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Found 66 results

  1. I'm trying to identify the polished fossil material in this Georgian English snuffbox, circa 1760 to 1820. Is it mammoth ivory? Walrus? Wood? Something else? The material is set in unhallmarked sterling silver. Thanks in advance for your suggestions. Adam
  2. Elephant tusk Indonesia

    I bought these (in Solo Indonesia), what the seller told me, to be fossils of an elephant. Now I am wondering if this is fake or real? They are heavy, sound solid, more or less kinda stone. What do you think?
  3. Hey! I have kind of an odd question. I am purchasing a fossil for a friend as a birthday gift -- between a tip of a mammoth tusk, or a section of mosasaur jaw with teeth. What makes this unique, however, is that we are traveling to the British Virgin Islands (from the United States) for said birthday and I would like to be able to gift the fossil on the birthday instead of waiting until she returns home as we live in different states and I would only be able to ship it to her house and not be there. I am concerned, however, about bringing the fossils with me on the trip as I have heard nightmares about customs causing long hold ups or seizing fossils. Does anyone have any advice on this? Thanks!
  4. Tusk Fossil

    I was out on the Neuse River this afternoon (Havelock, NC area) and found this piece. It seems to have the correct cross hatching to indicate tusk. 6 inches long 2.5 inches wide. Heavy, layers are flaking off. Is this a tusk...hopefully mammoth and if so how best to preserve. Thank you in advance!
  5. Wild Boar Tusk?

    We found this in the gravel bed of a creek today in Grayson County, TX. I'm assuming it's a wild boar tusk. What do you guys think? Is it most likely old or modern? Thanks for any help.
  6. Over the weekend a friend and I went out for a little gravel dig at a stream near Northport, Florida, that is a little north of the Peace River and close to the Gulf shore. These are the teeth and other bits and pieces I found. He found a nice meg, a nice mastodon or mammouth tooth, ( I can never remember which is which, but he knows). Mine included a 1.5 inch mako, a broken piece of shark vertebrae, several interesting turtle pieces, a small but gorgeous sand shark tooth, complete with cusps, and this bone that looks like a dugong but its edges are both sharp...when I got it home, I realized it has enamel and so is probably a tusk of some time. Can anyone fill me in as to whether it might be a tusk, or some kind of tooth. Thanks. (The sand shark tooth is about 3/4 " , the last photo is the cache of my keepers.
  7. Hello beloved forum. I could use help on a mammal incisor ID for a friend: they don't have any info on the location, other than that it is domestic to the States, unfortunately. I've ruled out Giant Beaver, and I assume it's not a baby mammoth tusk (there appears to be a slight 'bulge' in the middle). Any advice would be deeply appreciated. Please see pictures.
  8. Hello. Found in permafrost, Yakutia, Russia. I made a bet with a friend that is a mammoth Tusk, and he claims it's not a Tusk! Thank you.
  9. Hi everyone, I found this in January of 2017 on Shark tooth island on the Savannah River in Georgia. Always have been curious what it is. The area has dredged material and contains fossils from the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene. It is slightly conical and symmetrical, uniform, and ovalish in cross section - straight in profile with no discernible curvature. In profile, one side is smoother and striated, the other coarser, dimpled, with elevated black speckles. It is not porous inside like other bones from the area. It appears to have schreger lines. I'm not sure if it is some sort of tusk, but I havn't seen other tusks without some degree of curvature. Overcast day here in Seattle. If photos aren't clear enough I'll upload some others on a sunny day. Thanks!
  10. fossil found on Wrightsville Beach NC

    I found this fossil on Wrightsville Beach North Carolina 10/19/18-- It feels like a tusk or a tooth....and it feels solid. Any ideas on what it might be?
  11. I believe its some kind of tusk.
  12. Hello all, I am in the process of restoring 2 beige mammoth tooth, but before going on with a butvar dip, I was wondering if anyone has a good tip in order to enhance the natural colors of fossils. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  13. Hi everyone- I have a juvenile mammoth tusk that I would like to learn how to stabilize and restore. The problem is I have (almost) no idea how to even start! The tusk is fully dried out, but it’s split down the middle. I need some advice! Here’s what I know has to be done: 1. Clean the outside and inside as much as possible without using water- any suggestions on what to use? 2. Superglue the two pieces together and use hose clamps to hold the two pieces together- any suggestions on glue/method? 3. Fill gaps/cracks with epoxy- any suggestions on a good type? 4. Sand sand sand! 5. Beyond this point I’m not sure- is there some sort of protective varnish people use? I’m sure I’m missing about a dozen crucial steps here- I have literally never tried anything like this before, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. I posted some photos of the tusk, and I will post photos of progress! Thanks everyone.
  14. A large male tusk a Miocene Rhinoceros has been in my possession for a couple of weeks. I am aware of a couple of businesses which specialize in restoration of fossils, megs, artifacts and the tusk owner asked me to facilitate restorations. The tusk itself is of very high quality with or without restorations. I have a small Rhino collection and I am considering negotiating a purchase price that both of us could feel good about. So here it is. A lower left tusk of Teleoceras Proterum, which was endemic to Florida 8-10 myas. You can see where the tusk was broken between the 5 & 6 inch mark and repaired sometime in the past. A top restorer could erase the mess around the repair, replace the bonding with a like colored material, and come close to making the break disappear. One of the few sources of this level of detail quality occurs in the Florida Phosphate mines. This one was found in a Polk County mine in the 1980s. To my never-ending pain, I did not start hunting until decades later. The next photo is of a T. Proterum skull found in Florida and re_assembled with (I am sure) some restoration. I have circled in red the equivalent fossil left tusk. The animal would sharpen the two lower tusks with the single roundish upper incisor. A couple of more photos. Here is detail on the tusk root. I have colored yellow a small pebble that I have not chosen to remove .. yet. Note the unbroken tiny knobs and the bluish tint to the inside of the root. Finally, a discussion of the tusk tip which could also be a candidate for restoration... So, the mahogany area of the tip has been shaved and polished by the upper incisor for most of the animal's life. Then it was broken on an angle (the grayish , white section). That new gray-white section was then shaved and polished by the upper incisor. This is similar to badly breaking a large bone an have it heal before you die. Your bones (or tusk) will always tell a story. The area next to the red line is a post fossilization "fresh" break and candidate for restoration. So, should I buy it and if I do, what level of fossilization is appropriate? I am not a big proponent of restoration. I have some time to think, and while I do, decided to share this fossil with TFF members. What is the good of having a nice fossil if you never show it to someone who might appreciate it. Enjoy. Jack
  15. STH Find

