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Found 99 results

  1. Strange Aurora Skull Fragment?

    Found in a bag of matrix purchased from the Aurora Fossil Museum. I'm not sure what I'm looking at-- perhaps a skull fragment? Hard to photograph, but I tried my best! Any help would be appreciated!
  2. Three! Identical mystery bones

    Update: we now have three samples of this fossil. These really perplex me. They have almost mathematically straight, shallow, ridged channels on one side. No serrations on the edges. i had been grouping them with my sting ray and skate fossils, but just realized that I haven’t seen any pics that look like these two. Is that what they are? Or is it something more... nefarious? Both are from Aurora. Thanks frank
  3. Carcharhinus vs Negaprion

    I’m zeroing in this weekend on a pile of small unorganized teeth from Aurora. These easiest to separate out first are these easy to spot, straight rooted, straight crowned, small laterals. I’ve always called these Lemon Sharks (Negaprion eurybathrodon) but as I read further, they look a lot like Carcharhinus brachyurus as well. any opinion before I move on from this nightmare and focus on something else?
  4. Help: The Carcharias spectrum

    I’m trying to ID the tooth at the center of this spectrum. To its’ left, Sand Tigers. To its’ right, makos. But the specimen in the middle is... a bit of both?
  5. Aurora/Lee Creek spoils piles?

    I have read a few posts where there is mention of Lee Creek mine spoils piles presumably unrelated to the ones at the Aurora fossil museum. How does one find these, are they open to the public, and do they contain similar fossils to the ones found at the museum? Also, I have noticed that whenever I talk to the folks at the museum about when they expect to get "fresh dirt" from the mine, they are very non-committal about when of if they will even get any... I'd like to make my investment in travel to the area worthwhile. Some of my trips there, the spoils pile was very picked over. Tips, tricks and suggestions much appreciated.
  6. Finally: croc teeth?

    After years of finding zero crocodile teeth, I found three in one day on spoil piles miles apart. Since they’re new to me, I’m bringing them here for positive ID. Thanks!
  7. Hi everyone, I was looking online to see if definitive remains of Squalodon have been found in sediments from the Lee Creek mine in Aurora. What I found from older posts on the forum is that similar looking teeth have been found but belong to different toothed whale species. Also fossilguy.com shows several teeth which are labeled as Squalodon. I was interested in learning more about this as a Squalodon tooth is definitely on my bucket list and I plan on revisiting the spoil piles at Aurora within the next few years.
  8. Thick and curvy

    None of my other many Mako’s look like this... So hooked. Confirming that that’s what it is.
  9. Don’t make me regret this...

    My best guess is turtle shell. The top layer of this specimen seems to be keratin... but beyond that I’m clueless. All layers are very crumbly. Specimen has no redeeming aesthetic value, beyond being mysterious and... weird. Found in a spoil pile near Aurora, NC.
  10. Hello everyone! I found this bone last summer at the aurora fossil festival in North Carolina. and I have not found anything like it before. I need everyone’s help on this one. It looks like a skull to me but I have no idea. Thanks for the help!
  11. Fossil ID help

    Found this at Aurora over the weekend at the festival. Wasn’t 100% sure on ID. I’m assuming an Angustidens or chubutensis but would love to hear what y’all think.
  12. Saturday at Aurora

    I had a pretty great day at Aurora yesterday. This was my third time there ever, and I managed to convince my boyfriend, father, and uncle (none of whom are as fascinated with fossils as I am) to tag along. I mostly stayed at the pile with my boyfriend, and was a bit bummed out because it seemed like everybody but me was finding decent sized megs and chubutensis left and right! I did find a nice snaggletooth though, and bought a few buckets to take home since we had to leave earlier than I expected. I'm so glad I did, because in the first bucket I found a pretty big meg tooth fragment. I also found a few more dolphin teeth and a nice cow shark tooth. I always seem to find the things I want to find, for the most part, because I remember remarking to everybody in the car that I wanted a few more dolphin teeth and at least one half decent cow shark tooth since the only other one I had came from Purse back in Maryland.
  13. Aurora trip

    I am heading out to the Aurora Fossil Festival, but I am actually leaving Charleston on Sunday because my hubby has a catering job Friday night and Saturday night. I spoke with the one of the original founders of the Fossil Festival yesterday who gave me the ok to take back some 5 gal. buckets with me for my son's class. Nothing like spreading the excitement of fossil hunting with kids. I love to pass on the fossil fever. I used to teach and I always spread the fossil fever to each child I taught. I also found out that the Aurora Museum does Educational Kits where if a teacher sends a requests, they will send out enough "dirt/spoils" for the whole class. Pretty amazing.
  14. Heading down to the Aurora Fossil Festival this weekend. Hope to see some old friends. If you don’t know me and my family come say hi, we all wear BoneHeadz t shirts. Also, is anyone hitting Gmr this year? I plan to go on Thursday
  15. Shark Tooth Identification

    Hello everyone, I’ve been going through my entire collection of shark teeth from the last couple of years and have found a tooth that I cannot identify. This tooth is from aurora, and It is only about 1 cm long. My first guess is thresher shark but I’m not sure. What do you all think it is? Thanks!
  16. My family lives in the NC mountains and we are planning on coming to the Aurora fossil festival after finding it on accident this spring....we have always hunted indian artifacts and the fossil hunting is new to us....thinking of hitting the GMR that friday on our way down...we are staying in oriental...any tips for a dad with 8 and 6 year old sons? Also any other places that we might look in? sons are dying to find a meg tooth...found 2 partials at aurora this spring....Thanks in advance and thanks for letting me join this board...we are new here
  17. I found this oddly-shaped "fossil" in the bucket of Lee Creek sediments I mentioned in an earlier post. This fossil was notably very pale in color, lightweight, and porous.
  18. Mystery items from LC: Marine mammal?

