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.

These webpages are 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.

Land mammal ages are frequently used to describe the relative age of a fossil site or a species on this website. View a complete description of land mammal ages, how they are used, and which ones are found in Florida.

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 provides 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.

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 FaunaCountyAge
Agricola Road Site, Hookers Prairie MinePolkMiddle Miocene Epoch
Coleman 2ASumterMiddle Pleistocene Epoch
Gainesville Creeks FaunaAlachuaLate Miocene Epoch
Gunn Farm MineGadsdenMiddle Miocene Epoch
Haile 7CAlachuaEarly Pleistocene Epoch
Haile 15AAlachuaEarly Pleistocene Epoch
I-75 SiteAlachuaOligocene Epoch
Ichetucknee RiverColumbiaLate Pleistocene Epoch
Inglis 1ACitrusEarly Pleistocene Epoch
Leisey Shell Pit 1AHillsboroughEarly Pleistocene Epoch
Love SiteAlachuaLate Miocene Epoch
McGehee FarmAlachuaLate Miocene Epoch
MelbourneBrevardLate Pleistocene Epoch
Millennium ParkPinellasLate Pleistocene Epoch
Mixson’s Bone BedLevyLate Miocene Epoch
Monkey Jungle Hammock 1DadeLate Pleistocene Epoch
Montbrook SiteLevyLate Miocene or early Pliocene epoch
Moss Acres Racetrack SiteMarionLate Miocene Epoch
Palmetto FaunaPolk, Hillsborough,
Manatee, and
Hardee counties
Early Pliocene Epoch
Peace River 3ADe SotoLate Pleistocene Epoch
Sabertooth CaveCitrusLate Pleistocene Epoch
Santa Fe River 1 [Blancan]ColumbiaEarly Pleistocene Epoch
Seminole FieldPinellasLate Pleistocene Epoch
Thomas FarmGilchristEarly Miocene Epoch
Tucker Borrow PitBrevardLate Early-Middle
Pleistocene Epoch
Tyner FarmAlachuaLate Miocene Epoch
Vero Canal SiteIndian RiverLate Pleistocene Epoch
Waccasassa River 9ALevyEarly Pleistocene Epoch
West Palm Beach SitePalm BeachLate Pleistocene Epoch
Williston 3ALevyMiddle Pleistocene Epoch
Withlacoochee River 1AMarionEarly Pleistocene Epoch
TRO Quarry, Payne Creek MinePolkEarly Pliocene Epoch
Whidden Creek Site, Fort Meade MinePolkEarly Pliocene 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 online. 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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