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  1. Bands in Marine Mammal teeth

    I recently found a distressed canine in the Peace River. When possible I really want to identify all such fossil canines. The length is 1 and 1/8 inch. At the river I seemed to see (photo #1 & #2) "latitudinal banding" which means marine mammal. At home, I note that the root end turns to the side of the canine (photos #3 & #4), a characteristic that I mostly associate with porpoise. So , what is my question: Do all Dolphin/Porpoise teeth have such banding? The only reason I do not detect it on 95% of my Florida Dolphin/Porposie fossil teeth is that the banding is covered by cementum. I appreciate all responses, Jack Here is a picture of Whale tooth composition. These are Peace River or Bone Valley Whale Teeth:
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Unknown phalange, Peace River Florida

    Here is nice little fossilized phalange bone that I found in Florida's Peace River. Like verts, almost all phalanges look alike to me, except for size differences. I'm having a hard time ID'ing this one. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  6. Bone Valley Vertebra, Peace River FL

    I found this nicely-fossilized vertebra in the Peace River. It's broken, but there might be enough features left to ID it. It has a "Y" shaped imprint on the ends. Does anyone know what critter this came from? These verts confuse me when I try to ID them and I am never sure. Any help would be appreciated.
  7. This nice little tooth turned up in the sifter on the Peace River in Florida. I think it's a deer tooth, but I'm not sure because it looks a little small. Could it be something else? The cube is one square centimeter.
  8. After much anxious gauge watching and storm radar prognostication, I decided to make an attempt on the Peace River today. I got up at 7am and hit the road, expecting to arrive at the river by 8:30. I got stuck in some traffic getting out of Tampa, and I didn't arrive until 9:15am. The sky was cloudy, overcast, and grey. It was not promising and looked like the forecasted afternoon rain might arrive early and cut the day short. But, within minutes of arriving, the grey vanished and the sun started to peek out through gaps in the clouds. It might be a decent day afterall. The water was still a little high and fast, but still doable and far from dangerous. I found a newly-exposed (or transported) gravel bed and worked it for a couple of hours before gathering grey clouds started threaten again. I found a lot of turtle shell (left most of it behind), a couple of weird oddballs that might be partial claws or teeth, two tiny verts, and a very nice fossil skull with a green patina and blue teeth. I posted photos of the skull in the ID forum. Here is a photo of the rest of my finds. I was picky today and left behind a lot of turtle shell, small shark teeth, and chunkasaurus bits. Not much to see, although a couple of pieces merit closer inspection later after a nap. The skull can be seen on the lower right. Rain is in the forecast for the next couple of days, but the weekend looks dry, so I might take another shot at it this weekend. I forgot to bring my camera, so no trip pics this time.
  9. I found this lovely skull recently in Florida's Peace River. It was near a spot of fresh erosion from a high bank that contains a thin gravely-shelly layer running through Holocene-Pleistocene overburden. You could see the fossils weathering out of the bank and falling into the water below. A gravel bar had accumulated near the bank in the river and it was littered with fossils. I did not see any evidence of Miocene fauna, like the usual dugong ribs or megalodon teeth. Sitting in plain sight, upside-down (teeth up) in barely 4-6 inches of water was this skull. It is fossilized. Dense with a dark patina. To my delight, it had a canine intact and it is a beautiful color of blue that is similar to what you see in some Bone Valley fossils (and shark teeth) that have been buried in the right localized conditions. All of the remaining molars have some of the same blue coloration. So, I am thinking this is not recent and may be something interesting (hopefully)? It's quite small, as you can see in the photos. Is it a small critter, or a juvenile-version of a larger species? I would love it to be something like a juvenile dire wolf pup, instead of something less sexy like an ancient opossum. Any guesses on what this could be?
  10. Early Season Preview Coming?

