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  1. Sometime a tooth tells a story

    I found this Hemipristis serra tooth a couple of years back. Looking at the left photo, I noted the bite marks, and the fact that the distance between each bite mark was approximately the same as the distance between this tooth's serrations!! So I make up a possible story. This shark was in a feeding frenzy, and under the feeding pressure, this tooth (like other shark teeth) fell out, but before it could clear the mouth area, the shark bit down again, leaving these telltale marks. There are likely other "possibles", but I prefer this one. Now more recently, I have another tooth, in this case a Galeocerdo cuvier, and interestingly it also has a bite mark. Once again the distance seems to be the same between the bite marks and between the serrations on this tooth. I notice a lot. Look at that little hole in the enamel above the bite marks. I have no story that explains that hole. But my story breaks down. The bite marks on THIS tooth seem post _ fossilization not in the enamel, but on the enamel. So I opened this thread to attract others who have bite marks on their shark teeth, and ask some of the shark tooth experts their insights. @Northern Sharks@Al Dente@siteseer@MarcoSr@Plax@sixgill pete
  2. Hello all! On Sunday, I realized that Monday would be an amazing day to go shark tooth hunting so I took the chance and went. I arrived at Bayfront park at 8 am and did not find anything significant. I found small teeth, some petrified wood, and a broken shark vertebrae. After realizing that I was not going to find anything too impressive, I drove to Matoaka and encountered the same luck. I asked around and supposedly everyone I met was finding only small teeth as well. The best finds of the day were an angel shark tooth and a fairly intact ecphora. - Timmy
  3. One of the teeth I found yesterday at Venice. It’s about as small as my finger tip, but it’s a pretty tooth. My best guess is hemipristis or snaggletooth? Thanks for taking a look! -HT
  4. Going to post this multiple times due to multiple images. There are just a couple here that I am most curious about but would love any and all feedback. I will post in the order of priority for lack of better words. For some context, took the family to the peace river up in Zolfo Springs, near Arcadia. We found approx 50 teeth, mostly small but some cool ones. Lots of Ray plates and some bones. Most of these are placed up against a US penny simply for a size reference. Any help in identifying would be much appreciated. Thanks all!!!
  5. Hogtown Creek finds

    Hey everyone, Here's some of my finds at Hogtown Creek in Gainesville, FL. I'm pretty confident those are some juvenile meg teeth. Both found next to each other in some heavy clay deposits, which explains the coloration. I was hoping maybe I could soak them in something to bring out the enamel color.. Any ideas? Not sure about the other fossils. Is that some sort of prehistoric cephalopod? The fossil next to it is smooth on the bottom, and I can only describe it as looking like an upside down mushroom. On the other picture, someone else told me the one was a crocodile tooth (what kind??). The one next to that is a complete mystery - but a very cool looking find. It's broke, but the back has two sharp points. Any help you can provide in ID'ing these fossils would be greatly appreciated!! Sam
  6. Snaggletooth

    From the album Sharks

  7. Snaggletooth

    From the album Sharks

  8. Hemipristis serra (3)

    From the album Sharks

  9. Hemipristis serra (2)

    From the album Sharks

    A large h. serra tooth from SC.
  10. Hemipristis serra (1)

    From the album Sharks

    A large h. serra tooth from SC.
  11. Hop 5 03/30/19

    1. Hemipristis serra: One of my first teeth of the day, found in the water. Small, but nice colors and perfect serrations. 2. Carcharias cuspidata: Flawless sand tiger. Symmetrical and super sharp, with both double cusplets intact. 3. Galeocerdo aduncus: Gorgeous tiger, almost looks like a G. cuvier because of size. Very nice root to crown contrast. 4. Odontocete tooth: Little porpoise/dolphin tooth with a long, thick root. In very good condition. 5. Ecphora sp.: A very nice small Ecphora, nearly complete, just missing the white part at the top. Rare to find more than a fragment of these at Brownies. Cast your votes! The poll will end in three days, on April 4th at 3:00 p. m. EST. Hoppe hunting!
  12. Hemipristis serra 06

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Hemipristis serra Summerville, SC Chandler Bridge fm.

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  13. No work today so decided to have some fun & at least cross this off my list. Being same age as Peace River/creeks (mid mio- possibly early plio) & hearing some hype about it, knew it couldn't be too shabby.. Very very shallow, like about a foot or 2 of water on average (most digging/sifting done on my knees). Surprising for a long creek. Seeing gravel on some of the banks, gut feeling I wouldn't have too hard a time finding rocks and indeed didn't for most of the spots I hit. Mostly smaller stuff, might be bigger gravel spots I'm sure, just no luck with it this time. But didn't mean I didn't find nothing noteworthy.. Early on found a unique vertebrae, looks like snake, surprised the delicate spiny processes were still intact. Mostly typical grey shark teeth from the time period (lemon, bull, tiger, snaggle) but I'm sure there's lamnids too in there. Eventually found my largest grey shark vertebrae to date, a whopper compared to my micro one in my trip to a phosphate mine! But still relatively small, almost the radius the size of a dime, bought one recently before today that dwarfs it, but still a great uncommon find in my book. Lots of trash, I suppose from decades of "good ol boys" being there, both large stuff along the banks and remnants dug up, exponentially more than Peace river & Joshua creek. But also more colorful shark teeth on average & some pretty rocks (threw back frags of red ones early on, thought it was man-made before finding more of them). Overall lighter colored rocks too than the area much farther south I'm use to digging up (fortunate I guess I live in central FL). Yeah felt like I found more than that, some holes provided more than others.. definitely felt on par with the Peace river overall, just not as scenic of course. Still, I'd go there again perhaps..
  14. 2 main holes I hit were pretty hit or miss, but overall I'll count it as a W. 1st spot not much ocassional small teeth, biggish bull shark tooth, moved further down. Found a partial meg (complete one still eludes me but can't think of greater motivation to move tons of gravel), small mammal molar (that seems to be from a small bear) & what I think is a manatee molar (low left on full pic) + a nice big horse molar. Disheartened a bit I hadn't found any super great snaggles (my fav) but before I left I found this beaut Nice day, no shortage of friendly doggos on the river, yeah. Not bad for not having a 'yak, which I guess is a curse & a blessing in a way Full haul below
  15. Hemipristis serra 05

