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  1. Summerville June 05 2017

    From the album Summerville, SC Fossil Hunts

    Physogaleus contortus Galeocerdo aduncus
  2. Summerville May 12 2017

  3. Summerville June 02 2017

  4. Summerville May 28 2017

  5. Summerville June 23 2017

    From the album Summerville, SC Fossil Hunts

    Isurus desori Dolphin tooth
  6. Summerville June 23 2017

  7. Summerville August 25 2017

    From the album Summerville, SC Fossil Hunts

    Cetacean vert
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. Snakewood

    Hi all, here is a piece of snakewood (Menningoxylon) I found in a river, from the Whitsett Formation-Oligocene exposed, aprox. 34-35 million years old. It is completely opalized. Order: Caryophyllales Genus: Mennegoxylon (unranked): Angiosperms Kingdom: Plantae For your viewing pleasure.
  17. Hi, It's been a while since I've put anything up on here so it figured it would a good time to share some of my finds from this spring so far. With such a productive winter the start of this spring on the Bouldnor Fm. coast was a bit slow with several trips in which little was found (odd for what is usually a heavily productive site) but as March and April came round the finds started coming in faster and better. Access at Bouldnor is now very dangerous and pretty much impassable due to thick and deep silt and mud which has covered part of the beach (which I found out the hard way trying to get through), along with two recent cliff falls which have brought several oak trees down onto the beach. Hamstead and Cranmore are as good as ever with a lot of the winter's mudflows now eroding away and making the foreshore a lot easier. (Hamstead Ledge on a spring low tide) Mammal finds have been pretty nice so far this spring, as usual all Bothriodon, and alongside them I've also made some nice alligator and turtle finds including two partial Emys in-situ in the Upper Hamstead Mbr. Here are some of the highlights: 1. More pieces of the large Bothriodon mandible I first found in January have turned up scattered over the same area. I now have part of the hinge, two sections with P2 - M3 and a part of the underside of the mandible from further forward. I regularly check the site on my collecting trips so hopefully yet more of the jaw will turn up. (The positions of the fragments may be slightly off in the image below but it gives a general idea) 2. Bothriodon caudal vertebra. This is one of my favourite finds from this spring. I was originally excavating a small micro-vertebrate site when I felt the tool make contact with a large bone, I dug a bit deeper into the clay and found this vertebra with the processes fragmented around it. Luckily with a bit of super glue the processes were easily reunited with the vertebral body, after 33 million years apart. Unfortunately I couldn't locate the other transverse process or neural spine in the matrix nearby so I think they may have been broken off on the Oligocene coastal plain. 3. Bothriodon upper molar in a fragment of maxilla 4. Section of Bothriodon mandible with a nice mental foramen. Unfortunately no in-situ teeth with this one. 5. Section of mammalian limb bone with evidence of rodent gnawing. This was an in-situ find eroding out of the Upper Hamstead Mbr. on the foreshore. Gnaw marks like these are really common on in-situ material especially on limb bones. I don't think the rodents were scavenging the flesh off the bones, more likely they were extracting calcium and phosphate or were simply using it to grind down their continually growing incisors. Either way it shows that for at least a period a lot of these bones were exposed to the elements and accessible to the variety of rodents present on the coastal plain. 6. Nice quality Bothriodon intermedial phalange 7. Large Diplocynodon alligator frontal bone Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the finds! Theo
  18. Hi! I’m a newbie in every sense of the word. Zero background with fossils but interest in rocks. Two days ago, while hiking Heil Ranch in Boulder, a turqouise blue glimmer caught my eye so I picked it up. When I got home I took these photos. It looks like a small egg shaped rock with a little lizard shape in it. There is even a little ridge that looks like a spine. My son says it’s just a rock, and I’m sure he’s correct, but thought I’d get confirmation from the experts. Thanks in advance for your time, and for humouring me with my silly request.
  19. Desmostylian Size

    Hello together. I just started to take a look at Desmostylia, as they still miss in my marine tetrapod collection (of more or less selfmade models) I read in several derivative descriptions that the biggest species (without a name being mentioned) where similar in size to stellers seacow, i.e. 7-9 meters. I believe that goes back to an article by Nicholas D. Pyenson and Geerat J. Vermeij where marine top feeders are compared by skull size. As Stellers seacow has an exceptionally small head for its size I wonder if that comparison makes sense? I´d appreciate any information on bigger desmostylians and up to date reconstructions of their posture and locomotion. Thanks in advance Jan
  20. My 18 year old son and I went on our 1st ever fossil hunt and were very succesful, at least we think so. We didn't find anything in the locations that were mentioned as being fossil rich but after looking around outcroppings and riverbeds for hours with nothing to our name, we decided to go for a walk before heading back to Washington, while hoping it might still produce something. By now we had become 'seasoned' in finding outcroppings that might contain fossils of course. We are fast learners. ;-) And yes, not too far into our walk we came across something that looked like an outcropping. Sure enough.. we found many 'blocks' as seen on the pictures. These blocks were all over the place at the bottom of the outcropping. We only spend a little time there because it was late in the day and took about 5 with us but there were many more. I am sure it must be spot that not many people know of unlike all the other sites that had nothing. We will head back when weather is sunnier. I was surprised to see that there are many pieces of shells on some of these. My understanding is that these fossils belong to the Oligocene age but in all honesty I am not sure. I am a novice for sure but plan to learn and hope to find out. I am considering if I should break some blocks open to see if I can find more fossils inside but I will 1st do some research and decide based upon that.
  21. Fossilized Tusk or Dugong Bone?

    It has been forever since I have posted on here, but I need help Identifying an unknown fossil. This fossil was found around Charleston, South Carolina along with many Angustidens and other shark teeth. This fossil appears to be approximately 4.5 inches from tip to base. I believe this fossil comes from the Oligocene epoch. Please check out the very center and the growth rings. Thank you very much for the help! I am identifying this fossil for a friend and the fossil is currently located in Charleston, SC, so I am not able to take more pictures of it.
  22. Eumys (Myomorpha, Oligocene)

    Looking for second opinions, confirmation, or correction on this jaw from the White River Group, Oligocene, Nebraska. These last few posts represent my first "go around" with rodent teeth. I have this one as Myomorpha cf. Eumys elegans. Of the teeth listed in "The Mammalian Fauna of the White River Oligocene: Part II. Rodentia" by Scott et al. 1937, this seemed like the best match. An old publication, but I see that this taxon is still valid. I'm sure new species have been discovered. Here is the jaw. Scale in mm. Close up of occlusal surface not to scale.
  23. Palaeolagus? (Oligocene: Lagomorpha)

    Looking for confirmation or correction on this jaw fragment from the White River Group (Oligocene) of Nebraska. I have it as a Lagomorph cf. Palaeolagus. Scale is in mm. (Occlusal view on lower right is enlarged and not to scale).
  24. Ischyromys? (rodentia)

    I am looking for confirmation of the identity of this rodent jaw from the White River Group of NW Nebraska. I am thinking Ischyromys. Thoughts? Scale is mm. Occlusal view enlarged and not to scale. @jpc, @Fruitbat, @Nimravis
  25. Leptomeryx (Oligocene Mammalia)

    I'm looking for confirmation on this. I think it is Leptomeryx. The two occlusal views are the same but with different lighting. The other photos are labial and lingual views of the jaw. White River Group. Oligocene. Nebraska. Scale in cm/mm. Occlusal view not to scale. @Harry Pristis, @jpc, @Nimravis