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little meg on a long walk   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Thursday- January 3, 2008

  I have never seen the tide so blown out as this morning was.  The day to go would have been Wednesday because that was the first d...

nice crow shark tooth from NJ   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA - Squalicorax Pristodontus
This is one of the most beautiful crow shark teeth I have found. Usually even the pristine unreworked specimens are fairly boring once they dry out, but this one has some character! ...
no xmas surprises   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
I was hoping to get lucky the day after Xmas and pull something really neat from this Cretaceous spot, maybe a nice Mosasaur or something, but instead just got the usual sharks teeth for the most part. Pictures are combined with another pretty short trip to the same spot on Sunday which was very slow. The most interesting find was a pristine nurse shark tooth, probably Cantioscyllium decipiens but it is too small for me to get a good picture of. ...
slow, deep, cold   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Not much in my last 2 trips to the Eocene/Miocene site. Dug a long time on Saturday and hit a little pocket of teeth but I couldn't tell where they were coming from. And Just as quickly and unexpectedly as they appeared the pocket completely dried out. The best find was probably the first ray scute from the site. Isolated ray piece plates are overwhelmingly abundant and I had been wondering for a while why we didn't find any scutes. But finally I got one. ...
Rainy Day at the Beach 12/30/07   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
I headed to the beach on Sunday, and got there late as usual, around noon. At least 3 hunters that I knew of had already hit the beach that morning. I hoped that they hadn't found all the good stuff, though, and I wasn't disappointed.
As it turned out, the first find of the day was also the best! Approaching my favorite spot, I saw another hunter searching the exact little area I was heading to. He left just as I got there, and as soon as I started searching, I spotted a near-pe...
2 3/8" Mako from Calvert county   Calvert County, Maryland, USA - Isurus hastalis

The interesting thing about this tooth are the cool wrinkles on the labial side.

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catching up...Trip from 12-23-07   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

The tide was high and winds from the east making for difficult conditions. I decided to hunt the shell line from the high tide the previous night. About 20 minutes later I saw a large Mako partialy burried in the sand. I could only hope it was whole. I plucked it from its resting place and cleaned it off. It was complete and at 2 3/8" my best from the bay. After that the rest of the day was uneventful with only small teeth and some assorted bones.

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Tried my luck a second day.   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Today is Sunday and after the monster mako yesterday I just had to try my luck again. My goal was to dig a large section of matrix and hope for the best. I finished off the little area the mako came out of. Hit another spot right beside it…Then still with no luck decided to start attacking a rather large pile. I went through tons of matrix. Thr...

Sweet Center   Calvert County, Maryland, USA - Notorynchus primigenius
laying on the beach looking for a home and along I came...
Calvert Cliffs Mako   Calvert County, Maryland, USA - Isurus hastalis

Digging through zone 17 in a slump pile and this little guy says hello...By far the largest Ive seen from the bay!

 

And on formation at the bottom it doesnt say choptank as a possible choice.??? Thats where the tooth came from.

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M---A---K---O   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Woke up late and headed to the beach. Ive been doing a lot of hunting at Matoaka  Cabins on the Choptank formation lately.  Anyway met two nice me I believe their names were Bob and Chuck. They hadn’t had to much luck at my favorite spot so they were walking out and I st...

Strange little Meg from the cliffs   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
On Thursday December 27, I headed out to my favorite beach on the Bay. I got there later than I had hoped, around 9 am. I knew that the beach had already been hit by several other hunters. Walking through the water to the hunting grounds, I met a friend of mine, who is a very good hunter, who was heading in. He said that the beach was pretty well picked over even before he got there, and as we were talking, another hunter was coming up from behind me. Needless to say, my expectations were prett...
second chances   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
I decided to give this Cretaceous spot a second chance this weekend. It was very close to another spot which had been fairly good but for some reason when I checked it the first time this summer nothing turned up even though it looked promising. But on its second chance the teeth started to show immediately and some were in beautiful condition. I dug twice for about 8 hours and this is most of the haul. The most interesting find was the Xiphactinus (tarpon) vert, a fairly common fish find ...
cool and weird stuff from the cliffs   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

So I finally own a digital camera so you all should be seeing alot more good posts from  me...cliffs permitting.  Anyway here are some interesting finds Ive had from the Calvert formation within the last year.

The first is a mystery bone I found why wading in the water. Looks like an antler to me but its hollow inside?

