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  1. 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:
  2. 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.
  3. 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;
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. Carcharocles megalodon 02

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles megalodon ACE River Basin, SC 5.3"

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Fossil Shark Teeth in situ 01

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Fossil Shark Teeth in situ Summerville, South Carolina

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  12. 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
  13. Need Help Identifying

    Very new to fossil collecting. Found this on Edisto Beach in South Carolina while looking for shark teeth.
  14. 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
  15. Carcharocles auriculatus 01

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles auriculatus Harleyville, SC

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  16. I am in South Carolina right now and am leaving tomorrow. I have been staying in North Myrtle Beach and have searched the beach in multiple areas for fossils but I have found nothing. I also went to Huntington Beach to look but I only found shells. So on my way back from North Myrtle Beach I plan on stopping at the Harleyville town hall piles to search for fossils. Has any one searched through these piles for fossils? Also if anyone has any suggestions on other areas to hunt near North myrtle Beach or a better place than Harleyville.
  17. Summerville, South Carolina - Mako sp ?

    Hi There, I'm curious about this small tooth that popped up in my sifter from a creek bed in Summerville, SC. I've looked at references for Mako shark species (elasmo) to try and figure it out (retroflexus ?). It isn't the usual shape I'm used to, the root is not as robust as I'm accustomed to and the tooth in proportion to the root feels too squat. Does it just have an odd pathology or abnomality ? Or is just not an Isurus sp. at all. Thanks, Brett
  18. Pond Dig in SC

    A few finds recently. The best tooth find of the day usually gets made into a pendant necklace for my wife. Enjoy!
  19. 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?)
  20. 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
  21. 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?
  22. 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/
  23. 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!
  24. 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:
  25. 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!!!!!
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