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  1. Small canine tooth

    I found this small canine tooth at a land site in Hillsborough county and was wondering if anyone had any idea what it might be from. I found a different canine tooth nearby last year and I think they may be from the same animal

    Hello, I've had a shark's jaw for quite some time now and I'm curious to know what type of shark it belonged to. Can anyone please give me some clues based on the photos I've attached? I'm a newbie and fossil neophyte. Thank you very much in advance, Luc
  3. Hi everyone! Yesterday I found a shark tooth on a beach in Jacksonville, Florida that I would love help identifying. Does anyone have any ideas what it could be? Thank you so much in advance for your help.
  4. Micro Unknown From Florida

    On this dismal pre-winter day, I slipped downstairs and looked at a few handfuls of micro-matrix from Cookie Cutter Creek. Besides a half dozen tiny shark's teeth, I came across this unknown. I am not sure if it is even a fossil. But it is different than anything else I have seen while investigating this interesting matrix. Opinions are welcomed!!!! @digit Mike
  5. Multiple Hunts this week

    I get out hunting as often as I am able. In addition to the fossil finds, I am at a point in life where exercise has great value and fossil hunting the Peace River watershed 3 times a week does get the muscles moving and the blood flowing. Add the great feeling with getting out into nature which I share with numerous animals of all types and this is just about a perfect hobby, BUT, not always a successful one. I think that I, over the long run, find one impressive fossil a week... What about this week? A lot of folks are saying that the Peace River water depth is dropping and this is open for success in fossil hunting. Last Sunday, I went to one of my favorite locations that have been very successful for me in the past, as recently as last spring. I usually kayak to to/from this location for an hour each way and hunt shovel and sieve for 5-6 hours --- good exercise. The Peace River is still high. Right this minute , the USGS gauge at Zolfo Springs is over 7 feet. That is un_diggable, except in isolated spots. You need to cling close to the banks and the currents are fast. !!!! I found a couple of chipped Equus teeth, turtle shell and spurs, 120 small teeth 70 % broken. Largest of the small shark teeth were 3 30-40 mm hemipristis (2 lowers and an upper). I did enjoy the day, sunny, cold out in nature. So , Monday was my 2nd day out to the Peace River this week.. Somewhat better, with 2 frequent fossils hunting friends, staying close digging in a 2 foot layer that had been uncovered by the heavy summer currents. They found it and invited me to partake. Not a show stopper , but some good fossils. I tend to remove (and donate) broken and small shark teeth from my "finds" photo. So the finds from a home to home 12 hour hunt. Some osteoderms, barracuda teeth, a few larger Lemon and Hemipristis teeth, a broken tapir, broken llame incisor, Thresher tooth (relatively rare). and then some closeup photos below. I liked this last hemi best and another sun_shiny day in paradise

    My question is below but here is a brief intro! Thank you all for the great insight into fossil hunting. I'm Josh, from Florida and have been hunting relics for about 5 years now (27yo), from metal detecting to surface hunting. Just a hobby that I do occasionally, mostly to learn about the history of our land and try to preserve it before it's all worn away. I find the research in hunting almost more fun than the actual craft. Although, it's tough here in FL to be caught "preserving history" .....give me a break. Anyways, i've been lucky enough to have a job as a Surveyor which has put me in places that I hate sometimes.... but also gives me access to pieces of land that a lot of hunters dream of in FL. I've been able to find old bottles, arrowheads, and relics at work without the hassle of getting permissions(that would be mostly impossible to get otherwise). So when i'm hunting on my time I always find it so hard to find places to do so freely. Anyways, enough about me. Here is my question regarding a potential megalodon tooth site, definitely shark tooth site. I've found some nice dredging in my area, with dredge disposal management area listed on the bid. It's accessible from what I can tell on the maps but labeled as "District-Owned" and overseen by General Contractor/Engineer. Has anyone hunted a site like this in Florida? It's essentially a dredge spoil island with management. If so, did you wait for the project to finish and come in after? Approach the site manager? Hunt it without permission? Thank you for any insight, it's greatly appreciated!
  7. Twisted Vertebrae

    I keep trying to twist this fossil around thinking it will come out a marine or cetacean (atlas or axis) vertebrae. Something like a rubik cube. Any one recognize a feature? The fossil is L 3.25 x W 1.5 inches .
  8. Small Canine

    One of the guys hunting with me today found this canine and asked me to identify. I was surprised how laterally thin the tooth is. I am pretty sure we will identify. Please state the characteristic that makes your ID correct. i.e what differentiates from similar sized mammal canines? The standard experts: @Harry Pristis @PrehistoricFlorida. EDITED, sorry. The top edge close to the tip (Photo #3) is worn presumably by grinding against the opposing canine. All comments & suggestions appreciated. Jack
  9. I had the good fortune to visit the CEMEX Brooksville mine with the Tampa Bay Fossil Club last week, where I wanted to look specifically for examples of Phymotaxis mansfieldi. I had dolomitic casts from the Santa Fe river, but that was it. I was fortunate enough to find a nice one this trip along with a very tiny one and a partial. This post, however, is looking for the ID for the rather large "clammy" bivalve which was fairly common in the Suwannee Limestone in this mine. Anyone familiar with this guy? Appreciate the time!
  10. Ideas on what it is and what kind?? Thanks!
  11. Dermal

