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  1. Fossilized Grazing Mammal Tooth?

    Hello! Interning archaeologist, and we don't have fossils on hand for a comparison collection! I came across this partial tooth in a bag of faunal material. Could anyone help me out? I'm not familiar with fossil fauna, but I know this was some sort of grazer. Width is about half an inch. Much appreciated!
  2. Am I looking at Cow or Bison here?

    Would love to know if I've got cow or Bison artifacts here...
  3. Big bone piece

    Hi all, I found this big piece of bone yesterday on the Zandmotor (Netherlands) (Pleistocene). Most probably from a large mammal. Anyone know what part of the body it might be, and from what animal? Thanks in advance, Max
  4. Tiny little bone

    Hi all, Here is a tiny piece of bone I found on the Zandmotor (Netherlands) (Pleistocene). Do you know what part of the skeleton it might have come from, and from what animal? For now I'm thinking mouse... I can take closeups if needed. Thanks in advance, Max
  5. Big rib (?) piece

    Hi all, Here is a piece of bone, and I think it's part of a big rib (this being the part connecting the rib to the spinal column). It comes from the Zandmotor (NL), which is known for its numerous remains of mammal fossils from the late Pleistocene (40'000 years ago) (mammoth, cave lion, jaguar, dire wolf, woolly rhino, etc). Anyone know from what animal it might have come from? Thanks in advance, Max
  6. Here's a link to an interesting article on these amazing finds: I wonder if @jpc might be able to provide us with any personal insights on these discoveries? I think he is keen on early mammal fossils? https://www.inverse.com/article/35301-gliding-prehistoric-mammals-jurassic-fossil And images of the fossils: This fossil of Maiopatagium furculiferum shows evidence of wing-like membranes that paleontologists suspect helped it glide like modern-day flying squirrels. In this fossilized Vilevolodon diplomylos, the arrows indicate the imprint of the gliding animal's wing-like membrane.
  7. Fossil mammal bone

    Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum. I love collecting fossils and I love paleontology but I'm not great at identification yet. I found this on the banks of the river Vilaine in Brittany in France. I believe it may be from a cloven hooved mammal. Would appreciate any ideas. Thanks, Jo
  8. Partial rib

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A small piece of what would have been a rib of a big mammal.
  9. Limb Bone from Cooper River SC

    Hello Forum members, I found this limb bone while diving the Cooper River in SC. I initially thought it likely to be a deer bone based on the overall size and proportions, but I'm unable to match it to any deer bone descriptions I've found. Any ideas?
  10. no sweat?

