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  1. Dad and I spent a day in a creek near Tambar Springs, NSW on Monday looking for Pleistocene fossils, and we found a few nice things. It isn't the most productive site, so not a bad haul considering our short time there. Some unidentified bone fragments: Macropus sp. calcaneum(?). Forgot to add a ruler, it is 8cm x 3.5cm
  2. Iowa mammal bone ID help

    Hi everyone, I found what I think are a lumbar vertebra and an astragalus bone. I'm not sure how old they are, but they both seem pretty weathered and possibly mineralized. Both appear to be from bovids(?). These were found on a river sandbar around Ames, IA after recent spring flooding. Does anyone know how to distinguish bison from cattle bones? The vertebra is 35 cm wide, 10 cm long, and 8 cm tall. The astragalus is 7.4 cm long, 5.5 cm wide, and 4 cm deep.
  3. It Wasn't Us!

    We are all cute and cuddly! It wasn't us. (probably not entirely, anyway) https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46306622
  4. Mammal vertebra from the ZM

    Hi all, I found this fossil vertebra near the Zandmotor (Netherlands) last weekend. It's from the last Ice Age, late Pleistocene (around 40'000 years old). There is the possibility that it is middle Pleistocene (around 600'000 years old), but that possibility is very slim. So it's (most likely) a fossil vertebra from one of the typical megafaunal Ice Age critters that roamed Europe alongside the mammoths, woolly rhino's, etc. For now, I am thinking it could be from some deer species, but I am really not sure. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance, Max
  5. Hello i am offering three megafauna fossils to trade they are Megalania partial vert , Diprotodon tooth and Pallimarchus scute form Australia i am looking to trade for with some rare dinosaurs fossils. Please pm me with offers if interested thanks.
  6. What is this fossil tooth from Dakota? Found in the 1980's, the location is not know, perhaps from near Belle Fourche, Butte County, South Dakota, USA.
  7. How VR Helped Archaeologists Excavate a Fossil-Rich Submerged Cave NOVA, Evan Hadingham, Feb 8, 2018 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/tech/how-vr-helped-archaeologists-excavate-a-fossil-rich-submerged-cave/ A apper is: Collins, S.V., Reinhardt, E.G., Rissolo, D., Chatters, J.C., Blank, A.N. and Erreguerena, P.L., 2015. Reconstructing water level in Hoyo , Quintana Roo, Mexico, implications for early Paleoamerican and faunal access. Quaternary Science Reviews, 124, pp. 68-83. http://www.academia.edu/19358907/Reconstructing_water_level_in_Hoyo_Negro_Quintana_Roo_Mexico_implications_for_early_Paleoamerican_and_faunal_access https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379115300330 Yours, Paul H.
  8. Megafauna part 2. Any ideas? FL

    This big guy has a massive hole in him.
  9. Klondike placer miner honoured for paleontological finds 'I always find it very special to find a really nice steppe bison skull in good shape,' says Stuart Schmidt CBC News, November 25, 2017 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/schmidt-placer-miner-award-paleontology-1.4418978 Klondike placer miner makes rare discovery of extinct muskox skull Stuart Schmidt discovered the helmeted muskox skull and horns during routine work on Monday, CBC News, September 14, 2017 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/klondike-muskox-schmidt-placer-skull-1.4290440 Other related material Helmeted Muskox, Beringia Research Notes http://www.tc.gov.yk.ca/publications/Muskox_2002.pdf http://www.tc.gov.yk.ca/beringian_research_notes.html Pleistocene Vertebrates of Yukon Territory by C.R. Harington http://av-sher.narod.ru/Biblio/22_harington_vertebrates_yukon.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  10. Did Ice Age Cause Mastodon Extinction?

