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Both of these fossil teeth came from the same species of extinct shark--Otodus obliquus--but why are they different colors? Our paleontologist Richard Hulbert has an explanation! It helps to know they came from two different Florida fossil sites...

Why do we find fossil shark teeth in such a variety of colors?

Both of these fossil teeth came from the same species of extinct shark--Otodus obliquus--but why are they different colors? Our paleontologist Richard Hulbert has an explanation! It helps to know they came from two different Florida fossil sites...

Imagine spending #FossilFriday in a river. Our collection holds >11,000 vertebrate fossils from the Ichetucknee, a 4.1 mile long river not far from our Museum. Specimens include American lion (Panthera atrox, shown), osprey (Pandion haliaetus), alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) & Otodus obliquus, an extinct shark. #fossils #extinctshark #fossilshark #sharkteeth #FloridaFossils

Some fossil dig sites are actually IN a river, like this one in Florida

Imagine spending #FossilFriday in a river. Our collection holds >11,000 vertebrate fossils from the Ichetucknee, a 4.1 mile long river not far from our Museum. Specimens include American lion (Panthera atrox, shown), osprey (Pandion haliaetus), alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) & Otodus obliquus, an extinct shark. #fossils #extinctshark #fossilshark #sharkteeth #FloridaFossils

Looking at the large-headed llama (Hemiauchenia macrocephala), an extinct species that once lived in #Florida. The most complete #fossil skeleton was found in Citrus County, and it's on permanent display here at the Florida Museum. #FloridaFossils #Fossils #Exhibits #FossilHall #MuseumExhibits

Hemiauchenia macrocephala

Hemiauchenia macrocephala Quick Facts Common Name: large-headed llama The most complete skeleton of this species was found near Lecanto in Citrus County, Florida. It is on permanent display at the …

Jaguars (Panthera onca) first dispersed to North America across the Bering Land Bridge in the Pleistocene and were much larger than those living today in Central and South America. Although they don't live in Florida anymore, they were once common. #fossils #jaguars #BigCats #FloridaFossils

Jaguars once roamed as far as Florida! These fossils are common.

Jaguars (Panthera onca) first dispersed to North America across the Bering Land Bridge in the Pleistocene and were much larger than those living today in Central and South America. Although they don't live in Florida anymore, they were once common. #fossils #jaguars #BigCats #FloridaFossils

Armed with huge claws, this Giant Ground Sloth specimen stands at 15 feet tall, and is estimated to have weighed more than 3 tons. It's the largest sloth species to migrate north during the Great American Interchange roughly 3 million years ago. The #fossil in our exhibit hall is a popular specimen!  #FloridaFossils

Iconic Skeletons: Giant Ground Sloth

Armed with huge claws, this Giant Ground Sloth specimen stands at 15 feet tall, and is estimated to have weighed more than 3 tons. It's the largest sloth species to migrate north during the Great American Interchange roughly 3 million years ago. The #fossil in our exhibit hall is a popular specimen! #FloridaFossils

Columbian mammoth vs. American mastodon! The first thing you see when you walk into our galleries is a 14-foot-tall, 16,000-year-old Columbian #mammoth skeleton. Around the corner is an American #mastodon. Both of these #fossils were discovered in nearby Aucilla River. Discover the differences between these two ancient proboscideans that once walked the earth thousands of years ago. #FloridaFossils

Iconic Skeletons: Mammoths vs. Mastodons

Columbian mammoth vs. American mastodon! The first thing you see when you walk into our galleries is a 14-foot-tall, 16,000-year-old Columbian #mammoth skeleton. Around the corner is an American #mastodon. Both of these #fossils were discovered in nearby Aucilla River. Discover the differences between these two ancient proboscideans that once walked the earth thousands of years ago. #FloridaFossils

“A site like this is rare in #Florida, and the flora and fauna here are relatively diverse. For Florida, it’s one of the few places where you can actually find fossil leaves, fruit, pollen and flowers in exposed sediment,” said Terry Lott. A decade of research at the Florida Museum reveals what #Florida looked like 13 to 16 million years ago. #paleobotany #fossils #FloridaFossils #FossilPlants

Fingerprints of ancient forests offer rare look at Florida 16 million years ago

Along a bend in the Apalachicola River, 50 miles west of Tallahassee, Florida’s largest slice of visible bedrock towers more than 100 feet above the surrounding banks. With a rich fossil record of …

