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  1. Kim R

    Fossilized bone

    My son found this at fossil beach in Montross, VA. At first we thought it was petrified wood but now believe it is a whale bone.
  2. Shellseeker

    Hunting a Miocene Creek

    I had a chance to go out and chose a Miocene Creek in Bone Valley that has delivered for me in the past, but has had some extensive hunting by lots of others. I have 3 or 4 locations that are "special", the 1st was just OK (small teeth including a few sandtigers, but the 2nd and 3rd locations were basically cleaned out. My last location still had a few small teeth and Ray dermals but not what I was looking for... After 2 hours I had not found one of those wowzers. Then this screen or I should say shovel full. That is correct ... 1 Shovel full.. 40 mm Meg in center, 40 mm gold Hemipristis on the left, broken whale tooth upper right and a yellow Sandtiger lower right... Now THAT's more like it. Just a belief that , whatever else happens, I would find a untouched pocket of fossils... This tooth is unusual... because most of what I am finding is marine fauna I have my mind on Miocene and I see the cracked enamel, so I figure it has to be old... but finally decide it is Bovid, an upper tooth. May not be big enough for Bison.. Only leaves Modern cow, but what about that cracked enamel.. How long does that take? How old can it be.. 150 years ? Back to some Miocene Here is everything... A day that greatly exceeds expectations
  3. paradiseflorida

    fossil ID

    Please help with ID of this fossil from JAX Florida.
  4. Shellseeker

    Florida Basilosaurus

    I am searching the Internet for photos of Kentriodontid Dolphin teeth and this 5 inch whale tooth popped up. Had I been asked if Basilosaurus existed in the Florida Fossil record, I would not have known. Decided to share with TFF members. Imagine finding this...Do you have your eyes open, @digit
  5. Greetings, In Manatee County, Florida I recently found this very large piece of whale skull with the ear bone STILL ATTACHED!! The entire piece is about 1 foot long and 1 foot wide (30.48 cm) and the ear is 3” long or 7.62 cm. I did not know that was what it was when I brought it home as it was completely packed with material. (I just knew it was a very large and very heavy bone). I found out it was actually an amazing discovery about 20 minutes into cleaning it when the perfectly preserved ear bone started showing through the material. I have found countless whale bulla fossils but it never occurred to me that it was actually possible to find an ear still attached to the bone. It sounds dramatic but I felt the closest I ever have to fainting when I first saw it lol. Do you think this is a scientifically important discovery? I don’t see any examples online. Looking for help in confirming the species please. I did find a whale tooth in the same spot I can post if that would help. @Boesse Thank you, Marie
  6. Shellseeker

    Chasing the prize

    Great day hunting. My friend found a section of Baleen whale ear bone that he gave me because he knows I like whale. I return the favor in Megs. His find of the day was a light blue hand blown pickle bottle about 6.5 inches from the 1880s. Very pretty , I should have taken a photo.. This location was basically in the middle of nowhere and I wonder who was having a Picnic there 140 years ago. Another treasure from the Peace. Here is what I kept... 1st location we hunted in heavily Marine based Miocene. Found this whale tooth about 9 am so this was a great hunt right away. I was ecstatic !!! Harry has a couple but this is my 1st ever of this type. Similar teeth have come from Shark Tooth Hill, Chile, Italy. I'll try to track down a name. I also found what I think is part of a Whale Skull, and that is my Fossil ID request.. It is from a very large mammal and in this spot , most likely whale and then I started thinking not rib, not jaw, not even vert.. Process of elimination .. What do you think? Other finds: The coral looks like that from the Tampa Limestone, now called the Tampa Member of the Arcadia Formation. Probably either Stylophora silecensis or Acropora tamapaensis. MikeR, 2023 We moved down stream a little and now in the normal Peace River MioPleistocene fauna. All in all, One of those special days.. River depth up a foot , no issues... currents a little faster. Really HOT, mid 90s humidity, Having not hunted in over a week, and just beyond a cold/flu, I was bushed... We left early. Lots of smiles
  7. Shellseeker

