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  1. 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.
  2. Andy's Gmr Fossil

    My friend Andy E. found this fossil about a week ago in Green Mill Run Creek in Greenville NC. The creek produces fossils from the late Cretaceous through the Pliocene. It is a part of the upper Yorktown formation. He asked me to post these pictures on this website in hopes that someone might have an idea as to what this fossil may have once been. We are all stumped, any help or hints would be greatly appreciated. I can probably get him to send more pictures if these are inadequate for identification. Thanks
  3. Help With Gmr Micro Bone And Vertebra

    I was looking through some material I brought home from GMR and found this tiny bone and vert. Just wondering if anyone can possibly I.D. them. Thanks for looking!
  4. Trip To Gmr

    Recently, I went with my dad on a typical GMR trip. The creek was really high and the current was very strong. I remember trying to find the shovels multiple times due to the current that was stripping them from the gravel. We did pretty well considering we could only stay in one spot. I found my first whale ear bone!, and I did well with the Tiger shark teeth!
  5. Gmr And Tar Water Quality

    I was talking with people today and we started talking about the Tar river and GMR. They were advising me to stay out of the Tar and GMR due to such a poor water quality. Is this true? If so does anyone know where I can find more information?
  6. Tooth Or Claw Found In Nc?

    This item was found at GMR in Greenville, NC Pieces seem to have broke off in layers as you can see in the pictures. Any help in identifying what this might be would be appreciated.
  7. Micro Id Help

    Hello everyone! I'm glad to have the forum back online! It was a very rough time going through fossil withdrawal. I managed to pass some of the time looking through my micro material from Aurora and GMR. Now I'd like some help ID'ing a few items. Please take a look and let me know your thoughts. As always thanks in advance for your feed back. 1. GMR Symphyseal? 2. Lee Creek ? 3. Lee Creek Squalus cf acanthias? 4. Lee Creek Basking Shark?
  8. The Long And Winding Fossil Road

    Like many people here in eastern NC my first full fledged exposures to fossils was at the Aurora Fossil museum. Growing up here, I had seen and found my share of smaller sharks teeth and "petrified" clams as we called them, but never thought much about it. Never had anyone able to expose me to the world of fossils.(Plus, I was much more interested in baseball ..... then girls.) After I had grandkids a friend said, hey you should take them to the fossil museum in Aurora. So I did and the rest is, as we say, history. I was amazed at the teeth and everything else that was on display there. The first day in the piles there my grandson Nick(who I hunt with regularly and the one who coined me sixgill pete) found a 2 plus inch meg and a 2 plus inch mako. We were hooked. We went back to those piles tirelessly, as often as we could. We found huge numbers of mako's and tiger's and some megs and some cow sharks. Everything the piles had to offer. Then I got into the mine, wow, I found some amazing things in there, my favorite being the cow shark teeth. But there had to be more, so I found GMR and then all the MM quarries here in the eastern part of NC. Did research and found out about the beaches and rivers and much more. Then I discovered micro's and as many of you know, they are among my favorites. Beautiful little things the eye can barely see, but amazing and in many cases some of the rarest teeth. I also discovered shells, and echinoids. Then came The Fossil forum. Without a doubt, the finest fossil site on the web, great people and a plethora of USEFULL information. And the knowledge here is 5 star A+. I have learned so much and continue to learn everyday I am able to log in. I recently was able to get my first trilobite from fantastic forum member xonenine. Here in NC, there is no where to find them. My collection has come along way since its humble beginnings. So here are a few highlight's of it, some of my favorite pieces. Don a.k.a. sixgill pete my first big meg, 4 3/8" from GMR a 2 1/8 lower hastalis from Lee Creek two upper hastalis 2 1/8 and 2 3/8 from Lee Creek my two favorite rics a beautiful gun metal blue perfect 2 1/16 and a very rare parasymphyseal, both found on the same day at the Onslow Martin Marietta Quarry From GMR a very nice about 1 1/4 Great White in matrix Also from GMR a 2 1/2 inch great white
  9. Gmr Trip #5

    I decided to hit the creek today. My dad and I had some good finds. There weren't any 2" mako's or great whites, just the regular warn and Broken GMR teeth. It was still nice to get out there and it was a really nice day. I had a really nice Modern Teiger Shark (fossilized of course). This is my biggest one yet.
  10. Well this was my 5th time going to GMR and GMR has never been to good to me. Everytime I went i would find broken, worn, and just terrible teeth. This time was just pure Awesome! I woke up at 7 sharp and my mom was on the computer looking at the forcast......NOT GOOD. But eventually we left and it cleared up! As we arrived we checked 5th street and wow....Not good it was deep! then we drove over to 10th street and it was still bad. Mom was afraid of the water and the trash on the bank so she decided to sit in the car I put on my leg waders and jumped in! It was up to my thighs and was not a bad temperture. i Build a make-shift sifter stand in the water out of cement blocks and bricks in the stream because I did not have pool noodles on my sifter. I was excited and put my first shovel in my screen and saw the usual gmr broken goblins and belemites. After a couple of screens later i found a nice porbeagle shark tooth, then after an hour of nothing good at all i found a mosasaur tooth (i think). Then about 30 minutes later i scored my first great white shark tooth ever! When i was digging i saw a huge tooth on the side of my shovel and it was so close to falling off! luckily I put the shovel full of gravel in my sifter and yanked it out. Wow it was a complete, all serations intact, tip intact, and a full root. The root is choclate brown, And the blade is blue with some tan stained into it. what a day. Thanks gmr!
  11. Comparision And Opinion 1St Day!

