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P. benedeni   Prince George County, Virginia, USA - Parotodus benedeni
from Virginia...
1 1/2" Parotodus benedeni Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
Nice colors on this benedeni.
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Benedeni from the Edisto   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
A nice little oligocene Benedeni with cusps from the Edisto....
Oligocene Parotodus   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
A nice oligocene Parotodus tooth. It took me a while to find my first one in the river, but I've been doing quite well the past few years?...
Oligocene Paratodus Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
This is the best Parotodus tooth I have found from this particular site so far....
Oligocene Benedeni Shark Tooth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
This oligocene benedeni has a little root pitting, but its a position I've never found before....
Edisto River Parotodus Benedeni Shark Tooth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
This is the sweetest paratodus I've found in the edisto up to now. it is so awesome that the entire bourlette is complete and there isn't a single pit or anything in the root. the blade is incredibly sharp!...
Huge Parotodus benedini from calvert cliffs...just amazing   Calvert County, Maryland, USA - Parotodus benedeni
Just under 2 inches. Dug out of zone 10...Jackpot...
Oligocene Benedeni from the Edisto River   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
This is my best Oligocene Benedeni from the Edisto river so far. Really nice and complete from root to tip with the tell-tale Oligocene cusps that aren't present in the larger, Pliocene variety....
Posterior Parotodus benedeni   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
What an awesome tooth! This is the first posterior parotodus benedeni tooth I've ever added to my collection. I confirmed the position using the dentitions in the back of Kent's book "Fossil Sharks of the Chesapeake Bay Region" since I can't remember ever seeing this position before....
Aurora Parotodus benedeni Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni

It was a little later in the collecting day at the Lee Creek mine and more people had made their way into the old mounds, but still the collecting was amazing. I came to a wall of Yorktown that someone had already walked both top and bottom. I bent down to get a closer look at some particularly nice Yorktown and I saw another big mako! In my excitement, I had stopped taking ground photos of makos for a while because I had found...

Deuce Parotodus benedeni Shark Teeth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni

The largest Parotodus measures 1 1/16 inches and the smallest 13/16 inches. I found both of them a few feet apart from each other.  

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1 1/16" Oligocene Parotodus Benedeni   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
The second parotodus I've found in a row from the river!...
1 3/16" Parotodus benedeni   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
My first complete Parotodus from the river....
Oligocene Parotodus benedeni shark tooth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
This river found benedeni has some wear, but its got one of the thickest roots I've ever seen....
1-3/8" Oligocene P. Benedeni   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni

My first keeper of the day. Check out the cusps on this gem.

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Aurora Parotodus Benedini Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
My first rare parotodus benedini....
2-1/2" Parotodus Benedeni   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni

A new premier piece in my collection. I found this tooth lying on a pedestal after the shower, labial side up (just like looking into the shark's mouth without the threat of being consumed). This specimen is robust and the enamel is razor sharp on the edges and tip.

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1-1/4" Paratodus benedeni   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni

My second Parotodus of the day. This one has a dinged tip from feeding, but still a great find.

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Parotodus benedeni   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni

A cool position.

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Parotodus benedeni   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
A really cool position. One of the front teeth without much of a curve. The cusps are there, though, which is an interesting feature on these oligocene varieties....
Oligocene benedeni   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
As if I didn't already rack enough today, when I got home I found this little beauty in my bag. Its a big oligocene parotodus benedeni in awesome shape. I must have not noticed underwater because of the sick rack I was having. Its even got little cusps. SWEET!...
1" P. Benedini   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni

This is my second Oligocene P. Benedini from the Edisto. Consider how many trips in the river and the number of these teeth that come out. A nice find today!!

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Oligocene Parotodus benedeni   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni

This is only the third complete Parotodus I have from the Edisto. These teeth are older than the larger specimens more normally attributed to SC rivers because of their origin in the Oligocene when the species didn't grow quite as large. Sometimes the Oligocene variety has cusps, but this one doesn't.

