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  1. So I have a few days off duty and I'm planning on making a long weekend out of it. I'm starting tomorrow in Aurora, NC at the museum's spoil piles. This will be a first, so any suggestions are appreciated. Saturday I will be going to the Charelston, SC area to try my luck again. I was looking for advice in this area. I have done a ton of research with little success. I don't expect someone to give exact locations to their honey holes but advise would be great! Also anyone interested in joining would be welcome. Finally, a few days of free diving the bone yard in Venice, FL.... That's home! Any advice, suggestions, or anyone interested in joining please chime in. I'll post pics as it happens. Thanks in advance, Justin
  2. This is a cobbled together report of a couple of short excursions in July. Early in the month I took the kids to visit my mother at the old home in northern Pennsylvania. It was a nice escape from the heat and fun to introduce the kids to some of the areas I explored when I was their age. We spent a lot of time playing in the creek. Fresh, living biology was our main interest, but my daughter picked up a couple of nice fossils on the side. She secured a lovely plate, naturally oval shaped, less than 1 cm thick, full of cross-sectional crinoid segment impressions. She also found a nice plate of brachiopod casts. This area is Mississippian or Devonian. These are common fossils for the area, but it's pleasing to consider that these animals were fossilized for millions of years before the fauna we "normally" hunt evolved. Last weekend I got away for a few hours to hunt a local South Carolina waterway for Oligocene and newer material. The water level was ideal and the water was fairly clear, but the overcast conditions made for a bit less than ideal visibility. With the 90+ F air temperatures, being in the 80+ F water with mask and snorkel felt marvelous. I turned up a fair number of teeth of the typical broken-tipped and fragmented variety, mostly C. angustidens (I think) with a single very worn C. megalodon. There were a small handful of fairly nice smaller teeth mixed in. I picked up a couple of nice turtle plastron fragments with good surface detail. I also found an alligator osteoderm which I think is actually a modern piece. Sorry about the dark fossil photos--I never seem to have time to get good photos in daylight, but I'm going to work on it. G
  3. Is this a shark tooth?

    Found this on the coast in South Carolina. I was about to toss it aside but I noticed the striations on the front surface. It's about 1 & 3/8 inches from top to bottom. The back side looks nothing like a shark tooth, but could this just be a broken fragment of something that was once larger?
  4. Petrified Wood?

    From the album Fossil Photo-Shoot: 1

    Using image for a post at the moment this may be updated depending on the outcome.
  5. Carcharocles angustidens 08

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles angustidens ACE River Basin, South Carolina

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  6. Carcharocles angustidens 07

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles angustidens ACE River Basin, South Carolina

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  7. Carcharocles angustidens 06

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles angustidens ACE River Basin, South Carolina

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  8. Carcharocles angustidens 05

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles angustidens ACE River Basin, South Carolina

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  9. Shark teeth

    Hi! I'm new to TFF and hunting for shark teeth as well. With that being said I can't seem to identify these teeth and any help is greatly appreciated! I think the bottom are sand tigers but I am not 100% sure.
  10. Toothed or Toothless?

    Hello fossil wizards, please help. I found this washed up on Myrtle Beach when I was a kid. I think it looks like a tooth? I've always wondered what it is or what it belonged to. It keeps me up at night, haunting me, floating in my mind's eye mouth, 20 years of unidentified oversized toothy torture. Anyway, I would love to finally find out the tooth to this mysterious mystery of the perhaps dental variety & put this & myself to bed.
  11. Hey all, On Thursday some colleagues and I published a new archaeocete-like baleen whale from the Oligocene of South Carolina. This is one of the most primitive baleen whales known, and the skull bears many primitive features in common with basilosaurid archaeocetes. We named it Coronodon havensteini - Coronodon refers to the cusps which make a crown-shape, and the species name after Mark Havenstein who collected the specimen. A life restoration I've made of the animals likely gross-looking mouth can be seen below, along with a photograph of the skull. Here's some press releases: http://www.postandcourier.com/news/beast-from-the-past-wando-river-fossil-turns-out-to/article_cd4317c0-5ce5-11e7-965a-274b18c78111.html http://today.cofc.edu/2017/06/29/baleen-whale-fossil-current-biology/ And here's the published article: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(17)30704-2 And if you go to the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History facebook page, there's a video of me on the news last night being interviewed! Edit: our collections manager uploaded the news clip to youtube:
  12. I need some help with this ID

