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  1. Shellseeker

    Rivergods smiled

    Sometimes it is hard to believe how lucky I am in hunting fossils. I was on the Peace River prospecting. Mostly small teeth (no GWs, Makos, Megs). My find of the day was half a giant tortoise humerus. With the afternoon moving to a close, this Tusk dropped into my sieve. I think that this is a Mammoth yearling and I am looking for confirmation or skepticism. 1) It is about 7 inches long with the tip broken. It is 2.25 inches (57 mm) in diameter at the butt. 2) The butt end I believe to be round rather than oval and not broken. I have seen many broken tusks and they do not ha
  2. Bone Daddy

    Gauging our chances

    Well folks, the season is winding down, but we have another window to hunt before the summer rains come. I honestly thought the season was toast after that last big rain event a couple weeks ago. Look at that peak on the graph. It hit 9.25 feet briefly before beginning to retreat. Usually double-digits is the kiss of death around this time of year. But, the previous weeks were very dry and the ground acted like a sponge. The ground is not nearly as thirsty now, so another big rain event like that will probably finish the season off - unless we have another long dry stretch afterwards, which be
  3. Shellseeker

    Peccary versus Modern Pig

    I hunt frequently. I find what I believe to be peccary teeth not infrequently. As we know , there is a problem. Modern pigs (domestic, wild, boars) have peccaries as ancestors. Teeth of modern pigs and peccaries are similar. Are the differences significant enough to be able to easily differentiate the two species. I thought they were. I am going to use a couple of @Harry Pristis fantastic photos, which remain the best resource for this discussion. In this photo of domestic pig from Florida, note the circular petal nature of of the chewing surface on each tooth.. Sort of reminds me of Gom
  4. Shellseeker

    A small incisor

    Out on a gorgeous. A fossil hunting friend found this 27.3 mm incisor. He asked me to get identification from TFF. Finds from this location are predominately Blancan == Pliocene. On a previous occasion, he found a dolphin tooth, but the root fractured on the way home. He is concerned about the fragility of this incisor's root. The only consolidation experiences I have are Mammoth/Mastodon teeth and bones with Butvar. Should he consolidate this tooth and with what process?
  5. I've been scarce around the forum lately and equally scarce on the river this season. I just haven't had as much time as I would like, but the wife and I finally got out again yesterday for just the second time this season. Headed out to Gardner bright and early and hit got to the ramp about 9am. Hardly anyone was there - when you pull up and see only one vehicle besides your own, then it's going to be a quiet peaceful day on the river. The weather was (is) gorgeous. High around 80, low humidity, lots of sun, and a nice breeze. You cannot ask for better river weather. We got the k
  6. Shellseeker

    Juvenile Mammoth

    Got up early, went out hunting to a favorite location with good friends. I had searched this spot so often that I went in believing that I would have to prospect new locations before today was over. Turned out not to be true. After 5-10 small shark teeth in each of the 1st 2 sieves, this interesting fossil fell into my lap. It is 6.5 inches long and 2.75 inches at its widest point. Going to be a great day. I will make some observations. 1) At 2.75 inches wide, it is far smaller than the width of an adult tooth and must be from a juvenile. 2) It consists of approximat
  7. Shellseeker

    Large Hoof Core

    I immediately thought toe bone or hoof core, but it did not look like Equus or Antiquus, too big ( 2.5, 2.25, 1.6 inches) to be Camel/Llama or tapir... ). I have looked around the forum and interent. Tapir seems to be closest, but I say that with little confidence.
  8. Shellseeker

    Tiny Canine Peace River

    I was out hunting the Peace River yesterday. It was a great day to be there. I did not find a special gem, but did pretty well on small shark teeth. (Some nice upper hemis, a nice Sand Tiger, and even a small Thresher). Additional mammal finds were far and few between. A couple of dolphin verts, a dolphin bulla, horse tooth, ball of a femur. What I am trying to ID is that little canine, dead center bottom in photo above. I am used to putting up photos of canines 1.25 inches and up. I have always made likely incorrect assumptions of what these very small canines come fro
  9. Shellseeker

    Bison Antiquus Upper Left Molar

    Went hunting with my Son. That in itself made it a great day. We have grown closer as we age and the separation over the last year has only made our time together more enjoyable. For most of the day, we had the numerous and excellent finds that the Peace River hunts famous. Things picked up in the last hour. Large Tooth: Clearly an upper, could be M1, or M2 or M3. The table below has measurements for a M1 and M2, but not M3. This find 35.1 mm, 22.6 mm, and 67.1 mm respectively, so I thought "maybe" the M2. I also found this photo on the Internet: Th
  10. Shellseeker

    Half_Echinoid Silicified

    So I am hunting the Peace River and finding good stuff, like mastodon verts, horse teeth, colorful hemis and into my sieve pops a broken sand dollar...... and I do a little dance , got a smile ear to ear , because I am hoping , with a little help from my friends that this this Echinoid will help to identify the formation I am hunting, maybe Pliocene or middle Miocene. There are a lot of years between them. @Harry Pristis indicated that the silicified shells might more likely imply middle Miocene. The echinoid has an interesting shape and no holes.... I think it is possible.... @C
  11. Shellseeker

    A broken Shell

    Pretty nice day yesterday Sunshine, but cool, especially if the clouds blocked the sun and the breeze picked up. I was glad to have a 5 mm wet suit. My find of the day is a nice Ursus m2. These are rare !!! especially for me. I have found exactly 4 in 12 years of hunting. At this size, a female or juvenile. It is nice being on the river. The effort in digging and sifting is "on automatic". I think mostly about fossils and the Peace River. Salt water is not all that common in the center of Florida around Fort Meade, going north. According to historical sea level dat
  12. Shellseeker

    Whatisit Marine fossil

    Last Thursday, found a bunch of reef type fossils in the Peace River... Sort while watching the NFL today. Here are a few of the smaller items: A ray denticle, a tapir cap, cypress wood, and ....
  13. Shellseeker

    Sharing some interesting finds

    All about the same size,and maybe all marine. A tip or a root. See the following thread for clues... maybe A bone.
  14. Shellseeker

    Sm Marine fossils

    Out hunting , everything was small. 1. Symphyseal ? I actually see some slight serrations on upper right of 1st photo. 2. )Just to show off my only one of these for the day 3) 29 mm in length. 4) Complete ?? 25 mm
  15. Shellseeker

    Vertebra, Shark, fish, or gator?

