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  1. Founded at a land site in Sarasota. I think it's alligator, what kind of vertebrae are these
  2. PODIGGER

    Season Ending Hunt

    Yesterday I made one last trip to the Peace River to end this hunting season. When I checked the depth and flow gauges it showed both had increased as a result of recent rain but not enough to make a trip unsafe. The one caveat was the prediction of rain and possible thunder storms in my target area by 2 pm. It is really the threat of afternoon thunder storms almost everyday now that is the impetus to end the season. So, I got an early start and was on the river by 7:40 am with the intention of calling it a day by 2 pm. I headed back to the spot I have been digging in for the last four tr
  3. sseth

    Oligocene Dolphin

    I just finished up preparation on this amazing Oligocene dolphin. It is from the Ashley formation and is a real beauty. I made the decision not to completely remove it from the matrix, as I believe it is more aesthetic this way.. It was missing the last 3 inches of the pre-maxilla so that had to be restored but we did find a few other teeth in the matrix.
  4. PODIGGER

    Help ID Whale tooth+

    Had a beautiful day hunting the Peace River, FL yesterday and came away with some intriguing finds. From prior postings and photos I reviewed provided by @Harry Pristis and @Shellseeker I believe the first exciting find of the day was a small whale tooth and I am seeking confirmation on that here. The tooth measures 37 mm x 10 mm and I believe it shows the hint of the ring pattern referenced by Shellseeker as his tell tale sign of whale. This next tooth has me wondering if i
  5. Shellseeker

    Cetacean jaw

    I have been hunting fossils for 15 years. On Thursday, I found my 2nd ever section of detailed Cetacean jaw material. These are exceedingly rare. It is 2.8 inches in length and has 3 alveoli. It would seem to be more Dolphin size than whale sized. The patina would indicate that the top and 2 sides are relatively complete, and it is broken at the underside. Position wise, this section might be lower right, posterior half of Jaw. Please let me know if you agree this is Dolphin, and what are the possibilities. Here is a photo of Kentriodontae Dolphin with a jaw segment of simila
  6. Yan11

    Cetacean Skull Fragment?

    Hi guys, I found this bone cluster on the shore of the Black Sea, near the city of Balchik, Bulgaria. From the region there have been findings of Miocene cetaceans, seals and some ground megafauna. The more circular bone somewhat reminds me of an ear bone but comparing it with pictures of fossil dolphin ear bones I can't say if it really is one. So my question is if it is an ear bone and if it is, does that mean that´s a part of a skull? Any help on the identification of the fossil will be very much appreciated! Best regards!
  7. Ludwigia

    Eurhinodelphis cf. bossi

    From the album: Pisces

    4x2cm. Earbone (Bulla timpani) from an extinct "swordfish" dolphin. Burdigalian. Miocene. Obere Meeresmolasse. Found in the area around the Lake of Constance, Germany.
  8. LynH

    Small carnivore tooth?

    Small, sharp curved point, groove along one side, cross section would be flattened, not round, tooth found in Peace River, Florida. Approximately 1 inch long, 5/16” wide at root, 3/16” thick at root. ID assistance appreciated.
  9. Fossil "D"

    Help with ID please.

    Found by a diver in SC. Was told it was possibly a genus Y dolphin lower jaw section. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  10. Hey all, Thought I would share this blog post that has a comprehensive review of all papers in marine mammal paleontology published in 2020. Enjoy! https://coastalpaleo.blogspot.com/2020/12/2020-in-review-advances-in-marine.html
  11. PODIGGER

    Peace River ID help

    Got out to the Peace River, FL yesterday for another hunt. The water level finally seemed low enough that I would be able to get to my target spot and have a productive day. The only problem was the fact that the sun never came out and I had to quit early due to getting wet and cold with no way to warm up. Luckily I had my emergency dry shirt to change into before I started shivering! I always keep one on board the kayak sealed in a plastic bag. Came up with several of the usual items, horse tooth, partial megs, couple of hemis, turtle and a nice gator tooth. Then I pulled up what I believ
  12. Yan11

    Weird sea mammal bone

    Hi guys, I found this bone on the Bulgarian shore of the Black sea, near Balchik. In the region there have been found the remains of cetotherium sp., dolphins, seals, flamingos and others. I am wondering though what exact bone it is and of course of what. I thought that it may be a part of a fin or something like that, but I failed to find a photo of a bone like this. Any help for the identification will be very much appreciated! And happy soon to be new year!!
  13. Hi All, I could use some help identifying what looks to be a tooth? I found it on Wrightsville Beach, NC. Is it a tooth? If so, what kind? Porpoise? Whale? I have been searching with no luck so I thought I would ask the kind people on this forum. Thanks, J
  14. BellamyBlake

    Lee Creek Dolphin Tooth?

