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Found 21 results

  1. Tooth? Found in Green Mill Run

    Hi all. I am sure this is an easy one for you but I would like to be sure, since my guess is only a guess! I apologize that the only measuring tape I had was in inches, but i believe it is just under 35 mm. Found in the green mill run. Near the tar river in Greenville NC USA Thank you!
  2. Green Mill Run Water Level

    Hey, I’m wanting to go to GMR tomorrow because it’s the first day that lines up with me and my boyfriends schedule, but I am wondering if anyone is in that area that can tell me if it’s too flooded to go? I know it’s been raining a bit but it hasn’t rained for a few days so I’m just wondering if it’s clear to go fossil hunting. We live about 3 hours away so it’s a bit far to just hope for the best haha. Thank you!
  3. Tar River NC Find

    Need some help with this one. I think it's fish, but beyond that I'm lost. Found on the banks of the Tar River in Eastern NC -- I believe Pliocene, Yorktown formation (other NC members please correct if wrong). First thought was fish tooth in a fragment of jaw but its all one piece, so not likely. Tooth with a strange piece of attached root, or not tooth at all, but bone?? Scale divisions are 1mm.
  4. Chlamys decemnarius

    From the Pliocene Yorktown Formation Zone 2 Rushmere Member. An uncommon find at this particular site. Geology and Paleontology of the Lee Creek Mine, North Carolina, II MIOCENE AND PLIOCENE PECTINIDAE (BIVALVIA) FROM THE LEE CREEK MINE AND ADJACENT AREAS, by Thomas G. Gibson
  5. Green Mill Run

    Hello Everyone! I've just recently relocated to Greenville from Charlotte in the last month and have always had an interest in fossils/shark teeth etc but never got into in any deeper than skimming the beach. I went out to Aurora and had a great time digging through the piles and learning a little about the geological history of the area. I just found out that green mill run is a destination for fossils and it's minutes from my house, I literally have been biking by it multiple times a day since moving here. I'm willing to just jump right in on getting out there but wanted to put a call out to any regulars if anyone was going out and would be open to me tagging along. I've been spending too much time on a computer so dirty hard work sounds refreshing at this point. Thanks!
  6. North Carolina Pliocene Bird Bone

    I found this bone today in Edgecombe County North Carolina on the Tar River, upper Yorktown Formation, Rushmere member. The area is well known for Chesapectens along with other bivalves and gastropods. I looked at the Smithsonian publication, Geology and Paleontology of the Lee Creek Mine, North Carolina, III. Miocene and Pliocene Birds from the Lee Creek Mine, North Carolina. Storrs L. Olson and Pamela C. Rasmussen. Issued May 11, 2001. After searching the many plates I found one that is a pretty good match. The proximal end of right ulna of Morus peninsularis. a Gannet. I am looking for your opinions on this. @Auspex It is plate 14 page 333. I would love to have this positively I.D.'d. It was found in the formation, partially exposed and 2 pieces. They fit together well. Overall length is 144.4 mm or 5.68 inch.
  7. New to North Carolina

    Me and my wife, Navy Corpsman, were recently moved from San Antonio to Jacksonville, NC. I'm glad to be back on the east coast. I've checked out Onslow Beach and the Aurora Fossil Museum and their piles outside. I've had luck at both but want to switch my focus back to the creeks, rivers, and perhaps quarries. I've been interested in checking out GMR for quite some time but don't have the screens to properly search right now. I'd love to get to the Tar River and find some inverts, specifically ecphora, which I've always loved finding. I'm also itching to get back into the rivers and dive. I have experience in black water diving but not in the rivers of North and South Carolina. I'm interested in diving but would like to find some shallower/slower rivers to get my feet wet again and acclimated to the experience. I'm not nitrox certified yet so Meg Ledge isn't on my list just yet, although I hope to do it in the future. I'm open to almost anything, so if anyone has time and wants to point me in a good direction or perhaps tag a long with on a hunt, I would be appreciative.
  8. Turritella alticostata

    A nice Turritella. Not uncommon at this site, but rarely in such good shape.
  9. Dentalium attenuatum

    A nice Dentalium from a site where they are very common. Most a in very poor shape or crumble when touched.
  10. Bostrycapulus aculeata ponderosa

    A nice slipper shell. Not a common find, especially in good shape. Forum Member MikeR has made the following notes on this sub-species in his gallery." Cambell, in his 1994 paper listed all spiny slipper shells as one of two sub species of B. aculeata. The subspecies ponderosa is inflated and can be variable in the amount of spines as stacked individuals will remove the spines of the one below them. Being the lifestyle is different from the extant B. aculeata, sub species ponderosa could be a different species." I agree with Mike's assessment of this, this should possibly be considered it's own species.
  11. Diodora redimicula

    A very nice limpet shell. These are very fragile and are most often found broken.
  12. Glossus fraternus

    Collected from the Rushmere Member of the Pliocene Yorktown Formation. Most of these, along with many of the other "clam" type bivalves are extremely crumbly and often fall apart when picked up. This specimen was dug out of the layer and is a great example of the species.
  13. Pearly Whites for Great Whites!

