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  1. New member ID Request

    Hello all, new here and looking to ID a few pieces I have. Any assistance is much appreciated. All found at Caspersen/Venice, FL a few years ago. #1 #2 #3
  2. Greetings, I am a newbie with a good fossil hunting ground. I have permission to hunt on this property. My previous post regarding a Caudal Vert. didn't get much attention. I was trying to find the age because most other material is Pleistocene. I went looking for more verts in the piles. On the other side of building lot I found a large boulder that was solidified mostly of chalky limestone. Visible on 4 sides are what I suspect are duogong ribs. There are many micro fossils visible. I have been cleaning the sandy dirt away from where the fossils are. They appear to be on the brittle side. The boulder is 24" x 12" and about 150 pounds. A dental probe has allowed me to scrape away areas near the fossils but don't want to push it. I'm looking for suggestions on what you experts do with a specimen this size. Thanks to all of you for your ideas. I am a science teacher in Sarasota County. I know some of you are in my area. I would like to make contact with any local experts. Regards, Michael
  3. It's too hot to hunt in Florida

    Just what the title says - it's too darn hot to hunt in Florida. This heat is brutal with "feels like" temps in the triple digits. If anyone is out there hunting in this, please be careful. Stay hydrated and use sunscreen. Heat stroke is deadly, so don't fool around with this heat. I can't wait until late-fall and winter.
  4. Cetacean Caudal Vertebrae Age?

    I extracted this vertebrae from a 10 inch long matrix that looked like concrete. East Venice, FL, Sarasota County Pleistocene material. Lot of clay found in material adjacent to this dirt pile. I think the vert looks like image on p.341 in Fossil Vertebrates of Florida. The vertebrae is 4 inches in diameter and 4 inches high. This would be the first whale vert I found here. Mostly finding meg teeth, sloth, equus, dugong. I think it may be cetacean caudal vertebrae. I am attaching pic that looks right that I found on the net. My question is What would the estimate be of age? Would it be older than Pleistocene? I did find a Bonus 5mm micro fossil tooth in the matrix. If anyone can ID the tooth, that would be super.
  5. I’m sure....a NEWBIE question

    Evening! I spent a couple days in Bone Valley (FL) and found this. Is it something or am I just being hopeful? I hope I don’t look like a wishful idiot here. Thanks and stay safe everyone. chris
  6. Gopher? Go figure!

    Since moving from South Florida up to Gainesville I've finally been about to help the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) with some volunteer effort by picking through washed and dried matrix that was collected back in 2018 from the Montbrook site just a little way south of Gainesville. Tammy and I have spent several days over the last couple of years volunteering to dig our assigned 1 m x 1 m squares at the site bagging up the smaller fossils and excavating pedestals for larger specimens to be jacketed. Most of the sandy/silty matrix does not have very interesting micro-fossils but there are a couple of distinctive layers where the matrix is a more coarse fine gravel instead of sand. The understanding is that this probably represents a horizon where there was a faster water flow due to something like a tropical storm (similar to what Florida is experiencing at the moment). The Montbrook site is assumed to represent a river environment and the faster current during a flooding situation would transport and then deposit this more coarse material (possibly along with a more interesting and denser bunch of fossils). Richard Hulbert has me on the lookout for specimens from several taxa that are known from the Montbrook site only by a few micro-fossils. The most interesting micros are the rarer types of animals. There are lots of shark (and ray) teeth and plenty of tiny fish teeth to keep things interesting while picking but the real prizes are things like mammal fossils or the even rarer bird bones. There are several rodent taxa that are represented in the Montbrook faunal list by a just a few teeth and bones so Richard has me keeping an eye out for any rodent material. I spotted something interesting yesterday that had that rodent look and feel but was unlike anything I'd encountered before while picking Florida micro-matrix. I've seen plenty of very distinctive Cotton Rat (Sigmodon sp.) as well as vole teeth and even a single mole tooth but I was uncertain what had just turned up so I took some photos--composited together with my photo-stacking software to allow for a decent depth of field beyond what is available from any one single image. I sent these photos to Richard and received the reply today that this specimen is tooth from a gopher (family Geomyidae) and while this taxon is already known from Montbrook it was previously only represented by 2 teeth and this new third tooth is much more complete than the previous ones and so it a scientifically important specimen for this site. The volunteer that bagged the matrix from the Montbrook site back in 2018 goes in the database as the collector of record and gets credit for this really nice find (though they had no idea of what might or might not be in the matrix material while filling the sandbag with the material nearly 2 years ago). While my name won't be associated with this specimen, I did have the thrill of seeing it appear on my picking plate yesterday afternoon and the added rush of learning what it was today (and that it is something special). That's the true reward. Cheers. -Ken
  7. Peace River - Fish Material

