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  1. As the title says, the fossils were found as a result of collecting seashells during our family vacation at Holden Beach, North Carolina. We've been staying at this beach for about 30 years with many family members joining us. Last year I think we had 45 people representing 4 generations. The nice shells were few and far between and any fossils found were even fewer. All of the fossils are from the Peedee formation and found on the beach as a result of dredge ships doing beach restoration back in 2022. That's when everyone on the beach would find several hundred Sea Biscuits - Hardouinia Mortonis - per person. Well, that heyday is over and while the broken fossils were still plentiful, the pristine whole ones were very rare. My niece was the only one to find any shark teeth, though she was also the only one looking for them. The beach sand near the end of the island where we stayed was mostly smooth with few shell beds at high or low tide. I found nice shells because the early riser gets the shells, just like the second mouse gets the cheese. 6 AM was sunrise and I was a quarter mile down the beach by then and walked 1.2 miles to the end of the island where the inlet had more churning waves and sand, thus revealing more shells. On the first day I found one knobbed Whelk in decent shape and on day 2, I found 14 Whelks. My collecting was to share with the family and mainly to find a few nice ones to send in a goodie package to our daughter at Vanderbilt plowing her way through the first weeks of her Masters Program. So she gets a beach tee shirt, seashells and treats. On to the images. Some shells and then right to the dredged fossils. Mid week haul. Most of the fossils found. The shark teeth. The junior Great White tooth...modern or fossil...I don't know. It's 32 mm long. These are fossil oysters and I believe they are Exogyra costata. I found specimens of both valves. Fossil scallop - possibly Chesapecten jeffersonius Something different...maybe turtle shell piece? Flip side of same piece. What do you folks think it is? And here's another new find for me. My guess is marine mammal bone. Porpoise or small whale? No clue...just guessing. Flip side End view. Anybody have an ID for this? And this Whelk may or may not be a fossil. This is the best condition Sea Biscuit that I found all week. A medium sized specimen with a coral hat. That's all folks! Steve I do have some others covered in matrix which I will work on soon. Steve
  2. Just got back from a family vacay at Holden Beach, NC. These three shark teeth were found by a niece. She let me take some pics of them. No other shark teeth were found. The white one might be modern versus fossil. A guess is juvenile Great White Shark tooth. Measurement - 32mm. I did find a few fossil bivalve shells in matrix with Sea Biscuits ( Hardouinia Mortonis) along with a possible fossil vertebra...I'll post those later. Front and back. Steve
  3. kaymv127

    Hello from Virginia

    Hi everyone! I’m new here, my name is Kayla and I’m a 27 year old mom that loves getting out and looking for sharks teeth! I’ve only ever hunted at Chippokes State Park, besides one unsuccessful trip to Westmoreland State Park (I found 5 but don’t count that as a successful day haha). I’m looking forward to chatting with you all and hopefully finding more spots to get my kids out to this summer!
  4. I am in need of some help with ID’s on these three shark teeth from the beaches of South Carolina. I think that 1 and 3 might be a species of Isurus, but I have trouble with shark teeth… Number 2 is unlike any I have ever found at the beach with that little cusplet. All help is appreciated.
  5. ThePhysicist

    Good day

    From the album: Post Oak Creek

  6. ThePhysicist

    Huge Cretodus discovery

    From the album: Post Oak Creek

    I audibly gasped upon seeing a 2"+ Cretodus.
  7. Hey hi Everybody! I like the unusual teeth. And posterior teeth are some of the most unusual in any given species. So I thought I would start a thread for posterior shark teeth of any species. To kick it off..... Here are some from Shark tooth hill (round mountain silt). I think these are Carcharodon hastalis and (?) planus. The smallest one is just under 1/8th inch wide. So, if You have any posterior shark teeth - please post pictures here. Thanks, Tony
  8. Hello, my friends, and a jolly warm welcome to one and all. Many moons ago, my friend, the exceedingly kind and generous Brett @Elmo sent me nearly 6 lbs of micromatrix from the Purse State Park in Maryland, USA. The tiny fossils found in this gravel are from the Piscataway Member of the Aquia Formation which is Late Palaeocene in age and about 60 million years old, give or take. I have been trying to sort through a little every day and am about two-thirds of the way through and have found lots and lots of goodies. Now, this is well out of my comfort zone as there is not a brachiopod to be seen, but lots of teethies from sharks, rays, skates, and bony fish. I have no idea what I am doing at all, and so Brett, who is also seeking some IDs, and I decided it might be useful and fun to start a thread to show off our finds, hopefully get some help with identification, encourage others to post their own finds and have a fun time, really. I don't have any Palaeocene material at all, except a couple of larger sharks' teeth from this location. So, please feel free to comment, just watch and enjoy or tell me off for my obviously stupid attempts at ID. I'll start this off with a really beautiful tooth that I think might be Delpitoscyllium africanum. On second thoughts, perhaps Ginglymostoma cf. subafricanum is a better fit? Because of the multiple side cusps.
  9. Shaun-DFW Fossils

