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  1. Anything worth keeping?

    Any of these identifiable? Peace River Florida
  2. ? Florida Finds

    Any suggestions? 3 1/4 x 1 1/4 inch. Peace River. Looks like a root used to be on the bottom. Slightly concave.
  3. Found this interesting piece the other day at the north sulfur river. The overall shape reminds me of a couple of the larger Ptychodus teeth i have but the texture looks completely different. Looking forward to some input. Thanks!
  4. First regular post here and sorry that it's a more or less redundant post.... I'm trying to figure out a floating sifter and have looked here and elsewhere at them until my head is spinning. (Mind you, it doesn't take a lot these days to make it spin!<g>) It seems that many of you are using the floating pool-noodle/pvc sifters with good results. Whether wood or pvc it appears a constant is the use of pool noodles. I've been using a little "baking basket" about 16"x10"x2" / 40cm x 25cm by 5cm in size. The mesh is an elongated square (diamond?) shape, something like 1/4"x3/16" or 6mm x 3mm. I like the 2"/5cm lip of it for washing the matrix back and forth. I've got a piece of 1/8" hardware cloth laying inside the baskets. It has worked well, but I've only worked at the edge of the creek where I could sit it down in the edge of the water as I fill with matrix to sift...it didn't have to float. If I move out into toward the center of the creek this isn't going to work. For now, I figured that I could zip tie a pool noodle to both long sides of the basket and see how it works. When I got to Walmart, though, there were three different sizes of pool noodles. I ended up picking up a "medium" 2-7/8"(7cm) and "large" 4-1/4" (11cm). The large size is pretty substantial...maybe overkill? I figure I can take back the one I don't use if I don't hack it to pieces. Is bigger better? After thinking about it, it seems that noodles on the narrow ends might help keep it from pulling a Titantic plunge should the screen be loaded too heavily at one end. The reason I ask is that having a noodle on the ends will make it more difficult to hold onto...the same reason people build an extended handle onto their pvc screens, I suppose. I'm figuring on loading this small screen with two full shovel-fulls at the most. We have to walk a good piece to our hunting areas and the basket weights very little, which is nice. I'm looking at later building a slightly larger screen which I know will weigh more but hopefully be more efficient. I'm torn between pvc and wood. I really like the walls that the wooden sifters have over the more flat screens of the pvc...they can be worked back-and-forth vigorously without loosing anything over the edges. But, the pvc screens appear to be a bit lighter in weight for carrying. I take it that with the pvc sifters that the noodles are attached snug enough to create a "wall" of sorts to hold matrix in as it's be worked back and forth...??? It just seems like there could possibly be space/cracks that stuff could fall through between the pvc/wire-mesh assembly and the noodles. It must work ok, though, being as I see many people using them successfully...I just can't wrap my head around that aspect. It's probably something you have to see in action to understand. A wooden screen will be somewhat heavier but the big hang-up for me is how to protect myself from the sharp edges of the wire mesh and how to keep the screen firmly attached to the bottom. What do most people use to attach the hardware cloth/mesh? Pneumatic stapler, spring-loaded stapler, screws...straight against the bottom edge or wrap it around the sides??? Edge protection...just fold over the edges and hope for the best or add some trim to it? Maybe the pool noodles help cover the edges? We're going to head to the creek in the morning. There are supposed to be thunderstorms moving in tomorrow but the bulk of the storms are supposed to be later in the day and into the night so hopefully we'll beat them. We're gonna be wet anyhow. I thought I'd try to get the baskets and noodles squared away today. We will probably still be at the edge of the creek but it'll be a good time to do a "test voyage" and see how the flotation works out. Maybe I'm overthinking this? (I've been known to do such things! ) Thanks for any feedback, if you've made it this far into my post then you are definitely dedicated! Ed
  5. North Sulphur River fossil help please.

    Hello all! It's been a while since I last posted but it's been a while since I went on a good fossil hunt. These four fossils are the ones I found in the NSR over the weekend that I'm not sure of. I can tell that they are all bone and one is for sure a vert of some type. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you very much.
  6. I know bone fragments are hard to identify. But take a look and see if any info can be given on the samples posted today: 1. These long bones are very hollow, hopefully bird in origin????? 2. These are 2 heavy chunkasauruses, scapulas?? Can one tell terrestrial from aquatic? 3. This bone seems like a phalanx??? Again, terrestrial or aquatic? 3. 4. A weird bumpy bone, lots of projections. Anatomically, I am having difficulty placing this one.
  7. Mystery fossil from N. Sulphur River

    After a nice day on the North Sulphur River, one of the things I found was this unusual fossil. Any ideas on what it is?
  8. Pareidolia dino tooth?

