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  1. Tulip Shell

    This beautiful little tulip shell was found in a shell pit in Columbus County N.C. Uncommonly found complete and unbroken, this is one of the better specimens I have found.
  2. Well folks, I took a day off from the grinds of the job and made a rare Monday trip into the Waccamaw Formation of Southeastern North Carolina. I met up with a few old friends and made a couple of new ones. The new friends have been doing a traveling fossil trip and were kind enough to share a few of their finds with us new friends. Mine was this beautiful (at least to me) large Texas ammonite; anyone have an idea on the species? Anyways, we met early and took of for the site. Some of our forum members I know are familiar with this particular pit, but it was my first time there. It is well known for it's very rich molluscan fauna, the occasional great white tooth and the odd surprise. Upon arriving, I dug right in; no pun intended. This was my total take home for the day. I could have brought out lots and lots more, but many of the bivalves, I already had through gifts and others bringing me buckets of matrix. I also left countless cone and olive shells for the next person. I did find this rather nice great white, no root but very very few of the great whites from this site has roots. But it has great serrations and measures in at 1 3/8" I also found this very cool crab claw, quite a surprise. It measures at 1 3/8", the same as the great white so it must have been a large crab. I know it is hard to ID crabs from just a claw, but if you have any thoughts .............. I am in the process now of trying to ID these finds, something I am still learning how to do with bivalves and gastropods. I am going to start with 6 gastropods and 2 bivalves, some I am fairly confident of ID, others not so. Please feel free to correct any ID I may give. I will add others as I have the time to photograph and put up. So, lets get on with it. First what I believe is Fusinus (Heilprinia) caloosaensis, 1 7/8 inch a my favorite of the day. A real beauty. Euspiria sayana, 1 1/16" ......... Terebra dislocata, 1 11/16" ...... then this cool little thing. a Argopecten vicenarius cemented inside of a Anomia simplex by matrix ........... Trachycardium emmonsi; 1 3/8 long by 1 3/4 wide .......
  3. Another weekend find, looks like a broken Vertebre - it's got a different shape to it, seems more oblong than round based on the shape of the half I have. Rick noted looks sort of like a Plesiosaur vert? If anyone can ID it from what fragment we have, that would be AWESOME and much appreciated! Let me know if you need more photos. Found: Greensmill Run, Greenville, NC. In a hole with an array/time span of things from cretaceous to native american artifacts (enchodus teeth, crow shark, shale bone, great white, giant white, modern tiger shark teeth and pottery.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. Belgrade Quarry 01/06/17

    Is anyone going to the Belgrade Quarry in Maysville, NC this Friday? If so, do you have any info or tips? I actually read that it was open to the public this Friday 01/06 on the North Carolina Fossil Club page. I tried reaching out but haven't heard anything back yet via email. Thanks in advance! Holly
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. I have some shells I collected from the cliffs off the Tar River that I would greatly appreciate some ID assistance on. I got into books and websites and see they are Chesapecten and probably mostly Jeffersonius... but there are some features I don't know enough about to feel 100% in my research - I hope these photos will be clear enough but I can provide more if not. Any assistance/direction would be great! I have several so I will just number them and hopefully that will make replies easier. 1.
  10. Need some ideas with this one

    This specimen is from the Neuse river in Eastern NC. The vast majority of fossils from this location are Cretaceous though I do find a bit of Eocene material here. This one strikes me as fish. I am thinking it may be part of the pectoral girdle or perhaps one of the bones of the skull such as the palatine. Scale is in cm:
  11. Turtle Shell?

    I found this piece at Wrightsville Beach NC yesterday...12/12/16. It measures 39.2mm x 20.5mm wide. The segmentation appears to be similar to a turtle shell, but I have no idea. Any ideas? Thanks!
  12. ammonite

    Though only 2 segments this is a good find for North Carolina where complete ammonites are extremely rare. Self collected from the Martin Marietta Quarry in Castle Hayne 28 Mar 2014
  13. 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.
  14. North Carolina Cretaceous Vertebra

    I found this vert yesterday ina southeastern North Carolina quarry. The vert came from a hill of dark colored Cretaceous PeeDee Formation material. The trip leader was right near me when I found the vert and he commented that he thought it was mosasaur. However, since then I sent some pictures to a forum member and he thought it is Plesiosaur. I am hoping to get some other opinions on this. I really trust both of these persons opinions, but I am inclined to agree with the second opinion of Plesiosaur. I am looking forward to everyone comments and suggestions on this.
  15. I spent the day yesterday with a group at a southeastern North Carolina quarry hunting Eocene Castle Hayne Formation and Cretaceous PeeDee Formation. While there were many of the common Eocene and Cretaceous echinoids found. There were not a lot of teeth. However I did manage to snag a rather nice Carcharocles auriculatus tooth. a.k.a. "ric". The tooth, with a feeding damage broken tip measured out at 3 5/8 inch. I believe if the tip was there this tooth would have hit the magic 4 inch mark. I also found a very interesting vert in the Cretaceous PeeDee that I will be posting in the ID section. Ground shots .... In hand .... after cleaning ... back ... front
  16. I found this bone frag over the weekend at a site in Craven County in eastern North Carolina. It is a river site where the formation is directly exposed. I am fairly confident that it is Pleistocene James City Formation from the other fossils that are found here. The bone frag is about 1 1/4 inches long (29 mm) it is thin walled but not round. The interior is filled with matrix. I am hoping to at least determine what it may or may not have came from, i.e. bird, fish mammal etc.
  17. North Carolina Gastropod Help

    While hunting an area over the weekend I found a gastropod that I am hoping to ID. The spot is in Craven County and along the bank of the Neuse River in eastern North Carolina. I am fairly confident it is part of the James City Formation, Pleistocene. One of the most common things here is the kittenpaw oyster Plicatula marginata. Great white teeth are also a common find here. I have never seen this gastropod before, at least not that I can remember. It is very similar to Tegula sp. from the Yorktown Formation. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
  18. What type of shark tooth is this?!

    Found this tooth tonight.! Anyone what shark it came from?!
  19. Fossil?

    Any idea what this is experts?!?
  20. GMR trip

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

    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!!!!
  22. Castle Hayne quarry tooth

    This tooth came from the Castle Hayne quarry. Not sure if it's a Cretaceous or Eocene tooth. Can anyone identify? Ruler measuring centimeters/millimeters, so tooth measures 2.5 centimeters.
  23. Looking for someone in the area of eastern north Carolina that likes to dive for fossils, that would be interested in joining up to do some dives. As any diver knows the dangers of diving alone. It would be nice to get into contact with a few people that would like to go sometime. I have an 18ft polar craft to go wherever, and several locations that are completely untouched and ready for exploring. Along the meherrin, roanoke, and neuse rivers. Let me know
  24. Need help with tooth identity

    Can anyone help with this? Not sure what it is.
  25. Great White Shark Tooth 2015 GMR

    Found November 26 2015 at GreensMill Run.