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1 1/16" Tiger Shark Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Galeocerdo cuvier
1 1/16" Tiger Shark Tooth
1 1/4" Tiger Shark Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Galeocerdo cuvier
1 1/4" Tiger Shark Tooth
1 1/16" Great White Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharodon carcharias
This is a lower tooth from a juvenile shark. Notice the small 'cusps' on both sides of the blade where it meets the enamel. This feature is rare, and is only present in young whites....
1 7/8" Benedeni Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
lateral tooth in fantastic condition. Perfect tip, sharp edges, perfect root....
2 5/8" Angustidens Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles angustidens
I can't say enough about this tooth. I found it the day after Hurricane Floyd almost came here. Instead, it dropped a TON of rain and really rinsed out the creek. No real damage, but my power was out, so why not go look for teeth?? I brought this one home. Just hanging out of the edge of the wall as clear as day. Beautiful marbling. Blue & grey with tiny little white lines running all through it....
Capybara - Lower Jaw   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Hydrochaeris holmesi
Here is a jawbone from a Capybara - a giant rat. Every tooth is intact, and it still has the tusk inside! It is the black piece that is visable through the hole toward the center and again on the lower right side of the fossil....
2 7/16" Great White Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharodon carcharias
The best Great White I have ever found! Beautiful deep orange enamel, near perfect root, savage serrations, and sharp tip....
2 5/16" Angustidens Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles angustidens
This is one of the first teeth I found that could qualify as perfect. I was digging in a hole very carefully because I thought I had found a whale skull, and I managed to pull this out whole. What I was digging for turned out to be a large rock. Back then, I didn't really know much about teeth, I just knew this was a nice one. It has a great dark grey enamel, a perfect root and bourlette, sharp cusps, serrations, and tip. Only 3 or 4 missing serrations hold this one from the coveted 100% grade....
1 1/8" Parotodus Benedeni Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
I found this sifting a layer that was entangled in these massive roots. I chopped most of them out, then I splashed the hole to loosen the clay. Then I shoveled out the gravel and sifted it out in the bottom of the creek. This was the best thing I found that day, and it remains one of my most colorful benedeni specimens. It’s from a juvenile shark and dates from the miocene....
2 7/8" Megalodon Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles megalodon
The only brown meg I have ever found. Serrations are worn, but the blade of this tooth has a nice distinctive twist in it....
1 1/16" Giant Thresher Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Alopias grandis
Here is the second giant thresher I found. Its seen better days, but is still a complete tooth....
1 1/4"Giant Thresher Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Alopias grandis
This is the first giant thresher tooth I ever found. I've had it since I was a kid, but back then, I had no idea how scarce these teeth really were....
Shark Vertebra   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Unidentified - Shark
These are the fossilized remains of Shark Vertebrae. Sharks have cartilage bones, so it seems like these, too would disappear with the rest of the deceased shark's carcass, but amazingly enough, they are relatively common. I find at least two or three of these everytime I go fossil hunting, although they are rarely this big....
Stingray Tooth plate   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Unidentified - Ray
This is a Sting Ray Tooth Plate. Sting Rays are close relatives of Sharks, but they have a whole different routine when it comes to eating. They feast mainly on crabs and shellfish, so instead of ripping and tearing when they eat, they crush their prey against these hard plates. These are usually broken in strips, so I only have a few of these. It has a remarkable texture to the touch....
Half of a Giant Sloth Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Megalonyx jeffersonii
This is a tooth from a Giant Sloth. I don't know much about them, except that they are related to the sloths of today. These things must have been huge judging from the size of this tooth!...
Tapir molar   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Tapirus veroensis
Here is the cap of a molar from a Tapir, which is a small relative of Elephants. Tapirs still live today....
Horse Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Equus sp.
here is a horse tooth. This one is broken in half. What you see is the top half which includes the crown abnd part of the root. I have never found a complete one....
Deer Antler   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Odocoileus virginianus
Here is a petrified deer antler I found at a land site. The rounded part that is to the right is where it attached to the animal's head....
Dolphin Teeth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Porpoise - Dolphin
These are dolphin teeth. Check out the one on the left. It is pathologic in that it has two tips. Very cool!...
3 1/2" diameter Horse Vertebrae   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Equus sp.
This is a complete horse vertebra I found scuba diving in one of the creeks of the Cooper River. Thanks to Lee for the positive ID....
3 1/2" Squalodon tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Squalodon atlanticus
This is a fantastic specimen from an extinct whale. They are seldom found with the root intact....
1 1/16" Oligocene Parotodus Benedeni   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
This is another oligocene tooth, but the cusps are less pronounced - they are little more than bumps on the blade where it meets the root. Its still a perfect specimen from one of the spots that I don't make it around to very often anymore....
3 1/4" Squalodon incisor   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Squalodon atlanticus
This is the front tooth from a squalodon in a nearly perfect state of preservation....
5 1/2" Whale tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Unidentified - Whale
I found this back in the glory days of the big ditch - before anyone knew about it and before they started driving the big construction machines down through the middle of it, crushing all the fossils. Yes, I found this immense tooth digging in the bank in one of the best layers I ever saw anywhere. This is a GIANT! It weighs almost half a pound and still retains the classic shape. Even though the enamel has been worn away from the cap (left side of photo), this still remains a fantastic fossil....
Archaeocete Pre-molar   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Zygorhiza kochii
Archaeocete Pre-molar
Archaeocete Molar   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Zygorhiza kochii
Archaeocete Molar
Archaeocete Canine   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Zygorhiza kochii
Archaeocete Canine
2 7/8" Parotodus benedeni   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
A giant benedeni from an inland quarry. Gorgeous!...
2 7/8" Angustidens Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles angustidens
This tooth has actually been in my collection the longest. It has a dull grey color - not too fantastic in that respect, but it does have two other, more interesting qualities. First, it is a lower tooth - you can tell because of the shape. Second, it is mildly pathologic. That curvature near the tip is not a regular feature (called a hook). Not to mention it is 2 7/8" long. And it did not come from the creek! Instead, it came from a large drainage ditch that feeds into the Ashley river....
1 1/2" Great White Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharodon carcharias
Here is another awesome upper anterior tooth. I had never found a Great White tooth before today, and I found two at once....
1 7/8" Great White Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharodon carcharias
This is the first Great White I ever found. A killer upper lateral specimen....
3/8" Hammerhead shark tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Sphryna laevissima
A perfect little tooth...
5 7/8" Sperm Whale tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Scaldicetus
Its amazing to remember back to the day I found this tooth. Not only did I find this (I thought it was a tusk of some kind then), but I also found a 5" meg and a nice squalodon tooth. To this day, this is still the biggest sperm whale tooth I own or have ever seen. And it is in magnificent condition, to boot....
5" Megalodon Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles megalodon
a complete tooth - no bourlette, no serrations, but I love this tooth! It’s the first 5" tooth I ever found digging....
3 1/2" Squalodon Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Squalodon atlanticus
This is a tooth from toward the front of the whale's mouth, but not an incisor....
1 1/8" Oligocene Benedeni   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
I found this tooth when I was a kid out at this spot we called the Sand Pits. My dad used to take us there about once a month and we used to pick up handfulls of teeth at a time. Most were small, and anything over an inch was usually broken. I had no idea back then that this tooth was such a treasure. It is the oligocene ancestor to the miocene species parotodus benedeni. There are distinct differences, and you can easily see them in the picture. First off, there is the size difference. An inch ...
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