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Finally made it up to GMR last week. Was greeted by this as soon as I entered the stream/ditch.1-IMG_1754.JPG

Once I got around this mess it was not too bad. Hunted pretty hard with not much to show for it. For me my favorite finds were the crow shark teeth, nice tiger shark and a dolphin tooth.

 

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Its a shame, with all that trash! Atleast you found some goodies!

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I have not been to GMR since the hurricane. It appears the storm moved a few things around. To bad you did not find much but it is always a better day out fossil hunting than one at work or sitting at home.

 ( Greens Mill Run in Greenville North Carolina for those who are not familiar with it. An urban creek that runs into the Tar River, it has fossils from the Cretaceous, Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene) 

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29 minutes ago, sixgill pete said:

(Greens Mill Run in Greenville North Carolina for those who are not familiar with it. An urban creek that runs into the Tar River, it has fossils from the Cretaceous, Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene) 

 

That's quite the range. The Peace River down here in Florida is mostly Pleistocene with a bit of reworked Miocene thrown in if you are lucky. The oldest formations we can access at the surface in Florida are Eocene (mostly around the Big Bend area on the gulf coast). Sadly, no Cretaceous layers here for us to hunt as I believe the Florida peninsula was pretty much underwater during the time of dinosaurs and T. rex was not much known for swimming as it couldn't wear "water wings" on those tiny little forearms. :P

 

I've hunted fossils in older formations around the US (Cambrian, Ordovician, and Carboniferous) but I'd really like to fill in my hunting experiences with Silurian/Devonian sites and some Permian (cool shark teeth). I've not yet had a chance to poke around in any of the periods from the Mesozoic but hope to next year when we have more time to travel.

 

What types of Cretaceous fossils come out of GMR?

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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9 minutes ago, digit said:

 

That's quite the range. The Peace River down here in Florida is mostly Pleistocene with a bit of reworked Miocene thrown in if you are lucky. The oldest formations we can access at the surface in Florida are Eocene (mostly around the Big Bend area on the gulf coast). Sadly, no Cretaceous layers here for us to hunt as I believe the Florida peninsula was pretty much underwater during the time of dinosaurs and T. rex was not much known for swimming as it couldn't wear "water wings" on those tiny little forearms. :P

 

I've hunted fossils in older formations around the US (Cambrian, Ordovician, and Carboniferous) but I'd really like to fill in my hunting experiences with Silurian/Devonian sites and some Permian (cool shark teeth). I've not yet had a chance to poke around in any of the periods from the Mesozoic but hope to next year when we have more time to travel.

 

What types of Cretaceous fossils come out of GMR?

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

 

Ken, all of the Cretaceous fossils found here, at least that I know about are marine. They run from belemnites to shark and fish teeth including enchodus, along with oysters. There are also some very nice Mossosaur teeth from there. There is always the possibility of bloat and float dino material, but I have never seen nor heard of any from there. Mysteriously there is no Eocene layer there. 

 

But, what GMR is most famous for is its amazing great white teeth. There have been many pristine 3 inch plus ones found there.

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16 minutes ago, sixgill pete said:

But, what GMR is most famous for is its amazing great white teeth. There have been many pristine 3 inch plus ones found there.

 

Sign me up. :D

 

I've only a single GW tooth in my collection that I found beach diving off Venice, FL on my birthday many years ago. I've come across plenty of megalodons (and lots of fraglodons) and a reasonable number of makos but the whites seem to elude me.

 

You all seriously have to clean-up all that trash from the river before I'll come up though. :P Reminds me of Rattlesnake Creek that runs through Gainesville. That creek has an incredible amount of trash and broken glass in it.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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7 minutes ago, Plax said:

probably the only easy place to collect Squalicorax yangaensis.

 

That is very true. The other sites I know of to collect S. yangaensis require physically hard access. 

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8 minutes ago, digit said:

 

You all seriously have to clean-up all that trash from the river before I'll come up though. :P Reminds me of Rattlesnake Creek that runs through Gainesville. That creek has an incredible amount of trash and broken glass in it.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

 

Being an urban creek, the trash is a problem. Storm water runoff from the surface streets drain into it so with that comes the trash. When it free flows it is not as bad a problem, but when trees come down from storms; well you see what happens. One of the advantages of this though, is that many old bottles some 150 plus years old can be found. I personally have a whiskey bottle circa the 1880's with the cork in it. I always wear eityher waders or hip boots, even in the summer when I collect there.

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Great advise for wading through trashy creeks--waders.

 

I love old bottles. There is an area of the Peace River between Wauchula and Zolfo Springs where the river must cut through an old dump somewhere along that stretch. Older bottles are more commonly found there (most broken but some intact). Other parts of the river mostly feature mostly recent broken beer bottles which is why I always wear thick-sole shoes in the river.

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

 

P.S.: I just remembered that kirk's great looking Squalicorax (Crow Shark) teeth are from this Cretaceous formation. They are on my bucket list.

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Normally is not this trashy, leftovers from Hurricane Mathew. There is always a lot of broken glass, just have to be careful when sifting and always wear some sturdy shoes. I also keep up to date on my tetanus shot :).

 

Digit, spent many vacations with my son hunting the Peace River. Normally would go to the Canoe Outpost and work our way back to the livery. If you are ever up this way, I would be glad to take or meet you up at GMR.

 

 

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I'll take you up on that. I haven't found any Squalicorax teeth yet--it would be a treat.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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That dolphin tooth is not a common find from there. I have yet to find one. 

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I know exactly where you were, right before they came in and moved stuff around to clear out those trees I was off to the side there and as you saw, that spot had the most random assortment of things that I typically don't find at GMR and the typical things - especially those tilly fish bones - did you find a good deal of those too? GMR is just the most magical place in the world some times! :) That being from someone who lives in Greenville and hasn't been able to venture out elsewhere yet :) Hope to run into next timeyour digging it up at GMR! :) 

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Oh man the thing you missed in there. In your first pic it was probably right there to your left. Unfortunately (for me) I didn't find it but was glad to be there to see it laying on the bottom......

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and I saw a picture of it. Man you missed a really good one.

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8 hours ago, sixgill pete said:

and I saw a picture of it. Man you missed a really good one.

 

No, I left it there for someone else to find. Already have several in my collection. :ighappy:

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3 minutes ago, kirk said:

 

No, I left it there for someone else to find. Already have several in my collection. :ighappy:

 

That's what I said haha. I hope he posts a pic of it. Followed it up with a 2.75" great white. 

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