This is an example of a fossilized Stingray Barb found in the rivers of Florida by divers.
Myliobatis is a species of extinct Stingray that lived during the Paleozoic.
During the Pleistocene in the United States Florida looked different than it does today. Even this Fossil Stingray Barb is different than the stingrays of today.
Florida, especially suffered many changes. Fossils of Florida can tell us many stories of what creatures lived and died back then. And this Stingray Barb is a great example.
This Pleistocene Fossil Stingray Barb was recovered by divers in a Florida River. These and many other creatures roamed the sea, lived and thrived. Often when an animal died it was torn apart by scavengers, bones and teeth were scattered about. Over time the remains were covered by dirt and sediment and began to rot away. But in some cases, some parts survived to fossilize.
Today many divers and tourists scour the river bottoms and rocky shores to sift and find many ancient treasures. Often shovels and sifting screens are used. The screen is filled with river bottom rocks and pebbles and then it is sifted in the water sometimes revealing ancient bones and teeth. This Fossil Stingray Barb is one example. As rivers change their course over time new outcrops are being discovered. Because this is an ongoing process new fossils are being found every year. There are several groups that lead tours in Florida in search of these fossils.
Many creature remains like this Pleistocene Fossil Stingray barb have been found in the rivers of Florida including tapirs, alligators, camels, mastodons, and the list goes on.
This Fossil Stingray barb is 1 1/2 inches long. It has wonderfully visible serrations and it comes in this 4 1/2 by 5 1/2 glass-topped leatherette collectors case.