    reptegume2.43270.66.pdf Once again a note on my posting: yes I deliberately did NOT use a certain word
  11. Hi, I officially finished school forever on Monday so to celebrate my new fangled freedom I decided to spend an afternoon and evening collecting along the Hamstead to Bouldnor coast, so I thought I'd show some of the highlights from the trip. We had very strong winds and some rain here last week so I figured that the beach conditions would be good for collecting, and the Bouldnor Fm. didn't disappoint. I reached the beach at Hamstead point around 1:30pm, and the spring tide was the highest I'd ever seen it. The tide was technically going out but along this coast the tide doesn't actually fall until two hours prior to low tide, which meant that only a small area of beach was exposed and I'd have to wait a few hours until I was able to make a lot of progress along the coast. I decided to sift through the small patches of shingle exposed to kill the time, which can often produce a lot of smaller bone fragments and teeth, especially those of crocodiles. After a few minutes I'd collected a handful of fish vertebrae from Bowfins and Unidentifiable teleosts, turtle limb bones, some sections of crocodilian or mammalian ribs, and a worn centrum from a crocodilian cervical vertebra (most likely Diplocynodon, the genus to which crocodilian material from the Bouldnor Fm. is referred). I moved on to a new patch further along the still very narrow beach and again turned up fish vertebrae, mammalian tooth roots, small fragments of crocodilian scutes, and excitingly a large distal portion of a mammal phalanx (presumably Bothriodon). The tide still hadn't moved so I hedged by bets and moved as far as I possibly could hugging the cliff edge. The base of the cliff at Hamstead Point exposes the boundary between the Bembridge Limestone Fm. and Bembridge Marls Mbr. of the Bouldnor Fm. Just above the junction are the Insect Limestone (world famous for it's insect fossils) and the Oyster Bed (a marine in-raid deposit that can produce fish remains) so I gave these beds a look over but unfortunately nothing was weathering out (Hamstead is an SSSI therefore hammering into the cliff is illegal). Finally the tide started to move out, and when it does it moves out very quick, so there was soon a large area of beach to survey and I could begin making my way down the coast. The finds started coming in thick and fast after that, scores of turtle carapace and plastron fragments (more than 100 in total), crocodilian scutes, mammal teeth, fragments of mammal bones, and much more. The best finds of the trip were by far a large crocodilian cervical vertebra, pre-molars from the anthracothere Bothriodon, and a fragment of crocodilian jaw, again Diplocynodon. But the best by far was a large distal portion of a mammal tibia found lying in the mud a few metres along from the 'Black Band'. As of yet I don't have an ID for the tibia as it is larger than would be expected for Bothriodon. There are numerous other candidates it could be, so I'll research further (if anyone has any suggestions, even if just to an order level, then that would appreciated). It also seems to have provided quite a nice home for a lot marine colonial species and plants which are currently being removed. I wrapped up the trip at 7pm and headed home, with a nice haul of finds. Now I've got a few months off before I start university I should be hunting much more regularly, all over the Island, so hopefully the summer will turn up some good finds! I'll attach images below, including of the tibia fragment. Thanks, Theo The distal portion of mammal tibia, covered in seaweeds etc. A large cervical vertebra from a crocodilian (Diplocynodon s.p) A section of trionychid turtle carapace (Trionyx s.p)
  12. Hello, found these today after spending a few hours at a river in northern Puerto Rico, middle to upper Oligocene Limestone, looking for fossilized shells and cobalt blue glass... found lots of both! Also found these teeth and bones, they were all found relatively close together My guess is modern horse teeth. I have no clue on the bones. Could there be a way to tell how old they are? Pretty sure the teeth can't be too old, since the first cattle and horses were introduced into Puerto Rico from Spain in 1509. Thank you!
  13. Hi, A few weeks back I posted in the ID section about a fragment of mammal molar I had found whilst collecting at Hamstead. The Hamstead to Bouldnor coast is an Eocene/Oligocene locality and one the best sites in the UK for tertiary vertebrate remains from crocodiles, turtles, fish, and quite frequently mammals too, and was deposited in a paludal environment in the Hampshire Basin. I was aware it was a fragment of a rhinoceros tooth but couldn't be sure if it was from a more modern Pleistocene type like Stephanorhinus or a much more older rhinocerotid like Ronzotherium, an early hornless rhinoceros which is a a very rare part of the post Grande Coupre mammal fauna found in the Bouldnor Fm. Only 6 finds attributed to Ronzotherium have been discovered here since the late-19th century, the last record I can find is from 1999, all have been referred to the species romani. After the suggestions of some users on this forum and further research online I excitingly noticed some similarities to the molars of Ronzotherium. Straight away I contacted Dr Martin Munt, the curator at the Isle Of Wight's paleontological museum 'Dinosaur Isle' to bring the find to his attention in case it was from Ronzotherium. He passed the images on to colleagues at the Natural History Museum in London, who confirmed the molar as being from Ronzotherium. This was really exciting news to hear considering the rarity of material like this in the Bouldnor fm. The museum staff were really excited too and asked if it would be possible for me to bring the specimen in for them to borrow for a period and look at it in further detail. Suffice to say the molar is on it's way to the museum tomorrow afternoon to be dropped off and spend some time the laboratories there, and if needs be I'm more than happy to make a permanent donation to help learn more about the species and the UK's tertiary past. It's a really exciting find that I feel really lucky to have discovered, and definitely makes 6am starts and Saturday mornings scrambling through fallen trees and mudslides worth it! (I've attached a picture of the specimen below along with a reconstruction of the species, the proto and metaloph are present and so is an intact lingual valley, the enamel is also really well preserved)
  14. New mammal tooth for me

    Found this tooth a few months ago in a Texas creek. Any ideas? Thank you.
  15. Hi, I thought I'd share some of my best finds from my trip to Hamstead earlier today. Today was my first collecting trip there in almost a month due to the living hell most British 18 year olds have to endure, commonly called, A level exams. As my exams are starting to wind down and finish next week, along with my entire school career (I'm nearly free!) I thought I'd head up there and do some collecting to get back into the swing of things for the summer. We've had a long period of very hot, calm, and still weather here in southern England, and that coupled with the recent influx of eager tourists during the early June school holidays, has meant that on many parts of the Hamstead - Bouldnor coast decent finds other than turtle carapace and plastron fragments are pretty thin on the ground. Nevertheless I hit the beach at about 8am this morning and over the course of the morning/early afternoon found some fairly nice specimens, although the reduced productivity was quite noticeable. The best find of the day was a large section of Diplocynodon s.p jaw, seemingly from the left mandible, lying out on the Bembridge Marls on the foreshore (although it's most likely from the Lower Hamstead Mbr). Another really interesting and nice find was a fragment of mammal mandible, with a molar still in situ within it's alveolus. Unfortunately the tooth itself has been heavily worn so the crown is missing, although the roots can be seen within the mandible. Based off of the shape of the alveoli and the size it's likely its from an Anthracothere such as Elomeryx or Bothriodon although without the crown it'll be difficult to properly ID it. Other finds included a small section of mammal rib, a worn proximal end of a femur, various fish vertebrae from Amia s.p (Bowfin) and from unidentified teleosts, a worn crocodilian vertebral centrum, and about 50-60 small to medium sized fragments of turtle carapace (from Emys and Trionyx) and crocodilian scutes, including posterior marginal, marginal, and neural plates. I'll attach images below. Thanks, Theo 1. Large section of Diplocynodon s.p mandible. 2. A section of mammalian rib 3. Mammalian mandible fragment with molar roots in situ.
  16. Is this mammal hair?