A meg stuck in concretion I dug out of a pile in April.

And a large piece of fossilized woo...

Potomac 12-21-07   Potomac River, Maryland, USA

I started out my 2 hour trip heading for the cliffs along the bay but the tides and wind weren't cooperating so I ended up at the Potomac River. I didn't have any Otodus teeth in my collection so maybe today would be the day. There was dead vegitation all over the edge of the water where I normally find all my fossils so I headed down the beach looking for "clean" water. After a couple hundered yards the waters edge cleared up and I started finding some small teeth....

Half Off Surf and Turf!!   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

This report is from last Sunday.       I was able to get down to the cliffs for a while on Sunday morning and even though the wind was blowing from the NE which means larger than normal waves and therfore harder hunting it still beats staying at home!! With the waves being what they were I was scooping up anything that had that "black" fossil look.

I ended up doing ok. But both the ...

Retroflexus tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus retroflexus
This is the first really nice tooth I've found in the yellow ditch in a while. To be fair though, we haven't had much rain and the ditch really needs a lot of water to move the leaves and litter. People have just been throwing their garage trash (old wagons, paint cans, bikes, tarps, carpet, you name it) in the ditch. Its really slack! The weezling went with me on this trip, and he found a hammer in all the junk....
The Post of Christmas Present   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Today as I was cleaning the fossils from my latest shark tooth hunt at the yellow ditch, I looked upon the masses of teeth with whimsy and I wondered what it would be like if I weren't there to pick them up?

Only briefly could I bear to think of the sadness of these rocks with no one to appreciate them as they sat and slowly weathered away to nothingness in the dingy recesses of the creek. Rampant pollution of the waterway and prolonged exposure to the toxin...

nice megalodon   Craven County, North Carolina, USA - Carcharocles megalodon

I was very lucky to even find this tooth.  I had slipped down a little hill of mud and right in front of my face I seen the edge of a blade and thought that I had found a huge Great White but when I began to dig the tooth out I realized it was a little bigger than what I first thought.

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Playing in the mud.....   Craven County, North Carolina, USA

The wife and I decided to do a little hunting last weekend after the rain.  We probably should have waited a week or so because it was so muddy.  But I couldn't wait knowing with the large amount of rain that we received that there would be big teeth sitting right on top.  This day wasn't that case; it seems that the rain covered up all the teeth that would have been out there and instead we ended up s...

Marine Mammal tooth?   Maryland, USA
Daryl - Out in California it is not totally uncommon to find teeth from a prehistoric
precursor to thew hippopotymus called Demystylus (not positive on spelling). This looks like a multiple cusp tooth from a marine mammal bit not 100% sure.

Good luck finding an answer.

Bigpolarbear52...
Squalodon Whale Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Squalodon atlanticus

It’s amazing the root didn’t break off because it’s so thin. This is the best squalodon tooth I’ve found in a really long time!

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The Chandler Excursion   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

I decided to take a trip to the ditch down the street in my neighborhood. I went back to the same area of chandler that I dug from a previous trip where two angustidens were found. I started digging away and after an hour of digging still nothing. Then I start uncovering some whale bones and vertebrae.

Squalodon Whale Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Squalodon atlanticus

It’s amazing the root didn’t break off because it’s so thin. This is the best squalodon tooth I’ve found in a really long time!

 

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Unknown Fish? Fossil from Calvert Cliffs, MD   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

I found this odd shaped "bone-like" fossil several years ago along Calvert Cliffs, MD.  For some reason, I think it's some sort of fish bone/fossil, but not really sure.  I actually have two of these, and they are identical.  Anyone out there know what this is or have one like it?

Daryl.

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1.5" Spear tip   Lake Marion, South Carolina, USA

A nicely made Lowcountry chert spear tip. It is broken at the base, but the serrated edges and sharp point are intact.

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5" Pickwick Spear Point   Lake Marion, South Carolina, USA

This is by far my best Indian relic I have recovered to date. I am amazed at the degree of symmetry along the longitudinal axis; the blade has a centered mass as well. The edges are waved and sharp, and the tip is needle like. I think it is from the Late Archaic era a...

The Birthday Spear   Lake Marion, South Carolina, USA

A few Indian relics picked up near Lake Marion SC.

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Associated Megs???   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

This trip really could be called "Mixed bag part two".  I had time for a quick trip this morning and once again I found a good variety of neat things.