    When hunting the Peace River, I find some - many Ray dermals of this general form (not quite as pristine as these phosphate mine versions: I have been finding more of the little "buttons" recently, maybe 5-10 a hunting day. When in the productive areas, I find lots of these which I always thought of base plates for attaching bottom of Ray spines. The I ran into something that I have definitely NOT seen previously. Less than the size of a penny. So, what is this and , am I moving back or forward in time comparing this new arrival with older stuff? Usual suspects: @Harry Pristis, @siteseer, @MarcoSr @sixgill pete@Al Dente @cowsharks
  12. Fossil hunting Central Florida

    I would love to tag along in the future with anyone who has an in to areas in Central Florida. Thank you.
  13. Venice Beach Florida unknowns

    Hello all! I had a nice little trip to Venice Florida (I posted about it in the Fossil Hunting Trip section if you want to see the "good finds"). Here are a few pieces that I am not sure about. Any help with ID would be appreciated! I think these are turtle: A B C I think these are alligator teeth: D I don't know if these are teeth or claws: E other side: Not sure what the heck this is...it's ever so slightly curved: F Not sure what these long straight sections are. Possibly large stingray mouthplate broken sections? They are not like the stingray barbs I found- these are more straight and parallel lines. G Not sure if this is the same as above but it is more curved: H Thanks for any help!
  14. I took a little trip to Florida with a friend who needed help cleaning out her parents house in Venice. So while it was a working trip (with lots of emotion all rolled into it) I got the chance to do a little bit of fossil hunting - dragged my friend along to get her out of the house and have a little fun amidst the difficulty. We tried to get out at low tide in the mornings, but since it was still dark at 6:30am, we didn't ever really get to do any serious hunting, just picking stuff up along the shore line. But i am super thrilled with the few items I did find. No megs, alas, but didn't expect any either, since my fossil hunting time was limited. I'm just happy to have found some cool stuff! Venice is a beautiful little town with lovely beaches. .We hit four different beaches and I found stuff on all of them. The best shark tooth hunting was definitely at Caspersen Beach, to the south, but I found teeth from Nokomis to Venice to Caspersen, plus lots of other goodies along the way. Another pleasant surprise was the plethora of Pliocene shells I found at a bayou where we went to eat lunch. Fried Gator and fossils! hahahha! A question for y'all....are these shells actually fossilized or are they just FROM the pliocene? These were found in the dirt, not along the waters edge. I read about the geology and that whole area is a Pliocene shell bed. But are the shells actually replaced with minerals or are they just really really old? I look forward to someday visiting Venice again, perhaps going out on a dive to find meg teeth or hit up a couple of spots where you can dig for them (which sadly I did not get to do this time). But Florida sure is lovely...... The whole hoard: Just beach finds: Sunset at Venice Beach the Bayou enoying a Jamaican Ginger Beer poolside.... my two best shark teeth I think this is a hammerhead tooth: all the teeth I found: Two best stingray barbs: Big one is 1 1/2 iches Stingray mouthplate : I think this might be a small vertebra? My favorite of the big shells: Pretty sure this is turtle: I also have some bits and pieces of things i can't quite identify. I'll post those in the ID section.
  15. My regular fossil hunting friend and I decided to hunt one of our small creeks since the Peace is still just a bit high. Last time we went to this site, it was so low and slow, that leaf debris had covered our nice gravel bars and made it all but impossible to look. We decided then, there was an optimum range between too high and too low and were hoping to hit it just right. It is about a mile walk in, thorugh 5 foot high burr bearing plants. Luckily this time, the seeds weren't quite ripe, so I didn't come out of the woods looking like I was dressed up for Holloween, as the Burr Man Monster. The walk was pleasant, although we are still hitting record breaking temperatures in the 90's this time of October....good thing I am heading to the Smoky's to camp this week...We passed several terrestrial orchids on the way in, not quite blooming, so we knew we were a bit earlier than the last time...and as we climbed down the ridge to our "spot" we were delighted to be able to see the gravel bottom. No debris. Hooray. We got right to work, screening, and relaxing. The stream is only about 10 feet wide, where we were, and a pleasant 18" deep. moving along at a speed swift enough to cleaer the water immediately after digging. Even if I were to never find anything at this spot...I still might come to do it. It is so very pleasant. And I always find a few interesting things. In the photo, I have attached, I added my favorites in the top row. The biggest gator tooth I have ever found, perfect and a little over an inch long. A nice glyptodont piece, a puffer fish mouth plate, an interesting ray plate, a really neat piece of limestone, a great white shark tooth and a net weight.. The other teeth are all just ordinary, but fun to find. Often a screen here, has 4 to f teeth in it. My friend found a great white, 2 times the size of mine. I should have photographed it, a beautiful 4 inch long antler piece, including its base, and a gorgeous piece of soft shelled turtle. Both he and i like to find turtle shell, I have a nice little edge piece in the second row. We stayed about 3 hours. didn't find any megs this time, as we have before, but we both had a great time....as we wait for our favorite sites on the Peace river to become accessible.
  16. I'm not sure what this is. It was found on Englewood beach and a found a similar one father north on the key.
  17. Doing alright since I moved down to FL! No more dinosaur footprints down here, but there is an abundance of teeth!
  18. Provenance needed

