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.
Vertebrate Paleontology Curator, Jonathan Bloch, with a rhino toe.
Garrett Munger excavating a complete Trachemys turtle shell.
Aldo Rincon with a horse tooth, Oct 2016.
Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager, Richard Hulbert, adding glue to the fossils of the ‘elephant bone bed’.
Terry Tydings with partial deer antler.
Victoria Arico’s fused carnivore toe.
Maya Ibison digging around an elephant relative pelvis.
Michelle Barboza modeling our end of the season gomphothere jaw
Susan Harris with a llama tooth
Lee Williams with a duck coracoid. October 21st, 2016.
Kathleen and Dan Hayman visiting the Montbrook site Fall 2018!
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.
Carol Sewell excavating her square at the dig site.
Issac Magallanes with a juvenile gomphothere tusk.
Cindy Lockner carefully working around alligator limbs
Chrissy Lonnegan excavating the turtle death layer.
Ken Marks with a piece of Trachemys inflata carapace and a large fish vertebra
Florida Museum Director, Doug Jones, digging at Montbrook during the GABI-RET Cohort Number 5, Dec. 2016.