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  1. School Fossil Presentation Today

    Well, This is a story that tangentially relates to fossil excursions. I'm not one to want to collect jars of shards or Leaverites but I do like to pocket teeth that I think would be good for trades , gifts etc. My son is approaching the age now where he shows a bit more interest and he has started many 'collections' , shark teeth being one of many. (he collects rocks, sticks, bugs, buttons, shiny crystals - more rocks-, you get the idea) I visited his school this morning for my first (hopefully one of many) presentations. I had a few visual aids up on the projector screen but mainly talked about the Oligocene of South Carolina and sharks. Well, ok Megalodon sharks and the things that they ate, and the landscape at the time. 20 minutes was about all that these figit-y pre-k and kindergarten kids would give me but it was worth it. I may have converted a few in the process. Of course images of fossilized poo won the day and got the biggest reaction. Go figure ... though, I did stick those images in for that very reason. I'd like to give a shout out to Bobby @Boesse and the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History in Charleston for the inspiration. The exhibits there are outstanding and really give you a nice slice of the fauna in the area at the time. I relied on shots from inside of the museum for visual aids when discussing Basilosaurids and the evolution of whales (the kids honestly were more impressed with the whale's teeth). And if it wasn't for Cade and his most excellent hand-drawn identification page @Sharks of SC I don't think the visuals would have been half as impressive. The kids loved the handouts Cade and the cool thing is they double as something that they can color ! The prep Goodie bags for 22 students. They each got 5 teeth from 4 different sharks. Angy partials Oh, and if you are curious the meg at the far end of the table is a beautiful 7" inch reproduction of a Meg tooth by Matty Swilp. One the kids could handle and toss around without me having a heart attack. It looks amazing. The 7 inch repro ... Cheers, Brett
  2. Ptychodus Perfection

    Found this beauty a couple of weeks ago. I have identified it as P. atcoencis because of the chevron pattern but the crown is very low and it has more ridges then teeth I have previously found. Thoughts?
  3. What kind of tooth is this?

    Hello everyone! It is me again and I would like to request a little more help with shark tooth ID. I found this tooth in the Calvert cliffs area. Also, it has rather fine serrations if this helps. Thanks for the help!
  4. Fall STH Trip

    Decided to take a day off while working in California. One of my coworkers was interested in going for a dig so we headed to Bakersfield. Met Rob at the gates at 7:30 and headed in. This was the first time I have had the time to spend an entire day. (Also the first time I have been there in under 100 degree temps.) Rob led us to Slow Curve and we began digging. Was a fun day. Found a few nice teeth and left with five gallon pickle bucket of matrix to look through back home in Dallas. Airport loves me when I check in 80 lbs. of dirt. Found a nice 2.1 inch hastalis which may not be big to some but was my best of the day. My favorite find though was my Aulophyseter morricei whale ear bone with associated stapes bone (Thank you @boesse for the identification.) Overall, we had a fun day and found some nice teeth. We were kept company by this furry little friend as well. Thanks for looking.
  5. Peace River Sharks Tooth Questions

    I have a few quick questions in regards to this tooth (measures approximately 2" in overall length) which I found last week in the peace river 1. What shark does this belong to? My guess is megalodon. 2. Does this belong to a Juvenile shark, or would this have been a smaller tooth on an adult shark? Either way, taking this to the jewelers because it's my first large shark tooth find!
  6. Took a little trip out to the Lake Waco Research Area a few days ago (which, by the way, will be off limits for 6 weeks unless you go get a permit before the second week of December). This was my third or fourth time out there and I definitely came up with my best finds from there to date. Got the usual pryitized ammonites and bivalves, 2 beat up shark teeth, 1 tiny fish vertebra, and lots of pieces of echinoids, possibly coenholectypus. I did find one really nice shark tooth by almost sitting on it, a couple of mystery ammonites, and finally got a complete coenholectypus. Saw lots and lots of cool epibionts on the bivalve shells. If anyone has any ID's, I'd love to hear them, especially the red rocks. Thanks!
  7. Help? Shark teeth

