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Found 64 results

  1. Heading to Charleston

    Hi, everyone! I’m headed over to Charleston tonight, will be in the area a couple days. Never did any hunting around there but I’ve always wanted to go. I read that there’s a good starting location behind a YMCA in Summerville, and with a bit of hiking you can find other locations, so maybe I’ll start there. I saw posts from a number of people that started there and had good results, so it’s not someone’s secret location. I read that no tools are allowed when in Summerville? Even if I don’t find anything, it’s worth a shot and I’ll be heading up to the Calvert Cliffs on my drive back up to Jersey. I think I’ll check out some of the more southern spots this time- I’ve only searched off of Brownie’s Pt. Still, if anyone has any tips (i.e. don’t bother with that silly ditch behind the Y) of course I’d love to hear them. Of course, I’ll post anything I find.
  2. Hello! This is my first posting in this forum. I'm coming down to the charleston area and hoping to find some meg teeth and other fossils. I have done lots of dives for them but haven't found any (people in my group have found them). I'm interested to find some land sites. I'll be traveling in my van and will have a nice inflatable kayak and snorkeling gear with me. Let me know if you have any advice or want to meet up Mar 1-8 and go on an adventure hunt. Any fossils I find will be used in my general and environmental biology class I teach a a local community college here in Greensboro! Thanks! - Shawn
  3. ID Help - Fossils from Summerville

    Hey guys! Hoping for some help identifying a few things I found in Summerville, SC today. Thanks!
  4. Hey everyone. I’m new to this forum and pretty new to hunting anywhere other than the beach, but I’ve been venturing out to Summerville and a few creeks in the West Ashley area. I’ve found pretty much nothing except for a broken meg tooth in a well known creek in Summerville. I’m not asking for anyone’s specific hunting spot, but does anyone have some insight on other areas besides the Sawmill Branch creek?
  5. Possible Turtle Shell from Summerville

    Hey guys! New member here from Charleston. Hoping to get some help ID’ing what I think might be turtle shell pieces and another potential fossil. Found these in a creek in Summerville along with some teeth (Chandler Bridge Formation). Thanks!
  6. New sites

    I have always looked for shark teeth on folly and Morris island in Charleston SC and I've had very good luck on Morris but I have not found a whole meg yet just broken pieces. I want to expand my sites and start looking in creeks and rivers but I do not know where to start researching good sites. Everytime I Google a spot though I do not get much information. Any advice on places to start?
  7. A couple shark teeth from Charleston, SC

    I'm new here, hi! I've got a few teeth from around Charleston, SC that I'm unsure about. These I'm pretty sure are Angustidens, but I just wanted to make sure. These are not very good quality pictures, but it's the best I've got (father sent them to me). Some kind of whaler species? My guess for this is Great White, but it's very narrow so I wasn't sure. Thanks for the help!
  8. Folly Beach Shark Teeth

    Hi! I don’t know much at all about fossils, but I love going to Folly Beach and picking up shark teeth. In a few hours, I can get about 50-100 teeth. I have an idea of the identity of some, but want to be more sure. If anyone has any info on the identity/age/etc., that’d be great! I think my larger tooth is a meg, are megalodon teeth fairly common at Folly? I’ve gone to Summerville to try to look, but had no luck (no idea where to look). Here are some pics (most are not completely whole):
  9. Today’s haul

    What all do I have here? Anything in particular catch anyone’s eye?
  10. Charleston SC

    What do I have here guys? just found this one today.
  11. Hi all! I've been away from the site for a bit - I taught my first historical geology lecture this spring, and ended up spending three nights a week working on a lecture til the wee hours of the morning, and so the last month has left me without enough time to follow up on the forum. I'll try to get caught up over the next few days. I have a bazillion missed messages from people, so I'll get through them ASAP! This weekend I wrote a new (and very long) blog post about the geology, paleontology, and history of the Ashley Phosphate Beds in the Charleston area - a must read for anyone confused about our stratigraphy! http://coastalpaleo.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-ashley-phosphate-beds.html
  12. Shark teeth

    Just a few of my favs!
  13. Charleston/Summerville

    Hello all, I will be in the Charleston/Summerville area this weekend and a few days into the week. If anyone has any suggestions on where I can try to look for shark teeth, please let me know via PM. I can trade spot locations for some Paleozoic fossils or Mesozoic shark teeth. Next week, I will write a trip report on how things go, I am hoping to find my first tooth over 2.5”, I probably won’t get a chance to find something like that for several more years. Wish me luck!
  14. Found some fossilized critters downtown Charleston SC Museum of Natural History - College of Charleston
  15. Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus 1758)

    From the album Pisces

    Longest edge: 6 cm. From the Middle Miocene in the area around Charleston, SC, USA. Recieved on a trade with mattbsharks.
  16. Carcharocles megalodon (Agassiz 1843)

    From the album Pisces

    Longest edge: 11.5 cm. From the Miocene in the area around Charleston, SC, USA. Recieved on a trade with mattbsharks.
  17. Today's Massive Desori Mako!