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Parotodus Benedeni - False Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
A superb benedeni from a Summerville land site. I found it digging in the bottom of a long forgotten ditch....
False Mako (Parotodus Benedeni) Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
Its great to find an oligocene benedeni. Some how, finding it while walking around makes it a little sweeter....
Gorgeous PB   Bladen County, North Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
tip damage - but a beauty...
Fossil Parotodus benedeni shark tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
Not the best preserved, but more or less complete. It comes from the front of the mouth where the teeth are less sickle shaped that the benedeni teeth normally seen....
Excellent!   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
Excellent!
Parotodus benedeni shark tooth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
My second oligocene bedeneni in 2 weeks. What luck! Nice cusps on this one, too....
1 1/4 inch benedeni shark tooth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
My first complete parotodus from the Edisto. Its a really nice one with cusps. The pictures don't really do it justice - its a dark gray with an orange bourlette. I don't see a bourlette much....
2 1/2" Parotodus benedeni Shark Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
I don't find many of these, and this is a nice one. Its one of the rarest fossil shark teeth found in SC....
1 1/2" Benedeni Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
The rarest of the rare! A superbly colored, well-preserved parotodus tooth....
1 7/16" Benedeni Shark Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
A rare, nearly perfect specimen - its the first complete one I found at Superpit. I found it laying out in the open on a pile of dirt that I threw aside during one of my previous hunts. Its a miracle that I didn't break it when I didn't know it was there. ...
1 1/8" Benedeni Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
Here's a decent benedeni with cusps from the reformulated Hawthorne formation....
2" Benedeni Shark Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
2" Benedeni Shark Tooth
1" Oligocene Benedeni   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
t$ found this scarce little beauty today. They don't get much bigger than this, though, so I guess little isn't the correct choice of words there. This tooth is in flawless condition - perfect root, blade, cusps, and tip....
2 1/8" Benedeni Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
2 1/8" Benedeni Shark Tooth
1 1/2" Oligocene Parotodus Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
At first, I thought this was a Mako, but it looked so much like a benedeni that I needed a second opinion. I took it to an expert and he confirmed my suspicion that it was a parotodus. On top of that, he said it was the Oligocene variety which is very rare. Finally, its HUGE for that time....
2 5/16" Benedeni Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
This isn't my biggest benedeni, but its by far the best so far. The blade is unimaginably sharp! You could seriously cut yourself on this puppy. The root is immaculate, too. There isn't a ding to be found on this tooth. Plus, it has great color and some nice color patterns on the front. Arguably one of my best finds at this location....
2 3/4" Benedeni Tooth   Parotodus benedeni
perfect specimen....
2 7/8" Benedeni Tooth   Parotodus benedeni
huge specimen! A slightly rounded tip is its only flaw....
2 3/4" Benedeni Tooth   Parotodus benedeni
the best root of all my Benedenis. Tip and edges sharp. Small strip of enamel missing on the display side....
1 7/8" Benedeni Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
lateral tooth in fantastic condition. Perfect tip, sharp edges, perfect root....
1 1/8" Parotodus Benedeni Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
I found this sifting a layer that was entangled in these massive roots. I chopped most of them out, then I splashed the hole to loosen the clay. Then I shoveled out the gravel and sifted it out in the bottom of the creek. This was the best thing I found that day, and it remains one of my most colorful benedeni specimens. It’s from a juvenile shark and dates from the miocene....
1 1/16" Oligocene Parotodus Benedeni   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
This is another oligocene tooth, but the cusps are less pronounced - they are little more than bumps on the blade where it meets the root. Its still a perfect specimen from one of the spots that I don't make it around to very often anymore....
2 7/8" Parotodus benedeni   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
A giant benedeni from an inland quarry. Gorgeous!...
1 1/8" Oligocene Benedeni   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
I found this tooth when I was a kid out at this spot we called the Sand Pits. My dad used to take us there about once a month and we used to pick up handfulls of teeth at a time. Most were small, and anything over an inch was usually broken. I had no idea back then that this tooth was such a treasure. It is the oligocene ancestor to the miocene species parotodus benedeni. There are distinct differences, and you can easily see them in the picture. First off, there is the size difference. An inch ...
  

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