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  1. I spotted this in a site with one foot deep water a couple days ago while out fossil hunting: An hour or so before, I found this in the same site: A mammoth spit tooth. We also found quite a lot of petrified sticks and a root that all look modern but are completely mineralized: Not a bad way to start off the year.
  2. I am looking for fossil amber (no copal at this time, unless it's something really unusual). Locality is not important. I have a ton of Pleistocene, Pliocene, and Miocene fossils from Florida - most of them are from the Peace River locality (Bone Valley formation, Hawthorn Group). If you have some surplus amber to swap, let me know and maybe we can work something out. Reply here or message me to inquire.
  3. It has been a couple years since I made time to pull together some photos of personal finds to share. Inhospitable climes this past weekend afforded me the opportunity to organize a little eye candy for your viewing pleasure, arranged from geologically oldest to youngest. Provenance - for brevity, I'll just refer to the sites collectively as "Gulf of Mexico Watershed, Texas". Thanks for understanding and respecting. For more detail, go to Youtube and pull up Johnny Cash's "I've Been Everywhere". I will say that the Texas Outback comes with its perils, as shown below. Some of the pics are grainy due to fleeting photo opps, but you can see a big gator sliding into the water, a curious tarantula, a snake (water mocassin?) exercising the "stand your ground" law, and a rattler that became tablefare at the Woehrhaus. I even had a "Hugh Glass" moment with an injured hog while out solo gigging this year, and was glad to come out on top. I should be able to complete photo adds to this thread today in short bursts.
  4. Both of these fossils come from Peace river in Florida. Judging from the edge and size I'm wondering if the top one is from the scapula of a mammoth/mastodon? Either that or something from a whale. Any ideas? The bottom is an armadillo scute that I once mistook for scrap bone and left in the scrap box until being rediscovered. Any way to tell if it's Holmesia septentrionalisis or Holmesina floridanus? Thanks
  5. I find lots of verts on the brazos river and figure they are usually horse, cow, or deer. This vertebra seems different than any I've found before. I'm terrible at trying to id vertebrae, so I'll leave it up to y'all. Hope it's not too beat up. Thanks for looking!
  6. 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
  7. Hey guys. Still working on this one but hoping someone can tell me what the heck it is? No idea.
  8. Hi, I'm new here and I am a biologist by education and a fossil hunter by hobby. I found this fossil on Freeport Beach in Texas on Christmas Day, 2016. I have been trying to get into contact with a paleontologist at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, but I figured it doesn't hurt to seek out additional resources, especially for future ID assistance. This bone is approximately 3 cm long. I think it is a medial phalanx, but I have seen so many phalanges, but I have no idea how to get it down to species or even Order for that matter. So I was hoping someone here could help me out. The area it was found in is known for Pleistocene fauna and Clovis artifacts, since the what is now beach was plains 10,000 years ago. Thanks! I will appreciate any feedback.
  9. Salutations everyone It has been awhile since I have posted a fossiling trip, and that is predominantly because finding decent locations in Oklahoma can be difficult. That being said, I did stay in Australia from the end of June until the end of July with my fiancè, TFF member @Ash. During that time, we went fossil hunting nearly every day...while sick, I might add Never have I found so many fossils in my life... So let me begin. Some of these may not be as detailed as they could be for the sake of trying to fit as many as possible within one post, but I hope you will enjoy the "Land Down Under" with me as I reminisce. Soon after arriving in Aus, I got sick...allergies hit me pretty hard and I learned that many "Aussies" in urban areas employ a wood fireplace during the winter as their source of heat. Unfortunately, that leaves the rest of the house interminably cold-so I learned to stick to the fire pretty quickly I always felt cold, however. Unlike America where the home is typically evenly heated and you can escape the cold, there was no such escape for me in Aus Still, Ash and I managed to get out fairly often and he was very patient with me (I get very wheezy pretty quickly in cold weather and can thus be a bit short-winded), helping me clamber my way around the area until I got better acquainted with it (I am used to having to hammer away for fossils in one spot, not travel long lengths and simply pick up fossils as you go). Traveling the area is not as easy as one might think...there's mounds of sand, rough brush, cactii, and plenty of brambles/thorns and fallen trees posing as obstacles. Yet, we were caught in the "thrill of the hunt"-we averaged eight hours of walking each trip. The first trip out I was fairly disappointed, initially. Ash kept finding all sorts of fragments and my eyes were taking awhile to train themselves to a new method of looking. But Ash was a very good and patient teacher, pointing me to a general area and telling me to find the fragment he had spotted until I became better at finding them. The further along we walked, we started finding bigger chunks of bone, and all the while Ash taught me the tools of the trade. Needless to say, I think that trip and the last turned out to be the most 'exciting' in finds. I actually managed to find a partial Diprotodon incisor without Ash's help, along with a couple of other things. Towards the end of the trip, Ash found a Diprotodon radius eroding out; a large foot bone of Diprotodon, large piece of Pallimnarchus sp. croc skull (the largest Ash had ever seen), partial Diprotodon jaw, vert, and ribs were also found. We later discovered that a couple of the jaws turned out to be a rare