2. Many people are familiar with the lapidary material and cabochons from Indonesia. Not as many are familiar or aware of the material from Florida. In this case the Tampa Bay Florida area. These coral fossils are from 22-26 million ago and have been silicified. (The Florida Natural History Museum's invertabrate professor is co-authoring a paper that narrows the time period). The local lapidary club is open again so thought I'd share some of my amateur pieces and the raw material I've found.
  3. Peace River Oddity

    I went hunting today in my favorite place -- the Peace River. The day was gorgeous, Sunshine, 70s and I had a 5 mm wetsuit. The river is down (quickly 2-3 feet). Someone upstream closed the locks of a lake or something similar this last week. I was in an area that I had not hunted in years, but I recalled some of the landscape and tried a few of my old spots. Pretty good , but not great. Some nice Hemis, but small shark teeth were few. Found a horse ear bone, a small armadillo scute, a very small canine, but they came slowly, so I move trying lots of different locations. The last one gave me some curious finds and this was the most unusual. I kept on turning it over and over, wondering what it was.... rock, crystal?, or some sort of calcification like the Calcite clams from Rucks Pit. What happened to this odd fossil? So the 1st 4 photos kept me confused, but an old friend was exposed on photo #5. At 2.25 inches, the pattern on the shiny part is definitive. Enjoy.
  4. Please help to identify

    I am a novice so please excuse my photos. It has nice enamel, 1” long, half of root missing
  5. Florida Beach Fossil Molar For ID

    This is a Florida beach fossil from near Fort Pierce. The cap is about 13/16 inches long. Thanks for your help.
  6. Need help with ID

    Happy New Year everyone! I found this little fossil while walking the Neptune Beach, FL. The piece is small, 15mm x 10mm x 2mm and has two lines of somewhat evenly spaced round holes/indents? that dont go completely through it. I did the best I could with the pictures and hopefully it is going to be enough to ID it. As always, thank you for your help!
  7. Whale tooth ID

    Hi, Can someone please help me with an ID on the following fossil and how old it may be? Whale tooth (Florida) 80mm long x 25mm wide
  8. Stumped on this one...

    My daughter and I have spent weeks sifting through a Paleo Pack from PaleoCris's site. Lots of amazing stuff, most pretty easy to ID, but this one has me stumped. Sorry for the coin based scale picture, I can try to add another shot with an actual ruler soon. His site details that the rubble containing this can range from the Eocene to the Pleistocene in Florida.
  9. After a trip to Venice Beach, Florida, I'm having trouble with identifying 2 fossils found onshore. The first is something I initially thought was a well worn micro shark tooth, but on closer inspection am having doubts. There is also a piece of what looks like petrified wood. Perhaps pine? Any help or resources would be appreciated. Thanks!
  10. Hi, Can someone please help me with an ID on the following fossils and how old they may be? Whale tooth (Florida) 80mm long x 25mm wide Sand Dollar (Morocco) 80mm diameter Thanks!
  11. Unknown Vertebrae Pleistocene

    I found this partial vertebrae today that is sliced almost in half. Inland Venice, FL. It was located 100 feet from where I recovered an Early Pleistocene Equus tooth this week. This vert is 61mm high and 60mm at widest diameter. The ends are very flat and smooth. There are two circular areas where there are breaks. Assistance in ID is welcomed. I’m not sure how to proceed. Images are taken at 1x. Regards -Michael
  12. A few micro shark teeth

    Hey everyone! Back in June I got a huge bag of matrix from Florida that was abundant in tiny shark teeth. I've been struggling to identify them since they are so small, but for Christmas I received a digital microscope so I took a few shots to see if you could help me identify them. I'm sorry if the shots are too blurry, I'm still learning how to use the microscope. The matrix is either Pleistocene or Miocene, I'm not sure which. The squares are 5x5 mm.
  13. Unknown Claw Fossil

    These fossils have been found within 500 yards of each other on surface soil in Venice, Florida. Other early pleistocene dated fossils in immediate area. When I found the first one, I thought it was a nail from a dog. Several others found in the last few months. I appreciate any input on these identifications. Happy New Year -Michael
  14. Venice, FL Horse Teeth ?

