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Found 18 results

  1. Interesting fossils

    I was was catching strippers and drinking gin in Cape Cod a week ago, lower Vermont Sunday and Monday, ate cod in a restaurant on Long Island Sound Tuesday, spent Wednesday in Connecticut, on a plane home Thursday, out hunting fossils yesterday. Did not find much. 10 small shark teeth and a few worn bones. A whiskey bottle from the the 30s or 40s. It was brutal, lots of bugs, 95 degrees, high humidity... Loved every second of it. Had lunch with a good friend, went back to his place to take photos of fossils he found 30 years ago in BV phosphate mines: So think Florida Bone Valley, Miocene, 10-25 myas. I am just going to select individual photos. I have more but sizes limits in a single thread slow me down. A few of these I believe I know the species, but for the 1st day will encourage guesses from those who do not know or are not sure. Enjoy EDITED: Most Identifications added on July 30th Fossil #1: Fossil #2 IDENTIFIED as Large kentriodontid-grade dolphin tooth Fossil #3 IDENTIFIED as true Seal Cervical vertebrae Fossil #4 Fossil #5 IDENTIFIED as true Seal Axis vertebrae Fossil #7 IDENTIFIED as true Seal sacrum bone Fossil #8 IDENTIFIED as Rostral node shark snout. Fossil #9 Indentations on BOTH sides.... IDENTIFIED as symphyseal portion of a mandible where the lateral edges have fallen away - this is from a Large kentriodontid-grade dolphin. I will be thinking about these, looking at the internet fossil sites, checking with fossil identification friends.... Just sharing with my friends at TFF. These are miocene. Out of 9 fossils, maybe I would find 2 or 3 in the mostly Pleistocene Peace River. Jack
  2. Hunting with Steve

    Summer is usually a drag for SW Florida fossil hunting. I was flushed out of the Peace River on May 28th and have not been back. So I was commiserating (generally whining) with my pretty constant (in season) hunting buddy Steve a week ago. What can we do,, what can we do? Steve was a drag line operator for most of 25 years in Bone Valley Phosphate mines and has lived within walking distance of the Peace River most of his adult life. So, he and I both made suggestions on a Florida Fossil Focused agenda for what turned out to be yesterday!! 1) Arrive at Steve's home and unidentified fossil museum to check out some of his treasures and maybe purchase a few of my favorite tiny horse teeth from the Miocene era phosphate mines. Here are just a few of my new tiny horse teeth.... 2) Take a road trip in the Vicinity of Fort Meade, checking out feeder creeks to the Peace River, to determine whether these smaller creeks present an opportunity for fossil hunting. I am not trying to dissuade anyone but it is worth your life to go into many of the creeks I saw. As an example, little Paynes Creek is normally 1-2 feet meandering thru the woods. We went over a bridge where it was a torrent 30 feet wide and 8 foot deep. Best to wait until that subsides. 3) We were on a historical trip back in time visiting the Phosphate mines from 30 years ago and 100 years ago, passing old rusting mine buildings, cemeteries where mine towns used to be and are not any more, roads that went nowhere, huge tracks of land with no trespassing signs from MOSIAC Company. Steve talked about places he work for decades that had perfect Red Megs that no one bothered to pick up because the money was in mammal fossils. He said that in the 1970s, anyone could walk into the mines searching for fossils. The owners did not care as long as you stayed away from buildings and equipment during working hours. Kids would go searching for fossils on Sundays. 4) We were in the area , so we stopped at the Phosphate Mine Museum in Mulberry Florida. Really interesting place, I liked the baby Gomph tooth, Rhino tusk, Croc, and dugong ribs... In that 1st photo above, that is a Drag line bucket from decades ago. The museum fills the area with pebble rock that contains small fossils and tiny shark teeth from the mines. There was a family with 2 kids digging for fossils. I was fortunate to have some waste fossils in my pickup that I gave them and they thanked me profusely. I am not selective when I hunt, I pick up almost everything that is not rock, sort it out at home and on my next trip back, dump it back in the river, so broken unidentified bones, dugong ribs, ray teeth, turtle pieces, etc, etc. Sometimes fragments of gator . mammoth, mastodon, horse teeth. 5) From the museum, we went across the street for the big mac meal with fries and a drink. And then back to searching for those feeder creeks and defunct phosphate mines. All in All , it was a better fossil day than I had in over a month. We talked about visiting more local museums (Bradenton, Clewiston, Ft Myers), Steve loaned me a book on Florida Artifacts and so I have a lot of fossils activities to do for a few weeks until I need another day, hunting with Steve.
  3. Small Horse

    When I can not go to the Peace River... I clean, sort, categorize fossils or I do some family genealogy research, or I watch a ballgame on TV. It is ALL good. Here I am, going thru the bottom of an old box that has mostly whale teeth, some ray dermals, a few horse teeth, and some odds & ends, all coming from a Florida phosphate mine. Ball game on TV, drink on the table... as good as it gets. A couple of the odds-ends, and a couple of pre_Equus horse teeth to identify. You must be a horse fossil expert to do this and I am not nearly good enough... The 1st is an Upper, Cormohipparion I think... The 2nd very small... maybe Nannippus. I have sent photo to Richard Hulbert. Just sharing the good feelings I have today. Scraps in the bottom of a box, waiting for me to get interested. Jack
  4. A couple of Canines

    A hunting partner asked me to ID this canine, approximately 1.25 inches. I think I know what it is because of the "ripple" in the enamel, but feel better if backed by TFF expertise. I usually search TFF and the internet for matches and saw an old TFF post from 4 years ago that never quite identified this tooth. This TFF thread discusses Peccary. In the above thread, @Harry Pristismakes this comment: With the wear facet on the outside of the curve, Gary, your find is an upper canine. That's what I seem to have , a very small peccary looking tooth with the wear facet on the outside of the curve. Are there other possibilities for the Peace River Miocene - Pleistocene mix? Thanks for the help, Jack
  5. Florida Rhino fossil

