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  1. James River Weekend - VA

    Mrs. SA2, @MikeR & I guided a trip for 12 along the lower James River in Virginia this weekend. Started out with very iffy weather Saturday morning with 2 foot swells and white caps from an unfriendly westerly wind. She and I were both quite busy tending our boats even when on the beach so we didn't get many photos. Mike was busy helping the folks with IDs and stratigraphy, so he didn't get many either. There were some taken though. Later in the day we did find a very nice, large Eastover Formation slough (upper Miocene). @Fossil-Hound Mrs. SA2 said she "had the feeling" as we approached in the boats. Not to disappoint, the slough produced at least 10 Ecphora between the different members of the group, most were whole or almost whole. @Daleksec still has hold of the lucky horseshoe and found about 6 foot of whale jaw. (After initial inspections last night it appears to be 3 foot of both sides of the lower jaw / mandible. Lots of further work is required.) I will post more photos of Saturday in next couple days. Today was much nicer on the river and we hunted a section of beach with the Rushmere Member of the Yorktown Formation (Upper Pliocene) in the bottom 2 - 3 feet of the cliff. It's very shelly and it too produced large #s of Ecphora. @Fossil-Hound, I'm not exaggerating when I say the group got over 20 on the day, cause I found Mrs. SA2 7 by myself, she found a couple, @Daleksec had 4 or 5 and other members of the group had some too. Here is a photo of my 1st of today, lying there waiting to pose with 2 of @aerogrower's custom scale cube. We were testing out the metric one to make sure Ray put some magic in it. Here is a photo showing the Rushmere Member exposure at the base of the cliff. We had about 600 yards of exposure today. Paleo pick for scale. Here is a photo of my last Ecphora of the day. @Fossil-Hound, calm down. YES, it really is "that big!" @MikeR can vouch for it, he saw it and photographed it, with his brand new metric scale from @aerogrower. Obviously, I have some prep work ahead of me. Speaking of the world famous @MikeR, ladies and gentlemen - here he is coming back to the boat with his bucket of trophies after a few hours in the sun! One of the nicest, most knowledgeable guys you would ever want to meet. I'll post photos of all of Mrs. SA2'S Ecphora from the weekend, @Daleksec's jaw and his gorgeous ~2 inch hastalis with red hues in the next few days. Gorgeous tooth! Cheers, SA2
  2. Struggling to i.d. these two gastropods while rehousing them in a new box, this is the note that was left inside the original box by the owner of the fossils. Any help would be appreciated as to their identity.
  3. Ancient species of giant sloth discovered in Mexico Borneo Bulletin, August 18, 2017 https://borneobulletin.com.bn/ancient-species-giant-sloth-discovered-mexico/ Fossilized remains of a giant sloth unearthed in Mexico By Victoria Ritter, Gears of Biz, August 20, 2017 http://gearsofbiz.com/fossilized-remains-of-a-giant-sloth-unearthed-in-mexico/16015 Ancient Giant Sloth Fossil Found in Underwater Cave While cave diving in Mexico, explorers uncovered 10,000- year-old remains of a new sloth species, National Geographic http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-giant-sloth-new-species-mexico-cave-spd/ The paper is: Stinnesbeck, S.R., Frey, E., Olguín, J.A., Stinnesbeck, W., Zell, P., Mallison, H., González, A.G., Núñez, E.A., Morlet, A.V., Mata, A.T. and Sanvicente, M.B., Xibalbaonyx oviceps, a new megalonychid ground sloth (Folivora, Xenarthra) from the Late Pleistocene of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, and its paleobiogeographic significance. PalZ, pp.1-27. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12542-017-0349-5 Yours, Paul H.
  4. giant vertebrae

    This came from a quarry in San Patricio county. It's pourous and larger than any other vertebrae I've found. Thanks
  5. Hi all, I found this fossil oyster (Ostrea edulis) two days ago on the Zandmotor (Netherlands). It's from the Eemian stage of the Pleistocene (120'000 years old). What made me pick up this oyster was its really weird feature. In the inside, this looks like a normal oyster: But when you turn it around, you can see that this oyster had a really rough time! Part of it is completely crushed, pushed in. And there are weird lines on it too. Now of course, the first idea that came onto my mind was that this oyster got crushed when it got pumped out of the sea and thrown onto the beach. But this wouldn't really work, because if you apply just a bit of force anywhere on a fossil oyster, it will easily break/snap. It won't get a new shape. And I have no clue what might have made those weird lines on it. Therefore, I ask your opinion: what do you think happened to this oyster for it to become crushed (but not break), and have those weird lines? Looking forward to some interesting theories! Max More photos:
  6. Scaphopod: species?

