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Found 483 results

  1. Fossil or just a rock?

    Hey all, I was hunting for sharks teeth this morning and found this. Is it a fossil or just a rock? My initial inclination is just a rock, but figured the shape was worth an ask. Thanks in advance!
  2. Shark Tooth ID

    Hey all, I found this tooth this morning hunting in Charleston, SC. I was hoping someone could help me ID it. Is it Isurus desori? Or is it Isurus hastalis? That was my initial thought, but it is so much bigger, thicker, and robust than the other Isurus desori teeth I have found in Charleston, SC and most Isurus hastalis teeth I have found are more broad/wide. So figured I would run it past some folks here to make sure the ID is correct. Thanks I’m advance!!! @MarcoSr @WhodamanHD @BellamyBlake @Al Dente @Praefectus
  3. Coral (likely modern)

    I found this piece of coral a long time ago some where on the southern us Atlantic coast probably South Carolina. I’m guessing it’s modern but I would still like to know what kind of coral it is, it’s also fluorescent especially the bottom
  4. Egg, Coprolite, or Neat Rock?

    Found slightly north of Columbia, SC in the middle of the state in a creek. Caught my eye because of the inside, but the outside seems to have some sort of non-natural looking inclusions. If you’re able, zoom in on the exterior to see what I mean. Any help is appreciated! Totally understand this could just be a rock but it seems too odd.
  5. Squalodon Tooth

    This is one of the teeth that I found recently in a creek bed in Summerville. It was not in a geological formation but The Chandler Bridge Formation is very close. My limited knowledge leads me to think this is a squalodon tooth. Any one have any thoughts? Thanks for your help in identifying this tooth.
  6. Isurus retroflexus posterior tooth?

    After I remarked that the little tooth below (found on Morris Island, South Carolina) looked interesting on his trip report thread, forum member @Family Fun kindly gifted it to me, asking only that I help identify the species and share the result. My assessment is that this is an Isurus retroflexus posterior tooth, but hopefully others here can either confirm or correct that ID. This tooth has a non-serrated crown that is still fairly sharp and to my eyes at least has the raised labial platform indicative of I. retroflexus. There is a single cusplet on one side. Thanks for your help with this one, and thank you @Family Fun for your generosity! (Unfortunately, the tooth split down the middle on its journey to me, which is the crack you can see in the photos, but I was able to glue it back together.)
  7. Tooth on Folly Beach, SC

    Hello - I am wondering if anyone would be able to help identify this tooth that I found on Folly Beach about 2 years ago? Thank you in advance.
  8. Vertebra ID

    Hello, I found this vertebra on the beach this morning in Charleston, SC and was hoping someone could help ID it. My initial guess was a dolphin vertebra? Thanks in advance!
  9. Petrosal for ID

    I found this petrosal on a South Carolina beach near Charleston. I would love to know the animal it belonged to. Is it cetacean @Boesse by any chance? Thanks for looking. Scale is CM.
  10. Mammal mandible for ID

    I recently found this nice, if toothless mandible on a S.C. beach. I spent some time trying to compare it with other examples, but am left guessing. It does not compare well with the skunk jawbone that I do have. The alveoli do not line up, so I am wondering about raccoon or opossum ... any help would be appreciated. Thanks for looking.
  11. From Myrtle, to Charleston and then from Amelia around to Venice. It was truly a blessed summer strolling the beaches with family, and sometimes by myself. Of the hundreds found, these are my favorites.
  12. Disc-shaped SC beach fossil ID?

    I found several dozen fossils like the one below on Debordieu Beach (~20mi south of Myrtle Beach, SC): can anyone help to identify? They are black, wafer-thin discs, roughly 1 in (2.5cm) in diameter, with a ripples-in-water pattern of concentric circles. Any help with an ID would be most appreciated--thank you!
  13. Found on South Carolina beach

    My sister found this on the beach in South Carolina, and I was hoping to get some help in identifying it!
  14. Shark Tooth ID Please

