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  1. Hi All. I'm going to blast down to Florida from December 23-30 and then Edisto Island, SC Dec 30 - Jan 3rd. In Florida, I plan to do a lot of kayaking and fossil hunting near the Rainbow springs sp area (withlachochee, steinhatchee, wacassassa) and then near Edisto Island when in SC. Even though I've fossil hunted there before, any tips would most welcome. Kent
  2. Hello Everyone! If you haven't noticed, Ive been going out to the river pretty much every day this week. Work's been slow, so I've had the afternoons free for exploring. I decided to mix it up today and head out to a site that I explored extensively last month. Most of the gravel and fossils at this site comes out tan or reddish in color, as apposed to the blacks and greys common at the other site I've been to recently. The finds came slowly today, most of the productive areas were covered with a fine layer of silt. I did manage to find one nice angustidens tooth, as well as a shamer of another, larger tooth. I also found a cool dolphin jaw segment, and several nice Hemipristis teeth. I might wait until another good rain before I return to this particular site, but I had fun today anyway. Take care, SOSC Here's the complete haul - Huge shamer here😢3.5"- Nice 1.25" C. angustidens tooth-
  3. Hello everyone! Went back out to my new marsh dig site along the Ashley River in North Charleston today after this morning's showers. While the Pliocene-heavy gravel didn't have any obvious large teeth, the zone that had some dark Oligocene-Miocene gravel had several decent Carcharocles angustidens teeth. The crazy thing about these finds is that they came from the piles of sediment that I dug out yesterday...I just completely missed them! I'm becoming more and more pleased with the abundance of fossils and teeth at this site - really looking foward to my return visit. Take care, SOSC Sorry they're still a little dirty -
  4. Decent finds from an old spot

    First time out for me since the floods here in the Charleston area. I have not found any of the gorgeous megs others have found the past couple weeks but I have some great finds nonetheless. Toby, my 9 yr old "little paleontologist", cannot wait to go out this weekend for more. This is my "star" find as far as the teeth I found today. Great Angi!
  5. Finally organizing our finds

    I'm finally getting around to organizing what we've found and been given so far. Nothing spectacular - some inexpensive containers and cabinet liners. I need to get to the craft store as I think batting would fair better than the liner (but the liner is serving it's purpose for now). The containers fit nicely stacked by two on the bottom shelf of my coffee table. Being that they are semi transparent, that makes for a decent "display". I need a couple more for bigger items I have that are not pictured here (larger bones and vertebrae) and I have some more shells and coral that need to be washed so they are not included either. I don't know when I will be able to hunt for fossils again with the flooding being the way it is. I was going to give it a go this weekend but there are some areas being evacuated as more water moves in to the Lowcountry from flooding in the mid- and upstate. My heart truly goes out to the people that have lost so much and continue to loose their homes and more during this time.
  6. Today's Finds...

