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  1. Brazos River--Large Turtle Piece?

    I found this partially covered in sand and very shallow water at the edge of a sandbar in the Brazos River near Brookshire, Texas. I cleaned it up with vinegar and a toothbrush when I got home. The fossils in the river near me are supposed to mostly be Pleistocene, but I've also heard that there may be some Cretaceous period marine fossils. I tagged this as a possible turtle piece because that's what it resembled to me, but I couldn't really find anything like it when I searched the internet and this site. I have more pictures, including pictures from before I cleaned it, if those would be helpful. It weighs about a pound. Any information would be great. Thank you! --Brandy
  2. Stranger than Fiction

    Tortoise shell peices found on and/or in the ground.
  3. I found the piece of shell shown below, which seems big to me, and was wondering what kind of type/size turtle it might be from. Would it be comparable, for example, to something like a modern giant land tortoise, which could be as much as 4 feet long - or something smaller or bigger than that. Not a test - just wondering how you might guesstimate the size and type of the turtle. Thanks. .
  4. Venice Florida Tortoise Advice

    Hello, I live in between Venice and North Port, FL, close to the Myakka. I have been finding tortoise fossils/clasts in my neighborhood. Most are in moist clay within a foot from surface. This location is SW of the Peace River Formation. I find deer antler, Meg teeth, and manatee ribs fully fossilized here also. This is Pleistocene area. I have not found fully fossilized tortoise. Mine are not totally solidified. I find many scutes/ spurs along with the clasts that are hardened. Looking for advice. Photos of one sample attached. Regards, Michael
  5. Venice Florida Tortoise Advice

    Hello, I live in between Venice and North Port, FL, close to the Myakka. I have been finding tortoise fossils/clasts in my neighborhood. Most are in moist clay within a foot from surface. This location is SW of the Peace River Formation. I find deer antler, Meg teeth, and manatee ribs fully fossilized here also. This is Pleistocene area. I have not found fully fossilized tortoise. Mine are not totally solidified. I find many scutes/ spurs along with the clasts that are hardened. Looking for advice. Photos of one sample attached. Regards, Michael
  6. Tortoise Egg

    I'm trying to determine how long it takes for something like this to happen to a tortoise egg. Years, decades, hundreds of years? I found this Gopher Tortoise egg in the South Georgia/North Florida area. It is about the size of a ping pong ball, heavy and solid. It had been washed up in the rain and was found in soil that consists of a lot of sand, peat and clay. The egg appears "fossilized" or "petrified" for lack of a better term. The shell is firm and porcelain-like with a lot of scratches. I candled the egg to show where the air sack appears to remain after staining itself into place and confirms it was an infertile egg. I can share a video link I have of the egg if it would be helpful and allowed.
  7. 11-02-19 lake macconaughy bone

    Hi I found this on the beach at lake mcconaughy in Nebraska which means it could be Pleistocene or Miocene but most likely from the Ash Hollow formation. I’m pretty clueless when it comes to bones and could use some help figuring out what this is. Thanks! P.s. I did the flame test and it’s fully mineralized.
  8. Is this tortoise shell?

    One last piece for today as I clean up my finds from my trip to Myrtle Beach. I have a few pieces like this and I think they are tortoise. Just wanted to confirm. Thoughts?
  9. Hi gang, been awhile...I was puzzling over these two items below again. Found several years ago here in Florida. One a possible osteoderm? and the other an ungual? Mio/Pliocene? or Pleistocene? in age. First specimen I thought was some type of tortoise armor, has a concentric wafer shape and is about 3 cm across and about 1cm thick. Under closer inspection there appears to be an odd fracturing going along the outside and also some minor cracking which appears to be forming a hexagonal outline/pattern....Just a coincidence? Do any glyptothere osteoderms show an internal hexagonal pattern? Left photo is ventral? and the far right photo is the opposite side--dorsal view? Middle photo highlites the fracturing/cracking patterns.... 2nd specimen I thought was a tortoise ungual but in looking at several older threads I'm now wondering if it looks more like it might belong to a glyptothere? Its only about 2cm long. Thanks for any/all help. Regards, Chris
  10. Crocodile scute? And more

    Hello again. After I discovered a big fossilized bone on a hill close the Shipwerck beach in Ruwais, I decided to go searching in the same area for more fossils. I found all of these on relatively the same layer of the hill. I assume they are from the miocene. The first one looks like a crocodile scute. The second one looks like a shell from a tortoise. The third one I am not sure of. I would appreciate confirmation and a possible id. I know UAE fossils can be a bit tricky.
  11. Tortoise bone?

    I’m getting a tortoise vibe from this bone. Can anyone confirm? If so which phone is this? Thanks!I’m getting a tortoise vibe from this bone. Can anyone confirm? If so which phone is this? Thanks!
  12. I found this tortoise on my sons’ M&M Ranch in Nebraska. It is a Stylemys nebrascensis tortoise from the Oligocene Brule Formation. It is a monster, 23"x17.5"x8" around 150 pounds in weight. It has minimal restoration. I actually found this tortoise in May 2016. You can check out the below TFF post to see it being dug out. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/65393-oligocene-tortoise-from-the-mm-ranch-in-crawford-nebraska/& Because of the size, our normal prepper wouldn’t originally prep this tortoise. So my sons brought it back to Virginia and my older son did the gross prep by removing most of the matrix leaving only what was sticking to the shell. He reduced a lot of the original jacketed weight. My older son then convinced our normal prepper to do the fine prep. My sons drove the tortoise back out to South Dakota where our prepper finished it. My older son will bring it back to Virginia next Spring, four years after I originally found it. Here are some pictures. The back legs are really cool and usually don’t survive. The only thing that I’m a little disappointed about is the color. There were two exploded black tortoises very close to this one so I was hoping for the rare black color. The tan/brown color is nicer than the more common white color but it isn’t as nice as the black color. Marco Sr.
  13. Love to know what this is?