Palorchestes and wombat jaw! It was dark by the time we had finished, so we had to stumble our way back to the vehicle a ways. After that site we visited another. Though we did not find nearly as much as before, we did find a couple of decent chunks, which included the top bit of a Diprotodon femur, half of a Diprotodon atlas vert, and the upper bit of a Diprotodon jaw (don't know the terminology yet). I also found my first partial Diprotodon upper incisor! I also found something odd eroding out and an unidentifiable chunk, but it was getting dark and we needed to head back. So we marked the location to come back to it the following day. That night, we found that the unidentifiable chunk that we just about tossed turned out to be a Megalania vert! Well...part of one, but I was still extremely happy to have found it! And the day following? Turned out to be an associated set of verts and ribs from a juvenile Diprotodontid! With evidence of predation! A large chunk of a Diprotodon (when I say Diprotodon I mean Diprotodontid, but emphasize that it is likely D. optatum) leg bone (femur?) was also found with croc predation marks. Ash also found a near-complete Megalania vert...in an area where he said he never found anything....and in the area I said we should look But I digress-he deserved it, well and truly! The last pleistocene site was also pretty spectacular and was a new place for Ash as well. At this site, I found my first Diprotodon molar But I also found a really nice chunk of croc jaw on my own (surprisingly, croc material in Aus is NOT common)! As of currently, however, an identification cannot be made....I am having it examined by a well-known Aus croc expert. The other exciting find of the day included a shared find of a claw of some sort...it is unlike a roo claw, and most people agree it is reptilian in nature. Apart from that, we do not know what it is from. It it is tortoise, it could be Ninjemys oweni; if croc, Pallimnarchus sp. However, the Aus expert on prehistoric crocs does not think it is croc...so that leaves a strong possibility of it being the claw of a "ninja turtle"! Furthermore? When we got back to Ash's house, we discovered that a couple of random chunks we had brought back were of Megalania! And so concludes my adventures with Ash in the pleistocene of Aus We hunted elsewhere, and in different ages, but those will not be included here. Hope you enjoyed! More pictures will be included in the following posts Pictures show the first day's haul, along with a close up of my favorites, which include a rare Palorchestes jaw and wombat jaw, my first partial Diprotodon incisor, and a piece of turtle shell (also uncommon) The last shows a picture of Ash's find: a Diprotodon radius in situ!
  10. Jlar7608 and I have been on many successful fossil hunting trips together, but at this specific time, we are lacking a favorite spot that produces lots of fascinating fossils. As a great example , I found a sloth mandible with 2 teeth on Jan 2nd, 2016 !!! It was a WoW. This year we originally decided to go out December 31st, but postponed to Monday due to a cold front rolling thru. It was a prospecting trip to a creek location we had never been to previously. There were some concerns like low water, not likely to be above 2 feet, lots more vegetation in the smaller creeks. steep side walls and the likelihood of bumping into animals. It was not what I would say was my most successful outing. My single fossil was a piece of a turtle shell. Jlar did slightly better with a maybe cow/bison astragulus, a complete but modern turtle shell, a nice coral head, and a couple of fossilized bones. And we did see a couple of river otters, one of which disputed our pretense in his/her hunting grounds. The REAL story of the day was the vegetation crossing the creek!!! Let me do a blow_up here just in case you missed it. That is Jlar in front of his Kayak -- We agreed that I would be the trip photographer, sooooooooooooooo I could not be holding the hacksaw, machete, or whatever.. Jlar is up to his waist in creek water, trying to determine which path is going to be easiest to cut through. There were 10 or so of these types of barriers in the approximate 2 miles we advanced into the interior, porting kayaks and gear up , over and around, the obstacles. The GOOD news is that we did not find any outstanding honey holes that will encourage us to go back to this creek. I was bushed when I got home last night, and every muscle hurt when I woke this morning. But I did have a lot of fun --- Jlar and I always have a great time when we go fossil hunting A couple of non_fossil finds... Here is an odd modern turtle shell: So, a question: the turtle shell has 4 tiny holes, 2 on each side. I have speculated but would be interested in other suggestions on how/why the holes are there. I am still thinking about it. Shellseeker -- my name matched this creek -- there were lots of broken fossil shells in the creek'.
  11. 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?
  12. Hi friends This year in the holidays, in Spanish beach..... Sparisoma cretense from pleistocene of Fuerteventura. Marvellous dental plate I look for up more pictures
  13. Hello, Could you tell me something about this tooth? Is it Coelodonta antiquitatis's tooth or Stephanorhinus etruscus's tooth? Is it possible identify this tooth? Kind regards, Paweł Czachura
  14. Hello all, This specimen was found in a creek that cuts through Miocene through Pleistocene fossiliferous exposures. Being found in a creek, I cannot rule out this being a modern critter (unless it is indeed bison of course). I know that this specimen is an astragalus, and I think it is from one of the right legs. I see resemblance with bison astragali, but I don't know. Thanks for the help Whose astragalus?? Miocene to Pleistocene Mississippi
  15. Good evening everyone. I need some help ID'ing these fossils that I keep finding on our beaches here in North Florida and was hoping that someone in the forum has seen them before. I find them in an area where I've found many horse and tapir teeth. Any help in greatly appreciated!
