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  1. Hi all, two IDs here. Both are from North Carolina’s Cretaceous Black Creek group. The first is a small piece of turtle carapace. My question is, does this piece of turtle shell also preserve the keratinous plate that layers over top of a turtle’s carapace? I’ve never seen one fossilized before. The second specimen is a bone fragment. My only question with it is what could have bones with this much cancellous/trabecular bone? I haven’t collected something this porous before, it’s new to me. I’m thinking reptile, maybe croc or turtle? Not hoping for any ID beyond that with this frag
  2. fossil_lover_2277

    North Carolina Xiphactinus tooth?

    I found this tooth in Cretaceous Black Creek group sediments of North Carolina. I think it might be Xiphactinus since it has a hollow in it and is not solid like an Enchodus tooth. Does this look correct, or am I off the mark? Thank you!
  3. So I found this bone in the Cretaceous Bladen formation of eastern North Carolina. It’s 2cm in length. After looking at pictures of the skeletons of various organism, I think it is either the carpal or metacarpal of a turtle or a mosasaur. Does this look accurate for this bone? Thanks!
  4. So, I found these 5 bones, and firstly, I need to know if they are cetacean or not. If not cetacean, then they are likely crocodilian, mosasaur, or I guess possibly turtle. They come from North Carolina, either from marine Cretaceous Black Creek group deposits, or there is a chance they could be marine Pliocene (hence why I would like to either confirm or rule out cetacean if possible). The area they come from is mostly Cretaceous, but I have found a few Pliocene shark teeth there, and stratigraphic maps show nearby Pliocene stratum, so I’m not totally sure (the area is in Cretaceous stratum o
  5. I just recently found this bone in the Cretaceous Black Creek group deposits of eastern North Carolina. I think it is either crocodile or turtle. I am almost positive it isn’t mosasaur, dinosaur, or plesiosaur (some other tetrapods found in the Black Creek group). Also, is it a radius, ulna, tibia, fibula, femur, etc.? Or is it even a limb bone? I have no idea. Thanks!
  6. I found this tooth earlier today in the Cretaceous Black Creek group of eastern North Carolina. It’s extremely worn, but it’s definitely a tooth (update: okay maybe not ), either mosasaur or Deinosuchus rugosus (due to its size). I’m leaning towards mosasaur due to the elliptical shape of its base. Does anyone know which it is? And if it’s mosasaur, what possible genus or species it might belong to? I’m curious to see what the tooth looked like before it got so beat up. Thanks!
  7. Made 4 trips to various new locations in the Cretaceous Black Creek Group over the last couple weeks. Made several interesting finds, learned of several fossils I hadn’t heard of before, might be interesting/educational to look over them. It’s so cool to look at this stuff and realize it was all once alive, from a world now gone past. Below are some scutes, an indeterminate bone (possible mosasaur ilium??), mosasaur tooth, 2 large goblin shark teeth, a piece of petrified wood, a ray (Brachyrhizodus) vertebra, some crow shark teeth, and a sawfish rostrum tooth. Also on the right there
  8. fossil_lover_2277

    North Carolina plesiosaur or shark vertebra?

