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  1. Strange Marks on Shell?

    This shell was found in-situ in a late Oligocene formation. The site represents a shallow tropical near-shore environment in what is now the Gulf of Mexico. What is strange to me is the unusual marking on it that I have not been able to determine the identity of. I want to say that it is a bite mark from something, but I really have no idea as this is really not my area of expertise. Edit: I am not referring to the borehole produced by a predatory snail, but the scratch marks near it. I figured that it would at least make for an interesting conversation. The shell measures about 2" across.
  2. Dapalis minutus (Blainville, 1818)

    Lit.: Gaudant, J., et al., The uppermost Oligocene of Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône, Southern France): A Cenozoic brackish subtropical Konservat-Lagerstätte, with fishes, insects and plants. C. R. Palevol (2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crpv.2017.08.002
  3. Dapalis macrurus AGASSIZ, 1834

    From the album Vertebrates

    Dapalis macrurus AGASSIZ, 1834 Oligocene Radomir Bulgaria Length 8cm
  4. Dapalis minutus BLAINVILLE, 1818

    From the album Vertebrates

    Dapalis minutus BLAINVILLE, 1818 Oligocene Cereste France
  5. Caranx cf. glarisianus AGASSIZ, 1844

    Lit.: N. Micklich and N. Parin (1996) The fishfauna of Frauenweiler (Middle Oligocene, Rupelian; Germany): First results of a review. Publicaciones Especiales Instituto Espanol Oceanographia 21, 1996, 129-148.
  6. Mesohippus bairdi formation?

    Hi guys, I recently acquired a piece of fossil Mesohippus teeth that apparently originated from the White River Badlands of South Dakota. The fossil however does not contain any info about what formation it came from. Does anyone have any idea as to what formation it could have come from?
  7. Hi all, For my birthday (some days ago, the 16th) I got a fantastic fossil fish from my sister! Behold, a Dapalis macrurus from the location Céreste (France). It’s from the Rupelian stage of the Oligocene (30 my). Now I was just wondering if anyone knew which formation this fish comes from? I’d love to have that info! Best regards, Max
  8. Looking for ID help.

    Hello! We took a short trip to Summerville yesterday & had a good haul. This is the item we are most interested in knowing more about if anyone can help. Thanks!
  9. unknown teeth

  10. Hi, I've just got back from one of my collecting trips to Bouldnor Cliff and picked up an odd mammal tooth crown that I was hoping I may be able to get some help with. The specimen constitutes part of the crown and the roots of an as of yet unidentified tooth (possibly molar?). What struck me about it upon picking it up is that the morphology of the tooth and it's roots do not resemble the usual (and common) dental material from Bothriodont anthracotheres which constitute the vast majority of mammal finds from the upper Hamstead Mbr. I've compared it to the Bothriodon teeth and jaws in my collection and can't find a match with either upper, lower or anterior dentition. The specimen (although partial) is also considerably bigger than the anthracothere teeth, so all in all I feel fairly secure in eliminating them as a possibility. I was wondering if it's possible this may be a piece of entelodont tooth. The Entelodontidae are represented in the upper Hamstead Mbr. by Entelodon magnum, although the material is restricted to isolated teeth and very rare. Unfortunately the occlusal surface is missing which makes it impossible to determine whether the tooth was bunodont or not, however the crown does seem to be quite "bulbous" at it's boundary with the roots, which is a feature I've seen in some entelodont teeth before. That said I don't want to rush to conclusions. If anyone has an experience with entelodont teeth or material and is able to help it would be much appreciated, as this would be a particularly exciting find! Thank you, Theo 1. Lateral view showing contact between crown and roots 2. Lateral view showing the surface where the tooth has been broken revealing inner dentine 3. Occlusal view 4. View of the partial roots on the underside of the specimen 4.
  11. Summerville June 05 2017

