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Waccamaw Formation ; SE North Carolina Trip

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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.

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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. 

 

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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   59c05f924c83a_R.sabistonensisinmatrixblocktop.thumb.jpg.5a6038fac87a80465edba4d4f34e775e.jpg  the echinoid itself 59c05f99939c9_R.sabistonensisinmatrixblocktop(2).thumb.jpg.3ffc0909574fdcb81752c7925f350ff1.jpg

 

and the bottom   59c05fae16225_R.sabistonensisinmatrixblockbottom.thumb.jpg.c7bbcb7ad0f87dca146f61ade0f41441.jpg    59c05fb73c6c6_R.sabistonensisinmatrixblockbottom(2).jpg.481579d9e68ca529990b2d6de5fdb381.jpg

 

I am going to try and expose as much of this echinoid also. Without making it come apart.

 

Double valve bivalves for the day .......    59c06112bee83_Doublevalversfortheday5differentspecies.thumb.jpg.d7bf8f7ddb09417c03e99a0fa54b0cb1.jpg

 

 

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sixgill pete

and some of the rest of the stuff ......   20170918_131819(0).thumb.jpg.ee0ffbbea8513b4316c625661a2d8c88.jpg

 

 

We went to a couple other spots and we did pretty well. Thought I would share a few pics of a Cretaceous Oyster reef ... Flemingostrea subspatulata .. this is from our final stop.

 

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Peat Burns

Nice finds!  Thanks for sharing.

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Monica

Nice finds, Don!  Please post pictures of the final results after you've finished prepping your echinoids - I'd love to see them uncovered!

 

Thanks for sharing!

 

Monica

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Boesse

Thanks to a full teaching load yesterday, I haven't even had a chance to take the fossils out of the car yet! I'll post what I got soon. It was a pretty good day, and once again, thanks @sixgill pete and @Plaxfor showing us around!

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sixgill pete

@Boesse  anytime. It is always enjoyable and educational when fossiling with you guys. I fully enjoyed every minute of it. I have been working on my sand dollars with dental tools for a bit each day, they are much more exposed but still a ways to go. Will post some new pics soon. BTW. great talk Sunday.

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