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  1. Aurora Fossil Museum micro matrix

    I have a quick question for those that have bought and gone through their micro matrix from the Aurora Fossil Museum. Did you wash it before going through it, or wash it after you've found your fossils? I got the pack with the mini screen for sifting, but I'm a little afraid to wash it all first and risk losing tiny teeth. How did you all go about doing yours, or what do you think the best way would be?
  2. Aurora Shark Tooth ID Help

    Hello. I found this tooth about a year and a half ago in the spoil piles outside the Aurora Fossil Museum. I was wondering if anyone could help me identify it? I think it might be a mako tooth (Isurus oxyrinchus?). Also, does anyone know why one side of the root is much smaller than the other? Is that damage? Or maybe due to jaw position? Thanks for your help.
  3. Hi everyone! Little over a week ago I recieved some new bags of microfossil matrix and this time there was a bag with material from the Lee Creek Mine, Yorktown Formation, Aurora, North Carolina, USA (Miocene, 14,5 mya) This material is quite rich in shark teeth as I found little over 90 shark teeth in it. I have photographed a couple of them already and posted them in my microfossil topic. But since I doubt I will get many help with the identification of the teeth there I am going to repost the first batch of teeth here (I apologize for the repost admins) and upload the rest of my finds from that material in this topic from now on. I have tried to ID some of the teeth with the help of the website Elasmo & the paper "Geology and Paleontology of the Lee Creek Mine, North Carolina, III by Clayton E. Ray and David J. Bohaska", but I feel like my eyes aren't enough trained yet to distinguish enough to make proper ID's on all of the finds, so I not all ID's will be a 100 % correct I am affraid. Here are some of the first teeth I photographed. I would be gratefull if some of you could help my ID some of the teeth of verify /correct some of the ID's I have come up with. If the photo's aren't clear of good enough, just let me know and I'll try to make some more/better ones. Thank you in advance! The first tooth which is by far also the favorite in the bunch: Tooth 1: a Sphyrna zygaena tooth? Tooth 2: a chunk of Galeocerdo sp. tooth Tooth 3: another Galeocerdo sp. tooth Tooth 4: This one is a tooth which I have a hard time identifying as I feel it has a lot of features that return in different teeth. Physogaleus? Sphyrna? Loxodon? Tooth 5: another I haven't managed to ID yet. Tooth 6: Carcharhinus sp. Tooth 7: could this be Negaprion sp.? Tooth 8: Tooth 9: Scyliorhinus sp.? Tooth 10: Megachasma sp.? Tooth 11: Megachasma sp.?
  4. Arc Shell

    From the album Aurora/Lee Creek Mine Micro Matrix

    Tiny Dallarca elnia next to the head of a sewing pin from the Pliocene/Pleistocene micro matrix of the Nutrien Aurora/Lee Creek Phosphate Mine in Auora, North Carolina These got much, MUCH bigger!
  5. Arene tricarinata

    From the album Aurora/Lee Creek Mine Micro Matrix

    Tiny marine gastropod from the Pliocene/Pleistocene micro matrix of the Nutrien Aurora/Lee Creek Phosphate Mine in Auora, North Carolina
  6. Pliocene/Pleistocene Gastropod

    From the album Aurora/Lee Creek Mine Micro Matrix

    Ringicula semistriata Nutiren Aurora/Lee Creek Phosphte Mine Aurora, North Carolina
  7. Bryozoan

    From the album Aurora/Lee Creek Mine Micro Matrix

    Discoporella ? Pliocene/Pleistocene from Aurora Fossil Museum micro matrix Aurora, North Carolina Thanks to @Al Dente for the ID
  8. So Many Minis!

    From the album Aurora/Lee Creek Mine Micro Matrix

    This assemblage came from one cup (about 340 ml) of micro matrix from Aurora Fossil Museum. Oddly, they are generally much larger than most of what I found in the rest of the matrix. They are all from either the Pliocene or Pleistocene. See album description.
  9. Shark Teeth Sizes

    From the album Aurora/Lee Creek Mine Micro Matrix

    The large and the small of it: two shark teeth from Aurora's "Emergency Kit" next to a sewing pin. Pliocene/Pleistocene from Aurora Fossil Museum micro matrix Aurora, North Carolina
  10. Porgy Fish Tooth

    From the album Aurora/Lee Creek Mine Micro Matrix

    Family Sparidae Pliocene/Pleistocene from Aurora Fossil Museum micro matrix Aurora, North Carolina
  11. Pinfish Tooth

    From the album Aurora/Lee Creek Mine Micro Matrix

    Lagodon rhomboides about 3 mm long Pliocene/Pleistocene from Aurora Fossil Museum micro matrix Aurora, North Carolina
  12. Aurora, NC - Squalodon?