Highlights include some porpoise ear bones, one small porpoise tooth, a single but nice cow, a bunch of good snaggletooth teeth with one having a deep reddish color, and what looks to be a thresher tooth.  Lots of basic teet...

Lee Creek Whale Teeth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Unidentified - Whale
These two teeth were inches from each other. The longest one is 2 1/2" and the other is 2".  The smaller one still has some nice enamel on it....
Lee Creek Sand Dollar   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Unidentified - Other
This is the Sand Dollar featured on Elasmo.com...
oldies but goodies   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
A collection of material from a couple trips to a Cretaceous spot way back in the summer. Some of the findings are from stream screening and the smaller stuff was from closer inspection of material brought back home. Theres some pretty neat small stuff in there but I don't feel like listing it all. I am particularly fond of the juvenile Squalicorax teeth. ...
Makos but Meg-less   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

      Early in November I took a trip to Calvert Cliffs in Calvert Cliffs State Park.  Now, the park has a pretty tiny beach, but it seems to be less crowded, especially in the fall and winter because of the 1.8 mile hike to the water.  It was cold and windy but I managed.  I found two good makos; the first was 1.25" and the other was 1.85", both were of Isurus hastalis.  I als...

Perfect little Chub from Lee Crek   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Carcharocles chubutensis

The wife found this little gem when we we started to walk back to the bus from all the way in back.  It must have been walked over a bunch of times by this time of year!

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Nice Lee Creek Mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Nice Lee Creek Mako
Final weekend in Aurora   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

Last weekend the wife and I got lucky when two people canceled there trip into the mine last minute so we ended up getting one last trip.  When we first arrived the word was out that there had been two 6" teeth that had came out.  I was hoping that this day would be my lucky day.  Unfortunately this wasn’t my lucky day, it was the wifes.  She blew me away with all the teeth that she f...

Mixed bag from the bay   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

When going down to the bay this morning I didint get my hopes too high.  The last fossil hunt I was on was at the famous Lee Creek mine in NC, and it would be very difficult to top that.  The bay has been pretty picked over this summer/fall but I was hoping that some of the strong winds we had from the other day would release some new finds.

Over all this was a good hunt.  Nothing very large but some real nice...

Another small tooth day   Green Mill Run, North Carolina, USA

We had been at Aurora on Sunday the 25th and decided to stay over to search in GMR on Monday. On Sunday I found my smallest Meg ever. Little did I know it was going to be another one of those days. I had only been to this creek once before and didn't find a complete Great White that day so that was my goal today just one complete Great White to take back to Maryland.

The first thing I noticed was that there were little piles of sifted gravel as...

Peace River 12/02/2007   Peace River, Florida, USA

Well the weather this summer did not produce the normal rain fall that Florida is known for.  This leads to drought conditions that we soon will face.  It also leads to some amazing fossil hunting for this time of year.  The Peace river at the Arcidia boat ramp is about two and a half feet below normal!!!!!!!! 

 I went on my first solo trip an...

Tiny but perfect!   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Carcharocles megalodon

This is my smallest Meg tooth to date. This tooth was found just minutes before time to head back to the bus!!

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My first complete Chubutensis from Lee Creek   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Carcharocles chubutensis

It was down to the last 30 minute before the bus left and there it was. Just the root exposed in the bottom of a little washout. Never stop looking!!

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Slowly but surely   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

        I would like to thank BRF and PCS for the chance to enter into the mine. With all the reports of lack of rain to uncover fossils we decided that we would head in different directions until one of us found a promising area then we would work it over together. I had been walking about 20 minutes when I found an area of Pungo and Yorktown mixed. As I pondered where to go next I saw a serrated tip sticking out...

1 3/4 Richlands Archaeocete tooth   Onslow County, North Carolina, USA - Unidentified - Whale

This tooth was broke in about 5 pieces but I was able to put it back together and now it looks fairly nice.  Im just glad to have finally found one! 

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2nd Trip to Onslow Quarry in Richlands   Onslow County, North Carolina, USA

Made another trip to Richlands just to see if I could find my elusive Archaeocete tooth.  It finally happened!!!!  When we were getting ready to leave I decide to start searching real close to the ground to try and find some smaller teeth.  I saw a weird looking nub sticking out of some limestone and pulled it out not even thinking that ...

BRF's invite to the creek   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

First I would like to thank Black River Fossils for the invite to collect Lee Creek on Sunday.  The day was filled with a lot of first timers and it seemed like they all enjoyed them selves knowing that th...