    Hi all, Two days ago, during my hunt on the Zandmotor, I found my first scaphopod!!! Is the species Antalis vulgaris, or is it another one? Found on the Zandmotor (Netherlands), from the Eemian stage of the Pleistocene (120'000 years old). Thanks in advance, Max
  7. Big bone piece

    Hi all, I found this big piece of bone yesterday on the Zandmotor (Netherlands) (Pleistocene). Most probably from a large mammal. Anyone know what part of the body it might be, and from what animal? Thanks in advance, Max
  8. Tiny little bone

    Hi all, Here is a tiny piece of bone I found on the Zandmotor (Netherlands) (Pleistocene). Do you know what part of the skeleton it might have come from, and from what animal? For now I'm thinking mouse... I can take closeups if needed. Thanks in advance, Max
  9. Big rib (?) piece

    Hi all, Here is a piece of bone, and I think it's part of a big rib (this being the part connecting the rib to the spinal column). It comes from the Zandmotor (NL), which is known for its numerous remains of mammal fossils from the late Pleistocene (40'000 years ago) (mammoth, cave lion, jaguar, dire wolf, woolly rhino, etc). Anyone know from what animal it might have come from? Thanks in advance, Max
  10. Titanis Phalanx

    This is the third phalanx from the Terror Bird Titanis walleri, found at a Blancan site in a North Central Florida river.
  11. Indonesia: First Humans May Have Arrived in Sumatra in Time for Toba Supervolcano Eruption, New Scientist https://www.newscientist.com/article/2142952-early-humans-may-have-seen-a-supervolcano-explosion-up-close/ Old teeth from a rediscovered cave show humans were in Indonesia more than 63,000 years ago August 10, 2017 by Kira Westaway, The Conversation https://phys.org/news/2017-08-teeth-rediscovered-cave-humans-indonesia.html Westaway, K. E., J. Louys, R. Due Awe, and others, 2017, An early modern human presence in Sumatra 73,000– 63,000 years ago. Nature (2017) doi:10.1038/nature23452 Received 30 March 2017 Accepted 29 June 2017 Published online 09 August 2017 https://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature23452.html Related articles: Are we ready for the next volcanic catastrophe? Bill McGuire, The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/28/are-we-ready-for-the-next-big-volcanic-eruption-tambora-bill-mcguire Toba catastrophe theory. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toba_catastrophe_theory Yours, Paul H.
  12. Equus tooth??

    I found this tooth on the banks of the river Vilaine in Brittany in France. I believe it is from a horse. Can anyone identify it for me or let me know a possible age. Thanks, Jo
  13. Fossil mammal bone

    Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum. I love collecting fossils and I love paleontology but I'm not great at identification yet. I found this on the banks of the river Vilaine in Brittany in France. I believe it may be from a cloven hooved mammal. Would appreciate any ideas. Thanks, Jo
  14. My girlfriend, Valerie and I were visiting my aunt in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is 90 and lives in a senior residence. I wasn't planning to go fossil hunting or even thinking about fossils. However, on our last night there, we were walking in the neighborhood to burn off a few calories when I spotted a number of fossil shells in front of an apartment complex. We spent about half an hour searching the shells for complete ones in good condition- found over twenty species. Valerie got into it too and found some excellent specimens. After that we began spotting fossil shells everywhere. It's amazing how much you don't see unless you're really looking. Since this isn't our usual stomping ground- could use some ID help with these:
  15. "Micro" ID

    Hello! Just some more stuff from Pleistocene cave deposits near Kempsey, Australia. If any more info is needed feel free to ask. As usual, I will be uploading more for ID later 1. Fish? Lizard? (excuse the red number, its for something else )
  16. Mammoth or Mastadon polished tooth slice

    From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    Polished mammoth or mastadon tooth purchased at store. Labeled wolly mammoth, from Florida.
  17. Cervalces (Stag moose) Jaw?

