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  1. After the Flood

    I decided to check out a couple of Yorktown Formation outcrops along a river this weekend to see what damage the recent flood from Hurricane Matthew has done. These outcrops are nearly vertical walls with layers of fossil shells. One of the outcrops was rejuvenated by the floods and the other completely buried. This first photo shows the mudline in the trees where the flood waters reached. The second and third show the slumping of the outcrop that completely buried the fossils.
  2. The Sunday of the weekend before Hurricane Mathew came a calling, a friend and I decided to spend the day fishing on the Neuse River in eastern North Carolina. WE had a pretty good day fishing, caught lots of small puppy drum and stripers. No keepers but fun to catch. About halfway through the day we left the creek we were in and headed back into the main river. Heading from the Cherry Point area heading over towards New Bern. A mile or so up we saw fish busting all over the surface on the Flanners Beach side of the river but not quite that far. We motored towards them and for an hour or so caught stripers on almost every cast. As we were leaving we noticed there was a small cliff eroding out and decided to check it out. We beached and found small gravel on the beach in a strip about 40 or so yards in front of the eroding cliff face. Now, I have been on this river my whole life, but have never noticed this area before. We started finding bivalves almost immediately. We also found some small worn shark teeth, a nice burfish mouth plate and some possible small bone material. I am trying to pinpoint down the age of this exposure. There is Pleistocene Flanner Beach Formation and James City Formation nearby. James City is earlier. There are also Pliocene deposits. Possibly Yorktown, Chowan River or Duplin. The reason I am adding all of these is because of the bivalve ID's if I have them right. So any help is much appreciated. Please correct any incorrect ID I have as I am still learning how to properly ID Molluscs. The first is a bivalve that according to my reference is known from the Pliocene Duplin Formation; Glycymeris subovata Next an oyster Myrakeena sculpturata, from the Chowan River Formation (Pliocene) by my reference.
  3. Eastern NC Great White

    Found at Greens Mill Run, NC August 2016. Tooth was not found with many other fossils but was in a gravel bed along the bank. Serrations are present but worn.
  4. Florida Great White

    This great white shark tooth was recovered eroding out of the bank of a creek that exposes the Cypresshead Formation.
  5. Hey everyone! I haven't posted on the forum for quite a while, but here is my latest trip to a river/creek site somewhere in NC. The video pretty much tells the site for its self. Not any Megalodon teeth this time, but maybe next time! Thank you for watching .
  6. Back on the chain gang

    OK, I finally took a camera with me on this one. For the past year, I have visited an area about an hour south of me that is a source for Great White teeth and other marine animal parts. But for the most part, GW teeth is the majority of what is found. Now the location is perched on a steep hillside about 7 miles inland of the Pacific Ocean. It was a deposit that had been cut through by a river and re-deposited in a different location, much like many of the sites along the east coast are now. However, the redeposition was done a very long time ago. It is found about 200 feet above the valley floor and goes up at an angle due to faulting (what else would you expect in California, the land of earthquakes?) The formation consists of what I can easily call cemented gravel (heavy emphasis on the cement part!) I only have a hand pick and a trench trowel (folding shovel) to somehow work my way through that "rock". It doesn't take long swinging a pick with one hand to wear you out. By the end of the day, My arm feels like limp spaghetti. Because this ground is so hard and worked by river action, finding a whole tooth with roots intact is something of a rarity. Mostly you will find shards of crown enamel or the teeth are so worn they have no serrations at all. I had worked a hole for a while only to figure out the actual deposit was about 12" below the floor of my pit. Did I mention the deposit goes up at an angle? Missed it!!!! OH MAN! I had to backtrack removing my tailing pile and having to re dig the hole to a lower level. Did I mention the humidity was about 105%? I was completely drenched in sweat. Nobody said fossil hunting was easy work!!!! The first photos are the small hole I had to dig to establish the fossil layer once the tailings were removed. Believe me that ground is much harder than it looks. Guess I can skip the gym this week! Last photo is the day's tally. All Great Whites except for a small Cow Shark tooth. The top tooth on the left is 2 1/8" there is a small tooth in matrix at the bottom (note there is no root). I was lucky enough to get three with whole roots this trip. Thank you for putting up with my rabbling. Doren/ caldigger
  7. 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
  8. Megatooth Shark Comparison

    From the album TEETH & JAWS

    Occasionally, teeth of the two sharks, Carcharocles megalodon and Carcharodon carcharias, may be confused for one another. Ususally, this is a problem with a worn or otherwise damaged tooth . . . especially where the teeth of the two sharks may be found together, as in Florida's Peace River (C. carcharias teeth are uncommon in the Peace River). Megalodon and the great white shark now are generally believed to be not closely related. (This image is best viewed by clicking on the button on the upper right of this page => "other sizes" => "large".)

