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  1. Fossilized Whale Bone?

    HI. I'm a rock hunter and found some fossils along the way but it's not my expertise. This may be a rock but I'll let the Forum decide. This piece is about 1 1/4" long by 3/4" wide and is blackish with a rust color interior on the broken end. I found it on the Dunedin Causeway, Florida and it resembles whale bone that I've found in the Venice Beach area, but it doesn't have the ocean tumbled shape. What do you think??? Thanks again, BronzViking
  2. Hunting between thunderstorms and deeper water. During the rest of the season, I note those places where I am finding fossils but have low water conditions...because of lower back issues, I generally refuse to hunt where I must bend over the screen. However, I do remember where such spots exist for days like today. An excellent day, some unusual, finds, a couple of megs, and then these: A odd bone, I have not previously found, but believe to be an Equus Splint bone: Another interesting fossil which I think most likely a large Sloth dermal scute. Finally, my best find of the day, a piece of jaw with a Hemiauchenia m3 molar in nice cream - brown colors.. These are really nice finds... but I was cherishing the end days of the 2017-2018 season with a friend on a day with sunshine in the morning and rain clouds later in the day. Does not get better than this... Jack
  3. Petrified Wood on the Beach?

    I found this little piece (about 1 1/2") on the beach of the Dunedin Causeway, Florida. It resembles petrified wood but what would it being doing on the beach? It has a woody texture and is mainly white with a grey or charcoal flat surface with crystalline on the flip side. Can you help ID this please? Thank you!
  4. Carcharocles megalodon 08

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles megalodon Bone Valley Florida
  5. By any chance does anyone recognize these little orb/circular structures/features in some of the damaged Vermicularia tubes in these shots? Not sure if they might be simply immature bivalves or something else? I pried out a few of them and I'm no wiser as they are so small and I dont see any real features/markings under magnification... The two that I pried out are approx .5mm wide but the others still in the tubes are a bit bigger. The 2nd and third frames in the 2nd photo makes them look like something that could be a small echinoid with star shaped markings but that might be deceiving. they actually look more like absolutely smooth micro PVC endcaps, not spheres/orbs. In my other recent Garage finds thread Adam had a good question about operculums and I dont even know if they had one or not...So if you all have any insight I'd love to hear/know.. Thanks for the help. Regards, Chris
  6. Agatized Coral?

    This is an interesting shape find. It is about 1 1/2" at it's widest point. It has a round crater in the middle with coral polyps marks and circular bands around it. I see microcrystalline when exposed to the sunlight. I think I found this on one of the small islands in Dunedin Florida, boating. I've seen many forms of corals but I never seen one like this. What do the experts think? Thanks!
  7. Type of shark?

    Could someone help me identify what sharks these came from? These are the four best we found aside from a sand tiger my son found. All together three of us walked away with over 130 teeth in about 3.5 hours. The scale in the pics is mm. These were found near the Venice Beach, FL fishing pier.
  8. Montbrook Florida Fossil Dig

