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  1. fossilus

    Big cat distal radius?

    I found this radius a while back in the Brazos river in SE Texas. This piece is about 6.5 inch long. It looks much like cat radii I see online but I'm looking for other thoughts. @Shellseeker @Lorne Ledger @Harry Pristis @garyc
  2. Ok here is another I am not sure of ...I am thinking it needs to go into my "looks like but not pile".... I was told it could be a very small turtle but I am skeptical so I brought it here for a look and suggestions .... I am thinking it may be just a very suggestive pebble. west of Houston Texas Brazos River Gravel bed.
  3. hndmarshall

    Coprolite ?

    Found in gravel from the Brazos River ....I got it wet and it was a bit more tacky than other stones that given its odd shape and texture makes me think it may be Coprolite?... well one can hope right?...if its not that then it is some tacky poop looking concretion or normal stone....if it is nothing its another pebble for my garden of look like, could have been but nots.
  4. garyc

    Any ideas?

    I found this recently on the Brazos River in southeast Texas. It has me stumped. Any ideas? @Harry Pristis @Shellseeker @fossilus @Lorne Ledger
  5. garyc

    Large mammal vertebra

    This is about the most complete vert that I’ve found. I’m horrible at identifying vertebrae, but I’m going to stick my neck out (pun intended) and suggest that this is a bison cervical vert. Found on the Brazos River in SE Texas
  6. I found these on a sand bank next to the Brazos River. I believe they (the brown ones) are fossilized bone as they are quite heavy but I’m not really sure as I am quite new to rocks/fossils. I was wondering what type of the bone the weirdly shaped one is (joint?) and whether the second to last picture is of a plant fossil. Thanks in advance!
  7. I was walking along the many trails in the Sugar Land area near the Brazos River when I found a wonderful beach with many pieces of petrified wood. I'm very new to this world of fossils and rocks but I was quite intrigued by a piece of petrified wood with what I believed to be some fossilized sap (amber?). I was wondering if anyone could tell me more about this rock or the round piece of bone I found as well. Any input would be greatly appreciated! -Blxbrry
  8. Brandy Cole

    Pleistocene-Thick Bone Frag

    I found this chunky bone end fragment in the Brazos River, sandy gravel matrix, Pleistocene era. This may be a chunkosaur, but since there are at least a couple of possible identifying characteristics here, I'm hoping that someone with more experience than I have could help me narrow this down. Didn't seem to fit calcaneus or astragalus, but it does show a groove and two points on one side that are pretty well defined. Image One: Flat face Image Two: View of taller side Image Three: View of shorter side
  9. Brandy Cole

    Vertebral spinous process?

    The Brazos River is down enough to hunt some again in my area. This is a find from yesterday, sandy gravel matrix in the river. Pleistocene era. I'm thinking it looks like a spinous process from a large vertebrae, but I'm not positive. I'm also unclear on size differences and other distinctions that could help me narrow down the species. I was thinking possibly bison or camel. Any ideas would be great.
  10. Brandy Cole

    Marine Fossil? Impression Fossil?

    Howdy everyone. :-) I think I've gotten a little better at identifying the Pleistocene fossils I've found (and figuring out when an ID is probably hopeless), but on the few things I've found that don't fall into that era, I'm still pretty lost. I found the rock below a while back in the Brazos River, in a sand and gravel matrix in the riverbed near Brookshire, Texas. It looks like a regular nondescript rock on its rounded face (top left), but on the flatter face (the other three pictures), it looks like it was cracked open at some point and revealed somet
  11. Found this on the surface in a Brazos River feeder creek near Houston. It was not near any known exposure, but the Brazos itself transport marine Eocene and Paleocene from up north. It also erodes out Pleistocene bone pretty often. The bank of this feeder creek was sandy with clay underneath. One end of the cross section appears to show something organic within. When looking in from the empty end, the cavity wall is rough but doesn't look like bone-porous. Lick test of the outer surface is positive, noticeably, which makes me think this is marine. Overall, the segment is 1" i
  12. garyc

    Humerus ID

    I know the ends are quite worn, but is there any way to determine what animal this is from? My gut says hog, but Before I trash it I want to be sure it’s not something like tortoise.
  13. garyc

    Bison tooth

    I found this tooth on the Brazos River in SE Texas today. It looks like a Bison p1 to me and is similar to one I found last year. This one is much larger leading me to question whether it is indeed bison
  14. garyc

    Mammal phalanx

    I think I know what this is, but will hold off until other input is given..... found on the Brazos River in Texas, Pleistocene @Harry Pristis @Lorne Ledger @fossilus
  15. GPayton

    Pleistocene Rib Head

    I've found many rib fragments on the Brazos River in the past, but they've never been substantial enough to attempt an ID. Yesterday my luck seemed to change. About all I know about this piece is that it's heavily mineralized and definitely the proximal "head" of a rib bone that would have articulated with the corresponding vertebra in life. I've found some pictures of horse and deer ribs online but they don't quite match. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much, but the most similar bone I was able to find was from a Florida panther - so maybe carnivoran of some sort? As always, any
  16. GPayton

    Giant Tortoise Peripheral?

