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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 American Lion, Vertebrates, Extinct, Fossils, Shark, Museum, River, Animals, Collection

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 The most complete skeleton was found in Citrus County, and it's on permanent display here at the Florida Museum.

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. American Lion, Vertebrates, Natural History, Big Cats, Fossils, Jaguar, South America, Larger, Bridge

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

The Giant Ground Sloth, Eremotherium eomigrans, is the largest sloth to disperse from South America into North America during the Great American Interchange . Disney Documentary, Adventures By Disney, One Tree, Animation Film, Natural History, Fossils, Art Lessons, North America

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

Visitors to the Florida Museum of Natural History are greeted by a Columbian mammoth discovered in the Aucilla River in northwe.

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

Scientists have studied Alum Bluff, a more than slice of exposed bedrock along the Apalachicola River, for nearly a century. Now, UF/Florida Museum paleobotanists share two decade’s worth of finds from one of Florida’s richest plant fossil sites.

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 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

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 years, according to our records. It was one of many species to move her from South America during the during the Great American Biotic Interchange. Bat Skeleton, Opossum, Vertebrates, Prehistoric, Fossils, South America, Evolution, Virginia, Florida

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 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.

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

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 is a Leidy’s giraffe camel (Aepycamelus major) from 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.

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 more than million years ago!

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 record across North America. This fossil is from nearby Ichetucknee River. Common name: asphalt stork or La Brea 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." 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'." ( via BBC News)

Mission Jurassic: Searching for dinosaur bones

Huge hoard of dinosaur bones found in Wyoming

This is a jaw from Osbornodon iamonensis, an extinct, primitive, coyote-sized species in the dog family. Specimens have been found in and Nebraska dating to the early Miocene 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…