    May I add my pareidolia-esque mis-identification here as well. Found this today on my hike (along Du Page river, Northern Illinois)and my first thought was "holy cow a dinosaur tooth!" and then my second thought was "no." But it was fun for a minute to pretend. It seemed to have an "enamel" layer on the base around the outside and such a great shape. Doubt you find those in Northern Illinois. It was near where I have been finding bison bits so maybe it could be a horn or something? Anyway, here are some pictures for fun :
  9. NEW find today is very interesting!

    I recently have been finding bone along a path about 15 or so from a river. We have had a bunch of serious flooding so it is uncovering lots of things. Today's hike produced quite a group of finds. This is all in the same place: Du Page river, Northern Illinois, West of Chicago. I have shared a bunch of bones on this thread: I was going to continue there but it won't allow me to post pictures or continue writing. Not sure why? This small piece came from the same spot. The item I just grabbed without examining to much in the field turns out to be maybe the most interesting. It has a smooth shiny patches on it. It is heavy and looks like it was part of maybe a horn or a toe of some kind. No idea. This intrigued me as it is the first thing I have found that seems fossil-like that isn't coral etc that you expect to find here in Illinois.
  10. Toe bone? Deer or MAYBE fossil?

    Hello everyone! I have found quite a few bones recently but most, I assume, deer or small mammal. I didn't think to post them here except this one I found yesterday. I assume it is some modern animal but can't be sure. When I saw this post: It made me think to just post this for more information. This came from the DuPage river in Northern Illinois, West of Chicago. It was found among gravel type rocks about 15 feet from the river ina trail. The huge flooding we have had recently is opening up all kinds of things and I can't wait for the rivers to go down to see what else is uncovered. It seems it has not become stone-like as fossilization would do but it doesn't look like the other bones I found. I know being in or near water will change the look, feel and degradation of the bones. Still curious though. Thoughts?
  11. 20180305 River.jpg

    From the album Various Hunts

    March 4, 2018
  12. 20180222_Collection.jpg

    From the album Various Hunts

    Feb 22, 2018
  13. Two new finds that I need help with!

    Hello everyone! Spring is almost here! Thank god. I don't think I could shovel my driveway one more time to be honest. Today was a beautiful day and so I ventured out to hike and do some exploring. We have had a bunch of flooding lately so my usual river hunting spots are underwater but I found an area south in the same river and I found some cool items. These are from the DuPage River, western suburbs of Chicago. Northern Illinois. I believe rock number one has a crinoid on one side and maybe a shell on the other? Hard to tell but I knew it was something as soon as I saw the circular object on top as I walked past it. The second item was right on the edge of the banks in the water. I saw the crack in it and hoped it had something inside it. I picked it up and it cracked open in my hand. It seems to be a worm. Maybe? Any guidance in this is greatly appreciated and I think you for your time! OBJECT #1:
  14. Hello everyone! His is my first post on here. My name is Hayley and I’m located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The past two weekends, we made trips to Brownville and Wauchula Florida to hunt the Peace River. On the 18, we found a small meg tooth on the last scoop of the day, along with lots of other teeth and bone fragments. On yesterday’s trip, I found some larger teeth and a completely in-tact (what looked to be a sand dollar) at the last place we stopped at. I will post a picture of it tomorrow because it’s sittig on my desk at work. Anyway, it’s really enjoyable and the conditions are very favorable right now. We have set up a trip to visit again next weekend, and are looking for some fellow hunters who are interested in tagging along. I really want to get on some big meg teeth, and have been scouting out a few decent and promising locations. We have a kayak that we use to get up and down the river. Is anyone interested in meeting up next weekend to hunt?
  15. FL River Hunting Feb 22 2018

    Got in a few hours of digging today and popped a few keepers out. One day I'm going to find a nice complete Meg that size.
  16. Florida River Hunting Feb 2018

