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  1. I found this fossils in South-West Kazahstan. Thit shark teeth was found in eocene layers. The tooth size is 1-1.5 santimeters. I use coin for scale I can not determine what species it is? Help!
  2. Calling all shark tooth smarties!

    My 7-year old nephew got a bag of tiny sharks teeth at the beach, and since Uncle K (me) has a display of large fossilized sharks teeth in his office, I must be able to ID his teeth for him. There are 11 teeth TBI, in 7 seperate photos, so I'll post them in a series Please help!!!!! Uncle K
  3. I was supposed to go on a guided trip to Big Brook yesterday, but heavy overnight rain and flash flood warnings caused the group to cancel the trip. Bummer. Anyway, I am looking for advice on what equipment I should take along, minimal is best, and different locations along the Brook. Thank you!
  4. Type of shark?

    Could someone help me identify what sharks these came from? These are the four best we found aside from a sand tiger my son found. All together three of us walked away with over 130 teeth in about 3.5 hours. The scale in the pics is mm. These were found near the Venice Beach, FL fishing pier.
  5. St Johns River Hunt

    I have been so busy the last few months I haven't been out hunting much. I am still a relative beginner when it comes to fossil hunting, even though I am up to nearly 250 teeth. Getting right to it, I was wondering if there is anyone in the St. Augustine/JAX area that would like to meet up and do a group hunt? I have myself and my girlfriend. Later this summer we will both have kayaks, but as of right now I just have one kayak for myself. So anyways if anyone would like to do a local group hunt let me know and hopefully we can find some big teeth.
  6. Squalicorax teeth, and book suggestions?

