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Found 29 results

  1. Florida Fossil Hunting Part 1

    No trip to Florida from those of us 'up north" should happen without at least bringing back some shells and in my case, fossil shells. And no shell collector identifying his/her finds should go without having @MikeR give his opinion on IDs. (By the way, Mike, I skipped Shell Creek after an invite by Shellseeker to visit the Peace River). Next time!) Trying to attach a genus and species to Floridian fossil gastropods and bivalves is VERY difficult. I will be happy if I bat 50% on my identifications. It is for this reason, I hope Mike can peek at my finds. With that said, the shells found in this post were found by me just milling around the Sarasota/ Bradenton area east of I-75. Yes these were construction sites, but most were inactive, not a sole to be seen, and without "no trespass signs". Infra structure for the next phase (home building) had been already completed. People were walking dogs, riding bikes, or just strolling around. Fossil shells are SO abundant in Florida. If dirt is showing, fossils are in it! Just need to stop your car and look if in the area. Now to show what can be found. Over 50 different species were discovered in only a few hours in the early morning before my family awoke. Enjoy and please correct any misidentifications!!!!! As I said, this is Part 1. I can't begin with Part 2 until those fossils arrive in the mail. Part 2 involves assistance by forum members @jcbshark, @Shellseeker, and @Sacha. These are three wonderful individuals that deserve ALOT of praise for putting up with me!! This report will follow soon. Well maybe later since I am relying on the mail service!
  2. Tooth ID (Alligator?)

    Hello! I was sifting for shark teeth this past weekend at Sarasota beach in Florida and came across this thing. It's 3/4 of an inch long and 1/4 inch wide. I was researching fossils found in Florida and it looks a bit like an alligator tooth, but I'm not sure. I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!
  3. So a few more gastropod pics

    So I ran across 2 more gastropods from Sarasota Florida APAC that have been hiding in the garage--well maybe not hiding--just buried in the junk. Doesnt seem to be something common unless I have some tiny ones somewhere. Probably Tamiami Fm. Plio-Pleistocene. Thought they were the same initially and I had lumped them together. But now I see the one on the right has a depressed end. So maybe a Prunum sp. and a Bullata sp? that would be cool. Thanks for the looks and any feedback. Regards, Chris
  4. Different Florida Mitra species

    Hey Gang, Going thru another garage box of old stuff and was wondering if you all can tell me if these 3 are all different Mitra species. Slight variability in the exterior ornamentation and spire heights and overall shell shape seem different. Maybe Mitra lineolata for the taller spired version on the very right? Spoil finds from APAC Sarasota Florida..Probably Tamiami Fm. Plio-Pleistocene. @MikeR Thanks for any help. Regards, Chris
  5. Hi Everyone, this is my first post and I like to thank you for your information. I will be traveling to the US in October. I'm going to travel in my car from Los Angeles, las vegas, Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Oklahoma, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City, Sarasota, and Orlando. I want to take advantage of that to do little fossil huntings across that sites. Obviously, I don't want to do something illegal or wrong while collecting. I was talking with some guy from natural science and tell me which is legal and which not. The original idea is to fossil collect near the road. Do you know where to find good fossils like ammonites, corals, shells, echinoderms, etc near roads? This will be my route. I'm not professional or the next Alan Grant or Charig. I only want one specimen or two from every place if possible. Thanks to everyone, sorry for my English. If you tell me where to stop near the road or taking a detour for a mile will be alright. I have already some point marked but you're the bosses, boys and Girls!!!
  6. This is the second large shark's tooth. It was found by my father who lived in Sarasota Florida. No more information on where he found it. Was given to me upon his passing. The measurements are: 1 ½ inch (3.81 cm) wide, 2 ¼ inch (5.715 cm) long, ¼ inch (.635 cm) height. Here are some pictures as best as I could take them.
  7. This is the first of 2 posts for 2 large shark's teeth. This one was found by myself on a shell driveway in Sarasota, Florida. Really. The dimensions are: 1 ¾ inch (4.445 cm) wide, 2 ½ inch (6.35 cm) long, height is ¾ inches (1.905 cm), tip curves up approx. ¼ inches (.635 cm), the width (from top to bottom) of the inside triangle shape is 5/16 inch (0.79375 cm). Here are some pictures as best as I can take them. Can you help me ID this tooth?
  8. Hi everyone, I moved to Clearwater a while ago but I work right between Bradenton and Sarasota. I’d like to start doing some little creek hunts or similar after work but I have been having trouble finding good locations. If you can help point me in a the right direction I would really appreciate it. Or, if you are local and would like to join me that would be great as well! Thanks in advance
  9. My Best Megalodon so far!

