The Division of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Florida Museum has at least one fossil collecting session per year that uses volunteer assistance.
Our current large-scale excavation is at the Montbrook Site. The site is about a 45-minute drive south of Gainesville, near the town of Williston in Levy County.
Based on the faunal assemblage and preservation, the site is believed to be 5 to 5.5 million years old (latest Miocene – earliest Pliocene, Hemphillian North American Land Mammal Age) and an ancient river system relatively close to a coast.
Victoria Arico’s fused carnivore toe.
Terry Tydings with partial deer antler.
Cindy Lockner carefully working around alligator limbs
The Clark family with articulated elephant relative backbone and ribs.
Bill Buhi and Sebastian Jimenez ready to move a large plaster jacket containing fossils of an elephant relative.
Vertebrate Paleontology Curator, Jonathan Bloch, with a rhino toe.
Garrett Munger excavating a complete Trachemys turtle shell.
Issac Magallanes with a juvenile gomphothere tusk.
Ken Marks with a piece of Trachemys inflata carapace and a large fish vertebra
Lee Williams with a duck coracoid. October 21st, 2016.
Susan Harris with a llama tooth
Maya Ibison digging around an elephant relative pelvis.
Florida Museum Director, Doug Jones, digging at Montbrook during the GABI-RET Cohort Number 5, Dec. 2016.
Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager, Richard Hulbert, adding glue to the fossils of the ‘elephant bone bed’.
Michelle Barboza modeling our end of the season gomphothere jaw
Aldo Rincon with a horse tooth, Oct 2016.
Chrissy Lonnegan excavating the turtle death layer.
Carol Sewell excavating her square at the dig site.