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  1. A poo-tastic day

    @Gizmo and I had a chance to get to a couple of sites in eastern Virginia during the super dry conditions that we are having during August. We hit the water early, after a rare cooler night. The mist over the stream made navigation a little tougher, but the view was beautiful! I had a moment of clarity in understanding that a strong part of my love of fossil hunting is that it takes me to beautiful and wild out-of-the-way places. The water conditions made for some interesting finds out of the Calvert Formation. We did some bulk sampling for a museum project but mostly got in some surface collecting. Some highlights below. The coprolites really made my day! I came away with a bag full, but the big butt nugget in the first photo made me holler like I was stung when I first saw it. As usual, posting as-is due to a lack of time and interest in prepping at the moment. Coprolites of various types, an unusual axis and a nearly complete stringray barb A couple of interesting teeth
  2. Chubutensis or Angustiden

    So I have posted a picture of this tooth before but I was recently showing it to a buddy and he said it looked like a chub but the cusps make me think angustidens. I want to know what you all think. I found this in an area that the formation is exposed in spots. The clay is a thick white clay speckled with tiny pebbles and other fossils. my geological maps that i used to find the location say that it is of Miocene age in the hawthorn group. However I am starting to think that there might be older clays exposed in the area. Please help me figure out what kind of tooth I have here, thank you.
  3. Megalodon or Chubutensis?

    Hello everyone, If you saw my most recent trip report, you know that I just found my first meg tooth! However, I'm not entirely sure whether the tooth is from Carcharocles megalodon or Carcharocles chubutensis. The tooth was found at Bayfront Park/Brownies Beach, which is the northernmost part of the Calvert Cliffs. The sediments exposed in the cliffs here are from the Calvert Formation, roughly 18-22 million years old. This would be right around the time when the great Megalodon first emerged. I remember reading that the majority of megateeth found at Brownies are chubs, but that megs have also been found there. What I'd like to know is which one my tooth is: Meg or Chub? It looks to me like if the tooth were complete, it would have the defining residual cusps of chubutensis, but unfortunately the blade is broken on both sides right by the root. The bourlette is missing, but that is a characteristic of every shark in the mega lineage so that doesn't really matter. The tooth is approximately 1 3/4 inches, and not quite as thick as I would've expected. As you can see on my trip report and Hop 5 post, my current ID for this tooth is C. chubutensis, but that is subject to change should someone with better knowledge on megatooth identification give their opinion. One last possibility is that it may be a transitional meg, meaning the shark was a blurred line between megalodon and chubutensis. Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
  4. Hop 5 01/25/19

