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  1. Mioplosus_Lover24

    Holden Beach Diversity Of Fossils

    Recently got back from a trip on Holden Beach, and just WOW. Words can't describe the uniqueness of being able to find Mosasaur teeth next to Megalodon teeth. The recent Hurricane brought in many new fossils and I had quite good luck. Here are some photos of the trip, I will post a picture showing all of my best finds shortly, but for now enjoy! First, here are some of the Squalicorax pristodontus teeth I collected. These were relatively common.
  2. Tyrannosaur tooth I found in North Carolina's Black Creek group yesterday afternoon. Based on the serration count, I'm thinking it's Dryptosaurus, the line of serrations in the second pic is 1.58cm long (measuring by hand), and I counted 31..I do plan to check them for certain later with a stereoscope, but my understanding is Dryptosaurus has <11 serrations/0.5cm and Appalachiosaurus >11/0.5cm. If anyone who deals with this regularly wants to help with the ID, please feel free.
  3. Fin Lover

    First trip to Aurora

    Although I didn't find anything impressive, I thought I would share my first Aurora experience anyway, for those who have never been. My husband and I made an impromptu trip to Aurora yesterday after hearing that they just got a new pile from the mines on Tuesday (opened it Wednesday). It was a 5 hr drive each way, so we had to start really early, but there were already a lot of people digging when we arrived at 10. Only one of the two piles had been replaced, although they are trying to get the second pile replaced before the middle of October. Word seems to get ou
  4. We recently found what could be a gator or croc tooth but don’t quite know. Found that one at the coast of surf city in North Carolina. Could someone identify this for me? Thanks in advance!
  5. fossil_lover_2277

    Large Mystery Fossil Bones from North Carolina

    These two bones come from North Carolina, and the site they come from produces mostly Cretaceous Black Creek group material, but also some marine Pliocene and terrestrial Pleistocene material. Any help would be appreciated! The first is clearly a limb bone shaft, femur, tibia, something like that. Not sure if it's crocodilian, turtle, dinosaur, or terrestrial mammal though (I'm leaning towards terrestrial mammal). The second bone I'm thinking might be some type of hip bone, I was thinking possibly the ischium of some large croc, but I'm not sure. Could very easily be so
  6. sixgill pete

    Xiphactinus vetus LEIDY, 1856

    Self Collected at a private site in Wayne County North Carolina.
  7. Shellseeker

    In the News, NC Walrus Tusk

    https://myfox8.com/news/north-carolina/aurora-fossil-museum-helps-identify-walrus-fossil-tusk-found-in-north-carolina/ I have seen a number and even found a Very small piece ...but I am not sure that I would have identified this as Walrus...
  8. Hi. Taking some kids to harkers Island North Carolina. Does anyone know of a good place to find teeth in the area? Any beaches known for good finds or any rivers (within an hours drive) we could dig and sift in? Thanks!
  9. Dnj

    Coral or worm colony?

    Hi everyone, first post here after a trip to the Outerbanks (Corolla), North Carolina US. Found washed up on the beach, approx. 11 cm long. I can’t find anything here on this forum or various googling that looks exactly like this. Based on what I’ve seen as a total newbie, I’m thinking either coral or worm colony or sponge - your thoughts are very much appreciated!
  10. WagnerFossilFinds

    I need help identifying this!!

    can anyone please help me identify this. I found this today at green mill run GMR in Greenville Nc.
  11. Hello, I came across this listing with no ID/locality info and poor photos, can anyone identify at least what it is? About 5 cm across. From what I can barely make out it has some symmetry and regularity in structure/patterning so I think it is indeed a fossil, perhaps a cystoid theca or crinoid calyx or even float bulb?
  12. Made a second trip to North Carolina's Black Creek group last week, and was definitely rewarded! Lots of interesting finds, the best of which are shown below: Deinosuchus rugosus (D. schwimmeri) teeth, osteoderms, skull fragments, and one MASSIVE coprolite. Also, the bottom right bone is either mosasaur or crocodillian/alligatoroid, I believe either from the hand or leg, hip maybe, but not sure on the exact ID.. Dinosaur teeth! One's definitely hadrosaur, the other I have as the broken-off, enamel-less tip of an indeterminate therapod crown..you be the judg
  13. Andúril Flame of the West

