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Found 108 results

  1. Potential fossil sites

    I have been doing some Google maps searching for sites that may yield a fossil or two. I found a few sites that look to me to have potential. Fortunately they are close to my house. I put the coordinates into my marine GPS and I am prepared to go take a look. What is your perception of these Google images from a fossil potential perspective?
  2. Fossil hunting after rainfall

    Yesterday we had heavy rainfall in Charleston. Rainfall is of course one of the natural elements that erodes the material surrounding fossils. We know that some fossils become exposed to the earths surface due to rain. In Charleston, good areas to search after a hard rain are shores, river edges, creeks, gravel beds, and excavation sites. Dredge piles are also good search areas. There is a particular area on Folly Beach which has a significant amount of dredge material. It would be a good area to search today or tomorrow at low tide. I suggest you search here between 10am and 2pm (low tide). There is no guarantee one will find fossils but you will not find them if you do not get out and look. Happy hunting! Click here for map of dredge location
  3. Newbie to fossil hunting

    Are you allowed to use screens in SC? I know you can't in Summerville, how about anywhere else? Thanks for your help.
  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. Fossil shows

    I have been out of the fossil hunting loop for a while. What has been going on as far as fossil shows is concerned?
  6. Hi all. I have 2 things to ask about. The longer one was found in a creek in summerville SC it is just under 1.5 inches or 3.81cm. It is smooth all around, no ridges the center hole is definitely circular. The second one was found at Green Mill Run in Greenville NC it is .75 inches or 1.9 cm. I thought is was different the way he tip is a different color then the rest. Also there is a ridge running around the tip that I can feel even where the enamel (?) Is not chipped off. Thank you so much!! I am happy to answer questions
  7. ID Help - 2 Shark Teeth from Charleston SC

    I found these two teeth on a recent fossil hunting trip in the Charleston, SC area. The tooth on the left is 15mm and the tooth on the right is 13mm.
  8. 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.
  9. Coprolite? Charleston, SC

    Found on a beach I stop by when I’m in Charleston. Not sure if it’s coprolite, but it seems to be my best guess. The conglomeration of odd little chunks doesn’t strike me as anything else, but maybe a very odd sediment deposit or something? The white chunks are bits of oysters/barnacles left on there, don’t think they were original. The main part of the piece is what throws me off. It looks like a giant peach pit or something, all the textures on it are pretty odd. Let me know what you think, I apologize if this is just a mineral or something man made... I always fear posting on here and looking like a simpleton, so I try to only post when I’m really confused and have exhausted other search options.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. Unknown shark tooth?

    Hi, I found this tooth in South Carolina earlier this summer and was wondering what it was, right now I’m thinking desori or bene(I’m hoping its a benedini, but I don’t know how realistic that is)
  15. Unknown SC tooth

    Hi, I found this tooth in Summerville, SC, and was wondering what you guys thought it was, I thought it was a desori, but I want to make sure. TIA
  16. Summerville SC Land Site

    Let's say I've theoretically found an active construction site in Summerville, South Carolina that I would like to go fossiling in. How would I get permission to go and poke around there? What days of the week would nobody be working there? Also, what would be the best way to begin looking for teeth at a land site? I have some experience in the Summerville creeks, but have no clue where to start here. I would really appreciate some input from those of you who happen to be knowledgable about this kind of thing.
  17. Got a pretty decent haul out of Summerville on Tuesday, finally found a creek spot that was halfway decent. Lots of little broken Meg chunks, but the big tooth remains elusive. I did find a nice angustidens, though, which is in excellent shape for a creek tooth of that size. I put the specimens I could use some help identifying in the upper right hand corner of the first picture. I know the top two are mammal teeth of some sort, pretty sure the right one is either horse or camel, but I have no clue about the one on the left. Below them are what I assume is the remains of some sort of coral, and on the bottom is a small mystery tooth in matrix and a strange piece of fossilized something. I would really appreciate it if any of yall could let me know what some of this stuff is. I plan on heading back to this site tomorrow or the next day because we just had a decent storm blow through, so stay tuned!
  18. Unknown vertebra from SC

    Hi all, took a trip to Hilton Head island, SC this year. No luck for shark teeth - but I did dredge this guy up. Doesn’t look like a shark vert. It’s around 1/2 inch long. Any ideas? My apologies for the poor pictures.
  19. Driftwood Beach Mammal Fossil

    What is this fossil? Chapstick for scale. Found on Rat Island Park in Folly Beach, SC.
  20. Benedini or Mako?

    Hello all! I am hoping someone can give me a definitive answer about this tooth I found. Is this a Benedini or a Mako? Fyi, its less than a tenth of an inch from being 3 inches.
  21. Okay, I posted this yesterday and I’m not sure if it was that it was too long winded, in the wrong spot, or both. So, I will attempt to boil it down. There was a post on this topic in 2011 but I feel like there’s certainly more knowledge on this now. 1. What formations are megalodon teeth coming from? The plausible ones are the Parachucla (22ma), Marks Head (18ma), and Goose Creek Lime (3.5ma), all within the umbrella Hawthorn formation. The CofC Museum lists almost every specimen as coming from the Goose Creek Lime, yet the hottest spots at best have the Raysor formation(2.5ma) exposed. 2. Are said spots only good underwater where the river has cut through to the former three? 3. Is material between the Marks Head and Goose Creek era extant in any areas? People have suggested that the size of some teeth would place them in the middle of these two time periods, unless there’s reason to believe they’re reworked. 4. Wanting to see pictures of the formations mentioned (excluding Marks Head which is only subsurface), in addition the Wando and Chandler Bridge formations if anyone has pictures lying around.
  22. Tooth

    Reeled this is 7-8 years ago out of the broad river in Beaufort, SC about 7 miles inland from the port royal sound.
  23. Hey everyone. I have recently gotten my family into the study of paleontology, but so far, we've only bought fossils online. i.e fossilera. For spring break planning on going Sharks teeth hunting in Summerville South Carolina and are looking for good spots to find sharks teeth and other things. Does anyone here have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  24. Found in a land spot not too far from North Charleston. Only chunks but I’m still happy with them. Wondering if this is a meg tooth or another shark, also wondering if it’s possible age based on size. Serration on the side.
  25. These were found river and creek side in Charleston, SC. I believe the first three are teeth and the last two are bones. I’m suspecting mammal on most if not all, I’ll put my guesses with them. 1. Not sure what these are from but appears to be a jawbone with teeth if I had to guess. 4cm x 2cm 2. The closest thing I can place this to is a tapir, but I’m not sure which end attached to the root and which was the chewing surface. I think the blurrier photo (#2) may show the chewing surface at top left. May not be a tooth at all but it really looks like it to me. 4cm x 2cm continued in next post due to image sizing
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