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  1. SC River Finds

    Hi All, Had a great trip to South Carolina for river diving last weekend. The water was cold, and we had to dry-suit it, but nonetheless, everyone made some incredible finds, and had a great time. I've got three items I'm looking for the forum's expertise and wisdom on. 1. The first six pics are of what I believe to be a Camel Metacarpal, or Metatarsal. It looks to be in very pristine condition, so much so, that when I first found it, I assumed it must be modern and almost didn't bring it up. After returning home and investigating, I learned that it may be Camel, and I was very happily surprised. This just confirms the advice given to me many years ago by a wise veteran: when on the bottom of the river, and your not sure what something is, bag it up. Once back on the boat, you can always throw it back if it's nothing of interest. 2, The next four pics are of four articulated verts in matrix. I have no idea what these are from, they look fishy to me. The matrix is fairly soft. I can remove it with nothing more than a dental pick, and smooth it with a scrubbing pad and water. I intend to remove more of the matrix, but I want to leave enough to keep the articulation stable. 3. The last item appears to be a claw core? ( or a tusk from the newly discovered (by me) very very tiny, miniature Mammoth?)
  2. Hello everyone, I need a little help figuring out what this fossil is. It was found at a dive site off South Carolina. I'm guessing some kind of whale tooth? Thanks a bunch, Jay
  3. SC River finds

    Here are 3 fossils I would like help in IDing. The first is a fragment, but I thought the unique edge might help identify it. Is it some kind of jaw? The second is a calcaneum which appears somewhat bigger and robust than that of a deer....llama? The third, I think, is a fragment of a scapula. Any idea as to species?
  4. Hey all, yesterday my wife (CCNHM collections manager Sarah Boessenecker) and I wrote about some of our recent finds from Folly Beach, SC. Collecting fossils there is quite easy, and if you're there for non-shark teeth, there's essentially no competition since that's all anyone ever looks for there. The fossils of Folly Beach have never been written up, and I'm getting more and more curious about them - particularly fossil marine mammals. If anyone finds marine mammal earbones out there, I'm dying to take a look! We've already gotten a nice donation from Ashby Gale, Edisto SP ranger, of a pygmy sperm whale periotic. Here's the blog post with some images of our recent finds - including my first giant armadillo scute (Holmesina), an Alligator osteoderm, various shark and mammal teeth, and a snake vertebra. I've made a plan to go out to Folly once a week this entire semester, since it's only a 15-20 minute drive from College of Charleston (a very nice escape from campus and teaching) http://blogs.cofc.edu/macebrownmuseum/2017/02/03/friday-fossil-feature-it-would-be-folly-to-pass-this-site-up/
  5. Hi everyone! I'm fairly new to Beaufort, SC. Recently moved up from FL where I hunted Peace River a lot. I'm hoping to connect with other fossil hunters in the area and maybe gain some local knowledge. I've watched a ton of videos of nice megalodon teeth being found in Summerville/Charleston area land sites, creeks, ditches. What I'm looking for is the possibility of similar sites here in Beaufort County but I don't know enough about local formations to draw any conclusions. I'm not a diver yet so my main focus is on land at the moment. I've hunted the sands at Port Royal with minimal success (the occasional small meg) but I'm really looking for the bigger stuff. I also have a kayak if that helps! Any info is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  6. It has been a while!

    Hey gang! It has been a while. Life has been keeping me busy and the only digging I have done since my last post has been with UF at their Montbrook Site (which is awesome!). Today, I have an odd request because it pertains to a trip I hope to take in SC this Spring, but here is the link- maybe some of you travelling hunters can help me out:
  7. Low Country Fossil Excursions

    Greetings from Florida! I am hoping one of my fellow Fossil Forum brethren might help me out. I am planning a family vacation to the Charleston area the first week of April and came across Low Country Fossil Excursions online. I definitely wanted to do some fossil digging while we are up there, but some of their reviews concerned me. I just spoke to Shawn Damon (guide/owner) on the phone but I am still a little worried about this guided hunt. I am an AVID hobbyist fossil hunter here in Florida, with about 20 years (on and off) of experience, and frequently participate in digs with the University of Florida. Not to be rude, but it is imperative to me, that for the kind of money they are asking, we are going to an area not accessible to the general public or at the least, not heavily trafficked and picked over. I appreciate the value of a good guide, but I am just unsure. Do any of you have experience with this company? Are they worth the $360.00 they are asking for to take my wife, myself and my skilled 8 yr old side-kick (daughter) on a 6 hour "walk-in" hunt? It seems like a lot, especially after what I read on Trip Advisor. Would I be better off to learn the SC fossil hunting rules and strike out on my own? THANK YOU IN ADVANCE for your candid and honest answers!!!!!
  8. Megalodon tooth?