    I just recently found this bone in the Cretaceous Black Creek group deposits of eastern North Carolina. I originally thought it was an oddly shaped shark vertebra, but now I think it might be a worn plesiosaur vert. based on the images I looked up online. The overall cross sectional shape is elliptical, and the center looks much too thick for shark (doesn’t pinch in towards the center). Any thoughts? Thanks!
  9. Hi all! So I recently posted regarding a bone ID on a mystery mosasaur/dinosaur vertebra (I’m leaning towards it being a mosasaur vert.). The vert. came out of either the Cretaceous Bladen or Tar Heel formations of North Carolina from a marine site that yields dinosaurs, crocs, mosasaurs, turtles, and fish (including sharks). Well, I went back through the material I had collected (from the same site as the vert.) and found what I believe are a worn tooth and a fragment of what I believe to be the proximal end of a femur (although I could very well be wrong on that). The tooth I would
  10. Hi, I recently found a bone that looks like either a vertebra or a phalanges. The bone is from eastern North Carolina, legally collected from public land, and comes out of either the Cretaceous Tar Heel or Bladen formations. Both marine and freshwater organisms as well as dinosaurs are known to be found from the general area. The bone does not look like it comes from a turtle or crocodile, but I could be wrong. Is it a dinosaur or mosasaur bone, or something else? And no, there is no way this bone is Cenozoic. Thanks!
  11. What is the most likely attributable identity for the Tyrannosauroid remains at Phoebus Landing of the Tar Heel Formation? What I am referring to specifically are bones documented in Baird and Horner's 1979 paper which speaks of a distal third of a right femur that is attributed to cf. Dryptosaurus and is smaller than the holotype of D. aquilunguis. It is also compared with Albertosaurus which shows similarities as well but that's expected with Eutyrannosaurs. Also there is another distal left femur of a tyrannosauroid shown to be found in a Hypsibema bonebed and origi
  12. Keep seeing old geology used in recent paleontological literature and was wondering what the cause was. The local Pliocene Bear Bluff Formation for instance was changed to the Goose Creek Limestone a couple of decades ago. Also have seen the Campanian Black Creek Formation used when it is the Black Creek Group containing three formations. This also for over 20 years. Sort of the same deal for the Paleocene Beaufort Formation elevated to a group a long time ago. Question is whether the usage is a disagreement with the revised nomenclature or ignorance. The reason I mention ignorance, not the ne
  13. I thought you guys would like to see some Eastern US dinosaur material. This comes from the. Phoebus Landing site on the Cape Fear River. The fossils are actually found in a reworked gravel on top of the upper Campanian Black Creek Group and then in turn is overlain by Tertiary unconsolidated sands. The fossils that are usually there are missing their processes because of abrasion during the reworking of the material. During the upper Cretaceous this was a deltaic area where fresh, brackish and marine waters intermingled explaining the mixture of different species. Dinosaur carcasses apparentl
  14. These are all crocodile teeth from the Phoebus Landing site on the Cape Fear River in NC. Apparently there were 3 species of croc. a relatively small one, a medium size one and the giant Deinosuchus which could be 35 feet long. Dinosaurs were a common prey for them. These are all from the Upper Campanian, Upper Cretaceous Black Creek Group about 78 ma.
  15. klattrocks

    Mosasaur or Plesiosaur?

    I found a tooth in Bladen County, NC at a site on the Cape Fear River near Elizabethtown. The site is Upper Cretaceous, and is Upper Campanian in age. It's in the Black Creek Group. I know that the tooth isn't in the best of shape, but hopefully is identifiable. All the Mosasaur teeth I had collected there before are a black color. I noticed this tooth is also curved from side to side. I don't know if it's a Plesiosaur or Mosasaur tooth. Both have been found at this site, but the Plesiosaur is far less common.
  16. I have finally had a chance to start looking at the poop I won in @sixgill pete's shell game. Something about the inclusion in this little nugget looks familiar, but I can't quite place it. Maybe it's just because it looks a little like the dried and flattened frogs I see in my daughters driveway. It was found by the aforementioned esteemed forum member along the Cape Fear River and is believed to be from the Bladen Formation (Black Creek Group). Ideas?
  17. This past weekend my wife and I, a few friends and a few other fossil hunting fanatics braved the sweltering heat and humidity that is eastern NC summer. Forecast was for temps in the low - mid 90s F, high humidity and 50-70% chance of showers and thunderstorms. This was our 3rd attempt at accessing a Cretaceous deposit along one of the rivers after 2 unsuccessful attempts earlier this spring due to high water. With many of the eastern NC rivers running higher than normal so far this summer, we wanted to take advantage of a lull on this particular river, since there is no guarantee a tropical
  18. Rustdee

    Dromaeosaur tooth?

    Hi all, I found this tooth in a locality where the formations of the Black Creek Group are present in Eastern North Carolina. The Black Creek Group contains the Tar Heel Formation, the Bladen Formation, and the Donoho Creek Formation. These formations are late Cretaceous and range from early Campanian to early Maastrichtian. Dinosaur fossils are known from this locality, including hadrosaurs, tyrannosaurs, and dromaeosaurs. This locality primarily preserves marine fossils, such as shark teeth and crocodile teeth and bones, but also dinosaur material. There are serration
  19. sixgill pete

    Unknown Cretaceous Scute; help!!

    I found this scute this ,morning. I have found several partials of this, but this is the first whole one. It is about 1 7/16 inch (36mm) by 1 1/2 inch (37mm) roughly. I am thinking it is some kind of ray? Hoping it may be something more exciting? It was found at a North Carolina River site. The site is Cretaceous Black Creek Group, Tarheel formation. Possibly Donoho Creek Formation also. There is also PeeDee Formation present. This is a river lag deposit with the Cretaceous items reworked into Castle Hayne limestone (Eocene) The Cretaceous items here are in exceptional condition fo
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