    Went hunting yesterday. Gorgeous day. Fast currents, deep water that is forecast to get deeper and faster by Monday. Mostly small , broken shark teeth, but there were 4 that were fun to find. A partial Sloth tooth, heavily worn at the chewing surface. I am thinking Harlan's. I found it in the 2nd sieve , which kept me at that location for the next 6 hours. Note the heavy wear on the left side of the chewing surface. A couple of hours later, I just noted a nice Equus canine on the edge of the screen and grabbed it before it slid back into the depths. The l
  16. Shellseeker

    Molar cap

    It is hard finding days to hunt in South Florida. 95% of my locations are 3-4 feet over my head. It is only by marking and remembering low water locations that I get to continue in these heavy rain months. Even now the available locations are limited, and thus the finds can also be limited, but not today. This location is a Mio_Pliocene that can produce very rare items. My hunting buddy found the 1st. A badly worn (old individual) molar cap.. Usually the caps I find are unused, pristine, making them far easier to identify. The measurements around the edges are 17x 17x x 15.5. This is
  17. Shellseeker

    A Whale with no name

    My hunting days, during South Florida's rainy season are few and far between. I wait for and really appreciate the opportunities that come my way. I was out with a friend in the sunshine today. We were finding lots of small teeth, plus sand tigers, upper/lower hemis, a few small Makos, and I even picked up a Meg. There also were a number of sting ray teeth, denticles and broken spines. Then , in the 2nd last sieve of the day, I found one of my favorites -- a whale tooth, but not just any whale. I have found a number of Kogiopsis .sp teeth and somewhat fewer Scaldicetus teeth, both of whi
  18. Shellseeker

    Fish tooth

    I was fortunate to find a place to dig yesterday. Most of my hunting areas are well under water and over my head). Think mid to late Miocene with very few Pleistocene mammal fossils and even then 80% marine. I have not found a lot of fish teeth (primarily 90% barracuda, which tend to be wide and flat). This tooth is different and I am hoping some TFF members will recognize it from their hunting areas. The length is 16mm, the root is 5.8 x 5.0 mm. All suggestions appreciated. Here is the only mammal fossil I found confirming pliocene_miocene. I am hopef
  19. I found this Hemipristis serra tooth a couple of years back. Looking at the left photo, I noted the bite marks, and the fact that the distance between each bite mark was approximately the same as the distance between this tooth's serrations!! So I make up a possible story. This shark was in a feeding frenzy, and under the feeding pressure, this tooth (like other shark teeth) fell out, but before it could clear the mouth area, the shark bit down again, leaving these telltale marks. There are likely other "possibles", but I prefer this one. Now more recently, I have another
  20. Shellseeker

    Miocene Humerus

    Fossilized 1/2 bone, 4.5 inches, Seems to be a humerus. Searching the internet, I came across this photo of a much larger complete humerus. What do you think?
  21. Bone Daddy

    Well, you know what this is...

    These two images tell the story. Both are from a few minutes ago... I think it is safe to say... stick a fork in it (the 2019-2020 season), it's done.
  22. After a two month Covid lockdown hiatus, I finally managed to hit the river again yesterday. Loaded up the truck and headed out to Gardner. I wanted to spend some more quality time at the same spot where I found a ground sloth phalanx on a previous trip - I was hoping to find more of that sloth. This spot is a little further away than my usual Gardner spots, so it sees less pressure and I suspected some megs might be hiding there because I kept finding broken frags and lots of other shark species. A couple of notes - 1) The long dirt road leading to the boat ramp has been resurfaced
  23. Has anyone here ever had any luck around the SR-60 ramp in Bartow on the northernmost end of the Peace? I'm not asking for spots or specifics, just if anyone has found this area to be worthwhile for hunting in general? Back around 2012 or 2013, @joshuajbelanger and I went when we first started hunting the Peace. We weren't very experienced and didn't really know what we were doing, so we understandably didn't find much of anything. Early last year, we went to the Heritage Landing ramp in southern Bartow and paddled a good distance and didn't find anything decent.
  24. Shellseeker

    Whale tooth, bird bone

    I recently found a broken canine (split in two) that made me think. The site usually produces a fair amount of Pliocene fossils. Here it is. The length of the tooth is 2.5 inches of which 1.5 inches is enamel. I know a lot about Florida whale teeth and I have frequently said that horizontal banding rings are a "tell" for whale. This one has such horizontal rings. However it has differences from the "normal" whale teeth I find: 1) The enamel is on the outside of the tooth and longer than a tooth this size should have; 2) Most Florida whale teeth have slightly rounded rather than sha
  25. Conner8484

    Rib bone of some kind?

    I found this interesting looking bone in the peace river yesterday sitting exposed in a gravel bar, I think it’s a rib but I’m not positive. Also is it possible to identify what animal it would’ve come from? Or at least a relative size of animal?
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