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Surprising articulated Florida find

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        Yesterday I had the pleasure of hunting with Garyc from Texas. This was the second time I've been able to hunt with him and it was a real pleasure to try and treat him to some fine Florida hunting. We haven't had as much rain as I was hoping for this week but we still managed some decent finds. My prize of the day is two part, last week I found a backpack full of giant land tortoise coming out of the side of a lake being dug and didn't think much of it tho I did grab it all to give to Calvinjenkins for his rock garden. This week walking the same spot I thought I saw a bunch of holmesina osteoderms but turns out they were turtle denticles....then the bones started coming out. I believe I got all that was there and think I have enough for most if not all of one foot. Would love if anyone could share some pics of one put together. As most Florida folks know we find tons of turtle material but is pretty rare to find anything together. Here's the foot pieced together as best I could for now.

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Here's the associated denticles

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Here's an in situ

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Coco

Are they frozen ? Is it possible in Florida ?

 

Coco

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FossilDudeCO

That is an absolutely amazing find jcb!

One question though, I was under the impression that only the fossils actually in water were legal to take?

Unless you were on private land of course!

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A close up of the claw cores

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Here's a few decent shark teeth as well

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2 minutes ago, Coco said:

Are they frozen ? Is it possible in Florida ?

 

Coco

That's just our white sand Coco lol:)

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Coco

Ah ah ah ! :rofl:

 

Coco

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sixgill pete
3 minutes ago, Coco said:

Are they frozen ? Is it possible in Florida ?

 

Coco

 

Coco, I believe the white you see is sand. If it were that frozen in Florida at this time of year especially, I would say the next ice age is in full swing.

 

Great find Jeff, you never cease to amaze me with your finds.

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2 minutes ago, FossilDudeCO said:

That is an absolutely amazing find jcb!

One question though, I was under the impression that only the fossils actually in water were legal to take?

Unless you were on private land of course!

Thanks Blake,I'm not aware of any such law here and certainly hope that's not the case

Just now, sixgill pete said:

 

Coco, I believe the white you see is sand. If it were that frozen in Florida at this time of year especially, I would say the next ice age is in full swing.

 

Great find Jeff, you never cease to amaze me with your finds.

Thanks Don, I was pretty amazed myself lol

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Coco
Just now, sixgill pete said:

 

Coco, I believe the white you see is sand. If it were that frozen in Florida at this time of year especially, I would say the next ice age is in full swing.

I was afraid ! This is why I asked the question... Poor people floridian that I imagined frozen in this beginning of october...

 

Coco

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Nimravis

You have a great find there, now you need to get back the stuff that you gave away for the rock garden.

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Just now, Nimravis said:

You have a great find there, now you need to get back the stuff that you gave away for the rock garden.

I did ask if I could get that stuff back to see if I can piece more together and Kevin said he was happy to lol

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RJB

Cool stuff!

 

RB

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WhodamanHD

Nice!

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ynot

Sweet find Jeff!

Love to see it all together.

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FossilDudeCO

man, those claw cores are nice.

I have seen quite a few spikes and dentricles and shell pieces, but not many claw cores, are they pretty uncommon?

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Shellseeker

Great finds Jeff.  I am glad you are getting out and then to find articulated material is special. I like the one with the FAT root.. oh they all have fat roots..

 

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Jesuslover340

Can we get more photos of the unguals singly from various views? Awesome find!

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Jesuslover340

Hopefully these images will help. Not the same species, but Meiolania was a giant turtle/tortoise.

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Fossil-Hound

@jcbshark excellent discoveries. Really like the teeth.

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12 hours ago, RJB said:

Cool stuff!

 

RB

 

12 hours ago, WhodamanHD said:

Nice!

 

11 hours ago, ynot said:

Sweet find Jeff!

Love to see it all together.

 

9 hours ago, Fossil-Hound said:

@jcbshark excellent discoveries. Really like the teeth.

 

11 hours ago, Shellseeker said:

Great finds Jeff.  I am glad you are getting out and then to find articulated material is special. I like the one with the FAT root.. oh they all have fat roots..

 

Thank you folks:)

11 hours ago, Jesuslover340 said:

Can we get more photos of the unguals singly from various views? Awesome find!

Thanks for the pics Skyelar, I'll try to get some more when I get off work:)

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minnbuckeye

Amazing finds!!!!!

Was it the result of hurricane erosion or a fresh excavation. Like to find positives whenever something nasty happens. So I am hoping the hurricane helped expose this.

Mike

 PS  The fact that the hurricane left your house untouched is already a positive. AND that it was not snow in your picture.

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11 hours ago, FossilDudeCO said:

man, those claw cores are nice.

I have seen quite a few spikes and dentricles and shell pieces, but not many claw cores, are they pretty uncommon?

I don't think I've ever found a claw core from one of these before, the look a lot more like the sloth claws and seem a lot less dense in composition. 

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6 minutes ago, minnbuckeye said:

Amazing finds!!!!!

Was it the result of hurricane erosion or a fresh excavation. Like to find positives whenever something nasty happens. So I am hoping the hurricane helped expose this.

Mike

 PS  The fact that the hurricane left your house untouched is already a positive. AND that it was not snow in your picture.

Thanks Mike lol, this is a new development where they're digging lakes for fill. Not much rain since Irma went by so feel lucky to have even spotted this. Going to try and sift some of the nearby area and maybe find some more of this guy. The way it looks tho is The majority was picked up by the excavators and spread already:wacko:

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old bones

What an excellent find, Jeff! That is a bit different for you to find associated bits. Glad you were there to collect them before it was all scattered and destroyed. :)

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beachbum

Great finds Jeff! :dinothumb:

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