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Found 18 results

  1. Mercenaria permagna

    Campbell lists M. permagna as an extinct subspecies of M. campechiensis. Typically longer and less inflated than the extant species.
  2. Anadara lienosa

    Another nice double valve bivalve from Columbus County. Common as a single valve find, but very uncommon with both valves.
  3. Trachycardium emmonsi

    Avery nice double valve cockle. Single valves are not uncommon at this site but double valvers are very uncommon for this species.
  4. Lirophora latilirata

    Single valves are an extremely common find at this site. However, this is the first double valve specimen I have found. A very interesting looking little bivalve.
  5. Crepidula plana

    Colected at a private sand pit in Columbus County N.C. A beautiful little example of this tough to find species. Very fragile.
  6. Calliostoma wilcoxiana

    A very nice little gastropod. The marl pit this came out of produces very well preserved gastropods and bivalves. An uncommon find, but not rare.
  7. Glycymeris americana

    This little clam, though rather common; is nice to find in great condition. This particular specimen is one of the nicer ones I have found in this location.
  8. Ficus papyratia

    Self collected from a bucket of matrix brought home from a marl / shell pit in Columbus County NC. A very nice specimen.
  9. Thought I would share a few things that I collected during a short trip into the Waccamaw Formation in south eastern North Carolina on Saturday. We only spent about 2 and a half hours at the site but some really nice items were found. First a Melitta cf.M. aclinensis. Usually the sand dollars are found only as isolated pieces at this location, occasionally a whole one is found on matrix that is crushed and broken. However I found this complete unbroken one on matrix and another person found a complete unbroken one without matrix. I have started prepping this one out since the pic, it is coming along nicely. Another Melitta sp. I found. Cannot ID for sure as to species as it is broke, but complete and covered with matrix. Will also prep this one out as much as possible to try to ID to species. Next a block of matrix containing a rare Rhyncholampas sabistonensis echinoid. This is an irregular echinoid from the Pliocene / Pleistocene. I have found pieces of these before(and one today) but this is my first complete one. Even crushed and in poor shape I am happy with the find. Top of the matrix the echinoid itself and the bottom I am going to try and expose as much of this echinoid also. Without making it come apart. Double valve bivalves for the day .......
  10. Finally, a fossil excursion!

    I finally had the opportunity and time to take a trip to an amazing quarry! I have not had many times to do this in the last year. Just awesome to be at this quarry and to be able to see our friends and visit. The best part of the day is that my son was able to experience the area again and have a blast collecting fossils! The area we hunted was Pleistocene, Waccamaw Formation, North Carolina. It is such special area and I am so happy of the times we are able to go there. Being able to hunt in an area where you are actually on an ancient sea bed is priceless and then captivating. Whenever we are at this quarry I can close my eyes and take a deep breath, I think of the life which was in this area and then look at the piles and layers of beautiful gastropods and other the marine life which existed two million years ago. I see gastropods all clustered together, broken sand dollars, slipper shells and many fractured shells. I think of what have must have happened millions of years ago for such a mass areas of demise. We all know what caused it, so interesting researching it all! My son thought this was the "coolest thing ever". Moving on with our trip, we hunted there for a good portion of the day. There is a big field in the back of the quarry which has wild plants growing. There was wild Honey Suckle, beautiful ferns and then an interesting tree with what looks like "bottle brush" type bloom. On the way home we just had to stop at an area which in on the Brunswick River, NC. We always search for Eastern Woodland Indian artifacts....we found some! Topographic Map Exercise FA15.docx
  11. Auger Shell

    From a Columbus County N.C. shell pit. A great specimen.
  12. Cockle

    A very nice bivalve that grabbed my attention.
  13. Whelk

    This nice little left handed whelk was one of several of these I found that day. But was by fare the nicest.
  14. Whelk

    This small specimen is right at 1" and has magnificent preservation.
  15. Tulip Shell

    This beautiful little tulip shell was found in a shell pit in Columbus County N.C. Uncommonly found complete and unbroken, this is one of the better specimens I have found.
  16. Well folks, I took a day off from the grinds of the job and made a rare Monday trip into the Waccamaw Formation of Southeastern North Carolina. I met up with a few old friends and made a couple of new ones. The new friends have been doing a traveling fossil trip and were kind enough to share a few of their finds with us new friends. Mine was this beautiful (at least to me) large Texas ammonite; anyone have an idea on the species? Anyways, we met early and took of for the site. Some of our forum members I know are familiar with this particular pit, but it was my first time there. It is well known for it's very rich molluscan fauna, the occasional great white tooth and the odd surprise. Upon arriving, I dug right in; no pun intended. This was my total take home for the day. I could have brought out lots and lots more, but many of the bivalves, I already had through gifts and others bringing me buckets of matrix. I also left countless cone and olive shells for the next person. I did find this rather nice great white, no root but very very few of the great whites from this site has roots. But it has great serrations and measures in at 1 3/8" I also found this very cool crab claw, quite a surprise. It measures at 1 3/8", the same as the great white so it must have been a large crab. I know it is hard to ID crabs from just a claw, but if you have any thoughts .............. I am in the process now of trying to ID these finds, something I am still learning how to do with bivalves and gastropods. I am going to start with 6 gastropods and 2 bivalves, some I am fairly confident of ID, others not so. Please feel free to correct any ID I may give. I will add others as I have the time to photograph and put up. So, lets get on with it. First what I believe is Fusinus (Heilprinia) caloosaensis, 1 7/8 inch a my favorite of the day. A real beauty. Euspiria sayana, 1 1/16" ......... Terebra dislocata, 1 11/16" ...... then this cool little thing. a Argopecten vicenarius cemented inside of a Anomia simplex by matrix ........... Trachycardium emmonsi; 1 3/8 long by 1 3/4 wide .......
  17. I need to identify this sponge. Waccamaw fm., Pliocene from Brunswick County, North Carolina Thats all I have to go on. If you know this species/genus or know someone who might I would appreciate it. Regards, Jim Wyatt Houston, Texas