    This looks suspiciously like a fragment of a Megalodon. Can anyone ID this?
  9. Carcharocles angustidens 02

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles angustidens Charleston, SC

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  10. Carcharocles angustidens 01

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles angustidens ACE River Basin, SC

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  11. Carcharocles chubutensis 01

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles chubutensis ACE River Basin, SC

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  12. Carcharocles megalodon 01

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles megalodon ACE River Basin, SC

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  13. Fossilized clam with strange banding?

    While shark tooth hunting on Daniel Island in South Carolina, USA, fossilized clams are quite ubiquitous. So much so that my girls don't even pick them up. I love their round smooth shape so I collect them. I found this interesting one yesterday (low tide, January 2017) along the banks of the Cooper River. It has two smaller bands across one side. My hopes are that it is some sort of Indian artifact, though I know it's not likely. Anyone recognize what might have made these bands?
  14. Camel, Horse, Llama tooth????

    Hello. My girls and I found this tooth along the banks of the Cooper River in Charleston, SC, USA, while fossil hunting. I've seen pics of horse teeth, but this appears to be more flat than the squarer horse teeth I've seen. I found a few shots of llama or camel teeth online. You can see a bit of serration on the top of pic 3 which makes me think it definitely is a tooth, but a camel in SC?
  15. Please help I.D. this bone

    My mother-in-law found this in the woods of South Carolina by a lake. 8-10 inches in length. Here it is pictures on an average size table mat.
  16. We are looking for good beach sites or dig sites we could take our daughter to this week in South Carolina or coastal Georgia. Our daughter is seven and we're looking for some sites that we won't have to get in the water to access due to the cooler weather approaching. We would like to hit some beaches or sites we could dig. Thanks.
  17. Summerville, South Carolina - Hemipristis serra

    Hello everyone ... I had the pleasure of going out on a guided tour so to speak of a creek near Summerville, SC and it was a hoot. A few cool things to be had but really the highlight of my day were these little colorful Hemi teeth. The best one was the pathological Hemi with a twisted root and malformed crown ? Thanks to Dennis and Shawn. Cheers, Brett
  18. Shark tooth ID

