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Found 32 results

  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. Plesiosaur verts?

    Please offer any comments as to the ID of this piece. It was acquired years ago from Poland; but it was reportedly quarried at a Cretaceous site, Goulmima, Morocco. The matrix proved to be far too hard for the low powered tools I utilize for prep; so the piece languished in the garage for years. Finally it was shipped to Kris in Tx. Below is the account of his prep travail. As stated, it was labeled "Plesiosaurus, Cretaceous, Goulmima, Morocco." Any conformation or condemnation will be appreciated. I have real trouble visualizing the relationship between the appearance of the "front" and the "back" of the piece. To my eye it is almost as if the "back" represents the imprint of a different string of verts?!? Here is the display side that finally emerged. Here is the "back" side which was partially visible when the piece was received. Thanks for any observations.
  3. Had a big rain and a major windstorm (lost power a couple of hours), even though the wind was from the south (and I much prefer winter north winds for my beach) had to check. A bit disappointing, tooth-wise although I did find a mako and a big shrimp coprolite burrow, and five small teeth (and some old pottery shards). Tried the creek at an old spot, where I hadn't had much recent luck, but the rain had deposited teeth in one spot and weakened the bank in another where I dug around and found some teeth but mostly bone bits and a few interesting steinkerns (with some glossy surfaces, one an obvious snail shell, another with shrimp coprolites.) Found one ALMOST complete cowshark tooth, four angel shark teeth and a bunch of drum 'teeth' and several sandshark teeth, plus four verts and a lot of skate teeth, most broken. Better than usual hunting. First scan is of the bigger stuff (not counting bones or shells, who asked that I pick up some for her kids): the cow shark, mako, a lemon(?) and tiger shark, plus a weird concretion, a Tilly bone and two vertebra, the top one with an odd loop. For the mantis shrimp coprolites, notice they tend to be thicker in the burrow than in the steinkern below.
  4. There have been a few minor rain storms moving through the north Texas area lately, seems like it is always Friday afternoon or night. I have tried to go out and hunt a few days following these events, not expecting much, but you never know. Yesterday I hit one of my favorite creeks on the North Sulphur River and hit a jackpot for vertebrae and miscellaneous bone fossils, even found an artifact or two. There were a total of 16 verts, a rib bone, fish stuff and odd pieces that who knows what? The last artifact broke my heart, you find many like this, can just imagine what the entire point would have looked like. A few pics attached. Thanks
  5. rapp creek hunting

    Went out and played in the mud while still relatively warm. Quiet, not much wildlife activity. Lots of broken stuff. Hit an old spot, hoping for cowshark teeth, but didn't find any. Did get two angel shark teeth and a bunch of drum teeth. Several vertebrae, mostly broken. Found another skate stinger piece. Less sand tiger spikes than usual. One of the triangular teeth (sort of in-between a spike and a triangle, the pale one just above the stinger was unusual in that it was three times as thick and heavy as similar sized gray shark teeth blades, possibly thicker than the biggest triangular tooth. Fine serrated edge, don't know if a different species or just a weird tooth? @cck Any ideas?
  6. Had to get back to the Peace River today. Eight days since the last trip and I was getting anxious to get back to the spot where I found the partial tusk to see if i could find more. It was a warm day but overcast and windy, so the wetsuit was in order again to combat the water temp and the breeze. It made for a comfortable day of digging and I was able to spend 5 1/2 hours in the water. First check of the river bank when getting out of the kayak yielded a nice 3/4" Hemi getting the day off to a good start. I then worked my way back to the area where I found the piece of ivory tusk on my last visit to start sifting. The second sifting of the day yielded a horse molar and a few small shark teeth. Then up came a chunk of ivory tusk 8 1/2" x 4 1/4"! It looked just like the piece from last time. I then pulled up what I think is a vertebra, but looking closer I will need to get a full set of photos and post it in the ID section for review. As the day progressed I was lucky to come up another definite vertebra, a bison upper molar, a glyptodont dermal scute, eagle ray tooth plate, what looks like a fragment of a mammoth tooth with two long roots, a mastodon tooth fragment and an assortment of shark teeth. Along the way I also pulled up two more sections of the tusk - one 3"x5" that I was able to fit into the larger piece and another piece 2"x 3 3/4" along with several fragments. I will try and compare the piece of tusk from the last visit to the one found today to see if it could be one in the same. Possible it could be a pair? Here are some photos of the best of the day.
  7. I've been looking for hesperornis fossils for a while, and recently, an acquaintance presented me with a challenge: He would send me a bag of broken up hesperornis verts for me to assemble. In return, I had to send him the biggest and best vert back. He also warned me it could be a real headache. I took the challenge. Lo and behold! I was presented with over 60 broken pieces, some of which were tiny and terribly fragmented (not shown in picture) Nonetheless, I googled for pictures of hesperornis verts and put what limited knowledge I had on fossil assembly into this task. After 18 hours, this is what I got: All in all, it was a tiring but satisfying job and now I can happily say I am the proud owner of a chain of associated hesperornis verts
  8. Peace River Florida Verts