    Various woodbine shark/fish teeth?

    Here are the teeth I’ve extracted so far from small slabs I found in southern Johnson County near Grandview, Texas last week in the woodbine group. Any ideas on identification for these? Sorry that my photos may be somewhat lacking. I don’t yet have the scientific species memorized, so I welcome scientific names but also common names so I can better picture what it looked like. I have more to remove from matrix when I have time. I used the dremel 290 and I didn’t break any teeth, though you see at least one or two were already broken when I found them. Thank you!
  10. With the newborn that just entered my house, my fossil hunting will be semi-permanently reduced and perhaps scarce short term, but I did have an unplanned 2 hours of freedom to go to a local woodbine spot I’ve only visited once. My focus at the moment (when exploring new areas) is seeking out lower Eagle Ford spots along the edge of the woodbine, but this spot was a bit deeper into the woodbine than I’d normally seek out. To my surprise, I found several small slabs that reminded me of Kamp Ranch, full of fish vert material, teeth, and even what I think is part of a crustacean or crab (input welcome on the last part, since it’s more of a side note for me). I’ve removed a few teeth successfully but there is a lot more when I have time. I’m using a combo of a dental pick and a new (used) dremel 290..something to do between diaper changes (not mine, the babies). This is the first time I’ve found more than petrified wood and a few oysters in the woodbine near Grandview, Texas.
  11. Frightmares

    Lee Creek Micro Shark Teeth

    Got a couple Lee Creek micro shark teeth I need help IDing. 1. Galeorhinus? 2.
  12. Illu

    Calvert cliffs

    Have a trip coming up in two weeks to calvert cliffs. First time going was wondering if I would be ok going even when the tide is high since high tide is around 10am. Also any tips would be appreciated.
  13. Teeth recovered scuba diving in ocean from Venice, FL. You all were so helpful that I’m already back with more haha Stuck on a few of these. Really hoping for a hammerhead but I’m not sure… (again I’m a newbie so thanks in advance)
  14. AlwaysISOSharkTeeth412

    A Choppy Morning at Matoaka

    Took my fourth and thus far most productive trip out to Matoaka Beach yesterday. The tide was high and the water choppy after Thursday’s storms. I had the place to myself for a good three hours. A few minutes into searching, I found this beauty in situ. The rest of my finds pictured below all came from using the tide to sift through matrix I scooped up. The largest tooth, which is my largest find to-date, was pulled from my last scoop of the day. Very exciting! I’m still a novice at identifying so any insight would be most welcome on any of my findings. I’ve been taking day trips out to Calvert area from Pennsylvania for the past nine months or so, and I’m officially hooked!
  15. About a month ago I used my hotel points from work and dragged a few friends down to Maryland for the weekend with the promise of beer and maybe some good shark teeth. We did one day at Flag Ponds and another at Matoaka Cabins, which is what I did last year as well. I still can't say one place is better than the other. My friends who are not fossil collectors had more luck finding teeth in general at Flag Ponds, but I think the quality of finds were slightly better overall at Matoaka. It really all comes down to luck if you are going to any of the public spots. Day one was flag ponds I tried experimenting with some hunting methods: sifting, searching the wave-line, digging up sand, and searching below the water line with a clear bin. Using the bin method, a bit more than knee deep I was able to find a nice Mako. This was the best one found at Flag Ponds by our group. A few other nice ones were found by shoveling up sand and letting the waves sort it out for us, these were not found by me. Second day was Matoaka Cabins, it was a clear and calm day. Using the same bin method, even on the clear day, I was not able to find a tooth below the water line. There were far too many grey-black shells that appeared similar. We had the most success just walking along the beach, sifting especially was a bust. Another very nice Mako was found by a friend as we were on our way out just tumbling against the cliffs in the waves. Pictured below under my thumb. These were some of the best finds from the whole group. Here are my best finds next to a ruler. A bit puzzled by the tooth at the 3 inch mark. Has the shape of a meg, but far too small.
  16. mrj3184

