an old run....
I finally had some time to post this old trip....
I was once again fortunate to have a project in Pitt County
(some months back). Once completed, I had
some time to sling some gravel in the Green Mill Run in Greenville, NC. I was hoping to hunt with a fellow fossil
hunter; however, service to our country called him away from the creek.
So, once again, as a creature of habit, I made my way to the
tunnel area unaccompanied. I decided to
first check further upstream to see what Cretaceous finds eroded from the area Pee Dee formation.
I ended up finding my largest Exogyra costata that had some snail
predation holes and a wicked green patina to it (which it still had today).
I later spied a whopper that was comparable in size on the
bottom of the creek. The shell was still
“in situ” with the formation. After a
few minutes I finally released it and was shocked to find it was complete with
the “lid” intact. This was my second
complete specimen and it weighed a good three pounds.
I then dug around the bridge area with a usual broken and
worn teeth found. Included in the mix
was a nice little Carcharodon carcharias and my first echondus fang. I then found a good omen lying in my
screen. Sure enough, a few gravel scoops
later I saw serrations in the mix.
I ended up pulling out my third largest Carcharodon
carcharias, just at 2.25 inches. I just
love the coloration of it. Even though
the serration base was dinged, it is still a grade “A” tooth in my collection.
I continued finding the usual variety including Cretaceous
coffee beans (pycnodonts), small crows, cretolamnas, belemnites and a nice
little reptilian vertebrate which I believe is a mosasaur.
||Green Mill Run, North Carolina, USA