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  1. Another year gone by and time to do this year's Florida Trip report. As the title says, I am going to mix and match fossils with nature, art, and the great comradery experienced during my trip. To start with, lets provide a visual for those who have never been to Florida. They say the roads are paved with fossils. This is partially true in that fossils often form the base for which pavement is then applied. Here is an example of a bike trail in development. Thankfully I was able to extract a few nice finds before asphalt was applied. As someone recently said in a post, easy pickins!!
  2. Navychief

    Hard time identifying

    Found in landfill behind my building. Can’t seem to find pictures or info. Any help (as always) well appreciated
  3. Jamesvprice

    Small sea turtle?

    Not found in place, but in pile used by Florida Highway Dept. in Collier County. Stands exactly 2 inches from base to top of central ridge. Front is perfectly semi circular tapering to flat at rear.
  4. Brondonh

    Chesapecten Bivalves SW FL

    I have recently expanded my fossil hunting to collecting and hunting different shells. Growing up in Florida I found it pretty easy to just overlook them and not take notice to how fascinating each one is. I recently found a nectar spot in Nokomis and one in Northport Florida that has quite a few different Scallop fossils. my issue is, I have been looking around on internet and on this page to identify them. There is so much information on this web site I can’t say enough how thankful I am for it. I have also found a study by the Florida Museum of Natural History about different species of
  5. Brondonh


    Just wanted to share a few pictures of some of the Chesapectens i have been finding the past month at a construction site that a new lake was dug. As far as I know they are Chesapecten quinarius and Chesapecten madisonius sarasotensis. Normally I am looking for vertebrate fossils, but just recently expanded my view to invertebrates. I figured what the hell, there has to be something to them and half the places I search are full of them. Its been quite the journey and Im just sucked in now. Never thought that it would so fascinating and definitely has helped my understanding of the
  6. fossilsonwheels

    Two weirdo Cookiecutter Creek teeth

    One of the busy work tasks I’ve been doing is going through all of the micro teeth and matrix... repeatedly lol I found two teeth from Cookiecutter Creek micros that I am flat out stumped on. No clue. The first one is larger, 6mm or so. I can only describe it as very flat. The cusp sits at an odd angle on an odd root. I am not even sure it’s shark. The second is about 4mm and I have no clue. I didn’t see anything in the paper describing Isistius and Squatina that stood out as a possibility.
  7. Hello Gang. I'm not sure if fossiling takes your focus off what you should be doing like it does me but yesterday I was supposed to be clearing an area out to make space for an upcoming wood working project. Well that exercise turned more into opening boxes and looking at fossils stored there and reliving why I had brought some of them home. It was a good thing and a bad thing! As many of you know the Tamiami formation has a boat load of invertebrate species and its fairly easy to acquire a bunch of material quickly so here are several shots to share with you all of some of the va
  8. Thebes

    Encope tamiamiensis

    The sample image here was collected directly from a Drag Line operator's windrow in a lime rock mine in Southern FL just outside of Naples around the Sable Palm area of the Big Cypress swamp of the Everglades in 1997. The specimen has been completely removed from the limestone petrol (lime rock low density ls) matrix. What is interesting is the general shape of the specimen and how this 5 million year old specimen differs from the present day specimen at the same general location. I am guessing the seas of which the archaic specimens existed in were more challenging to exist in general as th
  9. I saw this and thought it was pretty wild as I've been poking around in the Tamiami here in Florida for quite awhile--not sure I've ever noticed one. I dont have full access to the pdf but heres the abstract and article in ScienceDaily. @MikeR Regards, Chris https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190722132520.htm Cosmic pearls: Fossil clams in Florida contain evidence of ancient meteorite Date: July 22, 2019
  10. It appears that people can find Plio‐Pleistocene microtektites associated with and inside closed clams of the Upper Tamiami Formation (Pinecrest beds) of Florida. Maybe enterprising fossil collectors and citizen scientists could look for and find microtektites in other outcrops of Pinecrest beds. The paper is: Meyer, M., Harries, P.J. and Portell, R.W., 2019. A first report of microtektites from the shell beds of southwestern Florida. Meteoritics & Planetary Science. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/maps.13299
  11. BuddingPaleo

    Marine fossil...bone?

    I've been down for a little minute, but on the mend and digging again. My first outing produced this guy. I found a pocket of kaolin, which is exciting because it seems to always hold nice pieces. I was not let down. I know it still is very encrusted, and I'm trying to navigate it, please bear with me. It's about an inch. When I pulled the nugget I saw a tiny spot of black- figured I had a small tooth or scale. Started prepping it and...what the heck is it? Doesnt look like shell. Never seen anything like it. And ideas? I'm anxious to learn about it. Thanks in advance!
  12. Plantguy

    Tamiami Gastropod help needed

    Hello gang, Looking for some help on what you might think these little guys are...they've been in the garage for years and recently been freed! Spoil finds from Sarasota County, Florida. APAC spoils.. Plio-Pleistocene. I had cut this Strombus in half sometime ago to look at its internal chambering and recently decided to remove the contents. To my surprise there were all kinds of things in there and I've only photographed a small number of them as they are just too small. I am very curious about what the 4 guys are just to the right of the Strombus. I've not seen something li
  13. BuddingPaleo

    Bivalve-enough left to ID?