    So, I volunteered to help excavate Gomphotheres or Rhinos or something from 6-10 myas under the guidance of Richard Hulbert and the University of Florida's Paleontology department. Yesterday was the last day of the October, 2017 to May 2018 digging season. It is intended to avoid the wet and rainy season. I am pleased that my work would help advance the dig, but I volunteered because I thought that I would enjoy it, and I did. I was given great directions and I arrived at the site just before 10 am. It was on a Horse/Cattle farm out in the middle of rural Florida. It was basically flat land leading to a hole surrounded at various points with Sandbags. Richard distributed volunteers to work on the accomplishment of 4 tasks: Excavate and Plaster Jacket 1 Rhino Adult Skull, 1 Gomph Baby/Juvenile skeleton, 1 Rhino baby skeleton, a femur and humerus from 1 or 2 Gomphs. I was assigned along with John, to assist an experienced volunteer, Susan in working on the baby Rhino skeleton. The Skull had not yet been found. After 2 hours of scrapping and digging around the skeleton mass with a screwdriver, we had the start of discovery trenches. If we found any small bones (usually toe or ankle bones, fish vertebrae, catfish spines, and some turtle shell and bones), we bagged them separately. Had we found anything that might be part of our rhino, we would have left it for inclusion in the plastic jacket) . Here is a photo of Susan and John as we were digging: The Rhino is between them. After about 2 hours, we reached a problem: Both trenches, mine and John's had bones in them: Richard came over to advise. I was trenching on the left, Richard's foot is next to the start of a Gomph bone going UNDER the Rhino skeleton. On the right, John s starting to uncover many bones. Richard suggested that I dig under and around the Gomph bone to see if it ended shortly and whether we had a possibility of extracting it without damage to the Rhino. He suggested that John pursue a slightly different path trying to avoid the bones. Unfortunately, John exposed the baby Rhino's bones above but could not find a clear path and I could not find a way to extract the Gomph bone. Because this was the last day and we had little or no flexibility, Richard decided to repack the baby rhino with sand, then sandbags, then more dirt/clay and finally a tarp to attempt protection from weather and floods in the wet season.. Well, maybe next time. However, the other 3 tasks were completed !!! Here is that other Adult Rhino Skull excavated, trenched, in the process of being plaster jacketed. Wrapped in a plaster jacket. After the plaster dries, Richard used a sledge hammer to drive 2 shovel heads under the Adult Rhino skull, and break thru the underlying sand and clay. Then roll it over into a steel web meshing, still a couple of steel rods thru the web mesh and get 6 pall bearers to carry the remains up the hill to the Museum van. I was one of those 6. We had a nice day, overcast to keep it a little cooler. I left at 3 pm with a 5 hour drive home. The driving rains started at about 4 pm and continued for the rest of the day. All in all, a great weekend.
  9. The Ocala Limestone Formation is a relatively pure carbonate (90% to 95%) limestone that was deposited in a shallow, marine environment. The thickness of the unit in Florida’s central peninsula is typically less than 90 feet. The age of the Ocala Limestone is late Eocene or about 35 million years old. This geologic age is based on correlation using macro-invertebrates and microfossils with well-dated rocks of the middle and western Gulf Coastal Plain. In the Haile Quarries, exposed in section, is a portion of the upper Ocala Limestone, formerly named the Crystal River Formation. I joined a field trip from 9am to 2pm Saturday into this Eocene era Haile Quarry. @MikeR also represented TFF. I had been to Haile Quarry previously in October, 2015. Some sights from the quarry on this 2018 trip. The Quarry is a BIG hole, high walls, lakes in the bottom, with piles of gravel, sand, clay, and limestone scattered around. Just walk around doing surface hunting. It is just too brutally hot to dig or climb. I walked this path next to the water, thinking that the extra moisture and muddy areas might expose some fossils. It was pretty clear that I had competition. But I figured he/she would only get the small echinoids. The best chances are for Echinoids, seashells, crabs, coral, and maybe sponges. There are also a lot of shell endocasts. This was a little strange. I was not finding a lot of fossils, but almost immediately after taking this photo of the butterfly, I spotted this Shark tooth fragment with colors out of sync with its surroundings. @Harry Pristishas made an excellent case for an Eocene era extinct Mackerel Shark. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/84574-florida-eocene-shark/&tab=comments#comment-906155 I could not be more pleased than to have found a Florida Eocene shark tooth. Then a number of other finds, shells Endocasts, Something that looks like a sponge, Echinoids, It is likely that the 1st is Eupatagus antillarum and the second may be Oligipygus phelani. I really enjoy these field trips with good people and the real possibility of a surprise (like a Mackerel Shark tooth) while looking for Echinoids.
  10. Florida Eocene Shark

    I was out on a field trip into an Eocene Florida Quarry. I found what we were supposed to find: Echinoids; seashells; fossilized sponges. Others found Crabs like Ocalina Floridana. Then I picked up this broken shark tooth. There is no fossilized shark tooth like this in any of the Florida areas (non_Eocene) that I hunt. So this is a first for me. Looks a little like a Mako but it has a cusp AND the cusp has a cusp. So, what is this Shark tooth, and can I buy one also found in the state of Florida?
  11. Bone, Rock, Coral?

    I've been collecting rocks and seashells on the beaches for 17 years in Florida and never came across anything like this. It was covered in lime sediment which I washed off. It is about 5 inches long and is heavy, weighs 13 ounces. It appears to have calcium spots on it. Can anybody identify this???? Thanks!
  12. Mold Fossil of Shells?

    Hi, I'm a rock collector/hunter and found many of these shell imprints in limestone rocks on the beach. This one looked like a bullseye or pictogram. Is this considered a fossil? Does anyone know what type of shell and/or geological time period? Thanks!
  13. I am on a Trip to University of Florida at Gainesville Research & Collections Laboratory for Vertebrate, Invertebrate, and Paleobiology. This was today. Pretty busy with a Haile Quarry trip in the morning and then on Sunday a volunteer at a University of Florida fossil dig. Enough time to share some of the best photos... Most of this will be delayed until I am back home on Monday Photo #1 Teleoceras Photo# 2 Gomphothere Photo# 3 Possibly new ancestor of Gomphothere Photo# 4 Gomphothere Photo# 5 Baby Teleoceras Photo# 6 Rhizosmilodon fiteae skull held by Richard Hulbert, Director of Vertebrate Collection Lab Photo #7 Rhizosmilodon fiteae Photo #8 Bear_dog Photo #9 River Otter mandible There are details that will have to wait... Enjoy, Jack
  14. Need Fossil Identification

    Greetings All, Need some help identifying this fossil. I live in Pompano Beach, Florida. I found it perfectly perched between the roots of a tree, pushed up from underground. Dimensions: weight 71 grams LxWxH 50mm x 37mm x 34mm Thanks!
  15. Is this a Plant Fossil?

