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  1. Shellseeker

    Small Mandibular symphysis

    Many things on the plate. I went back to sort finds from a trip last week and found this fossil that is confusing me. It was late in the day and I was hurrying to empty this sieve and load another one. I thought it might be a mandible section and noting no teeth, tossed it into my collection bag. Now , I am at the point of trying to figure out what is it. It is a Mandibular symphysis, exciting by itself and small .. 16 mm length, 10 mm wide, and 7 mm high. Seems to have 4 or 5 Alveoli pointing straight ahead. like incisors of a tayassuid. I have looked at the Internet but
  2. 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
  3. NevadaHunter

    Interesting tooth enamel cusp

    Hi all, I found these interesting fragments of tooth enamel by themselves and they both appear to have a cusp like shape and the one has a rounded top that didn’t fully break off. The larger piece has some very pronounced horizontal striations, Im not sure if that’s helpful it not. Could these be pieces of mastodon tooth? I know several Pacific Mastodons were found in this area.
  4. historianmichael

    Ecphora Species Help

    I recently found this Ecphora in an exposure of the Late Pliocene Yorktown Formation, Rushmere Member in Virginia. I was really excited to find it. Sadly the final whorl is missing but I will take a 98% complete Ecphora any day. Ward lists Ecphora quadricostata as the only Ecphora from the Yorktown Formation. This may be Ecphora quadricostata but the ribs are not as prominent at the opening so I was not sure. I know that there are many Ecphora experts on here so before I put down the wrong identification I thought I might as well check with others. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  5. I'm going through my vertebrate collection and making sure the labels are correct before I start forgetting everything haha. I have here two small bones that I found from the Lee Creek Mine in NC. I collected the white one from the Pliocene Yorktown Fm, a marine fauna. The brownish one was collected from mine spoil, so it could range from Miocene-Pleistocene. I have them tentatively identified as marine mammal phalanges, but these are somewhat out of my comfort zone. Thoughts? I"ve tried to show the two bones from all angles. If better or additional photos or needed,
  6. Hi all, I was hoping to get an ID on these two bones I found today. They both have a stylus and at least 2 facets for articulation. I’m guessing maybe some foot bones? -also I’ve been gluing this long bone together with some paraloid B-72. I have both distal and proximal heads, but without knowing the type of bone, you can imagine it’s difficult to piece together. I just have finished all but those two aspects, I have roughly about 5” of bone left and I’m currently at about 17” in total length. Could it be to a camel? What bone may this be? thanks in advance!
  7. fossilnut

    Blister Pearls

    I have never found pearls before so I am posting for confirmation. I have seen modern blister pearls at rock shows. Also wondering if these are fossil or modern day. The background for these finds is my wife had oysters locally and one had what we believe is a blister pearl. She seems to have an affinity for pearls as she has found 4 pearls (not blister)--2 in mussels and 2 in oysters. A few days later while walking the beach I found the large 1 1/2 inch pearl in a piece of quahog (Mercenaria) shell. Then I found other quahogs with interior coatings that differed from the normal shell. These h
  8. This was found close to Charleston, SC. Any ideas on what it might be from? It looks mammal to me.
  9. 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
  10. NevadaHunter

    Middle Pliocene Formation Teeth ID

    Hi all, I found these teeth at the same locality as my last two posts. I have more images to follow of some complete phalanges I have found but for now I’d like some help with these teeth. One I think may belong to a camel as both Paracamelus and Camelops were found in this locality and the other I am unsure of. The possible camel tooth isn’t far below the bone line so maybe it was unerupted? Any ideas would be great.
  11. Hi all, I recently found this tooth in a formation dated to the middle Pliocene in Nevada. I believe it belongs to Antilocapridae, possibly a pronghorn. I’m looking to see if any one on here is familiar with western fauna of this period and could give me some more insight. thanks in advance!
  12. Shellseeker

