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  1. sixgill pete

    Xiphactinus vetus LEIDY, 1856

    Self Collected at a private site in Wayne County North Carolina.
  2. Hello! These were all found in Monmouth County, New Jersey (Late Cretaceous). I have believed the first tooth to be Xiphactinus Vetus for years but am a little thrown off by the general texture of it and after searching images of Xiphactinus teeth, I can't find another that looks similar. I have found deteriorated Mosasaur teeth with a similar appearance so I was wondering if it could just be stream-worn. The tooth is about an 1.5 inches long, has two very defined cutting edges and a nice curve (which are all consistent with X. Vetus). The last thing I could add - it ei
  3. WOW, what a day! Today I had the pleasure of finally meeting @Jared C after over a year of reading his trip reports and admiring all of the incredible finds he's made exploring the Cretaceous formations of Central Texas. We have a lot in common: both of us are pursuing a career in paleontology, are both (almost) the same age, and are both attending universities in-state that are only an hour and a half away from each other. Needless to say, I can't believe it took us this long to finally go on a hunt together. Jared drove up from his new place in College Station this morning to me
  4. I finally took a trip to the North Sulphur river last week. There have been a couple good rains so I was hoping that would uncover some stuff. The last couple of trips in 2021 were terrible. All muddy and picked over. This trip was still pretty muddy and little in terms of quality mosasaur material. However I went low and found a lot of smaller material. I wonder if the recent muddyness of the river is due to the lake construction or if the river just hasn't had enough rain lately? Is picture 2 an enchodus jaw? I believe the pictures of item 3 are of a really chipped pi
  5. fossil_lover_2277

    North Carolina Xiphactinus tooth?

    I found this tooth in Cretaceous Black Creek group sediments of North Carolina. I think it might be Xiphactinus since it has a hollow in it and is not solid like an Enchodus tooth. Does this look correct, or am I off the mark? Thank you!
  6. Got to work on these guys because some of these creatures were my inspiration of what they would have looked like in color and others are at an art show. Wonder what animals will you like to see when its unleashed before your very eyes?
  7. Titan

    Titan's Preps

    Over the spring and early summer I got my prep lab set up and am having a blast with it so I wanted to start sharing some of my preps with the forum. Here we go! Fish vertebrae, possibly Xiphactinus: Late cretaceous. The larger of the two, in situ under a few inches of water. The smaller was about a foot away. Preprep: I tore them up getting them out of the matrix - bad collecting on my part as I could have been more careful. Post prep: I used baking soda as blast media at about 25 psi and had some trouble trying to clea
  8. ThePhysicist

    Fish bone (2)

    From the album: North Sulphur River

    Fish bones tend to be flaky or layered to some degree.
  9. ThePhysicist

    Fish bone (1)

    From the album: North Sulphur River

    Fish bones tend to be flaky or layered to some degree. I can't say for sure, but the size of this chunk makes me think it could be from Xiphactinus.
  10. 10 hr North Sulphur River Texas hike with friends. I found a little bit of everything. Mosasaur, Xiphactinus, Pleisosaur, Mastodon, Horse, Coral and cool antiques.
  11. Crankyjob21

    F744B84E-7893-429D-BB58-720365BCFFDE

    From the album: Cranky’s album of fossils

    A vertebra from the massive bony fish xiphactinus from the Niobara chalk formation
  12. Sorry I have been crazy busy lately and unable to post. Here's a few of Northeast Texas finds my last couple of trips. Pleisosaur partial girdle, silver spoon, artifacts, xiphactinus tooth, mosasaur verts, old door knob, enchodus jaws, old hard hat, old bottles, ammonite, exogyra and my first crocodile scute.
  13. I had a great half day at the North Sulphur River Texas before the rain got me. I found a mix of everything to include artifacts, Xiphactinus vert, swordfish tooth, coprolite, turtle shell, partially rooted mosasaur tooth, killer mosasaur paddle bone, Enchodus jaws, shark teeth and old toys. My buddy racked up on mosasaur verts.
  14. After taking a little time off from hunting due to a new job and holidays I decided to hit the North Sulphur River with a friend. We had a great day. I love the Tylosaur scapula with shark bites. We found a large Xiphactinus washing out and ended up with one left maxilla and three verts from it. We will go back and check that area again.
  15. JarrodB

    Xiphactinus Vert

  16. I'm a newbie who lives in the Austin area with a lot of passion for ancient life, but I'm having trouble making a decisive start with with my searches. I have a particular interest in large western interior seaway predators, most notably xiphactinus, but also the mosasaurs and sharks that lived in the area as well. Finding a vertebrae, of perhaps even teeth from these groups would be absolutely wonderful, but of the few creeks in the Austin area I've scouted, I've been able to turn up nothing besides gastropods. This is still despite heavily studying the sometimes confusing Texas geological ma
  17. KansasFossilHunter

    $60 IKEA case with nice Kansas fossils

    Earlier this year I bought this case from IKEA for about $60. Then I added some LED lights and a few nice fossils. Check it out: Top row is basically the "ferocious fish" level Next down is the Tylosaurus / platycarpine mosasaur level Then the Cretoxyrhina level And a Pteranodon wing cast I made Overview of the four layers: Top level: Xiphactinus and Protosphraena. Note embedded tooth on r. Xip vertebra.
  18. For the rank amateurs here is it possible to explain the differences and how to identify these teeth? Of lesser importance I am attaching photos of 3 inch to inch and a half teeth I had previously thought were all Enchodus and then 2 small half inch fragments found yesterday, both heavily striated. As always thank you all
  19. I decided to take a break in picking through the matrix from my last trip and actually get out and hunt this morning. I drove over to Hill County, and tried out a new creek. I really didn't find anything worth mentioning there, left and stopped on the way home at the creek where I'd found so much mud three weeks ago. It was much drier this time, and I had a lot easier time navigating it. But I still didn't find many fossils. Just like last time though, it produced one that made the trip really worthwhile. Does anyone know what this fish tail belonged to? A Xiphactinus, maybe?
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