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WhodamanHD

Hello Everyone,

 

I’m rather fond of Giant Alopiids, and I have taken to collecting them. I find it strange that such a wonderful, yet mysterious creature remains relatively unknown and scantly studied. I may have space in my high school schedule for an independent study senior year, and I’ve considered using it to make a poster or paper on their morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny and such for The Rostrum or something. However, I’ve heard tell that there is already a comprehensive paper on giant alopiids in the works. We’ll see if there will be anything left for me to discuss.

Anyway, collecting them is a slow process as they are quite rare and I am quite cheap (I have yet to find one myself). I thought I’d make a thread to show off what I have thus far and to keep them cataloged for myself. Hopefully this page will grow as time goes on:fingerscrossed:

Dashes are around 1 inch apart.

 

South Carolina Alopias grandis

 

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WhodamanHD

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WhodamanHD

Maryland Alopias grandis

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WhodamanHD

South Carolina Alopias (Trigonotodus) alteri

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fossilsonwheels

Very nice ! I just got an Alopias grandis. They are cool and mysterious. Threshers in general are just awesome sharks. Great coolection :)

 

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fossilsonwheels

*collection though coolection would be appropriate lol

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WhodamanHD

Thanks @fossilsonwheels

 

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gigantoraptor

Very cool. I only have one and I'm not even sure it really is one. Are you in your senior year already or not yet? 

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WhodamanHD
2 minutes ago, gigantoraptor said:

Very cool. I only have one and I'm not even sure it really is one. Are you in your senior year already or not yet? 

Thanks! They are quite hard to tell from other large sharks. I am reaching the tail end of my sophomore year. 

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Tidgy's Dad

Nice teeth. 

Very interesting collection. :)

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WhodamanHD
1 hour ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Nice teeth. 

Very interesting collection. :)

Thanks Adam!

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Macrophyseter

Stunning collection Mason :)

 

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So you're also a Wikipedian ;)

 

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Darktooth

Nice collection! I myself, own none!:(

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WhodamanHD

@Macrophyseter Thanks! Yes, that is the only picture I’ve added to Wikipedia (couldn’t stand it being there without one). Took me an embarrassingly long time to put up, my html knowledge is limited to what got me a tech credit:D

 

Thanks @Darktooth! I’m sure you’ll find one, your eye remains better than mine!

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almach

Hello,

 

I found my only Alopias grandis back in 2002 at Aquasco, Md (I didn't know what it was, other two guys present had to ID it!)

 

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WhodamanHD
28 minutes ago, almach said:

Hello,

 

I found my only Alopias grandis back in 2002 at Aquasco, Md (I didn't know what it was, other two guys present had to ID it!)

 

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Hi!

 

Aquasco? That’s the first I’ve heard of PG County producing Miocene fossils. On the Pax River I presume?

 

That’s a beauty of a thresher! Nice find! No shame in not being able to ID it, back in 2002 most weren’t even aware of their existence from what I’ve heard.

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almach
2 hours ago, WhodamanHD said:

Hi!

 

Aquasco? That’s the first I’ve heard of PG County producing Miocene fossils. On the Pax River I presume?

 

That’s a beauty of a thresher! Nice find! No shame in not being able to ID it, back in 2002 most weren’t even aware of their existence from what I’ve heard.

Hello, 

 

Actually it was on Swan creek, more of a trickle, than a creek.  Down in a ravine about 20 ft.  I have listed some shells and otoliths from there (Aquasco) and will eventually post some of the other shark teeth from there (more of a shell site).  See my other posts under Aquasco.   

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almach
13 hours ago, almach said:

Hello, 

 

Actually it was on Swan creek, more of a trickle, than a creek.  Down in a ravine about 20 ft.  I have listed some shells and otoliths from there (Aquasco) and will eventually post some of the other shark teeth from there (more of a shell site).  See my other posts under Aquasco.   

Hi WhodamanHD,  

 

To follow up, there is another site in PG County that has Miocene fossils.  It is near Piscataway Creek.  There is a book called Collecting Fossils in Maryland, Educational Series No. 4, by J.D. Glaser 1979, Revised 1995 (my copy), Maryland Geological Survey.  Has 16 sites listed in MD.  Don't know how many sites are still available, Aquasco is not open from what I hear.

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WhodamanHD
3 hours ago, almach said:

Hi WhodamanHD,  

 

To follow up, there is another site in PG County that has Miocene fossils.  It is near Piscataway Creek.  There is a book called Collecting Fossils in Maryland, Educational Series No. 4, by J.D. Glaser 1979, Revised 1995 (my copy), Maryland Geological Survey.  Has 16 sites listed in MD.  Don't know how many sites are still available, Aquasco is not open from what I hear.

Hello Almach

I’d doubt any are still accessible, in the past ten years it seems that there has been exponential decreases in availability of known sites in Maryland. Because of this, I don’t use books much for sites anymore. When I pursue new sites, it is usually involves me pouring over google earth and outdated geological maps, and a ton of scouting. Of course I guess that has led me to miss the existence of PGs Miocene! Thanks for the info, I’ll be digging deeper into the maps to see if sites may still exist. 

 

Mason

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