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  1. HI all! I am excited to get to go back to Venice Florida tomorrow for a whole week. I was wondering if there was a good fossil guide who could take me out hunting - something a little more advanced than just "beach finds". However, I'm not into scuba or snorkling. (not that I don't enjoy that, just not right now). Any suggestions? Thanks!!
  2. Another Venice Beach Fossil ID

    This is another find that has me stumped from my last trip to Venice Beach, FL. It’s two twisted strands, approximately 1” long.
  3. After a recent trip to Venice Beach, FL this little guy has me stumped. Any ideas?
  4. Horse tooth?

    Hello, this washed up on the beach in Venice, Fl. I'm guessing it's a three-toed horse tooth? If so, what would age be? Thanks for any help.
  5. Venice Beach Florida fossil

    I found this on Venice Beach Florida while on vacation. I'm not sure what it is. Any Ideas?
  6. Dugong Ribs?

    Hello! I found these two pieces on a beach in Venice, Florida. I believe they may be dugong ribs? The smaller one is about two inches, the larger one is three or four. The larger one is heavy for its size, which I read earlier is a sign of it being a dugong bone, however the smaller one doesn’t seem to be But it seems to have the spongy texture of a fossil bone (I tongue tested it ) if anyone has any idea or can at least tell me if these are actually fossils or not, it would be appreciated! Thank you! The first two are of the smaller one, the second is of the bigger one
  7. Venice Beach Florida unknowns

    Hello all! I had a nice little trip to Venice Florida (I posted about it in the Fossil Hunting Trip section if you want to see the "good finds"). Here are a few pieces that I am not sure about. Any help with ID would be appreciated! I think these are turtle: A B C I think these are alligator teeth: D I don't know if these are teeth or claws: E other side: Not sure what the heck this is...it's ever so slightly curved: F Not sure what these long straight sections are. Possibly large stingray mouthplate broken sections? They are not like the stingray barbs I found- these are more straight and parallel lines. G Not sure if this is the same as above but it is more curved: H Thanks for any help!
  8. I took a little trip to Florida with a friend who needed help cleaning out her parents house in Venice. So while it was a working trip (with lots of emotion all rolled into it) I got the chance to do a little bit of fossil hunting - dragged my friend along to get her out of the house and have a little fun amidst the difficulty. We tried to get out at low tide in the mornings, but since it was still dark at 6:30am, we didn't ever really get to do any serious hunting, just picking stuff up along the shore line. But i am super thrilled with the few items I did find. No megs, alas, but didn't expect any either, since my fossil hunting time was limited. I'm just happy to have found some cool stuff! Venice is a beautiful little town with lovely beaches. .We hit four different beaches and I found stuff on all of them. The best shark tooth hunting was definitely at Caspersen Beach, to the south, but I found teeth from Nokomis to Venice to Caspersen, plus lots of other goodies along the way. Another pleasant surprise was the plethora of Pliocene shells I found at a bayou where we went to eat lunch. Fried Gator and fossils! hahahha! A question for y'all....are these shells actually fossilized or are they just FROM the pliocene? These were found in the dirt, not along the waters edge. I read about the geology and that whole area is a Pliocene shell bed. But are the shells actually replaced with minerals or are they just really really old? I look forward to someday visiting Venice again, perhaps going out on a dive to find meg teeth or hit up a couple of spots where you can dig for them (which sadly I did not get to do this time). But Florida sure is lovely...... The whole hoard: Just beach finds: Sunset at Venice Beach the Bayou enoying a Jamaican Ginger Beer poolside.... my two best shark teeth I think this is a hammerhead tooth: all the teeth I found: Two best stingray barbs: Big one is 1 1/2 iches Stingray mouthplate : I think this might be a small vertebra? My favorite of the big shells: Pretty sure this is turtle: I also have some bits and pieces of things i can't quite identify. I'll post those in the ID section.
  9. Hello guys! Today I want to talk to you about an interesting museum situated where you wouldn't be expecting one: Venice, the City of Water. In a place famous worldwide for its architecture, art and food, the natural history theme is left behind, but it is not devoid of surprises. The museum was founded in 1860 and located in a XIII century palace, that served as a private residence and then as a market. The present appearance of the buidling was given by major renovation works that altered the original aspect. Nevertheless, it is an impressive location for a museum!! The area around Venice is an alluvial plain and no fossil can be found. That's why the museum collection are made up of specimens found in other parts of Veneto region, Italy and of the world. the highlight of the whole museum are the specimens collected during explorations that underwent in Africa in the 70's. In particular, the desert of Niger was explored. Back in the Early Cretaceous rivers and forests flourished there, as well as a very rich faunal assemblage. Italian-french excavations have yielded hundreds of dinosaur bones: theropods, ornithischians and sauropds are known. in the exhibits two specimens stand out above all: First the skull, teeth and back plates of "Sarchosuchus imperator", a crocodyliform and one of the largest crocodile-like reptiles that ever lived. (I only took a picture of the skull) Then the mounted skeleton and paratype of "Ouranosaurus nigeriensis", an hadrosaurid dinosar, 6,5 m (21.3 ft) long. Hadrosaurids had an unusual plant-smashing beak, multiple rows of teeth and they were facultative bipeds. Like in the theropod "Spinosaurus aegypticus", the neural spines of "Ouranosaurus" form a sort of "sail" on his back, its function his unclear; a social (display) role is generally more accepted than that of thermoregulation. The Venice specimen lacks the skull, atlas vertebra, ribs, the distal segment of the tail and few other bones. It was not fully grown, but close to adult size. Other exhibits from the Niger expedition include teeth and bones of dinosaur and a turtle shell: Regarding the other collections, they are less relevant and impressive in my opinion. You can see fish and plant remains from the Eocene of Bolca, a world-famous site not far from Venice. A couple of interesting tracks of amphibians and reptiles from the Permian of South-western United States Two amphibian body-fossil from the Permian of Germany Eocene crabs from Veneto A bird from the Cretaceous of China The skull of temnospondyl amphibian from the Permian of Russia The death track of a limulid from the Jurassic Solnhofen lagerstatten of Germany And a sirenid from the Oligocene of France Overall the Museum is interesting and I was satisfied. I didn't know about the African expedition and of a dinosaur paratype!! It was actualy difficult to take decent pictures (for the little lighting) and for most of the exhibits, labels and boards were minimized. Anyway, if you stop by Venice, don't miss it!! P.s.: if you'd like to have any additional information about the specimen that I uploaded a picture of or those that I left out, please ask, I would love the help!
  10. Venice Shark Tooth