    Patella Maybe

    I am home based with spouse up in SC and me dog _sitting. I am also home because we have taken 10-15 inches of rain the last two days with more coming. One of my other chores is to clean_out, (Greatly reduce) the collections in my Study / Fossil room. I can still have fossils there, just select the top 30%. I used to keep everything.. ( I have LOTS of dugong rib and unidentifiable bone) but hidden in ziploc bags with some nice fossils... Here are some of those "other fossils in the bag" Whale... mistreated by sand/water erosion: A horse Astragalus too small for Equus These were found 8-9 years ago... Those were the days. One of the bones I did not recognize. The top of this bone is a mound that flows down into a bowl. There is a ridge on the left dropping down to a plateau on the right. Note the "mound" dropping into the "bowl". This bone is approximately the size of many Horse/Llama carpals /tarsals that I find. The "bowl" may imply a patella. I have found a Hemiauchenia patella here but that is larger and does not seem similar, except for the mound and bowl. It is not Armadillo, not tapir... has some resemblance to cat patellas
  8. I’m fairly sure the crown is completely fake what do you think?
  9. ScottM

    whale tooth?

    Found this in the Bakersfield/Sharktooth Hill area. It does not look like the Allodesmus teeth I've found before so I'm guessing whale. Aulophyseter morricei perhaps? Thanks for helping! Bottom scale on tape measure is cm.
  10. Emilieluna

    Whale or Dugong?

    Hi, im new to fossil collections and I have a hard time make the difference between whale bone and dugong bone. can someone help me identify these 3 bones? thank you!!
  11. Hello again! Went on my first planned fossil hunting trip with a local club, this was to Stratford Cliffs. And I got to say, I will be back again for sure. What an incredible opportunity this was, on a day that could not have been any better for fossil hunting. This was a refreshing pause to all of my Paleocene trips lately, as much as I love finding Otodus Obliquus teeth. This trip was out of my comfort zone, but a welcomed one! It starts out with everyone meeting at a local point in the park, signing waivers, and then we are unleashed upon the beach! There were large Tiger and Bull shark teeth everywhere I looked it seemed! Always fun to pick up one every few feet, however after a bit I was beginning to feel left out in terms of the truly large tooth department, a bit of a bummer in the moment. An hour went by until I noticed the “hump” of a tooth barely showing above the sand, I flicked it with my finger and out pops this incredible 1.5 inch lower hemi! Truly phenomenal find and I felt I was finally on the board for what I was expecting. 5 hours out in the sun, each seemingly better than the last, as I collected teeth, finding 3 out of 4 of the hastalis along about 10-15 feet of beach, was surreal at times. To top off a tiresome, but fulfilling trip, I found the dolphin and sperm whale tooth on my walk back! A crazy variety of fossils were found, I didn’t expect to stay as long as I did, but I barely was able to scrape myself off the beach! This trip was TOTALLY worth the money and then some. I would highly recommend looking up some trips with local clubs in your area. While results may vary due to weather or tides, the experience in itself, going to a new beach or site, meeting new interesting people, and the possibility of finding something amazing is worth it!
  12. Over Memorial Day Weekend I was lucky enough to find this beauty in the surf off the New Jersey Shore. Judging by the size I'm thinking its a whale vertebra, but I'm no expert. Any ideas?
  13. JIMMFinsman

    Rock id?

    Wondering what type of rock this is? Not a whale rock 😂 😂
  14. Gary S

    Fossil or No Fossil?

    Discovered along the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States. I am told this is a whale vertebrae, but am interested in knowing any additional detail that can be provided - species, likely size of the whale, is it fossilized, rare etc? Measures approx 10” by 10”. Thanks in advance for any assistance!
  15. Shellseeker

    Sting Ray Barb

    I am home today. Sorting fossils from hunting trips back 10 years and Finding fossils that are new again to me. One like this Nannippus lower tooth. During the Pliocene, Nannippus was one of the last Tridactyls in Florida. Another find I did not immediately recognize, but I knew it had to be an periotic/petrosal of a Dugong, a Baleen whale, or a Mammoth/Mastodon. So searched TFF until I found it. Those small circles in the last photo allowed Bobby to identify a similar find back in 2021 by @PODIGGER as coming from the Petrosal of a Baleen whale. Just sharing those 2 .. Here is the request for fossil Identification. My Barb finds in the Peace river tend to be very narrow, more like 4 than 14 mm wide. I have the feeling that @Al Dente or @MarcoSr my know, Thanks Jack
  16. I’m grateful to have found this forum, and am new to this hobby. My son and I have dug shark teeth and trilobites, but we found this near Long Beach CA on the shore at San Pedro. Any ideas of what it is, and how old it is? I first thought it was a whale vertebrae column, but now I’m not so sure. It measures APPROXIMATELY 20 inches in overall diameter. Also, I’m we are collectors and not interested in selling it, but it’d be cool to know if we found a valuable treasure or not (it is to us), so if anybody has an idea of actual monetary value, I’d love to know. Thanks in advance!
  17. What is the best way to make these fossils “pop” (that is, look more visually appealing, as they rest in the natural substrate (the right word?) … I found this, and would like to display it.
  18. Shellseeker

