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Found 18 results

  1. Driftwood Beach Mammal Fossil

    What is this fossil? Chapstick for scale. Found on Rat Island Park in Folly Beach, SC.
  2. So I find lots of equus teeth on my beach and lots of partials. This appears to be one of those but it sort of looks like a whole tooth not a fragment. Is it just equus? Thanks for your help!
  3. I found this dome shaped piece of bone on folly beach South Carolina. Have looked through tons of reference photos and haven’t been able to come up with anything. Thank you for any input.
  4. South Carolina Beach Sifting

    Hi, I understand SC is pretty strict with using implements to dig around on state lands, like creeks. However, does anyone know how this applies to public beaches? I would like to hunt Folly. Can I dig into the sand with a shovel to sift through with my sieve? If not, can I use my hand to load up the sieve? I'm questioning whether a sieve can be used at al.
  5. Hi my name is Elias and I am new to the Forum! About a week ago I found a large piece of what looked to be fossilized bone, on Folly Beach SC. Upon further examination I noticed that it seemed to have a solid light gray center surrounded by a ring of bone. Further research has led me to believe this may be a chunk of Mastadon tusk, however the specimen is so beaten up it is hard to identify any Schreger lines. I am much more experienced in Cambrian and Ordovician fossils, and have just recently begun exploring fossils of the Pleistocene Epoch. I would appreciate any help on identifying what this is, and can send more or clearer photos if necessary! Thank you so much for your help! Elias
  6. Possibly a jaw with teeth

    I found this fossil while hunting on the beaches of South Carolina. I am not sure what it is. Thanks
  7. First time shark's tooth hunting

    Hi, I just got back from a family trip to folly Beach and found my first sharks teeth. I looked for hours, finding nothing and then found 6 in 5 minutes, followed by hours of nothing. I am very excited and thankful for the ones I found, but is this common? I also need help with ID from the experts. Thank you so much.
  8. Identify this fossil, please

    Found this collection recently near Morris Lighthouse. Had a very knowledgeable person with me but he couldn’t identify this one. Any help? thanks, shotscot
  9. Folly Beach, SC

    Well, folly Beach worked out much better than Edisto Beach for fossils. Almost no one was hunting fossils...almost. One lady had 48 very small teeth. Spent several hours pacing the Surfline watching for them to be uncovered. Fossil bone fragments were very common and not hard to find at all. The south side of the island was the best for bones frags, but teeth seemed to be anywhere in the surf according to the tooth lady. She had a running bet as to who had to buy dinner with two other people hunting teeth closer to the pier. There was a fair abundance of nice specimen modern shells to be had as well. Most are smaller but very good in quality. Totals: 7 pcs turtle shell fragments. 14 whale bone 1 broken Meg tooth 1 unknown nasal bridge 4 pcs terrestrial bone fragments. 1 Ray crusher plate 20+ copralites and phosphate nodules.
  10. Today I went for my first "serious" (ahum) shark teeth hunt. Over the last few weeks I was keeping my eyes open while walking the beaches of Sullivans Island and Isle of Palms with my wife, but today it was "game on". Left the house at 8:00AM and drove to Folly Beach as I had been reading that of the beaches closes to me that was the best to look for teeth. Weather was nasty, cold and windy. Tide was still high but outgoing. Hardly anybody on the beach. Spent approximately 3 hours without finding anything. I was mainly looking in the accumulations of shells, seaweed, rocks, pottery higher up the beach. Saw one person picking up things at the waterline and decided to ask her what/how she was doing. We had a friendly conversation. I explained that it was my first time. She showed me a handful of small teeth that she found by looking for them as the shallow waves are rolling ashore. I decided that, as I had nothing to lose, to follow her method/advice and started to look close to the waterline as well. I do not think that more than 5 minutes passed before I found MY FIRST TOOTH EVER !! I know that compared with what others here report it is not much, but for me it meant that I had succeeded in my quest. Shortly after, I found a second one, but at that point the nasty conditions were taking their toll and I decided to call it a day. I will be back.
  11. Folly Beach Finds