    Did Ice Age Cause Mastodon Extinction? New Research Suggest Several Causes Central Washington University, Oct. 29, 2017 http://www.cwu.edu/did-ice-age-cause-mastodon-extinction-new-research-suggest-several-causes Emery-Wetherell, Meaghan M., Brianna K. McHorse, and Edward Byrd Davis. "Spatially explicit analysis sheds new light on the Pleistocene megafaunal extinction in North America." Paleobiology (2017): 1-14. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319333874_Spatially_explicit_analysis_sheds_new_light_on_the_Pleistocene_megafaunal_extinction_in_North_America https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/paleobiology/article/spatially-explicit-analysis-sheds-new-light-on-the-pleistocene-megafaunal-extinction-in-north-america/ https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/paleobiology/article/spatially-explicit-analysis-sheds-new-light-on-the-pleistocene-megafaunal-extinction-in-north-america/A3EBE9B5067CFFB821F4EDC81962421D Another paper is: Brault, M.O., Mysak, L.A., Matthews, H.D. and Simmons, C.T., 2013. Assessing the impact of late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions on global vegetation and climate. Climate of the Past, 9(4), p.1761. https://www.clim-past.net/9/1761/2013/cp-9-1761-2013.pdf https://search.proquest.com/docview/1430895281?pq-origsite=gscholar http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi= Yours, Paul H.
  11. Australian mammal ID

    Hello! Dad and I recently went on a fossil trip to Tambar Springs in western NSW Australia with the fossil club and another forum member. This is some of the stuff that I wanted to get IDed(?). Also sorry about the horrible pictures and if you need better ones to identify them I will try. I took pictures with a potato. These were in creeks on flood planes. The sediments they were in had been reworked or in gravel beds. The bones are Pleistocene but I'm not sure of an exact time. And as I said, they werent in their original formation so I don't know what formation they originated from. Fossils found there included all of the modern stuff found there today and things that are extinct or just extinct in that area. 1. Small insectivore jaw with most of its teeth. It is bizarre because one row of teeth are in the jaw but the other row of teeth isn't. I have no idea how they remained in order.
  12. Australian Pleistocene Bone for ID

    Collected in a creek bed near Gunnedah, NSW, Australia. The sediments date back to the late Pleistocene about 52 000 years ago and contain fossils of the Australian megafauna: kangaroos, diprotodontids, marsupial lions, crocodiles, birds and various others. The bone is 75 mm long and as you can see is almost dead straight! There is a circular cross section with thick bone walls at one end and a generally circular cross section with thinner bone walls at the other end. I first thought some kind of bird limb bone, but the thick bone wall at one end didn't make sense. Now i am thinking kangaroo metatarsal but would like more opinions.
  13. Find the source HERE. Additional Links: Discover Magazine.
  14. Pleistocene bones?

    Need help to identify these bones I pulled out of a cliff, if anyone can help that would be great! I have more photos if needed. I'm thinking bison, or some type of mega fauna.
  15. Hi everyone! I hope you all are spending the summer finding some really neat fossils. I am currently working on a commissioned illustration for FossilClaw, and am shooting to have a sketch up soon. However, we would like your opinion on the landscape and fauna... We are definite that there will be both woolly mammoth(s) and woolly rhino(s) in the scene, but we are not sure what other animals may have shared the same territory on a regular basis with these creatures. Initially, we were shooting to have a Cave bear in the scene, but given the different habitats (and altitudes) it has proven a challenge. What other animals would plausibly fit in the scene we are trying to depict? Megaloceros? Sabertooth? Bison? Wild Horses? Any other predators or interesting animals? The landscape will be steppes. Really appreciate your input!! -Lauren
  16. From the album Aussie Megafauna

    A megafauna jaw I repatriated from the US. Its labeled "Sthenurus sp." but I'm currently doing a little detective work to determine the validity of this and pinpoint the species.
  17. Macropus jaw. What species?

    I have this fossil Macropus jaw on hold. It will be sent next week. I think it's very cool but I'm not sure of the ID. The seller has it listed as Macropus rufogresius (I think he means rufogriseus, Red Necked Wallaby). However, I don't think that's what it is. The incisor looks much bigger and bladed. Any ideas?
  18. Mastodon tooth partial

    From the album Pleistocene Florida

    Partial Mastodon (M. americanum) tooth from Florida, US
  19. Mastodon tooth partial

    From the album Pleistocene Florida

    Partial Mastodon (M. americanum) tooth from Florida.
  20. Northwest Florida Excursion

