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A Little Florida Fossil Shell Collecting

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While in Florida I have been doing some fossil shell collecting, I really do love collecting these shells, the diversity is great. I do like finding large and small shells, but the smallest are always my favorite as the quality is usually exceptional. In this post I will show a few pics after I found some of the “regular” size shells and then my haphazard attempt at trying to identify some. Please do not take my ID’s as truth- though I love collecting these shells, I am really bad at getting the ID’s correct. There are a lot of shells that I do not have any ID for and I did not attempt to guess like I did on the others. Some of the specimens that I took pictures of are not the greatest and I have since found better ones, but since I already took the pics, I did not update. I did not take any individual pictures of the smallest pieces, but believe me, some are really small.

 

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My favorite find so far- the colors are phenomenal and the  glossiness is just crazy- because of this, I thought is might have been a Lindoliva spengleri, but I do not think it is large enough. I believe it is Oliva sayana, and again it is my favorite find.

 

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Here are a couple other pics after I picked some up.

 

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Now i will start with my attempt to ID some of my finds- this will take a few posts since there are a lot of different ones.

 

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Coco

Hi,

 

:wub:

 

Coco

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Darktooth

Holy Moly, Ralph! What a great, diverse collection! Congratulations  on a awesome haul!

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Monica

Nice haul, Ralph!  I especially like the gastropod encrusted by the coral - beautiful! :wub:

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FranzBernhard

@Nimravis, many thanks for sharing these beautiful shells with us!

Some points :D:

- Its amazing, how similar they are to the miocene Paratethys mollusc fauna here in ol´ central Europe. But species, even most genera, are different, though.

- Your small ones are the lager ones in my area... :drool:.

- My favorte is clearly Nr. 69.

- Would you like to provide a little bit of background? Which formation, how did you collect them (natural outcrop, quarry, beach, river...).

- @Max-fossils, don´t miss these... ;).

Many thanks again!

Franz Bernhard

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I went out for a 3 mile walk on Sanibel Island to watch the sunrise this morning and I decided to check along a road that has fossil shells. Last year or the year before, about 1 block away, I found a rare shell and I was lucky enough to find another one today.

 

First a pic of the sunrise-

 

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This the second time that I have found this type of shell below and I never found the two that are after it- all found this morning.

 

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54 minutes ago, FranzBernhard said:

Would you like to provide a little bit of background? Which formation, how did you collect them (natural outcrop, quarry, beach, river...).

One of the fossil shell experts would have better info, but I believe all of these shells are Pliocene-Pleistocene from the Caloosahatchee Formation. I collected these from “fill” used by some hotels for walkways, and a construction site farther North that I had permission to collect in and along the Sanibel Causeway. Years ago I was able to get into a quarry near Arcadia, but that is no longer possible. That quarry was outstanding for fossils, I just wished then that I spent more time collecting the smaller shells 1 cm and under. Again, I did not post many of those unless it was the only size I had.

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Nimravis

@Coco , @Darktooth and @Monica thanks for the comments.

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Nimravis

Thanks Ken @digit

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addicted2fossils

Gorgeous fossil shells! Thanks for sharing!

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Tidgy's Dad

How marvelous! :)

What an incredible amount of species and such a range in size. Some of those are huge. And the detail is extraordinary. 

I also like 69 the best. 

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Coco

Digit, interesting link. Could a formation contains several groups ? I try to understand the american geological words.

 

Coco

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8 minutes ago, Coco said:

I try to understand the american geological words.

From the little I know your confusion may be well founded. I believe terms like "formation" are not always strictly applied. :wacko:

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Tidgy's Dad
14 minutes ago, Coco said:

Digit, interesting link. Could a formation contains several groups ? I try to understand the american geological words.

 

Coco

Ken is right and also a formation can consist of several 'Members'; smaller units within the formation. 

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Coco

OK, thanks to you both :)

 

Coco

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minnbuckeye

Nice collection!! You have many specimens that I have not found YET. 

 

Mike

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Nimravis

Here are a couple additions that I collected today-

 

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FossilDAWG

Amazing assortment of shells! :wub:

Are you sure these are from the Caloosahatchee?  They seem to have a Tamiami Formation/Pinecrest Beds aspect, and the SMR quarries were pretty close by  and could have been a source.  I guess the question could be decided by IDing some formation-specific species.  As always when it comes to Pliocene/Pleistocene shells, @MikeR would be the one to look to for an authoritative opinion.

 

Don

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9 minutes ago, FossilDAWG said:

Amazing assortment of shells! :wub:

Are you sure these are from the Caloosahatchee?  They seem to have a Tamiami Formation/Pinecrest Beds aspect, and the SMR quarries were pretty close by  and could have been a source.  I guess the question could be decided by IDing some formation-specific species.  As always when it comes to Pliocene/Pleistocene shells, @MikeR would be the one to look to for an authoritative opinion.

 

Don

Don I really took a shot in the dark at the formation, but I am enjoying myself collecting them.

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4 hours ago, Nimravis said:

Don I really took a shot in the dark at the formation, but I am enjoying myself collecting them.

Collect first--learn later. That's my motto. ;)

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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