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Dolphin ear bone

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Khyssa

Mako tooth.  Is this one slightly pathological or it just my imagination?

More pictures to follow but I'm going to have to resize them some more so it will be a little while before they're posted.

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facehugger

Awesome finds! I REALLY need to get down to Florida and do some hunting...

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t-tree

Great report and  well done on your finds and locating them.

 

John

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Khyssa

Some fish bladders and a nicely patterned shark tooth that I can't remember the species of at the moment.

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Khyssa

My Meg tooth which is 2.25" in size.  The fourth picture is all that was sticking out of the dirt when I found it.

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Khyssa

I like the dark triangle on the blade of the first tooth but I can't remember the species of this tooth either.  It is a tiny tooth.

Can anyone identify the tooth in the second and third picture?  The root is maybe a 1/4 inch long.

 

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Khyssa

Some drum fish teeth, a couple gar fish scales, and sawfish.

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Khyssa

Bits and pieces including a complete scallop (2 shells), crab claw, dolphin ear bone, 2 broken whale ear bones, turtle shell, fish vert, broken sea urchin spine, and shell castings.

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Khyssa

Intact sections of ray mouth plates and broken stingray barbs.  The second picture is the strange plant I found at the last site.

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Khyssa

Puffer fish mouth plates.  Only one tiny one is complete and it'is sitting on the quarter.

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Fossildude19

Some larger, brighter, sharper pictures of your mystery tooth would help with ID. 

Also adding something for scale. 

 

Cropped, brightened, combined, and contrasted:

 

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Darktooth

Great report and nice finds! I agre that that Mako has an unusual curve in the blade and may indeed be pathological. Too bad the root is broke.

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FossilDAWG

Sounds like you had a fun day, and you certainly found some excellent fossils!  

 

One note of caution, I have a vague recollection of someone commenting that Florida state law makes it a crime to trespass on a construction site even if it is not specifically posted.  I think the comment mentioned the piles of fossil-rich material from shell pits that is often used for fill in road construction projects.  Taking shells (or other fossils) from such sites without permission is (as I recall) a felony with serious consequences.  Of course, I may have misremembered or confused that post.  Perhaps some of our Florida members will clarify the matter.  

 

Don

 

 

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jcbshark

Nice finds Kara, I think that one tooth is a posterior meg:)  And that Mako definitely looks pathological

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deutscheben

Wow, some excellent finds, and really outstanding work discovering them! Your report reminds me of a detective story, ie "Hot on the trail of fossils..." :look:

 

12 hours ago, FossilDAWG said:

Sounds like you had a fun day, and you certainly found some excellent fossils!  

 

One note of caution, I have a vague recollection of someone commenting that Florida state law makes it a crime to trespass on a construction site even if it is not specifically posted.  I think the comment mentioned the piles of fossil-rich material from shell pits that is often used for fill in road construction projects.  Taking shells (or other fossils) from such sites without permission is (as I recall) a felony with serious consequences.  Of course, I may have misremembered or confused that post.  Perhaps some of our Florida members will clarify the matter.  

 

Don

 

 

I am not a lawyer, and hopefully some Florida residents can share their personal experiences, but the Florida state statutes online http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0800-0899/0810/Sections/0810.09.html seem to indicate that construction sites still must have some kind of posting, either standard posting plus the text below for sites larger than an acre or a single sign reading “THIS AREA IS A DESIGNATED CONSTRUCTION SITE, AND ANYONE WHO TRESPASSES ON THIS PROPERTY COMMITS A FELONY.” for sites smaller than an acre. It is indeed a 3rd degree  felony to trespass on construction sites that are so marked, though.

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Darktooth
19 hours ago, Khyssa said:

I like the dark triangle on the blade of the first tooth but I can't remember the species of this tooth either.  It is a tiny tooth.

Can anyone identify the tooth in the second and third picture?  The root is maybe a 1/4 inch long.

 

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Does the 2nd tooth have a nutrient groove? Or is that just a chip missing?

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Khyssa

Dartmouth, yes, it does have a nutrient groove.

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caldigger
57 minutes ago, Khyssa said:

Dartmouth

Ya gotta love autocorrect! :blink:

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Khyssa

How did autocorrect even come up with that word?!  Lol

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Darktooth

Well, we can rule out meg posterior for that tooth.:unsure: But still a nice find.:)

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Nikki in Jax

Sounds like an adventure!

Awesome finds, especially that mako and meg!

 

-Nikki

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sharkdoctor

Great report and great finds!

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Khyssa

Thank you everyone for your comments.  I enjoyed sharing my finds and day.  I'll try to take some better pictures of the unknown teeth with a scale and post them in the ID page.

 

I don't know what the exact Florida laws for entering construction sites are but I do make sure to look for no trespassing signs and if I see such signs I don't enter the site.  If there are no signs I look to see if there is any heavy equipment on site.  If there is heavy equipment then I will still hunt the site but stay well away from any equipment or piles of building supplies.  If there are people on the site sometimes I will approach them and ask for permission to hunt the edges of the site.  Sometimes they'll say yes and sometimes they say no.  If I am on an unposted site and someone comes by and tells me to leave I do so and don't return.  Never argue with someone about whether or not it is illegal for you to be there because you could then end up having to deal with the police.  In the past I've even had construction workers approach me and ask what I was looking for and after I explained what I was finding ( in all those cases I was actually looking for echinoids) they told me that was interesting and good luck with my search.  I find that if you are respectful to both them and the site the workers will generally leave you alone.

 

Here's some important rules to remember any time you are looking around a construction site.  Never go to a site after dark, that's just asking for trouble with the police.  Never approach or mess with any construction equipment or building supplies.  Never enter or get too close to a partially constructed building.  Don't argue with anyone associated with the construction site no matter how confrontational that person might be, just leave the site.  Always look for no trespassing signs and obey them.

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