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  1. Hi - first post! A friend and I are taking our three kids (ages 6-8) to the Peace River this weekend. Our plan is to screen for fossils all afternoon Saturday, camp in tents at Brownville Park Saturday night, and maybe do a little more screening on Sunday if everyone is up for it. I hope the water won't be too cold for the kids to last for at least a few hours. A year ago my son and I camped at Pioneer Park and did well with small shark teeth and many other fossils in the Wauchula, Zolfo, and Gardner areas. I've never stayed at Brownville, but based on my reading it might be more fun than staying at Pioneer Park in terms of being on a more remote stretch of the river and possibly nearer to good fossil-hunting. It would be awesome to find a small meg tooth or two, but we're not counting on it! For those who know the area, are there decent gravel beds that we can actually walk to from the Brownville campsite, or should we drive to other locations? I've done a lot of searching on this forum and it seems that just about anywhere on the river can be good, but we'll have better chances of finding meg teeth or "rare" stuff the further we go from access points (and of course the deeper we dig). Just wondering if it's worth our while to spend our limited time looking near Brownville Park (upstream or downstream)? Again, we are foot-based for this trip. So excited for this trip - hope to post pictures soon after our return. Any tips appreciated!
  2. First Kayak Trip Of March

    Not the best finds but still a great morning out there. Cold outside to start but warmed up nicely!
  3. My 2013 Tucson Trip