    We found this while cutting trails in our forest, on the banks of our spring fed natural pond. We live in southeast Oklahoma, in the Ouachita National Forest, in the Kiamichi River Valley. All of which used to be underwater eons ago. Every single person who has seen it in person, has said it looks like a petrified turtle. It’s heavy like stone & the top is darker with a slight greenish tint & is very smooth & not rough like the bottom or like a rock. The outdoor lighter is 12 inches long. Thank you so much in advance, for your help & insights into what it could possibly be!
  14. An exploded stylemys tortoise

    So I've lurked on the forum for some time and decided to post my project. This is a stylemys tortoise that I've had since high school. It was really never worth recovering, being incomplete and completely disarticulated due to weathering. It was also somewhat crushed with only the plastron being in decent shape. Despite the challenge, I've decided to push onward, because it's got sentimental value at this point. The plastron was pretty easy to assemble: I have about 75% of the carapace (comprising the vertebral and costal scutes) but I only have about 50% of the edge (marginal scutes). This was the really painful part. Everything visible here was re-assembled from small disarticulated pieces: Here's some more carapace and all the leftover bits: My original hope was that I'd have enough to re-assemble the entire shell as one piece, without having to fill the holes. However it's clear that I don't really have a complete shell, nor is the bone strong enough to support itself without filling the gaps. In particular I'm missing most of the bridge connecting the carapace to the plastron. The plan now is to use epoxy to fill in the missing shell where necessary. I am undecided as to what extent I will try to color match the restoration (versus leaving it a different color to identify the restoration). Steve
  15. Hell Creek Turtle

    Went out to the Badlands last week for some fossil hunting. Little bits of turtle shell are a common sight and the folks with me were in turtle fragment city, but this find was a little unusual. Take a look at what is turning into a whole tortoise plastron!
  16. Tortoise?

    I always assumed these were pieces of giant tortoise shell , but have never showed them to anyone. What do you think? Found in north central Nebraska.
  17. Please help identify

    Hello, my name is Brandon Rogers. My mother has entrusted me in scouring the internet and other sources to determine what exactly it is. A Chinese woman she once worked with gave her this and told her that it would bring her good luck. It appears to be two baby turtles fossilized together but no one on the family has the proper skills or knowledge to identify whether or not it is indeed a fossil. Please help!
  18. Is this genuine? Any repairs? It is so perfect that I’m not sure if it’s genuine.
  19. Hi, I'm new here. My husband and I bought a house in the Mojave desert last spring and have found many rock treasures there over the summer. The area we're in used to have volcanic activity in addition to ocean streams. We've found huge bones, tons of petrified wood, some oddly shaped rocks, points & frequently find seashells. Initially I thought this rock might be some old Paleoindian art. It looks a lot like a tortoise except I don't believe they've had teeth for millions of years. I found some photos of old tortoises which have a strange small white row of something bony along the bottom insides of their mouths so maybe? It could be some sort of petrified extinct reptile I don't know about - maybe it was buried in ash which preserved it's details, otherwise I can't explain why there are no holes as a typical skull would have. The back and side are broken off but I'm hoping to dig around and try to find them (and maybe a body?) on our next trip to the property. I'm confident there are other missing parts as the broken back and sides look nothing like the smooth side shown. I'm willing to accept this may just be a very cool looking rock and nothing more but I think the area I found it in being known for this type of reptile, the size, the perfect placement of the eye socket, 2 dots for the nose, and lower jawline would be a pretty amazing coincidence. If you look closely there are also scales outlined along the top portion. So cool rock or maybe something more, what do we think?
  20. A Pregnant Tortoise? Please Help

    Hi I found this in West Central Mn, it is 9inx7in and about 3.5in thick. It appears that what crushed it left a foot print. But looks are deceiving any help would be great. thank you
  21. Is this aggregate of tortoises genuine? How could that be possible to have so many tortoises piled up and turned into fossil?
  22. Tortoise fossil

    These two well preserved tortoise are from Gansu, China. I am not sure about what species they are.
  23. Is It A Fossil?

    Hi I am new to this forum. I live in Ca and collect minerals, fossils and as an amateur photographer, I am photographing some of my collections. These photos are of an unopened small geode (3 cm, or 1.25 inches tall). They are all of 1 specimen taken at different angles. Many decades ago I received a bag of small geodes all formed in the same light green volcanic ash. This was among them. No other geodes in the bag had this texture or pattern on the outside. I put it aside thinking it may be a fossilized impression from a prehistoric reptile or tortoise foot. I have never gotten a definitive answer. Sadly I can’t recall for certain the location for the source of the geodes, but perhaps it was Chihuahua Mexico. Is this a fossil, or merely some crystallization causing the surface to appear this way? Any help would be appreciated Thanks Tom
  24. From Butte to Beaut

    Thought I'd share a few photos of a tortoise prep I just completed. This is from the white river group of Chadron, NE (circa 33 mya). Here is a series of photos from discovery to excavation to restoration and preparation. The discovery: broken shell (As usual, I forgot to take a true "before photo". I've already probed a bit here). After some digging, it was discovered that this individual is upside-down. Here, the plastron is being revealed.
  25. Hi, I work at a fossil shop in Moab U.T., and for the life of me, I can't figure out what species or period it's from. I have reason to believe it's from China, but I can't confirm this. This has been on my mind for a long time, and any help would be greatly appreciated!