Tequesta Trace Middle School's big step backward!

A humble beginning...

Okay, where do we start?

This appears to be as good a spot as any...

I think it fell through the screen...

Leaders leading...

Have you tried the fossil soup?

Honest, we're not doing anything wrong!

Olympic paleontology team

The cows come home to roost...

Even the minnows are into the search.

Prehistoric turtle shell section

Megalodon shark tooth. The fossil record for this shark disapears abruptly about 1.6 million years ago. Meg may have reached up to 60 feet in length.

Prehistoric snail shell internal mold

Fossil sand dollar

Turtle shell section

Dolphin ear bone, also known as the periotic bone.

Lemon shark tooth

Eagle ray tooth

Snaggle-tooth shark tooth, lower jaw. This shark disappeared from Florida a couple of million years ago, but is still in Asian waters.

Alligator scute, also known as an osteoderm. This is an alligator's bony armor, which also functions much like a solar panel. The sun's rays are drawn into the scutes and heat up the blood vessels just below the skin, converting the heat to energy.

Deer molar

Ray tail spine or stinger barb. This is why you shuffle your feet in shallow salt water.

Dusky shark tooth

Tiger shark tooth

Above two photos: tapir teeth in jaw. Tapirs are closely related to rhinos. They're no longer in Florida, but still exist in South America and Southeast Asia. They have a head that resembles an anteater and a body like a pig.

Snaggletooth shark tooth, lower jaw.

Sawfish tooth. Grows along the side of the snout and used to stun or impale prey.

VW-Bug size armadillo (glyptodont). Weighed over a ton. Not the kind of animal you would want to hit with your car on a back country road late at night.

Above two photos: part of an ancient bison tooth.

Horse tooth, chewing surface. Horses began their evolutionary journey about 58 million years ago in North America. They became extinct 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, but before they did, some of them managed to migrate into Eurasia. The Spaniards would later re-introduce them to the Americas, and the rest is...well, history.

Dugong rib. Dugongs are related to manatees and elephants. They died off in Florida about two and a half million years ago, but are still present in Asian waters.

Petrified wood from two different angles. It's possible that this wood washed ashore along an ancient beach over 5 million years ago.

Farewell...where did the day go?

Trips are by reservation, beginning at 9am until 3pm. We are located in the Ft Myers area, but conduct expeditions in areas that are a reasonable driving distance from Tampa, St Pete, Orlando, Sarasota, Naples or Ft Lauderdale.
For prices and reservations, call (941)368-3252 or toll free:1-800-304-9432
E-mail address is fossilx@earthlink.net