    Hey all, I just got back from a quick shark tooth hunt in Charleston, SC after a day of work and was pretty excited when I stumbled upon this tooth. It is about an inch long.Can someone help me ID it? Parotodus benedini? Alopias grandis? Something else? Happy to post additional pictures if needed. Thanks!!
  15. On Saturday, I made the trip down to Charleston to hunt for fossils on one of several islands in the Charleston area on which the dredge spoils pulled out of the harbor are deposited. I drove down cautiously optimistic, as I knew that there should be fossils to be found, as the harbor cuts down deep enough to hit the right formation. Even then, my expectations were absolutely blown out of the water. The trip was an unmitigated success, as shown by the photo below. The picture above shows my haul for the whole 4 hours I spent picking over the piles and fields of dredge spoils. One thing I've noticed about fossils from this site is that while I'm finding more and bigger teeth than I might on searching the Summerville creeks, the overall quality seems to be lower, with teeth of similar size being more damaged than their inland counterparts. I'd attribute this to the rough journey from the bottom of the harbor to where I found them. Another interesting thing I've noticed is that I found porportionally way more shark vertebrae and extinct tiger shark teeth than I usually do, and I don't know why this would be. Here I've got some of the specimens I found that I couldn't identify myself. The first shark tooth has two cusps, and the second has an oddly shaped root. The third object I really don't know what it is. If I had to guess I'd say its probably from an invertebrate, maybe a coral. The fourth object is a mammal tooth of some sort, but I don't know what kind. I've included some of my other interesting finds in this shot. Up top is a partial dolphin vertebra, on the left is an interestingly shaped fish vertebra, in the middle is an absolutely tiny C. angustidens tooth, and on the right is one of the best C. carcharias teeth I've found to date. This is my number one find of this trip. I've found some meg chunks and a half tooth in the Summerville creeks, but this is my first nice whole meg. It's 2.9375 inches, but if not for that tip ding it'd probably be around 3.125 inches. I'm not too worked up about it, since it's most likely feeding damage rather than a scar from the dredger. When I came across it, only the very tip of the root was sticking out of the ground, and if it wasn't for the smallest glint of enamel visible, I would have walked past it. I had just picked up a very similar looking and dissapointing meg corner, so when I stooped to grab it I didn't have the hightest expectations. It was really something else when I popped it loose and pulled it out of the ground. It's more than just finding a nice tooth, it's the recognition of the value of the work it's taken to find it. The hours of research, wading through muddy creeks, braving the sun, the tide, the mosquitoes (which by the way there were a lot of at this site). It's not so much that it's paid off, because there's no one end goal to this hobby. It's more of a journey for the journey's sake. The gratification here comes from knowing you're on the right path.
  16. Shark tooth ID help

    Can anyone ID this shark tooth? Found in Charleston, SC.
  17. Hey all, I recently got into hunting for sharks teeth in March when COVID hit. My fiancé’s father gave us an old shadow box over the weekend and I pulled out some of my favorite teeth to display in it from some of my hunts. Before that I just had them in mason jars. All of the teeth were found in Charleston, SC from March - September from 3-4 different spots. I just snapped a couple pictures, but I can provide more if there is interest. As far as organization goes... - Row 1, 2: Megs; Angys - Row 3: Great White teeth - Row 4, 5, 6: C. hastalis; Makos; Parotodus benedini (on row 4) - Bottom Left Corner: Alopias Grandis; A couple small Alopias teeth - Bottom Center: Sand Tiger teeth; my largest Carcharhinus sp. (Possibly Bull Shark?) tooth - Bottom Right: Upper and lower Snaggletooth teeth - A few Tiger Shark teeth above the Snaggletooth corner I hope you enjoy looking at some of my finds over the last 6 months or so!
  18. In between this trip report and the last, I have moved from Houston to Columbia, where I am studying biology at the University of South Carolina, so now I have the opportunitiy to take day trips down to Charleston and Summerville to go fossil hunting, which I am very much looking forwards to doing some more of sometime soon. I made my first trip since moving in on Saturday afternoon to a little creek in Summerville I last hit roughly two and a half months ago. You can see the fruits of that particular trip here: Now, I'm pretty satisfied with the results of this trip, but something important to take away from this, especially for those of you interested in hunting the Summerville area, is that I had both my younger brothers in tow for my July trip to the same creek, and even after 2.5 months and a hurricane, I'm not even getting a sixth of what we pulled out of that creek in July. I hope this illustrates to you just how slowly these Summerville creeks replenish. As has been said many times, if you're traveling to SC to find fossils, your best bet for a good experience is going to be just paying the money to go on a guided fossiling trip with a company like Charleston Fossil Adventures, Palmetto Fossil Excursions, or Charleston Outdoor Adventures. On this trip I sifted gravel for most of the smaller teeth, and the big stuff I found looking through the gravel banks. I really like the colors on that beat up angustidens I found, and that vert is the largest shark vert I've found. I also got a nice Hemipristis lower and a nice bull shark tooth. I'm looking at heading down to Charleston in the next week or two, so expect a post about that sometime soon.
  19. Shark Teeth ID please

    Hey all, Could someone help me ID these two smaller teeth? Both were found in Charleston, South Carolina. Thanks so much!
  20. I finally found a full Meg in Charleston, SC! It isn’t huge (probably about 2.5-3 inches or so), but it was nice to finally find one!
  21. Alopias Palatasi?

    Hey, I saw this tooth and I’m considering asking if they’ll trade it to me... first I want to know, is it a palatasi, if it is I’ll ask, but before I ask I want to know. It was found in SC and looks to be about an inch. TIA! @digit @Harry Pristis @MarcoSr
  22. Benedeni

    I bought some shark teeth from South Carolina recently, including the one below. This is a Parotodus benedeni, right? The tooth measures 1.59" slant height.
  23. Shark tooth with matrix?

    Hey, I was wondering what is attached to the root of this tooth... it’s not root, and it’s weird placement for matrix, could it be a little bit of the jaw still attached, like cartilage? I’m pretty sure it’s Carcharhinus, but if anyone could confirm, I’d really appreciate it! TIA!
  24. Edisto Beach Tips?

    I am going to be heading down to Edisto Beach in South Carolina and I was wondering if anyone has any tips for finding fossils there? I know what to look for regarding shark teeth, but this will be my first time hunting ice age fossils, so even help on just identifying ice age fossils will be great! Thanks in advance!
  25. Pathological? Shark teeth

    Hey, I've got this meg that I think could be pathological, but I’m not sure. Here are a couple pics.