    Hello from Georgia

    Hello all. My name is Michael. I’m from the state of Georgia. I really got into shark tooth hunting late last year and it’s got me hooked. I’ve been to a bunch of different spots in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. I am really enjoying getting out to the beaches and finding shark teeth. With the more research I’ve been doing I’m starting to recognize and collect more fossils like the whale bone with shark tooth cuts on it. I’m excited to find and collect more while also learning more about the history of this great planet. Recently got my wife into it also so it’s pretty awesome to teach her the things I’ve learned so far. One day I’ll find a Meg!!!
  17. Been a while since I have posted, but I have a few more trip reports to get done eventually. Decided to start with my first trip on the Peace River in Florida. Was in Florida for a while visiting family and had a day or two to do some investigating. Plenty of research in the forum and other sites lead me to hiring a guide, Fred Mazza, which I think was well worth the money for the learning experience alone. I am hoping to visit the area once a year, so I am hoping this experience prevented some numerous trial and error runs out to the Peace River. I would highly recommend Fred and his tour, some really nice fossils were found by other members of the tour group and it gave me a handle on what equipment I might need in the future. I agree with the sentiment around the forum that a canoe or kayak is essential. This trip was especially nice since the river was so low. Best finds below, sorry about the flash in the pictures: 2. These were the best teeth, pretty happy with it for my first time out there. I probably found over 150. Excited to find my first Megs even if small. 2. Dugong ribs 3. Florida fossils are not my expertise, I think these are mostly all turtle shell fragments. Miocene aged? 4. Curious about what forum members think of these. In order I see unknown tooth on the far left, then horse teeth, gator scutes, barracuda tooth, gator tooth, and fish teeth. 5. Some more unknown bones with unusual shape. 6. Bonus best Sanibel Island snail shells Help is appreciated, thanks for reading!
  18. I spent the day yesterday along Calvert Cliffs. It was a beautiful sunshine day and the water was crystal clear. I was pretty shocked at how many people were out on a Monday, normally there aren’t many people to talk to and it was a nice change. Even with so many people out and letting some kids pick some from my stash, I still managed to walk away with a decent take for the day. Bone fragsCoralShark teeth, ray plates, and miscWell worn dolphin tooth?shark vertebrae
  19. totallydigsit

    Peace River, FL Teeth ID (April 2024)

    Hey all! Requesting your help identifying an interesting selection of teeth found by @jcor246 and me down on the ol’ Peace River, FL. (For brevity, separate ID posts featuring the non-toothy specimens collected on this outing will follow shortly.🆔🆘) Thanks, Jena and Josh
  20. Hi! Hope all is well with everyone!! I have a half ironman in Cambridge MD in June. I know all the popular spots in MD for fossil hunting. I am going to be in Cambridge and swimming in the Choptank. I assume there are cool places to look for shark teeth. Am I wrong? Anywhere specific? I have never been to that area? Or is it just better to go to one of the popular places. Thank you for any advice! You guys are awesome.!! I getting back into hunting more! Looking forward to being more active!!!
  21. Hi everybody from the middle-of-nowhere in the Nebraska Panhandle! I am a brand new fossil hunter....so brand new, in fact, that I just found my very first fossil (shark tooth) on a trip to South Carolina last week. I went on a guided excursion and found all sorts of other stuff than toofs as well. I am also hopefully making a trip to split some rocks in the Green RIver Formation area in Wyoming later this year. I also am wanting to learn some basic fossil prep, so I've been reading those threads a lot lately. Haven't worked up the courage to try some of my own yet, but still too cold here to work out in my garage anyway I am partial to ceratopsian dinos....see my photo in the plastic dinos thread! They're my favorite. Thanks for letting me join!
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