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Documenting my finds at the Green Mill Run here in Greenville, NC as well as Aurora and other local places I visit.

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Pearly Whites for Great Whites!

I had a good weekend on the river this past Saturday and Sunday. I did some fishing and scouting for new dig spots. I have yet to find my own place where 1. no one else knows/digs that I am networked with 2. that produces decent quality and OK quantity. Saturday evening that was checked off from my fossil hunting bucket list, though. I plugged down the river in my lil 14' jon boat, saw some shells atop a bank that looked familiar to the fossil pecten in edgecomb county and made a quick dash to the shore! I had quite the struggle among the brush and trees between myself and these barely visible shells - but I made it, grabbed a very nice C. madisonius with some little barnacles atop of it. As I'm climbing down I spot something embedded in the rock/hardened clay and got so excited I literally laughed out loud. MEGLADON TOOTH!  -This I was not expecting, but welcomed! I pried it out, really neat color and sadly chipped away about a third - but still in good condition and a promising sign as I looked around and also found two beautiful little great whites almost pearly white! Such unique colored teeth for this part of eastern NC as normally my finds, like GMR, are darker grays and blacks and then you have the aurora teeth and hour east that these appeared more like in color but still different. I would love to know the minerals responsible for this coloration here. Anyhow, I returned with my Good digging partner, Rick, Sunday and we found a few more things that were alright. More to explore - more to come I'm sure! 







GMR Greenville, NC December 18 2016

Sunday, 12/18/2016, will be a day documented with great detail in my personal memory bank. As you read this, keep in mind, I am one of those people who remain in constant awe of the world around me; curiously exploring every little detail, often finding excitement in the things most would consider average or common. Every Trip I’ve made to Greens Mill Run these past three years has been one of such joy, excitement and inspiration – regardless of what treasures (and junk) I had found or imagined to find.

12/18/16 9:15 AM – I arrive to my usual parking spot, which I frequent most weekends and week day evenings through the spring summer months that the sun lasts long enough to get a few screens in after getting off work at 5pm. I am seriously addicted and will never be ashamed to admit it! ( of course, I miss the occasional weekend to go on fossil trips with groups in other places OR because of lil pesky hurricanes, like Matthew, flooding me out). Rain, cold, heat nor physical discomfort can keep me from going at least one day out of a weekend to get my dig on, and most of all – to find my peace of mind within the tiny spot of nature found near the heart of a small city.

I meet up with my favorite digging friend, Rick – who was in shock of the damage the city did along GMR to clear out the fallen trees within the creek. They had been clearing a wide road to fit a back hoe an extensive distance deep into the woods, just beside the stream, to remove the multitude of fallen trees left behind by Matthew. While they may have destroyed the beauty and protection of the banks – I do owe them some thanks for breaking up a couple banks in the process, releasing treasures!

We poked around and walked up stream slowly, heading towards I place we both wanted to hit up, a spot I didn’t have time to get into last weekend. I knew there were still things to be found - I had spent about 20 hours total there two weekends ago and still kept finding stuff. Within the week days since the weekend prior, they removed the fallen tree I wanted to dig by, pulling it up out of the stream. As I walked up, looking over the damaged bank and released potential, I look to my right (at 10:00 am) and cannot post here the exact words that came out of my mouth – but I will elude to it .. “Holy…” and Rick, right behind me,  immediately sees what I’m looking at, exclaiming “I .... hate you” jokingly.

I wouldn’t have believed it and neither would he had one of us came upon this discovery alone. Laying there in the clear water, glistening in the sun as it rested on hardened clay, was my very first complete, serrated and large Megladon tooth. She is a true beauty. We snapped photos in the water, where she lay, and then in hand – texting them to a couple people, bragging etc – it being quite "the find". It only took about 3 years of consistent trips to finally find my very own GMR meg in remarkable condition of such size!!



I kept digging. I found an AMAZING great white two hours later and a few smaller GW, Mako, Crow, tiger etc that are common for GMR (but still exciting to me each and every time I see one in my screen!).




Leaving around 2 pm, the love story of Mr. Ash and his first remarkable Meg followed.


We went home, I had a shower and my Meg had a bubble bath (I’m mildly OCD and have to disinfect everything I bring home).




Then, we went out for dinner, my Meg and I (oh and the GF) to celebrate! I wanted steak – we went to Ribeyes (AMAZING STEAK FYI). I got us a salad, but Meg said she doesn’t eat rabbit food and would wait for the main course.