    (I will now be using the poll format, so you can actually click your favorite and the poll will keep track of the votes) 1. Carcharocles chubutensis: MY FIRST MEGATOOTH! A bit of damage near the root and a missing bourlette, but a gorgeous tooth nonetheless. The serrations are absolutely killer. It’s about 1 ¾ inches. Colors completely changed when it dried. I. Am. Ecstatic. 2. Carcharias cuspidata: Very large sand tiger with a beautiful hooked double cusp on one shoulder. Excellent preservation, and certainly a necklace quality tooth. 3. Notorynchus primigenius: A perfect little cow shark tooth. Found in the cove within my first five minutes of collecting. Not very big, but in fantastic condition. 4. Isurus desori: Incredible little mako. It is absolutely pristine, and still sharp enough to cut you. Has that beautiful Brownies blue coloration on the enamel. 5. Carcharocles sp.: Oh, what could have been...this is the tip to what was probably a huge Megalodon tooth. Based on the thickness of the tooth, it would have been much larger than the meg that I found. Still a great find! The tip of a monster.
  5. After just over a year of fossil collecting, I have finally found my first Meg! On Thursday, the first semester of my senior year came to an end. The next day, Friday, school was closed for a teacher work day. I figured I'd make the most of my day off by heading out to Bayfront Park. What better way to celebrate making it through the first half of senior year? I though that because it was a Friday, and rather cold, not many people would be out on the beach because they'd either be at school, work, or home because of the weather. I was right. When I arrived at a little before noon, there were only a few cars in the parking lot, and not all of them were fellow hunters. I slipped on my waders and made my way down the path, shovel and sifter in hand. Funny enough, I never actually sifted a single screen, because I didn't need to. I had no idea the tide was going to be as low as it was. But boy, was it out there. Even with a few hours before peak low tide, the entire beach was exposed and the water was calm. I stopped briefly at the cove area that people so often underestimate, and within five minutes of stepping onto the beach found a perfect little cow shark tooth laying right out in the open. That's when I knew it was going to be a good day of hunting. The tide was probably the one of the lowest I've ever seen at Brownies, so I had plenty of ground to cover. Trying not to get ahead of myself, I made sure to still walk very slowly and scan over the ground thoroughly. After about an hour, I was walking down near the water on a part of the beach that is normally submerged when I stumbled across a large tooth, half buried in the sand. My heart stopped when I spotted it. It clearly had signs of a bourlette, so I immediately knew I was looking right at my first ever meg. I pulled out my phone and began recording. I prayed that it would be whole as I carefully pried it out of the sand. To my delight, it was mostly complete, with flawless serrations and an intact tip. It had a bit of damage and it was missing the actual bourlette (must've fallen off), but I didn't mind one bit. I cleaned it off and spent marveled at the amazing tooth I had just found. I couldn't believe what was happening. After calling my friends and family and sending them the video, I carefully wrapped the tooth in tissue paper and aluminum foil to insure that it would make it home safely. There was no way I was throwing that tooth in my waders pouch like I do with the rest! I would have been more than happy if I hadn't found a single other tooth that day, but that was not the case. I continued south, and kept looking towards the water, hoping for some other nice finds. I found a fair share of decent makos, and another large but beaten up cow shark tooth. I eventually ran into a man named Scott who was hunting for the first time ever, and he showed me his backpack full of cetacean verts, including a very large whale vert. He told me he had been there since before sunrise, and hadn't had much luck with teeth, but clearly was finding verts left and right. I of course answered his question, "Any luck?" with a prompt "Oh yes, I hit the jackpot today." He congratulated me on my first meg, and we talked for a while more. He was a really cool guy, and I enjoyed helping him identify some finds and learn more about the cliffs. After my exchange with Scott, I went farther down the beach, finding more decent teeth and a few verts. At one point, I saw what was clearly another megatooth in the sand, and held my breath as I unearthed it. Unfortunately, it was only the tip of what was most likely a very large tooth. A true heartbreaker, but with everything else I had already found I couldn't complain. As the tide began to come in, I decided to head back to the entrance and make my way home. I caught up to Scott again, and we talked about my plans to become a paleontologist as we walked back up to our cars. I can say with some confidence that this was my best Brownies Beach trip ever, and perhaps even my best trip ever, period. I ended up finding a meg (although it's technically a C. chubutensis I believe), some very nice makos, a few complete cow shark teeth, hemis, sand tigers, a lot of tigers, a ray barb/spine, and a lot of fish and shark verts. I honestly don't think I could be much happier with my finds, and I am beyond thrilled to add my first megatooth to my collection! As far as a public site like Brownies goes, this is considered an extremely productive day, especially considering I only really hunted for about four hours, compared to my usual 6-7+. 2019 is certainly off to an amazing start; this is only my second hunt of the year! Thank you so much for reading my report, and here's to many more megs in the future! Here's a link to my YouTube video of finding the tooth. I will eventually be making full length videos of my hunts in the future, so please subscribe to the channel if you like! Thank you all. Also be sure to check out the Hop 5 post that will be up soon, and cast your vote for the tripmaker. Hoppe Hunting!
  6. Chubutensis or Megalodon ?

