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Yesterday my dad and I were lucky to visit Batesford Quarry in Geelong, Victoria. The fossils here are miocene in age from the Batesford Limestone. Fossils foudn here consist of sharks teeth, cetacean fossils, rare bird and terrestial mammal material and invertebrate fossils, mainily echinoderms. Batesford Quarry is one of the places my dad and I have been wanting to go to for many years due to it's high concentration of vertebrate fossils compared to other Victorian fossil sites (Mostly Shark Teeth). We arrived at the Quarry around 8:30 AM and spent the next 6 hours searching the spoil piles for sharks teeth. Due to the heavy rain the past few days, the sharks teeth were harder to find as the sand was wet and hard to seive and see the elsuive teeth. However my dad and I came home with a good haul, collecting a total of 28 sharks teeth, a nice fish tooth plate and numerous invertebrate fossils. I am not the best at IDing shark teeth so any help will be greatly appreciated :)

 

Thanks for reading!

 

The Shark Teeth Haul

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Grey Nurse Shark? (Carcharias taurus)

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Isurus?

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Rare Galeocerdo 

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Labrodon batesfordiensis? Pharyngeal teeth

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All the Invertebrate Fossils

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Brachiopod (Terebratula triloboides) Bivalve (Ostrea sp)

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Crab Claws

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Various Corals

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Lovenia Forbesi

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Sea Urchin Sections 

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Sea Urchin Spines (Phyllacanthus duncani most likely)

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Small Sea Urchins

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Sand Dollars (Orbispala occultoforma)

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Tidgy's Dad

Very nice! 

Some good shark's teeth, but I love those echinoid spines. 

Though the brachiopod is best, obviously. :D

Are those sponges up near the top? 

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@Ludwigia @Tidgy's Dad Thank you!

 

Those are sponges near the top yes. There was some many of them at the site that we had to start telling ourselves to stop picking them up :P

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1 minute ago, DanKurek said:

@Ludwigia @Tidgy's Dad Thank you!

 

Those are sponges near the top yes. There was some many of them at the site that we had to start telling ourselves to stop picking them up :P

They're nice and rather interesting to find so many. :)

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Nice finds Dan!

Y'all did good.

 

13 hours ago, DanKurek said:

Grey Nurse Shark? (Carcharias taurus)

Look like sand tiger or goblin.

 

13 hours ago, DanKurek said:

Isurus?

First (left) is Carcharodon hastalis, 2 and 4 are sand tigers, the rest need better pictures to say.

 

13 hours ago, DanKurek said:

Galeocerdo 

Looks correct, but they are not uncommon teeth (unless You mean Your location).

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@ynot Thank you for the help!

 

Tiger shark teeth are relatively rare from this locality :)

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Great job, Daniel! :dinothumb:

 

By the way - I'm not usually very interested in shark teeth, but I love the colour contrast between the jet-black crowns and creamy-white roots - VERY nice! :wub:

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