    © Harry Pristis 2015

  9. From the album GMR Finds

    Great White's (Carcharodon Carcharias) found in Greenville NC November of 2015. BEST finds so far for me!! Taxonomy: Order: Lamniformes - Family: Lamnidae - Genus: Carcharodon - Species: Carcharias
  10. Hello everyone! I went out scouting new sites today along the Ashley River in North Charleston SC, and I came across this particularly rich gravel deposit. I suspect, based on the condition and multiple ages present, that this material is the result of dredging done some time ago. Amongst the bones and shells I managed to find several nice sharks teeth from Carcharodon carcharias (great white), Carcharocles angustidens (Oligocene-early Miocene megalodon ancestor), as well as some larger fragments of megalodon teeth. Also of interest were some well-preserved shark vertebrae, a large rostral tooth from a sawfish (pristis sp.), a small delphinoid tooth, and an unidentified mammal rib bone showing predation marks from a serrate-toothed shark. Certainly one of the more productive days I've had in a while - I already can't wait for my next trip out there! Best regards, SOSC Here are the nicer finds all together - These are the complete C. angustidens teeth - Complete great whites..the smaller two are in great shape -
  11. Last weekends finds

    From the album Joy's Fossil Collection

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  12. Found all these in the same place. The first tooth is the biggest tooth i have ever found. i was really excited til another guy fossil hunting found a meg 10 mins later and thats what I was there for. Great day though.
  13. Hi All, Here is my second post to TFF. Gotten some use out of my floating sifters lately! Brownie's Beach, Father's Day 2013: Took my boys out to eat at Denny's to fuel up for a day of sifting at Brownie's Beach. Nothing major to report other than it cost us $31 to get onto the beach. Mostly small tigers and a couple sand tigers to show for it. Will not go there again except in the non-summer months. Parker's Creek, June 20, 2013: Did not have my sifters, so resorted to walking the beach here after doing some canoeing. Nothing particularly notable except for a Hexanchus gigas (based on comparison to illustration in Kent 1994). Can post photo later for confirmation. Green's Mill Run, June 26, 2013: Had the sifters here with my boys and took a day off from our OBX vacation to zip over to Greenville. VERY productive! Most notable finds: Two nice mosasaur teeth 1"+ C. carcharias 1"+ Isurus sp. 2.5" Scapanorhynchus sp. This creek is pretty stinky and loaded with glass, but it was worth it! Mike
  14. Lee Creek Great White

    From the album Justin's Shark Teeth

    Here is a great white tooth I found down in the Lee Creek Mine.
  15. Few Recent Finds

    Some nice little makos there too. That small one has a neat inclusion of color. The gw is a bit over 2" and has awesome colors and is flawless. The Parotodus is my third and best to date. I was quite surprised to find it. It isn't perfect but is pretty nice. The Otodus is pretty neat. Probably the best one I've found around here even though it's in poor condition.
  16. Beautiful Blue/white marbled Great White

    From the album Jones/Onslow County NC Belgrade Quarry finds

    Beautiful blue/white marbled tooth
  17. 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!
  18. Hi there, Me and my family are going to Cape Town on the 1st of April and plan to have about 10 days here. We all love fossils and have done a bit of hunting in England and found the odd Ammonites, I have seen that cape town has a lot of sharks, I just wanted to see if anyone knows of somewhere to find some sharks teeth on the beaches around cape town (we dont mind traveling a bit). Any tips of finding them is much appreciated. Thanks Mark
  19. Green Mill Run Trip (3)

    I went hunting for a couple hours today near the part of GMR where it meets the TAR river. It was super cold and my feet were numb after an hour. i had to use the floating screen and shovel instead of the raquet ball raquet. I did find a cool piece of tooth that i think is mastodon or mammoth. Found some nice great whites too. a few large Megs. some fish plates, one from a parrot fish. ear bone from a whale etc... the usual stuff. Good times!
  20. Some Gmr Great Whites

    This is a case containing my largest Great Whites in good to excellent condition. Every tooth in this case is 2" or larger. Obviously I am no photographer and the teeth are much nicer in person. Zoom in and you can see them better. I was just trying to capture all of them. 38 in total. My two largest are the 3" at the top left and next to that one is a 2 3/4". I have another case about half full of those gw's under 2". Finding complete gw's in GMR isn't always an easy task. .