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