    I'm pretty exhausted so I did a very quick, preliminary cleaning of our finds. I'll add better photos of the fossils with the ruler over the next day or so to this thread. This is by far our biggest haul so far! Sorry for the poor photo. I promise to get better pics as I clean them properly over the next day or so (algebra exam tomorrow *shudders* so not sure how much attention I can give the finds tomorrow). MEGA thanks to Sharks of SC! edit: there is probably one or two that I will post on the ID thread if I can't find anything online - like the one that is on the top right....
  7. In the continuing adventures of a noob fossil hunter, I learned some good lessons today, even if my haul is less than mediocre. Though my son was excited for the tiger teeth. I think there is a couple broken makos, a super tiny and broken sand tiger (which broke again when I tried to pick it up later after these pics were taken). The top row - the one on the far left and the one on the far right I have no idea what they are... Anyhow, I was searching via Google Maps and found a site I thought was promising. I shared it with another local hunter and he advised me he's been there. Said it could be promising and warned that the banks of the creek are very steep. Yeah... they are - nearly vertical! I saw some foot holds where someone else had climbed down about a third of the way down (I'm guessing this is a 12-15 foot bank). So I sat down at the top and slide down carefully until I could get my feet in the footholds. However, when I stood up, the entire side gave way so I slid (more like fell because it was so vertical) until my feet were at the bottom - with my arms stuck in thorny brushes... Yeouch! They still sting (my left arm is pretty torn up with some minor scrapes on both my wrists). Well I wasn't going to give up, but looking both directions was disheartening. To my left it was pretty over grown. I'm a pretty big girl so trying to navigate all that - in a sandy bottom creek - wasn't too inviting. The other way was completely clear of overgrowth but that sandy bottom went on forever! You could see where other hunters had recently been there, digging into the bank (perhaps that's why what I stood on trying to climb down gave way?) but there was nothing but dirt and clay. After some of my own test spots into the bank, I gave up and moved downstream a bit, trying to be careful to not sink into the boggy-like conditions (feet and legs got sucked in periodically, but I was able to get out of it). It was getting harder and harder to not sink so I started crawling to better distribute my weight. I finally came to a very small patch of gravel and sand so I found a place to sit without sinking and did some sifting (just a plain kitchen sifter). This is where I found everything photographed here. So the lesson is - on a vertical climb down... just don't. For me anyway. And I also learned is far better to scout sites while my soon-to-be 9 year old is at school. This would NOT have been a fun trip for him at all.
  8. I finally was able to get out alone today now that the kids are in school and I had some gas in my van's tank. I scouted places Tuesday but didn't find any place hopeful. Everything is sooooo overgrown right now, it's looking like fall would be better to look at some of those sites again after the plant life has retreated and died off for the winter. I tried to scout a few more places but the only hopeful access road would have required a 4x4 with better clearance - not what my Kia Sedona is! So I went back to one place that has been hunted about to death. We've had some heavy rains the past couple days so I was hoping to find something good. Alas, tiny teeth is pretty much it. I did leave a couple of very small ray plates behind as I have plenty of those. I will say one thing for this place, the colors are AMAZING! Pink and orange along with the "usual" darker, even black, colors. I don't know what the last piece is in the last of the photos. It has the right fossilized appearance and sound and all that (clinks when I tap it on my teeth). Either just a rock or maybe a piece of fossilized wood? No clue. Probably nothing though... Anyway, I hope y'all enjoy the pics of these very colorful teeth. Oh! BTW the paper they are on is beige, not white. Probably should have dug out some white paper for this... :/ I'm learning... (PS - I'm getting pretty good at finding these tiny teeth. Maybe it'll come in handy later if I ever try to find micro fossils )
  9. South Carolina Beach Finds

    From the album Fossildude's Finds

    All found on Surfside Beach, South Carolina.

    © © 2015 Tim Jones

  10. Hello! I probably will not be fossil hunting again for a little while as one of my sons is having surgery this week. So we struck out on a trip today. We walked in the Edisto around Givhans SP but naturally it's thick with sand. After a quick trip to a nearby cemetery to visit our ancestors from that area, we headed to one of two spots we've done before. That spot was so overgrown it wasn't funny. And looking at the creek, it was very sandy (whereas in May it was far more gravelly). We didn't even bother and moved on to the second site. Lots of small shark teeth, some are truly gorgeous! Some bone (I think) and ray plates. Not sure on all of them. I'll probably spend the next couple of days trying to identify everything before blogging it. Here are some photos of the finds after being rinsed off with clean water. (Lots of images... Please pardon the ruler being out of frame on some of these - each tick is a millimeter. I had photos with the ruler better shown but I like the images that were closer up for posting.)
  11. Harleyville

    Is anyone familiar with Harleyville in respects to hunts? Best I can tell from looking online, one of the mines dumps sediment on a lot by city hall for people to go through. Does anyone know if they still do that and if it's fruitful? I may try to go in the next couple of days with my little paleontologist.
  12. Not the best pics in the world but I have to get ready to take my son to a doctor's appointment. I wanted to post these anyway... I'll take better photos later and put them on my blog. Note: my 12 yr old son is into smooth stones for building cairns and my 8 year old and I are into the teeth and fossils. (I will label these better and I will never use my laptop to photograph fossils and teeth ever again LOL )
  13. I have no idea what these are. I've been searching images on the internet for days now. I assume, if anything, maybe they are coral but I'm not even close to being sure. I don't see any patterns of like growth rings or anything like that but I'm no expert on corals so IDK. Maybe if they are there they are microscopic. Maybe there are none just as it seems to be. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks! Close up view of the gray specimen Gray on the left and tan on the right Side angle view with gray on the left and tan on the right
  14. Can I get some help with verification and identifying these? It was an impromptu stop - my 12 year old and I were there to give some backed up traffic a chance to get flowing again. On the left is the cast of a shell. Next to that is likely a rock but but I couldn't be sure if it was or if it might be something else. The third item I was very unsure of. I *think* it may be a piece of bone, but I'm really not sure (again, may just be a rock). The last item on the right might be bone. I'm mad at myself because I had a beauty of a bone but dropped it. Ugh... Thanks for any help!
  15. While researching formations in my area, I stumbled on this report. I found it really interesting as, if I'm looking at the maps and graphs correctly, shows the depths of the various formations along with their geological periods... http://www.dnr.sc.gov/water/hydro/HydroPubs/pdf/SCWRC_139.pdf
  16. A Crab & Unknown Bones?