    Had a good bit of success visiting a river I've been to in the past. I had "cleaned" this area out last year but I tried an experiment & piled all the rock/limestone that I worked through last year up in the center of the river expecting that it would trap sediment & moving fossils upstream of the rocks during the rainy season. Like most of my plans it didn't work as I expected, it seems that the sediment didn't deposit behind the rocks but the flow tumbled the rocks and sediment deposited downstream of the rocks. I spent about 4 hours digging out about 120 square feet of deposits 6-10" deep and screening. Pretty much about the easiest hunting scenario you could hope for in a river. I picked up everything that I recognized as a shark tooth (one bison tooth 2 bits of stingray & about 2 back packs worth of dugong bone bits). I wanted to point out a few things, 1) almost all teeth are river black, there are less than 5 teeth that had other coloration (bone valley like), 2) a high percentage are broken but not necessarily "river worn". So that evening I went to a social party & took the nice Meg to show some friends, of course one of the guest is totally enamored and tells me I've got to take them along next time so they can get some like that too! If only it was that easy....everyone would be doing it!
  17. Unknown object ~ any ideas?

    Hello everyone! I hope the new year is treating everyone well. Here outside of Chicago, we are about to get hit with a huge snow storm. While this time of year is usually slow for getting outside and doing some searching for interesting finds, a warm day last week allowed for a few new items to be found. In the DuPage river just west of Chicago in Illinois I have been finding a great group of teeth some fossils and a few possible Native American cutting stones. The item I found last week though is quite strange. I have no idea what this could be after searching for over an hour online for similar type stones/fossils. The ridges are very odd to me as they are pretty much evenly spaced. Here are the photos. As always I greatly appreciate any feedback you all have and look forward to discusses this and maybe identifying it. Thank you!
  18. Is this a fossil ?

    Is this a fossil rock ?
  19. So after hurricane Maria at Puerto Rico, I got curious about the small river down the mountain of my backyard so I went down to explore it. To my surprise some boulders tumbled down due to a soil erosion so I started exploring the scene. I found a few rocks that are actually some very peculiar fossils. The thing is that I don't know anything about fossils in PR so I'm going nuts trying to figure it out! Is it some kind of fish? But it's too big to be a fish and the bone-like structure is quite solid. Professionals and expert paleontologists, please help!
  20. Hi All, While diving South Carolina rivers, I've collected a group of bones which seem to have the same general characteristics: Roughly hourglass shaped, tapering lengthwise (like a doorstop), most have perceptible grooves if viewed from the correct angle. Are these just random bone frags that coincidentally eroded to roughly the same shape? Or can they be identified to a specific body part such as an ankle or foot ?
  21. Hello all. Its been a long time since I have had the chance to do fossil hunting after the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. Floods, contaminated waters, power outtages have made it very difficult. Anyway, I took a vacation and found this for a resonable price at an antique store. This would be my first insect fossil as well as my first fossil from the green river formation. It is labeled as: Fossil Fly Eocene Epoch 38-55 millions years old green river formation wyoming i am wondering if the identification is correct and if it is possible to know more information on the piece. Sorry I do not have a ruler for scale. Thank you!
  22. Meglodon tooth origin?

    Hello all! Hope everyone's years are off to a happy and huntfull start! Well I started the year off spending some Christmas cash on a meglodon tooth. (Having only found fragments myself) any way I was wondering if there is a tie between locations and colors of teeth. I found this beauty at an pass-proof price. It is a beautiful orange/red. At 5 inches almost exactly. The previous owner says it came from the st. Mary's river area of Georgia. (Pretty close to where I was when I got it). I am just curious if this is a common color for other areas or even in the st Mary's area? Thank you all for any input.
  23. Conc. On the York river

    I went up to Virginia for Christmas and went hunting down by the York river and found these. I am not sure if it's something or nothing. I don't find these in Florida. Thanks
  24. Tooth #6 ~ bovine?

    Hello everyone! The warm weather continues in the Midwest so I am still able to get out and do some river hunting into December with shorts and a long sleeve shirt. Pretty amazing. This is from DuPage River, western suburbs of Chicago. Northern Illinois. The same location where I have found the following for reference: I imagine these to be bovine. The one other tooth found so far has been wild boar/pig which was cool. I look forward to people's feedback. Here is today's find:
  25. Possible Crinoid?

    Hello! This is from DuPage River, western suburbs of Chicago. Northern Illinois. I found this interesting stone and originally thought of it as a Native American grinding stone. When I looked closer at it through my macro lens I noticed this odd screw type shape. Looking through various sites it appears to be a crinoid. Any thoughts? Thank you for your time!