  16. Found this fragment today. Galveston Bay dredge spoils. Darrow
  17. Hello everyone. This is one of a series of posts that I will be making today. I am NOT familiar with fossils of this age so I really need some help with identification of these specimens. I did some collecting this week in a creek that exposes 3 formations, one that is Late Miocene (fossiliferous), one that is Pliocene (not fossiliferous), and one that is Pleistocene (fossiliferous). None of the fossils were found within the formation itself, so I don't know what formation each specimen came from. I found several bones that were undoubtedly modern, but the ones I am posting look and feel fossilized to me. This is a tooth I found. It is in great shape and I was super excited to find it. I am fairly sure that it is a carnivore tooth, but other than that I don't know. Let me know what you all think! Miocene to Pleistocene Mississippi Tooth of who?
  18. Hello everyone. This is one of a series of posts that I will be making today. I am NOT familiar with fossils of this age so I really need some help with identification of these specimens. I did some collecting this week in a creek that exposes 3 formations, one that is Late Miocene (fossiliferous), one that is Pliocene (not fossiliferous), and one that is Pleistocene (fossiliferous). None of the fossils were found within the formation itself, so I don't know what formation each specimen came from. I found several bones that were undoubtedly modern, but the ones I am posting look and feel fossilized to me. This is another hollow bone I found. I am not sure what to think of it, other than that it is a bone. Let me know what you all think! Miocene to Pleistocene Mississippi Bone of who?
  19. Hello everyone. This is one of a series of posts that I will be making today. I am NOT familiar with fossils of this age so I really need some help with identification of these specimens. I did some collecting this week in a creek that exposes 3 formations, one that is Late Miocene (fossiliferous), one that is Pliocene (not fossiliferous), and one that is Pleistocene (fossiliferous). None of the fossils were found within the formation itself, so I don't know what formation each specimen came from. I found several bones that were undoubtedly modern, but the ones I am posting look and feel fossilized to me. This is the first specimen and by far the largest. I don't know if it is Mastodon, bison, glyptodon, whatever (I am honestly just naming random large mammals that have been found in this region). One of the most strange things about it is that it is hollow. Let me know what you all think! Miocene to Pleistocene Mississippi Bone of who?
  20. Castoroides ohioensis

    From the album Misc. Self Collected Specimens

    Molars from Castoroides ohioenses (giant beaver) Age: Pleistocene Location: North Texas
  21. This is tooth ? Location: Twardovski Cave, Kraków, Southern Poland Age:Pleistocene ? Specimen during cleaning Speimen in cave wall.
  22. soo, im currently trying to reconstruct some pleistocene fauna (mainly felines for now) and i have almost no problem with anatomy, muscles and such, but i do have a problem recreating the fur color, pattern and length. im currently working on the smilodon populator, and i really have no idea what to paint it, in one side, it was a south american cat, all modern cats that distribute the area are spotted and yellowish colored (ocelot, jaguar). but on the other side, it lived in the savannah, which "allows" all kind of fur patterns (plain/lion, spotted/leopard, etc). and it was a realtive of smilodon fatalis, which lived in north america. there are no remains of fur and no cave drawings of smilodon from what i have found, so if anyone knows any articles which comes up with speculations about this kind of stuff please link them here, im also having a hard time founding pictures of animal skeletons in a neutral pose (standing still) so if there is a collection of these kind of images i'd love to know about it thank you very much and sorry for bad english. i'm not sure if ive put the thread on the right forum so let me know if i made a mistake.
  23. Equus sp.

    Horse Teeth 'Modern' horse teeth are very hypsodont (high-crowned) to deal with wear caused by eating gritty and/or fibrous foods like grasses. A mature horse may have as many as 44 teeth, which include: 12 incisors (6 upper and 6 lower) Canine teeth are usually absent in female horses but may be present in males. Cheek teeth (4 premolars and 3 molars per side) have very complex enamel patterns. The first premolars (upper and lower) in horses (sometimes called the 'wolf teeth') are vestigial and often absent. Upper cheek teeth (premolars and molars) can be recognized by the relatively square shape (except for the second premolar and third molar) when viewing the occlusal (chewing) surface. Lower cheek teeth (premolars and molars) can be recognized by the relatively rectangular shape when viewing the occlusal (chewing) surface (except for the second premolar and third molar). Horse 'foot' bones 'Modern' horses are monodactyl (one-toed). The metapodials (hand and foot bones) are reduced to a single unit on each leg. There are three 'toe bones' - phalanges (singular is phalanx) on each foot...phalanx I, phalanx II and phalanx III. The third phalanx is the 'hoof core' Unfortunately, I have never collected an intact phalanx III so I have not pictured one here. The astragalus (ankle bone) is only present on the hind legs.
  24. Hello all! It's been awhile. This bird bone was sticking out about 4" from the sand layer. They are getting so deep in the pit they are kind of past the fossil layer. This one must of washed down with the sand. So...figure Pliocene/Pleistocene..North East Simi Valley. Bird, but a big one!
  25. 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