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  1. 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...
  2. My first giant Meg

    My wife and I went up to Bakersfield this past weekend with my parents. My parents were visiting from Florida, and since they are interested in fossils too we all went to Ernst Quarries on Friday, Nov 10. This was my parents' first time digging for ancient shark teeth so they struggled to find teeth at first. My mom is in her late 60's with arthritis and she didn't do any hunting even though we paid for her to go in the premium area. She did some sifting through the tailings, but really spent most of her time socializing with the other diggers, found out about their lives, what they did for work, etc. Then she would come back, tell us some old stories and entertained us while we hunted for teeth. I found some nice teeth, mostly mako's, but also walked around, checked out some other areas. My wife on the other hand picked a spot, and sat there hammering and chiselling away the whole morning, on the same spot. Shortly after noon, we were all hunting for teeth quietly. All of a sudden my wife, calm but in a rapid voice, said "Jesse". There was this restrained excitement in her voice, "check this out" she said. I jumped out from my hole immediately and let out a nervous chuckle. My mom perked up and asked "What is it?" I had not seen it yet but with some resignation I told her, "she found a meg." And indeed she had. My wife, hammering and chiselling away big chunks of layer at a time, had uncovered the tip of a meg. A whole chunk of layer had fallen out, and right there in the center of it was this fat tip, half an inch long, sticking out, serrated on both sides. We were elated. Every since we started digging for shark teeth 2 years ago, we have gone to Bakersfield at least 30 separate times, sometimes digging for 2 and 3 days at a time. We have moved at least 100 tons of dirt with a shovel. When I go digging, all I want is to find a meg. I have found chunks of 3 different megs, a half tooth here, a 1 inch piece there. Earlier this year my wife found a small meg, ~2.5 inches with part of the root missing. But we have never found a big Meg, let alone intact. Now my wife steps away from her spot, hands me a small brush and asks me to uncover it. After the initial shock and excitement of finding that serrated tip sticking out, the real drama begins. Your heart is racing, all kinds of thoughts flash through your mind: Is it whole? Oh please let it be whole, does it have a root? You are so excited, you want to get it out as soon as you can, but you don't want to damage it by accident, so you take all this extra care, which takes more time, and in turn makes you even more anxious and desperate. The people around you, watching you brush it off, are also excited and anxious. Finally, the tooth brakes free! It is whole! I pick it up with my gloved hands and my first thought is how heavy it is. Can't believe I am finally holding one. It looks great, I feel pure happiness. I got a meg everybody! After the initially euphoria, we wrapped the meg in a towel and put it inside a box to take it home. We have been starring at it every night and every morning ever since. I still can't believe we found a meg. My wife thought that once we found a meg, my consuming obsession with fossil shark teeth would subside. But finding this meg has only stoked the fire, now I want to go dig even more and find more meg teeth!
  3. Here are three gorgeous megalodon teeth that @RJB collected over the years as a fossil vendor/collector. He asked me to restore them for him, and I was happy to take on the challenge. Here are the photos of the before and after. I hope you enjoy! -Matt
  4. Megalodon root cleaning

    Any suggestions on what to use to whiten this Megalodon root? Thanks in advance!
  5. It was supposed to be a beautiful day today so i got up at 5am and hit the beach. I was treated to a stellar chubutensis before the sun came up then a gorgeous sunrise it was a fantastic beach day. Plus a couple of my other recent trips. We are finally getting towards prime hunting season in maryland bring on winter.
  6. I found this tooth a few days ago, while walking around a limestone quarry in Cardenas, Cuba. I was digging through discarded pieces of limestone blocks, threw a large piece and the stone split showing me this beautiful tooth. It measures 5.015". This tooth is my nicest personal find and one of the nicest teeth I have seen come out of Cuba. I usually buy my teeth and consider myself super lucky to find this myself.
  7. Here is a bag of fossil shark teeth I've accumulated. I am getting more interested in non-shark fossils by the day. I'm interested in any offers. There are otodus, cretolamna mako, megalodon and a few other kinds of teeth in the bag. I am happy to trade them all as part of a bigger deal, or some at a time in smaller deals. I also have a really cool unrestored megalodon tooth that measures about 4.5 inches on the slant. It looks like it has no enamel left, but it does. The enamel is just very black. You can tell if you look at the little spots where enamel has chipped away. Again, all offers are welcome and I'm not picky about any particular type of fossil.
  8. I was curious about the position of this megalodon tooth from my collection, and how big of a shark it may have come from. David Ward was kind enough to answer my questions. His response explains why root width is a better indication of the size of a shark than slant height. Hi David, Here is what I believe to be a posterior meg. for I was hoping you might be able to offer me some insight into just how big this particular shark might have been, how big the teeth in the front of the jaw could have been, and if this is a record or near record sized posterior or not. It is missing a bit of the tip. The specs are 5.6" long side, 5.2" short side and 5.1" from root to root. You would know better than I would, but, based on the chunk missing at the tip, I would guess it would have been about 5.9-6" with the tip intact. I hope you might be able to offer me some insight, but if you are too busy I totally understand. Best, Matt His response: Hi Matt, I agree, it is a passive tooth. My best guess is that it is from the 9th file from the centre. This is based on its height to width ratio. I am not sure whether it is an upper or lower, but if pushed I would go for lower because lowers have more of an angle at the root base as opposed to a curve seen in uppers. This is not a particularly good character this far around the jaw. The root looks more like a 7th file so it could be a bit stunted. This can happen in very old sharks, the teeth continue to be formed wider faster than they grow taller. As for how big the shark was, I guess this must have had at least 6.5 inch front teeth which makes it as big as you can get. I have no idea how long the shark was. From a scientific perspective, we don’t tend to regard the size of individual teeth as particularly important, but I can quite see why, from the point of view of a collector, you do. Don’t try to restore the chipped tip. It is a classic chisel fracture and an important part of the history of the tooth. It shows it was in collision with a dense bit of probably whale bone, unusual in the more lateral files. Enjoy your tooth, Best wishes, David. and, on a slightly unrelated note, here is a pathological megalodon tooth from my collection. I just completed restorations to the root.
  9. 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
  10. Extraordinary Common Teeth

