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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?)

Testing the muck and mire at GMR
Testing the muck and mire at GMR
Fun at the Run....
Fun at the Run....
Another small tooth day
Another small tooth day

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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