    Peace River 4/19/2024

    Son Jack in for the last week , hunting the Peace every other day, I am going to need a break SOON. Yesterday the fossil gods smiled. Here are some of the finds. An Equus tooth with transverse HSBs and a little silicification . A Sea Urchin spine. Can these be IDed to a species ? I am always amazed at the few who survive myas to fall into my sieve almost perfect, A Bear lower canine.. It has been 4-5 years since finding my previous Bear canine, Arctodus pristinus. I am not yet sure on the Genus/species for this one. A whale tooth. Although never identified as a Florida fossil fauna, this one bears a striking resemblance to Aulophyster morricci, Here is the one I would like an Identification, Clearly a Vertebra., and almost as clearly a marine mammal because of the air pockets in the bone. Possibly an Atlas or an Axis, but I have not seen the like this size.. Unlikely whale. So possibly Dolphin. Inputs and suggested candidates greatly appreciated. It it a Vert? Which Vert ? What are the fauna candidates? Thanks for any and all assistance.
  19. Greetings all, I was going through some past finds from a fossile dig in the Summerville, SC area from Nov, 2022. During that dig I found what looks like a whale rib piece, and at the time we were unsure if the marks were signs of feeding or predation as they seem to have some uniformity to them. Just posting to see if anyone has any insights on this.
  20. So I found a few things at Myrtle Beach and I'm looking for some help in ID'ing them. I love looking for fossils but am not sure on things and I love the help I've gotten on this site so far. And any help with these is appreciated. The ruler is in inches. . . . 1: I thought this looked similar to a whale ear bone? Admittedly it could just be a rock but I wanted to post here and get some opinions. Getting photos of something black and shiny can be difficult but I could take more if needed, and maybe find better lighting. 2. At first I though alligator tooth but then I learned that mosasaur teeth have been found in this area also, so now I'm not so sure. Either way I love it. 3. I was thinking dolphin tooth but obviously it's broken so I'm not entirely sure. 4. And I thought I'd throw this one here too. When I saw it in the water I thought I was going to be picking up a cucullaea steinkern, but this is what it was. I thought I remembered seeing something like this online somewhere but I really have no idea, unless it's just a piece of some bone. So there they are. Any information about any of these would be much appreciated. And I could post more photos of any of these.
  21. NoNonsenceSocks

    Hilton Head SC tooth

    Found on the coast of Hilton Head South Carolina USA. I am quite unsure of what this is, it’s very eroded and might ether be unidentifiable, or just a funny looking rock. However, I find it looks very tooth like, with one wide end, and one pointy end, as well as a cavity that is open at the wide end and gently tracks further into the “tooth” My first thought was a premolar of some sort of primitive whale sans the roots. But that seems unlikely. Please share your thoughts! I’d love any sort input and if you would like a better picture of a certain angle, let me know! Here are the pictures 1. Front side 2.Back side 3.Right side 4.left side 5.Top side 6.Bottom side And here is a video of the specimen rotating! (ignore the sparkling putty, it was the only option I had to get it to sand up nice while still being visible at all angles) IMG_0199.mov
  22. cherylm923

    Fossil tusk or tooth

    Can someone ID this as maybe a whale tooth or pig tusk? Found in Bowling Green, FL
  23. Hello fossil community! I have had the pleasure of digging quite a bit in the Ernst Quarries. I unfortunately have broken some pieces while removing them from the matrix. I have looked through many pictures but can’t find good references for what these bones were and what they would have looked like for reconstruction. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I dig a ton, but know relatively little. Thank you!
  24. Recently found this quite large and heavy (piece of) bone by the Schelde river shores in Antwerp, Belgium. Most pieces that wash up here are Mio/Pliocene but actually most Neogene layers are represented in the area as well as Pleistocene and more recent. I'm thinking whale because of the size, but honestly i don't have a clue. Measurements are 22cm x 10cm x 5cm thanks in advance! Dries
  25. Hello - Is this a whale rib bone? Maybe a Dugong rib bone? Came out of Florida near Venice. Thank you.
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