    Hey guys! Just a few things I found on Folly, i’m not too knowledgeable. Think I got a puffer fish & stingray mouth/dental plate. If anyone can ID and give an approximate age of what’s in the pic, that’d be cool. Pic attached.
  12. 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):
  13. Hello. My son and I are heading to South Carolina to Summerville area and Folly Beach area to search for Shark Teeth. This is a big trip from California for 4 full days and we hope to find some great fossils. This is August 4th-7th. We are doing an excursion on the 4th. But for the next day or two it is quite hard to figure which creeks/rivers are OK to go to which will give us some luck. Any insights? Checked the forums but it has been hard to find exactly where to go. On the last day we head to Folly beach to see what is there. Any insight on what section to start with? I have been following the tide charts. Thank you!
  14. Folly Beach, SC Fossil

    Hello everyone! Yesterday I went hunting at Folly in South Carolina, and as per expected I found several bull shark and sand tiger shark teeth, as well as pieces of bone. However, I found something I wasn't sure of as far as identification, kind of resembling a small fish skull that I have. But I'm not sure. Thanks to all who are helping identify this fossil. I will also be commenting with additional photos.
  15. Hey all, yesterday my wife (CCNHM collections manager Sarah Boessenecker) and I wrote about some of our recent finds from Folly Beach, SC. Collecting fossils there is quite easy, and if you're there for non-shark teeth, there's essentially no competition since that's all anyone ever looks for there. The fossils of Folly Beach have never been written up, and I'm getting more and more curious about them - particularly fossil marine mammals. If anyone finds marine mammal earbones out there, I'm dying to take a look! We've already gotten a nice donation from Ashby Gale, Edisto SP ranger, of a pygmy sperm whale periotic. Here's the blog post with some images of our recent finds - including my first giant armadillo scute (Holmesina), an Alligator osteoderm, various shark and mammal teeth, and a snake vertebra. I've made a plan to go out to Folly once a week this entire semester, since it's only a 15-20 minute drive from College of Charleston (a very nice escape from campus and teaching) http://blogs.cofc.edu/macebrownmuseum/2017/02/03/friday-fossil-feature-it-would-be-folly-to-pass-this-site-up/
  16. Folly Beach Fossil and Shell Hunt

    A few pics of the fossils and other things we found at Folly yesterday morning (at high tide no less ). We also got a lot of great shells and shell pieces, two new horseshoe crab shells (complete), and a spider crab shell (I believe that's what it is), and some corals. One of the shells Toby found that is complete is the olive shell - SC's state shell! It appears that I found coal, and possible charcoal (looks like wood on one end), so that was pretty cool! I can safely say I've never found coal or charcoal washed up on any beaches before. As far as fossils go, we got some great bone frags! They are pretty big and one of them has matrix with something else stuck to it. Debating on possibly trying to remove the matrix to see what that something else is. We also found, at the same time (we almost dove for it once we saw it - instantly new what it was! LOL) a chunk of what would have been a HUGE meg! The chuck itself is 3 inches on the diag! WHAT! So that was exciting. Toby swears he had an angy as well but dropped it in the water by mistake (I think he was trying to clean it off). I went to look for it when the waves regressed but wasn't paying attention and got soaked from the knees down. LOL I also picked some great concretions I found interesting. I also found a sea urchin! It was completely emptied on the inside so no life left. We did rescue one horseshoe crab and a sea star that were still alive and returned them to the ocean. Hope they made it! But the best part is we had a great time - about a two hour walk on the beach. The weather was amazing! Slight breeze, but not windy so no sand blowing in our faces. Temperature was perfect! Sun was out... What an amazing day! Hoping to make it back out again this week so we can go during low tide and hit those low tide lines. We have too many plans w/family for parties and Xmas gatherings this weekend to hit low tide now.
  17. I have no idea what these are. I've been searching images on the internet for days now. I assume, if anything, maybe they are coral but I'm not even close to being sure. I don't see any patterns of like growth rings or anything like that but I'm no expert on corals so IDK. Maybe if they are there they are microscopic. Maybe there are none just as it seems to be. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks! Close up view of the gray specimen Gray on the left and tan on the right Side angle view with gray on the left and tan on the right
  18. I'm looking for a little company (platonic) for fossil hunting in the area. I'm currently obsessed with a few spots on Folly. I've had some nice luck since the renourishment! Newbies or well seasoned are welcome. Just have a sense of humor and be kind. Let's plan a trip! :-)
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