Meg was a bit testy with the cook when they informed her that they do not serve Whale, but we settled on a nice medium ribeye.


Julie, my lovely lady with such kind heart-ed tolerance for my fossil obsession, drove us into the sunset, my meg and I – hand in..tooth…holding it..erm – to get a milk shake from Arbys.



We ordered some chocolate shake goodness and we headed home!

True love. (my GF getting slightly jealous at this point as I never share my shakes with her)


And finally, after such a long exciting day – we got tucked in for a good night’s rest before meeting all of my coworkers the following morning.



Any fossil lover can relate to the pure excitement and euphoria of their first meg find. I hope you can appreciate the visual representation of what loving a Meg, found after searching for so long, would be like J


GMR Entry #1 - June 2015 - October 2015

To date, I have found a few hundred shark teeth of assorted species and condition, around 100 belemnites and then various other items while screening for fossils at the GMR. This will be my first "trip report" blog on finds from all previous trips (June 2015-October 2015). These images are just the "best" finds within the things I've found at GMR to kick start the reporting I hope to do more timely and detailed with individual trip analysis. There will be several items/categories I am missing and will most likely mention in the future, especially the random "modern junk" I've come across in this creek.

Goblin Shark teeth? I find A LOT of these, but most are either in half vertically or missing one side of the root.

GMR Belemnites

Belemnites everywhere! I have actually started to control myself on these amber sticks glistening amidst the stream, I'm trying not to take more than I can look at!

GMR Blog 12 Tympanic Bulla

I believe this is tympanic bulla?

GMR Blog  07

I'm not sure why, but I really like these fish teeth so I get pretty excited each time I run across some.

GMR Blog 04 Mouth Plates

The few "larger" teeth I have found so far, even though it's in pretty poor condition, the largest one there had me stoked for days as it was my first large find. I am pretty sure my co workers wanted to stab me with it after the first day of trying to show everyone!

Not sure what these are, wonder if they are possibly vertebrae? I find a lot of rusted looking flat rocks like this varying in sizes.

GMR Blog 10 Bones P 1

And then some random finds and bones (I'm pretty sure one was a chicken bone from a Sunday picnic :P). I'm always very happy with my trips to GMR, even if I went for an hour after work one evening, there is always a neat little find that makes it worth while! The scene can be quite relaxing if you have time to walk a bit into the stream, but the smell always keeps you from forgetting what you are in and not to put your hands near your mouth! :)


Meet your Host, Mr. Ash!

Hello, I'm Ash.
I'm long winded when I type. I'm an oxymoron in who I am, what I do, how I am perceived and also how I perceive.

This initial blog post is not going to contain anything more than a get to know me, so if you want to read about my fossil finds, go ahead and skip to the next topic. For those who end up finding interested in what I have to say beyond the fossil finds, you may come back to this post with hope to understand my through process. This is the background of my life, the reference guide and index you may find yourself referring too when I fail to put all of the puzzle pieces in one convenient place (in future posts).

I'm a 28 year old man with the heart of a 10 year old boy and the spirit of a true pisces. I have "severe ADHD" and a personality that is VERY easily obsessive/persistent on subjects as well as extremely random/impulsive at times. I have always LOVED the wonders of the past and while attending ECU for media production, I discovered the academics in Anthropology. I ended up getting a BS in both Communications and Anthropology - I work in a completely unrelated field post graduation.

I have resided in Greenville for 10 years and 5 months to date, having moved from a childhood spent outside the Ft. Bragg area of NC, most of which was on a 200 acre "farm". We were not farmers in the way one farms for a living but instead my father farmed as a hobby and enjoyed having enough land to distance the unwanted crowding while maintaining ease of access to conveniences of the small cities.

I could not appreciate my fathers land for the depths of history it holds until my mid 20's. I will hope to have a blog dedicated to that topic/region solely in the future. For now, I share that the childhood finds of native american artifacts in freshly plowed fields, mud floor houses built in the early 1800s found burried in wild wooded chunks of land and the summers spent on the OuterBanks of NC are the sparks and fuel stemming the continuous desire to explore, uncover, understand and document the history of the earth beneath me.

The intention of this blog is to share my personal growth as I learn about the world of Paleontology at the GMR and surrounding local areas of eastern NC. I hope to document my finds and really encourage any feedback/criticism on these reports as I learn how to ID my finds!