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  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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 )
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Multiple Teeth

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

    Any thoughts on what this may be? Found in area typically associated with the Chandler Bridge.
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. Summerville Shark Tooth Hunting

    I live in the Charleston area and already have many good beach hunting spots, but I would like to get into some inland hunting. I am heading to Summerville next weekend to look around in some ditches and streams, but I am not sure exactly where to go, or the best ways to hunt in Summerville. Any advice? Thanks.
  17. Edisto Beach, Sc

    This is my image collection from samples of beach sand from Edisto Beach, SC. I hope to add more images and inforamtion to this thread over time, kind of as a way to archive my exploration here. Some background info: Microscope is Amscope M120 with a 1.3 mp digital cam, the mfg claims "the cam is about equal to a 40X eyepiece" (whatever THAT means...) With 4X and 10X objectives, this gives me 2 usable settings of 160X and 400X. Most images will be the 160X variety, the higher magnification not so great at 3-D objects. The best I can figure so far is at "160X" the field of view of the images is between 1mm and 1.4mm. Not all of the images are fossils, some are just cool things I found along the way. Mostly, I'm hunting forams, still learning how to ID them. If you recognize something go ahead and shout it out :-) The samples are a mix of pretty much everything from the oligocene to the present, megladon teeth are occasionally found on this beach along with thousands of smaller teeth, turtle fossils, fish, coral, sea shell, even mammal fossil bone. For this search I started with a wash to pan out any light weight organics, then washed through a fine kitchen strainer and cooked the sample dry in a toaster over. The material on the beach can range from super fined grained to shell banks with 4"+ shells and frags. At the scale of the strainer and microscope I have available small shark teeth and fish parts are mostly screened out, but they can be present in unfiltered sand. OK....enough with the boring stuff....how about some pretty pics?
  18. My girlfriend and I are going to be traveling down to SC in late august, and thinking of stopping by the Edisto River to search for shark teeth. Could anyone please give us some advice on a place where we can safely park without any issues, and where we should be able to find decent teeth by snorkeling? Also, there any hotels anyone knows of in the area? We are from Maryland and used to walking the beach along Calvert Cliffs, so any advice would be very much appreciated.
  19. Vertebra From Savannah River?

    I found this on a beach in the Savannah River. I think its some sort of vertebra or vertebral disc but I'm really not sure. Thank for any help!
  20. Not Quite Fla

    Just got home, but Harleyville has been on my to-do list for some time now. So, I stopped by and grabbed a quick 5 gallons. I've only begun to investigate this matrix but I'm pleased with what I'm seeing. First picture was too dark! Also looks like I'm gonna have a lot of little stuff to post. But it will be a bit before I'm ready to show more
  21. i have some friends in walterboro sc. i plan on visiting them soon and i would like to do a little hunting while i am in town. If anyone could share the general location of fossil bearing formation/the names of creeks that may have teeth i would be much appriciative. Happy to share some locations in summerville or chucktown in return
  22. Help On Tooth Ids

    All of these specimens are presumed to be Oligocene-Miocene based upon where they were found. My Guesses: 1. Juvenile angustidens 2. Same 3. Posterior megalodon 4. ??? 5. Pathological tiger Sorry for the the crappy cellphone pictures, and thanks in advance.
  23. Hit The Edisto 5-25-13

    Hit the Edisto last weekend. Did not find a LOT of teeth, but did find a GREAT spot that should produce well as time passes. Packiing gear and getting ready for next hunt. Ready to go again. Hope to do some up river scooping and screening soon Angys found by others I picked up the Angy on the right. Put my Mako next to it for comparison
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