    Here are a couple of verts that I found very close to each other. I am not sure if they are from the same critter or not. I am not sure if they are fossil or recent, but if I had to guess, I would guess they are recent or Holocene. Any ideas what these are? Verts give me trouble - they are rarely what I think they are.
  9. ID Help Please

    Two more items from the Peace River yesterday that I hope may be able to be identified -
  10. rapp beach hunting

    Surprisingly with no north wind since my last visit, still managed to find a fair amount of teeth on the south Rapp beach. Sadly the bigger teeth were broken. One piece of burrow with callianassid coprolites, hadn't seen any in a while. Beautiful morning, light breeze, no bugs. Not a lot of debris on-shore at tide lines and shell-lines in the water with minimal. Guess there are plenty of pieces there as every trip down or up the beach would find a tooth or two in the incoming tide.
  11. 5 Articulated Vertebras

    From the album Yorkshire Ichthyosaur Fossils

    Found by me, polished to show the detail.
  12. My Aurora Pile

    Hey everyone! About 2 weeks ago, the VERY generous @AshHendrick gave a portion of his Aurora pile, straight from the mine! I put it around a wood frame in my yard, and have hunted it for hours almost every day. This will be an ongoing thread, I will prob not update every day, but at least weekly. This is the pile. It's bigger than it looks in this pic (about 5.5 x 5.5 feet [a little less than 2 meters i think]) What I do is I sift into the bucket, so I don't go through it twice. I dump it somewhere else. Day 1 Coral Fish vert I think this is coprolite, but I'm not sure Turtle shell Cool rock with turritella another turritella Big steinkern Sorry about the blurry pic, the only one I took of the ray teeth The shark teeth Find of the day shark tooth in matrix the shells. Appreciate ID's That's day 1. more coming
  13. Aurora

    I dug in the Pits of Pungo out front of the Aurora Fossil Museum for a few hours. Heres the haul. The shark teeth Phosphate nodules Coral Sea life burrows. Posterior lemons and coppers These teeth are sooo small I don't even know why I picked them up Bryazoa...? My favorites Some of those famous Aurora makos ( isurus oxyrinchus I think) What I think are posterior isurus oxyrinchus's though the one in the middle one looks like it has a burlette? meg? I would appreciate any feedback on these Two nice Hemipritis Double cusped carcharhinus taurus? Alligator claw core? Bird? Sea urchin spines ray teeth Fish/shark verts and partials. I would appreciate if someone s=told me the difference two of them stuck together Bone frags whale verts and frags Shells Can someone help ID them? I can't seem to find any papers or websites I also spent all my birthday money on their little gift shop. Heres what I got from there. I would be happy for any IDs for them. (I like things labeled) Dont know where from St. Claire. PA fern. What is the age and formation of this locale? Morrocan trilobite pyrite amethyst this is definitely my longest post even though its just pictures mostly
  14. Just seen these online listed as verts possibly ichthyosaur. they dont look like it to me? Wondering what you guys think?
  15. Possibility of Getting Abelisauridae Fossils

    My favorite dinosaur is the Carnotaurus (hence the name) and I would love to have a fossil of one but I am aware that they are nearly impossible to come by. I was wondering if any of it’s relatives fossils are more common or easier to obtain. Thanks in advance!
  16. What are these verts?