    I live in St. Augustine Florida and hunt rocks and bones every chance I get. My brother and I regularly go to the peace river, and lots of the tributaries to it. As well as central Florida rivers and creeks and obviously all over Jacksonville. We have gone a lot of places in search of cool stuff. We have not been to northwest Florida yet, and are looking for anyone who either lives in or around that area or is willing to travel there. There are a few shuttle services offering the usual drop off pick up shuttle service. Unfortunately it has been our experience that if it is easy to get in and out that it is probably picked over. I have a truck and a trailer (for yaks) and want to possibly team up with someone for a trip to put in where there is no shuttle and park one of the vehicles on the bottom end of the run to ride back to the top. I know the water levels aren't good right now but would like to get plans together for when they are low enough to get in. Pm if you are interested. Really anywhere in the state the water is low I'm down to travel and to this same plan. I am just tired of having to conform my day to the shuttle service schedule. Happy hunting
  21. I recently acquired this nice old bison skull, but I'm not sure if he is of the modern or ancient variety (or somewhere in between). The skull was found at the bottom of the Missouri River in northern South Dakota. It measures 29 inches from horn tip to horn tip and it's pretty heavy, too--about 30 pounds. As much as I'd like for it to be antiquus, I'm leaning towards big old Bison bison due to its size (quite large for B. bison but relatively small for B. antiquus) and because the horn cores aren't as long and robust as the ones in most pictures of Bison antiquus fossils I've seen. What do you think? Thanks in advance for your input!
  22. Hello! I am a "newbie" to this forum.,however, yesterday I posted my first finds from Big Brook for Identification and I was incredibly impressed and humbled by the amazing responses. While I know that a number of forums (especially for folks in NJ) involve fauna deriving from the Triassic, Cretaceous, and maybe even the Eocene and Miocene..however, I want to avert the attention to the Pleistocene. What is there not to love about Ice age mammals? They were so strange and yet so familiar..and towards the end of their days (at least in North America) people actually encountered these critters! Out of all of the extinct giants of the past..we can say with certainty that humans (in North America) either hunted or scavenged large beasts such as mammoths (14 mammoth "kill sites"), mastodons (one very convincing site), extinct bison (numerous sites), giant camels (there are a few) and giant sloths (ditto). Additionally, while there is no solid evidence of large (and extinct) carnivores being present at early North American Archaeological sites (which makes sense on so many levels..but I wont get into it)..it seems incredibly probable that humans at one point or another encountered two types of sabertooth cats (Homotherium and Smilodon), one..or maybe two extinct wolves (including the Dire Wolf), a lanky and probably carnivorous bear (Short Faced Bear) as well as a lion that just so happened to be the biggest cat that has ever lived (American Lion). Having lived and worked in the African bush on several occasions..I can appreciate that. So, apologies for the rant..However, I want to divert the attention to searching for the remains of these animals in NJ, NY, and eastern PA. This is especially true for the east coasts "Ice age poster child"..the American Mastodon. What is there not to love about a bizarre and hairy proboscidean?! I know that the remains of these critters are rare..and that finding them is often a result of chance encounters..often with heavy machinery. Moreover, I do not want to support the notion that one should be searching for the remains of mastodons (and other ice age mammals) in situ. I am a Taphonomist, and like many of you, I endorse doing some proper science on the remains of these enigmatic creatures. However, There are areas where fossil hunting is legal..and the remains that do wash out are often out of context and are therefore not very important for proving insight (such as Big Brook). I was born and raised in NJ..however, I have had the amazing opportunity to work at very important sites in East and Southern Africa. As stated, I specialize in the Plio-Pleistocene..and I had always been fascinated (since I was a boy) on the elephant (relatives) that used to live in my neck of the woods. Here are a few questions that I hope the community can answer: I have been curious about this prospect for years and I am looking forward to any encouraging and insightful responses: 1. Have you found mastodon bone or teeth (including cusps) in NJ/NY/Southern PA? 2. if so..how often? 3. Are there any (legal) localities that you are aware of that I should look into in NJ where mastodons can be found (I am not talking about the middle of the ocean!..more like big brook) 4. What do individual mastodon cusps even look like?! This is especially true for stream and brook areas where teeth can become rounded. 5. If you have found cusps..can you post a picture on this specific post so I can gain some insight on what to look for. Once again, thank you so much for your time!
  23. Astragalus

    Hi people! A friend of mine collected the astragalus of the photo from a fossiliferous site with Pleistocene mammals in southern Brazil. Although we have a large collection of fossils at the university, we couldn't identify it. We have already excluded horses, tapirs, ground sloths, sabertooth cats...could it be a bear or possibly a mastodont?