    Hi everyone, I have some material from Peace River, Florida, that I think is mostly from fish. I'm a lot better with sharks, while I have some idea what these things are, confirmation would be great. This vert is about 1" - is it too small to be a shark? Would this be a ray tail barb? These look like barracuda teeth to me, though the 2nd and 3rd may simply be broken shark teeth Lastly, I'm not sure if this is even a fossil - 1 1/2":
  8. Florida - Peace River

    Hi everyone, I have some stuff that was found in the Peace River, Florida. I think I have an idea what these are, but confirmation would be great! First off, a horse tooth? Could anything more specific be identified? It's 2" Then there's this, and I think it's alligator scute. 1 inch Lastly, alligator tooth partial? 1 inch long
  9. Florida fossil ID

    This fossil was found in Florida on private property and I am unable to get a good ID on the specimen due to the bone not having the ends still in tact. All i know is that it’s Pleistocene in age and is from Florida
  10. White Whale, probably not Moby

    I have a fossil hunting friend, who keeps very little of what he finds. Anything that has serious issues goes back to the fossil gods or into the bone garden at home. To make it into his collection, it must be exceptionally good. I am not like that... I keep almost everything... to analyze and toss later maybe, but initially keep it. He keeps very few fossils, which has its advantages. We sort of have a deal... anything he does not want (in certain categories) he saves for me.. I do what I can to repay the kindness. One of those categories is whale: He gave me this one last week It is a 4.25 inch Florida whale tooth, likely Kogiopsis. My question relates to the composition. The species seems to have no enamel, so originally this was dentine, surrounded by cementum. It is a land find from a construction site in Florida. I have similar teeth with this composition from the Bone Valley phosphate mines. To show a different Kogiopsis tooth, found in the Peace River, with a different composition: It is what I call "hard" composition... So the questions: 1) Is this composition unique to Florida? Do other TFF members who find whole/broken whale teeth (or any other fossil) have this type of composition in their fossil collections? 2) What is the composition and the process that creates it? Thanks, Just driven by curiosity. Jack
  11. I’m going to college in south Florida, near West Palm Beach, and I really like go out and find fossils. I was wondering where the best spots in Florida are and if any were near me. I’d be willing to drive fairly far but the closer the better for sure. Thank you for any helpful replies!
  12. ID Florida Vertebrate Fossil

    Hello, East Venice, FL vertebrate mystery fossil. Unique indentation in V shape. Found in Pleistocene material. Cracked by tractor. Recent material identified in same location as: Sloth, Equus, Meg teeth. I realize it is not the best specimen but the V shape on one side is unique. Thanks in advance for your suggestions/identification. I didn't see an example in the gallery or textbook. Height is 5cm
  13. ID Fossil Turtle Shell ?

    Found this cool fossil today. Measures 6 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 2 inches high. Venice, FL construction site. Located 5 feet away from a nice Meg tooth. Pleistocene material recovered within 50 yards. My first thought was small tortoise shell fully intact. Located close by was another larger size tortoise shell that was not fully fossilized. Hoping someone can confirm this is a fossilized turtle shell. Regards, Michael
  14. Florida Shark Teeth

    Hi everyone, I have here 3 teeth from a river in Florida which I'm having some trouble identifying. I do believe that the top two may be bull, but ultimately am not sure. Those are 1/2" each; the bottom partial is 1"
  15. Is this Bone?

