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  1. Peace River visit

    Back to the River for another adventure. Luckily I am just an hour away on a nice straight route with little traffic. As I started out yesterday there was a really bad fog layer causing visibility to be extremely limited. I had the fog lights and low beams on in the jeep and kept the speed down to 10 mph below the speed limit. I have been hit by deer and have seen several on the trip in the past. Didn't want to risk a wild life encounter enroute to the river. After getting about half way there the fog lifted and I was back to normal visibility until I got to Rte 17 when I drove into another fog bank. I was happy to see it lifted on arrival at the river at about 8 am. Launched the kayak and headed to my latest hunting spot with the intent to make this a quality over quantity day. I promised myself I would leave all small and/or partial shark teeth to the river gods and only take home real "keepers". With this in mind I figured I would have a much lighter bag of goodies for the ride home. As I got into the river and started digging every so often I caught the odor of sweet soap or almost a perfume. This was so pronounced a few times I looked around to see if someone was approaching and reeking of perfume. I also saw my gator buddy up on his sandy spot soon after my arrival which was unusual. I kept on digging and the first keeper I pulled up was a pond turtle Nuccal Scute. It was a nice find and a little spooky as I had just been looking at one on a prior posting by @Shellseeker the night before. I was pulling up lots of small and partial shark teeth and tossing them when I found a couple of nice Hemis and partial megs. About an hour in a young family came by in a canoe and after exchanging greetings and talking about the water depth the dad said it was weird the water was so cloudy. He then asked if I thought the phosphate mine had made a release into the river. A bell went off about the smell - could this have been some kind of cleanser added to a release from the phosphate mine? Could that also be why my friendly gator was out of the water early in the morning? Do any of our Florida members know of this odor being associated with a release into the river by the phosphate mine group? Anyway, the day continued with the river gods being kind and helping out with my quality over quantity desire. The rest of the day turned up more nice Hemis, some deer teeth, a worn glyptodont scute, half a Tapir tooth crown, puffer fish mouth plate, and three partial verts. Also got a partial gator tooth and one item that may be a tooth or a claw. I'll have to research that last one and post further pics if I need help with an ID. The largest vert, I stepped on and was able to just reach down and lift it out. Some photos of the best of the day below: This is the one I am not sure about as tooth or possibly claw:
  2. Sorry I’ve been away for a little bit....lots to show y’all but this one first. Found by myself in Caldwell County Texas somewhere in the dirt near the surface is my best narrowing it down for you guys. Probably just ancient bacteria but you gotta dream
  3. Snake or Turtle head?

    I can't figure out. how to use your site! I have a fossilized head that I think is snake or turtle. It measures ap. 1 1/2" long, 1" wide & 1/2" high. If you or anyone could help me figure out what it is, I would really appreciate it. I got the head about 1995 at an auction In Southern California. Thank you.
  4. East Coast Fossils Prep

    Turtle humerus found in a fallen block. From the Pope's Creek Sands of Virginia.
  5. Trevor's White River Prep

    Turtle collected by My Friend Zolt. At the white River Badlands at the M&M Ranch Nebraska. This Turtle is missing the Front part and was associated with a Flattend Oreodont Skull. About a foot apart.
  6. Fun North Sulphur River Texas hunt today. The Plesisoar podial is huge. The mosasuar jaw section has teeth hidden under the red matrix. The big mosasaur cervical vert is in great shape.
  7. Turtle pieces? (3 of 3)

    First year trying to identify turtle pieces on Myrtle Beach. I found this piece that confounded me. It is mostly flat. As a matter of fact, three-fourths of it tailors away into a very thin piece. But about a third of it expands into a half-inch thickness with a marrow type look inside. Could this be some kind of turtle foot/flipper? (Last picture might be best angle to see how it tapers.)
  8. Turtle pieces? (2 of 3)

    First attempt to collect turtle pieces and trying to understand and recognize them. Two specimens in this post... PHOTOS 1 and 2: Is this turtle? I see people mention "scute" and I'm wondering if this is scute of something instead. PHOTOS 3 AND 4... Is this turtle? Top looks almost geological but underside looks biological. - Paula
  9. Turtle pieces? (1 of 3)

    This was the first year I tried looking for turtle pieces on Myrtle Beach. I found a ton of possibilities, but had some questions on them. There are two specimens represented in this post... Photos 1 and 2. Is this turtle? I'm having a hard time figuring out where on a shell this "flare" design might be. PHOTOS 3 AND 4...Is this turtle? Looks like wood on one side, and marrow type activity on the other, but the woodsy side has me skeptical. I have a few pieces that look like this... - Paula
  10. Aquia Formation bone fragment

    Hi all, I found this chunk of bone at Purse State Park this November. It is from the Aquia Formation, which is of Paleocene Age. I was wondering if it could be identified to either crocodile or turtle, considering that these are the only two bony vertebrates that exist in large amounts in this formation. Or, of course, it could be nailed down to chunkosaurus status considering that it is relatively worn and isn’t very large. Thanks in advance!
  11. Sea turtle embryo ID request

    This is not my field of expertise. I chipped this out of a rock found on the surface in my yard. Texas gulf coast. This appears to me to be a fossilized near term embryo of a sea turtle. The matrix has reminants of other fossilized embryos (guess based on size and feature) all compacted together. From nest? Gastric filter? Be kind, please. I know the stigma about a lay person’s ‘great find’ and imagination.
  12. 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.
  13. Croc or Turtle Ungual?