    Hey guys, I've been off the radar for awhile .. work you know .. been working on Siggraph for those of you who are familiar with software development. Just wanted to start a new topic here .. This one is right at 3.00" - 7.62cm C. carcharias Bahia Inglesa Formation South of Caldera Provincia Copiapo III Regio de Atacama Chile
  11. This is my attempt at arranging the teeth. I thought it would be fun to try. I have no idea how to construct the actual jaw or how to do proper dentition. Dog provided for reference. The photos were too large to post so here are the links: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7QcbeYzTMs6MnBNbnlfcTJPcFk/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7QcbeYzTMs6cFVDbVBaclBaanM/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7QcbeYzTMs6VVNWdkVBNGVpMzQ/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7QcbeYzTMs6NnJTMldiT08wbEk/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7QcbeYzTMs6Q3h2cGhwTVN2VFk/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7QcbeYzTMs6QWhPc2ROX1JRT1U/view?usp=sharing
  12. Hi everyone! I found this megalodon tooth on an auction site, and considering the good quality of it and the very low price, I was hoping if someone more experienced could tell me if they see any red flags on it before I put an offer in. It looks nice to me, but I'm nowhere near qualified to give a sound judgement on something like this. The seller has it listed as being 4 inches high. Also, this and one other (much more expensive) Meg tooth appear to be the only things ever listed from the seller, so I'm very hesitant. Any advice on the tooth in question would be appreciated.
  13. Calvert cliffs 10/6/17

    So the water levels were the lowest they have been since April. I walked in the heavy cobble that hasnt been visible in months and came away with a pretty good haul. Then the waves picked up and took away the visibility bad not a bad day at Calvert Cliffs!
  14. This was one of the most difficult restorations i have ever done for color. The more unusual the color of a tooth, the longer it takes to restore, but also the greater the reward. I porbably spent 2-3 hours painting this one. I hope you enjoy!
  15. Ghost tooth

    So I'm cruising the bottom in really, really strong current. We're talking get-out-your-screwdriver-and-hang-on-for-dear-life strong. I've got a butt-load of lead on me, though, so I'm able to make some headway with my screwdriver. I find a few smaller teeth and put them in my pouch--a real trick with the current hammering you. So the next small tooth I run across, a pretty little lower mako, I have a little argument with myself before picking it up. Finally I figure, what the hell, and grab it. While I'm putting it in my bag, a big, ghostly white triangle appears right under my nose. As I look, I realize it's a megalodon blade, half-buried in the sand. Darn thing is almost pure white, I only noticed after staring right at it for about ten seconds. If I hadn't stopped to grab that mako, never would've even noticed. So I put a finger under the blade, thinking, "there's no way this thing is whole, that would just be too perfect." I lifted. And whaddaya know, darn thing was all there! It dried beautifully. My first white meg. It comes in right at four inches.
  16. This is my favorite restoration ever. I always find it easier to restore the root, so this was the perfect tooth for me. I have never seen a tooth with such incrediblle lines on the back of the enamel. some of the lines go diagonally to form a sort of grid. Let me know if you have any idea how that happened. I hope you enjoy!
  17. Carcharodon megalodon?? Kiev. Ukraine.

    Hi! I found this tooth in sand where I collected striatolamia, otodus and other shark tooth fossil. But this separated I never found before. This is carcharodon megalodon?? Thank!)
  18. Here is another big monster sized tooth I just restored. I hope you enjoy!
  19. My shark tooth collection

    This is some of my shark tooth collection. I do not have enough stands to display them all.
  20. Megs and more

    We went to a new spot and It paid off! My girlfriend found some great megs. The pics should fill in the rest.
  21. I recently acquired this megalodon tooth. It would have measured about 5.9 inches on the slant if the tip was intact, and measures 5.1 inches across. This question is for all you shark tooth dentition experts out there. I have never come across a megalodon tooth this big that appears to be a posterior which leads me to my first question, is it possible that this tooth came from a world class size megalodon with 7 inch teeth? I was also wondering what differentiates a megalodon from a chubutensis. I know that chubs have cusps, but it seems rather ambiguous to me with some megs appearing to have cusps or dips at the end of the blades. Thanks, Matt
  22. Hi everyone! According to the seller, this Megalodon shark tooth measures 3.0005" from tip to root and it was found along the Calvert Cliffs region of MD. Can anyone tell by these photos if this fossil is authentic, please? Best regards, Nicola
  23. Super tricky fossil shark tooth ID

    Hi guys, I posted this tooth a few months ago with the hopes of getting an ID. I heard some people say meg, and maybe some great white and chubutensis. I dismissed it, but yesterday when sorting through some of my shark teeth, I came across another one like it. Now I am fairly convinced it is none of those species. The strange curves of the enamel near the root, the incredibly long ends of the root, the lack of a real bourlette like a meg or a chub. The teeth are too similar to a meg in shape to be a great white, and can't be megs because they have no bourlette. I figured the first one might be a weird patho, but since i have found two now, I think that is unlikely. I believe they were found in south carolina. I also was wondering if this tooth is a thresher or a hooked mako?
  24. This tooth was found in a limestone quarry very close to Pinar del Rio, Vinales Valley, in the western part of Cuba. The limestone in this part of the province is very fossil rich. It is known to contain fossil remains of prehistoric marine reptiles and mollusks. Tooth measures 4.01"