    So my daughter decided she wanted to go look for shark teeth yesterday. I went to a nearby spot that we to this point had found very little, to my surprise we found some of the best color teeth I have personally ever seen. Any suggestions on how to clean the root?
  10. Full Turtle/tortoise shell?

    Hey guys it has been a while since I've been on here, but I started trying to D all of the fossils I put away a few months back..I *think* this is almost a full shell? Found in Sarasota, FL..It is about 5in x 6in.. at first I thought it may have been a hunk of phosphate so I put it away in a bucket with some other fossils for later ID.. pulled them out yesterday and fell with the bucket... this landed in front of me and I couldn't help but notice it really looks like some details are still there! Any thoughts? Two views of the top and one from the bottom... thanks....
  11. Help ID

    I was about to throw out a broken 2 inch shell when I noticed a dark object lodged inside. It is about 1/2 inch square. dark black/brown, opaque and hard. I had hoped it was amber but too hard. Won't scratch with a dental pick and sinks in salted water. Shell came from piles to be used to pave parking lot @ Bradenton Beach, FL (See Bradenton beach Fossil shells) I am reasonably certain that there is no mixing of any recent material. Have any SMR Pinecrest collectors ever seen this material? Any help in ID or other steps I could take to identify it would be appreciated. will attach pictures. Thanks
  12. So here are all of our finds from yesterday, I'm still cleaning and sorting them but If there is something you recognize let me know.. even if it's just one thing I should toss
  13. Can anyone tell me what this is?

    Does anyone know what this is? We found it at a abandoned construction site.. it had some sharks teeth inside.. its 7in x 3 in at its widest point. Thanks ! I'm almost thinking it looks like a huge phosphate module? I really have no clue.
  14. I never knew that Florida had such a plethora of fossil hunting opportunities. I have visited Venice Beach twice and found fossil shark teeth, fossil plant (most likely Crinoidea) impressions in rock, and fossil shells. I have wanted to visit the Peace River formation for a while now, and I know that there are other spots in Florida that seem to hold some promise. So I'm curious, since I'm basically just starting out hunting for fossils myself rather than buying them, as to what some people who also fossil hunt in Florida have found, and where you found it?
  15. shark teeth- one old, one new

    Hi guys, I am hoping someone can ID at least one of these! I posted the larger one in a group the other day but I figured I might have better luck with these pics! If someone can ID either of these I would appreciate it! Thanks!
  16. A few things in this rock.. any ideas? Thanks
  17. I know if probably gets annoying but I have so much and know so little I have moved from the shells because I have great reference points now. So to the rocks.. (rock 1) this one is about 2 feet long and there seems to be a couple of things going on here, but I'm not quite sure what. I'm not sure if that inprint is anything but a hole.. I can not tell (Rock 2) I'm pretty sure I see a couple of prints in this one but I am not sure what they are , imprint is about 4 inches top to bottom. Thanks
  18. So I'm still cleaning up this coral.. it's taking a while with a chisel and nail tools! I'm hoping there is some kind of crystallization in the coral but I have no idea where to go from here.. also, I'm thinking it might be oculina sarasotana? Any thoughts on this one? I can't really find much similar when I search.. I know I posted it before but I'm hoping maybe it looks a little clearer now.. there are a couple of holes in the coral I'm wondering if that is where I should cut? Maybe in the back? It's still a little sandy, but this is one solid chunk otherwise...the coral is also on the back.
  19. Concretion guesses?