Midnight attack on scientists cliffs   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Wednesday morning  540 AM standing on matoaka cabins beach looking out at the bay. It was dark cold and the moon was out but not that bright Windy north 8-12 knots. I said a prayer and jumped in the kayak and started the long journey  to scientists cliffs. Well that was the plan at least. After about a mile of waves crashing into ...

Is this Heaven?   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

This is my 1st trip to PCS and I have to say thanks to the mine and also to BRF for allowing me to hunt this past weekend. I had a great time. Met some great people, and found some firsts for my collection. No monster Megs up I did get my 1st Cow Shark, 1st Porpoise tooth, a couple nice Makos and a really nice Sand Tiger in Matrix. After the hunt I met Obsessed1 and Toofless at the Spoil Piles around Aurora. We started talking and realized we where all members of this site. &am...

Lee Creek 11/25   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

First off i want to thank Blackriver Fossil club for the chance to hunt at aurora.  I made a weekend of it, stopped by Green Mill Run on saturday afternoon for my first visit there.  Home football game there so the place was hopping.  Only two other people in the creek though.  No great whites but did get baggie full of nice belemnites (first i've found) and one decent crow shark, also a first for me.

On to the mine! I col...

ROOKIE AT LEE CREEK   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

November 24 was to be my  first day ever into Lee Creek.  I was fortunate and thankful to get a slot, and really had looked forward to this trip for a long time.  The fact that  the fall season was coming to an end, and the lack of rain was not helping out with the collecting conditions, didn't matter to me.  I really just wanted to get down there, hit Greenmill Run  the day before, take in the museum and hope for...

Dead Deer Smell Bad   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
This was our first trip in awhile and was worth the wait. Between me being sick and working on our living room we have havent been fossiing. The last time we did go it was in the low 70's !!! we were wearing shorts and i was barefoot. It wouldnt have been good for me to go barefoot, the high was gonna get to 43 and cloudy. So we layered up to keep nice and warm. Thanks to an accident are trip was delayed a few extra minutes but we were still on time to get there before low tide. On the first wal...
Colorful Summerville Angustidens   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles angustidens
I am very happy with this find. Its a beauty with nearly perfect preservation and incredible coloration. The tip and cusps are so sharp!...
The Payoff of Perserverance   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
It has been a while since hunting has been this sparse. The construction that I relied on for so long to dig deep holes for me is gone to areas where the fossils are deep or non existant. I have been relying on old spots to bring satiety to my hunting drive. Usually, the digs are more of a workout than actual fossil digs, but I knew that eventually my persistence would pay off and today it finally did. I hit a pocket of thick gravel when I spied the big blade of a megalodon. I carefully scraped ...
Frost on the Pond Scum   Green Mill Run, North Carolina, USA

Back on the 18th I found myself with an opportunity to get out for a morning of fossiling. I headed to ol’reliable GMR where I hoped to continue my trend of finding decent great white teeth. The temperature was 34 deg F as I pulled out of my driveway but the thought of not having hummingbird sized horseflys taking chunks out of my skin more than compensated for the cold conditions. Upon arrival I made my way up the path and s...

Miocene Peccary Tooth   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA - Hesperhys antiquus
A nice rare find on what was otherwise a very slow day. Unfortunately it isn't as well-defined as some others my buddies have found from the same site, but I'll take it! ...
slowing down   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
This is a combination of a bunch of short trips over the past couple weeks. Things have really slowed down for me and its getting pretty cold out there. The Peccary tooth is my best find, but its not nearly as nice as the other 4 I have seen from the site. ...
1 15/16 auriculatus   Craven County, North Carolina, USA - Carcharocles auriculatus

I am putting this under Angy's until I can figure out the age of the material we are finding the teeth in.

update:  12/09 found out the material we are finding the teeth in is late eocene.  so now this tooth will be listed under auriculatus.

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Darn....No more hills.   Craven County, North Carolina, USA

Last weekend we went out to check out our hills that we found the big megs at about a month ago.  When we got there we discovered that they have been moved.  We found the usual stuff and a couple broken re-worked megs.  Then as it always works with us when we were walking back to the car I looked down and found a small angy/ric??  Almost perfect except for one nicked serration.  M...