    I'm thinking this is a meg tooth. Slightly over a inch and really beat up. Found this in ladson, SC. Thanks!
  19. I wasn't sure if this was the right spot to post my concerns about some methods apparently being used on at least one location, but I thought I would post it here under South Carolina since I do reference laws as well as local stratigraphy. I don't wish to lecture, we're all adults here and most people here on the forums, heck all people I've met here on the forums, are not the people causing issues. But I do wish to voice my concerns. It was easiest to post in one place so I could share it on several sites (like all my social media sites as well as here). I hope it's okay to post a link to the blog post I did... I was compelled to speak out and say something to trying and inform in the hopes that those doing this horrific damage at this site will reconsider their methods. Thanks for reading. http://reddesilets.blogspot.com/2016/11/logos-pathos-and-ethos-as-learned-by.html?spref=fb
  20. This is GREAT info for fossil hunters in the "tricounty" area around Charleston! http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2013/1030/
  21. Finding Fossilized Shark (Selachimorpha [Selachii]) Teeth On The Shores Of Myrtle Beach, SC: A Definitive, Authoritative, Don't-Deviate-Or-Die Guide By Shane R., a.k.a. "THE master expert of all gurus" Shell-bed - Crushed shells deposited during the high tide transformation to low tide. A proper bed will have NO SAND VISIBLE, ONLY CRUSHED SHELLS!! The ocean's dump... Dump of joy and goodness! This is where you always want to be in some form or another. DO NOT waste time with shell-bedless sand. Bigger pieces of shells in the bed = bigger teeth, less chance of finding squat. Smaller pieces = small teeth but higher chances. Zone 4 - Fine, hot, trash-filled, bone-dry, dredged, behind pretty sea oats sand that's furthest from the ocean (2.25/5 rating & small teeth) Zone 3 - Lumpy, warm, uneven, ever-so-slightly-moist, feet-trodden, gritty sand that's marked by beach scraping machinery tracks (?[unimportant enough that I've never looked]/5 rating & small teeth) Zone 2 - Cool, moist, older-shell-bed-filled, severely foot-trodden, vacationers-set-up-shop-full, smooth sand (3.5/5 rating & small to large teeth) Zone 1 - Very cool, super moist, lightest of waves, fresh-shell-bed filled, heavens-opened-up, stay-here-all-day, smooth-as-a-baby's-rear, where-toothy-addictions-and-backbreaking-obsessions-are-made shore sand (5/5 rating & small to very large teeth) ps. if you can't already tell, this is the zone you want Zone Almost Pointless - Cold, in the "deeper than lightest of waves," impossible-to-see-anything, "that fast wave took my spotted treasure away before I could process," shell-beds so exceptional your feet cut open and bleed, waterery sand (1.75/5 rating & large to extremely large teeth) *Baby Zip bag needed. Leave open the whole time searching. Touch fingers in ocean water, let water drip into bag, fill about 1/4 of bag (the water atoms secure your teeth), hold in one hand between thumb, forefinger, and middle finger (thumb is on right side gripped next to zipper [sharp edge of bag], forefinger nail distance is inside bag, middle finger is above forefinger outside of bag gripped to forefinger nail) while searching. Touch (or drop if you found a big momma) newly acquired teeth to water inside bag until said atoms overtake tooth, securing it in bag. Check continually for low water level and leakages. If found, dip ocean fingers and refill. DO NOT DROP BAG!!!!!! HOLY.. DONT DROP THE BAG. AND.... Don't... be.. tipping the bag either Ahem... Now for that meat. A good mindset to always, always keep is that, chances are, if a shell bed is not actively being eroded at by active waves, any teeth of substantial size have been already taken by another collector. If you aren't actively eye-searching, continually walking, moving around, and searching for the next great eroding shell bed, you ARE wasting precious, valuable time! Look down the beach and head to the next visible bed near the shore! Lots of speed walking is needed! Check to see if waves are or might be close to hitting beds. If so, GET there as fast as possible! Scour the beach with your eyes and be PROACTIVE! Beat the next collector! Be on top of it! If you aren't bent over the whole time, you ARE missing great teeth! R.I.P. Mr. back When you've found a shell-bed near the shore that's actively being eroded by waves, pay super close attention to the area where the sand (closest to ocean) meets the shell bed. This area (and just to the top of bed [furthest from ocean]) is where very large teeth can be found! The middle of the bed is just as good! So check the whole bed!!duh! Make sure the sun is BEHIND YOU and the tooth's enamel should shine like utter diamond from the fresh water on them. Pay SUPER close attention to the bottom of said bed when a wave thoroughly hits it: sometimes teeth come SHOOTING out! The water is naturally sorting this big bed of shells for you! Thank the wind for the eroding waves! Thank the moon for providing the large tide that dropped the shells! The bed that is actively being hit by waves is loooong, as you can see, so don't stay in one place! Pace back and forth the distance of bed where waves are hitting (only where waves are sorting for you)! You are greatly increasing your chances of finding a tooth if you are walking back and forth whilst looking! Pace! Don't stay in one place! Pace! Don't do et . Pace! Scan scan scan! If you aren't actively scanning, you are missing! Active active! Nonstop! This is work since they're valuable to the Gay Dolphin dude! If not trying to fool with tide charts, prepare to be out for at least six hours in order to catch key times. Full moons and new moons are the greatest times to look. Day before and after. Morning. 6:45 am. Nautical twilight time... If there is a storm, GET OUT THERE NOW. Legendary fun awaits. If no shell beds can be found (you're basically fricked...but), bring a short metal shovel, use toes to find an under the sand shell bed, make sure it is close to the ocean, dig large scoops, throw to edge of where water is hitting, let nature erode, search quickly at results. Thank me for this quality, highly treasured, highly secret, authoritative, veteran, insider, seasoned info and data by... Showing me what you find! <3 ~SR
  22. Hello, everyone! Black Friday?

    Hey, y'all! Sorry I haven't been on here in such a long time. College of Charleston has me REALLY busy! But I'm really loving it. I was curious if anyone was wanting to do a Black Friday Fossil Hunt like last year? I hated I couldn't join y'all. But in December that blown cervical disc was fixed and I've been hunting (when I can) ever since.
  23. Hilton Head trip

    Hey Y'all, I'm coming from Texas to spend spring break in Hilton Head. I've seen lots of references to hunting around Edisto to the north and Savannah to the south. Any good places at or near Hilton Head? I'd love to find shark teeth or pleistocene mammal fossils. Thanks for any help!
  24. South Carolina DNR cracks down on fossil hunters by Bo Petersen Post and Courier, Charleston, SC, November 6, 2016 http://www.postandcourier.com/news/dnr-cracks-down-on-fossil-hunters/article_f7c52752-a108-11e6-a6b0-1745f70896e0.html Yours, Paul H.
  25. Jaw Fragment with Molars

    Hey Everyone, Found this section of Jaw with 5 teeth, while river diving in SC. I'd appreciate your thoughts on ID.