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  1. Just arrived back from Cuba. Here are my finds. All of them need to be cleaned and restored. If anyone is interested in trade message me. This is my best find 5.8", needs some restoration.
  2. So, it was a little rainy yesterday, but Forum member @addicted2fossils and myself were dying to get our fossil fix. We decided to take a drive over to some dirt roads that the county uses shell pit material on. Usually we can find a couple small shark teeth and a ton of marine invertebrates that we believe are from the Caloosahatchee formation....and occasionally, we get lucky and find something a little larger. This, by far, is the most "staged" looking video I have ever taken since you can't really see much of the shell material around the tooth.. A few people on social media are convinced we bought a tooth and threw it down for the video But, this is where the little megalodon tooth was when I saw it. I suspect it survived because it was in such a sandy spot. A couple modern chips on the tooth make me think it has been run over quite a few times. This isn't my best or biggest tooth, by far, but it was a blast finding it on a random terrible looking road. We had a ton of rain.....and we are going straight back to these roads to put in a full day of driving around very, very slowly with our heads out of the window. With some luck, we'll have some more video tomorrow.
  3. A friend posted these pictures on FB of a successful hunt Brian and I had in the creek about 2005. Sadly my friend Brian has passed and those days are now cherished memories. Brian was the King of great whites and it was an honor to sling a shovel with him.
  4. From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    Bought at the mulberry phosphorus museum and i assume was found near there as well (no promises though).
  5. Yesterday Chris (Search4), Dan (Grimlock) and I went out to a local creek to do a little hunting. The creeks are very low now due to a drought we've been in all winter and many areas that are too deep generally are more accessible at the moment. I wanted to do some scouting farther downstream with the low water but Chris suggested we check a very deep hole that we've never been able to get into before we went farther in and I couldn't be happier We ended up staying in that one hole most of the day and all of us had a pretty good day as the finds were coming out constantly. When we first got in there I said I was going to find a sloth claw today and couldn't believe my luck when on my first sift I found a sloth phalanx and a few sifts later a matching claw core.... I was walking on air the rest of the day and ended up with plenty of goodies for all the digging I did
  6. I'm not sure if the tooth is real or fake, but the website claims to have authenticity in all their products. I just want to make sure. Please help and tell me how you can tell if it's legitimate or not! Thanks.
  7. Hey guys, Just wanted to show my new addition to my small collection a 4.85 inch Meg tooth from Hawthorn Formation, Sth Carolina. I really like it because of its natural glossy dark grey color and I also upgraded to a larger tooth. Thanks for looking guys
  8. From the album Uploads_06_16

    Carcharocles megalodon ACE River Basin, SC 5.3"
  9. what do you think about this tooth with a size near 190mm?Have few serrations according to the seller but not crack or lateral problems.
  10. So I was cruising the bottom, checking boulders and my right hand hit something hard. It felt like a big bone chunk. Then my left hand swung around and felt the other side. Symmetrical. That's when I started getting interested. Then I felt the enamel. It just kept going and going down into the mud. At this point, I'm reciting the fossil hunter's littany, "Please be whole, please be whole, please be whole!" It was! 6 3/16" my first six-incher.
  11. Is this a Mako tooth? It was found in the Peace River (Florida) in the same spot as some megalodon teeth, but this one looks different. Thanks!
  12. I'm a noobie here, but recently moved to Jacksonville and we've become somewhat obsessed with hunting shark teeth. My wife found this tooth a few days ago and we're struggling to identify it. Could it be a megalodon?
  13. A few members have asked me to post teeth I have available. Here are my best. This one is 5.4". Probably the most complete over 5" tooth to come out of Cuba in a number of years.
  14. I just got this pretty 2.5" pungo river tooth in the mail yesterday. What do you guys think, chub, angy or somewhere between? cheers! edit: sorry, photos didn't upload. Here they are...
  15. This is my second attempt at repairing a megalodon shark tooth. This tooth is just over 6 inches.
  16. A few more teeth
  17. Hi, I'm new to this forum. I have found the following two fossils and would like some opinions on their identification. The tooth I believe to be a C. Megalodon from the research i have carried out, while the shell is unknown. I would also like to know what the best approach to cleaning the fossils is. Any opinions on both their identification will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  18. Hi everyone, I've had a couple people lately asking me how I restored the megalodon tooth I posted about a couple years ago here. I decided to pick out a damaged tooth on Ebay for $15, and take you through it step by step. Here we go! What You'll Need: PaleoBond Sculp Hardener and PaleoBond Sculp Resin (You can substitute with epoxy putty but dries faster and is less malleable) X-Acto Knife Wire brush or any brush with very stiff bristles Any brand of acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby or Michaels (specific colors listed further below) A small paintbrush of reasonable quality Fine sandpaper and steel wool SITUATIONAL: Clear gloss used for acrylic paint Step 1: Examine the fossil and the damage. This is the bargain tooth I purchased. It's over 5 inches, and you can see it's actually in nice condition minus the chunk missing. The broken edge is still sharp and jagged, so it appears that the damage occurred recently as opposed to millions of years ago. To fix this tooth I will need to recreate parts of the root, bourlette and enamel. Since the tooth has fairly nice detail I will definitely need my razor blade to create fine lines and serrations. Step 2: Prepare and apply the putty Pull out a small chunk of putty from both the PaleoBond Hardener and Resin containers. Knead them together with your hands until the colors mix completely. Mix thoroughly otherwise the putty will be squishy in some places and will not harden properly. Once mixed, take a very small piece from your ball of putty and mash it into the damaged area of your tooth. Step 3: Building your shape Less is more when you're working with putty. Smaller pieces are much easier to manipulate, so build gradually piece by piece. You may get to a point where you're putty structure is not stable enough to