    A collector/dealer recently donated to our museum a small collection of Pleistocene vertebrate fossils (mostly mammalian) from Florida. Only a few items were labelled, and he could not recall any provenance for some of the material. Even though the material was poorly provenanced, it will make a welcome addition to our comparative collection of Pleistocene vertebrates. Can anyone help me with the provenance for the llama/camel (cf. Hemiauchenia) calcaneum in this phone-camera snapshot? I thought the attached oyster shells might help in narrowing down the possibilities. I was given a verbal location for this specimen (there was no label), but I am skeptical. Thank you!
  19. SW FL tooth of some sort.

    Anyone know what this is? Found in SWFL miocene/pliocene material. Alligator?
  20. I found this bone in Florida's Peace River in a gravel bed that contained Pleistocene and Holocene land vertebrates. I am unsure about this bone. Is it a small deer, or is it a turkey bone? Or, am I entirely wrong and it's an alligator? Thanks in advance! MikeG
  21. Hi gang, been awhile...I was puzzling over these two items below again. Found several years ago here in Florida. One a possible osteoderm? and the other an ungual? Mio/Pliocene? or Pleistocene? in age. First specimen I thought was some type of tortoise armor, has a concentric wafer shape and is about 3 cm across and about 1cm thick. Under closer inspection there appears to be an odd fracturing going along the outside and also some minor cracking which appears to be forming a hexagonal outline/pattern....Just a coincidence? Do any glyptothere osteoderms show an internal hexagonal pattern? Left photo is ventral? and the far right photo is the opposite side--dorsal view? Middle photo highlites the fracturing/cracking patterns.... 2nd specimen I thought was a tortoise ungual but in looking at several older threads I'm now wondering if it looks more like it might belong to a glyptothere? Its only about 2cm long. Thanks for any/all help. Regards, Chris
  22. So, who wants to get together and go fossil hunting on this Peace River this season? If the weather and scheduling allows, I would be happy to show up and engage in a group hunt - just to put some faces with the names I see in the forum, and do some networking, share tips, compare notes, etc. I have an extra sifter and an extra kayak (with paddle and life jacket) I can bring. I imagine that a weekend would be best, given that a lot of people work and go to school. As far as a place goes, the first place that comes to mind is Zolfo Springs. It sits in the "middle" of the Peace (not too far south or north), it has a nice/safe park with ramp (Pioneer Park), and the fossil-hunting anywhere along that stretch of the river is pretty good - I never come home empty handed from Zolfo. Other places that come to mind are Gardner and Arcadia. I like Gardner also and I need to revisit that Miocene exposure there, but the local wildlife can be a bit wild for some people's tastes (to put it diplomatically). There's also Wauchula, which I have hunted a couple of times with mixed results. I've never hunted Arcadia, so I can't speak on there from first-hand experience. As for timing of the trip, I think it would be great to wait until the river levels are ideal and the weather is nice - not hot (like it is now) and not frigid like it will be in dead of winter. Input, ideas, etc - reply here.
  23. White Megalodon Tooth

    Rare Albino Bone Valley Megalodon 3.583"
  24. Glyptodont Teeth and Bones

    Where are all the Glyptodont bones and teeth? I see a lot of postings and photos of scutes/osteoderms, and I have found several nice ones myself. But I have not heard of anyone finding any Glyptodont material other than these scutes. Has anyone in this forum ever found any Glyptodont bones or teeth here in Florida? If so, please share some photos or stories. I am curious why I am not seeing any other finds from this massive beast. It had a lot of bones and teeth, so it logically follows that these should be found as well.
  25. Hi Folks, I am looking for some good books on Florida geology and Florida fossils. I don't need any beginner level books - I have them all. I've done a lot of searching on the web, but Florida appears to be a geological wasteland in terms of rock books - not much to be had. This is not surprising, because all of Florida is nothing but sand and limestone. However, I am thinking that surely I must be missing something, so any recommendations are welcome. I am also looking for books on Florida-specific fossils for identification and distribution purposes. Google Scholar search has netted some nice finds in this regard, but I still feel like I am missing something. Thanks in advance! MikeG