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  1. I am going fossil hunting on some property I have in South Dakota this weekend. The Firesteel creek runs through it and I have found quite a few bison bones on quick 30 minute trips. This time I am spending 2 days along 1.5 miles of creek to look deeper If anyone has pro tips feel free to share
  2. Jared C

    Central Texas Creek

    I went on this hunt about two weeks ago, but only am getting around to posting it now. It was a great day at a new spot close to my usual stomping grounds. I was hunting under a bridge the week before when someone walking the path next to it asked if I had any luck - his name was Leo, and we actually recognized each other as both of us have posted about some of our Austin finds on reddit before. (PS - pardon the picture quality, most of these are screenshots from video) He invited me to hunt with him at a spot of his on the same creek close by sometime. I was of course quite curious about where that could be, as I thought I've already done some pretty boisterous trekking along this creek before in pursuit of fossils. Since he immigrated a couple years ago, he passed time walking his dog along this creek, and discovered there were fossils around that way. After training his eye a bit more than a year and half (about twice as long as me!) he's practically mastered this stretch of creek, and he's yielded a few fantastic spots. We shared some spots in common, but those that I didn't know about far exceeded my expectations for this creek. We chose a cool weekend, a week after a strong storm. I didn't film or take any pictures until about an hour in, but there were a couple small cretaceous teeth, and a nice quality bison tooth. All his finds. After an hour or so, I was finally getting into the rhythm of things. It usually takes an hour or so for me to break into a new spot, and to start spotting things. My first real find set the tone for the rest of the day: Here it is insitu: And once I pulled it out: This was my second Mosasaur tooth (likely Tylosaur) from the Ozan of Austin. My other one is larger, and better preserved, but this nonetheless had both of us blowing our tops off with excitement. About 5 seconds after picking this up, Leo picked up another tooth, this time Scapanorynchus, sitting 10 inches away. It's an epic memory On the same gravel bed, Leo then found our target for the day. He showed me some of the Ptychodus specimens he's found at this spot - all large, perfectly preserved, and from several different species. I was really crossing my fingers for one of equal stature this day. Leo, maybe about 10 minutes after our mosasaur meltdown, then pulls this beauty out of the gravel: It's a little more worn than his others, and this one is much darker, but still great quality and HUGE in my eyes. I know Ptychodus mortoni can sometimes get substantially larger, but this is by far still the best tooth I've ever laid eyes on. It's also in better condition than this screenshot implies. The air was electric now - the energy for at least two hours afterwards was full throttle, as we both were expecting to turn our head any minute and make the next great find. Here are some highlights (chunkasaur piece from me, the great Mosy vert from Leo) (Piece of what would've been a great Ptychodus from me) (Great Bison tooth from Leo - I have NEVER managed to find a completely black bison tooth from this area. I've found maybe 10 or 11, all at various stages of preservation, but never a fully fossilized (black or orange) tooth. Quite jealous! These seem to be casual finds for Leo!) (Squalicorax hiding in the gravel from me) (Some chunks like this are strangely reminiscent of wood, rather than bone... could this be petrified driftwood?) (Enchodus palatine from me) (Scapanorynchus - ol' faithful) (Particularly wrinkly mammal enamel - not so sure of my initial ID of bison I had in mind ) (Cretolamna (I think) sitting in the gravel, from me - I'll gladly be corrected if I'm wrong) Then, Leo made the next great find. If we were fired up before, NOW we were in another dimension... two big mosasaur teeth in 40 minutes! From Austin?? This was nuts! We moved maybe 20 more meters up again - this was all still on the same bend of the creek. Leo was hoping for arrowheads this whole time - me not as much - before this day they didn't really interest me... but all it took was one good find. Here was my first point of the day, and my second point ever - first insitu and then in hand. It was ID'd as a "Darl", and would've tipped an Atlatl dart. The age is between 1,000-3,000 years. A few meters away, Leo found this rib with strong signs of preservation, but not fossilized yet - It was quite late in the afternoon, and Leo still wanted to get me to a big exposure he thought I'd like. On the way there, we chatted, with me learning a bit about points while he learned a bit about fossils. We finally made it to a grandiose exposure - the tallest one of it's nature I've ever seen. Dark clays and shales filled the bottom half, and I'm sure this was where many of the fossils we found were washing down from. Ironically enough, it was not Cretaceous stuff that stood out here . I found my third point- this one broken in half. It's a "Perdenales", and is between 2,000-3,000 years old Close by, there was a large bone half buried in the gravel - I think it's the lower leg bone of a bison, that would be below the knee: And last but not least, some other finds we made heading back before the sun went down. One of the bison teeth I found, with phosphate starting to leech in the cracks of enamel to begin the fossilization process, the top of a point that Leo found, and a completely bizarre deep red piece of mammal enamel (I assume Bison). The picture doesn't do it justice - it's deeply blood red. It was a great day, and I'm grateful to Leo for showing me around his hunting grounds. Can't wait to see what last nights storm will do for this place!
  3. I found this on the beach in Georgetown,South Carolina, USA. The beach is in the Waccamaw Geological formation & same area l found other Pleistocene megafauna ( mammoth & horse ). This tooth has smooth waved enamel sides, rough jagged crown & root with 4 holes. Any help with identifying it is welcome & appreciated.
  4. Hey Gang, Happy New Year! I'm not sure this is exactly a fossil prep question but it relates to Identifying an unknown supposed Pleistocene fossil from Iowa so here goes. I'm trying to put together a comparative collection of extant/extinct mammal inner ear bones. I've got a number of fossil fragments from a number of critters and about to work on removing a couple of petrous bones/bulla (highlighted with red arrows) from a couple of extant skulls. Ive got to cut them out of 2 extant bovid skulls/cap--see photo below: The smaller example on the left is from a sheep and the other a much larger bovid I'm assuming a cow/Bos. I am thinking I can take my dremel with a cutting bit and remove the sheep petrous bone fairly easily by removing a surrounding section thru the skull cap along the blue line i've drawn. The larger skull on the right is more stout so I'm looking for any easy/cheap ideas from Harbour freight, hacksaw ideas or other to cut the ear bones free. Perhaps the dremel will have no problem cutting thru it as well. i've seen some pretty cool dissection equipment but I'm doing this on the cheap to satisfy the curiousity of how these bones are positioned/attached and identify their components and take some photos along the way. Any simple solutions for removal are welcomed. I'm ok with up/experimenting one side as I can always work on the opposite petrosal of each. Here's an unknown petrosal that I have that I want to compare against to compare the two extant bones too. I was told it might be possibly bison from the Pleistocene of Iowa. That ID has not been confirmed Thanks! Regards, Chris
  5. FoundItaly