    Found Myrtle beach South Carolina, are all of these teeth Squalicorax Kaupi? I don’t trust myself to be sure. Help appreciated, also if anybody knows of good shark tooth identification books covering North American sharks teeth I’d love to know!
  7. Hi all, I am wondering what you guys think about the following 2 teeth that I've had fun finding in the brooks in Monmouth County, NJ. Do you think the 1st set of 3 pics is a Serratolamna serrata? In the 2nd set of 4 pics, I am showing a Cretolamna appendiculata (left) next to the unidentified tooth (right), which I suspect is a Cretoxyrhina mantelli based on the 1) broad + rounded + minimized cusplets, 2) angled + curved shape of the blade/tooth, 3) curved/cupped shape of the root. I sincerely appreciate all of your input!
  8. The last year or so I have gotten back into fossil hunting which I loved when I was young (45 now). With a 9 year old son that loves it too (I have even converted my wife a little!). We were invited to look for fossils in a small creek accessible by foot on 4-28-18. Less than a foot deep where we dug and sifted by hand and small garden shovel for about 4 hours. Mostly found a couple hundred small sharks teeth that we will donate to a science facility here that will put them in a sand box and let children find them at a class/event. An interesting bone that looks like a socket joint piece, and a few other things... Mostly Bulls and Lemons here Cool socket of some kind (hoping I don't find out its a chicken bone someone threw in the creek!) Tube worms or coral / sponge maybe..? 4-30-18 we made our first trip to the actual Peace River and rented a canoe at The Canoe Outpost for the day. I have read about fossil hunting there a little (a good bit from this forum) and knew to look for gravel bottom and that deeper banks could be best. We just paddled north about 1.5 - 2 miles and found a nice sandy bank on the inside of a bend to put the canoe on. As I waded out I could feel the rocks crunching under my feet and it seemed to go down about 12" so we set up and started digging/sifting (1/4" mesh). Found some nice 1" teeth in the first half hour and there were generally a small tooth or two mixed with some various sizes of turtle shell etc. on each screen. Never found a real gem on the trip but did get a nice gator tooth and a few other teeth including barracuda. Some interesting bones and shell fossils that I kept as well. When I dug down I got about 12" of mud and gravel, under that was a white clay like sediment that contained nothing. I have heard digging deeper can produce better finds, maybe next time I will prod for a deeper gravel bed. All in all for not knowing much of where to go it was a great day, and I surely can't be disappointed with some nice tiger shark teeth and the Gator tooth...Also found the largest sting ray plate I have seen so far. Just one more screen full I promise! This was close to The Canoe Outpost...(We did not dig here!) The ID section of the forum helped identify the far right tooth as barracuda and the second one as alligator. The better of the teeth. Also found a couple hundred more small ones to donate. Bivalves Not sure what this is, looks like piece of broken tooth coming out of a root..... Interesting bones. turtle shell pieces I believe Not sure about this either, maybe a skin plate of some kind. My wife claimed this turtle shell fragment for the peace sign.
  9. Hello all, ToothMan here. This is my first trip report! I just joined this great forum. Stumbled upon it the other day. I have only been collecting about a year, and mostly fossilized sharks teeth at that. I also collect ray plates, I have one porpoise tooth, two crocodile teeth, some crab claw fossils, mostly marine creatures but focus mainly on shark teeth. I'm looking forward to expanding my searches for more than just teeth. Here is a link https://imgur.com/gallery/CO2q2gg to an imgur gallery from my most recent trip. Trip report below! I have some great teeth in my collection but wanted to report on my best finds to date, which ocurred over the past two days. I had some exceptional luck, paired with a keen eye, resulting in my first two Megalodon teeth ever found. I live in Solomon's, Md, and frequent some of the same sites I'm sure some of you do. Those being Calvert Cliffs, Brownies beach, flag ponds, etc. I also hunt Cove point a lot. My grandparents have a house down there so I frequent