Onlsow Quarry in Richlands, NC   Onslow County, North Carolina, USA

This was a trip the wife and I took a few weeks ago to the quarry in Richlands, NC.  I was hoping to find an Archeocete or a Ric but when we first got into the quarry it didn’t look to promisi...

the real first   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA - Unidentified - Whale
This was the first of these teeth that I found back in the summer. See linked post for more details... It is a premolar of a protocetid archaeocete whale from the Eocene Shark River Formation of NJ. Protocetids are the oldest group to include the first fully marine cetaceans as well as the first group to leave India and the ancient Tethys Sea; sort of a missing link group which bridges the gap between the oldest amphibious whales and fully aquatic modern ones. These specimens look very similar t...
The Skunking Grounds   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I have been hunting a lot, even though I haven't been posting a lot. This is the sum of 5 hunts - about 15 hours of digging. I've known about this spot for a while, but the layer is so deep and the digging is so hard that I haven't hunted it for years. But I'm in famine mode now, so its back to the old spots.

The good thing about this place is the colors on the teeth - they are amazing!Plus there are big teeth there, but then comes...

Inversand trip, Sept 2007   Gloucester County, New Jersey, USA
I attended a trip to Inversand that was a pay for a slot gig with the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum (NJSM). The weather was poor, remnants of a tropical storm were going up the coast and the rain and cold wind was a poor start to the day. The sun broken out around noon but it was a struggle to make it that long.

Learning from pervious trips to this site I walked the area first and found a nice but worn 2-inch mako, probably from the Hornerstown formation. Here, to...
Snake Vertebra - Calvert County   Calvert County, Maryland, USA - Unidentified - Other
Unsure if this truly is a fossil, let alone the species....
A cold day at the Bay   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
11/9/2007

This weekend was suppose to be a quite time at the bay with just me and porpoise girl, however Jayson and Amy decided at the last minute to come down and Paleoscan was able to make it on Sunday so it became a fossil trip after all.

Low tide was in the morning and I had access for the weekend north of Paleoscans pad. Went there first and found one tooth. Thats rigth, one tooth... The water was wind driven and there was lots of sand on the be...
NC Oligocene finds   Craven County, North Carolina, USA
As a perk of my job, I am sometimes able to get into quarries that normally do not allow any collecting. Last weekend, I was able to do exactly that. I didn't find anything spectacular, but did pick up a few interesting teeth: 8 Pristis sp. sawfish rostral teeth, a Notorynchus, several Isurus praecursor, a Hemipristis curvatus upper lateral, and a few other small teeth. In addition, I found a crocodile tooth (Thecachampsa?) and an unknown tooth (lower left). All were from the Oligocen...
Large Summerville Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

A sweet large mako with awesome colors.

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Summerville Megalodon Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles megalodon
A nice whole meg....
Meg!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

DW called me and asked me if I wanted to do some hunting today. I of course was all for some hunting. I haven’t really hunted much since the past trip to Aurora. We decided to hit some old spots that we haven’t been to in awhile. Th...

dugong tooth   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA - Metaxytherium sp.
I finally got an ID on this one. Turns out it isn't peccary, or even gomp, but a left upper m3 of a dugongid, probably Metaxytherium crataegense, the common Calvert Fm. sirenian. The odd thing is that at most we have only found one small rib fragment of dugong at the site, while I know at other sites even where rib fragments are not uncommon, teeth are pretty rare. I should also humbly mention that this is probably the first dugong tooth known from NJ. ...
The best day I will ever have   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

After a short stay at one of my favorite beaches where I had no luck except for a inch long upper hemi. I went to another beach a few miles south. Private community so i was hoping even though I was late getting there I would be the first one on the beach. No luck at that I saw footprints walkin the entire beach. I however didnt focus on the beach because the water was extremly low! I was picking up some good size bones and all the sudden.....A sweet 2.5 chubby just laying on the bottom...

