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Found 139 results

  1. Decided to spend a couple minutes searching some of my favourite spots alone Big Bay beach in Cape Town and came away with some megalodon teeth fragments,a mako and a whale eardrum. If anyone wants clearer pictures or wants to see some of my other finds from searching this months feel free to pm. regards Pamar.
  2. Possible whale vertebra? It's huge!

    Hi everyone I found this huge, possible vertebra today and would really like some help with the ID. I'm thinking it might be a whale. I'm not too sure but I think the area is Miocene but I also see references to Cretaceous. This is from the South Island of New Zealand. It's about 10inches wide (25cm). Thanks!
  3. Whale tooth?

    Hey everybody, prepare for a series of ID requests as I've had a number of fossils from my collection piling up on my desk waiting to be posted. Here's what I believe is an odontocete tooth from the spoil pits across the street from the aurora fossil museum. It appears to be pretty worn and only has a small patch of enamel left on the end. The piece is about 4 cm long from tip to tip.
  4. Florida Whale Jaw

    When you have a lot of fossil friends, you get involved in fossil stuff, which is a joy. So, I have a friend who found in 2004, a Baleen Whale Jaw 20-25 feet below current land in a lake bed for housing development. Sounds like Miocene to me. I love Whale. He knows that and offered to sell me the jaw. It is out of my price range for fossil acquisitions. I told him that I would try to get the jaw identified or at least get some options. The jaw seems complete and is a tad over 6 feet in length. He and friends performed a LOT of work to retrieve it from the muck with as few breaks as possible, stabilize the pieces, mount it for display. There is value for me just to have the photos. So, I will tell you that in the Plaster Jacket Newsletter, Sept 1978 , Gary Morgan for the Florida Paleontology Society, stated ".. a nearly complete mandible of Baleanoptera floridana, more than 6 feet in length was found near Pierce, in Polk County, Florida..." and if this fossil is from an adult, it is not the equivalent of Blue, Grey, Fin, or Sei whales today. A 6 foot mandible is relatively small for a Baleen Whale. I guess it could be a juvenile. B. Floridana has been merged into B. Cortesii . That is as much as I know/guess and hoping a whale expert can add something to the identification. @siteseer @Boesse
  5. What am I

    I picked this up in a box of junk from an auction. I believe its a whale vertebrae its quite heavy it measures 20cm x 11cm does anybody know is it a fossil and what is it from if its not a whale. If it is a whale do you know what kind it could be
  6. Mammal Tooth

    Found this tooth/tusk in South Carolina off the coast of Tybee Island. We went with a guide and she said it was the tooth of a Jaguar, but she said to check on here to be sure!I think it looks like a whale tooth but it is much thicker than many I have seen.
  7. A fossil named after Burke Museum curator tells whale of a tale about evolution By Alan Boyle, GreekWire, November 30, 2018 https://www.geekwire.com/2018/fossil-named-burke-museum-curator-tells-whale-tale-evolution/ Ancient whale named for UW paleontologist Elizabeth Nesbitt Hannah Hickey, University of Washington News https://www.washington.edu/news/2018/12/10/ancient-whale-named-for-uw-paleontologist-elizabeth-nesbitt/ Newly-Described Fossil Whale Named After Burke Curator Burke Museum Public Relation http://www.burkemuseum.org/press/newly-described-fossil-whale-named-after-burke-curator The paper is: Peredo, C.M., Pyenson, N.D., Marshall, C.D. and Uhen, M.D., 2018. Tooth Loss Precedes the Origin of Baleen in Whales. Current Biology. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982218314143 Happy New Year, Paul H.
  8. Found this today in Parrish, Fl. 1.5” long. Dolphin tooth?
  9. Unknown Cetacean Fossil

    This is a fossil of unknown origin, it was allegedly found burried in sand near the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia; or possibly on the banks of the James River. The previous owner believed it to be an intervertebral disc of some kind of whale. It is clearly fossilized and has some areas encrusted with a sand like mineral. It also has a few spots where a shiny black mineral has been deposited. Can anyone provide an identification and possible an estimated age?
  10. Unusual Miocene Odontocete Tooth

    Hi, This tooth was found at Bayfront Park/Brownies Beach, which is Calvert Formation (~18-22 MYA). It is clearly from an odontocete, but it is unlike any other I've found from this location, or anywhere for that matter. The crown is not perfectly conical, instead having a rather wide appearance. But what really makes this tooth so odd is the root. It is flattened and bumpy, while most odontocete teeth have long, smooth roots like those of human teeth (this obviously makes sense, as they are both mammals). The fossil is about 3/4" from the tip of the crown to the bottom of the root. If you look closely (it may be difficult to see in the pictures provided), it almost looks like the tooth is encased within the root, and could be pulled out. This at first led me to consider the possibility that the strange flat part may actually just be matrix and the fossil is just a typical odontocete tooth not fully uncovered. However, after further inspection I am confident that everything is fossilized and the entire fossil is a single tooth. So now the only questions are what animal did this tooth belong to and why is it so unusual in appearance? I am certainly hoping that it may be a small Squalodon tooth because I've never found one and I think they're just awesome. Any information is appreciated, as always. Thank you!
  11. Venice scuba finds