    I while back I took a trip to venice beach and found this tooth.
  11. Help with shark tooth ID

    I'm new to shark tooth hunting and can't figure out what type of shark this is from. Can anyone help?
  12. Found this interesting item

    Hello all. I found this at Englewood beach while my wife was hunting shark teeth. I tend to look for other strange items. I put a soda bottle lid in for size reference. Any thoughts? Thank you for any help.
  13. Hello, I found this diving off of Venice Beach, FL in about 25 feet of water. It is about 88mm x 38 mm. To me it looks like a piece of a tusk. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks!
  14. Some Venice FL finds

    So I recently have been making trips to Venice beach FL. It's a new spot for me as I've previously only hunted in the Tampa Bay area or the Peace River, therefore some of the teeth I'm finding I'm not familiar with. These are my anomalies from the latest two trips. Sorry about only having an imperial ruler, it's the best I can do at the moment. Feel free to ask for more pictures if needed. This first one is the one I'm most curious about. At first I thought it was a shark tooth but when I pulled it out of the sifter, I realized it has a tiny cap and root attached. Small rooted mammal tooth or gator tooth?
  15. Another tooth I found yesterday at Venice FL. Curious about what kind of tooth. Maybe a snaggletooth or a great white? It’s bout as big as my finger tip. I’m not super experienced, so any help is appreciated! Thanks for taking a look. -HT
  16. One of the teeth I found yesterday at Venice. It’s about as small as my finger tip, but it’s a pretty tooth. My best guess is hemipristis or snaggletooth? Thanks for taking a look! -HT
  17. Are these megaldon?

    Found these hunting for teeth along a beach in Venice FL. They are kind of small, but I thought that could maybe be prosterior teeth? Any opinion is appreciated. Thanks! -HT
  18. Tooth found in Venice Fl-what kind?

    My friend’s find from Venice FL. Looks like a tooth, but what kind? Any help is appreciated. Thanks! -HT
  19. I know there are megs off of Venice beach and I get so jealous of the finds people post after diving!! They are gorgeous teeth!!! Curious- can these megs be scooped up without scuba equipment? I would love to get certified but right now it's not in my budget...
  20. Sites near Venice

    Hello! Me and my dad are going down to Venice in a few weeks and I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on where to hunt. So far the only spot I know of is just Venice beach. I would appreciate any help you could give me! Thanks
  21. Bone fragment? Located in Venice FL

    Any thoughts on what this is? I found this on the beach in Venice FL and it's the only piece I haven't been able to roughly identify. That's a pen next to it for scale.
  22. Venice Beach Trip Set

    The plane tickets are purchased and the sifter and 'Florida Snow Shovel' have already arrived in Cape Coral! My in-laws have a place in Cape Coral and the wife and I visit them every year in early March. Last year we went to Venice Beach and I totally got hooked on fossils and sharks teeth. Living in the Pennsylvania, I don't get down to Florida often, but I have been able to make it to Calvert Cliffs twice this winter. While I did find some very small teeth the last time (my first time) at Venice Beach, just south of the pier I am hoping to find some better spots. I am not looking for anyone to reveal any personal sites or honey holes, but I hope some forum member can chime in and and let me know some decent places to look. I know we will for sure be making a family trip to Venice Beach for a day, but I also hope to be able to steal a day on my own for fossil exploration. Any information or tips would be much appreciated. I will get a permit prior to the trip, and the in-laws gracefully took down a sifter and scoop for me when they left a few weeks ago. There is nothing like examining your finds while sipping some Wicked Dolphin Rum and sitting on the canal!
  23. I found this last year in the sand at Venice Beach, FL. It doesn’t appear to be fully fossilized. I’m guessing it’s from an animal? I’m really not sure at all. Could it be from a bird beak? The white part almost looks like wood but I think it’s actually bone and then it blends into translucent material that feels smooth like enamel on a nail. It’s about 4 inches long and extremely sharp and pointy. It could impale you. Any ideas? Thanks!!
  24. Alligator or barracuda tooth?

    Apologies for the makeshift ruler aka chapstick, which is used for reference to size. We're on vacation and have limited resources, can't even locate a quarter in this house! Can someone please help me identify this tooth which I believe looks similar to alligator or possibly barracuda?All help is appreciated thanks!
  25. 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.