    I'd really like to say with 100% certainty that this partial jaw is from a Stag moose (Cervalces scotti) but I have never held one in my hand before and it would be the rarest most coolest thing I've ever had the privilege to find so I want to make sure. I found this a few days ago on a gravel bar in a river in the midwest that produces pleistocene material. I hadn't found a thing all day long and there were footprints everywhere (many of my hunts are like this :D) but I found this high and dry upside down concealed to look like a stick. At first the dirt-covered pale looking teeth made me think of another cow jaw until I picked it up and realized I was holding what looked to be a jaw bone with the teeth of a gigantic deer. Brushing it off as an elk jaw until I got home and compared it to a cast of a Cervalces M3 and it was a PERFECT MATCH. I've taken side by side pictures with the cast tooth from a Cervalces and the stylid, size, shape, and everything seem to line up perfectly to me. My teeth are slightly more worn down than the cast which is why the crown appears taller but other than that I don't see any differences but I am not an expert in the slightest so I would love to hear the opinions of others on this one because I want to make sure that I get this ID right. Thanks! (I also included side by side comparisons with a jaw from a medium sized Bison from the same site)
  18. I found this large humerus several years ago on a gravel bar on the Kansas river. Everything was pretty picked over that day but I noticed a small bit of bone protruding from the gravel and sand. I dug this up and thought it to be just from a large elderly (arthritic? growth on distal end) Bison antiquus however now I am not so sure. I took photos with the humerus next to a humerus from an American Bison and it just seems to be on a different level. It is quite heavy and mineralized and is just shy of 20 lbs. I know during the pleistocene the woodland musk ox Bootherium bombifrons has been found in the same deposits throughout the midwest from Mississippi to Alaska so I was wondering if anyone knows any tips on distinguishing B. antiquus from Bootherium? Skulls and cervical vertebrae are no problem but they are the only elements of Bootherium I have ever seen or held. Any help distinguishing post cranial elements of these two would be much appreciated - thanks!
  19. This big section of antler came out of a river in the midwest. Whitetail, Elk, Stag-moose, and even Caribou material has been found at this location. I hunt deer and it doesn't look like its from a typical whitetail but not sure, and does not appear to be from an elk with those strange 3 wavy tines but I don't know. Wondering if anyone has any opinions on this or any experience with stag moose, elk, caribou or anything else it may be - thanks.
  20. Publication Request

    Hello all This year I joined the Paleontological Society to have access to the Journal of Paleontology however their archives only go back to 1980. I am looking for a PDF of the following: Valentine, James W. 1959. Pleistocene Molluscan Notes. I. The Bay Point Formation at Its Type Locality Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Jul., 1959), pp. 685-688 Thanks in advance Mike
  21. Tiny claw core

    16x9.5x5.2 mm What it it? Which animals are candidates? Looking forward to questions, comments, WAGs and an identification. Found yesterday.
  22. Pleistocene ray, fish, salamander, frog, snake, lizard and mammal specimens from matrix from the Melbourne Bone Bed from the Indian River, Florida. I want to thank John Sacha for supplying the matrix. This matrix was basically shells with fossil specimens. This was an extremely interesting matrix to search because of the large number of mammal and small reptile specimens. It also contained a good amount of amphibian specimens which I haven’t seen before in matrix. There were marine specimens also like fish specimens but the shark teeth were pretty beat and there were only a couple of ray specimens. Julianna has made extensive posts on Merritt Island micros. This post does contain some additional/different examples of specimens from the matrix. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/57198-merritt-island-florida-pleistocene-fossils/ http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/59507-merritt-island-florida-pleistocene-fossils-part-2/ http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/60385-merritt-island-florida-pleistocene-fossil-photos/ If you mouse over the pictures you will see the file name which has the specimen size and my best effort at identification. If you can identify anything further or you see id errors please contribute to this post. Below is a gem jar display which shows some of the nicer specimens that I found. Clique the photo to see an enlarged version. The gem jar cups are 1.75 inches in diameter for size reference of the specimens. This is what is in each gem jar: 1 Lizard and snake vertebrae 2 Lizard and snake vertebrae 3 Interesting specimens that I need to id 4 Lizard jaws, mostly anole 5 Salamander vertebrae 6 Mammal teeth 7 Mammal teeth 8 Amphibian jaws (or don’t look like lizard) 9 Frog specimens 10 Mammal bones 11 Crab claw tips 12 Fish specimens (jaw fragments, teeth, scales, otoliths, and vertebrae) 13 Claws 14 Scales/Diodontid tooth plates 15 Ray tooth and barb 16 Scale/turtle shell fragments Below are some pictures of some individual specimens Ray: I found a single Dasyatis tooth: Fish: Otolith: Drum Tooth: Fish jaws/plates: Continued in the next reply. Marco Sr.
  23. Ancient Ozarks Museum Report