    This morning I happily acquired a Rhino tooth encased in jaw to add to my collection. It is my 3rd Florida Rhino fossil and I have my eye on a 4th. Now I start asking questions. This seems to be a lower tooth, the first or last tooth on the left side. I am also unsure of which exact Rhino species had this tooth. The jaw segment is 4.5 inches and the occlusal length is 2.25 inches. This tooth seems different from the teeth in this FLMNH mandible of Teleoceras proterum . All comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
  6. Cormohipparion_emslieiSbyS.jpg

    From the album Horse

    A Cormohipparion emsliei upper right M1 or M2 found in Hardee County Florida Phosphate mine. The location found, the time era of 11-5 Mya, and the size of this tooth identifies as C_emsliei.
  7. N_aztecus_P3#4.jpg

    From the album Horse

    A Nannippus aztecus upper left P3 or P4 found in Hardee County Florida Phosphate mine. The location found, the time era of 11-5 Mya, and primarily the size of this tooth identifies as N_aztecus.
  8. N_aztecus_P2#3a.jpg

    From the album Horse

    A Nannippus aztecus upper left P2 found in Hardee County Florida Phosphate mine. The location found, the time era of 11-5 Mya, and primarily the size of this tooth identifies as N_aztecus.
  9. N_aztecus_M12#5d.jpg

    From the album Horse

    A Nannippus aztecus upper left M1 or M2 found in Hardee County Florida Phosphate mine. The location found, the time era of 11-5 Mya, and primarily the size of this tooth identifies as N_aztecus. Comparison to a University of Florida fossil of same tooth in 1968 paper by Mooser.
  10. N_aztecus_M2#2a.jpg

    From the album Horse

    A Nannippus aztecus upper left M1 or M2 found in Hardee County Florida Phosphate mine. The location found, the time era of 11-5 Mya, and primarily the size of this tooth identifies as N_aztecus.
  11. N_aztecus_lowerleft_m3.jpg

    From the album Horse

    A Nannippus aztecus lower left m3 found in Hardee County Florida Phosphate mine. The location found, the time era of 11-5 Mya, and primarily the size of this tooth identifies as N_aztecus.
  12. Tiny Mastodon tooth

    As noted in another thread, I purchased 5 pre-Equus teeth from a hunting friend, who used to work as a dragline operator in a Bone Valley Phosphate Mine. There were evidently perks of such a job. While looking at the horse teeth, I saw what I believed to be a miniature Mastodon tooth with some roots and a little bit of jaw material. I thought TFF members would appreciate seeing it as much as I did.
  13. 5 Pre_Equus Horse teeth

    Very INTERESTING day: Decided, under duress of no fossil hunting for months, to take a kayak on the Peace River (slightly suicidal based on current conditions) or lacking that to Little Paynes Creek (that I thought was doable). Not a question of whether I could actually hunt with shovel and sieve. On the way I gave a 30 mile lift to a 19 year old Missourian trying to reach the Orlando airport and return to his girlfriend. I figured another good deed would help on a day like this. On kayaking, it was short and brutal. Following the advice of the Ranger at Paynes Creek Park, I paddled upstream on Paynes Creek for 1/4 mile with a lifevest on as a test on whether I should try the Peace River. Upstream was intensive exercise of my biceps, after the fast current dumped me twice, I decided to cut my kayaking day short. Steve is one of my long time hunting buddies. I needed my long handled hunting shovel repaired, which he does and Steve and I had discussed my purchase of some of the pre_Equus horse teeth collection that he picked up (literally) as a dragline operation in the Bone Valley Phosphate mines 30-50 years ago. We finally agreed on the price and the number (5). Usually I do a lot of identification work BEFORE placing photos - sizes on TFF. This time something different.. Here are the 5 pre-Equus horse teeth (4 uppers - 1 lower) I bought today. HELP GREATLY appreciated (even at the Cormohipparrion, Callipus, or Nannippus level. Tooth #1 a lower: Tooth #2 Tooth #3 I LOVE this one.... Steve is a GOOD friend, just to sell me this Tooth #4 and Tooth # 5 I am interested in everything and anything about these teeth!! My collection just got better.!!!! Finally , on my way home I passed some construction piles just north of Arcadia and got 50-60 Seashells , mostly gastropods. Here are a few, but seashells do not have my focus now. Some fantastic fossil focused day.
  14. BVmarinemammal.jpg

    From the album FloridaWhales

    Likely: Long Beaked Dolphin Order: Artiodactyla Infraorder: Cetacea Superfamily: Depphinoidea Family: Kentriodontidae Broken tip is pre-fossilization; Length 83 mm - 3.1 inches
  15. BVWhaleTommy1.JPG

    From the album FloridaWhales

    Order: Artiodactyl Infraorder: Cetecea Family: Physeteridae Whale tooth, broken root, Length 85 mm, 3.2 Inches
  16. BVWhaleTooth.jpg

    From the album FloridaWhales

    Order: Artiodactyl Infraorder: Cetecea Family: Physeteridae Whale tooth, Length 104 mm, 3.9 Inches
  17. BVWhaleToothTXT.jpg

    From the album FloridaWhales

    Order: Artiodactyl Infraorder: Cetecea Family: Physeteridae Whale tooth, broken root, Length 74 mm, 2.9 Inches
  18. BVWhaleToothTXT.jpg

    Whale tooth recovered from Bone Valley mine in Florida. Order: Artiodactyla; Infraorder: Cetacea; Family: Physeteridae Genus: Indeterminate Broken missing end of root, 74 mm length