    Hi, I'm new to this forum and I'm a rock collector/hunter and found this interesting sandstone rock on the beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida. At first I thought the rock was engraved with the letter "L", but after further examination it appears to be impressions in the rock. What I thought was real cool is on the top of the "L" there is hair or fibers sticking out of it. Can anyone please help me identify this specimen???? Thanks so much.
  16. Hello everyone been ages since I’ve visited this site so I figure I’d share a trip I went on Saturday. I went out with a good buddy of mine and a guy I haven’t met before to try Peace River. We put in at Wauchula and went a few miles from the boat ramp in our canoes. After a few hours of digging we found some interesting stuff I’ll include pics of what I found . This is probably my favorite find of the day, a giant stingray plate chunk, anyone ever see any like that?
  17. For awhile now, I have been trying to pin down this scallop. I think it is an argopecten, possibly comparilis, or evergladesensis, but the images I can find on line of those, seem to show ribs that are rounded on top. These shells have very flat ribs, with a very slight indentation running down the center of each. The shells are offset a bit. I found them in the northern most edge of ochopee member of the Tamiami formation, along with euvola hemicyclica, and a really lovely little urchin test, the exact name of which I don't recall as I sit here typing. I have a collection of 30 different sizes I am trying to put together in a ryker box, but have not yet done so, because I just don't know the id...a friend suggested I check out dimarzipecten crocus....but that kind of obscure reference is wa-a-ay beyond me. I'd rather put to use someone's knowledge, if you know what it is, would you please take a moment and explain Why you i.d. it as you do. Much appreciated.
  18. Skull fragment?

    Appears to be a bone fragment with air cells found in the Peace River. I was guessing skull fragment but would appreciate an expert opinion.
  19. Potential Petrified wood?

    Hello, I guess I am an annoyance at this point. I have in my possession What I believe to be petrified wood. It was found in St. Augustine Florida. Thanks in advance. If anyone has any evidence to support or corroborate my theory, it would be much appreciated.
  20. Astragalus Bone

    Double pulley's right? What else could it be? Keep looking, I have a nice collection of astragalus bones from several species, none are ever close to this one. The size is the same as a horse. If it is all eroded away, I am sorry to bother you with it. It fools me into thinking it is in good shape, but there are almost no other articulations beside the pulleys. It looks to be scooped out with an ice cream scoop, then refinished! LOL ... Thanks for your opinion. The above image is the side opposite the "pulleys"
  21. Hey everyone. I found these four yesterday. I believe I have a bison tooth, 2 horse teeth and a scute ?
  22. Hi all. Sometimes I have information I would like to share and I'm not sure how to begin. I don't collect fossils. I collect smooth river stones and regular shells for artwork. A good deal of my time is spent collecting materials from waterways. I believe very strongly in the responsible handling of fossil treasures. The problem is that if I see something that looks cool, I don't know if it's an important fragment or a barbeque chicken bone! I don't want to use fossils in my art work. It doesn't feel right somehow. I'd like to learn to identify fossils properly so I don't waste these resources. I would also like to share information about sites of possible interest. I don't want to just publish random info and have a nice site wrecked. How do I do this? Thanks for any responses.
  23. A couple of Canines

    A hunting partner asked me to ID this canine, approximately 1.25 inches. I think I know what it is because of the "ripple" in the enamel, but feel better if backed by TFF expertise. I usually search TFF and the internet for matches and saw an old TFF post from 4 years ago that never quite identified this tooth. This TFF thread discusses Peccary. In the above thread, @Harry Pristismakes this comment: With the wear facet on the outside of the curve, Gary, your find is an upper canine. That's what I seem to have , a very small peccary looking tooth with the wear facet on the outside of the curve. Are there other possibilities for the Peace River Miocene - Pleistocene mix? Thanks for the help, Jack
  24. Charlie's Creek Accessibility

    Has anyone had any problems or relative success for that matter, accessing Charlie's Creek from the Peace north of Gardner? I'm not really looking for specific spots or honey holes. I'm just curious about how far people have gone up from that confluence and whether or not there were issues with landowners. Thanks.