    I’m hoping someone could help me with a quick question! I have too many teeth and I need to let some go- I know that the rules say you can’t help appraise- but perhaps offer a general idea? The teeth are small but very beautifully colored (similar to agate?). Not all of them are colorful but the ones that are seem very unique to me! I know that my idea of value is not quite right since I was raised in shark tooth city, but most of what I see for a dime a dozen is pretty plain (black/gray) and I’ve searched with not too many answers -any advice on where to get started would be great, thank you !
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    From the album Shark teeth and associated fossils from Antwerp, Belgium

    Hexanchus, Belgium, Antwerp area
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    From the album Shark teeth and associated fossils from Antwerp, Belgium

    Hastalis, Belgium, Antwerp area
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    From the album Shark teeth and associated fossils from Antwerp, Belgium

    Hastalis, Belgium, Antwerp area
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    From the album Shark teeth and associated fossils from Antwerp, Belgium

    Notorynchus, Belgium, Antwerp area
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    From the album Shark teeth and associated fossils from Antwerp, Belgium

    Hexanchus Griseus, Belgium, Antwerp area
  13. Hi all, I wanted to start a thread for people to share their favorite fossils with amazing coloration. To kick it off here is one of my favorite shark teeth (a hemipristis from BV in Florida, miocene age). It is near max size for the species, just under 2" on the slant.
  14. This peculiar looking tooth is a parasymphyseal benedeni from Antwerp, Belgium. This little tooth is one of my favourite personal finds and is also one of the rarer pieces in my collection.
  15. ID help request - Various pieces

    Hello! I've been trying to identify some fossils from Aurora, North Carolina. My sister sent them to me, now that I have started collecting fossils again (after a LONG hiatus of 45+ years). Some I think I have done correctly, but corrections most welcome. I'm not too familiar with the fossils of this area OR Era. (Pennsylvanian fossils of Pennsylvania is what I have hunted/found). I've made the clearest photos I could (I am a bit shaky with the camera sometimes). Here are my attempts (and requests for help!) A: Sea Urchin Spine B: Lemon Shark Negaprion sp C (1,2,& 3): Tiger Shark - Galeocerdo (contortus?) D through J: Sand TIger Shark Tooth K: A tooth? A claw? I have no idea! L: Do not know M: Do not know N: Rootless Sand Tiger Shark tooth? O: I have no idea! P: A coral? Stromatolite? Q: I have no idea! R: Sponge Thank you for your attention. As I learn and study, I hope to be able to help in the future! I've been gathering books to study, and enjoy this subject very much! David Ruckser I have combined the photos into one; I can certainly upload individuals if needed.
  16. Virginia Hunting with boat

    Howdy, I'm working out of Richmond for a couple years and would like to learn more about tooth hunting this area. I have a shallow running river boat with an outboard jet and complete set of scuba gear. Would like to find some not so publicly accessible locations to find shark teeth. I appreciate any advice or help. I'm also reviewing past posts on the subject but I'm learning things change year to year. Thanks in advance Billy
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    From the album Shark teeth and associated fossils from Antwerp, Belgium

    One of the rarer teeth in my personal collection. This is a parasymphyseal Parotodus Benedeni. I knew I struck gold when I pocket this one out of my sifter Found in Antwerp, Belgium