that beach often. Ive had my best finds so far there over the past two days. Last night I was there at low tide around 10:30 and found my first Megalodon tooth! I was ecstatic! I didnt think you could find those here. I thought they were mostly at calvert cliffs but I guess some wash down. I found a bunch of smaller teeth as well. Then today, I went back around noon for low tide again. Did my usual walk up to the point, picking up a bunch of small teeth along the way couple with a few hemi's here and there. I walked around past the lightouse and began finding some really nice mako's! I absolutely love finding mako teeth. Found some in the waves crashing and even up at the high tide line. The water,was still a little cold today but bearable. I wore shorts and sandals and took my sandals off, walking thru knee deep water one way searching, and up on the beach looking on the way back. I went home, happy with these finds. But I decided to return around 5 even though the tide was coming back in and I didnt expect to find much. But boy was I wrong. By this point it was really windy and the waves were really large, crashing and moving material all over the place. This is good as it turns up more stuff, but its harder to collect. You have to be quick. I felt like the karate kid snatching a fly out of my trainers hand diving in to grab teeth I had just spotted before they were swept away by the surf! Many were lost that I couldnt grab quick enough. I was picking up quite a few teeth though, a bunch of makos and some nice hemi's, when I saw a huge mako! A wave had just crashed on it, I let it recede, spotted ir again, and snatched it up before another wave could sweep it away. I had been out for hours now, and was really happy with my finds. I decided to take one last walk around the point and then I saw my second meg ever sticking up out of the sand. Only the top gum line was exposed and my heart jumped as I knew exactly what it was and it looked big! I scooped it up out of the sand and cleaned the barnacles off it. I was and am so happy! Never thought id be finding Megalodon teeth. Ive had the fossil hunting bug for about two years now. It really is addicting. Happy hunting, all. -ToothMan
  10. Upper Ordovician, Corryville member. Dry Dredgers field trip 4/28/18. Rt. 11, near Flemingsburg, KY. Vinlandostrophia ponderosa and "Solenopora" My shark teeth I won in the annual auction at the Dry Dredgers meeting the night before.
  11. I have a large collection of extant shark and ray jaws that I use to understand tooth features. However, a number of tooth features, especially tooth root features, are really hard to see in jaws. So I’ve started to purchase (40+ species to date) and photograph individual teeth of a number of extant shark species. I’ll try to post some of the pictures (labial and lingual views) as I take them. This is another post of three extant species that most collectors don’t see. Centroscymnus coelioepis (Portuguese Dogfish Shark) Upper teeth (5 mm, 2 mm, & 4.5 mm): Lower teeth (4 mm, 5 mm & 7 mm): Scymnodon ringens (Knifetooth Dogfish Shark) Upper teeth (both 7 mm): Lower teeth (13 mm, 8 mm & 6 mm): Somniosus rostratus (Little Sleeper Shark) Upper teeth (5 mm, & 3 mm): Lower teeth (7 mm, 7 mm & 3.5 mm): Marco Sr.
  12. This evening I made a very quick stop at the Alfred Ring Park in Gainesville, Florida to do about 20 minutes of collecting in the Hogtown Creek. I did not find much of anything ( bone fragments, small turtle shell portion and ray and shark teeth), but it was fun. Below are a few pics of the area and my finds.
  13. I have a large collection of extant shark and ray jaws that I use to understand tooth features. However, a number of tooth features, especially tooth root features, are really hard to see in jaws. So I’ve started to purchase (40+ species to date) and photograph individual teeth of a number of extant shark species. I’ll try to post some of the pictures (labial and lingual views) as I take them. For this post I’ll post three extant species that most collectors don’t see. Glyphis gangeticus (Ganges Shark) Upper teeth (23 mm, 23 mm, & 21 mm): Lower teeth (22 mm & 21 mm): Somniosus microcephalus (Greenland Shark) Upper teeth (12 mm & 11mm): Lower teeth (14mm, 10 mm, & 12 mm): Dalatias licha (Kitefin Shark) Here is a cool lower symphyseal tooth (17 mm): Two other lower teeth (13 mm & 10 mm) Marco Sr.
  14. Shark teeth ID help