    Hello all. I found two different teeth this week that I think are horse. This sample was found on surface in location where I have found Meg teeth and dugong ribs, inland Venice, FL. I have attached photo showing occlusal view of cheekteeth. I cannot find a matching pattern in Dr. Hulbert's textbook or his 1988 Bulletin. I appreciate your feedback.
  15. I found this at low tide on Manasota Key, Florida. We've collected shark teeth and other small fossils here for years, but this is a mystery for us! When we first picked it up at the high water line, it was black, but dried to a lighter gray over the course of a week. I asked locals and got guesses from a tortoise shell (it seems too thick?) to a megladon tooth (the v in the center is pointing the wrong direction, I think). The pictures are FRONT - Height & Width (with ruler), BACK view (no ruler), right edge showing holes and front , left side (with ruler) showing thickness. The gray color is accurate, the brown color is not- I used a flash on those photos to show the ruler.
  16. Just came back from an afternoon at the FLMNH vertebrate paleontology warehouse sorting through bone bags from the Montbrook site. Richard Hulbert, Collection Manager, was there as well working on cataloging specimens from the trays of catalogable specimens that I'd separated from the scrappy bones last month. He came over to show me a set of 3 neural bones from the carapace of the Trachemys slider turtle that is ubiquitous at the site. I remember seeing these 3 bones (neurals 3 through 5) that run along the midline of the turtle's upper shell (carapace) when I determined they were associated and fit together. Associated bones are cataloged as a set rather than as individual bones. I recall these bones having rounded markings on them but likely was distracted with something else and didn't take the time to dig out the pits of lithified sand that filled these cavities. Richard took the time to clean out the matrix and it was quite apparent that this was one lucky turtle (depending on your point of view). You can clearly see that an alligator had managed to get this turtle into its mouth and had bit down at least twice leaving two distinct rows of tooth marks along the midline of this turtle's shell. The wounds are slightly healed and the fact that the neurals were found in close proximity within one of the grid squares and were not found digested and part of a gator coprolite means that this lucky turtle survived the attack and continued to live for some time after. Always fun when these little taphonomic clues can be interpreted to tell something of the life story of the individual. Cheers. -Ken
  17. My neighbor and I are both getting ready to make some dives off of Venice, Florida to find some shark teeth. My neighbor just moved in, and I'm only recently certified, so we were wondering if anyone could share some GPS coordinates of places to make our first dives in Venice. He already owns a boat so taking a charter seems like an unnecessary expense. Any help would be great!
  18. Englewood Florida Beach Fossil IDs

    Hello! This is my first post, so I'll try to get all the details right. I would love to get better at ID'ing the items we pick up on our trips to Englewood Florida. Here are some of the more interesting ones we have picked up over the past few days. These were found in Stump Pass and on the private beach section by our condo just adjacent. They were all either just washed up or rolling around in the waves. Some could totally be just rocks, but they looked cool to me! Item 1 (pictures 1-3) Item 2 (pictures 4-6) Item 3 (pictures 7-9) Item 4 (pictures 10-12) Item 5 (pictures 13-15) Item 6 (pictures 16-17)
  19. A Christmas present

    My son lives in Texas. In normal years, I see him for Holidays, sports events, summer vacation. Not normal this year. I had not seen him for 14 months. He has been visiting his Mom on Florida's Atlantic coast the last 3 weeks. On Thursday, he drove to the Peace River and we went hunting in relatively deep water. I found more of the good stuff. Short Thursday night and back to hunting a different location Friday. This day , he had the lucky charm and picked up 4 !! whale teeth in 45 minutes. I could not have been more pleased. It was a grand day, cool but the sun shining. We were recalling other good times, laughing over the same old jokes from the past. This is a Christmas memory that will last. I realize how fortunate I am. Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year to all my TFF friends. Jack The Whale teeth. The 1st 3 are likely Kogiopsis Floridanus. The 4th is a tooth similar to Aulophyseter morricei (STH and Maryland), but this small tooth is not identified from Florida in any of the scientific papers I have seen. b
  20. Two new species of Alligatorids were discovered this year, one in Florida, another in Texas. The one from Florida seems to bridge the extinct A. mefferdi, to the extant A. mississippiensis, sharing characteristics of both. 1. Alligator hailensis New early Pleistocene Alligator (Eusuchia: Crocodylia) from Florida bridges a gap in Alligator evolution ABSTRACT: The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is one of two species of Alligator in the modern world. It is only distantly related to the other extant species (A. sinensis), with much closer relatives known from the geologic past of North America. A disparity exists, though, in the fossil record between A. mississippiensis and its close relative, the late Miocene (?)—early Pliocene A. mefferdi. While A. mississippiensis is known from the mid-Pleistocene and later, few Alligator remains were known from the earliest Pleistocene of North America until the discovery of the Haile 7C and 7G early Pleistocene (Blancan Land Mammal Age) sites from Alachua County, Florida. The Haile alligators exhibit a suite of characters from both A. mississippiensis and A. mefferdi, displaying intermediate morphology in time. The Haile alligators are distinct from either of the aforementioned taxa, and a new species, Alligator hailensis is suggested, bridging an important gap in the evolution of the American Alligator. https://www.biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4868.1.3 Image below of Alligator hailensis is by Jeremy B. Stout. Creative Commons 4.0 (CC By.SA.4.0) 2. Bottosaurus fustidens A new species of Bottosaurus (Alligatoroidea: Caimaninae) from the Black Peaks Formation (Palaeocene) of Texas indicates an early radiation of North American caimanines ABSTRACT: Morphological and molecular data suggest a close relationship for alligators and caimans. The first fossil appearances combined with phylogenetic hypotheses suggest a divergence of the groups near the Cretaceous–Palaeogene boundary, but the early fossil record of Caimaninae is incomplete, and large gaps exist between the earliest representatives of the group. A new caimanine from lower Palaeocene (Tiffanian) deposits in the Black Peaks Formation of Brewster County, Texas is established upon two specimens of different size that bear similarities to Bottosaurus harlani from the uppermost Cretaceous and lowermost Palaeogene of New Jersey. The larger individual consists of a partial skull and lower jaw in addition to postcranial material. The smaller individual preserves a snout and posterior portions of the skull. Both specimens suggest an animal with a comparatively short, flat, broad snout. Species of Bottosaurus share diagnostic morphological character states but are differentiated in meaningful ways. Phylogenetic analysis shows that the new species is sister to B. harlani, indicates an early radiation of North American caimanines and elucidates a more complicated biogeographical history than previously hypothesized. A growing body of evidence suggests that Caimaninae may be diagnosed by ancestral characters, potentially drawing basal alligatoroids crownwards in phylogenetic trees. https://academic.oup.com/zoolinnean/article-abstract/191/1/276/5815831
  21. Sharing some interesting finds