    From the album Summerville, SC Fossil Hunts

    Physogaleus contortus Galeocerdo aduncus
  12. Summerville May 12 2017

  13. Summerville June 02 2017

  14. Summerville May 28 2017

  15. Summerville June 23 2017

    From the album Summerville, SC Fossil Hunts

    Isurus desori Dolphin tooth
  16. Summerville June 23 2017

  17. Summerville August 25 2017

    From the album Summerville, SC Fossil Hunts

    Cetacean vert
  18. Oreodont skull prep

    So I bought a partial oreodont skull (Merycoidodon culbertsoni) from an auction site and i'm using it to break in my new air compressor. Here are some before and after pics. I had expected the skull to be fragile and the teeth to be pretty solid, considering how robust teeth are, but I found the opposite to be true. I've had to repair a few of the teeth as I went. They have a tendency to break apart. Luckily nothing too serious. The skull itself seems indestructible by comparison. Overall i'm very happy with how she's turning out so far.
  19. Major shift in marine life occurred 33 million years later in the South. British Antarctic Survey, May 17, 2018 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180517081829.htm Fossil find of 33-million-year-old sea lilies in outback WA challenges major palaeontology theory By Lisa Morrison University of Western Australia, May 22, 2018 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-23/sea-lily-fossil/9790656 The open access paper is: Rowan J. Whittle, Aaron W. Hunter, David J. Cantrill, and Kenneth J. McNamara. Globally discordant Isocrinida (Crinoidea) migration confirms asynchronous Marine Mesozoic Revolution. Communications Biology, 2018; 1 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s42003-018-0048-0 https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-018-0048-0 Yours, Paul H.
  20. Hi all! The Mace Brown Museum of Natural History will have a table in the community center this saturday at the Aurora Fossil Festival. I'm currently trying to write up the marine mammal assemblage from Belgrade Quarry, which appears to be transitional between the upper Oligocene Chandler Bridge Formation here in Charleston and the late early Miocene assemblage from the Pungo River Formation in the Lee Creek Mine. Bring your Belgrade marine mammal specimens to our table, I'd like to see them! Several members of this group and the exceedingly generous North Carolina Fossil Club have already donated a bunch of great specimens including earbones and teeth. Also, I just realized I accidentally left @sixgill pete off of this flyer - thanks to him as well!
  21. I've been going through some unknowns from various past hunts and here is one mystery. This piece looks like it should be familiar and I feel like I've seen it somewhere. This object is about 5.5 cm on longest dimension. It is hard/mineral--not modern bone. It was found in stream gravels at a site that is nearly pure marine Oligocene. Some Pleistocene material is theoretically possible, but I've never found it here. The site is richly fossiliferous with a variety of vertebrate/invertebrate material. Common vertebrates include: sharks/rays/sawfish, bony fish, turtles, crocodilians, toothed/baleen whales, manatee/dugong. My best guess is that it is a ceremonial helmet, once worn by ancient tiny gnomes during demonic rituals. On the off chance I'm wrong about this, who has another idea? It could be a modern human artifact for all I know, but it looks bony and has a foramen-looking hole that brings to mind words like "neural", "vertebral", or "cranial". Thanks for looking. G
  22. What is This ?

    Any idea what this might be ? Boney fish vert frag ? Found in NE Cape Fear River in SE North Carolina . This site has produced Oligocene, Eocene, and Cretaceous fossils. The scale is mm. Thanks.
  23. 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
  24. I took advantage of the gorgeous weather to get in my first "serious" snorkel trip of the season today. With air temps in the high 80s and water temps in the 70s F., a nice afternoon low moon tide, and a long rainless stretch I figured conditions would be pretty good. I proceeded to my standard marine Oligocene place. I set out to make a long paddle to a new site I've had my eye on, stopping for quick surface searches at a couple of places along the way. I decided to stop at one of my old favorite spots and just stick my face in the water. Water was low, but not the lowest, clarity was good, and the water was cool enough to be refreshing. I could have wished for more direct sunlight, but perfection is seldom found in real life. The site looked so nice with the clear water I decided to park there a while. I ended up living there in that 100 meter stretch, face down, for 2.5 hours until I was shivering with numb fingertips. I passed on most of the tiny teeth, random turtle material, worn vertebrae, bivalve molds, chunkasaurs, etc. and just aimed to cover ground and pick up the nicer stuff. As usual, the really big teeth eluded me. I picked up one large turtle plastron frag, a nice gastropod steinkern, and an intriguing chunk of what I think is a femoral trochanter. I found the standard Carcharias, Isurus, Hemipristis, spp. teeth and a few heartbreaking fraglodons. What made the day most special were the lovely little 3-5 cm C. angustidens teeth that kept turning up. I ended up with a nice handful of (for me) very nice condition angustidens that made me really happy. Too bad about the lack of biggies and missing out on the new spot, but for me this was a great way to start the season. G
  25. Hi, I've just got back from a collecting trip up to Hamstead Ledge this afternoon and came across a fairly rare find that I was hoping someone may be able to help with. It's the distal tarsometatarsus of bird found ex-situ on the foreshore. Bird material from the Bouldnor Fm. tends to be quite rare and this is the first piece I've actually ever come across so was really excited to find it! I was wondering if there were any diagnostic features on the specimen that would be able to take the ID further than "Aves indet.". If anyone has any knowledge of bird material then I'd really appreciate their help (what I have noticed is the trochlea are fairly evenly spaced but didn't know if that indicated anything). Thank you, Theo The specimen measures 1.9cm in length and 1.5cm across at it's widest point.