    Hey everyone, I bought 12 shark teeth from an antique store in Southport, NC earlier this week and the only info that came with them was the little orange card you see in the pictures. I would like some help identifying them please. I think #10 could be a sand tiger shark, but I’m not 100% on that. Also, I’m not expecting an ID on #7 as it’s too worn to even tell if there is any enamel left. Tooth #1 caught my eye due to the tiny serrations. I know they aren’t the best pictures so if you need more please let me know. Ruler is in cm. Thanks in advance!
  15. I am doing the jury duty thing today so I have a lot of time on my hands to make a trip report post. This post isn’t rich in fossils despite visiting 3 different sites. It was something of a strike out for the day, with the exception of 2 pieces from the 3rd place we stopped at. One of the pieces was a true keeper for me though. I was on call for my work this past week, including the weekend, which means I have to stay close to home. I had a couple really long days without sleep. One 27 hour and the other 24 hours. It wipes me out. Thankfully I didn’t get called in Saturday night, because I had plans to go poking around a few spots with @Fruitbat aka Joe. He lives maybe 7 minutes away from where I do. The day was on the cool side, in the low 50s, overcast and breezy, but reasonably pleasant. The first place I wanted to check out was about 15 minute from my house. It was in the Austin Chalk, upper I think. I didn’t have high expectations of finding anything noteworthy, but I keep trying, because I’m surrounded by the upper Austin and upper Ozan, which have next to zilch from what I’ve on numerous attempts. The area we went to is a new development that recently broke ground in Garland on the southwest corner of Shiloh and Buckingham roads. It is mostly black clay like material, but a bit of white chalk and light gray shale are exposed and I think limestone or marl was exposed during trench digging. There is also the Duck Creek waterway on the east side of the development. We didn’t find much more than Inoceramus clam fragments in the development area. I did find an interesting looking clam about 1.5 inches wide imbedded in chalk. No clue what it is. Since we didn’t find anything there we headed to check out the large creek. It seems the city channeled the creek to bury water or sewer lines in it. So it was down to the bedrock with a concrete strip running down the center. The banks were about 10-15 feet high in most areas. The East bank being layers of chalk and marl like stuff. The west side dirt and clay. When I got into the creek I couldn’t find my phone. I assumed I’d left it in my car. Later I realized I’d put it in my coat pocket and had it the whole time. I didn’t get any pics. There was only one picture I wish I’d been able to take. In the creekbed we came across a circle that looked like a giant flat cinnamon roll about 2 feet wide. It didn’t look like any ammonite I’ve ever seen. Joe said it was an Inoceramus clam. I squatted down to have a closer look and sure enough the side was exposed revealing the tale tale pattern of Inoceramus shell edge. It isn’t the biggest clam I have found out hunting, but it was probably the most complete large one I’ve seen. I’m tempted to go back to take a pic since I drive by there most weekdays. There wasn’t much of interest otherwise. Since we didn’t find anything of interest we headed south to Dallas to our 2nd spot. I’d seen an exposure off of 30 I wanted to check out. It was part of the Eagle Ford formation. We arrived and parked our vehicles on the edge of a large field and made our way walking towards a hill in the distance with an exposure visible. There were huge piles of construction dirt and rock in the field. I have explored those before so I didn’t revisit them this time. Most notable were the very large septarian nodules with brown and while crystals. I’d been here before and collected a few pieces. We walked through high grass and underbrush then headed downhill only to encounter a wash or small creek we couldn’t cross. The creek doesn’t show up on any map. We worked our way along through considerable underbrush between knee and waist high along the creek. Joe took a little rest while I explored the area looking for a crossing. I found one a Joe soon followed. After crossing a couple of them I came to a dense hedge of Chinese privet. If you’ve never encountered it you’re blessed. If you’re considering it for landscaping think twice. While it is pretty it is a very aggressive shrub that grown incredibly dense making areas impassible. It will take over a whole field and thin forest if left unattended and nothing else can grow there. I didn’t notice it until I came to it and realized there was no getting through or around it. Here you can see a dense patch of it. It’s maybe 5-8 feet tall in most places. We realized there was no way to make it to the outcropping from where we were. We walked back to our cars after maybe 30 minutes of trying to get to the outcrop. We would have to come at it from a different direction. There were lots of spring flowers in bloom along the walk. I thought I’d share them with you. Per Joe this is a form of wild mustard. This is actually the bud of my favorite wildflowers. It is a milk thistle. I don’t like the prickly part, but I think they’re beautiful, but that isn’t why I like them. I like them because I am fascinated by them. I have picked them many times and arranged them in a vase beautifully. I leave for a few hours or overnight and they have completely rearranged themselves! Not just a little either. Individual stems will move by an inch or more at times. I think it is chemotaxis or something. It isn’t phototropism, because it happens at night and the direction they move is not uniform or unidirectional. Can’t wait for them to be in bloom. I don’t know what these are. I think these are 2 varieties of evening primrose. I think these are a form of verbena. We drove around the back side of a large warehouse and found a spot to park. We were able to access the exposure from there, but only because someone had bulldozed a path through the Chinese privet. Much of it was the Eagle Ford gray flacks shale. I found the top valve of an oyster or possibly clam (I still need to clean it up). I also found a very weathered fragment of a medium size ammonite that was only identifiable because of sutures. Other than that the only thing of interest was more septarian nodules. This is one of the smaller ones I saw. You can’t see the septarian qualities on the exterior, but it’s definitely a septarian. It was very heavy or I’d have taken it home to open up. If they have a split in it like this one they usually are filled with crystals. I also found quite a bit of small crystals laying around. Usually it’s calcite, but I’ve read the formation has abundant gypsum. Nothing of real interest there other than septarian nodules so we moved on to look for our third location. We drove west on I-30 and then south on loop 12. The first spot didn’t have anywhere to park nearby. So we drove across the freeway to look at an exposure off of a parking lot in a low area. I think this is likely to be the Kamp Ranch formation, a subunit that underlies the top layer of the Eagle Ford about 75 feet under it near Arcadia Park. This location was not very fossiliferous, but it did have yellow/orange thin plates largely consisting of conglomerates of shell fragments. It also had gray and black clay/shale with large septarian nodules. These are some of the fragments I picked up. This is one, which was buried that I tried to extract but I wasn’t successful. It was too big and I didn’t feel like putting in the effort needed to extract it or break it up. I walked around picking up plates looking for anything of interest. I came to a wash area and found this plate. This is the find of my day. It is covered with small ammonite impressions. It’s the only hint of ammonite that I found. There are a number of impressions that are partially covered up. I think with a little prep work it could be a real beauty. I’ll have to practice on the back side to make sure it doesn’t leave white marks. While I was off finding this Joe was off harassing this poor mama killdear bird nearby. He was trying to find out where the eggs were so we didn’t step on them. Turns out she was sitting on them. He said she was giving him the broken wing routine. She also spread her wings and tail trying to defend her eggs and nest. Her eggs are just behind her. Joe found this little plate and gave it to me. It’s got a little shark tooth on it on the top left. From there I had to leave to go home. It was a relaxing day, except for fighting through the little jungle like underbrush and vegetation trying to cross the wash/creek and having to retrace our path because of the Chinese privet. But it was a nice day overall. Oh, this is a closeup shot of part of the ammonite impression plate that I forgot to insert above.
  16. Little Ptychodus Gem