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Hemipristis serra North Central, Florida Occasionally there are discussions on the forum about a fossil's intrinsic value to science ..... but I know quite a few of us if not all of us are attracted to some of these tiny time capsules as forms of art, nature's pattern. Persisting beyond their biological task and evolving again for us as a thing of visual fascination and beauty.

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  16. Calvert Cliffs

    Had a phenomenal trip down at Calvert Cliffs on Wednesday with my three month old daughter strapped to my chest. This trip makes up for my failed attempts in March where the sandbars where at an all time high and made it difficult to find anything. The sandbars pushed up from the storms a few months back even helped me to get to some hard to reach locations. Here's some finds and a scouting report for May of the cliffs. Also recovered a nearly perfect decently sized Ecphora gardenae that is still undergoing some preparation work. I'll take a picture of that and post it later along with some very large clams with Ecphora burrow holes. The blood red Mako as found in the sand. I rarely sift as the waves and storms (from the weekend) are constantly exposing the fossil record. Some of the nicer specimens of the day. Two makos on the left, snaggletooth bottom right and top middle. Cow shark with eight blades top right, and a decent sized tiger shark top middle. Recovered more Chesapecten nefrens that I could carry out. This is just a fragment of the shells recovered and layed out neatly in the trunk of my car. Some of the C. nefrens where about 5-6 inches in diameter and impressive to find intact as there were so many large shell fragments. These should make for some beautiful display pieces and gifts once they are cleaned up. Notice the right fins of the C. nefrens are larger than the left fins. This is a noticeable characteristic of this fossil scallop. Approaching the cliffs. The tides where up much higher this time but the waves where very gentle. This photo was taken around 7:00 am. The vegetation overgrowth should help to keep the cliffs from falling. Another shot of the blood red mako. I'll take a closeup of the other Mako later as it's a green-yellow cream color. Somebody found this stranded snapper turtle and carried him 3 miles back up to a freshwater pond. What a nice guy and what a cool looking turtle. A bunch of teeth, turritella, shark vertebrae, ray plates, makos, sand tiger, tiger, requiem, ecphora gardenae, crab claw tip, Megalodon root, and snaggletooth teeth collected by a local collector and myself combined from this trip and a recent trip. Matoaka cabins beach shore. The winds here were very strong and kicked up a lot of dust with some impressive waves. I had to protect my newborn in my chest as I braved the winds. Image 8: Female blue crab that appears to have deposited her eggs and passed away to be washed up on the shore. This is a good sign that the bay is recovering from over-crabbing. Crabs are vital to the bay's overall health as they are scavengers and eat decaying fish and other decomposing critters on the bottom of the bay. Male blue crab. You can tell it's a male by the "state capitol" on the underside. Perhaps his mate was the female that just layed her eggs.
  17. snaggletooth shark

    This small (6mm long) Hemipristis is slightly pathological. Hemi patho's are not uncommon at Lee Creek.
  18. IMG-5104.JPG

    From the album Calvert Cliffs Maryland 12/10/2016

    Left side is a Hempristis serra and the right side is what I believe to be the tip of a crab claw.
  19. Hemipristis Serra

    From the album Black Friday Creek - South Carolina

    Hemipristis Serra Chandler Bridge Formation (?) Miocene Era Ladson, South Carolina Found on December 23, 2015

    © &copy Iron Rabbit 2015 - 2016

  20. Hemipristis serra

    From the album TEETH & JAWS

    A couple of Hemipristis serra anterior teeth from a phosphate mine in Polk County, Florida. The larger (upper) tooth slant length is 37.9 mm. (This image is best viewed by clicking on the button on the upper right of this page => "other sizes" => "large".)

    © Harry Pristis 2015

  21. mostly fozzz 065

    From the album 2012/13 Discoveries

    Hemi Gods Love me
  22. Shark Tooth Id

    This is a small shark tooth, found today (on an organised fossil hunt) near Govce, Slovenia, of early Miocene age. There was some discussing about what species it belonged to, and there are two possibilities: either Hemipristis serra or Galeocerdo aduncus. I'm not sure as I'm no expert on shark teeth, but either of these two IDs would make it a very cool tooth, since these are very rare here. You can usually find plenty of small mako teeth there, but other shark species are very rare.