Fishing for fossils yields a crystal conch shell.
Another view of the fossil conch or whelk shell.
Fossil Collector: Alex B.
[Editor: Beautiful find and an interested method of fossil collecting! Florida is well-noted for calcite crystal encrusted shell fossil like this whelk or conch. Very interesting both as a fossil an for display. Similar fossil are found more conventionally at the Drum Point Crystal Mine and throughout the state.]
Fossil clam casts with calcite crystals.
I love nature and anything historical and old. I walk around looking down for anything unusual or beautiful. I hold the fossil in my hand wondering what it is, where it came from, and I feel like I may be the only person to pay any attention to this one thing from the past that once was as alive as I am now. I must take it home.
Fossil Collector: Kimberly A.
Location: Construction sites near Tampa, FL
Straight from a Florida, Pliocene near you, the Caloosahatchee Formation reveals many well-preserved fossil shells like this Strombus alatus.
Fossil Collector: Karenne S
Location: Caloosahatchee Formation, Florida
I have found several fossil molars that belonged to Ice Age woolly mammoth and mastodon elephants at a huge construction site about thirty miles from my home. The fossils become evident in the piles of excavated dirt after a heavy rainfall. The rain rinses them off and makes them very visible to me the collector. I am submitting a photo of one of my smaller fossil molars. I haven’t photographed my largest fossil teeth yet. To date, I have found a total of twenty two fossil mammoth and mastodon molars.
Fossil Collector: joesfossil
Location: Central Florida
The Pliocene shell Strombus alatus from the bountiful Caloosahatchie Formation. Peninsular Florida simply abounds with fossils.
Fossil Collector: Karenne Snow