    Found this cool tooth in matrix while hunting with my son this weekend. Not a lot found in matrix where I hunt so cool addition.
  17. Two shark teeth and a "Huh?".

    Hello again. I found these fossils while searching a small creek in north Texas over the weekend. I'm pretty sure that one is a ptychodus but I'm not sure what type of ptychodus. the other is obviously a shark tooth that's missing about half of the root. But again I'm stumped when it comes to the species. The other fossil has me completely stumped. any info is much appreciated. Thank's for looking.
  18. Brownies Beach Trip

    Well, I wrote a whole long story about my first trip from NJ to MD, and then I hit some key on my keyboard while I was typing and it deleted or overwrote everything. So here is the shortened version. I left NJ at 2AM on 3/30 and made it to the beach parking lot about 5:45AM. I may have left later but my assessment of the tides seemed to indicate that low was around sun-up. I think I got it wrong. Oh well, there was less traffic anyway. I knew nothing about this place except what I could read on the internet and the advice from a few people in here (Thanks you all!!!). I was dressed and on the beach by 6AM, and I was excited! So I spent the 21 hours over the next two days searching high and low on the beach. It was the most frustrating time I can remember (doing anything!!). I guess I was just not prepared for hunting at the beach. I couldn't find anything. Not a single tooth. At least not for a good 3-4 hours. Then, I chatted for a minute with a woman that was collecting near me. She looked like she was finding things in spots I had just walked over. I told her my story and she helped my see a little better. And she showed me how to find baby teeth in the shells. I felt a little better at least having something in my pocket to show for the trip, even if the teeth were around a 1/4" in size. So most of the rest of my 1st day I spent searching the gravel piles for these baby teeth just so I could have something to bring home. I actually did find 2 other damaged teeth that were of a more legitimate size (in my mind ). One was a Snaggletooth and the other I still don't know what it is. But it was heavier and thicker than anything I had found earlier. Maybe you guys can opine. I didn't do much better the next day either but it was a beautiful, pre-Easter day and I was away from home at the beach and I talked with a lot of really nice people that were also out looking for lightly buried treasure. I spent 12 hours that day (6AM-6PM) roaming from one end of the beach to the other. I did actually find a bunch of interesting souvenirs to stuff my pockets with. Nothing fancy, but interesting to me at least. And I even managed to find a handful of bones and ray plates (which I liked!) and a few vert's and some shells and even a handful more baby-sized teeth with a few medium sized ones thrown in as well. The day was winding down for me. I had to make the 4 hour drive home that night and I was tired, so I began to subconsciously head back to the parking lot. I hadn't found a trip maker yet but it was beginning not to matter anymore. I had a fun trip and figured I'd just have to come back and try again someday. But on my way back to the parking lot I actually did find my trip maker. I found a beautiful blue Snaggletooth. I almost stepped on it as I climbed over some washed up debris. When I looked down and picked it up out of the sand, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I think I may have yelped out loud a little bit. And I never figured I'd find a Megoladon tooth, so to me, this was the tooth I had hoped to find. NOW, I felt satisfied. And I actually found a couple more and some other medium sized teeth on the way out. When I got the home and spread them out, I was very surprised by the number of different types of sharks I had found. I have some Hemi's, some Tiger sharks, Some Lemon sharks, Some long teeth like Sand Tigers or maybe even a Mako. I'm sure there must be another type or two in the pile. Maybe you guys can lend some expertise for me. So I felt very satisfied with the trip, even though it was the last hour or so that blew things wide open for me. Please feel free to offer an opinion on any of the things I found. I am only able to guess at some of the teeth. I would guess I found some porpoise ribs and some other bones. And 2-3 types of vert's, not counting the white one that probably isn't a fossil. One other thing that was surprising was the number of different looking Ray plates. Thanks for looking and for the trip tips before I left! Andy
  19. Shark teeth

