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  1. I've been working a spot in the Peace the last couple of trips, that seems to have allot of potential, but it has been unrealized so far. More unidentified weird stuff than keepers and allot of broken stuff that keeps me going back. Yesterday I brought this home thinking that it looked a little wonky and hoping it was something, but haven't seen anything like it before. Here is yesterday's take. The thing in the upper right corner is one of my unknowns. It is solid and heavy like a dugong rib. The rounded end is worn and shows a darker core and a lighter outer rind. and the broken end shows the same layering. I'm picturing a small tusk like thing or a something similar, but got no clue. Thanks for the time.
  2. Many, many times people new (and old) to fossil hunting post on TFF asking for advise about where to collect. Constantly, advise to join a local fossil club is given to them. This is always a great recommendation. But what I would like to point out is to forget the word "local". My experience is that every location that I have ever vacationed at since the fossil hunting bug hit me has had a fossil club. And every time I have contacted a non local club, they are more than happy to include you in their activities/ hunts. So, yes, by all means, JOIN your local club, but also take full advantage of other clubs when venturing outside of your area. I took advantage of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club's hospitality while in Florida by attending a field trip with them. They were very gracious hosts and were willing to educate me, being a novice to their type of collecting. We were to enter the Cemex Quarry in Center Hill at 8 am. Not sure where the heck Center Hill was, I left plenty early and was the first to arrive and was greeted by this site. A nice way to start the day. Cemex was nice enough to deposit plenty of new rock for us to pick through. I believe this is Ocala limestone. Going was initially tough for most. Unfortunately, this new material was very powdery making it extremely hard to see the echinoderms lurking within. Once a rain washes the fines away, someone will find its treasures, but not for most of us. I did discover that if I split the harder "concretions" in this new material, they contained wonderful plates of scallops, but no echinoderms. My wife adores scallop collecting at the beach, so I brought her some ancient ones to add to her finds.
  3. Hello everyone! I recently won a "rolling auction" lot that was put up by @digit. Ken sent me a very heavy box that contained the fossils that I won, as well as some additional specimens. This afternoon, while my son was napping, I tried to identify the molluscs that were collected by Ken at Cookiecutter Creek in Florida. What follows are pictures of the specimens that Ken sent me, as well as my guesses regarding their identity (fyi - I searched the online image gallery of the Florida Museum/University of Florida website in order to come up with my guesses). I appreciate any input/guidance that fellow TFF members can give me - thanks in advance!!! Monica Specimens #1 and #2: Bivalves I think that the specimen on top in each picture is Phacoides pectinatus and the specimen on the bottom is Chione chipolana. Please compare with the following images from the Florida Museum: Phacoides pectinatus: Mollusca-Bivalvia Chione chipolana: Mollusca-Bivalvia
  4. My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful Florida vacation (actually a continuing education trip). I will use my next 4 posts (Florida 1,2 3, and 4) to help the Florida Division of Tourism persuade northerners/snowbirds to arrange for a vacation here. Florida 1 involves the beaches around Venice Florida. Beautiful! I had a preference for Caspersen Beach, an undeveloped stretch of beach that allows one to see Florida as it may have been before human alterations. Wildlife was plentiful, people were not. My favorite animals were the tortoises that roamed the interior of the narrow island. Most enjoyed a photo op. This one however was a bit shy! For spouses that do not have an interest in fossils this Florida beach provides great shelling or a relaxing place for some sun and a good book or just gawk at the idiots screening for sharks teeth. I was definitely not the only one! However, since this is the fossil forum, I must talk about what is available at Caspersen Beach. The interior of this barrier island is replenished with fossiliferous material, different than what washes up on the beaches. Unfortunately, collecting is NOT allowed here but the tortoises excavate new material daily for all to see and enjoy! I saw a variety of shells and some sharks teeth. I also saw where people have dug massive holes and not reclaimed the dig sites. I am sure this was a big reason for disallowing collecting. As for the beach, fossil material does wash up here and is collectable and keepable. I strongly suggest a sifting utensil to screen through the beach deposits. Walmart sells sand flea rakes for $18.00. Beach shops are more expensive A good investment to assure a pocket full of teeth goes home with you. I had made a screening device at home and packed it in my suit case. It DID significantly outperform flea rakes when the tide was low. Here I am using my home made screen. Floats did not work well with the ocean waves. However the rake worked better in higher water. A typical collection with the sand flea rake: Notice that I spread the material in the rake on the beach where the very last bit of wave can wash and spread the contents enough to allow easy pickings of the teeth. I focused my collecting to the little (1 foot) drop off at the deeper side of the shell wash. In other words, if one slowly walks out into the ocean, you will feel a shelly layer at your feet. Then a sudden small drop off occurs and you now feel a sandy bottom. This change in depth and content was my most productive layer to collect from. So when the tide is high, The log handle of the flea rake allows me to collect without submerging my body using my home made screen. And in February, the ocean is cool even for me. When screening, one never knows what might show up as evidenced here.
