Vertebrate Fossil Sites of Florida

Over 750 different locations in Florida have produced fossils of vertebrate animals. Florida has the richest fossil record of vertebrate animals of the eastern United States. The Vertebrate Fossil Sites of Florida is a set of web pages designed to provide basic information about scientifically significant fossil-producing locations, a list of all known species present at each site, citations to the primary scientific literature to provide a guide to those seeking further information, and, when available, images of the locations. The locality accounts are linked with the Fossil Species of Florida, which provide information on the species which have found at these localities. The intended audience for this website are students and educators, amateur and professional paleontologists, and any others interested in paleontology.

These web pages will frequently use names of land mammal ages to describe the relative age of a fossil site or a species. A complete description of land mammal ages, how they are used, and which ones are found in Florida can be found here.

When possible, the references will include links to online versions of the papers, although not all of them will have free open-access. An online glossary will provide definitions for technical terms. The book, the Fossil Vertebrates of Florida, will also be a good reference to those with little or no training in paleontology.

As of March 2013, we are just beginning to post fossil site accounts. Many more will be added over the future. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number CSBR 1203222, Jonathan Bloch, Principal Investigator. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Site or Fauna CountyAge
Agricola Road Site, Hookers Prairie Mine Polk Middle Miocene Epoch
Palmetto Fauna Polk, Hillsborough,
Manatee, and
Hardee counties
Early Pliocene Epoch
Coleman 2A Sumter Middle Pleistocene Epoch
Gainesville Creeks Fauna Alachua Late Miocene Epoch
Haile 7C Alachua Early Pleistocene Epoch
Haile 15A Alachua Early Pleistocene Epoch
I-75 Site Alachua Oligocene Epoch
Inglis 1A Citrus Early Pleistocene Epoch
Leisey Shell Pit 1A Hillsborough Early Pleistocene Epoch
Gunn Farm Mine Gadsden Middle Miocene Epoch
Love Site Alachua Late Miocene Epoch
McGehee Farm Alachua Late Miocene Epoch
Montbrook Site Levy Late Miocene or early Pliocene epoch
Melbourne Brevard Late Pleistocene Epoch
Ichetucknee River Columbia Late Pleistocene Epoch
Sabertooth Cave Citrus Late Pleistocene Epoch
Williston 3A Levy Middle Pleistocene Epoch
Millennium Park Pinellas Late Pleistocene Epoch
Mixson’s Bone Bed Levy Late Miocene Epoch
Monkey Jungle Hammock 1 Dade Late Pleistocene Epoch
Moss Acres Racetrack Site Marion Late Miocene Epoch
Peace River 3A De Soto Late Pleistocene Epoch
Santa Fe River 1 [Blancan] Columbia Early Pleistocene Epoch
Seminole Field Pinellas Late Pleistocene Epoch
Thomas Farm Gilchrist Early Miocene Epoch
Tucker Borrow Pit Brevard Late Early-Middle
Pleistocene Epoch
TRO Quarry, Payne Creek Mine Polk Early Pliocene Epoch
Tyner Farm Alachua Late Miocene Epoch
Vero Canal Site Indian River Late Pleistocene Epoch
Waccasassa River 9A Levy Early Pleistocene Epoch
West Palm Beach Site Palm Beach Late Pleistocene Epoch
Whidden Creek Site, Fort Meade Mine Polk Early Pliocene Epoch
Withlacoochee River 1A Marion Early Pleistocene Epoch

Sponsorship and Funding Opportunities

Funds are needed to hire advanced UF undergraduate and graduate students to write these accounts, take and process the images, and put them in proper format to post on-line. Individuals, families, and organizations who want to sponsor one or more fossil site accounts should contact Richard Hulbert. For a donation of $150 or more, you can help sponsor the web page of a particular fossil location, and your support will be acknowledged on that locality’s web page. For a donation of $500 or more, you can be the exclusive sponsor of a locality’s web page. Donations are tax deductible.

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