    Imagining a claw core

    Out hunting yesterday. A productive day. Found a couple of whale verts, fish verts, a smallish horse tooth plus a fossil I have only found once previously. I think it is a strange type of tilly bone from a fish that no longer exists. Length at 30 mm. But I will not go down the rat hole trying to identify tilly bones to a species of fish. Let me try a different rat hole. Trying to identify what might be a claw core... The fossil does not seems to be broken anywhere on the sides, curved slightly on one side.. It is 20 mm in Length. I am looking for TFF members k
  13. I had the opportunity in January and February to visit a couple of Miocene and Pliocene deposits in Maryland and Virginia that were full of fossil shells. I ended up picking up a couple of extras in hopes of trading them to help expand another member’s fossil collection and to expand my own collection. I primarily collect plants and sea life but am always looking to add something new to my collection, so if you’re interested, let me know what you have in mind and let’s work out a deal. I can also throw in some other stuff from my trips if you’d like. I would be willing to trade these individua
  14. NevadaHunter

    Metapodial(?) from Middle Pliocene

    Hi all, I found this washed out of a sandstone wall at a formation dated to the middle Pliocene in Nevada. Someone suggested I post it here but their hunch was that this is a metapodial to some carnivore. The diameter is 1.7 cm, length is 9.6 cm. Thanks in advance for any ideas!
  15. oilshale

    Potamogeton sp.

    Possibly Potamogeton cf. crispa Linné, 1752.
  16. stephen cain

    Clam fragment?

    Can anyone ID this please. I realise its only a fragment
  17. oilshale

    Hedera sp.

    From the album: Plants

    Hedera sp. Pliocene Willershausen am Harz Lower Saxony Germany Length 6cm Identified by B. Androit as Hedera sp.
  18. oilshale

    Hedera sp.

    Alternative name: Hederaephyllum sp. ID by B. Androit Reference: B. Androit, T. Wappler, V. Girard & j.-F. Terral (2016): Plant–insect interaction at Willershausen (~3 Ma, Germany): insights into the structuration of an important late European palaeoecosystem. 7th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FOSSIL INSECTS, ARTHROPODS AND AMBER.
  19. MikeR

    Pliocene Otolith?

    Is anyone good with otoliths? I think, but I am not sure that this is a fish otolith from the Upper Pliocene Jackson Bluff Formation, Leon County, Florida. I apologize for the picture quality but it is as good as I can get from my digital microscope. Approximately 1 cm in length, I would like to know what kind of fish it was from, if possible and if it is an otolith. Thanks Mike
  20. Shellseeker

    Interesting Bones

    I went hunting with @minnbuckeye Monday and in another thread discussed a couple of Hipparion horse teeth I found. We found lots of fossils. For example, here are 3 unusual ones. One is an Emmons fish tooth, only the 2nd that I have ever found, another a very rare Osteoderm from Pachyarmatherium_leiseyi, and then an oddly worn dolphin earbone (or at least shaped like a dolphin earbone). In this fossil ID thread, I am not trying to ID any of these. Here is a bone to ID. On all 3 photos, you can see bone on bone wear patterns, which seems to imply this bone is almost
  21. Shellseeker

    Minnesota and Florida

    I was out hunting today with @minnbuckeye. He is visiting from Minnesota. It was warm, the sun was shining, we laughed a lot and found some really outstanding fossils... Here is Mike trying to turn a rock into a Meg. Neither of us found a meg on this day. GREAT SMILE. Last time I met with Mike was March 9th , 2018 , I found this.... I am beginning to think Mike is my good luck charm.. Many of you know that Pliocene horses are very high on my priority list. A couple of my finds from today.. Thanks , Mike
  22. This week, work carried me to South Florida once again and as the winter temperatures were a chilly 70oF, an opportunity to do some weekend collecting at one of my favorite quarries. Unlike the famous shell pits in Sarasota where the Pinecrest Member of Tamiami exposes extensive beds of Pliocene shell, this quarry lying within the coral facies (Golden Gate Member) of the Tamiami is composed of not only shell but limestone, sand and corals. I am constantly confounded with this locality's geology as certain faunal elements suggest Lower Pleistocene Caloosahatchee Formation. Published reports
  23. Gregory Kruse

    California Gastropod Identification Help

    I purchased this large gastropod fossil at a rock and mineral show back in 1991. The location is from Capitola, California, USA and I believe that it may be Pliocene in age. Any help in identifying it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  24. lexandy8081

    Fossil identification

  25. Hey everyone! i was wondering If I could get your opinion on two things with this tooth. 1)does this look like It was found in a BV, golden beach, Etc. location? 2)I had someone suggest that this may be a transitional GW, due to the fact that the serrations are uneven, and get larger, and smaller depending on where you look, even though the serrations don’t seem damaged.
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