damn it feels good to be a digger   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
So basically it was a windy friday moning at one of my favorite spots on the cliffs. Tide was pretty far out but as i made my way down the beach I saw something that made me forget all about the tide. A FRESH FALL AND A BIG ONE. Well not a big one but a nice one. I walked towards it and hopped up. I could tell i want the first one to see it due to the fact that someone had already dug some of it up. But never the less I found some area that looked potentially promising. So about 30 minutes into ...
Halloween goodies from Lee Creek   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA
Not a bad day... nothing spectacular in the shark department, but still some nice teeth--2 2"+ xiphodons, 3 Notorhynchus and some nice cuviers, plus a couple of bird bones (1 complete), an associated set of sailfish? upper & lower rostra (top of photo), and a few seal parts (canine, vertebra, metacarpal and peridic (rare!). ...
unidentified mammal tooth   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA - Unidentified - Other
Looks like a Pliocene sperm whale tooth but this is probably early Miocene in age. It could also be a miocene land mammal canine so the waterwear will probably keep this unidentified. ...
2.375" eocene sand tiger tooth   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA - Striatolamia macrota
this is probably my largest sand tiger tooth I have found to date...
2.625" NJ mako tooth   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA - Isurus desori
my largest I. desori tooth so far from this site ...
back at it   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
These are my finds from a long 2 days worth of digging this weekend. I'm sore from it all but its always fun when you're finding teeth. The highlights are my largest mako and largest sand tiger from the site as well as what I'm going to say is a Squalodon tooth. ...
Ironman Toothapalooza (Fall '07)   Sarasota County, Florida, USA
This was the third and last Ironman dive trip for '07. It starts by my buddy Jeff and I towing the 7000 pound Parker across the state on a road thats just a smidge wider than the trailer. White knuckle driving at its best. But the bottom of the gulf littered with monster meg teeth is all I see when I grit my teeth and close my eyes each time we meet a on-coming semi on one of the to narrow bridges keeping us from the promised land...Venice Beach.
We arrived around midnight Friday and...
The drought is over !! My cup runneth over !!!   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Like many of my east coast counterparts, there has been quite a drought
here in Maryland for the last few months.  Fossil colelcting wise, there
has also been a bit of a drought finding any kind of quality size teeth.
Well, last week it finally rained for three and a half days, with some
heavy downpours mixed in.  I was chomping at the bit to see what the
resulting impact would be on the cliffs ...

Tiger Shark Tooth With Two Tips   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Galeocerdo contortus

I was with t$ one time when he found a flawless split tip tiger shark tooth and I have always regretting not beating him up and running off with it Now I am a member of the double tip tiger club, so I can let go of the past. Its nice to grow as a person, isn't it?

 

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Carcharoides catticus - Reef Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharoides catticus

I am always happy to find these little gems. They are so rare - I only find a few per year, and the yellow ditch is the only place I ever found more than one. This tooth is as perfect as they come and is so sharp! I bet it could poke right through a steak with no problem all the way to the root without breaking.

Now I want to eat some meat.

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Sometimes the Path Is Easy   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

We had a quick rain shower the other day so I drove down to my favorite ditch after I dropped the weEzlinG off at school. There weren't any footprints so I knew I had a chance at something good. About halfway through the hunt I spied a reef shark tooth fully exposed in the bottom of the ditch. Sweet. Its nice to rack when there is still more ditch to scour.

This place is hit or miss, but its better where the oligocene formations are exposed so they can erode so the b...

never leave fish (teeth) to find fish (teeth)   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Toofsnob and I braved intermittent heavy rain on Saturday for a few hours. It wasn't much fun and I found very little. Toofsnob actually managed to do pretty well despite it all by finding a couple nice chubs and an awesome eocene mako tooth. The only interesting thing I found was a dermal plate of an Ostracion sp. boxfish, the first from this site. On Sunday I broke an old fisherman's rule to go to another site that was some hours away and was completely skunked! ...
old trip   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
This is from back in the summer. I don't remember much except that it was hot and we only stayed a couple hours. Toofsnob and I went to one of my old spots and it had some potential. I got a few decent teeth, 2 fragments of Mosasaur, and a really beat fragment of a Xiphactinus tooth. The best find was a near pristine sawfish (Ischyrhiza mira) tooth that only has a tiny chip in the root. ...
The Beginning of an Obsession.   Sarasota County, Florida, USA

This trip is from May 2007.   I had just gotten my Open Water cert. in Sept 06 and this was my 1st true dive. Venice, Florida, and I could not have had a better time. Great viz, and I also found a couple things. I'm sure every collector has that "1st find" that no matter the size or condition, is just Cool.  I carry mine around in a Tupperware bowl trying to show anyone who will listen.----( Drives my...

2 1/2" Lower Great White   Craven County, North Carolina, USA - Carcharodon carcharias
2 1/2" Lower Great White
2 13/16" Great White   Craven County, North Carolina, USA - Carcharodon carcharias

My wife spotted this one from about 20 feet away!