    I'm going to try to clean this off again tomorrow.. anyone have a guess? It's about 3.5cm
  20. Bone

    Another find from my yard, this one in a pile of other fragments that look like bone, inhavent had a chance to wash them yet. I found a huge pile that was next to my shell mound "driveway" there were also some crude looking points mixed in with the pile... wish an archeologist would pay attention to me already! It's about 15cm long.. that's a rough guess since the measurer keeps getting moved.
  21. Holy moly guys. The saga of my historical yard continues... is this man made or a fossil? Had other great finds today, I think this one needs a post all of its own.
  22. Some interesting finds today

    Totally fascinated by these little guys!
  23. Overwhelmed!!!!

    I have to write this because I'm hoping someone can help guide me on where to even start. I have looked over the pinned posts on the top of this forum but I feel like my question is a little different. In all my gardening and digging I have started to find too many (whati believe may be) fossils. I've also realized that a lot of the limestone we have collected from the ground here actually might contain fossils. To be clear I am not actually expecting someone to ID all of these photos, I just want to know where to even start?? I am not a paleontologist nor was I even interested in it until I started finding all of these. I am a work from home mom with a toddler and I really don't have time to learn everything there is to know! I can handle the smaller things like the shells and barnicles, but these giant rocks have me overwhelmed. Someone come help me! I don't even know what some of these rocks are... some of them were covered with the blue clay... these rocks were about a foot underground.. Location is Sarasota, FL. I'm going to put a couple of links to some of the photos because there are too many to post. Any guidance is appreciated! The photo included is to show you just some of the pieces lined up ... some close up pictures are in the links. https://imgur.com/a/pMei6 https://imgur.com/a/IIQeC *edited to say that I am not able to bring these anywhere because they are huge. Also, I have tried contacting a few people at local universities but without luck. I have become sort of obsessed with even just the little fossils and my worklife has begun to suffer... I feel like I need to do something with these...if there is nothing of note here I want to just be able to know... these photos don't even begin to cover the shells. If anyone lives nearby and wants to come help!! Please. Sorry if there are duplicate photos I was just trying to do this quickly
  24. another one

    Okay so I've looked on some good resources but I always seem to hit an information overload... anyone know this one? Type-time period- etc! Thanks so much!
  25. SMR April 15th

    Good news and bad news. Bad news 1st My back is killing me -- lugging buckets of shells up and down hills was a mistake; I did not find the extra large colorful shark teeth like the 2.5 inch GW or 1.75 inch Hemis; and most important . this will be my last trip to SMR.. The company which runs the Aggragate business is shutting down, turning fantastic shell pits into lakes around multi million $$$ homes.. RATS !!! Now the good. I got to spend a great day in one of my favorite places. and I met MikeR (and his lovely wife) at the pig roast barbecue Saturday night. We bid on adjacent items in the Silent Auction -- I won some display boxes, but Mike won about 300 copies of a Paleontology Monthly Publication... We talked about finds , and locations, and many things fossil -- enjoyed both the food, the conversation and just 1 Bud light because I still had to drive home. Posting some photos taken after 1st rinse. A lot of nice shells but most are pretty common one that I have found before (Cowries, Spiney & leafy Jewel boxes, Vase shells, etc. A shell almost a match for a Scotch Bonnet; I'll have to find the fossil name on the net;.. Even found a broken Junonia recognize by the tip and many scallop doubles. Trivia Lindae (Petuch 1994) Sconsia Hodgii (Conrad 1881) Enjoy, I did while finding them. By the way an SMR hunting trip was just 3 hours, sometime slightly more. By the end , my spirit is willing -- there are tons of shells out there, but after 3 hours in the pit, the flesh is weak...
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