    Hello Everyone, Something that has always confused me ... teeth like this. This was a tooth pulled from Savannah River dredge material. I can't confirm the formations but the dredge worked the river to 47foot depth. I've read in some spots that the material could possibly be as old as Miocene. My assumption when I am hunting is Pliocene to Pleistocene. Is this just a juvenile meg tooth with cusps or a chubutensis tooth ? Should the cusps be more integrated into the blade ? 2 inches on the slant. Anyhoo ... an outlier to the teeth that I normally find which are solidly in the megalodon camp. At least from a morphological standpoint. @Al Dente Have you seen chubs pulled out of the river ? Thanks, Brett
  7. Thinking about selecting a light sand color for the background to make these teeth pop. Here’s an evolutionary display of the Megalodon. Left-to-right: O. obliques, O. auriculatus, O. angustiden, O. chubutensis, O. megalodon. Notice the abscence of cusps from the Meg. The two right most teeth are from Calvert Cliffs, the two in the middle from South Carolina, and the far left from Morocco. FYI @Kurt Komoda @FossilSloth @caldigger @SailingAlongToo @Malcolmt
  8. [WARNING: A lengthy read, but hopefully enjoyable] Last summer Chuck @megaholic invited me to go out with his fossil friends to dive the Meg Ledges offshore from Carolina Beach, NC. We could not make it that year as we were several time zones and about 2700 miles to the west in Cascade, ID to see the total solar eclipse as it streaked across the US on August 21, 2017. (It was well worth the cost and effort to see this impressive astronomical event. This year Chuck tried again and I was happy to be able to take him up on his offer to join his group for some meg tooth dives. Initially, I started checking for airports nearby and started hunting for inexpensive airfares. Chuck quickly pointed out that it really isn’t that far of a drive from South Florida and that he usually covers the distance in one long day of driving. The idea of driving up to North Carolina sparked the concept of an epic roadtrip with several stops along the way bookending the diving portion in the middle. The six potential diving days of the charter were fixed at the last couple of days of July and the first few of August and so with that anchoring the middle of the trip, I was able to build out from that time to lay out a fun itinerary with lots of stops along the way. I’m pretty good at composing lengthy journeys and had fun mapping this one out. My wife Tammy has been planning her retirement for some time and though her employer was successful in tempting her back for longer than she had planned on working for them, she was finally at a good stopping point with her project wrapping up. She actually based her last work day before retirement on my finalized schedule. She had her farewell lunch and said her goodbyes and was back reasonably early on a Wednesday and we had the car packed up and were heading out just after the morning rush hour died down on the following Thursday. Our first port of call on this roadtrip was north-central Florida. I had a number of specimens that I wanted to drop off in person to the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) in Gainesville. Along the way I had made plans to visit the first of many TFF members on this trip. Harry @Harry Pristis is a great authority on the types of items we pull from the rivers and creeks here in Florida and anybody who has read any forum topics about these items has undoubtedly noticed Harry’s excellent photographs of his enviable fossil specimens which are invaluable in confirming IDs. Harry also has a wonderful collection of old bottles and that is also a bit of a side passion of mine (I like hunting for all sorts of things). Harry and his wife invited us in when we arrived and we were able to indulge in one of my other favorite hobbies—talking about things which interest me. After some wonderful conversation we got a chance to marvel at some of the spectacular fossils (and other items) in Harry’s display room. The walls were covered with all sorts of interesting bottles that drew my attention equally as much as the fossils we were soon to see. Harry (as you would expect) has his items very well ordered and cataloged so it is much more like visiting a museum than a personal collection (a concept that would be repeated throughout this trip). Harry stores his fossils in custom made cabinets with shallow drawers based on the type of cabinets that shell collectors like to use. The tops are inset with nice areas to highlight some pretty things under glass. Harry has collected for many years and as such has built up a terrific assortment of enviable fossils. It was quite a treat that could easily be summed-up as “like a kid in a candy store”. There were just too many wonderful things to see it was too easy to forget I was holding a camera. I asked Harry select a couple of his favorite items for a couple of example photos. He selected an odontocete mandible (Goniodelphis cf. G. hudsoni) from the Pliocene which was recovered from the phosphate mines (when it was still possible to access them). The other stunning piece was a rhino tooth from Teloceras cf. T. hicksi (also from the mines). Truly special items to be able to see up close and personal.
  9. Some of My Best Finds

    Hello everyone! Yesterday I found some of my best teeth yet. Take a look, and tell me your favorite!
  10. Fossil ID?/Recent Trip

    Hello! First time posting on the forum so any help is good! I recently went hunting for a few hours and was able to have a decent day by myself at the water. I need help to ID the two teeth I posted up-closes of. The fragment would've been a sweet tooth if whole and I wish the other tooth had the other cusp! I believe both teeth are from the same species of shark, but I have never found a species like this. I have never heard of Carcharocles angustiden being found in the MD/VA area and the area I was at I believe is mostly early Miocene so I was thinking it might be a Carcharocles chubutensis??? I also found some decent Makos and a very nice Barracuda tooth which I thought was pretty cool.
  11. Chub or Angustidens

    Hi All, I recently received a number of shark teeth found by divers in the Cooper, Wando and Morgan rivers of South Carolina. Most of them were C.angustidens but these two looked more like C.chubutensis. Although they have narrower blades, the cusps are clearly more merged with the main blade like a Chub. Would love an expert opinion? Thanks
  12. Added three new teeth in recent times to my collection of exotic meg teeth, I'd like to share since there,s not to many images from these localities out there, the photos maybe in shabby quality because I pulled them directly from my Instagram page to save time. 1) This partial tip of a meg was found in the Chiba prefecture of Japan! Acquiring this, even just a fragment was a real pain in the butt as megs from Japan are extremely scare. 2) Even though its not a Meg of course but still being the closest ancestor, this 3.1inch chubutensis tooth was found at a land site in Lecce, Italy with gorgeous color! 3) This tooth measuring 4.1 inches came from new site in Bangkalan City, Java, Indonesia. A majority of the megs here were found with absolutely terrible preservation so this one is one of the best out of the bunch! A few more pics of these teeth can be found on their posts on my page at https://www.instagram.com/nyislandfossils/ if its ok to post this here.
  13. So it is getting close to the end of the year and like most people towards the end of the year I like to reflect on my fossil trips. Ok maybe not like most people but you get the point. Well i was sorting through the pics from all my "meg" finds this year and i realized something I had found at least one meg every month of the year except for December, so I decided I was going to give it my all to try to find a meg in december so that i could say i had found one every month and i could make a calendar. Well yesterday despite the wind and big waves the fossil gods smiled down on me and allowed me to bring one home and complete my mission. Now i know people brag about the accomplishment from the past year well this is mine lol. I dont have kids or get married or anything like that so i have to go with fossils lol and for those of you who hunt Calvert Cliffs you know how hard it is to find megs around in the summer. Well Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas hope you enjoy the look back! January February March April May June July August September October November December
  14. So, I have acquired a specimen of every species from cretolamna to C. megalodon. Now I just need to get better representatives, or ones that fit the bill better (posteriors, around 2 inches, and curved to the right). The last specimen is coming in the mail later this month (a auriculatus). I need to find a new otodus, a larger angy, a complete meg, and maybe an aksauticus that curves right. Here’s the set without auriculatus, I’ll update this thread with it once it comes. I’ll have to get working on the GW shark line next, that one will be MUCH harder...
  15. Chubutensis

    Perfect beauty found 100’ deep:
  16. The mail box was a particularly good hunting spot for me today, and most of the fossils I bought will go on the mailbox score thread, but today I will take the time to show off my progress on my evolution set. The problem with these are the harder to get specimens, the Carcharocles chubutensis is the first challenge. I’ve been looking for one that doesn’t break the bank for a while now, and finally I found one. This chub (from North Carolina I believe but I have to check on that) has the vestigial cusps and finer serrations. It is complete as well and about two inches (my target size). The only problem being it is a posterior tooth. This is not a huge problem, as I can work the rest of the set around it. This is the set of three so far, of course there will most likely be some switching out, as the meg has damage from biting and the angy is missing a side, but for now it is fine. Now I’m going to need a two inch posterior specimen of the following: Cretolamna Appendiculta, otodus obliquus, otodus askuaticus, carcharocles auriculatus, carcharocles sokolovi. This will take a while.... pm me if you are looking to sell one of these (low on trading material right now). Im also working on a Great white evolution set, which will likely take just as long or longer (I like a challenge) which consists currently of a GW and a Hastilis, although I may switch out the hastilis for a broader one. I’m looking for an isurolamna inflata, a isurus (macrorhizodus) praecursor, a escheri, and the elusive Hubbelli (this one will probably take the longest, just as sokolovi will probably take the longest for the other lineage). I have my eyes on a escheri (and yes I just found out it is actually a separate sister taxon, I’ll include it anyway for convergent evolution) on one site, but if I can get one cheaper somewhere else I will. Again you have one of these (especially Hubbelli) that you’d be willing to let go of, let me know and if it’s for a reasonable price I’ll buy it. These again looking around two inches and anterior (not posterior this time) but I will taylor this around the Hubbelli. I will also need to display these, I’m thinking riker mount, comment on any ideas for display. I’m thinking of putting both these sets in the same mount (it will have to be a big one though, still thinking it through). Thanks for reading!
  17. Carcharocles chubutensis

    Here are two gorgeous Carcharocles chubutensis teeth from the famed Calvert Cliffs of Maryland. Just acquired these yesterday from a trusted collector and friend. I'm building a plaque revealing the evolution of C. megalodon and one of these will be right next to the Meg.
  18. Chubutensis or angustidens?

    I just got this pretty 2.5" pungo river tooth in the mail yesterday. What do you guys think, chub, angy or somewhere between? cheers! edit: sorry, photos didn't upload. Here they are...
  19. C. chubutensis

    This nearly perfect chub is a great example of the species. Agassiz originally named the species Carcharodon subauriculatus in 1843. In 1906 Ameghino renamed it to Carcharodon chubutensis. Over the years the Genus has changed back and forth, today it is Carcharocles.
  20. Chubutensis

    Hey everyone, I am looking for a decent Chubutensis tooth for a display and came across this one. Location is listed as South Carolina Size is listed as 4.09" Title is listed is Chubutensis I am just not so great with Shark teeth yet, can anyone confirm this to be a Chubutensis?
  21. Chubutensis vs Megalodon

    I usually don't go for impulse buys, but I saw these cute little megs from 2 different sellers and figured $20 each wasn't bad. Each one measures just over 3" (7.8cm) on their longest sides. I believe the darker one may be a Chubutensis but both were listed as Megalodon (of course!) I am the exact opposite of a shark tooth expert, I wouldn't know what it was if it bit me. But I am putting together a display for World Oceans day in the spring and figured this was a GREAT chance to expand my knowledge. Sorry for the dog hair, I need to vacuum..... Don't judge! Thanks as always, -Blake
  22. Chubutensis versus Angustidens Teeth

    Hey everyone, Is there any good way to tell the difference between a C. chubutensis and C. angustidens tooth, especially the smaller ones?
  23. 3.4 inch Aurora, NC Chubutensis 264 9 2013 pic11

    From the album Megalodon Ancestors

    This is a beautiful 3.4 inch C. chubutensis tooth from Aurora/Lee Creek, NC. Tooth is in great original condition without restoration.
  24. 3.4 inch Aurora, NC Chubutensis 264 9 2013 pic14

    From the album Megalodon Ancestors

    This is a beautiful 3.4 inch C. chubutensis tooth from Aurora/Lee Creek, NC. Tooth is in great original condition without restoration.
  25. 3.4 inch Aurora, NC Chubutensis 264 9 2013 pic13

    From the album Megalodon Ancestors

    This is a beautiful 3.4 inch C. chubutensis tooth from Aurora/Lee Creek, NC. Tooth is in great original condition without restoration.
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