    Who’s tooth? Fossilized Bison?

    Found in a very large pile of moving sea stones in Italy at mouth of river. Heavy, black, shiny definitely a tooth, but I a, not sure who? Anybody certain? Is this a common find? Thanks everyone, you are really an awesome group of passionate people! I turned the item counterclockwise for each photo, then the bottom and top views.
  6. Harry Scott

    Florida Bison or Camel teeth

    My wife found this on the beach near Casa Caselles in Key West 12/23/23. Your thoughts. Thank you.
  7. We found this nice tooth on the Kaw River (Kansas) this past summer. Permian glacial material has been found there. When we found it, we assumed that it was from a camel. I’m not so sure anymore, as it has a stylid, and resembles a white tailed deer tooth we found, only much larger. Any ideas?
  8. Shellseeker

    Peace River Hunt

    I may get another hunting trip before 2024, but possibly not. It will be tough to match this one on Volume and diversity. The smaller shark teeth were numerous, including 4 broken Megs .. late in the day found an almost complete one. When there are a lot of bones in the sieve. I limit myself to the best 3 , usually ones I do not recognize. I always think I'll have time later to attempt an ID. We'll see, On the lower left , one of the better Dugong Vert process I have found. There are a couple of Mastodon tooth fragments, a Mammoth fragment that might be a spit tooth and a piece of Bark ivory in lower left. a Bovid tooth that might be a broken m3, a Paramylodon harlani lower left caniniform and some interesting horse teeth. Add in a whale Vert, tortoise osteoderm and dolphin bulla that showcase the diversity of the fossils available in the river. The Peace River is relatively low right now , but will get lower. One advantage is the depth at which I dig. Due to a problem with my lower back, I enjoy hunting deeper water. Today I was digging fossils from nearly 6 feet below the river surface, and frequently I had to hold my breath to keep the river from flowing in. It is a technique I developed over the years. A reason that these fossil spots have continued productivity is that they are unavailable to hunt with normal techniques most of the year. Some closer photos of a few fossils. I was hunting alone today and based on experience, I do not have to worry about gators whenever I am wearing my 5 mm wetsuit. When I am chilled, the gators want nothing to do with me or anyone else. Just recording the finds, and sharing as I try to do with every hunting trip... Jack
  9. johnnyvaldez7.jv

