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Sharks of SC

Hello Everyone! 

I can honestly, finally, say that I'm beginning to figure out the fossil-enigma that is Summerville, SC. It is a strange land where fossil deposits start and end within a matter of feet - a few inches of glorious gravel separating the sandy, ghostly-grey Chandler Bridge and the compact brownish marl of the Ashley Formation. If, by some miracle, you can find a ditch with the exact right depth, enough width, a little flowing water within a fossil-bearing strata that hasn't been hit by a million other collectors, you just might be able to put something together. 

Thanks to some nasty weather and a couple of days off of work, I've managed to finally find some spots that fit the bill. The finds pictured below come from two creeks (of maybe 15 that I checked) over the course of the last two days. The angustidens were the obvious gems, with one shamer nearly four inches long and nearly four inches wide! 

All-in-all, its been a great couple of days and I couldn't be happier with my success. I'll be planning another trip in the near future!

Take care and as always..

Happy hunting,

SOSC

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SailingAlongToo

Very nicely done!

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Ludwigia

Love those augustidens. Perseverance pays off in the end. As long as you already know what you're looking for.

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WhodamanHD

Those are some beautiful teeth:envy:

Definitely worth the effort of finding the places!

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jewelonly

Lovely teeth! Congratulations! :) 

 

Leah

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gavialboy

awesome fossils. congrats.

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Macrophyseter

Those teeth are truly screamers, honestly my favorite one is the angu with the broken tip. So lucky that you live near one of the best meg hotspots...

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Nimravis

Wow, some great finds and colors to match.

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Fossil-Hound

Still sharp. Very nice Angustidens!

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Calvin Jenkins

So I'm curious why you say find a ditch?  Do you need to overburden removed by several feet or are you looking in old riverbeds?

 

Do you guys probe the ground before digging (using a rod to pierce the soil seeking "gravel" as we do in FL)?

 

The depositions abruptly start and stop.  Is this a result of river or ocean currents pooling materials?

 

Love the pictures, some nice prizes there!

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WhodamanHD
22 minutes ago, Calvin Jenkins said:

Do you guys probe the ground before digging

I don't believe digging is allowed in Summerville.

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Max-fossils

Awesome finds!

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Ropterus

Hard work pays off! Nice job!

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jcbshark

Beautiful finds, those angys are sweet:fistbump:

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Sharks of SC
7 hours ago, Calvin Jenkins said:

So I'm curious why you say find a ditch?  Do you need to overburden removed by several feet or are you looking in old riverbeds?

 

Do you guys probe the ground before digging (using a rod to pierce the soil seeking "gravel" as we do in FL)?

 

The depositions abruptly start and stop.  Is this a result of river or ocean currents pooling materials?

 

Love the pictures, some nice prizes there!

Hey Calvin,

The ditches are important because the fossil-bearing deposits in the Summerville area can be 10 ft deep or more in places. So creeks, streams, ditches, or recently-dug ponds are about the only opportunity to find the good stuff exposed. Additionally, I think a lot of the more substantial waterways are frequented by fossil hunters, so the smaller, overgrown ditches are typically your best bet here. 

As far as probing goes, the fossil-bearing sediments go down as far as the Ashley Formation locally, which is a hard, compact "marl". As a result, a lot of the most productive spots that I've seen have only a few inches of sediment over the hard bottom of the creek....you could pretty effectively probe with a toothpick. 

Finally about the sporadic nature of the deposits - I think this is likely the result of areas having been eroded and redeposited time and time again over the course of millions of years...but this is a subject on which I know less than I'd like. All I can say is that two creeks, one hundred feet apart with the same depth can have two totally different compositions.

hope this answers your questions.

take care,

SOSC

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mrieder79

Yeah! That's the way to do it.  Keep lookin. Big teeth are on the horizon.

 

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beachbum

Great finds and nice colors!!  Now I'm looking forward to going back after seeing those.

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Fossil-Hound

Very nice color on the C. angustidens.

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sixgill pete

That little cream colored angy is beautiful. To me, the best of the bunch.

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hemi123

Awesome finds, and definitely worth the efforts. I too have noticed Summerville has been picked over quite a bit not to mention the remnants of people that jump into the ditches and begin digging away at the banks causing them to cave in eventually. Ive moved to a different area, lots more work and hours finding areas but worth it and I do not see evidence of disrespect.

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