    Curious if anyone actually knows the difference between croc or turtle/tortoise unguals? Are there any diagnostic features? Have this ungual that we've always been in-between as to what it is:
  14. Last year's Hell Creek finds

    Here are some of the better finds from my digging trip in South Dakota last year. First up is what is likely an osteoderm from Ankylosaurus. This specimen is gone for research. I've got a "stupid rookie" story to go along with this if anyone is interested. Next is a section of Edmontosaurus rib with the head and part of the main. This still needs final cleaning and consolidation. I'm still debating whether to leave them separate or re-create the missing portion and join them. This is the largest and most complete ossified Edmontosaurus tail tendon I have seen. Most of the time you only find little 1 inch sections. This one is completed prep, retaining some of the matrix and a random BOB, as dug. Nice chunk of turtle shell. I have a love/hate relationship with these. This is one is large and quite thick. Most of them are extremely thin and fragile as egg shell. Still needs final prep and consolidation. Unfortunately its a covered in CA, which is making it so much harder. A very nice Tricerotops tooth that my son recovered. He is like a magnet for these large trike teeth. This is the 3rd big one he's found. All I find are tiny spitters. This is a juvenile T-Rex tooth, found beside the Ed rib. This one is gone for research. There's also a small nano-T tooth missing its tip, and a large BOB which I think could be a bit of Trike frill. No pics of those available at this moment. I'll have to add them later.
  15. Basilemys Turtle?

    I located fossilized turtle shell fragments close to where I live in the San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico. I have been told they appear to be Basilemys. Any comments or thoughts welcome.
  16. Turtle bone?

    Hello! Is it possible to identify this bone? Cpould it be turtles bone? Scale in mm. Western Ukraine, Lviv region. Neogene, Miocene Thanks in advance!
  17. Went out to the Peace River yesterday. The water flow and depth were down to very workable levels. Weather was very nice after several days of below normal temps. I still needed the wetsuit due to the water temp, but it was a really great day to be on the river. After an easy paddle up river I found my targeted spot was at a level similar to where it was in October. I was able to easily pull the kayak up onto a sandy bank and step out with no effort. A check of the bank for about 25 yards in either direction failed to yield up any finds. With that I began working my way along the river to the spot I had in mind for the day. Things started off slow with only various small shark teeth and chips of mammoth found through the morning. Feeling a bit disappointed I headed out more into the middle of the river, luckily easy to get to with the river level down. I was back at a spot where I found a Gomphotherium partial tooth in early October. Within only a few minutes and a couple of shovels full of gravel I was rewarded with another partial Gomp tooth! As I worked the area for the rest of the afternoon I came up with a horse molar, a partial vert, turtle scutes, a nice tiger shark tooth and many more small shark teeth. It turned out to be a great day. Photos below: Best of the day: New Gomph tooth: Gomp tooth from October alongside the new one (first find on top):
  18. Hell Creek Turtle Beak

    Here's an interesting fossil I found from the summer which I am just getting around to posting. I believe it's a piece of turtle beak based on its shape and the numerous holes which I believe are part of the vascular structure of the beak, rather than just the standard cancellous tissue of bone. Here's a modern one I found online for comparison. And one from a marine turtle on the Oceans of Kansas website.
  19. Hi guys I recently bought this as a replica but having seen nothing like it I’ve been wondering about it’s authenticity to me the fish seems like a decent real fossil , however the turtle seems sculpted and the flippers are all off, the rock seems Like real fossiliferous lagersatte rock With fossil remains apparent on the back what do you thinks?
  20. Turtle?

    Is it sea turtle carapace?
  21. I hit a new spot in Northeast Texas. This area is a mix or cretaceous and pleistocene. The rooted mosasaur tooth and my first croc tooth made my day. Both are super rare for this area. I also found the largest Enchodus jaw I've found since I started hunting four years ago.
  22. Ancient sea turtle fossil found in Alabama named new genus, species AlabamaCom, January 7, 2019 https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2020/01/ancient-sea-turtle-fossil-found-in-alabama-named-new-genus-species.html Gentry, A.D., Ebersole, J.A. and Kiernan, C.R., 2019. Asmodochelys parhami, a new fossil marine turtle from the Campanian Demopolis Chalk and the stratigraphic congruence of competing marine turtle phylogenies. Royal Society Open Science, 6(12), p.191950. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/abs/10.1098/rsos.191950 Yours, Paul H.
  23. Siderite or Turtle Coprolite

    My sister purchased this from a rock/fossil shop in Oregon. She was told it is a turtle coprolite from Madagascar. Though I am a VERY amateur rock and fossil collector, I questioned whether it is a coprolite. It is very heavy for its size and non-magnetic. After doing some research, I have come to the conclusion that it is Siderite from Salmon Creek, Washington, USA. I am doing a Rock and Mineral Show and Tell for my sister-in-law's 5th grade science class and want to make sure my identification is correct. Would anyone like to weigh in on this? I would appreciate feedback. Thank you.
  24. Brazos River turtle shell?

    This piece appears to be some kind of bone, smooth on the bottom (bottom photo) but has lines on the other side (top photo)? Could this be turtle shell?
  25. Turtle flipper?

    Found this two days ago on the Caribbean side of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. Friend said possibly a sea turtle flipper? Measures 2 1/2” long by 3/4” wide at largest point. Light in weight for its size...brand new to fossil hunting, more familiar w Florida finds. Any help would be appreciated!
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