    A while ago I acquired these verts but never knew what they were. I can also see the obvious peicing togeather on the right one, but I sill think it’s all the same bone- correct me if I’m wrong. They are from the Kem Kem Beds and about 2 inches long. I also have more pictures if needed. Thanks in advance!
  17. A couple of vertebrae

    Trying to identify 2 Verts from the Peace River, Florida. Initially I thought that the 1st vert was shark. It is unusual. Hopefully someone recognizes the big circular "hole"... The 2nd is beat up a little, maybe harder to identify
  18. Please could someone advise me on the permission required to remove a fossil. At low tide on the North Yorkshire coast near Port Mulgrave I discovered 5 visible ribs and some verts exposed under seaweed. The fossil appears to be limited to this with no paddles or jaw etc but it is still my best find. The area to be removed is approximately 60cm by 50cm. It is located about 10 meters off shore and will be exposed again next week. I removed a rib in three parts and would be able to remove the whole plate with tools. Can anyone tell me whether I need permission to do this and if it would be ok to use a cordless power tool in the process. Best regards Steve
  19. So 2018 has been on a roller coaster of sorts. The east coast was hit with a prolonged cold snap to start the year which froze all the beaches up and most of the Chesapeake Bay too. So there was no hunting at all for the first week and a half of the year. The weather finally broke and i hit the beach i was luck enough to find a nice 2" meg/chub and the tripmaker was a pathological hubbell megalodon i was super stoked. Then the cold came back and once again the beaches froze right back up, so I was back off the beach again. The weather broke and all the ice went away and i hit the beach yesterday and killed it. Found the beautiful lower lateral meg that is just under 3.5", a couple nice makos, the 2 1/4' chub and a super sharp little meg. I also cleaned up on cetecean verts and chesapectens and an inner earbone it has been an up and down kind of month. Here is to a productive 2018. Hope everyone does well.
  20. Flat/flat verts?

    I find quite a few verts that are flat on both sides. How many critters, besides cetaceans are flat on both sides? Thanks.
  21. Articulated Fish Verts

  22. Hot NSR Trip!

    Hot long NSR trip. My legs are sore lol. Nice variety today including attached verts, bison tooth, mosasaur verts, multiple fish jaw sections, turtle shell, gastropods etc.
  23. Plesi vert prep

    Well I finally managed to prep my Plesi vert from Golden cap, Charmouth. The started so easy the matrix falling off them then I hit the pyrite, what a pest they turned out to be. Ended up pinging them a few times with the pen but happy with them.
  24. A successful Zandmotor hunt!

    Hello everyone! Saturday, I went hunting again at the Zandmotor. Even though it is only 25 min away by car from my house, I don't get to hunt there often. First off, a small introduction to the Zandmotor: The Zandmotor is a big beach extension between Kijkduin and Ter Heijde, and it is made by man. The fossils found there are mainly seashells (clams and cockles), which fill the beach, and also mammal bones, which most people search for (most just ignore the seashells, which leaves more for a seashell-lover like me ). Sometimes great white shark teeth are found too, but they are the only species of shark found at the Zandmotor (from what I heard); it's a mystery as to how the shark teeth got there. All the fossils date from the Pleistocene to the Holocene periods (so they are relatively young). The reason that fossils can be found there is because the fossils got dredged up from the North Sea, which is very rich in fossils; the case is similar for the Maasvlakte 2 and the Hoek van Holland, two other locations on the Dutch coast. The Zandmotor actually just looks like any other normal sandy beach, and many people just use it as such. In fact many people that regularly go on the Zandmotor ignore that fossils can be found! The Zandmotor is also a popular place for taking your dog out for a walk. Now my trip report: When we arrived, it was still rather cloudy, but at least it wasn't raining and there was little wind. We did put on our fat coats and were well prepared to face the cold. The small crash of the waves and the squawk of the seagulls filled the air. In the background, the harbor could be seen. Lucky for us, the weather quickly cleared up and gave way to a nice blue sky.
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