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  1. So here are all of my best finds from fossil collecting at Holden Beach. The coolest stuff to me is the Cretaceous PeeDee formation material. It gives a snapshot (albeit incomplete) of the material available in the PeeDee of NC. Usually many of these finds are sparsely distributed in this formation, but the dredging activity really helped concentrate it. 1st pic: mosasaur teeth and bones (jaw and rib fragments, verts, flipper bones), meg teeth, a horse tooth, a Pycnodontid fish mouth plate, a zipper oyster, and a mammalian astragalus, Lion's paw shells, and a cetacean cervical vert
  2. The best mosasaur material from my Holden Beach, NC trip! Top left two bones are prognathodon jaw fragments, top right three bones are vertebra, bottom left three bones are ribs, lower right two bones are from the flipper. For scale, the two largest mosasaur teeth are ~5cm each. Btw about a third of this stuff ppl had walked over or picked up and tossed aside..
  3. Discover and Preserve

    Fossilized articulated hermit crab

    Hello All, We recently took our kids to the Aurora fossil festival to "fossil hunt" though piles of material from the local Nutrien Phosphate mine in North Carolina. We brought a small amount of material home to look though and one of the kids found the attached tiny hermit crab. It looks so delicate that I have a hard time believing this is a fossil. That said, if it is a modern specimen I have no clue how it ended up in our sample of gravel? Any thoughts or help with the id would be appreciated! Brent
  4. Harry Pristis

    Parotodus benedeni

    From the album: TEETH & JAWS

    Parotodus benedeni The genus Parotodus: the false mako shark. – Abstract: Living in the shadow of megalodon that roaming the Neogene seas, Parotodus benedenii, another supposedly large representative of the Otodontidae family, seems to have preferred, at the same time, the large ocean spaces, if we rely on the high frequency of its teeth in the abyssal deposits of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. Its rarity in the terrestrial deposits makes it, for the collectors, a mythical species whose disappearance seems to be concomitant with that of its famous cousin Otodus (Megaselachus) megalodon

    © &copyHarry Pristis 2022

  5. Wilma

    Holden beach fossil?

    I found this tooth at Holden Beach NC. We thought it may be a whale tooth but after some Google search maybe it is something else? thanks for IDing
  6. Wondering if anyone is planning to attend this years fossil festival in Aurora, NC Memorial weekend or if anyone who has attended previously has any recommendations/advice? I've spoken to the director and know the basics, just looking for any insight a first timer should be aware of.
  7. I was finally able to bring my car down from Michigan to D.C. this winter which has really expanded the range of accessible localities (and also avoids the torturous process of renting cars) for me. I don't have many nice in situ pictures unfortunately, but here are some of the cleaned up finds from the trips so far this year! First we tried Matoaka Beach Cabins with some success, lots of little teeth with one great highlight (unsure on ID, let me know if that's clear from the picture). Also had good luck with a complete Ecphora and Moon Snail, as well as a decent sized chunk of sa
  8. #1. Not sure age #2. Not sure age #3. Pliocene/miocene #4. Pliocene/miocene #5. Not sure age #6. Not sure age #7. Not sure age #8. I believe Cretaceous?
  9. So, I’m going to be in and around Asheville, NC for vacation and I was wondering whether there are any good fossil collecting localities nearby. Wanted to complete my vacation activity triad (fishing, mineral collecting, and fossil hunting).
  10. Blade

    NC Shark Tooth (Holden Beach)

    Hello everyone. I am new to the forum and hope someone is able to help identify what kind of shark this tooth is from. My wife found it at Holden Beach in NC this past weekend. Her friend found some great white shark teeth as well but I can’t find anything online that looks like this. She also found this sea biscuit/urchin while there. They’ve been dredging to rebuild the beaches and seems like they’ve uncovered a lot of good stuff in doing so.
  11. Jubs