    Recently, I prepared ambers from Indonesia and I found something looks like a mammal hair. I want to sure what is this. Thanks to your help Other picture 1 Other picture 2
  17. Some Florida unknowns

    A few more from central Florida that I am unsure about and would appreciate some help with identifying them. The ruler is cm on the red side and inches on the black. At some point I flipped it. # 1. I believe these are canine teeth possibly from a camelid or Equus but they seem too small for either to me. I am unsure if the two are even from the same species and suspect they are not: # 2. These incisors I think may be camelid but I really am not sure. Again, not sure they are from the same species: These last two are a couple unknown partial vertebrae. #3. #4.
  18. Tooth identification

    My son found an interesting fossil tooth when searching just outside the badlands in South Dakota. I've taken it to two people who have a varied range of mammal it could be. Was hoping to nail it down here. So far I have
  19. Zandmotor bone

    Hi all, I was looking through my bones from the Zandmotor today, when I saw this one. It seems to have quite a weird shape, so maybe it is a complete bone? I'm not that good with mammal anatomy, you out there are probably better than me. Found on the Zandmotor, Netherlands, aged from the Pleistocene, most probably from a mammal. So my question is, is there anything else to say about this fossil, or is it just a worn piece of bone? Thanks, Max
  20. Mammal jaw

    Hi all, Need a little help with this one. This partial jaw was found in north central Florida and I have been puzzling over it for awhile now. I believe it is a cervid but can't find a good match. I compared it to a modern whitetail deer but the teeth seem different to me. The bone is about the same size as the deer I compared it with but the teeth are much smaller than the modern jaw. Note that there is a partial tooth on what I believe to be the anterior end.
  21. Tooth id?

    Found this mammal tooth in Hogtown Creek in Gainesville. Any ideas? Could it be a horse tooth? It doesn't quite look like one...
  22. I work in a small museum and occasionally have people stop by to ask what kind of fossil they've found. About half the time I know or can find out with a little research- the other half I am clueless. So, I've decided to start leaning on people who are vastly smarter than I on this topic (i.e. you people). A guy came in with these photos and said he came across this lower jaw while hiking in an area known for middle to late Eocene fossils in SW Wyoming. He estimated it was maybe 7 inches in length and was just a couple of feet above some fossil turtle scutes. I don't really know much about the area or much about vertebrate fossils. I am guessing it is some sort of Creodonta or Carnivora, but I am way out of my element (I just learned what Creodonta are). Some known Creodonta from the area (1992): Sinopa, Limnocyon, Thinocyon, Partiofelis Some known Carnivora from the area (1992): Miacis, Viverravus, Vulpavus Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  23. excellent Mesozoic mammal preservation

    JiLucastoroca06)shortSCIENCE.pdf Remarkable slip by the editors: "brand-and-bound" search. Dentition,ecology,cladistics
  24. I recently went hiking in the mountains of Kapchorwa District, Uganda. I went inside a cave and found what could be the leg bone of an animal in the ceiling of the cave, about 2-3.5 metres above the cave floor. I'm not currently sure what animal it is but I have a feeling it's a hippo's leg bone or the leg bone of a genus of proboscid such as Palaeoloxodon, Loxodonta, Deinotherium, Gomphotherium or Anancus. I want to dig it out, but I'm wondering how I can do it safely. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, FossilsOfKenya PS: Sorry for the poor quality of the image. I only had my phone when I found it so I had to digitally enhance it.
  25. Small mammal jaw

    Greetings to all. I found this little mammal jaw fragment last week and I have yet to identify it. I have done some research and haven't found anything that matches it, thus far. Small mammals are definitely not my area of experience (assuming I have any at all). So, I decided opt for the lazier option and let those with more knowledge do the work for me Any help would be greatly appreciated. Let me say that the pics might not be the greatest, so I apologize beforehand. The camera on my phone can only do so much with the little stuff. Needless to say, it was found in a local creek in Southwest Florida close to where I live and the dime was added for scale. Thanks!