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First dolphin tooth

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beachcomber

Once again I'm happy to say I am able to spend a few months hunting for fossils in Florida instead of hunting for my hat and gloves

in Minnesota. I recently had the opportunity to go on a Peace River dig with Fred Mazza of Paleo Discoveries. After about fifteen years

of collecting on the beaches and in the river I managed to find my first dolphin tooth. Shoveling in the river beats the heck out of shoveling snow.

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gavialboy

wow congrats on the cool find.

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Darktooth

Wow , that's a beauty! About as good as it gets! Congrats!

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digit

Yup. My kind of shoveling too. :) Seems a bit large for the small Long-beaked Dolphin teeth we occasionally find in the Peace River. Since dolphins are really just an informal grouping of smaller toothed whales (Odontoceti--literally, "toothed whale") I tend to just call these "whale teeth" when I find them in the Peace (especially the larger ones like your fine example). Isolated teeth are probably difficult to assign much taxonomic information to but possibly @Boesse might be able to chime in with something more specific. A real trip-maker of a find!

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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ynot

Niceone, I hope Your next one does not take as long to show itself!

Tony 

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Boesse

Some sort of a small odontocete for sure - not really possible to further ID given that it's got a conical crown. Options for the Florida Miocene include kentriodontids, though others could be possible as well.

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Ropterus

Nice tooth! Congrats!

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