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Found 12 results

  1. Giant Tortois Osteoderm?

    I found the item on the right a couple years ago and wrote it off at the time as just a unique Giant Tortoise osteoderm. I'm having 2nd thoughts now that I've found another one yesterday when digging at Zolfo Springs. The newest one (on the left) is still wet so it shows what looks like a Fossa or a Facet on the underside more clearly than the one on the right. Both display (or would have displayed) a very definite ridge down the centerline. So, just a different osteoderm, or something different?
  2. Peace River Unknown

    Last week I went to a little spot in the Peace that I can dig at high water levels. Found very few things, but wondered if anyone has an idea of what the little bone in the lower left corner of the picture is.
  3. I took a rather short trip to Zolfo Springs on the Peace River today to prospect for a trip with a guest on Tuesday. I dug in a nice deep limestone hole for a while and came up with this recent find, which I thought might be coyote, but doesn't match the scull that I have. Anyone have any guesses on what it might be? I'm figuring coyote and dog are out.
  4. These 2 items were the only finds of interest on my trip to the Peace yesterday. I'm assuming the vert is mastodon or mammoth, but the other little item is a stumper. I feel like I've seen it before somewhere, but I can't place it. One wing is broken, but I couldn't toss it back before finding out what it is. I'll post the 2nd view in the reply.
  5. First request for information after a few weekends hunting the Peace River in Florida. Any help with identifying if these are fossils or other? Very curious on the amber, translucent items, the largest is hollow. Thanks! -Mark
  6. Donated to the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida at Gainesville Soon to be named Brissopsis sp. this specimen likely a Paratype Late Miocene, Peace River Formation Hardee County, Florida
  7. Pretty nasty looking sea biscuit

    On a trip to the Peace River on November 28, 2012 I found a pretty nasty looking sea biscuit, but it has been the only one of it's type I've found in the Peace in 7 years of digging it so I've always held on to it without thinking about it too much. Since working with Roger Portell at the U of Florida on the donations of 2 Abertella deneleri sand dollars, I thought maybe I should ask him whether it was interesting and if so, would the museum like it. Here is his response: Yes, very interested in that specimen as well. It belongs to the genus Brissopsis and will soon to be named in an upcoming article of the Florida Museum of Natural History Bulletin. Most likely your specimen would become a paratype. I'm very pleased that they are interested in it so both echinoids will be on their way to the University Museum this weekend.
  8. Beautiful day to be out and so much nicer without a wet suit. Couple of interesting things today, this find is my favorite. !/2 gallon Clorox bottle issued from 1940 to 1944. Pretty good shape for being in the river for so long, but I was in a pretty deep hole and it was pretty far down. The next best is another complete Abertella dengleri Echinoid. This one has more matrix on it, but still pretty cool. I'll be asking Roger Portell at UF whether he's interested in another example in their collection. (I should have waited until it dried completely before taking the picture)
  9. This has been a pretty disappointing year so far, with the season delayed by high water levels and then very poor results on trips to the Santa Fe, Withlacoochee and Peace when I finally could get out. This last Tuesday yielded reasonable results which I'm thankful for since the trip was a scouting expedition in preparation for a Christmas Eve trip with @Cam28 and @Max-fossils. Most of the vertebrate finds are pretty typical. My favorite find, though, was this sand dollar that looks like it had been dropped into the river after being professionally prepped. We find thousands of fragments of these while we're screening, but this is the first complete one I've run across. I think it's the best find of the day. I'm hoping Paul and Max will get something on our trip that will make it memerable.
  10. We are a group of geology majors (with various passions of paleontology) that will be down on the Peace next week for 5 days in the river. Were bringing a kayak and all the screens etc... and are going to rent another canoe once we get there, but were still trying to decide exactly where to head. Its been a couple years since I was there(other two are newbies to Florida fossils) and we are thinking North of Zolfo Springs? Anyone going to be out on the river March 5th through the 9th?
  11. I have been trying to identify this one from books & forums, so far no luck. Very curious what this is. It's about the size of a dime.
  12. Peace River Sites Now?

    I know the Peace is still slightly high for the best fossiling and clarity, but we still may give it a go tomorrow as we have the day off. Any input on the best spots to go when the river is still a bit high? We will likely take kayaks. We usually go to Wauchula, Gardner River Rd, Thousand Trails....head up to Charlie via kayak....any thoughts welcome!!!!! And, if you think we'd be wasting our time and the river is too high to sift in general let us know that, too! Seems it could be on the cusp!
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