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  1. So, I have a nice collection of fossils ive found from 2 seperate trips to Aurora... I was told the straight and curved bones could be ribs (most likely dolphin), but I am unsure. I also have a 2-3 inch bone that lolks like it could be from a land animal. I also have 3 different vertebrates from something... One is medium-small, one is small, and then the other one is really small lol. Then, in the last picture and in the middle of the row... I have no idea what it could be, it looks like an imprimt of a plant maybe? I found another one and its red, but I forget where I put it... At the beginn
  2. I need some help. From my new pit location. Eocene Castle Hayne Formation, Comfort Member. A partial Marine Mammal? tooth with root. Archeocete? Sirinean? PPinned? @Boesse @Al Dente @siteseer
  3. Greetings, This is my first time posting here so I apologize if I don't get this quite right. I'm hoping to identify what I think may be a fossilized tooth. It looks to be a specialized tooth so I am assuming (perhaps wrongly) that it's mammalian in origin. It was found in an alluvial deposit on my land in Buncombe County, NC. I apologize that I am holding my find in several of these pictures; I couldn't work out a better way to get pictures of all sides. Any help would be much appreciated.
  4. sixgill pete

    Auriculatus Heartbreaker

    Well folks all of us in the househave been sitting around a day and a half after testing positive for this corona stuff. We all are fully vaccinated, booster included and are showing none to severely mild symptoms. Myself, I am showing no symptoms at all othe than mild head / body aches. But, we are all ok. Anyways, I had to get out for a bit so I drove the couple of miles to my private little Eocene quarry. Other than the normal assortment of teeth, sawfish verts and rostral teeth I found this heartbreaker of a ric. Other than the broken root it is
  5. Top Trilo

    Aurora Micro Matrix

    I was recently gifted some micro matrix from Aurora, North Carolina for Christmas and have been looking for tiny goodies. It is in single digit Fahrenheit temperature and it’s too dusty to search inside so can’t look today but I can hopefully receive some shark teeth IDs. There are some other unknowns but I haven’t photographed them yet and will wait to post until I am finished searching. I never knew ruining your neck could be so addictive. if you need more photos, I can get some. 1. Very strange and I have no idea 2. One of the bigger pieces and inco
  6. So I know about Aurora being a very good dig site and I have been there. But I was looking for a more "natural" place to find fossils close by to New Bern NC (less than an hour away). Any help is very much appreciated! Also, this is off topic from this thread but I went to "add new" to collection on my phone and you need to have a category for your fossil (which is fine) but when I tapped one of the categories it didnt do anything... I could highlight words but not tap... So that's irritating
  7. I looked through the non-shark tooth finds and there was a lot I didn’t know. Hopefully some of this can be identified. 1. Dolphin teeth, can they be further identified? I’m not sure if all these are cetacean but at least some are. @Boesse I’d appreciate your input. 2. a large tooth, is it a big fish or something else? 3. An image of more fish teeth, all appear to be from the same type. 4. This variety of fish teeth is much more narrow. 5. the last fish tooth variety, flat and broad. 6. I have a fee
  8. I found this in the Aurora Fossil Museum dig pits, so it’s likely Pungo River formation (Miocene), although there’s a chance it could be Yorktown formation (Pliocene). Any idea what it is? My best guess is some sort of jaw bone, maybe from a fish.
  9. Hi all! I have a few things from the Aurora North Carolina Micro Matrix that I could use some help with ID. First is this odd "tooth" which I am assuming is some kind of fish tooth, but any thought on ID? Size 1/4 inch Also this little "thing". Coprolite perhaps? Size 1/8 inch and lastly this little piece: Size 1/4 inch
  10. I found this bone in reject dirt of the North Carolina Nutrien Mine. It’s most likely Miocene Pungo River material, although Pliocene Yorktown formation could be possible. I think it’s a skull fragment of a cetacean, but it has some unique prominent ridges that I think may make it identifiable (or perhaps it’s not). I’m really curious as to what this ridges are, haven’t seen anything like it before. Any ideas?
  11. fossil_lover_2277

    Tortoise or sea turtle peripheral?

    Hi all, I found this turtle peripheral in eastern North Carolina. I believe it is from Cretaceous Black Creek group sediments, but Pliocene Yorktown formation is also possible (both are marine). A person I showed it to said it was a Hesperotestudo (tortoise) peripheral, not sea turtle, so thus terrestrial (I guess it might be terrestrial Pleistocene, but that would be unlikely, I don’t find much of any Pleistocene material where the shell was found). However, it actually looks similar to a peripheral I have from a known fossil sea turtle. Is this peripheral sea turtle or tortoise?
  12. I posted this originally in the “questions and answers” forum, but I think it fits better under fossil hunting trips since it discusses finds: What are some of the best fossil bones people have dug out of the Aurora Fossil Museum Pungo River dig pits? The actual reject pile DIG PITS, not the mine before it closed. There are some nice fossils to be found there, but I’m curious if anyone has ever managed to find for example a complete rib, or a vert. with all its processes, or a full-on cetacean jaw bone, or by some miracle an entire skull. Most fossils from the pits are somewhat beat up
  13. Here’s a vertebra fragment I found in Cretaceous Black Creek group sediments of North Carolina. It’s not turtle, and it doesn’t look like any crocodile vertebra I’ve ever seen. That would leave mosasaur, plesiosaur, or dinosaur. Personally I think it’s mosasaur, but I could be wrong and it may not even possible to ID further. Any thoughts?
  14. Al Dente

