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Hello everyone! My latest trip into the creeks of Gainesville proved quite successful, quite a few dozen shark teeth found, as well as some other questionable pieces. Can anyone confirm if these are fossils and if so what kind, or just stones? Collected from Rattlesnake Creek. Thank you and happy hunting!

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ynot

In the first picture most is ray teeth. (eagle or cow nosed.).

Second picture are 2 nice snaggletooth shark teeth..

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GatorBait

Yeah I knew the bottom picture was snaggle tooths just wanted to share them. Thanks for the info on the ray teeth! That's exciting :)

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coled18

The large black piece in the first picture is a bone fragment, probably from the Ice Age given your location. 

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GatorBait

I thought it looked a tad peculiar. Any idea what it could be? Thanks for the reply and information!

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ynot
57 minutes ago, GatorBait said:

I thought it looked a tad peculiar. Any idea what it could be? Thanks for the reply and information!

Need to see better pictures of it from multiple angles / sides.

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GatorBait
12 hours ago, ynot said:

Need to see better pictures of it from multiple angles / sides.

Do these help? I am running into trouble due to the photo limit. 

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coled18

After a little digging (pun intended) into your area's geological history, it appears that the part of Florida you live in is largely exposed to fossils from the Miocene Epoch (approx. 5-23 million years ago). Due to the rather indistinct nature of your specimen, I cannot tell you where or what exactly it came from, especially since there were so many animals in Florida during the Miocene and the following periods. Since you mentioned a creek, I also found out University of Florida students frequently use creeks in the area as good sources of Miocene fossils (Hawthorne Formation). If I had to guess on what your fossil is, I would say it is a fragment from a scapula, given the way that the process/tubercle (raised part) branches into a "Y" shape (I'll include a picture). As for what animal it belonged to, options include ancient boars, tapirs and horses. 

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GatorBait
4 hours ago, coled18 said:

After a little digging (pun intended) into your area's geological history, it appears that the part of Florida you live in is largely exposed to fossils from the Miocene Epoch (approx. 5-23 million years ago). Due to the rather indistinct nature of your specimen, I cannot tell you where or what exactly it came from, especially since there were so many animals in Florida during the Miocene and the following periods. Since you mentioned a creek, I also found out University of Florida students frequently use creeks in the area as good sources of Miocene fossils (Hawthorne Formation). If I had to guess on what your fossil is, I would say it is a fragment from a scapula, given the way that the process/tubercle (raised part) branches into a "Y" shape (I'll include a picture). As for what animal it belonged to, options include ancient boars, tapirs and horses. 

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Thank you very much! That is very exciting to hear indeed! I will have to consult Dr. Hulbert of the Florida Museum of Natural History for a proper species identification. Thank you again for the insight and effort you have provided for me!

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coled18

@GatorBait You are more than welcome. Let me know what Dr Hulbert says! I am pretty excited to see what he has to say as well. 

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