    Hi everyone, This is more of a general question for my own knowledge. I've been trying to determine better how to differentiate between fossil and rock. I know it can be hard at times. I read various posts here to learn how, and I wanted to try my hand at it. I believe these are all fossilized bone found in a Florida river. I know it's almost impossible to identify exactly what they are, but I'd only like to know if they are actually bone. Would anyone be able to tell? Each piece is around 1 inch long.
  16. ID 45mm thick fossil

    I found a unique reddish colored 45mm thick fossil while on my walk yesterday. It is pentagon shaped. Longest distance is from side 6-4 and is 9cm. The dorsal side is darker than the ventral. Four of the sides are smooth. Side 6 has a smooth surface and is size of a quarter. Found in area of Pleistocene material. My guess was neural (4) from a tortoise. Based on drawing in Hulbert's book The Fossils Vertebrates of Florida (p. 122). The thickness of this fossil is what is raising the question for me? ID help is greatly appreciated. SIDE 1 SIDE 2 SIDE 3 SIDE 4 SIDE 5 SIDE 6 SIDE 7
  17. ID Multi-color fossil

    Unique two-color fossil throughout. Found in Venice, FL. The fossil is 6cm x 6cm x 2.5cm. Other fossil material in the area ranges from Meg teeth, whale vertebrae, Equus. My thoughts were of an osteoderm. Their is a raised portion at the break on the dorsal side. ID appreciated.
  18. Sometimes, it's not a rock !!!

    Whenever I am hunting , I tend to consider everything a fossil. So when you are with me, I am constantly coming over asking "Is this a rock?" or Do you think it is coprolite? Is that enamel? and I know a LOT about Florida fossil shapes. So right after, a companion said that this was a rock, I picked up something that might be a rock concretion. However, once again I am skeptical and will ask @Boesse to help me differentiate marine mammal from rock. So other TFF members can chime in with opinions. Rock or fossil? It is a littleover 2 inches in length
  19. Shell Cast Fossil

    Clast bivalve....that is all I know about this specimen I collected. It is preserved very well. I found it in a spoil pile after they dug out a lake. It is my favorite shell fossil. If you could ID it for me, that would be super. Found in North Port, FL. 10 miles East of Venice, FL. The clast is 4inches x 4 inches x 4 inches. Other fossil material in that area ranges from Meg teeth, whale vertebrae, Equus. ID appreciated.
  20. Unknown joint end of bone Fossil ID

    Hello, I found this joint end of a bone in a spoil pile. It has nice brown color and it is NOT dense. Underside shows fibrous area. I have found Equus and whale bone, and deer antler in this area as well as Meg teeth. I read Hulbert's book and my speculation was a ankle bone of some type or phalange. I can see where it might be from a piece of humerus. fossil is 3 cm high and 4 cm wide. Assistance appreciated. - Michael
  21. Micro fossil for ID

    This is a strange one. Tooth or denticle or? @Al Dente @MarcoSr
  22. Fossil Shell Sinistrofulgur sps.

    Hello everyone! Found this at a land site in north port,fl . Its approximately 11.5 inches long (292mm) and 8 inches (203mm) wide. would of been pushing 13" long if the end did not have damage! I believe its Sinistrofulgue Palmbeachensis Whelk. Anyone agree? And is this size common? I know nothing about shells but starting collecting them for fun! Thank you!
  23. Florida Shark Teeth

    Hi everyone, I have here three shark teeth that were given to me by a friend from Florida. That's where they were found, but I have no locations more specific than that. I'm pretty sure the second and third are Megalodon, but believe the first one is Carcharodon Carcharias. I would appreciate confirmation. 1 - Front 1 - Rear 2 - Front 2 - Rear 3 - Front 3 - Rear
  24. During another rather unproductive trip to the Santa Fe, I stumbled upon this rather unusual tooth. Based on it's form, I would assume it belongs to some kind of small whale or other marine mammal. Anyone have something similar or know to whom it belongs? Appreciate it.
  25. Identify and help with how to preserve

    I found this June 13th laying fully uncovered on the sand. The weather was horrible and the tide was very high due to the tropical storm in the Gulf. I’m very new at fossil identification and any help with identifying and how I should preserve it will be very much appreciated.