University of Florida Museum of Natural History
All Fossil photos credit: Walkingfox
In researching the content for this web
personal contacts made their way
into my life.
One of these was Sheryl Todd whose web
about Tapirs prompted this new Category.
Tapirs no longer exist in this
except in Zoos, but surprisingly,
Florida is the number
of Tapir Fossils in the world.
If you are wondering what all of this has
with the Endangered Wildlife of Florida,
make this very weak case for my
Tapirs were once quite abundant here
and are now extinct.
If we are not extremely vigilant, there
will be many
more plants and wildlife now alive in
will soon join the Tapir and become extinct as
So, in honor of Sheryl and the Tapirs
that she loves,
I will offer this humble page about the
Animals of Florida, who have now become
To begin: what is a Fossil?
A Fossil is the remnant of a living thing
that has died
and become encapsulated in or part
of another life form.
Amber is a protective resin (a liquid
within a plant) that often
captures other life forms on it way to
becoming a Fossil.
A Fossil can also be formed under
like those that become imbedded in rock.
A Fossil can be either a plant or an
Many of Florida's Fossils were Giant
some of the species that are still here
Alligators, Armadillos, Bison, Camels,
Elephants, Horses, Jaguars, Mammoths, Mastodons,
Tooth Cats, Sharks, Sloths, Tapirs,
Tortoises and a flightless bird named Titanis
Any journey into the world of Florida's
begin at the Museum of Natural History
This is a world class display of Fossils
wonderful place to take your children.
The University's Paleontologists and the
collection that they have amassed in a very
time have made the Museum
the pride of the "Gator
There are 500 specimens on display and as
"90% of them are real and many were found
within 100 miles of the Museum."
Places to learn more:
Mastodons Ruled South Florida
Florida Museum of Natural History
The Hall of
All About Tapirs
University of Florida
University of South Florida
Fossils and the Natural History of Florida
USGS Publication Online:
Fossils, Rocks and Time
Walking with the Alligators
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