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Angustidens Nursery

Fossil hunting in the lowcountry of South Carolina has become a feast or famine kind of thing. We go a long time without having anyplace to go from having a handfull of places all at once. It's because we are entirely dependent on the rain now to erode fossils from their resting places. The past few days we've been pummelled by rainstorms, and I got the crazy idea to go check an old spot that I hadn't hunted in a year or more. All it took was the mention of the word "toothing" and my son was in.

We arrived expecting to see footprints everywhere because we were two days past the rain. That's how long it takes for the bottom of this particular location to clear. We don't find many teeth on the banks anymore. Most now are stuck in the bottom. The stream bottom used to be Chandler Bridge formation, but that's long gone. Now the last part of the upper Ashley formation is exposed and eroding away fast. The trouble is there aren't many teeth and it takes them a while to wash out. It's so easy to miss them, too, so I think most people walk right by them.

The finds started almost immediately, but the weezling was the first to find a nice one. He saw the root deep down in some cloudy water. It ended up being a beautiful angustidens tooth with some unfortunate feeding damage. Then I found a nice smaller angustidens stuck in the ashley formation. Then another in a rock bed. Then my son found another in a different rock bed, and then another stuck in the ashley. All were smaller specimens in great condition. We were both thrilled that we re-visited this spot, which ended up not being as dead as I thought!

Location Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

ID3437
Memberdw
Date Added8/3/2009

  

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Comments
You are killing me! - 8/3/2009
Reviewer : FrozenTundra from
Total Rating : 10
Great teeth. You need to make feature length video for us to enjoy. These commercial length shorts are torture. How big was that tail you found? Glad my wife didn't see that. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 8/3/2009
Reviewer : bmorefossil from
Total Rating : 9.667
great finds as always but i would love to see the weezlings teeth! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Awesome Teeth - 8/3/2009
Reviewer : MikeDOTB from North Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
Definitely awesome teeth you are finding, I am definitely jealous of all the perfect Angustidens you have been finding as of late! Congratulations you guys! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Commercial shorts - 8/3/2009
Reviewer : dw from Summerville South Carolina United States
Total Rating : No Rating
I wish I could put up a longer video, but youtube has a 10 minute limit. the tail was roughly 3 to 4 inches wide - a big one. thanks for all your encouragement! We'll definitely keep making the videos. Hopefully we'll be able to keep finding good stuff to keep them interesting.
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- 8/4/2009
Reviewer : t$ from
Total Rating : 10
Wow, great finds! I went there about 3 weeks ago after a heavy rain and almost considered that place being dead. I found a few small teeth and that was it. It is amazing how quickly it can change. I saw that same fish vert. in your video as well. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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