    Hey everyone I need some help identifying this piece of bone possibly. I was diving in the Wando River and discovered it. Im not sure if it even is anything worth while but thought this would be the best place to come to seek some help. Thanks ya'll from a novice diver.
  13. Charleston SC

    Hi all, I plan on being in the Charleston SC area next week. I've seen some of the other posts about fossil hunting near where I am staying and I plan on going to those sites and tours. Anyone have any tips in general? Or places near Charleston that are worth visiting. I'm going to be staying at Isle of Palms, which is right next to Charleston. (If this has been posted before and I just looked over it a link is also much appreciated.) Thanks;
  14. I got out this morning for a few hours on a local river. The water level was nice, but the visibility was terrible. Nevertheless I got on the snorkel and spent some time face-down over the gravels. It was a modest day in terms of finds, but lovely and quiet and cool under the forest canopy, away from the crowds on a holiday weekend. I ended up with a few of the usual small suspects: Carcharias, Hemipristis, Galeocerdo, Isurus, unknowns. My "good" stuff for this short trip included a tooth I believe to be a small C. megalodon, but uncertain. I also found a decent sawfish rostral spine (Pristis spp?, uncertain). My favorite tooth was a quite complete 4.5 cm Isurus tooth worn to a nice mellow smoothness. I also picked up something that may be a coprolite--it appears to have inclusions and also hatching or scratch marks. Or it could be a worn bit of hash or a lumpy rock, I really know nothing about coprolites. I had some interesting wildlife encounters and ended up spending more time taking photos of the naughty bits of various streamside vegetation. It was a pleasant way to spend a morning. I'd welcome any comments on the "coprolite". G
  15. We spent the week on Edisto Beach this past week and found a decent number of little sharks teeth. The first surprise was not 1 but 2 great white teeth. Those are the first great whites that we have found on the beach in the last 5 years on Edisto. The next surprise came to my girlfriend when I used the big great white to propose. It was perfect, her first reaction was to finding a huge tooth, the second reaction was to a "ring stuck to it", the third reaction was realizing that I put it there for her. She only had a moment of disappointment when she realized that she didn't find her own tooth but that quickly disappeared and she said yes!
  16. need help identifying this tooth

    found this tooth in summerville, sc while looking for megalodon teeth, it definitely looks like a tooth but maybe its part of a tusk or something? Im not a pro at all but i am like 90% sure that the darker spots(spots that are almost blackish) look to be part of the enamel. When i found it there was only part of it becoming unearthed but the rest popped out fairly easy but was in bottom of a creek in extremely hard clay/sand. You can see the part that has been exposed to sun, the other side I cleaned a little with a tooth brush. Would appreciate some help identifying it, thank you!
  17. Carcharocles megalodon 02

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles megalodon ACE River Basin, SC 5.3"

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  18. Can you help me identify what this might be? I don't think it's a sharks tooth but it looked cool. I found it along the beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Thanks!
  19. Edisto Beach State Park

    Went to Edisto Beach State Park in South Carolina today for two hours. It was very nice, although the wind was quite cold. I found five sting ray mouth plates and 45 shark teeth. This is the most I've found in that amount of time at any beach I've gone to. There weren't many people there (because it's April) so I didn't have to walk for a while to get to a clear spot. Only walked about a half a mile down from the first beach access point and then back.
  20. Mystery objects (at least to us)

    My wife and I retired, and this winter we spent two months in the North Myrtle Beach area. We walked on the beach almost every day and came up with a number of obvious fossils, mostly some kind of bivalve. But we also found a few things that may or may not be anything. We're completely clueless, and we're hoping that someone here can help.
  21. Fossil Shark Teeth in situ 01

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Fossil Shark Teeth in situ Summerville, South Carolina

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  22. Summerville, South Carolina - 03/17/17

    Hello folks, Long time no see .... Wanted to share a few finds from the creek-bed. My first two toothed whale teeth popped up in a recent trip, worn but fun. There were a few angustidens as well, and an alopias sp. that was larger and a bit broader than I had seen before. The best part honestly was almost lost ... it's those moments when you pause as you are tossing chunks of larger rock back into the water. Not one, but two little teeth still locked in their matrix came up in my sifter. Cheers, Brett
  23. Need Help Identifying

    Very new to fossil collecting. Found this on Edisto Beach in South Carolina while looking for shark teeth.
  24. Schep

    I have found several gray rocks that are embedded with interesting items. Some even have markings like scales and fins with what seem to be bones protruding. I wonder if they could be coprolite? This is just one of the rocks I've found. I will post more of them for you to identify. This one is about 6.5 in. Thanks. Terrie