    Pliocene trip

    Decided to head to a stream with my kayak on my day off recently. I frequently go to this site because it is not too far of a drive. This site gets collected a lot but it looked like no one had been there in a while. Without people walking over the site, small fossils start to be exposed. I crawled around for a couple hours and found many small fish bones and otoliths. Here are some photos. Lots of inarticulate brachiopods. Only two species found here. The round Discinisca and the lingulid Glottidia which is always broken. There is a Lepophidium (Cu
  15. fossil_lover_2277

    Aurora Fossil Museum Crocodile Pubis?

    This past summer I found this bone at the Miocene Pungo River dig pits of the Aurora Fossil Museum. The bone matches the shape of the end of a crocodile pubis from what I have seen online. Crocodile material isn’t common from there, but I know it’s occasionally found. Does this look like a correct ID? The bone doesn’t match anything cetacean that I’m aware of, too thin to be a limb bone or rib head, not the right shape for a phalanges or vertebral process as far as I can tell.
  16. buntingw

    Gill Plate?

    Roughly 5x7”. Perhaps a gill plate? Found in Cape Fear NC region.
  17. Chabba

    Topsail, NC shark tooth

    Hi Folks, Been a reader of these boards for a long time and appreciate all of the great info shared here. I found this tooth at Topsail beach in NC this past summer and was hoping for some help with the ID. It not in great shape but leaning towards one of the extinct white sharks. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  18. Hi all, two IDs here. Both are from North Carolina’s Cretaceous Black Creek group. The first is a small piece of turtle carapace. My question is, does this piece of turtle shell also preserve the keratinous plate that layers over top of a turtle’s carapace? I’ve never seen one fossilized before. The second specimen is a bone fragment. My only question with it is what could have bones with this much cancellous/trabecular bone? I haven’t collected something this porous before, it’s new to me. I’m thinking reptile, maybe croc or turtle? Not hoping for any ID beyond that with this frag
  19. fossil_lover_2277

    North Carolina Xiphactinus tooth?

    I found this tooth in Cretaceous Black Creek group sediments of North Carolina. I think it might be Xiphactinus since it has a hollow in it and is not solid like an Enchodus tooth. Does this look correct, or am I off the mark? Thank you!
  20. fossilhunter21

    Fossil shark teeth

    I recently received some micro matrix from @thelivingdead531. Again thank you so much, it is an awesome gift! But I have been trying to ID the shark teeth and can't figure out what any of them for sure are. I would really appreciate any help. Also sorry about the quality of the pics. I may be able to take better pictures, but only if I need to.
  21. So I found this bone in the Cretaceous Bladen formation of eastern North Carolina. It’s 2cm in length. After looking at pictures of the skeletons of various organism, I think it is either the carpal or metacarpal of a turtle or a mosasaur. Does this look accurate for this bone? Thanks!
  22. So, I found these 5 bones, and firstly, I need to know if they are cetacean or not. If not cetacean, then they are likely crocodilian, mosasaur, or I guess possibly turtle. They come from North Carolina, either from marine Cretaceous Black Creek group deposits, or there is a chance they could be marine Pliocene (hence why I would like to either confirm or rule out cetacean if possible). The area they come from is mostly Cretaceous, but I have found a few Pliocene shark teeth there, and stratigraphic maps show nearby Pliocene stratum, so I’m not totally sure (the area is in Cretaceous stratum o
  23. I just recently found this bone in the Cretaceous Black Creek group deposits of eastern North Carolina. I think it is either crocodile or turtle. I am almost positive it isn’t mosasaur, dinosaur, or plesiosaur (some other tetrapods found in the Black Creek group). Also, is it a radius, ulna, tibia, fibula, femur, etc.? Or is it even a limb bone? I have no idea. Thanks!
  24. I found this tooth earlier today in the Cretaceous Black Creek group of eastern North Carolina. It’s extremely worn, but it’s definitely a tooth (update: okay maybe not ), either mosasaur or Deinosuchus rugosus (due to its size). I’m leaning towards mosasaur due to the elliptical shape of its base. Does anyone know which it is? And if it’s mosasaur, what possible genus or species it might belong to? I’m curious to see what the tooth looked like before it got so beat up. Thanks!
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