    Bison Tooth

    From the album: MY SE TEXAS FINDS

  10. johnnyvaldez7.jv


    From the album: MY SE TEXAS FINDS

  11. johnnyvaldez7.jv


    From the album: MY SE TEXAS FINDS

  12. johnnyvaldez7.jv


    From the album: MY SE TEXAS FINDS

  13. Hi all! Went to the Peace river for the 1st time on Thanksgiving break, had a blast, am going to write a trip report soon. But these 4 bones are stumping me as to what they could be. Everything found was in the lower Peace. The finds are numbered for convenience. Thanks in advance for any help and guidance! 1) in my research, this looks like a camel unciform bone, but I wanted to ask around to make sure 2) my gut tells me this could be bison something, but I have no idea what part of the bison skeleton it is, if there's some anatomy resources available let me know. 3) this bone was dense, it's probably unlikely to ID, but I wanted to rule out Mammoth or not. 4) lastly what is probably yet another horse/bison frag. This one was annoying to figure out.
  14. Shaun-DFW Fossils

    Cutting my teeth on teeth identification?

    Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate! Thanks to all of you who try to help the less educated such as myself (at least in this field of study). I occasionally come across the remnants of back-office dumpsters from ancient dental offices where mammals would go to get teeth pulled. Ok, joking.. but seriously, I’ve reviewed some helpful threads on tooth identification but I’m not confident in what I see. 1) do my photos give enough of a view to say with confidence what they belonged to? 2) can you help me identify these? Let’s count 1-6 starting with upper left. Don’t worry about identifying the hand, that’s mine. I think #1 upper left is camel. I don’t know about #2. I think #3 (upper right) is bison? Thanks in advance! These are all from Johnson County and Tarrant County TX. Mostly Tarrant County.
  15. C2fossils


    From the album: My best finds (so far)

    Mammal bone
  16. C2fossils


    From the album: My best finds (so far)

    Bison toe bones
  17. Discovered an intriguing tooth in an Austin, TX creek. Unsure if it's from a bison, cow, or horse. Any insights appreciated!
  18. garyc

    Bison jaw

    I’m sure I posted this when I found it, but I think I only got “bison” as an id. I’m reposting because of the recent post and subsequent conversation about bison vs cow tooth size. The length of the m3 is about 52mm. Would that measurement be in the range of bison antiquus?
  19. Hello I have found this in a river bed hiking with my family. I think its fairly old but how is hard to tell . The location was in the middle of a river that was lower then usual . I found 2 skulls and so many other bones that we gave up picking them up . 20230806_090919.heic 20230806_090916.heic 20230806_082646.heic 20230723_092521.heic 20230723_092512.heic 20230723_092517.heic
  20. JimFit6979

    Possible Bone

    Hello everybody,i'm James, I live in Portsmouth ohio and found a large trace fossil a year ago and it is so interesting to find fossils. I have no professional stance on the Paleo field, it's just a hobby that holds my interest. I found a big bone in my backyard digging, it was very large and for some sick reason I hoped it was a human bones...ikr! Turns out I guess it's a bison ankle LMBO. I want to see if you guys can tell whether or not this is an actual fossil or a new ...cow ankle..its not dark but pretty white...but it looks fossilized to my u familier eyeballs. . Thanks guys.
  21. luvmymushpups

    More bones from same site

    last week I had a cool find...with help from this forum we identified it as part of the lower jaw of a bison. I live in the interior of Alaska. wood bison use to live here but became nearly extinct 200 years ago. although in 2016 they did release a small herd back into the wild near bethel. also, there is a sandbar a few miles upriver that they have been digging. we had a flood that took out 20-50 feet of riverbank and the river is still receding. I returned to the spot that I found the first bone in yesterday and at the water's edge found an old animal vertebrae, when I checked today, I found two more vertebra and what i think is the second part of the jawbone. the vertabraes all fit together. i am heading back will post better pictures later
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