    I haven't seen much said about the Tucson shows that ended this past weekend on the forum so here is a report on what I saw during the days I was there. I landed in Tucson Tuesday night Jan 29. I had heard a few dealers were already selling with more opening on Wednesay. I ran into Pat McCarthy at the airport. The next day, I visited friends at the Ramada and the Hotel Tucson City Center (many people, including me, still call it "the Innsuites" out of old habit). I talked to fellow Forum member isurus90064 for a while. A week before, he had not been sure he would be able to go but he made the trip. I saw some interesting shark teeth including a set of 15 juvenile megalodon from several east coast localities (Lee Creek, Bone Valley, Murfreesboro, and SC rivers). Over the years, the dealer had been throwing them in one-at-a-time to sweeten deals with a certain customer. Recently, that customer dealt them back to him as a lot. I don't know if he ended up selling it - nice looking group (various colors). The dealer also had a baby meg from the STH Bonebed on a piece of matrix with the tooth kind of a yellow-tan color. He also had an upper lateral STH meg on a small piece of matrix. One of the things I wanted to check at the show was the price range for hybodont spines. Another friend had been curious about the going rate for Heterodontus fin spines. With so few ever for sale, I figured hybodont spine values would at least provide a base price. I saw incomplete-but-decent spines from Morocco as low as $15 each but most were in the $25-40 range with one essentially-complete specimen offered at $120. I was also wondering what "shark-bitten" bones or pathologic bones were going for these days. I saw a couple around $25,. I noticed that several nice Notidanodon (large Hexanchus relative of the Cretaceous-Paleocene) teeth were available and was present when a couple of collectors purchased a few. They still run about $25 for an upper anterolateral and $50-100 for a nice lower anterolateral. Gene Hartstein walked up to me in Moussa's room (mostly Moroccan stuff). Gene is a shark tooth collector whom I met when I was a member of MAPS back in the late 80's-90's. It was great talking to him and I mentioned the MAPS EXPO I attended at which he brought a big load of Biggsville, Illinois teeth (Mississippian age stuff he had collected at a temporary exposure) back in 1994 or 1995. He recalled trading with me when I was a "kid." I guess I was in my mid-20's then. I think 20-somethings are kids now too. While I was looking at all the Moroccan stuff, a small group of guys were talking amongst themselves about what they were seeing in the room. It was apparent that they were paleontologists because they were quickly identifying even rather fragmentary fish and reptile remains and they used more technical terms than the average collector. They were looking for dinosaur and oddball croc material from the Kem-Kem beds but they also set aside a big Globidens tooth from the phosphates. Friday morning, I had a sore throat and went downhill from there, feeling really bad by the late afternoon. I spent much of that day just sitting. I was flat on my back with the flu Saturday, the first day of the show, and was out-of-action Sunday and Monday but was starting to feel better Sunday. I wasn't that congested but was very weak and had no appetite with headaches in the morning. I had some body aches but I had been sicker with the flu before so I counted myself lucky. I was eating just pineapple from the hotel's breakfast buffet for a couple of days but drank a lot of fruit juice and water. I felt well enough to go back to the shows on Tuesday. Of course, being away the first weekend meant I missed out on seeing a lot of great stuff. One of my friends from Japan had left "get well" gifts for me with another friend. They are three "Aquatales" mini- models. The same company (Kaiyodo) that made the little Chocolasaurs prehistoric animal models also made numerous other sets. The Aquatales are all modern marine organisms. He had given me a couple in the past and I bought a few as well. The ones he gave me this time were a whitetip, a hammerhead, and a whale shark. They are very high-quality/detailed. One of the dealers had a Squalicorax falcatus skeleton from the Niobrara. There were several associated teeth, a vertebral column that extended to the upper lobe of the tail, and some cartilage from the fins. He also had his usual assortment of Niobrara shark teeth (Cretoxyrhina, Ptychodus, Squalicorax). A dealer in one of the tents behind the Innsuites specialized in those Cretaceous fossils (fishes, crustaceans, etc.) from Lebanon. In fact, he is a member of the family that owns a quarry there. He showed me a small shark specimen that still had teeth with it - visible with magnification. I couldn't identify the teeth which seemed too broad-crowned for a scyliorhinid (but it could have been one of those). I wondered if it was a baby Squalicorax. He showed me a copy of a book co-written by family members. It had a lot of great photos and I considered buying it. One of the photos was of a Cretodus tooth. Another ballroom dealer had some Late Eocene teeth from