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Ginnie Springs
Santa Fe River, Florida
September 27-30, 2006

photos by: Jerry Fortenberry, Rick Jacquot, Pat Cummings

Mastodon tooth point. Rick.

Astragalus, Deer ankle bone. Rick.

Armadillo scutes. Rick.

Armadillo scute. Rick.

Armadillo side toe bones. Rick.

Fossil Deer teeth in jaw/mandible. Rick.

Fossil tooth in jaw/mandible, species unknown, maybe "Bone Crushing Dog" or "Racoon"? Rick.

Riker box with above two mandible specimens, top specimen in box is a Vole mandible with teeth collected from a previous dive trip. Rick.

The last two days of our dive we discovered the honey hole for fossils. Tons of scutes, teeth, etc., and my best find, much of a Miocene (11.5 - 5.5 million years) Alligator specimen skull. Miocene specimens are much rarer than the pleistocene species, so far I have about 30% of the skull put back together. Some of the vertebra and other body bones. Much of it is still tucked away in the sticky clay at the bottom of the river, waiting for us to return. Following are a few pics, more on the gator later in the report.

This is what my gator looked like when I brought it up from the river bottom.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been slowly piecing the head back together. I have three jaws with teeth, one upper and two lower, the back of the skull, right jawbone, part of the left jaw, and part of the right side of the skull. Five scutes found with this specimen, shoulder bones and two verts so far. I'm still working on the skull.

Working the puzzle?

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