    Found this huge chunk of tortoise shell yesterday while scouting a new gravel bar on the Brazos River near Houston. I've found many fragments before, but never anything this large. What got me even more excited was how it seems that it's a mostly complete bone (except for some wear on one of the flat edges that would have been an area where the bone joined another piece of the shell). I tentatively identified it as a peripheral from the edge of the shell from a Hesperotestudo sp., since they seem to be the only species of giant tortoise that lived in Texas during the Pleistocene. Can anyone wi
  17. GPayton

    Mammoth Radius?

    Found on the Brazos River several months ago. Although worn and incomplete, it seems like there's enough diagnostic features to make an identifcation possible, at least in my mind. After searching the forum and the Internet for anything comparable, the closest match I was able to find was the proximal end of a mammoth radius - mostly because of the shape of the articular facet and the areas surrounding it. Obviously mammoth bones are huge, but from the pictures I've seen it looks like even though the radius itself is very long, it only broadens towards the distal end. Any help would be appreci
  18. GPayton

    Mammoth/Mastodon Toe Bone?

    Found on the Brazos River just southwest of Houston. When I first picked this up, judging by the extreme river damage it had suffered being tossed around in the water for so many years, I simply assumed it was just another unidentifiable piece of Pleistocene bone to get thrown in the box with the others back at home. But since I've been going through the galleries of some of the members here to help identify the other bones I collected, this one seems to bear a resemblance to a mammoth metacarpal. Maybe the smallest one, although the damage on several spots is significant - the outer bony surf
  19. Brandy Cole

    Claw Core and Hoof Core?

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I really appreciate this forum and the people willing to take the time and effort to answer everyone's questions and help people learn. I found these two fragments on the Brazos River in sandy gravel and low water near Brookshire, Texas. Mostly Pleistocene era here with some Cretaceous shells also I think. FRAGMENT ONE: CLAW CORE? The photos I'd seen of claw cores made me think this could be one, but since it's not very well defined, I've been wondering if it's even animal related at all. The
  20. garyc

    Curious bone fragment

    Here’s a strange little fragment I found on the Brazos River. I’m not 100% sure it’s bone.... maybe wood. However, it has a different outer texture than I’m used to. Also, the inside appears to have two distinct chambers. I considered antler, but I’ve not seen a broken antler time that has these chambers inside.
  21. GPayton

    Three-Toed Horse Astragalus?

    I found this perissodactyl astragalus on the Brazos River near Houston several months ago now. But after finding other fossil astragali that are similar, but much larger, from horses, I've started to question my initial identification of the small one as just another Equus sp. After finding some pictures online and comparing them with what I have, I'm starting to think that this astragalus might be from a three-toed horse, but what species I don't know. Texas was home to Nannippus, Calippus, and Cormohipparion during the latter half of the Cenozoic, but did any of the three-toed horses like th
  22. garyc

    Hoof core

    I made it out to the Brazos River for a while on this beautiful, sunny day. The temps ranged from 49 to 71 with low humidity and virtually no wind......perfect! I found a hoof core that seems different from the horse hooves I’ve found. It’s a little beat up, but maybe someone will recognize it. I placed it next to another hoof core that Harry recently identified as tapir. The tapir is on the left and the hoof in question is on the right in each of the pics. @Harry Pristis @fossilus @Lorne Ledger @Shellseeker @GPayton
  23. GPayton

    Horse Cannon Bone Question

    So I've been hitting the Brazos River pretty steadily all year for Pleistocene fossils, but aside from some astragali, the only perfectly complete bones I've been able to find are two Equus metacarpals ( cannon bones). I'm not sure if this post belongs in this section of the forum since I'm not really looking for an ID (unless I'm wrong and one of the bones isn't Equus after all), but instead wanted to ask a question about the bones' anatomy. That's because although they both look exactly the same and are both clearly cannon bones from what I'm positive are horses, they each have different len
  24. garyc

    Canid jaw

    I found this jaw on the Brazos River a couple of years ago and figured that it is just from a modern dog. Just thought I would try to get a confirmation. I would hate to discount the idea that it is something more interesting like Pleistocene coyote or wolf. It is actually pretty well mineralized. The cancellous bone is hard and not spongy like other modern bones that I find. The carnassial measures 22.2mm x 11.9mm
  25. garyc


    @GPayton recently posted a Pleistocene mammal radius that’s still waiting for a positive ID. I thought I’d try to get some info on mine as well. Mine does have the fused radius/ulna and what I learned in the latter thread is that fusion generally indicates artiodactyl. Mine seems to be in the size range of either camel or bison. Is there any way to tell the difference from the fragment I have here? @Harry Pristis @Lorne Ledger
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