    It is my 5th day fossil hunting and I belive that looking for fossils is much like looking for relics just alot less expensive. In this way I mean, you go out and buy a thousand dollar machine just to look for say civil war relics, but for fossil hunting all you have is your time,gas, and cost of the sifter if you use one, now by my book that only around $960 cheaper. With that being said I would like to introduce myself, my name is matt I live in Winterville NC and I have been a civil war relic hunter for almost 9 years now, I have traveled the east coast looking for relics and have been in over 23 different states and recovered history, I also have a great deal of my relics in museums, vistors centers, and schools across the US. Metal detecting is fun as can be anything but I always make sure that I have the permission of the landowner or the state official before I procede to dig anywhere, this will ensure and I am sure its the same in fossil hunting that the hobby stays in good standing for a long time. Just recently a good friend of mine that I hunt relics with in the state of Maryland got me introduced in the world of fossil hunting, he hunts the "calvert cliffs" in maryland quite a bit as well as has a good size collection in the calvert county museum. He took me to the Aurura fossil fesitval in 2010 for the 1st time, and I have to say that I had a blast, I had no idea that there were even such teeth as big as the ones that I saw and had no idea that this many people were involved in fossil hunting. Well I had to go, I had caught the itch and the little spoilage piles at the event just were not easing the pain of seeing all those HUGE teeth. I knew deep down I wasnt gonna find a 6 incher my first day, but it was always nice to think of such. A day after the return to Greenville and 300 tiny sharkteeth later I figured that me and my neighboor would go try GMR "Green Mill Run" in Greenville NC. Now I grew up only 2 miles from GMR and knew about it the whole time it just never registered that it had fossils in it. The 1st day there again we really didnt know what we were doing and this was only my 2nd time ever looking fossils. Sure we found some by digging and sifting but again all baby teeth. Well after about 7 hours of my back throbbing and again alot of small teeth we decided to call it quits. Upon getting home I was starting to reconsider my fossil hunting adventures and think that this might not be for me. Got online and asked to meet up with some better knowleged people and maybe learn a few skills from them. Sunday roles around and I figured I would go out one last time and try it on my own this way, there would be noisy neighboor talking and I could concentrate until my help arrived, walked down to the creek in the same spot and started digging and sifting small tooth after small tooth and when I say small I mean like 1/8 of an inch. 4 hours later I finally see someone walking down the creek with a shovel and a sifter, so out I come and I start following him. I didnt want to take his secret spot or annoy the man just wanted to see if it was the person that I had talked to on the internet the night before. Finally I caught up to him and he was just as nice as he could be explaining that he drove all the way from Tenn. just to come hunt GMR, he told me about the differnent fossils and what to look for, feel for and how to dig. After seeing him pull a monosaur tooth at about 1 1/2" I wanted to dig, so I picked a spot beside an old fallen tree and started digging... At first the same results small teeth and bone, THEN my first actual big tooth, now what I was considering big was anything bigger than an 8th of an inch,lol. So I stayed right in that spot pulling good sized teeth out left and right apparently someone had missed that one little spot, it wasnt until the guy that I had spoken to on the internet arrived that I finally realized how many teeth I actually had. This guy was from Raliegh NC and he asked if we were finding anything, I reached in my pocket and to my suprise pulled out about 14 teeth all measuring anywhere from 1" to 2.14" only 4 of these 14 were almost perfect with the root and tooth still intact. Well needless to say I was freaking hooked like fish now. The day finally ended and my total was around 16 or so good sized teeth, but I wasnt done I was gonna come back the next day and hunt that hole out. Monday the 7th myself and 2 frineds go back to that spot where I pulled all the bigger teeth from and start digging, before to long we all are pulling meg chuncks then a few nice GW's here and there. Well one of our buddies had to leave b/c he had to work 3rd shift and had to get some sleep. So we continued to dig I dug out my original hole as big as I could until I was getting into the sand that I had sifted out the day before. I ended up with about 6 more GW teeth, huge bone fragments, meg chunks, fossilized fern print and a snail. Bobby did pretty good as well, he got around 4-5 GW's in great condition and lots of other fossils as well. About the time that we gonna leave a man approached us introduced hiself as a photographer for the Daily Reflector Paper here in Greenville NC and wanted to know if he could take some pics of us. He snapped a few pic and asked a few questions and we answered them to the best of our knowledge, and then all of a sudden we made the front page of the local section that following Thursday. It only took me 7 years to make the paper in Relic Hunting but yet only took 4 days in the fossil world. Anyway this is my story and how I am now a certified relic and fossil hunter. Please sign up as a member on our website forum as well at www.wedigdixie.net Thanks for reading!!