    © Graulus Charlotte

  18. A little spot of heaven

    Hi all, This Saturday was a long awaited day. It was meant to already happen 3 weekends earlier, but due to many different annoying factors (bad weather, last-minute activities, etc) we only got to do it later... Luckily this gave me some more time to finish buidling my homemade sifter: When a good day finally opened up for the hunt, we got all the equipment ready and packed the car. We then set off to our 1 1/2 hour road trip from The Hague till our final destination: a pit in the region of Antwerp, Belgium (*). We stopped after an hour of car ride in the village of Stabroek, in the north of Flanders. We went to this cute little restaurant called "Taverne de Neus" (translation: "Tavern the Nose", curious name). There we ate the real Belgian meal: garnalenkroket (search it up) with fries (this is, contrary to popular belief, a Belgian invention, and NOT French!). After having a full belly for the fossil hunting, we went back on the road and arrived at our final destination. We parked our car, and just as we arrived, a young man (who works at the Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam) and his mother were leaving the area. They told us that up in the pit there was a lovely couple searching there, and that they would be able to give us many tips for on our first hunt here. So we went there, and met them. Very generous, they told us exactly how to find what, and thanks to them we quickly found fossils on our own too! Shortly after a very nice French-speaking family, with two kids of about 6 and 8, arrived at the location too. It was only their second time here, and they too were happy to receive some advice from the more experienced couple. We had some great fossil-related talks all together, and I think we all learnt a lot from one another. Now back to the actual hunt: in the sand, it was easy to find many nice fossil seashells and some whale bone pieces, and with a bit of luck some small broken shark teeth. But the "real stuff" was found by sifting the thick dark-grey sand underneath the grass. We had to first dig a hole in the grass, until we encountered a harder and "crunchier" layer of sand. We had to take some of this, put it in the sifter and then shake. And Tadaa! Beautiful shark teeth! The thing was, our sifter was a hand-sifter. Therefore it takes up a lot more energy to sift, and it is done less efficiently. The couple that were there had a much more useful system: a sifter with a foot. It had a long foot underneath, stuck in the ground, which made shaking a lot easier, as the weight of the sifter didn't have to be carried. Also, as they could therefore afford a heavier sifter, they put two screens on each other. The first one only for bigger fossils, the second one to also keep the smaller ones. This made their job a lot easier. My sifter still worked just fine, and for a first one I think it's pretty decent! The couple, which were also very generous, were kind enough to give us some nice shark teeth too, in order to slightly broaden our haul. Here is the total haul: guess I can't complain for a first time!!! On the far right, whale bone pieces. The three small black things under them are bivalve and gastropod steinkerns. Beneath those (middle-right) you have two concretions with scallops. Then all along the left side you have fossil seashells. Species include: Glycymeris, Laevastarte, Astarte, Natica, Cardites, Cyclocardia, Turitella, Nassarius, etc. Those shells are likely from the Pliocene. And finally, the things that might have caught your eye the most: shark teeth! Species include: Carcharodon, Carcharhinus, Isurus, Carcharoides, Notorhynchus, etc. Those shark teeth are usually from the Miocene-Pliocene, but some are from the Eocene. Here are the teeth that I got from the couple (so not personal finds; still very happy to have them!): And here what are, in my opinion, the best personal finds: Necklace shell (Natica sp. ?)
  19. Nice Fall So Far in VA

    So, as some of you know Mrs.SA2 took a nasty fall at the end of September resulting in a broken arm and dislocated elbow requiring surgery to repair both. She's on the mend and healing well but has a long way to go. Over the last couple of weekends we've made a few trips to one of our favorite areas to do a little fossil hunting and help her regain her confidence being back outdoors. As usual, we've taken our buddy Trevor (@Daleksec) along on the trips. Mrs.SA2 has done quite well for herself on these excursions along the river. Here are a couple of photos of our finds from our 1st trip earlier this month. I found the meg. It's pretty beat up, but "a megs a meg" She found the cetacean phalange. I also found the 2 cow shark (notorynchus) teeth. Here are some from our 2nd trip this month. We love the hastalis colors. Photos of our finds from 3 hours hunting this past weekend in the next post. Cheers, SA2 / Mrs.SA2
  20. Anticipation!

    In anticipation of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and a trip back to the beach for more fossil hunting fun, I took some photographs from my last hunt on the Chesapeake.