  5. After a day on the beach collecting small sharks teeth (Florida part 1), I was up to a more exhilarating experience. To help with this, I employed a guide and old friend from the Fossil Forum. His name is not to be mentioned. But if classified United States government leaks are OK, I should be fine mentioning his forum name begins with J and ends with ark. You can figure the rest out. There was to be four of us on this outing, Unfortunately one member of the group which I had the pleasure of hunting with before, needed to visit his ailing mother. Chris, my thoughts are with you and mom, and I hope she is doing well. Also, congratulations on the antler/ skull you found in our secret hole!! Weather was perfect and water levels low making what I thought would be a great day hunting in an interior river of Southern Florida. When we parked our vehicle after a 40 minute drive, Jeff informed us we had quite a hike into where we would be sifting. Unfortunately, it is for this reason, I have no in situ pictures of our excursion. I kept the camera in the car. Initially, Jeff placed me in a spot that he had previously found some nice material at. I think so I could resift what he had done before!!!! However, he missed one nice tooth. Hah! Kidding aside, I did abandon this site in short order as sand would cover the gravel as quickly as I had it exposed. Much labor for little love! My mind convinced me to sneak down below some deadfalls and sift closer to where Jeff was. Jackpot with regards to turtle shell. Many large pieces at 1 inch thick were collected. My hopes were that the pieces came from the same shell and I could maybe reconstruct it at home. No such luck!!! They must have been large turtles/ tortoises!
  6. Hello again! My son is currently having his nap, my daughter is watching a movie, and I'm procrastinating from marking student assignments by going through some of the Peace River, Florida fossils that @digit was nice enough to send me along with the items I won in a recent "rolling auction." I really have very little idea regarding what I have in my possession, but I'm going to post some pictures with my thoughts and I'd appreciate any feedback that can be given - thanks in advance!!! Monica Photo #1: three marine mammal bullae (middle/inner ear bones) [Note: Ken gave me a heads-up that these might be bullae - I didn't come up with that identification myself, unfortunately ] - is there any way to figure out what type of marine mammal they came from?
  7. I have gone to Gainesville a couple times and I have found small shark teeth and megalodon fragments, but I would love to find a full megalodon tooth for myself. I have 2 megalodon teeth neither one I found and they are not fully complete. I'm asking if anyone can tell me of a good spot to go to. Or maybe even if someone like to meet me somewhere in Gainesville to go hunting. Thank you
  8. Can someone help me identify this "claw looking" fossil I found yesterday at Peace River in Arcadia, Florida. Many thanks!
  9. Was on the Peace River Florida- am sorting the findings had several flat pieces I think are mostly turtle scutes-but I'm not sure about a couple, and wouldn't mind more specific information on any image 1 shows the top of 8 scutes/flat pieces except it shows the underside of specimen 3. Image two is the reverse of specimen 3 I can make higher resolution or other views as needed.