Morocco including a number of small Carcharocles sokolowi and a few larger ones but none of them were priced. I wasn't really interested in buying one so I didn't ask for the range. He had some of the smaller species (Galeocerdo eaglesomi, I. praecursor, S. koerti, etc.) too. On Wednesday I returned to the Ramada to see dealers I had not seen open the week before. A friend had something to show me. He started unwrapping some teeth as he recalled that I had sent him an article years before about a shark he had not heard of previously. The teeth belonged to Cardabiodon, a rare Cretaceous shark (one of the larger lamniforms). He started unwrapping more teeth including matrix and cartilage chunks that had teeth in their jaw positions. He had some vertebrae too. He had found a partial skeleton with much of the dentition. He figures more teeth are within the chunks so he is going to carefully clean it all. I assumed it was from a secret site on a ranch he has access to. There will probably be a paper on his find sometime in the future. Later, I wandered around the Innsuites and struck gold. After the first weekend, a paleontologist had set up a table with two boxes of publications for sale. He used to do SEM photography and thought he would try unloading some duplicate articles he had collected over the decades. A lot of it was AMNH stuff but there were some oddball pubs in there too and it was all very inexpensive (some papers only $1 and a lot of great old stuff for $2-5). I went through some of it and noticed most of them were on fossil mammals, including Eocene stuff. I asked if he had any shark papers. He said he had only a couple. Unfortunately, I had only enough time to leaf through about 10% of it before having to get back to help a friend. I picked out and bought a handful of articles. Later that day, I went back to look through the boxes of articles again but one of the French dealers, a guy who likes mammals, was there and he had set aside a big stack already. I flipped through the box I had started before and continued to find more good stuff. Over the next few days, I went back to make sure I didn't miss anything really interesting. In the end I went home with my own flatfull of stuff. Thinking about publications, I visited Black Hills' sales area in one corner of the Innsuites ballroom. They are one of the few dealers with a lot of books. I was hoping they would have a copy of Cappetta's update to the Handbook on Mesozoic and Cenozoic chondrichthyans but they didn't. I bought two small Early Eocene teeth from Morocco. The dealer had marked both teeth (each about 1/2" long) as "symphyseals" and I did identify one of them as that (an Otodus) but thought the other might be an Otodus baby tooth. It has the "Parotodus look" some of us have talked about in another thread. I also considered buying a nice Dalpiazia (Cretaceous sawfish) rostral spine in matrix but was low on cash by that point and ended up passing on it. You go through money quick at the Tucson shows. I wasn't sure if I had a loose specimen already, but after getting back home, a search through my Moroccan collection did not turn up one. One day, I took a close look at a Xiphactinus skull in matrix. It had a couple of Squalicorax falcatus teeth around the edges. I noticed one of the teeth was unusually large for the species and even went to the trouble of measuring it. It was an inch along its greatest dimension. The dealer said it was the largest he had found. In case anyone is interested in celebrity sightings, I saw Steven Seagal one day at the show. He was talking with a couple of dealers. On my way to the airport, I stopped at the Electric Park to buy some prep supplies (Kent's Tools) and visit some friends. Getting the flu kept me from seeing who-knows-what - probably missed out on a cool tooth or two. I visited the Congress Street tent only once and rather briefly and never did get over to the Fossil Co-op. I heard there were fewer dealers over there. Those two little symphyseal teeth and some horn corals were the only fossils I took home. I picked up some interesting papers so it was worth going to the show.just for those and to see old friends. Jess
  4. Hey Guys, Met up with Madduck this morning for a quick fossil hunt. It was really cold and hard to focus on the ground with our watery eyes and running noses . Despite the cold, we managed to find a few teeth and had a good time talking about our fossil hunting exploits and life in general. For those of you that have not met him, your missing out. A real nice guy. He may post some of the finds here in a bit if he hasn't yet, but I did manage to get a good ground shot of a tooth in situ I think you guys call it. There are three shots, one further away and a closeup, both before I pulled it out and one after. The lighting isn't so good and my phone camera is pretty poor, but the pics capture how easy it is to miss these a decent tooth. Thanks Jason
  5. Hi Folks- Similar to my post on Mazon Creek 2012...here is my post for Florida fossils in 2012. Mostly a few trips to Mazon Creek and other locations. All trips were led by Mark Renz of Fossil Expeditions.
  6. A Nice Surprise In The Magothy River, Md

