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First post- GMR- 2/26/10

Hi, this is my first post, sorry it’s a little late.  I’m an ECU student that discovered GMR held fossils a couple years ago during an ecology lab.  We were measuring current, aaaaaand I started to notice teeth peppering the gravel.  Needless to say, I got yelled at for not paying attention.  Ever since then, I would search for teeth in the stream on days I got bored.  Recently, I’ve started to become very interested in fossil hunting.  In the past, I have always simply walked the stream around the area where 5th street passes over.  It’s usually less than 6 inches deep (unless it recently rained, then it’s 5 feet deep!), and there’s tons of surface gravel to view. 

Anyway, I discovered this website and read some of the trip reports.  You guys have some awesome stuff to post! (envy) I’ve still only gone to GMR maybe 7 or 8 times, usually for about two hours, but I will be frequenting the stream more often.  Last Friday I walked around the usual area off of 5th St. from noon to about 2:30, slowly heading upstream.  I immediately found a 1½ inch enchodus tooth, followed by a broken root 1½ inch broad-toothed mako, and a split sawfish rostral tooth.  Later, I found a couple pycnodont teeth, along with a hundred other smaller/broken sharks’ teeth.  Upstream from the 5th St. bridge maybe about two football field lengths, I came upon an area that was a natural dam of sorts.  Lots of large granite rocks drew a line from bank to bank.  I was tired of walking at this point, but I figured a new place with gravel is worth checking out.  After a minute or two, I found the fossilized innards of some gastropod’s shell, followed by another worn root 1½  inch mako.  (Also, I brought a friend along, as I learned in the past not to fossil hunt alone or one might meet a hobo that wants to show off his buck knife!) My friend then found a perfect 1 inch tiger that had no root, serrations or enamel missing. (more envy)  Right before we decide to go grab lunch, I notice something stuck in between two big granite chunks.  Is it toothy?... yes! – A tiger tooth for myself!  It has a little enamel missing on the posterior surface, but other than that it’s nice, and a healthy 1¼ inches!  After that we scanned for one final minute and then went for steak biscuits at Cracker Barrel.

Thanks to other users of this website, I now have a new area to check out that, based on your awesome pictures from your better trips, might make it fun for me to try the area between Elm St. Park and a little past the 10th St. bridge.  I have also learned that most users of this site use shovels and sifters.  So, thanks to someone’s article, I now have two ½” wire mesh sifters made from wire storage drawers, zip ties and chicken wire.  Maybe now I can break the 2 inch tooth mark! (Below I have included pictures of this trip's findings, as well as my better findings from all of my trips.)

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Location Green Mill Run, North Carolina, USA

Date Added3/6/2010

My favorites from all my trips, including a stream-polished 1.5" mako, a 3/4" sawfish rostral tooth, a 1 1/4" tiger, a 1.5" enchodus, some belemnites and pycnodont teeth, a pathological crow shark tooth?, and my top favorites, two 5/8" mystery teeth! (croc?)

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Great first post! - 3/6/2010
Reviewer : MikeDOTB from North Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
I'm a regular at gmr on weekends, send me an email sometime and mybe we can meet up for a hunt. Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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