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Found 16 results

  1. Cetacean Bulla ID

    I have a whale bulla and I am hoping to get some ID help with this. It was labeled as a Sperm Whale ear bone but after searching pretty extensively, it looks more like a Mysticeti whale to me. I am far from an expert though so I thought I would post it here and see if anybody has any thoughts on it. It was a dive find in South Carolina. It is a pretty good sized ear bone I think, about 4.8 inches long. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Sharktooth Hill Marine Mammal Fossils

    I recently found a small lot of mammal teeth from Sharktooth Hill. I am doing an education program about marine mammal evolution and they looked like cetacean teeth so I bought them. I am new to fossil forum but not new to collecting marine mammal fossils. I know that you can not get a species ID from cetacean teeth but I am hoping I can get a little additional information or perhaps a suspect so to speak. I believe that the first 3 pictures are of an unidentifed Odontoceti, maybe a Kentriodon of some sort. The first two teeth were both right around 1.5 cm. The third tooth was a little over 1 inch. I am fairly certain the 4th picture is of the unidentified Odontoceti species that is mistakenly called Prosqualodon errabundas by some collectors and dealers. I think it was the Coastal Paleontologist blog that said this was an undescribed species of large dolphin. It is about 1.75 inches long and has a very inflated root. The last picture looks more like an Allodesmus than a cetacean to me but I could be wrong. If anybody has an thought or opinion, I would greatly appreciate any information.
  3. Definitely NOT going to do "the tongue test!" I have found many "rocks" that seem to have multiple fossils in them... and this could be one possible reason- it WAS sticky and did contain food at some point? Once again, newbie here.... thoughts? Thank you!
  4. Seal tooth

    So a while back, like a year and half or two years, I found one of our more prized fossils in a creek. I had no clue what it was - I mean I knew it was a mammal, but it certainly wasn't a dolphin or anything like that. Later at a PPS meeting, Bobby and Sarah ID'd it as a true seal, p1 premolar. I later decided to showcase it by doing a painting and mounting it along with a drawing of the dentition to show where it goes. Such a great tooth and I've not found any more since. *note: the painting is of a modern day gray seal - it was the closest in dentition that I could find
  5. Hi all! The Mace Brown Museum of Natural History will have a table in the community center this saturday at the Aurora Fossil Festival. I'm currently trying to write up the marine mammal assemblage from Belgrade Quarry, which appears to be transitional between the upper Oligocene Chandler Bridge Formation here in Charleston and the late early Miocene assemblage from the Pungo River Formation in the Lee Creek Mine. Bring your Belgrade marine mammal specimens to our table, I'd like to see them! Several members of this group and the exceedingly generous North Carolina Fossil Club have already donated a bunch of great specimens including earbones and teeth. Also, I just realized I accidentally left @sixgill pete off of this flyer - thanks to him as well!
  6. Calvert Cliffs Marine Mammal Vertebra?

    My son found this in the water at Flag Ponds Park near Calvert Cliffs. Based on a quick look at some of the displays at the Marine Museum, I think it's part of a vertebra of a marine mammal. Does that sound right? It's pretty well eroded so I assume it had been tossed around for a while and it looks like part of the exterior was broken off to show some of the interior of the bone. I'm sure it's too beat up to know the species, but based on the shape and size (almost three inches at the widest) is it possible to guess whether it's porpoise, seal, or something else? Thanks for any input.
  7. stranded baleen whales

    non peer-reviewed: baleen Warning:the more sensitive among you might perhaps not like to see whale carcasses hunter gatherer ecology: srep16288.pdf
  8. A few more Purisima marine mammals

    Here are a few different pieces I picked up near Santa Cruz, hoping to learn a bit more from everyone here and get some help with ID's. My guess was a smaller marine mammal, maybe a pinniped rib?
  9. Purisima formation marine mammal?

    Hello Fossil Forum! I live in Northern California, and have been learning about the geology and fossils of our area so I am very excited to have found this forum. From what I have found so far, I believe the fossils I have been collecting are from the Purisima formation based on the location and appearance. These were collected near Santa Cruz, so hoping to get some more info and possible identification.
  10. Bone Id (If It Is A Bone...)

    Hi, As I described in my trip report last week (http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/56838-kyushu-fukuoka-pref-ashiya-machi-japan/) I went to Ashiya machi and found what looks like to me a bone. The outcrop is from oligocene period and the matrix is made of sandstone. Found fossil were bivalve, shark teeth, and turittella which suggest a sea environment. Could you help me to ID this fossil ? I will say fossil because I do not even know if this is a bone as it would be the first time I found one. I read that at this place was discovered sort of big penguin called Plotopterum and sea mammal like seals. I read somewhere that birds bones and mamal bones were quite different so even if we cannot put any ID on this maybe, I still have the hope that someone can tell me if it's a bird or a mammal. I am waiting forward to reading your suggestion and post. David
  11. Hi, I found these 2 strange bones in a small miocene outcrop in southern california. I also found about 10 misc. shark teeth and abundant bone fragments. These bones are about 2cm long and 1.4 cm wide. What are they? Thanks.
  12. Venice Florida Diving 2014

    The dive season is firing up. Planning our first hunt right now. We will be heading to Venice FL, on the the 2nd of April and will be hunting from the 3rd to the 6th at various underwater locations. I'm extending an open invitation to any underwater fossil hunters to join us in our quest. I can also take 1 non-diver or 1 want-to-be diver, but only once and only one diver per day! All dives will be from the beach. Dive conditions are normally benign in the gulf, but visibility can be really poor. Viz: Hope for 10 feet, pray for 3 feet and get 6 inches. Temp: water temp this time of year will be in the low 70's. Air temp will be in the high 70's low 80's. Recommend 3mm to 5mm protection. I'll give free dive refreshers to those that have not been down in a while. I'll also teach a free underwater hunting class at the beginning of each day. PM me if you are interested and I'll send more details. It is not uncommon to find 1 to 3 hundred teeth per dive if you know where to hunt
  13. Inner Ear Bone (Marine Mammal?)

    Hi! I found this on the beach of a freshwater lake in Uruguay that has in the past been part of the pacific ocean. I think it is an inner ear bone of some marine mammal, but I don't know from how long ago or from what kind of animal. I'm sorry that there's no scale, but it's an inch and a half long, one inch wide and on average about 1cm thick and the holes are about 2mm diameter). Can anyone help?? I can give more information about the location if it would be useful. Thanks!!
  14. One Easy, One Harder

    A couple of finds, a couple of questions: I have found dolphin teeth, but this one seems different than the ones I normally see -- Is this just a different dolphin tooth position, or some other marine mammal? On the 2nd fossil, I have found LOTS of turtle shell, and never one patterned like this one. I originally thought it was a pigeon -- as in clay pigeon... Can one of the turtle experts ID the type of turtle? Most of the pretty pattern turtle shells are from mud turtles. Thanks for all responses
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