    After exceeding flood stage by several feet, the Peace has dropped to about 8.5 feet and continues to drop. The forecast for the coming week is dry. This means.....(*drumroll*)..... that we may get an early preview of the upcoming fossil season. Or, we will get teased as the river levels drop tantalizingly close to searchable levels before a tropical storm or rain event dumps a ton of water on the river basin and makes it jump back up. I'm getting antsy. Is anyone else watching the gauge heights like a hawk?
  11. Id needed

    Anyone know what this is from? Found in the peace river in arcadia fl.
  12. Hi Fossil Friends, I have some big bone chunks that were recovered from the Peace River (Bone Valley Formation, Hawthorn Group, Florida). There a couple of partial bones here that can possibly be ID'ed. There are also 3 "bone balls" - I am guessing these are the broken-off ends of larger bones, but can they be ID'ed? We hung on to these in the hopes they might be something interesting or unusual. But given their condition, it might be difficult or impossible to ID them. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! MikeG
  13. Unknown Skull, Peace River, Florida

    This skull was found in Florida's Peace River (Bone Valley formation). Any idea what it could be?
  14. Mammal (marine) Earbone

    Found very little yesterday. This is somewhat unique as are all earbones. Found in a Bone Valley area with no Pleistocene material but with pre_equus horse teeth. At first, I thought "baleen whale", but it is too small. Asking @Harry Pristis and @Boesse to evaluate, but encourage all comments and suggestions. Jack
  15. Fossil glue?

    Good evening everyone. What kind of glue or adhesive do y'all use to put fossils back together with?
  16. Jaw bone id needed

    Anyone know what this is from? Found in the peace river in arcadia fl.
  17. Peace River, Digit or Vert?

    Found in the Peace River, Florida, Bone Valley. Is this a digit or a vert? And which species? It feels fossilized, and was found in a spot with other Pleistocene bits.
  18. Peace River Small Vertebrate Teeth

    Peace River, Florida, Hardee County, Bone Valley formation : Here are some unidentified teeth that caught my eye. There are several here,.including one possible dire wolf and a bunch that have me stumped. #1
  19. Sm raptor claw

    I was introducing my great_nephew Jake to the Peace River, he foscused in "small, tiny" fossils and found some good stuff... One was shark teeth, and the other a claw. looks birdlike to me so calling on @Auspex to help ID or just speculate. The 6mm shark teeth: The 7 mm claw: All suggestions and comments appreciated.
  20. Recent Finds

    Out hunting, found a nice single mammoth tooth plate (it only takes one of these to make my day), and 3 finds I am not sure about. 1) A caudal vertebrae, 3x width to height. Something with a tail but not a gator or dolphin.... 2) A small hoof core 3) and a broken bone with a telltale "collar" on the tip of my tongue but just can not place it... A blowup of the hoof core....
  21. Peace River Florida Verts

    Here are a couple of verts that I found very close to each other. I am not sure if they are from the same critter or not. I am not sure if they are fossil or recent, but if I had to guess, I would guess they are recent or Holocene. Any ideas what these are? Verts give me trouble - they are rarely what I think they are.
  22. Big Bone - femur?

    Here is one more from the Peace River (Florida). It's a big bone that resembles a femur of some kind. Again, I am almost certain this is not fossilized, or not fully. Could be fairly old (early Holocene) or recent. Cow? Horse? Human?! Thanks!
  23. Big Jaw Bone with Teeth

    This large jaw bone was found in the Peace River (Florida). I don't think it's fossilized, but it doesn't exactly look very-recent either. Surely Holocene I think, although I guess it could be older? Is it horse? Cow? Something else? Any help is appreciated. Thanks! (The brass scale cube measures 1cm square)
  24. Another place to avoid - Bartow

    Well, don't waste your time with the northern Peace around Bartow. We put in a Heritage Peace River Landing and paddled upstream for two hours - searching for karst features, gravel, or any other sign of fossils. In short, nothing. Not a darn thing. No rapids. Very little exposed limestone. We only found one area of small gravel and it contained nothing big or worth taking home. Just some tiny teeth and some small bone fragments, a few turtle scutes, etc. This area was heavily mined by the phosphate industry in the 1960's and 1970's before environmental regulations were put into place. This entire area looked like a moonscape until the 1980's when reclamation took place. Having said that, the scenery was nice and it was a pleasant paddle. But I wouldn't go there again looking for fossils.
  25. Exciting Phalanx

    If this is what I think it is... it's rare and exciting. This fossil is a phalanx (a toe bone at the end of the foot) . I have mis_identified very similar bones as predator in the past, so I ask for help . @Harry Pristis For anyone new to fossil toe bones, refer to the analysis and fantastic photos in this TFF thread: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/83952-toe-bone-possible-predator/