    Megladon real or fake

    Hi, my daughter is into gems, fossils crystal. So we have been getting into it too. A few years ago in Canada we came across an antique shop where we bought a Megladon tooth as the owner was a prospector by trade and said he had found it in North Carolina. No certification but looks cool. It is small weighs about 3.3 oz. I was wondering if anyone can tell if it is real or a fake? Thanks for your help!
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. fossil_lover_2277

    Holden beach Echinoids and fish skull cap

    Hi all, does anyone know anything about these echinoids? All are approximately 4-6cm in diameter. They came up with the sediments dredged at Holden beach. My best guess is they’re Eocene Castle Hayne since that formation is out towards the coast and is well known for its echinoids. Also, what’s the best way to clean these guys up? They’re in a lithified sand but with enough force you can sort of break some chunks of it off, so it’s not super resilient like some limestones. edit: I believe they’re Hardouinia spp., that’s what they look like online. Someone said they might be PeeDee,
  15. Found almost fully submerged in the wet sand beneath the waves of Holden Beach. It was found within newly replenished sand from dredging that’s occurring currently a couple miles off the coast. Very heavy and dense(1.257kg), porous of course and it’s not perfectly symmetrical at any angle I view it from. I’d guess some whale bone but I know very little about fossils. There’s also tens of thousands of Hardouinia Mortonis (PeeDee Cretaceous) coming up through the dredge pipes if that helps in any way. Longest length ≈ 15cm Longest width ≈ 10cm Longest depth/height ≈ 8cm Narrowe
  16. 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.
  17. Jonathan Raymond

    Isurus hastalis necklace

    Voici mon collier de dent Isurus hastalis Here is my Isurus hastalis tooth necklace: .
  18. Found on Holden Beach, North Carolina. If you need certain measurements let me know, thank you.
  19. Found on the shores of Holden Beach, North Carolina. If you need measurements of anything let me know, thanks.
  20. MC_Hendges

    Green Mill Run - Large Bone Chunks

    Hey everyone! On my outings, I usually don't pick up the bone fragments, but I have stumbled upon a rather large pocket of good sized bone fragments that I would love some help in identifying. If no dice here, I'll get whatever is left ID'd at a museum this weekend. Fossil #1 - Going to take my best guess and say a rib of some sort? Fossil #2 Fossil #3 Fossil #4 And finally Fossil #5 There is PLENTY more where these came from, I consolidated the other fragments into a small area, so in t
  21. Hey everyone! Figured I would post my findings from GMR over the course of this month. I've found quite a lot, but most I returned to the waters as I did not feel they were display worthy. First up here is my initial collection, featuring various cretaceous sharks teeth, some meg fragments, a cluster of squalicorax teeth (Top Right), a cluster of Extinct White Shark teeth (Bottom Right), A squid shell (Bottom Left), and various other bits such as an unidentified and VERY fragmented reptile tooth, a mouth plate, and a ray denticle. Next
  22. Spr

    Porpoise Tooth?

    Found on Holden Beach, North Carolina. The most similar fossil I have to it is a dolphin tooth but this item is noticeably different from my dolphin tooth (thinner ‘chewing surface’ and much different root shape). Any help is appreciated.
  23. I found this object on the beach near cape lookout after a storm. It is very heavy. Any ideas what this might be? Thank you.
  24. Hey All! Found in GMR, NC yesterday during a 1 hour quick dip in the mucky water... (cold).... I've found lot's of whale bones here before but this looks different from anything I have found before... almost looks like a patella bone. I'll take whatever thoughts anyone has! Thanks!!!
  25. Spr

    Miscellaneous Bones

    All found along the beaches anywhere between Onslow Beach and Holden Beach, North Carolina. If you would like more pictures of anything please let me know, thanks. The shark tooth is strange to me because I thought it was a fragment but the serrations on both edges make it seem otherwise like a newly grown tooth? I have plenty of shark teeth and no problem identifying them but this one stumps me. As far as number three goes, I thought it was a piece of turtle shell but my geology professor thought it may be a very worn tooth, however he wasn’t sure.
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