Pleistocene micros from Merritt Island, Florida Pleistocene ray, fish, salamander, frog, snake, lizard and mammal specimens from matrix from the Melbourne Bone Bed from the Indian River, Florida. This matrix was basically shells with fossil specimens. This was an extremely interesting matrix to search because of the large number of mammal and small reptile specimens. It also contained a good amount of amphibian specimens which I haven’t seen before in matrix. There were marine specimens also like fish specimens but the shark teeth were pretty beat and there were only a couple of ray specimens.
If you mouse over the pictures you will see the file name which has the specimen size and my best effort at identification.
Below is a gem jar display which shows some of the nicer specimens that I found. Double clique the photo to see an enlarged version. The gem jar cups are 1.75 inches in diameter for size reference of the specimens.
This is what is in each gem jar:
1 Lizard and snake vertebrae
2 Lizard and snake vertebrae
3 Interesting specimens that I need to id
4 Lizard jaws, mostly anole
5 Salamander vertebrae
6 Mammal teeth
7 Mammal teeth
8 Amphibian jaws (or don’t look like lizard)
9 Frog specimens
10 Mammal bones
11 Crab claw tips
12 Fish specimens (jaw fragments, teeth, scales, otoliths, and vertebrae)
14 Scales/Diodontid tooth plates
15 Ray tooth and barb
16 Scale/turtle shell fragments
Below are some pictures of some individual specimens.
I found a single Dasyatis tooth:
Pieces from a Diodontid tooth plate:
There were a lot of jaw fragments:
Lizard (Not sure of genus):
Lots of Mammal Teeth:
Possum: P1 or P2
The rest I need to id but most are rodent teeth:
Lots of other bones:
Multiple views of a Colubrid snake vertebra:
Multiple views of a salamander trunk vertebra: