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Found 117 results

  1. Shark Tooth ID Request

    Hey All, I found this tooth on an early afternoon hunt today in Charleston, SC. I wanted to see if anyone could confirm if it is a Carcharocles angustiden or if it could possibly be a Carcharocles chubutensis. Reason I ask is the cusps on the side seem less pronounced then other Angy’s I have found and seen. They don’t appear to have broken off. My initial thought is that it is an Angy, but wanted to doubles check. Happy to post additional pics if needed. Thanks in advance!
  2. I went on a quick hunt this morning. Couldn’t find much at all, only one small tooth, and then stumbled upon this Great White tooth. I have found a lot of teeth in the Charleston, SC area but this is the best Great White I have found to date. I was pretty pumped!
  3. Fossil or just a rock?

    Hey all, I was hunting for sharks teeth this morning and found this. Is it a fossil or just a rock? My initial inclination is just a rock, but figured the shape was worth an ask. Thanks in advance!
  4. Shark Tooth ID

    Hey all, I found this tooth this morning hunting in Charleston, SC. I was hoping someone could help me ID it. Is it Isurus desori? Or is it Isurus hastalis? That was my initial thought, but it is so much bigger, thicker, and robust than the other Isurus desori teeth I have found in Charleston, SC and most Isurus hastalis teeth I have found are more broad/wide. So figured I would run it past some folks here to make sure the ID is correct. Thanks I’m advance!!! @MarcoSr @WhodamanHD @BellamyBlake @Al Dente @Praefectus
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. Vertebra ID

    Hello, I found this vertebra on the beach this morning in Charleston, SC and was hoping someone could help ID it. My initial guess was a dolphin vertebra? Thanks in advance!
  9. From Myrtle, to Charleston and then from Amelia around to Venice. It was truly a blessed summer strolling the beaches with family, and sometimes by myself. Of the hundreds found, these are my favorites.
  10. Shark Tooth ID Please

    Hey all, I just got back from a quick shark tooth hunt in Charleston, SC after a day of work and was pretty excited when I stumbled upon this tooth. It is about an inch long.Can someone help me ID it? Parotodus benedini? Alopias grandis? Something else? Happy to post additional pictures if needed. Thanks!!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Shark tooth ID help

    Can anyone ID this shark tooth? Found in Charleston, SC.
  14. 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.
  15. Hey all, I recently got into hunting for sharks teeth in March when COVID hit. My fiancé’s father gave us an old shadow box over the weekend and I pulled out some of my favorite teeth to display in it from some of my hunts. Before that I just had them in mason jars. All of the teeth were found in Charleston, SC from March - September from 3-4 different spots. I just snapped a couple pictures, but I can provide more if there is interest. As far as organization goes... - Row 1, 2: Megs; Angys - Row 3: Great White teeth - Row 4, 5, 6: C. hastalis; Makos; Parotodus benedini (on row 4) - Bottom Left Corner: Alopias Grandis; A couple small Alopias teeth - Bottom Center: Sand Tiger teeth; my largest Carcharhinus sp. (Possibly Bull Shark?) tooth - Bottom Right: Upper and lower Snaggletooth teeth - A few Tiger Shark teeth above the Snaggletooth corner I hope you enjoy looking at some of my finds over the last 6 months or so!
  16. Shark Teeth ID please

