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A bunch of croc!

During the last two years there has been a lot of dinosaur material recovered in South Carolina. The decision was made to write a book on the "Mesozoic Reptiles of South Carolina" by two prominent paleontologists. I've assisted in the collecting of material as well as providing information on the age of the layers producing the material.The age of 66-78 million years old places the material in the Late Cretaceous period. The majority of the material comes from the Black Creek Group which is Campanian. Isolated pieces have been reported since the early 80's but little information was collected as to the actual layers it came from. During my search for the origin of some of this material I discovered a considerably large lag layer of mixed Cretaceous, Paleocene, Miocene and Pleistocene fossils. With the permission of the County Supervisor I've started a formal excavation of the layer. The dinosaur material has been easy to identify, as well as the numerous shark species. The crocodile material consists of species that existed during the Cretaceous and Paleocene. Megalodon teeth are the prominent Miocene fossil. The Pleistocene material consists of numerous shark species as well as tapir, horse, mastodon, capybara and beaver. Thousands of pieces of freshwater, and marine, turtles have been recovered. The most abundant trace fossil is crocodile coprolites. Hundreds of them! The excavation will be concluded soon so that the material can be added to the publication. Some of the material will be put on display at the county museum in Kingstree.
Location Williamsburg county, South Carolina, USA

ID675
Memberpaleobum
Date Added10/7/2006

A.Bottosaurus crocodile tooth. B.Thoracosaurus crocodile teeth. C.Great white shark teeth. D.Mako shark tooth.
A.Ostraciid (boxfish) dermal scutes/Paleocene. B.Hybodus shark dorsal spine. C. Bottosaurus posterior crushing teeth.
A. Crocodile coprolites. B. Horse teeth. C. Turtle shell. D. Sperm whale tooth. E. Whale bulla (ear bone).
A. Crocodile scutes. B. Bottosaurus crocodile vertebrate. C. Crocodile femur.
  

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