    Had some heavy rain last week, so my son and I went looking yesterday. Thought this crab was pretty neat since it is the first we've found. Any id help on the other two is greatly appreciated. I'm not sure the V shaped one more is all that old? The other one has such a thin wall I'm not convinced it is bone, but sure looks and feels like bone.
  17. Multiple Teeth

    All found in Summerville SC. Any I'd help is greatly appreciated.
  18. Mystery Object

    Any thoughts on what this may be? Found in area typically associated with the Chandler Bridge.
  19. Vertebrae Id Help

    Found this in Summerville, Sc. An area typically associated with Oligocene fossils. An idea what it may have come from? Thanks in advance!
  20. Today's fossil hunt with a few of the finds cataloged and posted: http://fossilforay.blogspot.com/2015/06/well-today-was-fun-fossil-hunt-for-sure.html I figured doing this via my blog rather than posting the tons of photos here would make it easier, I hope that's okay. I'm not sure of the ID on most of our finds. I'll make another blog entry with more cataloged over the next couple of days (I hope). For now, gotta jet - lots to do before we all go see Jurassic World!
  21. Tooth & Possible Claw Id Help?

    Can any of you please help me ID what these two items may be? The black one does not look like any of the other teeth we have found so I'm wondering if it may be a claw? It was found in Summerville, SC on a ditch bed, typically associated with the Chandler Bridge formation, but further down the Ashley Formation. At least as far as I know.
  22. Summerville Vertebrae Id Help?

    Hi all. Great forum you have here. Can anyone help me identify what this vertebrae came from? It was found in Summerville, SC so I'm assuming it is from the Oligocene period and came from the Chandler Bridge formation.
  23. I don’t know where else to ask, I need your expertise. I've had a great opportunity come my way, but i'm out of my element and need help from like-minded fossil collectors. I've collected fossils in the rivers of Florida and in New York state. I love collecting vertebra and joint bones, and of course teeth, but never in the low country of South Carolina. I will be saying at Harry’s Fish Camp on Lake Marion from the 19th to the 27th with some friends. Were all kayak fishermen, but I love fossils, and they know this and are expecting me to take them on a trip or two. We will all have kayaks and can drive to meet anywhere in the area. I have scoured the internet for locations but my searches seem to result in the same 50 or so sites. I know there's fossils in the Cooper, Ashley, Wando, Santee, and Edisto rivers, but there are hundreds of combined miles of river and coast line and have been unable to find any specific locations. My experiences in Florida have taught me that just knowing a ‘area’ to look tends to be a huge waste of time as the prime locations tend to be very specific in strata and depth. I’m all about networking with other fossil and mineral collectors. I'm part of the Rochester Academy of science and the Buffalo Geological Society. We do trips all over the place for fossils and minerals. It is my hopes that I can use this trip to SC to network with other collectors and build life-long friendships. I love hosting people and taking people on fossil and mineral collecting trips up here. I know i could pay for a guide to take me out, but that doesn't build friendships, and the networking in this hobby is just as important as finding awesome stuff. While id love to find someone to take me out, or help me out out of the kindness of their love for the hobby, I would be willing to trade for a few of my prized pyritized fossils I have found in Buffalo NY, or even pay for their time. I really hope someone out there can help me out. Feel free to email me at andrewzioto83@gmail.com. I don’t scuba, low visibility creeps me out.
  24. Hello all! I have another question. I realize the weather is obviously different in the winter, wind, etc. But I have noticed a difference in my shark tooth hunting. It SEEMS like there are not as many teeth as in the summer. Is this possibly due to the difference in the currents? Or perhaps the amount of churning under the breaker areas bringing results ( as in teeth and bones) to the shore? I was reading a book that talked about seasonal changes of surf, swash, etc-does anyone have any comments or can add to this? I hunt the southern Grand Strand area of SC, and am a newbie, so any helpful suggestions are welcome! I seem to have the best luck hunting the wave edges during high to mid-tide. Low tide I don't seem to find anything during this winter season. Thanks!
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