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  1. Merritt Island Matrix Mysteries

    I wish I wouldn't have started on this matrix again. I'm not getting anything else done. I just went back through all the old posts, so hopefully I'm not being redundant with my questions. #1 - Wild guess here - some sort of suprascapula? #2 - I don't know whether the bone can be identified. Considering the condition of the bones that come out of this matrix (usually very good), what do you think the chances are that the little gouges on this are feeding traces? #3 - I'm thinking reptile jugal or quadratojugal on this, but just a wild guess. Julianna had posted a similar bone a while back but didn't get any takers. More to come once I get additional photos. @old bones @MarcoSr
  2. Merritt Island mystery #8

    Hey is another mystery found in Sacha's Merritt Island, Florida Pleistocene matrix. I don't have a clue how to classify this one. The image shows 3 views if the same piece on the left, and 2 separate bits on the right. I can't tell if these fit together or not. Note the puckered hollows and the blue translucent bumps which are actually that colour! This is one of the strangest things to come out of this matrix. Any ideas?
  3. Another fine find from Sacha's Merritt Island Micro Matrix. I'm thinking this is modern, and it has a crustacean vibe to it. Any clue as to what this might be? @old bones @MarcoSr
  4. Merritt Island Matrix - Fused tail?

    I was digging around in Sacha's wonderful Merritt Island matrix the other day and found this. First let me apologize for the fuzziness of some of the images. My curiosity over-road my patience. Because of the ball and socket, I'm thinking this is a salamander caudal vertebra? If that is correct, would this be a vertebra that would break in an effort to avoid predators? Or could this be where the tail grew back? Mind you, these are just guesses. Perhaps it's not even from a salamander. I will try to get better photos, but this little bugger is so small, I'm having a hard time getting clear images. Thanks for your help! @old bones, @MarcoSr
  5. Another coprolite for consideration

    Here is another of the many coprolites that I have been finding in Sacha's Merritt Island matrix. I haven't focused on these too much, being more intrigued by the bones. But with all of Lori's interesting threads on coprolite lately, I figured that I would put this one out there. Many of the coprolites in this matrix resemble this one. Sometimes I can see tiny bones in them, often not. I am curious what animal these are from. Most of my finds are terrestrial, with an occasional fish otolith or vertebra. So, @GeschWhat and @Carl et al., what do you think?
  6. Is this Dasypus bellus ?

    This the smallest armadillo osteoderm that I have found yet. Is it even possible to ID it to species? I found it today in Sacha's 'frog toe' matrix.
  7. Humerus for ID

    When I found this humerus in Sacha's Merritt Island matrix (aka Frog Toe matrix), I remembered a post from @Harry Pristis regarding the EECF of a similar bone. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/67182-miocene-mystery-bone/#comment-705462 I wonder if it can be ID'd further. If the entepicondylar foramen is present in opossums, shrews, moles, mustelids, and raccoons, those are the possibilities to consider. I think that it is too large to belong to a shrew and too gracile to be that of a mole. If from a raccoon or opossum, it would have to be a very young one. So that leaves a very small skunk or a weasel. I am leaning towards a weasel, but would love to have confirmation. Is the bone too beat up to ID?
  8. Another Eureka moment

    A few weeks ago I submitted a request for ID on a couple of tiny bones from TFF member Sacha's Merritt Island Pleistocene matrix. http:// Small Pleistocene bone for ID - Fossil ID - The Fossil Forum The help that I received was based on the limited photos that I supplied. Lateral views alone just don't cut it! I was not satisfied with 'mouse', so I 'dug' a little deeper. I decided to re-photograph a few of the odd little bones in different aspects this time. Duh... my results really do illustrate the importance of showing the 'ends' of a bone. It was very obvious from my new photos that these are vertebrae. Then came hours of research and many PDF downloads. Turns out that these cool little bones are autotomous lizard caudal vertebrae. There seem to be at least two kinds in the matrix possibly representing different species (or positions in the tail). I have included some of the links to helpful papers on the subject. http://‎www.scielo.br/pdf/aabc/v87n1/0001-3765-aabc-201520130298.pdf http://The Anatomy and Histology of Caudal Autotomy and Regeneration in Lizards (PDF Download Available) http://Lizard Caudal Vertebrae on JSTOR
  9. Another Merritt Island mystery solved

