I find numerous bone sections and fragments that are impossible to identify without laboratory and/or professional help. I would say most are from Miocene deposits, though it can be hard to say for sure. The majority are probably from Sirenia (Manatee & Dugong) ribs, though some might be from whales.
Alligator scute and teeth are an unusual find.
Tooth fragments possibly mammoth, mastodon, carnivores have also shown up.
Porpoise (Pomatodelphis) teeth, vertebrae and jaw
fragments are an uncommon find, but quite distinctive.
Turtle shell fragments are fairly common, but never have I found an intact shell.
Whale teeth, inner ear bones and vertebrae are very rare
here, just 1 intact, but quite a noteworthy find.
The most distinctive finds I have made are horse teeth,
some very similar to modern horses (Equus), some of
the 3-toed variety (Hipparion).
Camel teeth are rarely found, usually in halves due to their shape.
Fish teeth and vertebrae found through a fine screening can be quite
numerous.Barracuda (Spyraene) teeth are fairly common, as are the
similarly shape Tuna (Thunnus) teeth. I also have a nice tail vertebrae
probably from a Tuna.
Drumfish (Pogonias), Pinfish (Diplodus & Lagodon), Sheepshead (Archosargus) and Wrasse (Labridae) teeth and mouth plates are very common, though so small rarely collected. Their small vertebrae and swim bladders are not often fossilized.
A Garfish (Lepisosteus) scale make an occasional appearance.
Bivalves and gastropods are quite common, but of poor quality, being internal molds or casts so exact identification is difficult. Worm tubes, burrow casts and small crab claw fragments are also very common. Fossilized wood, oddly enough, is almost nonexistent.
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