  10. I've written trip reports before about volunteering with the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) at their various dig sites in Florida. The currently (very) active site is called Montbrook for a small town that used to be in the area (but is no more). Here are a few links from FLMNH which provide some contextual information about the site: The site has yielded an impressive number of specimens and is very important scientifically as it provides the best view of Florida fauna from the late Hemphillian (Hh4) North American Land Mammal Age (NALMA) from approximately 5.5-5.0 mya. The other significant locality for this age is the Palmetto Fauna a couple hundred miles south of the Montbrook site. More info here for those interested in the stratigraphy: Here is a link to my Montbrook posting from 2016 showing the couple of times I managed to get out there--the last time with TFF members Daniel @calhounensis and John-Michael @Brown Bear: Now, enough of the links and time for a few pictures! The Montbrook site has changed quite a bit over the last year since I've been able to get out there. We had plans to return to Montbrook last October but Hurricane Matthew was an uninvited guest to Florida that week and the dig site was tarped down and the dig cancelled. Thankfully, the hurricane left my house untouched (didn't really even get rain or wind of note) and didn't mess-up the Montbrook site but we did miss an opportunity for one last trip to Montbrook in 2016. When we returned in February 2017 it took some time to get my bearings. The deeper pit to the east where several gomphothere skulls, tusks and long bones had been removed did not weather the rainy season well. This section has been backfilled with about 5 feet of sand and clay from the higher levels during the summer rain storms. For now they will concentrate digging on the main pit to the west and hope to get back to the lower "elephant" layer some time in the future--though the prep work to remove the overburden and get back to the original level will be significant. So much material has been moved from the upper western dig area that it was hard to picture exactly where we had dug nearly a year ago. I'm still not quite sure where we were in 2016 as the site has evolved greatly since our last visit. On Thursday and Friday there were mostly just a few volunteers who could make it to the site on weekdays--mainly retired folks or those with flexible schedules like us who could volunteer during the week. On Saturday there were a lot more volunteers and the dig site became a bit more crowded so you had to be aware of others digging sometimes in the grid square adjacent to yours. Here are some overall site photos I took on Saturday and you can see the line-up of cars that brought a full capacity of volunteers.
  11. Hey Gang, I've had a good couple of weeks with hunting and part of the fun was running across this creek fragment. Approx 20 mm high and 70mm X 40mm wide--seems to be robust/biscuit like and rather large. Maybe I've got 20-25% of the test. Unfortunately the slice is very acute as it cut thru the specimen and may be impossible to ID lacking many important test features but I'm wondering if any of you Peace River and creek and Bone Valley folks have run across anything similar? 2nd and 3rd photos are oriented with the opening/periproct? at the bottom of the photos. Other photo angles provided to give a sense of thickness and general shape. Any feedback/thoughts are appreciated. Thanks. Regards, Chris
  12. A friend and I went to the Peace River yesterday to enjoy the 80 degree weather and although we found little, I brought back this phalanx that looked carnivorish. It's about 1/4 inch longer and quite a bit thinner than previously identified Jaguar/Dire wolf phalanxes, so I wondered if anyone here might have a fairly confident idea of to whom it belongs. Appreciate the time.
  13. Just returned from a fabulous trip to Florida. Had the opportunity to hunt fossils for two days in two different locations, each day being productive. Will post more on this later. The item in question was found in a construction site near Venice Florida as I was going to dinner. It has me baffled. Looks like a clam stuck on top of something else. But the ventral view shows that this is all one piece. Hope an answer exists!!!
  14. Here are some pics from the last few months. Chris and I have been doing more looking than finding but between different hunts we've still managed some nice pieces Loading these right from my phone so will have to make new posts for a lot of pics. Here are a couple nice megs that I found diving Venice with Megaholic( Chuck) and his wife
  15. Found this today, 4 noticeable holes that run front to back. Thoughts, fish scull.
  16. I have found several of these over the years and always wonder what they are. Having trouble ID'ing it, so if anyone knows, please enlighten me. Thank you!
  17. This morning I had an unexpected day off from work and decided to head to Gainesville's creeks. I've done this many, many times before as I've been hunting fossils most of my life- Today I was approached by a member of City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. I had only just arrived and started to dig below the waterline as I always do; but she educated me that there is a rule within the municipal city limits of Gainesville, stating that "no designated city park should allow creek access or digging in creeks within park boundaries." This is part of a larger conservation and erosion control effort by local habitat management. I made sure to be very cooperative and polite (as you ALWAYS should be), and I left after a very pleasant conversation with her. She agreed to research the issue and find out if there are ways to get access to the creeks within park boundaries via permit etc. Meanwhile, I called the number listed on my Florida fossil hunting permit and verified that the information I had been given was correct. The only "public access" to any Gainesville creeks is from the roadside at any point where the creeks intersect the road. From there, you can access them without touching private property. You must not go on the banks on either side as that IS private property. You may wade the creek and hunt, but never within a city park or private property without permission. I am literally posting this while I sit in a parking lot reviewing maps for alternate access. In the spirit of responsible hobby-hunting, conservation of Florida's wetlands and education, I wanted to share this information with you all. Happy Hunting!
  18. I'm new to fossil hunting and I live about an hour drive to Gainesville Fl. I want to hunt there because I'm very close and I don't know much about the area and would like to know where and when to hunt for fossils. Anything would help. Thank you
  19. I found this yesterday on a Northeast Florida beach! Any ideas?
  20. I was out hunting Sunday and Monday, different spots, different finds -- Life (and the Peace River) are like a box of chocolates. Here is a photo from going back in time yesterday. Never encountered another person the whole day. I did see a gator, bass, an owl, lots of birds and fish. No fantastic finds but questions. The majority of small teeth I was finding were Tiger sharks, many of the common ones but 15-20 G. Contortus which implies miocene. I hate breaking fossils before I see them, but that is exactly what happened with one of these. At first I thought it was a fossilized wood branch but in looking closer -- a segment of dolphin jaw and very odd section at that. Instead of a longitudional groove containing the tooth sockets, this one had alternating mounds and depressions. The sockets are (I guess ) filled in... This does not seem like the normal type of dolphin jaw that I traditionally see from the Pleistocene of the Peace River, so decided to post and ask TFF members from NC, Maryland, etc to comment on jaw comparisons like I see in this link: One more picture. Looks like an edge osteoderm..relatively small. I almost tossed it... Giant Armadillo or Glyptodont? Thanks for any/all suggestions or just WAGs. Jack
  21. Any ID help from the experts appreciated here, thanks!
  22. I'm guessing horse, because wouldn't bison be thicker/bulkier?? Thanks for your help.
  23. Have half-heartedly been watching the super bowl and going thru some garage boxes simultaneously trying to put some more detailed names to some bone scraps that are from Florida that I've picked up in the past couple years. Mio/Plio-Pleistocene. 1) Seems to be the end of a long bone with half of the joint broken off...chunk is 52mm long...has a 37mm diameter for the half circular end. I'm guessing too small for a horse...maybe a llama/deer? Its pretty worn/broken but wondering if there is anything that may give a clue to its owner? 2) Has a thick stubby worn look to it but seems to flare out towards a non worn end. I suppose it could be the end of a bone but thats out of my league. Any chance its actually a pisiform? 35mm thick, 40mm wide, 50mm long 3) Seems to have different features/look/texture to it on every side. I'm not sure if I'm seeing different wear patterns or maybe its unworn and those are functional/diagnostic features? Is does to appear to have a small semi-flat ridge crescent shape on one side of it. Could this be another type of pisiform? 11mm wide along the crescent. 14mm thick, 40mm long. Think I've exhausted my guessing for the evening. Any comments/help are/is welcomed. Thanks! EDIT---looks like my experimenting with panorama continues to cause problems...for some reason they look fuzzy in the post but when you do full size they look better. I can add individual photos if any of these prove to be worthy of such scrutiny.....will hold off for now. Regards, Chris
  24. I picked up two items from Casperson Beach in Florida (along with TONS of fossilized shark teeth). There is a Pleistocene boneyard offshore, so I'm not sure if this is a bone fossil or a rock. It is much lighter than a rock this size should be, and porous. There is an indentation on one side (see larger pic in collage).
  25. Hi!!! I have this shark tooth which was found in Florida. It is triangular like a mako or a great white shark tooth. But it's too small only about 1.5 cm!!! It has no serrations or at least no signs of them ( maybe a little worn down).