    Hello Everyone! It's been a minute since I've had the pleasure of finding any fossils worth posting here, but I was lucky enough today to squeeze in a couple hours of hunting. I noticed several sets of footprints around my usual hunting site - others had picked through the material recently. Undeterred, I made my way along the river visually scouring every square inch of exposed grey-brown Oligocene formation and gravel. Im glad I stuck with it because I was rewarded with several nice (albeit small) teeth from the extinct mega-tooth white shark, Carcharocles angustidens as well as a slew of smaller teeth. Then, just as I was ready to start hiking back to the car, I noticed the root of a VERY large mako tooth sticking out of the ground. When I pulled it up I was reminded of the sword in the stone..it just kept going and going. At a little over 2.8" it's one of the largest Isurus desori teeth I've ever personally seen. It's in great condition with exceptional color to boot. Thanks for taking a look and as always... Happy hunting! SOSC
  18. Looking to put the boat in the water and hitting a few spots throughout the week. I am looking to get out at low tide. I have a spot or two in mind. Looking for a few more spots to go besides the more popular areas. If you know of some good places and would like a free boat ride and some fossil hunting after these heavy rains send me a PM.
  19. New here to the forum and to fossil hunting. Found a few teeth over the past few weeks was hoping to get some help with identification and where to find more in the low country. Living in mount pleasant with access to a 23 foot bay boat as well as a few paddle boards. Would love to meet some great people with the same interests as myself and my wife. We would love to host some new friends on our boat for some hunting. If you are in the area and wouldn't mind the company of some newbs that are eager to learn and hunt send me a PM. We are looking forward to becoming knowledgeable on the area and meeting others that share our interests. I have attached a picture of a few of the things we found any help on ID would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  20. Summerville Screamers!

    Hello Everyone! I can honestly, finally, say that I'm beginning to figure out the fossil-enigma that is Summerville, SC. It is a strange land where fossil deposits start and end within a matter of feet - a few inches of glorious gravel separating the sandy, ghostly-grey Chandler Bridge and the compact brownish marl of the Ashley Formation. If, by some miracle, you can find a ditch with the exact right depth, enough width, a little flowing water within a fossil-bearing strata that hasn't been hit by a million other collectors, you just might be able to put something together. Thanks to some nasty weather and a couple of days off of work, I've managed to finally find some spots that fit the bill. The finds pictured below come from two creeks (of maybe 15 that I checked) over the course of the last two days. The angustidens were the obvious gems, with one shamer nearly four inches long and nearly four inches wide! All-in-all, its been a great couple of days and I couldn't be happier with my success. I'll be planning another trip in the near future! Take care and as always.. Happy hunting, SOSC
  21. Summerville Pays Off Big Time!

    Hello Everyone, Yesterday was my only day off from work this week and I decided that I was overdue for a nice tooth. My usual tidal spots are covered in a fine layer of silt from our recent rainstorms, so I decided to give Summerville a try. For me, productive Summerville sites are about a 30-35 minute drive which is usually enough to keep me on the coast. I've taken a handful of trips to the area, but haven't found anything particularly noteworthy...until this trip! This was a complete 'Hail Mary" trip - I knew I wanted to start with a main canal system and work through some of the deeper feeder creeks. I usually have very little success on the scouting trips, occasionally finding some reworked stuff and interesting formation. But yesterday after over two hours of hiking, spiders, knee-deep mud, and intense heat...I finally found some absolutely beautiful Chandler Bridge Formation lining a deep ditch in the middle of nowhere. I immediately got the sensation that I'd hit a virgin creek. The finds were plentiful with many, many of the usual broken shark teeth and bone pieces and a handful of gems in the mix. Of particular note are a pair of cream-colored Hemipristis serra, a stunner of a 2.2" Carcharocles angustidens, assorted vertebrae, and some associated alligator material! All-in-all it was the best Summerville trip I've had to date, and I'm excited to try some new areas in the near future. Cheers! SOSC My camera batteries just ran out of juice, so stay tuned for forthcoming close-up shots!
  22. Hey all - our collections manager and I busted our tails off yesterday trying to get everything ready for the Aurora Fossil Festival on Saturday in Aurora, NC. We're going to have a table for the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History (CCNHM), our museum at College of Charleston. We've got some neat casts on display as well as a couple of cases - one is a case chock full of fossils from Folly Beach, SC, and the other is a case full of Miocene and Pliocene odontocete ear bones from the Lee Creek Mine. If you're attending, be sure to bring marine mammal fossils with you for identification - or just to show off and make us jealous! We'll be in the community center sandwiched between tables for the Smithsonian and the North Carolina Fossil Club. We're looking forward to seeing you there! Lastly, we're also looking for marine mammal fossils from Belgrade Quarry to add to our collections as part of ongoing study of Oligocene marine mammals from the southeastern USA. Teeth, earbones, and skull fragments are not common at Belgrade but several critical specimens have already been donated. With a few more specimens, I will be able to put together a paper on the marine mammal fauna of the Belgrade Formation. Hope to see you there!
  23. Hello everybody! Its been a while since I've had the opportunity to post anything here, though I have been enjoying seeing everyone else's finds. My job has become steadily busier as the weather and water become warmer, so the last couple days of rain have afforded me some time off. I've been hunting substantially less often then I would like to, but have still managed some nicer finds in the last month or so. I'd say the finds below probably represent something around 5-6 hunts at the same couple sites that I've been visiting for the last year or so. Ive also added some "in situ" photos from a beach hunt I did with my work a few days ago. Take care, SOSC First off, a group shot - Today's very nice Angustidens tooth - A really exceptional (and beautifully-colored) mako, Isurus desori - A nice Alopias grandis - A colorful great white- And a crazy lil posterior(?) or symphyseal(?) angustidens - ...And a very, very large shark vertebral plate -
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