    I have been going through some of piles of bones in my yard and I came across this piece which I didnt find too interesting untill I cleaned off the end and found it to be partially hollow. The hollow part goes about 1/2 the way down and tapers to a point. Anybody have any ideas? I have got guesses from partial tusk to large fish spine. Thanks Jesse
  16. Please help ID? Tooth or tusk?

    Hi I am curious to see what this may possibly be... found just off the savannah river on the Georgia coast. It appears to be either a tooth or tusk of some kind, solid on one end, appears to be somewhat hollow on the other. Also any thoughts on the couple of items in the immediate background would also help. I've been fossil hunting about three years but still have so much to learn. I believe one is small gator tooth, a possible snake vert., a Glyptodon scute, and maybe another small tooth of some sort (or just n interesting stone, but appears to have small root, may be difficult since so small in the pics. Any help is so much appreciated. All found in same area today, close to dredging areas not too far away. Thanks!
  17. Unknown... Need help!

    I do not know where this was originally discovered however I found it while cleaning my mother's garage. It looks like it's been through a lot... Can anyone help me decifer what this might be?
  18. wooly mammoth tusk ID.

    I recently acquired this piece of what I was told a wooly mammoth tusk. It weighs about 4 pounds and is about 10” long by 5” wide. I just thought I would post it on TFF to get some feed back. I was told it is originally from Alaska but can’t be sure. I would welcome any information related to this unique piece. Thanks Cliff Dweller
  19. Mammoth Stand

    Sometime last year, I stabilized and repaired this mammoth tusk for @StevenJD. At the time, we didn’t land on a way to display the gnarly beast. Believe me, this is in great shape for a central Texas mammoth tusk. Steven asked me to sell this piece on his behalf so I made a stand to hold the three big pieces in a roughly life like position.
  20. Fossilized Tusk

    I recently purchased a box of miscellaneous knife making supplies at an estate sale. When I first saw this object, I thought I had bought an ugly piece of wood, but when I picked it up, I realized it was something else due to the weight. It looks like a small tusk, but I’m a newbie and have no real clue as to what this is. I’m confident this forum is the place to find the answer. Thanks!
  21. More bits and pieces from GMR

    As we all know, GMR is good for random chunks of things. I found these 2 yesterday. The first i thought was tusk. The second I picked up because I thought it was a split whale tooth but then I got home and saw faint lines and rings. The third looked like enamel but I can't match it to anything. Thanks all!
  22. This fossil was dug up fishing recently in Kankakee County, Illinois, where the bedrock is Silurian, but this fossil would have to be Pleistocene. Any help with ID is appreciated. I do not have possession so these are the only photos I have. If you provide an ID, please provide your reasoning. Thanks!
  23. A Spineless Mammoth Tusk

    So I was paddling along a stretch of the North Sulphur River recently where I have little experience. Most of the time, my eyes are on the Ozan formation down low, but for whatever reason, I glanced higher at the overlying Pleistocene Sulphur River Formation, and spotted a curious white ring from about 40 feet away. Hmmm...worth investigating. It was indeed ivory as I had suspected, and the dirt plug in the center suggested that I was staring at the pulp cavity on the proximal end. Let's have a peek.
  24. Tooth,tusk,antler... oh my

    Hi ya'll, it's me again. I was given this for my collection as a gift. The guy that found it came acrossed it while sport hunting on private land in Ohio in 98. From what I've obtained it came out of a 'landslide' and was just sticking out. That is all in info I could get on it. I was thinking antler or pig tusk but my 12 yr old son swears it's "OMG MOM IT'S MAMMOTH" but I told him to not get his hopes up before I went to the experts (you all). I plan on trying to put it back together but I don't want to mess it up. Can I use super glue? If not what should I use to glue it's bits back on.
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