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A promise finally made good...

I’ve been promising this trip report for about a year now… so, enjoy! These are some of the teeth/fossils I’ve found during many trips to my favorite local creek. I’ve learned that Andalusia is not the only place to find fossils around here… :) This is just a portion of some of the things I’ve found. Notice how well preserved these teeth are!! I’m still learning the identity of some of these fossils, so if you can help out with an ID or notice that I mislabeled some then please let me know and I will correct it in my collection. I tried to get a good sample of things that I typically find here… what I left out are the TONS of ray mouth plates (which reminds me that I found a few that were complete, as in the whole mouth plate, not pictured, sorry), fossilized wood, croc teeth, shark verts, coprolite out the a$$ (pun intended), some bone fragments, etc. Also, I’ve gone thru a LOT of micro material which is mostly made up of glauconitic sand. Here are some links to understanding what it is… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glauconite and http://webmineral.com/data/Glauconite.shtml . What I don’t understand is why I sometimes find tiny grain-sized minerals that look like gold or silver. I only notice them because of the bright light that I use to look thru my material. I’m sure it’s not gold (and I don’t think it’s a type of mica), but anyone who knows what it could be please chime in because I’ve been saving them just in case it turns out to be something cool… I’ll try to take a pic of it if you have an idea of what it could be and would like one, but it is really tiny and may not show up… Anyway, it’s been a LOT of fun being in this part of the country doing some fossil hunting. I never thought that I would be able to expand my collection like this when I came here. DW put up a really cool new section in the forum called “Micro Fossils.” Check it out if you are interested in trading some material…
Location Andalusia, Alabama, USA

ID3896
MemberGovinn
Date Added3/15/2011

Killer Striatolamia macrota!! Largest one I've ever seen. It would have been just shy of 2.5" if the tip wasn't broken.
Compared to some normal ones...
My latest Ric. She's exactly 2"
Here's the collection of Rics I have from here minus the 1/3" one I found... Oh, and I believe that is a Ric vert.
Here's my outdated display case... I need to put some of my better finds in here...
Pristis lathami (Sawfish rostral spines)
Various teeth that still need to be organized
Various tiger shark teeth that still need to be organized...
I believe that these are Striatolamia macrota teeth... After a while they all begin to look alike. LOL
I love the shape of these!!
top left: Serratolamna serrata; bottom left: Isurus retroflexus (complete guess on this one); right: Striatolamia macrota (I believe)
And more teeth...
These are just some cool teeth... love the colors and shapes...
Pristis lathami rostral spines that didn't make it into the display case; however, I put that awesome one just above and left of the vert in the case after taking this pic... that sucker is perfect minus a little tip damage...
Coprolite. Notice the small fish verts in it... This is my favorite turd!! ;)
  

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Into the Wilds of South Alabama
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Comments
Wow what a post! - 3/15/2011
Reviewer : dw from Summerville South Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
That is a really great site you're hunting. Congrats on the great finds! Super Post thanks for sharing! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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That Rick. Yes. That makes me salivate.

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great rics - 3/18/2011
Reviewer : DeloiVarden from South Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
I particularly like that 2" ric. The rics you are getting look to be early Eocene. Let me know if you ever want to trade something for it! I am looking forward to seeing what else you get from this spot. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Wow! - 3/22/2011
Reviewer : MikeDOTB from North Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
The long awaited post! Wow those teeth are in incredible shape! I looked through each picture and at each tooth hoping to see an Isurus Praecursor but I didnt see one. Do you find any/many Eocene Makos down there in Alabama? That Ric is superb though! And those teeth are awesome. Remember way back in 2010 when we were hitting Onslow Quarry, that really nice vert I found, that I put away until a month ago, it was ID'd and it was a saw shark vert! Anyways, great finds! Keep those reports coming, and if your hiding a mako or two somewhere, post it! Ha ha. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Your killing me with those rics!

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WOW! - 3/28/2011
Reviewer : hemipristis from
Total Rating : 10
Simply fantastic! I have SERIOUS fossil envy! Nice finds. Probably one of the best collection of single-trip finds I've seen on this site outside of Lee Creek. Well done! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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