    I posted this Pleistocene fossil last week. I found it in TFF member Sacha's Florida micro matrix from a spoil island in the Indian River. I could not find a match in any of my books, but I did find it in a PDF! I don't know that it is the species that I selected to compare, but I am happy to call it 'snake'. The 'unknown' that I originally posted: The match that I found: The figure that I found:
  10. Merritt Island Bone for ID

    I am re-posting this as it got lost in the upgrade last Sunday. I could use some help on this one which I think is a cranial element. It was found in TFF member Sacha's Florida Pleistocene Merritt Island matrix. As I previously noted, the preservation may look a bit like fish, but a lot of the amphibian finds from this matrix have a similar appearance, so I don't want to rule anything out. Thanks for looking.
  11. Merritt Island Canine Tooth

    I was searching some of the Merritt Island micro matrix (the famous "frog toe" matrix) I had gotten from tff member Sacha when I found this tooth: It's about 21 mm. long, and it is from the Late Pleistocene Melbourne Bone Bed near Merritt Island, Florida. I was initially very surprised! How did this relatively large tooth end up in a bag of microfossil matrix? I think it is some sort of canid or felid canine tooth. I'm not very good with mammal teeth, so I would appreciate any help with identification.
  12. Whose tooth from Merritt Island

    This tooth was found in Sacha's Merritt Island, Florida (Pleistocene) matrix. It is in pretty good shape... the roots are odd. Any ideas? Julianna
  13. Merritt Island unknown

    Can anyone help with the ID of this, what looks to be a tiny bone from the Pleistocene Merritt Island matrix. Jill
  14. Vole Tooth #1, Pic B (Microtus sp.?)

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another pic of the vole tooth.
  15. Vole Tooth #1, Pic A (Microtus sp.?)

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    One of the vole teeth I've found in this matrix, from the Melbourne Bone Bed (10,000 - 20,000 years old). Found in microfossil matrix gathered from a dredge spoil island near Merritt Island, Florida.
  16. Stingray Spine #2, Front

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another view of the stingray spine.
  17. Stingray Spine #1, Back

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    A rather broken stingray spine from the Melbourne Bone Bed (10,000 - 20,000 years old). Found in microfossil matrix gathered from a dredge spoil island near Merritt Island, Florida.
  18. Spotted Seatrout Otolith #1, Front B

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    The third picture of the Spotted Seatrout otolith.
  19. Spotted Seatrout Otolith #1, Front A

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another picture of the Spotted Seatrout otolith.
  20. Spotted Seatrout Otolith #1, Back

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    I believe this is the otolith of a Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) or a similar species from the Melbourne Bone Bed (10,000 - 20,000 years old. Found in microfossil matrix gathered from a dredge spoil island near Merritt Island, Florida.
  21. Sheepshead Tooth #1, Pic C

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    The third pic of the sheepshead tooth.
  22. Sheepshead Tooth #1, Pic B

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another pic of the sheepshead tooth.
  23. Sheepshead Tooth #1, Pic A

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    A tooth from a fish known as the Sheepshead (Archosargus sp.) from the Melbourne Bone Bed (10,000 - 20,000 years old). Found in microfossil matrix gathered from a dredge spoil island near Merritt Island, Florida.
  24. Rodent Incisor #3, Pic B

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    Another pic of the third rodent incisor. This is from the Melbourne Bone Bed (10,000 - 20,000 years old). Found in microfossil matrix gathered from a dredge spoil island near Merritt Island, Florida.
  25. Rodent Incisor #3, Pic A

    From the album Pleistocene Microfossils from Merritt Island, Florida

    One of the many rodent incisors I've found in this matrix. This is from the Melbourne Bone Bed (10,000 - 20,000 years old). Found in microfossil matrix gathered from a dredge spoil island near Merritt Island, Florida.
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