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Found 259 results

  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. A few more teeth
  3. 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
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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??
  10. 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:
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. From the album Florida Megalodons

    3 Inch Peace River Megalodon found March 2nd, 2017
  14. From the album Florida Megalodons

    C. Megalodon is 3 inches long and has traces of the clay that kept it so pristine.
  15. From the album My Collection

    This is the final shelf in my display case. This is a complete random assortment of fossils (Basically, whatever didn't fit on other shelves due to space got put here). This shelf features everything from Megalodon teeth to a cave bear digit
  16. Hello, My girlfriend and I have been on the hunt for a megalodon tooth for sometime now. We would like to add one as a capstone piece to our collection. We are in the Gainesville area. Can anyone provide tips on finding big teeth? We are familiar with several of the creeks here, but have not yet found anything even remotely close. I am aware that megalodon teeth are here, as this fellow found a nice one last march: Should we be digging with a shovel, or continue hunting on the surface by sight? Any tips/spots/techniques would be most appreciated. Thanks!
  17. Hey guys, I've been off the radar for awhile .. work you know .. been working on Siggraph for those of you who are familiar with software development. Just wanted to start a new topic here .. This one is right at 3.00" - 7.62cm C. carcharias Bahia Inglesa Formation South of Caldera Provincia Copiapo III Regio de Atacama Chile
  18. I have gone to Gainesville a couple times and I have found small shark teeth and megalodon fragments, but I would love to find a full megalodon tooth for myself. I have 2 megalodon teeth neither one I found and they are not fully complete. I'm asking if anyone can tell me of a good spot to go to. Or maybe even if someone like to meet me somewhere in Gainesville to go hunting. Thank you
  19. Hello, new to fossil forum, wondering if there is anyone out there collecting Cuban megs. Looking to possibly trade with other members who have teeth from rare locations. I have a collection of teeth from Cuba.
  20. Hey everyone, I am looking for a decent Chubutensis tooth for a display and came across this one. Location is listed as South Carolina Size is listed as 4.09" Title is listed is Chubutensis I am just not so great with Shark teeth yet, can anyone confirm this to be a Chubutensis?
  21. Hey all! Sorry to bother you again with my Megalodon questions, but I'm very curious about this fascinating beast. So I found this picture on Google. In my previous topic about Megalodon, we discussed about the genus of the species, and Otodus came as the answer. Now this picture (which still represents Megalodon as Carcharocles) shows the succession of species till Megalodon. Seeing that it starts with Otodus obliquus, and then goes on with the Carcharocles genuses, I was wondering something: if Megalodon is actually considered as Otodus, should auriculatus, angustidens and chubutensis also be considered as Otodus? Best regards to all, Max
  22. Hi everyone! I'm fairly new to Beaufort, SC. Recently moved up from FL where I hunted Peace River a lot. I'm hoping to connect with other fossil hunters in the area and maybe gain some local knowledge. I've watched a ton of videos of nice megalodon teeth being found in Summerville/Charleston area land sites, creeks, ditches. What I'm looking for is the possibility of similar sites here in Beaufort County but I don't know enough about local formations to draw any conclusions. I'm not a diver yet so my main focus is on land at the moment. I've hunted the sands at Port Royal with minimal success (the occasional small meg) but I'm really looking for the bigger stuff. I also have a kayak if that helps! Any info is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  23. Hi all, I have started incorporating fossil hunting into my upcoming travels. I find it a peaceful way to experience the outdoors, and the geographically, many fossil hunting sites are near some quality fishing grounds. So I get the best of both worlds and go home with a light sunburn, great fishing, and a bag full of rocks to memorialize the day outdoors. The link to the adventures, as well as a more "in the field" trip report, is at the end of this text. This post is mostly to highlight my finds, as a first timer to the Peace River, sharing my full haul, and up-close pictures of my finds. I was in the area for a week, staying with family in Cape Coral, and made the 1 hr 15+ minute drive to the Peace River on 3 separate trips. The first was with a local fossil tour guide, and the other 2 times were solo, based off information from fellow FF members and other maps online. In short on the field report: the water levels were low, the weather was good, and I found a great variety but In my opinion, this is a fantastic haul for a first timer, but I'd love to hear your thoughts as well. Full disclosure, during taking pictures, I did not have the leisure of a sunny or well-lit room so I used some filters and photo-enhancers like sharpening and contrast to highlight some features. Call it cheating but the pics still barely just do it justice. This is the full haul! as spread on my kitchen table on a Saturday afternoon. A bit more organized, and almost an hour of laying it out. Turtle shells Tiger Shark my biggest Tiger Hemi Stingray Mouthplates Stingray Barbs Fish Mouthplates The Megalodon Teeth, and quite a massive one for the area Horse Teeth Dolphin Jaw bones Alligator and Crocodile Teeth A unique "in-situ" tooth Shells and imprints Lots and lots of bone fragments, I kept the nicer looking ones And lots and lots of teeth, Lemon Shark mostly Here is the fun part, these are some of my oddball and unidentified ones. From the top across and down, Tapir tooth, shark vert, ?, stingray dermal, and the furthest one to the right barracuda tooth. Other than that I am lost! All in all a fantastic time, and amazing excuse to get out of Chicago for January I would gladly go again, and hope to see some of you on the water next time! The full "in the field" trip report is on the blog I am starting: http://americanfossilhunt.com/2017/01/21/shark-tooth-hunting-peace-river-2017-trip-report/
  24. I have a megalodon tooth that I found and would like to repair. I bought another megalodon tooth to practice on but I don't know much about the repairing process. So can anybody help me out with the materials and the process to go through. I would really like any help anyone that has any suggestions. Thank you
  25. Ok. I understand no one like to give up there secret spots. Not asking for that. I am asking for a little advice though. I spent three full days on the peace river recently. First trip I went to a boat ramp in Arcadia on 70 and kayaked south until I hit anotuther boat ramp, during that trip I found one area with some gravel, I spent a good amount of time sifting through it only to find very little teeth. The rest was sand. So the next trip I went up to The Gardner boat ramps, I went north and a litttle up Charley creek, but didn't find much. Than south again a bust. So I went back to Arcadia, this time I paddled north. I found some gravel and spent five hours sifting I did find some nice teeth and one like two inches. Although my daughter and I had an amazing time exploring and enjoying nature. I still know there had to be a better place to go for more luck. I leave about an hour and half away from the peace river so I intended to go back. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have a kayak.