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The "Tick".

I think Mrs. Bum wanted to wrap my Christmas presents today. She surprised me by reminding me that I hadn't been out collecting in six weeks. She said I had developed a tick in my left eye that meant I was going through withdrawal. I've been traveling back and forth to Florida helping my father after his stroke. I hadn't realized that it had been that long. But there was a front and back yard knee deep in leaves that needed racking. So I instantly realized that she was up to something. But who am I to question the wisdom of Mrs. Bum. The next step was to decide where to go. Since Xipodan had been in the area recently I figured he had found all of the Oligocene material. And since it hadn't rain in weeks I ruled out the Eocene pits. That left The Pleistocene, Miocene, Paleocene and Cretaceous. I knew where there was a lag area that had Cretaceous, Paleocene and Pleistocene all mixed together. Three out of four would do the trick today. So I drove off to the pit and within a few minutes my eye tick had gone away. Wise Mrs. Bum! When I got to the pit I found that mother nature had thrown a wrench into my plans. The side of the pit, where I had exposed the lag area, was now covered with dirt. The whole side of the pit had collapsed. That's when the eye tick returned with a vengeance. Not wanting to waste a two hour drive, and suffer permanent eye damage, I grabbed my shovel and went to work. It took two hours to get the layer exposed again. Every time I though I had it cleared the dirt above the hole would slid down. By then I was sore and wished I had remained home and raked leaves instead. Instead of trying to sift through the layer there I decided to fill a couple of buckets and take them home. By the time I got home I had regained my energy enough to clean the material. It turned out to be a good haul. But I did notice one thing when I got home. The lawnmower had been move in the garage. Been hiding something in the garage attic Mrs. Bum? HO! HO! HO!
Location Williamsburg county, South Carolina, USA

ID732
Memberpaleobum
Date Added12/17/2006

After screening the two buckets of material I ended up with this mess to clean.
After cleaning it's time to inspect and sort.
This is the crocodile material from today. It's mostly Bottosaurus from the Cretaceous.
A few of the better croc teeth. Some of the crushing teeth are really worn down. It makes you wonder what these large off-shore crocodiles were eating. Perhapes ammonites?
Some of those shark and ray thingamajigs.
A lot of fresh, and saltwater, turtle material is in this lag layer. Most of the pieces have bite marks.
A few pieces of fish.
  

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