    Here are a pair of head-scratchers that I found i at LC. The first is from the Pungo River Fm I thought was a bivalve steinkern, but it is not carbonate, which one would expect in the lime layers of the formation (that, or phosphate, and itisnt phosphate). There is still some matrix on it. So that leaves me with maybe some portion of the bulla/ear region of a marine mammal, but that's purely a guess. The second is from the Pliocene Yorktown Fm, and the material appears to be the same as that of cetacean tympanic bulla. But it doesn't look like one, or like anything Ive seen from a cetacean. Any ideas? thanks
  19. Cetacean? teeth from the Yorktown

    hi all, Here are three teeth from the Pliocene Yorktown at LC. When found, I was told "pilot whale", which hasn't helped much. I do believe that they are from a tooth cetacean though. Could anyone hazard a guess as to genus/species? thanks in advance
  20. 26th Annual Aurora Fossil Festival

    Well everyone, it's that time of year again. It is almost time the the Aurora Fossil Festival. I know many Forum members have attended in the past and I hope many more will show this year. Lots of fun and you get to search the world famous piles at the museum! Several of our local members will be displaying fossils in the community center as well. Hope to see as many of you there as possible. Saturday May 25th. http://aurorafossilfestival.net/
  21. My family and I took a road trip all the way from canada to try and find some shark teeth and whatever other adventures we could find. Before we hit the beach we headed to the smithsionian in washington d.c . What an amazing experience we had and could literally spends days to fully appreciate everything they had to offer. Next stop was bayfront park maryland. The weather was cold and windy and the water was ice cold, but that didn't stop us! After a few tries with the sifter we found our very first tooth, a feeling I will never forget thats for sure. After searching for 2 hours and finding many small teeth we decided to head out to our next destination Aurora. The town is small and the few people we did meet were very kind. My two kids really liked digging here as it's nice and safe with a guaranteed chance of finding teeth. I highly recommend aurora for family's and newbies looking to find teeth. The museum is really cool with awsome fossils and some good stuff to buy. Our next location bought us to the famous GMR in Greenville . Everyone I talked to said it's flooded don't waste your time but being stubborn I went anyways. Lol I was able to find a small location that allowed me to get down and do some sifting. I found some really nice teeth but the GW I really wanted didn't happen for me this trip. There was lots of broken glass and garbage in the spot I was so be careful . We hooked up with george powell jr while we were in greenville and like many people have said he truly is one of the nicest people I have ever met. He took hours showing me and my family his collection and it's just leaves you in aww. ThanKS George! I'm really thinking of getting my diving certificate for future trips! The rest of the trip is none fossil related so I will spare you all that lol but we had a blast and found the fossil community to be very warm and welcoming. Cheers
  22. Odd Shark Tooth

    Hey everyone, I found this tooth in the spoil piles at the Aurora fossil museum in NC a few years ago. It's been sitting on my desk for a while and I haven't gotten around to getting it ID'd on the forum, but there's no time like the present. I have no idea what it could be from, maybe a pathological Carcharhinus or Physogaleus? The root is about 2.5 cm wide and the overall length (measured by the blade angle) is about 2 cm.
  23. North Carolina hollow shark tooth

    I found this hollow mako shark tooth on the piles in North Carolina, I was told that the tooth hadn’t fully formed when the shark lost it but I want a few more opinions on it. Size referencefront
  24. North Carolina Beach Trip

    Last week my wife and I took a trip to North Carolina; first to visit some relatives in Raleigh, but then to head to the coast and check out the beaches and find some sharks teeth, etc. While I had read that the NC beaches were not exactly the area with the highest volume of teeth, we had not been there before and wanted to see the area and I knew that we should at least be able to find some. I had hoped to visit at least one of the quarries near the coast for some older material but had learned from a quarry operator and additional info from @sixgill pete that all the quarries that are often available for fossil hunting were still closed due to flooding from last seasons hurricanes. There have been numerous posts on here about other trips and we have lots of distinguished members from NC and nearby that are way more familiar than I am with the area and its fossil offerings, but I thought I'd give you my impression as a first timer to the area and what to expect. The weather was fine our whole trip, pretty chilly in the morning but pleasant in the afternoon. It is January after all, this is not south Florida, but then we weren't in a deep chill like our more northern friends have been recently. Dress appropriately and it was great walking the beaches. We started in North Topsail Beach and walked the beach from the 210 bridge to the New River inlet in a couple of segments and found this collection of teeth. Sorry about the scale, that was all we had with us. For those that are not familiar with the goldfish cracker, it is about 2.25 cm or just under 1 inch in length. These teeth are just found on the beaches and come from the somewhat local Pliocene and Miocene aged sediments. You can see a couple of nice teeth in the middle and several more well worn or fragmentary pieces. I'm still learning my shark teeth, but the two in the middle appear to be a Sand Tiger and a Snaggletooth (Hemipristis). The big piece is interesting (and was by far the biggest we found on the beaches), I'm not sure if it is a Mako, a Great White (no apparent serrations but it is pretty worn) or even a piece of a Megalodon (its pretty thick and heavy). Next we went a bit south to Topsail Beach and walked a good bit. We found this group of teeth down there (second pic). Another very nice Hemipristis and a variety of other, smaller teeth. On our last walk on North Topsail, a gentleman showed up just after us and found a beautiful 2" tooth just where we entered the beach. We had turned right and he turned left and there it was! Darn, just missed that one!!
  25. Here is a video PBS put out last year. LINK Craig
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