Fossil tooth from a float trip

My family went on a white water tubing trip in Harpers Ferry, WV. The bag fell in the rapids. When we got home the “rock” was in the bag.

Fossil Collector: COHara

Location: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Editor’s Note: Given that it was a tubing trip, we are glad that you only pulled this tooth out of the bag. We will resort to an emoticon for that statement :) This is half of what is likely a fossil Carcharodon megalodon shark tooth. Accidentally finding its way into your bag is a remarkable bit of luck. ]

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Mammal fossil

I was walking on the beach looking for seashells, and saw this laying on the beach.

Measuring the fossil

I thought it was some sort of driftwood, but the shape was strange and it looked petrified. I showed it to my boyfriend who said it looked like vertebrae. Because of the color and hardness, we believe it's a fossil. Not sure what kind though!

Fossil Collector: HeathPak

Location: Carolina Beach, North Carolina

[Editor's Note: This mammal fossil looks to be the vertebrae of a seal. The exact age may be difficult to determine unless you were to know the specific geologic formation it came from, but it is likely Miocene which could mean anything from about 5-20 million years.]

5-24 million years old

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Fossil mammal tooth on a shell for scale.

Beach combing can lead to some surprising results.

Beach collected fossil tooth.

Another view of the fossil tooth.

Fossil Collector: Emily33

Location: Miramar beach, Portugal

[Editor's Note: This is a mammal tooth and our first impression is that this looks like a tapir tooth. Having said that, we're not especially knowledgeable Ice Age Portugal. Can someone else add the this? Please leave a comment.]

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Front view of the fossil fish scales

In approximately 1980, I was actively looking for fossils and found this on the side of my home in a pile of rocks that was brought there as decorative landscape.

Back view of the fossil fish

With some research, the source could likely be tracked down. There appears to be a large bone and feathers or scales (back view).

Fossil collector: Ttischer

Location: Independence, Colorado

[Editor: Nice find! We love fossil fish and that is almost certainly a tail section of a fish. It looks a bit like a lobe finned fish, a relative of the coelacanth. Since the rocks were transported, identifying where they came from may be critical to identifying the fossil. Can anyone here offer some clues?]

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Is this tooth a fossil or a modern animal?

I found this tooth in a creek bed where I have found arrow heads and mini balls and am curious to know what it is.

Fossil Collector: Rob Q

Location: Vicksburg, MS

[We get a great many pictures of large mammal teeth sent in to My Fossil Find. Most turn out to be the teeth of modern cattle, but they always generate great interest because of their size so we will post another. This one appears wider than most. What do you think? Ice Age animal or modern mammal? Please leave a response.]

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