    I had a good weekend on the river this past Saturday and Sunday. I did some fishing and scouting for new dig spots. I have yet to find my own place where 1. no one else knows/digs that I am networked with 2. that produces decent quality and OK quantity. Saturday evening that was checked off from my fossil hunting bucket list, though. I plugged down the river in my lil 14' jon boat, saw some shells atop a bank that looked familiar to the fossil pecten in edgecomb county and made a quick dash to the shore! I had quite the struggle among the brush and trees between myself and these barely visible shells - but I made it, grabbed a very nice C. madisonius with some little barnacles atop of it. As I'm climbing down I spot something embedded in the rock/hardened clay and got so excited I literally laughed out loud. MEGLADON TOOTH! -This I was not expecting, but welcomed! I pried it out, really neat color and sadly chipped away about a third - but still in good condition and a promising sign as I looked around and also found two beautiful little great whites almost pearly white! Such unique colored teeth for this part of eastern NC as normally my finds, like GMR, are darker grays and blacks and then you have the aurora teeth and hour east that these appeared more like in color but still different. I would love to know the minerals responsible for this coloration here. Anyhow, I returned with my Good digging partner, Rick, Sunday and we found a few more things that were alright. More to explore - more to come I'm sure!
  14. Fossilized antlers?

    Found this today snorkeling the Tar river in Eastern NC. Look like they could be antlers. Any chance I could get help with an ID?
  15. Chesapecten madisonius

    These pectens are very common in the Rushmere Member of the Yorktown Formation in cuts and bluffs along certain portions of the Tar River in North Carolina. Many are extremely worn and even crumble to pieces when handles. Specimens with double valves are not uncommon. This specimen is in exceptional shape. The final picture of the 3 specimens is to illustrate the growth of the species. They are all double valves, and range from 1 /4 inch long to 5 5/8 inch long.
  16. Ostrea compressirostra

    Self collected from a bluff along the Tar River upstream of Tarboro N.C. This is a fairly common oyster in this deposit, but most are extremely brittle and crumble upon touching. Still looking for my first complete (double valve) specimen.
  17. I have some shells I collected from the cliffs off the Tar River that I would greatly appreciate some ID assistance on. I got into books and websites and see they are Chesapecten and probably mostly Jeffersonius... but there are some features I don't know enough about to feel 100% in my research - I hope these photos will be clear enough but I can provide more if not. Any assistance/direction would be great! I have several so I will just number them and hopefully that will make replies easier. 1.
  18. So I figured I would share this little bit of information for those that want to go to Green Mills Run, but live a good distance away and want to determine if the trip is going to be a bust due to water level conditions. So this is something I have used for the past 2 years and has yet to let me down. I frequent the creek on a weekly basis and have recorded observations of the creek water levels based on the Tar River at Greenville,NC Hydro-Graph. You can find that at this web address: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=mhx&gage=PGVN7 . Now, if the water levels are at 6 foot or below, the creek water level is perfect for hunting, just as long as there hasn't been 24hrs or more of consistent heavy rains or strong winds out of the East. This usually increases the creek water levels about another foot or more. Then it become kind of iffy in that situation. I would say its about an 80% chance that I would go. You wont have too many creek bed exposures, but hunting isn't impossible. When the Hydro-Graph is around 7 to 8 feet, fossil hunting isn't impossible, but your limited to certain areas of the creek usually around Green Springs park or by the cemetery. When the hydro-graph shows water levels above 8 feet, don't waste your time. Also note that if the Hydro-Graph shows consistent days of 9 feet or more in the Tar River, even if the graph shows water levels in the Tar River around 6 feet a day or so after you checked the graph, Green Mills Run take a few days for the water level to get back to normal. It doesn't flow very fast. Well this is my 2 cents. I have yet to find any information out there to help fossil hunter that like to hunt Green Mills Run in regards to the water level and trip planning. Please share your thoughts and opinions even if they vary from my results.