    Is there enough of this guy for anyone to guess at an ID? Both valves are present, the side with the (I think...) plicatula gibbosa stuck to it is barely there, and heavily, heavily worn, but present. I've had it for quite a while, haven't found a match for it yet, but I also have no clue how much might be missing. I'm hoping the severe shelf on it will be enough for someone. Sw Fl, pliocene. Any help appreciated!
  14. Glossopetra

    Stepp's Collection

    Isistius triangulus (Probst 1879) Florida (USA), Sarasota County, "Cookiecutter Creek" Site, gravel; 2018 (cf. https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/index.php/download_file/view/21220/1075)
  15. BuddingPaleo

    Shrimpy looking thing

    I was cleaning some pieces I dug out today, and this little guy popped out of a little shell packed with sediment. I thought it would be a neat tooth or a bit of bone, but, instead it was this. Any ideas? It's only about 2.5mm, so it's pretty darn tiny. Any help on this would be super cool because I don't know where to start. Bug? Shrimp? Looks awful shrimpy to me, but I know nothing there. Could be a bug. Do modern bugs get cemented into fossils often? Or is it a fossil? Thanks in advance! (Sw FL) Florida - Tamiami Formation
  16. BuddingPaleo

    Looks like a tiny egg case

    What is this? It's actually gray to the naked eye, but the lights on the microscope glare white off of it. It's about 3mm. And it looks like the tiniest egg casing. Sw fl. Popped off larger shell. 3 views. Slightly concave on one sive, like it was shrink wrapped a little too tightly (fig 3), the flip side is slightly convex, like a ravioli. The "horns" on it are pretty symmetrical.
  17. BuddingPaleo

    Acts of predation? Odd settling?

    Ok, don't need an ID of the oyster (probably hyotissa) or the other one, but an explaination of how they came to be how they are. Is this evidence of predatory behavior or just really weird settling? pictures are kinda large, so two posts. Hyotissa first. It has this paw print looking bit, looks bored into the shell, goes straight through to the muscle. Are there burrowing gastropods that would do that? I've only found drill holes. Also, what's with the double attachment on the bottom right of the inside?
  18. By any chance does anyone recognize these little orb/circular structures/features in some of the damaged Vermicularia tubes in these shots? Not sure if they might be simply immature bivalves or something else? I pried out a few of them and I'm no wiser as they are so small and I dont see any real features/markings under magnification... The two that I pried out are approx .5mm wide but the others still in the tubes are a bit bigger. The 2nd and third frames in the 2nd photo makes them look like something that could be a small echinoid with star shaped markings but that might be deceiving. the
  19. For awhile now, I have been trying to pin down this scallop. I think it is an argopecten, possibly comparilis, or evergladesensis, but the images I can find on line of those, seem to show ribs that are rounded on top. These shells have very flat ribs, with a very slight indentation running down the center of each. The shells are offset a bit. I found them in the northern most edge of ochopee member of the Tamiami formation, along with euvola hemicyclica, and a really lovely little urchin test, the exact name of which I don't recall as I sit here typing. I have a collection of 30 different siz
  20. Was looking at some stuff in the garage today and in the Spondylus sp. pile I had this chubby little guy. Seems to be a loner as I dont have anything else quite shaped like it...I was thinking it might be actually in Chama family but the others I have appear to be more round and this guy seems to be elongated. I cant find anything similar to it in some of the online references I looked at. Has anyone run across something similar and if its a Chama sp. know what the species is? It's got a couple of the typical clam borings and worm tubes and maybe a little Plicatula sp. attached to it a
  21. Here is my trip report originally inspired by an announcement by Fossil Beach after noticing a large pile of shell hash laden material for parking lot fill that was spotted on Bradenton Beach. For reference, here is the original posting that instigated this trip: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/60966-fossil-shell-pile-at-bradenton-beach/ Kara (Khyssa) used this information to plan a (rather soggy) fossil hunting trip a couple of weeks ago when when was heading down to Tampa for a fossil club meeting. Her trip report (and her wonderful finds) is available through this link: http
  22. Jonelle

    Concretion guesses?

    I'm going to try to clean this off again tomorrow.. anyone have a guess? It's about 3.5cm
  23. MikeR

    Niveria floridana

    Niveria floridana was named by Olsson & Harbinson (1953). Although I did see someone synonymize this with the recent Niveria suffusa they did so without an explanation. N. floridana can be differentiated from N. suffusa by lacking the nodose ribs of the extant species. Reference Olsson, A.A., and A. Harbison. 1953 (1990 Reprint). Pliocene Mollusca of Southern Florida with Special Reference to Those from North Saint Petersburg, with special chapters on Turridae by W.G. Fargo and Vitinellidae and Fresh-water Mollusks by H.A. Pilsbry, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Phil
  24. Plantguy

    Florida Echinoid Help Needed

    Hey Gang, Started trying to put away some more of the stuff in the garage and ran across an echy in matrix that I found and had dismissed as unidentifable as it had this encrustation that I just couldnt seem to remove at the time....Well been playing it with most of the day I now see a majority of the test is there and I was thinking it looks like a Schizaster...wondering what you all think? Anyone have any similar finds from Sarasota County? All I could find that seemed close was a Eocene Schizaster from the Ocala Limestone. I am working in APAC spoil piles in Sarasota County and its al
  25. Shellseeker

    Small Shells From Smr

    I love taking these trips to SMR Aggragates for 2+ MYA shells and an occasional vertebra fossil, Not a lot of time , lots of rain water around, and mostly smaller fossil shells, This was last Sunday and I also spent National Fossil Day helping out at the South Florida Museum on Saturday, When the Peace River is out of season, I look for hunting where ever I can. This pretty little Mako came my way on Saturday and some nice shells on Sunday. SMR is always rewarding. I have a bunch of larger shells to clean and sort. That can be fun also with a lot of matrix mixture inside the bigger s
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