    It's been awhile since we actually visited this museum, but I'm just getting around to posting a few things This museum is situated in the "Ozarks" near Hollister, Missouri, and is thus aptly named the "Ancient Ozarks Museum". We actually had no idea it was there when we ( @Ash and I) went to Hollister for our honeymoon at Paradise Point, but leave it to a couple amateur paleontologists to find the one fossil shop and fossil-related museum in the area Funnily enough, I saw a Razanandrongobe tooth for sale in the fossil shop before all the news articles came out on it, putting it in the spotlight-I had never heard of it before, and we actually looked up what it was (speculated to be dinosaurian at that time) due to its intriguing nature. Funny how such things coincide... However, the main subject of this topic is the museum. We actually learned about by accident while eating at the Buzzard's restaurant at Paradise Point by flipping over a menu and noticing a terror bird tearing after its prey with an ad for the museum. So, we determined then and there we would have to visit. And it wasn't a disappointment! Though a quaint museum with few actual fossils, the few it had were spectacular, and the life-size dioramas were portrayed in amazing detail. Moreover, the building was made of a deep, rich-colored wood, reminiscent of the studies and museums of old. So perhaps there was little quantity-wise, but there was much quality-wise. It also had thousands of Native American and Civil War artifacts, but I'll focus only on the fossils here, as to write on everything is a fairly daunting task. The first thing we were confronted with was a skeleton of a giant ground sloth-I must admit I did not realize how odd this creature was until I saw its skeletal vestige in person, with its low, wide hips, blocky skull, wide-spaced front teeth, and large, angled claws. How this thing walked is beyond me... Next, we came across our first mesmerizing diorama-and I was amazed at how much detail and effort was put into these, let alone how huge the Daeodon and "Bear Dog" were! The Bear Dog reminded me of some amorphous cross between a variety of predators-cat, dog, bear, etc. And then, across the hall, the Terror Bird! Its beak was about as large as my head, and its eyes seemed to follow you; the feather and head detail made it look like it had been stuffed just the day before. I admit I wasn't much impressed with the Giant Beaver (Castoroides?) skeleton, but I did appreciate seeing it, as I haven't heard of many complete skeletons being on display. With each added animal, I became more dubious that these animals once lived in the mountainous area, let alone had been found here (most were found in caves). Throughout the museum, I will say my respect-though already founded-deepened for the Native Americans' perspective on life and society. I also felt a twinge of sorrow that their perspective has largely not survived into today's society's mindset. But I digress and will continue onward with this report... The next diorama we came across was that of a North American Jaguar hunting a Stag Moose (Cervalces sp.), which, to my surprise, was actually a deer-a very large one. I've added a photo of myself just to give an indication of scale, though my small figure may nullify that (I'm only 5'3"). The last diorama we saw on the lower floor of the museum was that of a Short-faced Bear facing a Clovis man, which was awe-inspiring. You don't really understand what the early Native American peoples had to face until something like this looms over you. I imagined a young Native American bragging about his victory over a modern bear, only to have an elder put him in his place with his own story of defeating a Short-faced Bear before they disappeared altogether. How many saw giant beavers or made pelts out of them. What of encounters with North American Lions or Jaguars? The stories told of them? Do the ghosts of those encounters remain in more modern Native American tales? Upon finishing the lower floor, we headed back up to the main hall, where a Short-faced bear skeleton, mammoth skeleton, and North American Lion skeleton were on display. We were admittedly amused that the bear skeleton on the main floor was female-there was one on the lower floor (of which I haven't included a photo of) which had us in shock, as a single bone made it decidedly male (shocked because we've never seen markedly 'male' fossil skeletons, which then makes you realize you've been staring at fossil skeletons that have all been portrayed as female up until that point). The mammoth, we learned, had actually been bought from an auction after being taken off the black market and had been dubbed 'Monty'. Lastly, we were faced with the grin of a North American Lion. He looked happy to see us, I thought. Almost as if he were posing for the camera and saying, "Cheese!" before having a snack. Needless to say, we kept our distance It's been awhile since I've made a decent trip report, so I hope you all enjoyed this venture with us!
  24. Woolly rhino molar

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    An awesome woolly rhino molar, of the species Coelodonta antiquatis. Though the chewing surface is slightly damaged, this is so far my best Zandmotor find!
  25. Sting winkle

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A broken but still rare find of the European sting winkle, Ocenebra erinacea.