continue building on. Take a break for 2-3 hours to let the putty dry and come back. When building the root of my example tooth, I had to take two or three breaks in order to get a foundation sturdy enough for me to continue building up. Pay attention to how your repair is taking shape and keep the edges of your putty level with the natural edges of the tooth. This is one of the most difficult parts of the repair, but it makes a big difference when you get it right. Wash your hands every once in a while to keep them from getting to tacky and sticking to your putty. Step 4: Begin to work in detail As your repair begins to fill out, work in natural-looking cracks and lines with your X-Acto knife and fingernails. Mimic the natural aspects of your tooth as best as you can. When repairing my tooth's root, I created fissures and cracks that matched up with the real side of the tooth. This really helped create the illusion that the repair is natural. To mimic the heavily detailed surface of the tooth's root, I gently pushed my wire brush into the surface multiple times. Try to do this when your putty is still wet because if the putty is dry it takes much more effort. ALSO, make sure to keep the putty very smooth in areas of enamel (excluding line/crack detail). Once the putty dries, take some fine sandpaper and smooth it out further. Steel wool can then be used to make the surface even smoother. (Thanks to steelhead9 for those two tips!) Be very anal retentive about this. You will appreciate it in the next step. Step 5: Paint! This is my favorite part because it's the point in this process where the repair finally comes to life! It also happens to be the most frustrating part. Depending on your tooth's coloring you will likely need the following colors in your arsenal: Umber Black White Sienna (maybe) Red (maybe) Blue (maybe) This step is where perfectionism (making the putty super smooth in areas of enamel) really pays off. Paint highlights the imperfections of your putty, so don't be disappointed or surprised if you have to start over. I started over probably two or three times. As far as painting technique, I would love to give more instruction, but that is really an entire lesson in itself. Don't be afraid to paint a little onto the actual fossil. You will need to do this in order to properly camouflage the merged area of putty and tooth. In fact, don't be afraid to overlap your putty a millimeter or so onto the tooth as well. My biggest tip though is make sure you paint in a well lit room. Painted colors can look spot-on until you step into good lighting... Step 6: Apply a finish depending on your tooth Some teeth with top-quality enamel will need a glossy finish applied in order for the repair to look natural. My tooth did not require a high-gloss coat. Either way, you ought to apply some kind of light finish to your tooth in order to preserve the repair from scratches and humidity. I have not yet found the perfect finish to do the job, and am still experimenting with spray finish, clear acrylic gloss, clear furniture gloss, low-gloss nail polish, etc. Feel free to add your thoughts and recommendations below! Below you can see my repaired tooth. The root could use a bit more texture and the enamel and bourlette are a little rough in places. Overall, I'm happy with the result though. I hope these instructions were helpful! If anything is unclear or too general I'd be glad to elaborate further. Good luck!!!! Your Fellow Fossil-Fanatic, Lauren
  19. I bought this megalodon tooth online to practice repairing. Here are some pictures of my progress. Please any constructive criticism or anything would be extremely helpful. Thank you
  20. I've had this fossil keychain since I was a kid and I'm not sure exactly what species it belongs to. It's 1 1/2 inches long and wide it has serrations and the back is flat. Based on the size and shape I either believe it to be a really small megalodon tooth or a megalodon ancestor from the carcharodon's. But that's just my guess what do you guys think?
  21. Found this on the Peace River this week. The hole was completely filled with sand. Who made this?? It was about 3 feet down in the river bed. About 2.5 in long. Let me know what you guys think??
  22. This was my first trip to the Potomac in a month, hard to believe it had been that long. What an incredible day on the Potomac it was! My wife had never found a Megalodon tooth before...today she found three! I too got into the action and found my biggest ever, the crazy thing was that they were all found in an area the size of our family room. We also found some large vertebrae, I dug two up while sifting and my wife found one at the water's edge...that one of was identified as coming from the tail section of a whale. There was a tour going beyond the ropes and the leader stopped long enough to provide an identification. Even though we had a banner day on the beach, I was jealous of all the orange vests heading past the ropes to the off limits areas...the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, eh? I sifted most of the day, I was lucky enough to find a couple of dolphin teeth for my efforts. I also found what is obviously a crab claw, I just don't know if I is a fossil or not...please weigh in. It is hard as a rock but I just don't have the experience enough to tell. Total haul: Megs a little closer. Dolphin teeth. The crab claw...please weigh in on whether it is an actual fossil or not. The vertebrae:
  23. I was out today. I have decided to occasionally show photos of the Peace River just to let TFF members know what it looks like and why I love it. I was at this location today and I found a trifecta: Meg, Hemi, and Mako all at 1.5 inches in length. Great day but I am mostly interested in the Mako, because its shape is unusual for my previous Peace River Mako finds. Is this a Isurus Hastalis and if so, which tooth position? Here are a couple of Peace River Makos from previous trips for comparisons: Thanks, Jack
  24. Hey everyone, Though they may not be very impressive specimens for most of you (especially the sharkteeth collectors), I am still extremely happy with my 2 new additions to my collection: I got my most complete Notorhynchus tooth till now, one with all the cusps present and a majority of the root; and also my very first MEGALODON TOOTH!!! Yes, I didn't have a single megalodon tooth in my collection till now, though I have been collecting for over 7 years. And even though they are both rather small teeth, the megalodon being a posterior tooth too, I am still extremely glad with them. In fact, there is a Dutch proverb that fits this situation perfectly: "klein maar fijn" (small but nice). Both teeth come from the Calvert Cliffs (Miocene). I got them in a trade with the amazing Dave @Darktooth, with whom I have had a great chat thanks to this forum! Therefore: thank you Dave!!! Best regards, Max
  25. From the album Florida Megalodons

    3 Inch Peace River Megalodon found March 2nd, 2017