    All about the same size,and maybe all marine. A tip or a root. See the following thread for clues... maybe A bone.
  22. I have 6 weeks of sabbatical starting in Jan. I booked pre-Covid and was due to explore SE Asia. Rather than rebooking, I decided to go fossil hunting instead, and now I am having a great time planning how to explore the fossils of Florida. I live on Amelia Island, and will dedicate some time to really scouting the local area for some sites that look like they have fossil potential (based upon Google Earth and old PDFs) because it'd be really awesome to have some more local spots to hunt. In addition, I am planning a loop around Florida, from Amelia Island to: Gainesville - teeth, UF Yankeetown - echinoids! Gardner/Peace River - megs! and maybe some mollusks Venice/Caspersen Beach - teeth, and hopefully some other fossils Caloosahatchee River - mollusks Sanibel - fossils in the causeway and Wentletrap shells on the beach (and is it possible to find wentletraps anywhere in Florida or the South? that would be the best prize of all!) I am still researching the Panhandle, the entire East Coast, and maybe Georgia/S Carolina. I am interested in all fossils but am especially interested in mollusks and echinoids. And contemporaneous shells. I would appreciate feedback on whether these places are worth visiting, and/or other suggestions of some good places to find fossils -- not specific spots (that would spoil the fun of the hunt!), but just some pointers to general areas to make this a fun and productive time. I feel incredibly fortunate to be given a sabbatical and want to make the most of it. Finally, I'd appreciate recommendations for fossil hunting tour guides who focus upon shells, echinoids, invertebrates, and plants. I was hoping to book something with Paleo Chris and Wild Kyle because of the eclectic nature of their trips, but it looks like they aren't doing guided tours any longer. Thanks in advance! Cheryl PS Hope that maybe @Shellseeker and @MikeR see this. I'm hoping you as Floridians might have pointers to some general areas since you both appear to appreciate mollusks, esp bivalves. Thank you!
  23. Today's fossil finds

    Found a bunch of knowns, and then these 2 that have some question. 1st up is a Peccary or modern pig p4 premolar, very worn. A helper from Harry on Sus Scrofa AND a photo of a Peccary p4 from PrehistoricFlorida . Which is this fossil and how differentiated ? Thanks Here is the 2nd.. Looks like a jaw. Maxilla ? Alveoli? Dolphin ? Is this my imagination? Just a rock?
  24. Florida vertebra find help

    My daughter found this vertebra on the beach today while we were looking for shark teeth (at Mikler Beach, just north of St Augustine). Any ideas on a more specific attribution? Thanks!
  25. Proboscidean Ulna

    Since the Peace River, FL has been running deep and fast for the last few weeks I decided to spend some time prepping and making a display for several proboscidean bones found in the spring. After posting the bones for id here when they were found and doing a bit of research on my own I believe what I have are pieces of an ulna from either a Mammoth or Mastodon. There is the possibility of Gomph, but Dr. Hulbert has informed me a couple of times that Gomph specimens have not yet been found in the Peace River. So first up is a photo of the four ulna sections along with the other specimens found that day. Several pieces in the pink plastic bucket were later able to be reattached to a couple of the ulna sections. I did come up with one additional ulna section on a return visit to the same spot later that week. Next is a photo of the four ulna pieces lined up for an overall idea of size. Two of these large pieces were able to be put back together after consolidation and formed the standing piece in the display. They are the two in the middle in the below photo. Finally, three photos of the completed display with rulers to get an idea of proportion. The metal ruler laying flat is 15" overall. The standing portion of the display consists of two pieces I was able to glue back together after consolidation it measures about 20". Two of the pieces laying flat had smaller pieces from the pink bucket in the first photo reattached after everything was consolidated with acetone and PVA beads. I used some scrap wood to make the tray table and post support. Some soft toy modeling clay was used to rest the base of the upright bone on. Clay was also used to form a ball over the top of the wooden support post to prevent the post from damaging the specimen. The tray table was filled with sand to lay the additional pieces on and give it a finishing touch. Looking forward to getting back to the Peace River in the coming week to see what new wonders have been uncovered by the summer rainy season!