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  1. I will be in Greenville for work at the beginning of November and have decided to head up a day early to try my luck in GMR. After a few hours of research, my initial plan is to drop in at the ball field on Elm Street, heading down current to sift just before the 10th street bridge. It's anyone's guess after that, as I have no experience hunting outside of Florida... although I imagine it is similar in a lot of ways to the creek hunting I'm used to. Equipment will be minimal and I usually prefer to "dig" with my hands to feel the gravel I am collecting, but
  2. Tyrannosaur tooth I found in North Carolina's Black Creek group yesterday afternoon. Based on the serration count, I'm thinking it's Dryptosaurus, the line of serrations in the second pic is 1.58cm long (measuring by hand), and I counted 31..I do plan to check them for certain later with a stereoscope, but my understanding is Dryptosaurus has <11 serrations/0.5cm and Appalachiosaurus >11/0.5cm. If anyone who deals with this regularly wants to help with the ID, please feel free.
  3. fossil_lover_2277

    Large Mystery Fossil Bones from North Carolina

    These two bones come from North Carolina, and the site they come from produces mostly Cretaceous Black Creek group material, but also some marine Pliocene and terrestrial Pleistocene material. Any help would be appreciated! The first is clearly a limb bone shaft, femur, tibia, something like that. Not sure if it's crocodilian, turtle, dinosaur, or terrestrial mammal though (I'm leaning towards terrestrial mammal). The second bone I'm thinking might be some type of hip bone, I was thinking possibly the ischium of some large croc, but I'm not sure. Could very easily be so
  4. Made a second trip to North Carolina's Black Creek group last week, and was definitely rewarded! Lots of interesting finds, the best of which are shown below: Deinosuchus rugosus (D. schwimmeri) teeth, osteoderms, skull fragments, and one MASSIVE coprolite. Also, the bottom right bone is either mosasaur or crocodillian/alligatoroid, I believe either from the hand or leg, hip maybe, but not sure on the exact ID.. Dinosaur teeth! One's definitely hadrosaur, the other I have as the broken-off, enamel-less tip of an indeterminate therapod crown..you be the judg
  5. fossil_lover_2277

    North Carolina Dinosaur Teeth ID Help Needed

    Below are 3 "teeth" I found yesterday in North Carolina's Black Creek Group, and I am no expert in identifying dino teeth. The first one is obviously hadrosaur, but not sure if more can be known about it. The second one, it's general shape looks like a "tooth", but honestly I'm not sure whether it is or isn't. It looks somewhat similar to pachycephalosaurid teeth I looked up online, but such teeth are rare and not known from Appalachia, so I'm doubtful. The last "tooth" looks to be therapod, but there's no enamel. The base where it's broken off looks similar to the breaks I've seen in some oth
  6. Collected these in North Carolina this weekend. Angel shark vertebra w/ fossilized cartilage, fish skull cap, mosasaur tooth, soft shell turtle fragment, worn Otodus tooth, goblin shark teeth, crow shark tooth, bull shark tooth, and not sure what the smallest shark tooth is. These come from a mix of Cretaceous Tarheel and PeeDee formations and Pliocene Yorktown formation.
  7. Anyone know what type of vertebra this is? Found in North Carolina, could be from either Cretaceous Black Creek group. 2.5 cm from left side to right. Could it be a plesiosaur cervical vertebra? Or is it Brachyrhizodus spp., a Myliobatis ray? I already have one Brachyrhizodus spp. vertebra and it doesn’t look like this, but maybe this is a different part or the backbone. Just based on size I’m leaning towards Brachyrhizodus, but it looks almost identical to a plesiosaur vertebra. Oooo
  8. fossil_lover_2277

    Hybodus tooth from North Carolina U.S.A.

    Is this a hybodus tooth? 1cm tip-to-base, Black Creek group of North Carolina U.S.A.
  9. fossil_lover_2277

    Tortoise or sea turtle peripheral?

    Hi all, I found this turtle peripheral in eastern North Carolina. I believe it is from Cretaceous Black Creek group sediments, but Pliocene Yorktown formation is also possible (both are marine). A person I showed it to said it was a Hesperotestudo (tortoise) peripheral, not sea turtle, so thus terrestrial (I guess it might be terrestrial Pleistocene, but that would be unlikely, I don’t find much of any Pleistocene material where the shell was found). However, it actually looks similar to a peripheral I have from a known fossil sea turtle. Is this peripheral sea turtle or tortoise?
  10. Here’s a vertebra fragment I found in Cretaceous Black Creek group sediments of North Carolina. It’s not turtle, and it doesn’t look like any crocodile vertebra I’ve ever seen. That would leave mosasaur, plesiosaur, or dinosaur. Personally I think it’s mosasaur, but I could be wrong and it may not even possible to ID further. Any thoughts?
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. 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
  20. 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!
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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