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Aurora Parotodus benedeni Shark Tooth

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 so many, but I could tell this particular mako was very large so I took the time to snap a photo. I put my camera away and dug my finger into the soft Yorktown formation to extract this mako. The sediment easily gave way and I popped the tooth out from underneath. To my amazement, the tooth I thought was a big mako was in fact an Aurora Parotodus benedeni, one of the most prized of all fossil shark teeth found at Lee Creek in the Yorktown formation. I have seen many of my Black River Fossil brethren score them in the past, but I had not found a complete one before this trip.

Age Pliocene Epoch
Category Shark Teeth
Formation Yorktown Formation
Location Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA
Species Parotodus benedeni
Length 2 3/4 inches

ID3038
Memberdw
Date Added9/30/2008

What a honker!
Standing on its root in all its majesty!
See why I thought it was a Mako at first?
I feel honored to have this - my official Pat pic that was used in the Elasmo post. Thanks Pat and Jim!
  

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