    One day i decided since I live about an hour away from Calvert Cliffs MD and I always have to get my mom to drive me there to try and check a local beach about 5 minutes away from me. This beach is on the Magothy River in MD and has some small cliffs so i figured it was maybe worth something. It looks a little bit like Calvert Cliffs but it's a whole lot smaller. So my friends and I started to walk the beach and look for whatever we could find. I found some brown rocks that sort of looked like coral but i threw them back because they didn't look that interesting. My friend was looking for rocks to skip when he found an arrow head right away. Now that got my hopes up really high because if i couldnt find shark teeth i would sure love to find an arrow head! So i kept looking and finally found some small shark teeth and i was hooked right away. I never would of thought that there would be shark teeth 5 minutes away from me! So i found several teeth and called it a day knowing i would probably come back to the same beach as much as possible. The teeth that I found might not look like much but it's a good start. Maybe there could be bigger teeth there. I always thought that the Magothy river had nothing since I have lived near it for several years and have been boating many times on the river. I would go to Calvert Cliffs and the Potomac River most of the time to collect. But now i can find decent fossils and maybe an arrow head or two right in my backyard!
  7. A beautiful day it was indeed for fossil hunting as I decided to go to the Lake today and enjoy the day. Watching the birds, the mist on the lake and the beautiful colors was enough as I set out to collect this morning. I intended to go for just the small fossils but I can easily get sidetracked and ended up with some ammonites and echinoids as well. I should also mention that I ran into Garyc and his wife, very nice couple. I hope I was beneficial in my "garbled up" fossil talk to them. Following are most of my finds for the day (as well as a few finds from the North Sulphur River the other day). Ammonites found (and working on cleaning): The ones definitely going in the yard for future use outside: A few echinoids (including the ones in their usual bath)- I always like to give them a good bath before I go through them and figure out what gets tossed outside v. what gets kept inside: Small ammonites, etc: Small fish verts and various types of teeth: And then of course my two favorites! And the I'm not so sure what this is...looks like a jaw, but I have no clue what kind: North Sulphur River finds, next post...
  8. Hello, I will be in Florida in April with my wife and four year old son, and I wanted to take them somewhere to hunt for fossils, preferably shark teeth (Megs). We will be in Orlando (Disney) for a couple days then driving down to Siesta Key / Venice area to go to the shark tooth festival and weather permitting, do a couple shark tooth dives. However, since the wife and son will not be diving with me, I wanted to take them fossil hunting on land or in the shallow areas of the Peace River. I was wondering if anyone could please provide any information on good places a family can go to hunt / find fossils. We will be obtaining our fossil permits before we arrive so we can collect fossils other than shark teeth as well. Any help and or advise would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
  9. I’m planning to go to a place called Abbey wood, London, Kent on an organised fossil hunt it’s a family oriented field trip so shall be taking my son. Apparently it can be very good for shark teeth finds and knowing there are many shark teeth hunters here. We were wandering what sort of equipment would be recommended apart from a strong back and keen eye . http://www.abbeywood.ukfossils.co.uk/
  10. Hi to all! I will post my shark teeth collection here from time to time. Hope somebody will enjoy it ))
  11. The new testament, aka Henri Cappetta's latest shark tooth bible in the Handbook of Paleoichthyology series is out. Anyone have it yet? I have been waiting a while for this but 360 Euro... yikes!!! http://www.pfeil-verlag.de/ef1.html Handbook of Paleoichthyology Volume 3E CAPPETTA, H.: Chondrichthyes · Mesozoic and Cenozoic Elasmobranchii: Teeth 2012. [in English] – 512 pp., 459 black-and-white figures. 30.3 x 21.5 cm. Hard cover ISBN 978-3-89937-116-1 Euro 360.00 series: Handbook of Paleoichthyology
  12. Hello, all... I've attached front/back photos of our the two biggest teeth my wife and I have found in the Calvert Cliffs area. My wife and I found the 2-inch tooth on the left many months ago while sifting sand -- we don't think it ever made it into the bay. We've been thinking that it is an upper tooth from an Isurus hastalis mako -- does anyone disagree? The tooth on the right I picked up in the surf yesterday. Slant height is 1 and 5/8 inches. Is it a megalodon tooth, or subauriculatus/chubutensis? Or maybe a transitional? Unfortunately the one side where a cusp might be is chipped, and the other side (to me) is inconclusive. Is it also possible to guess at the tooth position? Regardless of what it is, I am thrilled to have found my first megatooth shark tooth, relatively small as it may be! The other photos are of a vertebra that I plucked out of the muck a few weeks ago. Someone looked at it and said small whale cervical vertebra, but if anyone wants to try to provide more detailed information it would be most welcome. If further photos are needed for a positive ID I can certainly post more. Thanks for having a look, and thanks to everyone here for making this a great forum -- we have learned a lot while lurking!
  13. It has taken me a decent amount of time to post this pic. Back in May 2012 we were in Cau Dai Beach, Vietnam (south of Da Nang) as part of a family vacation. Before we left for the vacation my son asked me if I thought we'd find any fossil shark teeth on the beach. I did a Google search and it came up empty, so I said "no." On our first hour on the beach he came up to me and said "look dad, i found a shark tooth." Here are a few of the fossil material we found with a few hours of walking the beach. None of the locals had any idea of what we had found and were surprised when we told them they were fossil shark teeth (although it may not have translated well).
  14. Hi all, I have a fascination with shark teeth (and have a few smallers ones found in Florida when I was younger. I was looking to buy a genuine unaltered Megalodon tooth. Does anyone have suggestions for a reputable company? Thanks!
  15. Flea Market Finds

