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Back on the Peace River yesterday.  Another cool start to the day, 63* F when I launched at 8:00am.  Headed back to where I found the camel cuboid last week and found there was still plenty of gravel to sift through.  The morning progressed with a couple of nice, if partial, alligator teeth, many small shark teeth (nearly 200 by the end of day) a partial deer tooth and a couple of turtle leg spurs (5 for the day).  The afternoon produced a couple of unidentified bones I will have to research and a very nice Llama astragalus - Hemiauchenia macrocephalus.  Makes sense after finding the cuboid last week.  Wasn't sure what it belonged to when I first pulled it up as I thought it was too small for bison and too large for deer.  At 2 1/2" x 1 7/8" x 1 1/2" it fit llama just right in my reference materials.

 

An overall shot of the best of the day:

 

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Some closer up photos of the astragalus:

 

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The biggest bone of the day is unidentified and I was leaning toward a piece of Giant Tortoise shell, mostly because I can't think of any other candidate.  It measures 5 5/8" x 2 5/8" x 2". Can a Tortoise shell be that thick?

 

 

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Another unknown bone that I need to search for came in at 3 1/8" L x 1 1/2" T x 1/2" W, maybe some type of ulna?

 

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Did not see another person on the river all day.  On the paddle home I took some photos of the ride to show the beauty of the river and the power it has to take down trees along the banks.

In the first you can see the downed palm trees along the eroded bank -

 

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I always am awed by the cypress tree roots and the patterns they create as they spread (approaching some on the right) -

 

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To me there looks to be the carved face of an old man in the photo above.  Finally, a couple of shots of some massive old oaks that did not survive the last rainy season -

 

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Looking forward to the next hunt!

 

 

 

 

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Bone Daddy

Nice photos and thanks for sharing. You can really get a feel for how low the water is right now by looking at the high-water line on those cypress trees.

 

We were supposed to go today, but had to postpone (again) until next week. Hopefully the dry weather holds up. Every time the TV weatherman says we need rain, I tell him to bite his tongue. LOL.

 

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PODIGGER

Thanks Bone Daddy. I was out there again yesterday and the level has dropped even further. Picked up another astragalus (deer) and a nice camel/llama tooth. Spot I have been visiting continues to produce! I plan on going back Monday.

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Trevor

Looking good. The day is beautiful and so are the finds too! Great job.

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On 5/18/2021 at 12:32 PM, PODIGGER said:

a very nice Llama astragalus - Hemiauchenia macrocephalus.  Makes sense after finding the cuboid last week.  Wasn't sure what it belonged to when I first pulled it up as I thought it was too small for bison and too large for deer.  At 2 1/2" x 1 7/8" x 1 1/2" it fit llama just right in my reference materials.

 

For comparison:

 

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@Harry Pristis  your image diagrams are an amazing resource.  Thank you for creating and sharing them with us.  I always learn something when viewing your creations.

@Trevor thank you for taking the time to look and comment.  

 

I would have responded earlier but I was back on the river today.  The fossil gods were in a good mood and allowed me to find a nice Tapir tooth and Horse incisor.  The Tapir tooth crown measures 25 mm x 22 mm x 10 mm tall.

 

 

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Nice finds. I spent all day on the river today also. Went back to Gardner one more time. Beautiful day and the water was super low. Almost too low in some spots and had to drag the kayak half the distance.

 

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Thanks Bone Daddy. I am heading back Friday to get another day in while the water is low and slow.

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