    Localities in the Virginia Area

    Hello everyone, This is my first posting on TFF (although I've been lurking on the forum for a while) and I am excited to be joining a community centered around one of my main interests. I have seen that this forum houses a very kind and helpful community, and I was hoping that some may be interested in helping a - very new and inexperienced - fossil hunter. I will be in the Charlottesville area for Labor Day weekend and I am in search of any tips for finding fossils in that area or general locations where they might be. I am willing to drive up to 3 hours to other locations in Vi
  14. MikeR

    Castle Hayne Coral

    In 2019, @Plax and I explored some exposures of the Castle Hayne Formation near Wilmington, NC. At one site I found a peculiar fossil coral. I am familiar with the typical Eocene solitary corals such as Flabellum and Endopachys, however this one has me stumped as I cannot identify it to Genus with any of my SE USA Eocene references. I am hoping one of the NC invert collectors out there might recognize it. Size is ~32mm. Thanks Mike
  15. Deinosuchus rugosus (I think it's technically D. schwimmeri now) armored plate fragment (osteoderm) I found yesterday in North Carolina's Black Creek group. The whole thing would've likely been around 5"+ in diameter and ~1-1.5" thick. This thing was a beast when it was alive. Also found some Xiphactinus vetus teeth, a tiny but complete Ischyrhiza mira rostral "tooth", my biggest ever complete Scapanorhynchus texanus (this one looks odd in the pic because it curves up so sharply and leans back cause of the weight) and Cretolamna appendicula teeth, and a lot of mosasaur and croc teeth I have a
  16. fossil_lover_2277

    North Carolina Dinosaur Teeth ID Help Needed

    Below are 3 "teeth" I found yesterday in North Carolina's Black Creek Group, and I am no expert in identifying dino teeth. The first one is obviously hadrosaur, but not sure if more can be known about it. The second one, it's general shape looks like a "tooth", but honestly I'm not sure whether it is or isn't. It looks somewhat similar to pachycephalosaurid teeth I looked up online, but such teeth are rare and not known from Appalachia, so I'm doubtful. The last "tooth" looks to be therapod, but there's no enamel. The base where it's broken off looks similar to the breaks I've seen in some oth
  17. Anyone know much about locality 34? Not sure if anyone has made expeditions there or how one can access the area. Any input is greatly appreciated!
  18. legolizard

    Awesome cow shark tooth

    Another trip to a nice little spot I've found on the Trent River in Eastern North Carolina. My brother found the nice cow shark tooth which I've never seen come out of this spot before. Pleasant surprise, and some other nice fossils including a whale vertebrae & half of a shark vert.
  19. Rga10601

    Possible Fossil, Triassic Basin

    Hey everyone, I'm new to the world of fossil hunting, and I think I may have found something. Could someone help me ID this? I don't know if it even is a fossil. It looks like it could be a plant stem or something. It is long and tubular and branches off in places. I found it in a clay pit in the Deep River Basin of Chatham County, NC. The rocks here are said to be from the late Triassic. Any ideas?
  20. Hi, I have been combing the beaches of Topsail Island for years and this is the first trip that turned up multiple large finds. Usually my biggest find is the size of a nickel. This year I found over ten that I consider noteworthy…which is strange in itself. But I am having a lot of trouble identifying one in particular. I have attached a few pictures of the tooth in question here. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Usually my finds are very common…tiger, sand tiger, great white, bull, etc. but for some reason, this year turned up many ancient and worn pieces. Any opinions on why
  21. I am looking for a couple of nice Rudists. Preferably complete or nearly complete. I will trade for just one if it is near museum quality. I have a 3 inch Aldebarania arenitea starfish that is missing a leg, but still a rare find. Its from the Peedee Form. in Rocky Point NC. It has a lot of detail visible and some light matrix which can be removed. If interested I am flexible and would like to see your offers. Inside the US only please.
  22. Went fossil hunting for the first time since Holden Beach in May this past Tuesday at Greens Mill Run in North Carolina. Found my best meg EVER!! A near perfect 3 and 15/16 incher (just missing a tad bit of enamel beneath the bourlette on the front). Most megs at GMR are already fragmented and/or worn down in-situ, so extra happy about this one! Also found a Ischyrhiza mira sawfish rostral tooth tip, a huge exogyra, and I believe a nice Chesapectens masidonius? Also a baleen whale ear bone fragment, and a brown item I think might be a worn cetacean ear bone? Also a piece of petrified wood, a g
  23. 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
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