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  1. Whale Petrosal Confirmation, please?

    Another find this weekend, actually Rick found it but let me bring it home, want to confirm that it's a petrosal and also what species based on my research I believe it to be. Found: Greensmill Run, Greenville NC among a huge array of items (whale bone including several tempanic bulla, shark teeth (great white, tiger,crow, Giant White Shark etc) and two Enchodus teeth etc. Believed to be a Petrosal from Balaenoptera Sursiplana? I thought (from one specific article/image reference below) that is was possibly Plesiobalaenoptera but it noted they are only found in Italy and the long flat part seemed much thicker than the reference image, but the rest seemed better matched than from the other species noted above?
  2. I found this guy over the weekend, I just want to make sure it's not something cool... but I know there is a high chance of it just being a rock with little rocks stuck in it. I am curious if these little black tubes could be some sort of organism? I found these digging at GMR in Greenville NC and cannot say that this was pulled from any particular group/formation because I found it among a large amount of whale bone, shark teeth, enchodus tooth, shells and my buddy Rick also found some native american corded pottery in the spot too. So we are talking a range of time here that doesn't help narrow anything down. It was hard to photograph, I can get some better images with a digital microscope tonight if that would help/let me know where to focus at/on. They are on the top and bottom and sides (where it wasn't broken off) of this piece.
  3. I FINALLY found one heck of a Meg!! I wrote in great detail on my blog, so for those who just want photos without a good long story, you can get that here. If you want the full detailed scoop of my day, check out my post : and a lovely great white! 2.75 inches! I personally would like to thank the following people for making this moment possible! 1. Rick - mostly thankful for you not hitting me in the head with a shovel and running off with it... lol and to have someone there so I didn't seem like a psycho talking to myself with such excitement in the creek alone. 2. City of Greenville for contracting people to remove some trees/debris at GMR 3. Kirk, for in his post he said: " No, I left it there for someone else to find. Already have several in my collection " - takes a real good man to leave that behind - humble you are, good sir!
  4. 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
  5. ID help - Greenville NC/GMR concretion

    Found this guy at the wonderful GMR - it was hard to get some decent photos, it's kind of small, maybe an inch each way. I am thinking it's a concretion, initial a snail or something, but I've never found one with the outside of the swirly shell parts concreted so I'm curious if I'm on the right path or not - maybe it's an ear bone or an aliens Egg, I could be way off - so as always, any input is greatly appreciated!! Found this among small shark teeth (tiger, bull, crow) tilly fish bones and belemnites.
  6. Meg

    The first large meg and the best condition to date that I have from Greens Mill Run in Greenville North Carolina.
  7. GMR trip

    We had an awesome day at GMR yesterday, check out some of our finds!

    Hey guys! Just trying to see if anyone has been to GMR today or in the past few days...?! Or.. if anyone lives close by that can check the water levels of Elm, GMR Park, or 10th street..?! Please and thanks!!!!
  9. Cochlear?

    I found what appears to be a cochlear. Any thoughts? Greenville, NC. Miocene, PeeDee, mixture of eras.
  10. Gmr never disappointing! My favorite place by far! Never a time i come here and go home skunked. Just have to know when and where to look. Be unconventional in the way you hunt and many treasures will come.
  11. Great White Shark Tooth 2015 GMR

    Found November 26 2015 at GreensMill Run.
  12. Greens Mill Run

    Hey Guys! So I know there is a Fossil hunting trip this Sunday coming up in GMR North Carolina. Is anyone on here close enough to there to let me know how high the creek is right now?? I know there has been tons of rain and I was just wondering if the water might go down by this weekend..? Thanks in advance! HollyJo
  13. From the album GMR Finds

    Conservation Status: Vunerable Scientific Classification: Species: Carcharodon Carcharias Formation: Yorktown Period: Miocene to Recent Found: April 16, 2016 at Green Mill Run in Greenville, NC
  14. The kids are on Spring Break this week and my 5 year old son had been telling me for weeks that on his spring break he wanted to hunt for shark teeth. My wife and I decided he was old enough to graduate from the spoil piles at Aurora to GMR in Greenville. Those that have hunted GMR know that the creek is littered with trash and tons of broken glass. We wanted to be sure that he was old enough to understand the dangers and be careful enough not to get hurt. We loaded up and took the drive on what turned out to be a beautiful day. We ended up sifting for about 2 1/2 hours and the kids had a blast! I have had very hit or miss days over the years in the creek, but I think I found today that the key is to take sets of younger better eyes to do the looking. I did the shovel work while they did the sifting and you should have heard the yells of joy when he found his first unbroken mako, a very nice lower. My daughter also made a very nice discovery finding a tooth in perfect condition with both cusps intact, something I had not found in the creek in six years of hunting. My son ended up proclaiming it the "greatest day" . He found a new passion for belemnites, and ended up trading all his his teeth except the mako to his sister for her belemnites. Here are a couple of the kids favorites from the day.
  15. GMR Saw Fish Tooth (Ischyrhiza Mira)

    From the album GMR Finds

    Conservation Status: Extinct Scientific Classification: Family: Sclerorhynchidae Genus: Ischyrhiza Species: Mira Common Name: Saw Fish Fossil Period: Cretaceous Formation: Yorktown (within Greenville, NC) Formation Period: Late Miocene to Early Pliocene. Found: November of 2015 at GMR in Greenville, NC
  16. GMR - Tiger Shark Teeth (Galeocerdo cuvieri)