    I have a dozen teeth from Aurora, North Carolina that I believe to be from the toothed whale Squalodon. Instead of uploading photos of that many, I'm uploading a few that are representative of the dozen and detailed photographs of three of these. For context, the first tooth here is 2.5" long and 1" wide at its thickest.
  13. Lee Creek Dolphin Tooth?

    I have here a tooth from Lee Creek, Aurora, North Carolina. I believe it to be Kentriodon. It's a hair above 1". Does this seem accurate? If so, could it potentially be narrowed down further yet? Thank you, Bellamy
  14. Seal or Walrus?

    hello all, it's been a while since I've been on. I hope you are all doing well in these trying times. I recently purchased a series of large mammal phalanges from Lee Creek. They're clearly Yorktown (Pliocene). While they seem to resemble seal phalanges, they're awfully large (14-15 cm). I'm wondering if they are walrus instead? Does anyone know if the last Smithsonian Lee Creek volume (Vol 4) is available online as a pdf? Alternately, are there easy "tolls" that I can use to distinguish, or does anyone feel comfortable making a distinction? Thanks!
  15. Weird Neogene/Pleistocene Tooth

    I found this the other day in a bag of Aurora micro matrix. It's only about 3 mm long. Could be Miocene, Pliocene or Pleistocene as all three run through the mine and the matrix is thoroughly sifted together during mining operations. There appears to be a root and possibly two tips broken off?
  16. Help with some fossil shell IDs

    Hi. I was wondering if anyone could help me identify these shells. Thanks for your help. The first two shells were found in the spoil pile outside of the Aurora Fossil Museum in Aurora, North Carolina. They come from the Lee Creek Mine and are from the Pungo River Formation. I don't know much about shells in general, but I think this comes from a scallop. I unfortunately don't have any locality info on it.
  17. Micro Fish (?) Tooth

    I found this - almost missed this - while sifting through some micro matrix today. I'm guessing some sort of fish tooth, but can anyone confirm? From Aurora Fossil Museum, Aurora, North Carolina. Lower to middle Miocene from the Pungo River Fm. It's so small that I have a hard time getting the camera to focus and my microscope cam just made it a big, black blob, so I apologize for the soft focus. That course rug it's sitting on is a piece of fine velvet!
  18. Found in North Carolina

    Hello everyone, newbie here, and thank you for helping me figure out what I found. All those were found in a pile of mixed gravel/sand/sea shelves in Raleigh, NC but it was imported, I believe from the Aurora, NC mine several years ago. Anyway, I was lucky enough to find several items including bones and dozens of shark teeth but I am not familiar with a few of my findings. Hopefully you guys can help, Thanks again!!!
  19. Aurora, NC Shark Teeth

    I have been working on reorganizing my collection the last few days. Today it was looking through my finds from my trip to Aurora, NC many years ago. I was able to identify everything except these 6 teeth. I understand they are not the best examples, but since it was my only chance to visit I kept everything that I found. Any help is greatly appreciated. #1 - maybe Carcharodon hastalis? #2 - maybe Carcharias sp.? - there is a little wide cusplet next to the crown
  20. Aurora, NC Vertebra

    I found this vertebra several years ago in the fossil pit next to the Aurora Fossil Museum. I initially classified the vertebra as whale, but as I go back through my collection, I am beginning to doubt my identification. After doing my own research I think I have been able to narrow it down to Odontocete, but I was curious if there is a way to narrow it further. Perhaps dolphin? But again, these are only guesses. The pattern on one side of the vertebra is very interesting; you can see it in the second photo.
  21. Aurora find

    Found this a while back in Aurora in the piles at the museum. It has cusps but no serrations was a little puzzled about what it might be from that location.
  22. Aurora

    Hi, recently i received a package from @Shamalama with fossils from Aurora, North Carolina. Some weren't labelled and i couldn't find out to who they belonged. 1) a vertebra 3 cm width 2 cm hight 2)That piece of a little less than 4 cm hight and 2 cm width 3) That piece of skull or only of jaw of about 2.5 cm hight and 1.8 cm width: 4)That brachiopod, maybe a Plicatoria wilmingtonensis according to Dave. 3.5 cm hight and about 2 cm width and thickness :
  23. I have been looking online to find the actual dates for the 2020 Aurora Fossil Festival. So far Google has only brought up tripadvisor type links that say the date is undetermined. I can't find it on the Aurora Museum web page either. Also as search of the Fossil Forum hasn't yielded specific dates. I would like to attend this year if I can, but I will be out of the country for the latter half of May and early June. Does anyone know the actual dates for this event? Thanks, Don
  24. Aurora Bone ID

    I found this among material from Aurora NC. I have read that most bone material from there is Puffin. The internal structure and weight appear to be avian, but I can't place a bone that looks like this on a bird, albeit puffins are not typical birds. I was also wondering if it could be a small Alligator scapula?
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