    Just a few of my favs!
  20. Finally made it out to Purse State Park, now known as Nanjemoy Wildlife Management Area, yesterday. I had read that there was no beach to speak of at high tide, but wow! Low tide yesterday was at 11:15. We got there at 12:30 and there was already almost no beach! If only we'd gone when @RCW3D went two weeks ago! The air temp was a balmy 50 degrees, but the water temp, not so warm. Did that stop us? No. Did we get frostbite? Maybe. We weren't expecting to have to go wading when we left the house 3 hours earlier, so warm, waterproof shoes were not with us. We went barefoot on the chilly sand, wading occasionally, then warming our feet again. That way, we had warm, dry shoes and socks for the trip home. The only fossiliferous exposure we found, admittedly not going far north as we'd have had to wade waist-deep, was between the two trail openings. There is an exposure of the Aquia Formation that reaches about 10 feet above beach level there. The cliffs further north are much higher, but empty, so not a lot to look at along the walls. That's okay, most people don't go to Purse to look at the walls anyway. There were plenty of teeth to be found on the beach until our toes got numb. I dug a hole in the sand in front of the fossiliferous exposure and to my joy found some blocks of matrix buried there after they'd fallen from the cliffs. There was also a complete oyster hanging in mid-air from a fine tree root, three feet above the ground, that I managed to slide off without so much as nicking the root bark. Ha! As an added bonus, I got to enjoy the forsythias blooming on the beach! There are almost no fossil shells on the beach. They are so punky in the cliffs that they just disintegrate when they are exposed. However, I am optimistic that when my blocks dry out I'll have some nice specimens that I can eek out with some dental picks, paleobond, and patience. I also brought home a backpack full of micro matrix to sift. Never know what might be lurking in there!
  21. I'm gonna be around Summerville tomorrow and I was wondering if anyone knows of any promising spots to look for shark teeth and other fossils. I actually came here a few years ago and had no luck at all, but I found out I was looking in the wrong places. I know most people don't want to give out the really good secret spots, but if anyone has any hints for someone who's just coming to town for a day, I promise I can keep a secret. Heck, you could even join me if you want. Any hints or suggestions are welcome!
  22. SC Shark Teeth Article

    Collecting in SC, small controversy. http://www.thestate.com/latest-news/article205982124.html
  23. Hey Hi Y'all, I have been searching some very fine (nano) matrix from Shark Tooth Hill. The matrix went through the window screen but not the "grease splatter" screen. I have not taken any pictures with My scope yet, but thought I would show a "teaser" to peak some interest... My finds so far. Largest pieces are about 1 millimeter.
  24. Hello! I am brand new to fossil hunting. We went out to Purse State Park along the Potomac River in Maryland and found the attached. Any help in identifying any of these would be much appreciated! This is my first time at this! Thanks so much in advance!
  25. From Big Brook, NJ

    From the album My Fossil collection

    the 5 i kept on the last time i actually found teeth at Big Brook
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