    From the album GMR Finds

    Conservation Status: Near Threatened Scientific Classification: Family: Carcharhinidae Genus: Galeocerdo Species: cuvier Common Name: Tiger Shark Formation: Yorktown (within Greenville, NC) Period: Late Miocene to Early Pliocene. Found: November of 2015 at GMR in Greenville, NC
  17. GMR Modern Turtle Skull

    From the album GMR Finds

    Photo one, side angled top view. Neat little modern turtle skull I found in GMR. Someone accidentally set a box on top of it and crushed it the day after I brought it home. So, I painstakingly glued it piece by piece back together. I've not yet ID'd the species of turtle.
  18. GMR Belemnites

    From the album GMR Finds

    Conservation Status: Extinct Scientific Classification: Family: Belemnitellidae Genus: Belemnite/ Belemnitella Species: Belemnitella Common Name: Belemnite Fossil Period: Late Cretaceous Formation: Yorktown (within Greenville, NC) Formation Period: Late Miocene to Early Pliocene. Found: Frequently at Green Mill Run in Greenville, NC
  19. The root of a tooth?

    I would greatly appreciate any help/direction on figuring out what (if anything) these two objects may be and if they are similar in origin. I was thinking the root of a tooth, but really haven't had much luck in my research but will admit I've not gone far outside of googling as much as I could think of for the region where I found these to see if I can find anything similar that was IDd. I copied the main concerns from FAQs on posting here, so hopefully I was able to provide enough detail for some direction. I can try to get better pictures with closer views if you think it will help, I was anxious and shot these with my iPhone as soon as I got home. 1- LOCATION Greenville, NC Greensmill Run. (GMR) 2- GEOLOGY/Formation Generally this location is part of the york town formation, Miocene-Pliocene-cretaceous 4- ASSEMBLAGE Shark teeth, belemnites, bopods, mouthplates from singrays/skates, whale bone. 5- DISCOVERY I went to a new part of the stream today, it was much higher upstream than I usually venture, with rapid running water. I was walking on what felt like a giant rock for about 20 yards then sand with loose gravel came up so I plopped my stuff and this is one of the finds with lots of shark teeth. 6- CHARACTERISTICS I thought it was an only chipped rock at first but a second look and I thought it was really close to this other item I had found that was much smaller (on the right in the photo) I was thinking maybe some sort of tooth root? Maybe it/they are just rocks? There was really nothing else similar in shape or color in the area today and generally when I dig in other spots along the GMR. The brown color, texture similar to and density being much lighter than a rock for both objects leads me to wonder what this may be?
  20. Unknown Tooth

    Hey everyone, I was hoping that I could get some input as to what species this could be from. My personal opinion is saw fish rostral tooth but it always helps to get a second opinion. I found it in the Greens Mill Run in Greenville, NC. Thanks for taking a look!
  21. Horse Hoof Core

    I posted some finds from my weekend trip to Green Mill Run with my daughter in the Hunting Trips section and was told that one of our mystery find was a horse hoof cast. As anyone who has hunted GMR knows it is hard to determine ages due to the mixing and reworking of several layers. We tried to research this item and found very little info. I was hoping some of the experts on here could give me some more info on this find or point me to a reference with more information. My daughter is really intrigued with her find and we are trying to find out anything at all about it. Thanks for any help anyone can provide! Brad
  22. Gmr Hunt 6/22/2014

    My seven year old twisted my arm into a trip to GMR to hunt for fossils. We had a great day hunting together while dodging the showers that cooled us off. We had a decent day with the junior hunter finding lots of the typical worn, broken teeth that made her happy. She was especially enthralled with the amount of bone material we kept digging up. I didn't realize how enthralled until I went to pick up our knapsack and realized it weighed a lot more than it did when we started the day. Our best finds were three shamer GWs, many small squalis, two items that I think are scutes, a strange bone, and what looks to be a modern tooth(?). I would appreciate any corrections or help with ids or correcting my misidentifications.
  23. Gmr?

    Anyone have a status of the water level at GMR today??
  24. Periotic Bone?

    Found this in gmr which has Cretaceous to Pleistocene fossils. Looks like an incomplete periotic ear bone but wanted to confirm:
  25. Trip To Aurora Fossil Festival

    Hello, My name is Jay and I live in Columbus, Oh. I will be traveling to New Bern, NC next week to visit the Aurora Fossil Museum and attend the Aurora Fossil Festival. I have always wanted to visit Aurora, so what better time than during the festival. I'm, of course, planning on sifting through the piles at the museum, but was curious of other places in the area to hunt for fossils/shark teeth. After searching the forum, I was disappointed to read about the forum fossil trip to Belgrade Quarry being cancelled and that they would be closed to fossil collector's until the fall. Are there any other mines or quarries in the area that are open for collecting? I also read about many of the board member's trips to GMR, and I was considering to make the trip to Greenville. Any information on water conditions and easy access points (RickNC?) would be greatly appreciated. I do have an open water dive certification, but not advanced, so I would think the Atlantic is not an option. Also, I will be visiting with the wife a four year old son, so if anyone has suggestions on family activities, places to visit, restaurants, etc....to do while we are in town and I'm not neglecting the family looking for fossils. Thank you in advance for any information/suggestions you may provide.