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  1. Santa came early here in the north country. I've been after one of these for a while and I finally got one in the mail today. It's an early, transitional form, Palaeocarcharodon orientalis. Very coarse serrations near the root fading to almost smooth at the tip. One root tip was glued back on as these teeth are very prone to damage, but I can ignore that because it's almost 2 inches long, and they don't get much bigger than that.
  2. Jared C

    Cretolamna cf. sarcoporthea

    From the album: Texas Campanian (Cretaceous)

    Cretolamna cf. sarcoportheta Campanian (Ozan fm) Texas An uncommon genus for me to encounter, it was a pleasant surprise to see a Campanian example of the taxon.
  3. Hello, Looking for help with these Upper Cretaceous shark teeth from Post Oak Creek, Sherman, Grayson Co., TX, USA (Warning: Some of these are heavily eroded). Thank you! Squalicorax? Species? Cretodus or Cretalamna? Mix of both? Scapanorhynchus sp? @ThePhysicist
  4. Jared C

    Cretolamna catoxodon

    From the album: Texas Cenomanian (Cretaceous)

    Cretolamna catoxodon Cenomanian Texas (Waco pit) This was the first shark tooth I ever found, breaking the spell that kept me from finding any vertebrate material for the first 5 months of my serious efforts.
  5. Rexofspades

    Ramanessin Bone Id

    Hi all, me again, I wanted to share a closeup of the bone fragments that I found in Ramanessin to see if I could get them ID'd further since I know how the brook tends to make fake fossil bones i want to check that the ones I found are real fossil bone 1) the big one, i think it might be a cretaceous turtle shell, it passed the burn, and the lick test. 1A) I believe these are also enchodus jaw fragments. 2) 2A)
  6. Stick around, this one's a read but I'll try to make it fun. So, I have been to big brook last year, and While I enjoyed it, since I went in early feb, the ground was frozen which prevented me from finding much, as the brook was stingy that day. Nonetheless I decided to try my luck with Ramanessin as i heard good things about it. Because none of my family or friends could be bothered, I decided to take a day off work and drive 4 hours to the area and spend the night so I could get the most out of the location. what follows is the result of 2 days straight of fossil hunting. which I will try to tell the story of in order. Day 1 the scoop I arrive at the site a little past 12, choosing to waste no time, I make my way down to the brook and start to sift the gravel. as opposed to when I went to big brook in winter, Ramanessin was generous with her gifts. I found 4 teeth in the first scoop. I took this time to make my way up the stream cutting back and forth sifting every gravel pile I could find. my personal method is to put no more than 5 scoops into the sifter. that was the way to guarantee I got at least something out of it. it was during one of these sifts that I found the curious reptile tooth here. I will be doing a separate fossil id post later of the teeth and bones. but this was one that i knew was something special. I also found this really nice cross section of ammonite. the sutures were beginning to separate, any longer and they would have come undone. It was also this trip that I found these chunks of bone, now I know the brooks have this nasty habit of producing concretions and discoloring modern bones to Look like fossils, but i am 80 percent sure that I found some genuine articles here. Taking the ###### at some point in this day, I decided I needed to pee. so, to avoid being spotted I ducked into a small mouth of a tributary to do my business. while I was wrapping up, something caught my eye, something I couldn't believe. the outline of the Biggest, and likely one of the best lateral goblin shark teeth I have ever found. I was absolutely giddy. after picking it up and doing a little field prep washing it off in the water it was easily 1.8 in. and as the story usually goes as I am looking in this little alcove of gravel, I see the root of yet Another massive goblin tooth root, this time submerged in the dirt. I chanted to myself "please be whole" as I carefully brushed off the tooth to reveal a gloriously intact fossil. easily one of the best and most fortuitous pee breaks i have ever had! It was on my way back that I decided to put the trash bag I brought to good use and pick up the garbage I saw on the way. I'm not going to lie here, I have found it pretty shameful how many shards of glass and cans I would find in this place. But I took it upon myself to fill the shopping bag as best I could. I didn't want to be stuck out in the dark, so I hurried back to the car and dropped the trash in the nearest bin. Lodging back at the motel, I spent the evening cleaning off my newfound loot. I took this time to carefully superglue the ammonite chunk so that I wouldn't lose it. I took one of the plastic cups in the hotel room and cleaned my fossils with it. Day 2 lost sifter After breakfast, I returned to try my luck again, but when I opened the trunk of my car I was met with the absence of my sifter. I t was then that it dawned on me that when I came back to the car I had only my shovel and my trash bag in hand, tricking my brain into thinking i had everything! realizing it was probably lost, I went back to the brook to try my luck surface collecting. The region had received some rain overnight and into the afternoon, and although it wasn't flooding, the water was considerably higher than last time. i was almost discouraged until i noticed something bright blue on the opposite side of the brook... it was my sifter. right where i left it on the top of the overbank. I was so elated I was laughing at my turn of luck. "Hang On! I'm comin!" I yelled at the inanimate object. there was a fallen tree 4 meters from the sifter, so in my full wading gear, I straddled the trunk and shimmied over to the other side and retrieved it. mosasaur it was now that I decided to make my way upstream and sift past the areas that I had already hit. I noticed a few tracks of bootprints here and there. I was initially discouraged by the fact that whoever it was got further than I was hoping they did. but that all went away when as I was sifting through a pile of gravel, I noticed a sheen of blackish enamel. picking it up I realized this was likely yet Another reptile tooth, and the chances that I bagged a mosasaur had effectively doubled. (did I mention yet that this was my 1st time to Ramanessin?) check your spoils as I made my way upstream, I came across the ruins of some old concrete structure in the middle of the brook, either a dam or a bridge foundation of some sort. to my right I saw a large spoil pile. out of curiosity, I started to look at it trying to see if there was anything the previous person missed. and boy was there. I found another huge lateral goblin, and (Pictured separately) a massive sawfish rostral tooth. it was crazy to me thinking about missing not one, but Two easily trip maker sized teeth in your spoil pile. let this serve as a lesson to newbies, to double check spoil piles you see, just because you never know what the last guy missed! crow island I waded and sifted my way upstream past the concrete structure, tactically using my shovel as a sounding stick of sorts and pointing my toes in the direction of the current so as not to lose footing. I stopped just past a footbridge where there was a little island of gravel that had accumulated over the weeks. as I scanned the shore, I saw another trip maker: an absolutely huge Squalicorax prisodontus tooth. it is at this point that I notice that I want alone, there was a group of boys that went bicycling overhead. now, all through the day I was completely alone, talking to myself about the stuff i was finding and being a general silly guy. I'm sure that if anyone came up to me while I was like this, they'd think I was insane. I took this brief encounter as my sign to start heading back to the car. the wade back the wade back I made it a resolution to not sift bit surface collect only. the thing is, that in the hours between when I got there and now, it had stopped raining. and when the rain stopped the waters started to recede after an hour or two. So here I was, walking back to the car past effectively virgin shoreline, with only an hour of sunlight left. I was delaying myself left and right with tooth after tooth that I would find on the shorelines. some being decent sized in their own right! after I returned home, I spent the remaining hours of my sanity cleaning and sorting the finds of the day. this is the total finds for day 2. Aftermath below is the combined total of fossils. of the identifiable items I found approximately 234 goodies over those 2 days. my display case for Cretaceous NJ was looking a little sparse before, but now its looking a little fuller as I am writing this. if you notice any special things in the pictures I missed, please let me know, I love educating myself on these things.
  7. AlexMcCarthyWX