    Hey all, Could someone help me ID these two smaller teeth? Both were found in Charleston, South Carolina. Thanks so much!
  17. I finally found a full Meg in Charleston, SC! It isn’t huge (probably about 2.5-3 inches or so), but it was nice to finally find one!
  18. I returned to the Cooper River near Charleston, SC last week for a five day diving trip for the elusive Meg! it is not the easiest way to hunt for fossils but It is fun! I added a new page to my website to give you an idea of what its like. ---> http://nautiloid.net/fossils/sites/charleston/charleston.html
  19. Hey all, I found these 3 teeth and vertebrae on a hunt this week and was hoping to get an ID on them since I do not recognize them. Any help would be greatly appreciated! If a need to post any other pictures please let me know!
  20. Hey All, I was hoping you all could help me identify these 6 teeth I recently found in Charleston, South Carolina. If I need to post additional pictures of any of the teeth I am happy to! Thanks so much!
  21. Hey all, Since COVID began and I've had more free time I've been getting back to blogging, and now I'm regretting taking such a hiatus since I started here in Charleston. I've written the first of a 2 or 3 part series of semi-technical blog articles that most here should understand and appreciate on our new study on the giant dolphin Ankylorhiza tiedemani (formerly known as Genus Y). The first post is about the background to our paper, and the second one will be a bit more on the anatomy, feeding behavior, locomotion, and evolutionary implications of Ankylorhiza. Take a read here: https://coastalpaleo.blogspot.com/2020/08/ankylorhiza-tiedemani-giant-dolphin.html
  22. Hi everyone, fellow Charlestonian here. I've recently got back into shark teeth hunting and have been to a few locations such as behind the YMCA and in those creek branches round there. I am posting here to ask everyone if they have any good locations they would share. I know this community is tight lipped and secretive when it comes to this, but I was hoping there would be a few individuals who didn't mind helping someone actually find some good finds. I get most sites are on private property or the individual has connections to get onto quarries (i.e. Black River Fossils), but I know there are viable locations out there that are not well known too. Thank you.
  23. Hi everyone, this believed to be "tooth/bone" was found in the Dorchester Creek / Ridgeville area.
  24. Need Help with Identification

    Hi everyone, need help with some identification here. The first photos of the brown looking tooth was found in Edisto, while the bone you see was found in Dorchester Creek in Summerville.
  25. Hey y'all - we finally re-named "Squalodon" tiedemani, now known as Ankylorhiza tiedemani - a large macropredatory killer whale like dolphin with some implications for the early feeding ecology of odontocetes (toothed/echolocating whales) and convergent evolution of swimming in baleen whales (mysticetes) and odontocetes after their split some ~35-36 million years ago. I've copied our FB post text below so I don't need to re-type it all. Introducing the species formerly known as Genus Y: Ankylorhiza tiedemani! This large dolphin was originally named from a partial but uninformative skull dredged from the Wando River in South Carolina in the 1880s, erroneously placed in the genus Squalodon, and without any age data. Our new skeleton, CCNHM 103, is nearly complete, and demonstrates 1) that it definitely isn’t Squalodon, needing the new genus name Ankylorhiza, and 2) the species is from the Oligocene epoch. The new skeleton was discovered by Mark Havenstein in the ~24 million year old Chandler Bridge Formation near Summerville SC in the mid 1990s. There are two major aspects to this new study, published today in the prestigious journal Current Biology by one of our paleontologists, Dr. Boessenecker, and colleagues (Dr. Morgan Churchill, Dr. Emily Buchholtz, Dr. Brian Beatty, and Dr. Jonathan Geisler). The first and more simple finding is that Ankylorhiza is large and has several adaptations for feeding on large prey: large, thick-rooted teeth, a robust snout, sharp (and occasionally serrated) cutting edges on its teeth, enormous jaw muscles, and a killer whale-like range of neck motion. This evidence all points toward Ankylorhiza being an apex predator, reinvading the niche formerly occupied by predatory basilosaurid whales which died out only 5 million years before the oldest fossils of Ankylorhiza. The second and more surprising aspect is what the skeleton tells us about the evolution of swimming adaptations. Modern baleen whale and echolocating whale skeletons are remarkably similar, and assumed to have remained static since the split between the two groups some 35 million years ago. Indeed, most “whaleontologists” working on early baleen whales and early dolphins are ‘headhunters’ and focus exclusively on skulls. The flipper and vertebrae of Ankylorhiza indicate that many features in modern baleen (mysticetes) and echolocating whales (odontocetes) actually evolved twice, in parallel – we call this convergent evolution. We know this since modern mysticetes and odontocetes share many features– including a remarkably shortened humerus (upper arm bone; still a bit long in Ankylorhiza), lost muscle attachments of the humerus (still present in Ankylorhiza), short blocky finger bones (long/skinny in Ankylorhiza), a narrow tail stock (wide in Ankylorhiza), and more than 23 or so tail vertebrae (fewer than that in Ankylorhiza). These features therefore must have evolved convergently – likely driven by the locking of the elbow joint, forcing the flipper to be used only for steering and all propulsive force to come from the tail. You can read the paper here: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(20)30828-9 (please email us if you would like a pdf of the paper)
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