    Hello all. Back in late July, I was in Maine on vacation. I had no hope whatsoever of finding fossils, but,... I was lucky. I ran across a flea market, and a nice gentleman there was selling shark teeth for cheap. He made some of the nicer ones into necklaces. He had a large jar he let me sort through, and I picked out the ones I liked best. The only info he had was that they were from Florida. I picked out a few for my kids, and for a modest couple of bucks, I had six shark teeth - of which I know very little about. Here they are, with feeble attempts at an ID. If someone would be so kind as to nail the species down a bit better, I would have 2 happy kids on my hands. 1. Meg or chub posterior? 2.??? 3. Lemon? 4.,5,and 6. - Makos? Thanks for looking and for any comments/ID assistance. Regards,.
  16. Need Help Figuring Out What I've Found

    I recently moved the the Jacksonville area and go to the Ponte Vedra beach. I've been hunting shark teeth and whatever else I thought might be a fossil of some sort. I was hoping that you all might be able to help me figure out what I am finding? I tried uploading a few pictures but it didn't seem to work. So here is a link to the different photos I have of the fossils I've found. It is my Facebook but I have the album set to public so there shouldn't be any trouble viewing them as long as you're logged into your Facebook. One looks like a reptile head to me? And the teeth I am curious what kinds I have. The long skinny ones? The white one? Thanks for any help!! TIffinee https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4237223244352.2173737.1098617424&type=3
  17. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120808141957.htm It's a really interesting article.
  18. Calvert Cliffs, Md

    I took my family to the Matoaka beach cabins in St Leonard, MD. We had a great week collecting along the beach. And at nearby Flag Pond. Found decent teeth as well as large crab claws, bone and a nice croc tooth. Best teeth were found by my wife who collected a nice mako and posterior meg.
  19. Are These Shark Teeth?

    I was on vacation in Pensacola Beach Florida and while looking through shell remains close to shore I found These 3 little tooth looking objects. My dad insists they are shark teeth but they look too dull to me. Can anyone help me figure out what these are and what they have come from??
  20. Wolfe City Fine

    From the album Fossiljim Micro

    Microfossils from screened (30 mesh) Texas redbed material.
  21. Big Brook

    These were pulled from a few relatively short visits to Big Brook. Maybe 6 hours total in the water. Posting just to show what someone who really has no clue what he's doing could expect to pull out as I've seen a few posts with questions regarding this site. Entered from Hillsdale with a garden shovel and a colander (vegetable rinser) without an idea as to what a 'hot spot' versus dry spot would be. Can't say I've figured a ton out in these few trips, but getting a bit more efficient. Pic 1: Some random sharks teeth. I love the diversity in coloration that comes out. Pic 2: Nice little brachiopod mold that is in really nice shape in a very light color. I'm sure the small size may hide some flaws that would be more apparent in a larger example. Only one I've found. Pic 3: My favorite tooth due to color and the tiny, needle sharp little 'side tooth'...not sure what the official name of this is. Pic 4: Fish teeth. Look like Salmonoid from pics on njfossils.net
  22. Gift Of A Bag Of Dirt

    A couple of weeks ago, a friend gave me a bag of "Permian dirt". No info on where it came from, but I will pry info out of him at the next paleo meeting at HGMS. I washed some, screened it at 10, 40 and 80 mesh. I have been spending a great deal of time with the 10-40 stuff and am amazed at the number of vertebrate microfossils I am finding. (Thank goodness I married a tolerant woman 35 years ago. Microscope, dirt and misc. containers have been on the kitchen table for 3 weeks!) I wanted to quantify the richness of the material, so I filled a 1" x 1" ziplock bag with 1/4 ounce of the materials, then sorted and counted. There were 32 xenacanth teeth and a total of 275 teeth, denticles, fish scales as well as an uncounted number of fossilized shark cartilage pieces.
  23. Megalodon Tooth

    nice meg found just over five and a half inches!
  24. Peace River Find-What Is This?

    I found this in the Peace River-Florida. The pictures are the not the greatest. The sides are etched which makes me think that they are either mammoth or mastadon. The lower picture is a similar piece. Please let me know your thoughts by looking at the top picture. Any help would be appreicated! Thanks
  25. I thought I'd post a couple shots of my haul from this last months museum dig down in Bakersfield, California. It was a decent trip, even with the last day being cut short by rain. I found over 130 perfect makos, plus a few interesting mammal teeth. I found an upper and lower Alodesmus canine, both of which are decent sized, as well as large Desmostylus molar. Unfortunately, I destroyed what was once one of the largest makos I've ever come across. At the end of the first day I took a couple last pokes with the shovel and just blasted this 3 1/8" hastalis. Really bummed me out, but thats just the nature of hunting teeth. There is always that slight risk of destroying a truly magnificent specimen, and it finally happened to me. Joe