These rare Floridatragulus dolichanthereus #fossils are from an extinct extinct long-jawed camel known from about 60 total specimens all found at the Thomas Farm locality in Florida. Related species fossils are found in other areas of North America #FloridaFossils #Florida #ancientFlorida #prehistoricFlorida

Floridatragulus dolichanthereus

Floridatragulus dolichanthereus Quick Facts Common Name: none The fossils now recognized as one species of the camelid Floridatragulus dolichanthereus were initially assigned to two different famil…

The Virginia opossum (or North American opossum) has been living in North America for around 600,000 years, according to our #fossil records. It was one of many species to move her from South America during the during the Great American Biotic Interchange. #FloridaFossils #Florida #ancientFlorida #prehistoricFlorida

Didelphis virginiana

Didelphis virginiana Quick Facts Common Name: Virginia opossum, North American opossum The family Didelphidae originated in the Cretaceous and today is most diverse in South America. Didelphis virg…

Carcharodon hastalis #fossil teeth have been found in most Miocene and Pliocene marine deposits in Florida where sharks are present. Many paleontologists believe it to be ancestral to the living great white shark. #FloridaFossils #Florida #ancientFlorida #prehistoricFlorida #sharks

Carcharodon hastalis

Carcharodon hastalis Quick Facts Common Name: none Teeth of the extinct shark Carcharodon hastalis have been found in most Miocene and Pliocene marine deposits in Florida that produce shark teeth. …

This #fossil is from an extinct Lesser short-faced bear (Arctodus pristinus) from #Florida from the early Pleistocene. Among modern bears, it is most closely related to the spectacled bear of South America. #FloridaFossils #Florida #ancientFlorida #prehistoricFlorida #bears

Arctodus pristinus

Arctodus pristinus Quick Facts Common Name: Lesser short-faced bear Largest land canivore in Florida during the early Pleistocene. Among living bears, most closely related to the spectacled bear of…

This #fossil is a Leidy’s giraffe camel (Aepycamelus major) from #Florida over 6 million years ago. It had an estimated shoulder height of at least 13 feet, plus an additional 5 to 6 feet for the neck, which makes it likely Florida's tallest land mammal. #FloridaFossils #Florida #ancientFlorida #prehistoricFlorida

Aepycamelus major

Aepycamelus major Quick Facts Common Name: Leidy’s giraffe camel The giraffe camels of the Miocene of North America and the true giraffes of Africa represent a great example of convergent evolution…

The extinct Aquila bivia was a large eagle, most similar to the modern golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) but somewhat larger. It lived here in #Florida more than 1.5 million years ago! #FloridaFossils #Fossils #birds #ancientBirds #Raptors #eagle

Aquila bivia

Aquila bivia Quick Facts Common Name: none Fossils of Aquila bivia have been found only in two widely separated localities, Florida and Arizona. The extinct Aquila bivia was a large eagle, most sim…

This loooong fossil is from the leg of an extinct species of stork. Asphalt storks were large--over 4 feet tall--and they appear in the #fossil record across North America. This #Florida fossil is from nearby Ichetucknee River. Common name: asphalt stork or La Brea stork | Species: Ciconia maltha | Specimen: # UF/PB 8067 | Age: Late Pleistocene #FloridaFossil #BirdFossil #stork

Ciconia maltha

Ciconia maltha Quick Facts Common Names: Asphalt stork or La Brea stork A relatively large species of Ciconia, with a height of over 4 feet (1.5 m) and a wingspan up to 9 feet (3 m) across. While m…

"Just imagine: a fetid mess of deadness. Wonderful!" he grins. "It's rare that you get to see so many bones strewn in front of you like this. There are so many on this site it's like 'pick-up sticks'." (#Dinosaurs via BBC News)

Mission Jurassic: Searching for dinosaur bones

Huge hoard of dinosaur bones found in Wyoming

This #fossil is a jaw from Osbornodon iamonensis, an extinct, primitive, coyote-sized species in the dog family. Specimens have been found in #Florida and Nebraska dating to the early Miocene (23.6-16.3 million years ago).

Osbornodon iamonensis

Osbornodon iamonensis Quick Facts Common Name: Iamonia dog The species is the most abundant carnivore at the Thomas Farm fossil site. It was about the size of a modern coyote, and probably had a si…