    I have here a tooth from Lee Creek, Aurora, North Carolina. I believe it to be Kentriodon. It's a hair above 1". Does this seem accurate? If so, could it potentially be narrowed down further yet? Thank you, Bellamy
  15. BellamyBlake

    Aurora, NC - Squalodon?

    I have a dozen teeth from Aurora, North Carolina that I believe to be from the toothed whale Squalodon. Instead of uploading photos of that many, I'm uploading a few that are representative of the dozen and detailed photographs of three of these. For context, the first tooth here is 2.5" long and 1" wide at its thickest.
  16. I have here a 3" piece of bone, found in Calvert Cliffs, Maryland. I'm not well-versed enough with these to narrow it down further from marine mammal, and am hoping that these photographs contain some identifying features that may be useful to one more familiar with these. Can it be narrowed down any further?
  17. Hello. I'm working on organizing my collection and was wondering if anyone could help me with some identifications. Thanks for any help. I don't have any info on this one. I think it is a Mucrospirifer brachiopod. Can someone confirm this? Help with the species name would be appreciated. Thanks. These are crinoid stems. I don't have any further information. Does anyone know the species, where they came from, or the approximate age? Thanks. I think this is a dolphin tooth. It was found on the Ernst Ranch in Bakersfield, California. Can a
  18. Hey all, I wrote up some more on our recent paper on the giant dolphin Ankylorhiza (formerly Genus Y) from the Oligocene of South Carolina - this is a bit more interesting as it covers the anatomy, adaptations, feeding ecology, and evolutionary implications of the discovery. Hope you can give it a read! https://coastalpaleo.blogspot.com/2020/08/ankylorhiza-tiedemani-giant-dolphin_9.html
  19. I celebrated my birthday recently with three days of shark tooth hunting along Maryland's Calvert Cliffs (Miocene exposures) and had a blast, despite the hot and muggy weather. I still haven’t found that elusive Meg, but I added some great new finds to my growing (since January) collection! Day 1: Matoaka For the first day, I went to Matoaka. Low tide was in the early morning and I wanted to beat both the heat (as much as possible) and crowds, so I got up bright and early, arriving just after sunrise. I’m pretty sure I was the first one on the beach as I didn’t see any
  20. Hey all, Since COVID began and I've had more free time I've been getting back to blogging, and now I'm regretting taking such a hiatus since I started here in Charleston. I've written the first of a 2 or 3 part series of semi-technical blog articles that most here should understand and appreciate on our new study on the giant dolphin Ankylorhiza tiedemani (formerly known as Genus Y). The first post is about the background to our paper, and the second one will be a bit more on the anatomy, feeding behavior, locomotion, and evolutionary implications of Ankylorhiza. Take a read here:
  21. brett.w.green

    Dolphin Humerus

    Found August 1st in Calvert Cliffs State Park in Maryland. Found digging around in deposits about 4 feet into the water. Area is known for Miocene fossils... Sharks teeth, vertebrae, whale bone, etc. It is definitely stone not some kind of metal.
  22. Hey all - in discussing my recent research on the new extinct dolphin Ankylorhiza with science journalists, I was reminded of previous frustrations from earlier discussions with students, museum visitors, fossil collectors, journalists, and even other scientists about the meaning of the words whale, dolphin, and porpoise. Some disagreements were on this forum, others were on facebook fossil groups - the whole notion of "that's not a dolphin tooth that's a whale tooth" or vice versa is plagued by the fact that these terms have multiple established meanings and are imprecise, leading to lots of
  23. Past Hunter

    Dolphin skull

    While working in James City NC today I ran across someone else's find sitting on a bulkhead. It appears to be modern but it was still something to see completely intact.
  24. Hello all! Sorry for the not-so-great photos here. My phone camera is... kind of a fossil. I found this mystery fossil on the beach in North Carolina, USA, somewhere near Emerald Isle if I'm recalling correctly. My best guess is that it's a periotic bone from a dolphin, porpoise, or something of the like, but it doesn't totally match up with images I've seen. I've also considered that it could be a ballast bone, but again, hard to confirm via Google search. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
  25. I need help identifying this Bone I found after a storm at OBX. The sandal in the picture is a mans size 10.
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