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Almost 4" auriculatus   Craven County, North Carolina, USA - Carcharocles auriculatus

I found this one comming back up the hill and it was in a little pocket that made it impossible to see on the way down.  If it wasn't for the tip it would make it over 4" with out a doubt.

update: 12/09 find out today from one of the aurora guides that this tooth is actually a late Eocene Auriculatus.

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First Otodus, with pics hopefully   Prince George County, Virginia, USA
Update from my 10/22 trip report. Both teeth are a shade over two inches.  The cusps on the jet black ric are awesome.  I can't think of anything the other teeth could be but otodus, It's in great shape, has sharp cusps, and cutting edges like a mako. Opinions on my ID most welcome!...
4 3/4" White & Black Speckled Meg   Craven County, North Carolina, USA - Carcharocles megalodon

I got real lucky when I found this one.  I started to slide down a hill while still looking and when I came to a stop I was looking right next to a log and saw about 1/2" of enamel and a small section of  root.  I started to dig it out and was doing the please be whole chant the entire time.  Luckily it came out fairly decent with a little nick on the tip and&nbs...

The hills have teeth   Craven County, North Carolina, USA
Went out last weekend for a drive to look for new hunting grounds.  We came to one spot where there were some hills and we started to look.  We didnt really find that much except for one nice Great White.  So we walked for a ways and found some more hills and I was very sceptical because there was alot of sand in the material.  But when we got to the top, we found the first meg.  It was sitting right on top!  So we started looking more closer...
perissodactyl astragalus   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA - Unidentified - Other
I believe this to be an astragalus (ankle bone) from an early miocene land mammal. Rhino or entelodont are my best guesses from the size of the bone and the land mammal fauna previously found in the Kirkwood formation. If anyone can provide any further insight please contact me.

UPDATE: Definitely a perissodactyl astragalus. Probably rhino or tapir. ...
rhino tooth   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA - Diceratherium matutinus
my 2nd rhino tooth from nj and this one is in perfect condition...
back to my church   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Services ran long on Saturday and I got lucky and ran into a little pocket of pretty nice chubs. I even got 2 posteriors which I almost never find from the site. The area really didn't seem that productive, but it ended up being a good day even though I thought it was going to be a real slow one when I started. I even pulled out half of a 3.25" chub, and I was just relieved to see that it was already broken millions of years before my shovel could do the same job much more easily. ...
My first otodus (?)   Prince George County, Virginia, USA
Went with my kayak to the shore of river in Prince George County.  Didnot find much of anything, since we haven't had any rain to recharge the beach in so long.  I did find what i have to say is otodus obliquus, it is 2 inches long with large double cusps, looks just like a ric but has nice sharp cutting edge like a mako instead of serrations.  Pictured next to a killer 2inch ric a found on the previous trip.  check out those cups. if anyone has other ideas on...
Lee Creek - Oppressive in October   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

My much anticipated slot at Aurora came back on the 7th and with word of the large collecting area spreading like wildfire, expectations were running high. At the end of my early morning eastward trek, I made a pre-pit stop at the Aurora Fossil Museum to pick up a couple of containers of spoil material that I intend on using for fossil talks with Scout troops. Once by bins were full I headed for the parking lot where it was great seeing so many familiar faces going in on the ...

Baby Ric   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles auriculatus
Found this one in a small washout.  ...
2 7/8" Auriculatus   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles auriculatus

Missing a cusp and small piece of root but im not complaining.

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First trip to Larfarge   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

This was the first trip to Lafarge for both my wife and I.  We thought we wouldnt find that much when we first got into the pitt.  And it pretty much went like that until the last 45 min.  She found here first ric, its a little beat up but not bad for the first time.  Then when we were just about to give up and were starting our way back I found a little hole that someone was digging in ealier and to my surprise sitting right on top ...

4-1/16" C. Angustiden   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles angustidens

What a specatcular river tooth! This one flapped out of the sand. There is slight wear on the tip, and luckily has most of the bourlette.

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1-3/8" Oligocene P. Benedeni   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni

My first keeper of the day. Check out the cusps on this gem.

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The Ace of Blades   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA

After the success of last weekend’s hunt, what could possibly trump my success? There is only one card to play……..

I have been collecting steady for about 13 years now and recent trips to the Edisto have demonstrated that the elusive 4” killer angy is out there. Unfortunately for me, all I have found are frags and shame-ers. Myself and DW decided a mid-week hunt was in order to break the hustle and bustle of our busy grind. We loaded up the boat...

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