    Shark Teeth Identification (Cretolamna?)

    Below are five shark teeth I am trying to make sure I have identified correctly. Teeth 1-4 were found in North Myrtle Beach, though I do not know where tooth 5 is from. I believe that #2, #3, and #4 are C. Appendiculata, but am not confident in that. I wonder if #1 is as well, the shape seems a bit different in my opinion. Thanks!
  8. fossil_lover_2277

    Moroccan Eocene shark teeth and jaw bone

    I recently purchased some more Moroccan fossils, including several shark teeth...I tried IDing them on my own, here are my guesses (scale is in inches; 1 inch = 2.5 cm), am I close? I don’t have much experience IDing Eocene teeth, so I’m not sure. Thanks!!! 1. Otodus obliquus 2. Cretolamna appendiculata 3. Cretolamna aschersoni 4. Striatolamia macrota 5. Jaekelotodus spp. 6. Brachycarcharias atlasi 7. Tooth I have no idea on (had cusps but they broke off) 8. Jaw bone section I have no idea on 9. Fossil I have no idea on
  9. britishcanuk

    Morocco shark tooth

    I'm picked up this little tooth a few weeks ago on the auction site, then description was as follows; "A Fossil Sharks tooth from Cretolamna bi-auriculata, from the Eocene age Phosphate deposits of Morocco." Wondering if anyone has any thoughts, opinions or confirmation on the ID. Thanks!
  10. ThePhysicist

    Cretolamna sp. Shark Teeth

    From the album: Post Oak Creek

    Cretolamna teeth from POC. The largest one seems to be the C. dwardius as described in Welton and Farish's guide, the others are C. appendiculata.
  11. Hi y'all, I picked these shark teeth up from a local rock shop. The first is definitely a symphyseal/parasymphyseal tooth but I'm not sure if it's from an Eocene Parotodus or Otodus. I lean towards Parotodus because of the narrow crown and its significant curvature. The second I think is a Cretolamna biauriculata. The symphyseal is about an inch ~ 2 cm in length. @siteseer@Al Dente@MarcoSr@Untitled Parotodus sp.?: Cretolamna biauriculata?:
  12. ThePhysicist

    6/17/21 Trip

    From the album: Post Oak Creek

    Nothing extraordinary, but I found an area with several chunks of matrix with teeth in them.
  13. ThePhysicist

    Shark tooth in situ

    From the album: North Sulphur River

    An incomplete tooth (just the crown) sitting in the red layer. Likely from Cretolamna.
  14. Hey ya'll - despite my best efforts I have a very tough time telling apart the teeth of Cretodus and Cretolamna - most of what I gather so far is that it *seems* that the blade on a cretodus is sometimes slightly longer and less robust compared to cretolamna, but this has large variation and might not even be a real pattern worth noting. Any tips?
  15. From the album: Pisces

    11mm. Kamm Bank Garschella Formation Late Cretaceous Found on Säntis mountain, Appenzellerland, Switzerland.
  16. ThePhysicist

    8/16/20 Trip

    From the album: Post Oak Creek

    Didn't find much this time. I don't think it's rained in a while - the water looked stagnant. Also was picked over well. Favorite find is the mostly complete Cretodus (found it under a fallen tree).
  17. Praefectus

    Sharks in Minnesota?

    Hello. I was wondering if I could get any more information on this tooth. I purchased it from our favorite auction site. The seller described the tooth as unknown genus/species and from the Cretaceous Coleraine Formation of Coleraine, Minnesota. I was unaware that Minnesota had Cretaceous sites? I almost didn’t believe the location provided. I looked up the Coleraine Formation and found that it was Late Cenomanian in age and located really close to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Based on the age and morphology, I have IDed the tooth as Cretolamna appendiculata. Does anyone else know about Cretaceous shark teeth in Minnesota? Please share anything you know and post pictures of other finds if you have them.
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