    Did some diving off Venice, FL over the summer before the red tide got too bad. I got a lot of small teeth but a good number of megs and other fossils. My biggest tooth, a little over 4.5 inches: A nice golden beach tooth: A whale tooth:
  12. Dolphin/Whale Periotic Bone

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Choptank Formation Virginia Miocene Photographed exactly as found, with brilliant, polished surface when dry! Collected on private property with permission.
  13. Whale tooth

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    Unidentified Eocene whale tooth if anyone has any thoughts on what it's from, please feel free to let me know!
  14. A Jaw Fragment

    I was hunting with a couple of TFF friends doing a ground search in an area that produces 90% marine fossils, Megs, Makos, but no GWs, Whale /Dolphin earbones and vertebrate, ray teeth, fish verts, dugong rib bones with a few mammal bones and teeth, primarily horse. I found this jaw section: My initial take was whale, but then too small for whale and I switched to gator. I have seen no alligator teeth and lots of whale material. Is there anything besides size that would confirm or eliminate one or the other ?. Thanks for comments, suggestions, IDs.
  15. Basilosauridae partial vertebrae

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    Side view of vertebra, displaying missing piece see 1st picture for information
  16. Basilosauridae partial vertebrae

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    Vertebrae damaged during or before fossilization, from a basilosauridae. Found in Albany, GA, in the Ocala limestone formation, an Eocene deposit laid down by the swannee current between about 34-56 mya. The exact species is possibly still up in the air, since it is been suggested that it is something other than the original ID. We're still looking into the possibilities. Found in Georgia, so that limits the possibilities, but still leaves open a number of basilosauridae, including some dorudontinae such as Zygorhiza. Zygorhiza, which is what it was originally supposed to be, is iffy since it hasn't officially ever been found in GA, but I don't think that means it hasn't, doesn't that just mean it hasn't been found by scientific authorities, or confirmed by such? it seems however, that the person who ID'd it as Zygorhiza was Professor Mark Uhen, who I guess is an authority on the subject, but as before, they're not supposed to be found in GA. Another possibility from a different authority on the subject has ID'd it as Cynthiacetus, which I personally would prefer, but sadly that doesn't have any impact in the matter:(
  17. A couple of Ws

    I had the pleasure of meeting a Florida Fossil Expert and dealer of 50 years. I went to his home and viewed many amazing treasures including numerous high quality 6 inch Megs . I also picked up 2 fossils for my collection: A whale tooth from a Bone Valley phosphate mine and a Walrus Tusk Tip from SMR Aggregates Quarry west of Sarasota. Both were found in the 1980s. I love whale and previously had no walrus. At first, I thought that this looks a lot like the heavily fossilized Dugong ribs that I find in the Peace River, but in looking closely at the shape, ridges, texture of the fossil, I believe it fits the identification of Walrus. This is a request ID thread. Let me know what you think. Thanks Jack
  18. need an I'd. PETRIFIED whale bone?

    I have property off the central California coast in Monterey County. I have found sharks teeth, hundreds of various shells encased in shale on the property. But this is new to me. I was digging out a new trench for a water line and came across this. Very heavy. to me it definitely seems petrified.Many thanks to you all. -David
  19. What the heck?

    Found this today at Purse State Park, MD. Is this an ichthyosaur tooth? A whale tooth? I have nooooooooo idea.
  20. Basilosaurus? Zygorhiza?

    Any ideas? These are the only 4 pictures. I don't know if the back was lost pre or post fossilization.
  21. Two recent finds from Cooper River SC

    Hello Forum Friends, I've got two recent finds, found during a dive trip to the Cooper river, that I'd like to I.D.. The first is very tiny, 5 ~ 6 mm on the long edge, with an unusual pattern (it's difficult to photograph something so small). The 2nd item, I believe may be a whale tooth frag. it's pretty worn, and split. The inner structure is visible.
  22. Hi! I’m new on here and not super familiar with fossils. However, today I was walking on the beach in Hatteras Village, Hatteras Island, North Carolina (a part of the Outerbanks). I stumbled upon what appears to be an old bone of some sort. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what type of bone it is/which animal it is from. Any ideas?? The photo is posted below. For some reason, the other photos won’t upload, so I will try to upload them in the replies hopefully.
  23. Fossilized Whale Bone?

    HI. I'm a rock hunter and found some fossils along the way but it's not my expertise. This may be a rock but I'll let the Forum decide. This piece is about 1 1/4" long by 3/4" wide and is blackish with a rust color interior on the broken end. I found it on the Dunedin Causeway, Florida and it resembles whale bone that I've found in the Venice Beach area, but it doesn't have the ocean tumbled shape. What do you think??? Thanks again, BronzViking
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