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  1. I found another mystery tooth lurking in my collection that I can't seem to pin down an ID on. This was found in the cratecous streams of monmouth county NJ. I can't seem to pin down an ID given the odd taper of the tooth itself and relatively small root. I don't believe any of the original root is broken/missing given there are no signs of breakage. Stumped on this one!
  2. Tyler vadnais

    Found a new hobby

    Hi,I started this hobby with little to no direction other than some rumors I heard about sharks teeth and I’m hooked now it’s been so much fun ! I’d say we got very lucky we spent about 6 hrs looking and we had a hard time leaving !!
  3. Estessi

    Summerville finds

    I found these in a creek in Summerville SC. I’m still new at this and not sure what they are exactly. Any help I’d appreciated.
  4. I have a few more teeth that I would like confirmation/correction on my ID's. These are also from the Ozan Formation (Cretaceous - Campanian) of North Texas, near the North Sulphur River. The bulk of the small teeth (all less than 7mm) I have picked from the matrix that have cusplets primarily fall into Scapanorhynchus or Cretalamna (with a few other genera, but probably not important here). The teeth shown below I believe to be one of these two genera, but I am uncertain due to a combo of characteristics, so I am asking for some help in deciding what they are or if they are indeterminate (or if they are something else, that is fine to). The first batch are four teeth that I am waffling between Cretalamna appendiculata or Scapanorhynchus texanus lateral teeth. The root shape and cusplet shape look more like the other Cretalamna I have (these have the more triangular cusplets I associate with Cretalamna as opposed to the pointier ones I tend to see on Scapanorhynchus), but they definitely have a nutrient groove so I'm uncertain. What else would/should swing me one way or the other? Any opinions would be appreciated (even a whole different shark if warranted). The second batch I think are Scapanorhynchus, but they are much narrower with less flared roots than other anteriors I have. And they don't look like the symphyseal (or close to the symphesis) teeth that I have seen in publications or discussed on here is some threads. I suppose I should have shown a comparison, but these are really tiny, skinny teeth relative to other small S. texanus teeth I have. Thoughts? Thanks for your help. Mike
  5. Hello everyone! I have recently been working on a project which includes precisely identifying shark teeth from the Campanian of the middle east. digging in the literature just made it clear that its REALLY messy. There is one promising resource however - Henri Capetta's guide to all mesozoic elasmobranch teeth. Does anybody here have the book or know someone who may have a copy? It would be a TREMENDOUS help! Book: Cappetta H. Chondrichtyes II. Mesozoic and Cenozoic Elasmobranchii: teeth Handbook of Paleoichthyology 3E, second edition,Schweizerbart, Stuttgart, 1–193, 2012. Here are some images of the finds, Welcome to share ideas on them too Dolev
  6. I found this Ptychodus marginalis on a sandbar on a river this spring after a large flood. The river cuts through the lower Smoky Hill Chalk of Northwest Kansas. After I picked it up, I asked myself "is this real?" It is!!! 54mm across.
  7. legolizard

    Greens Mill Run Trip

    First quick trip to Greens Mill Run in Greenville, NC. Definitely have to go back soon, lots of belemnites on first row, a cool new fossil for me. Second row was most common find, goblin shark teeth, and then finally two little crow shark teeth. Hard to see but at the bottom there's a very rolled shark vert. Good stuff.
  8. legolizard

    Hello!

    Hello, my name is Eva and I am from Eastern North Carolina. I have always had an affinity for all things sharks, especially fossil sharks teeth and from that sparked a general interest in other fossils and all things to be found in a riverbed. I am a collector, and "treasure hunter" not everything I value is considered valuable to everyone, but the thrill of finding neat objects is incredibly fulfilling to me.
  9. Hello all! I have not been hunting for Fossils in a very long time. I am looking for the best places to go, even guide recommendations. I know you can go to the beaches, I have done this before yielding very little finds. I have had better luck diving for fossils off the coast. I live in Tampa Bay and I am willing to drive. I know you can go to Peace river, but not sure where to launch a kayak from. I have heard of the Bone Farm and I am seriously considering scheduling a half day hunt! Any help pointing me in the right direction is helpful! Thanks!
  10. KTGATORS40

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    Does anyone know what this might be, found it on peace river?
  11. Fossil sharks tooth from River Thames after 24:23 in Criminal Evidence Discovery by the Ladies Who Lark Mudlarking the Thames with Nicola White, Aug 10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAo256YYfm8 Larking on the Beach at Lyme Regis - (Revised Version) Dinosaurs, Fossils & Fascinating History Mudlarking with Nicola White Thames foreshore permits for mudlarking Related Fossil Forum post Some sort of tooth picked up in the Thames Clay man, Fossil ID, February 10, 2020, Yours, Paul H.
  12. Hey everyone. I have recently gotten my family into the study of paleontology, but so far, we've only bought fossils online. i.e fossilera. For spring break planning on going Sharks teeth hunting in Summerville South Carolina and are looking for good spots to find sharks teeth and other things. Does anyone here have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  13. Hello fellow fossil members. I live in Lake Havasu. Enjoy the forum very much. I come across these two rocks, maybe fossils all the time but have no clue as to what they are. They are found near Lake Havasu in the Topack area of Golden Shores. Was an ocean bottom at one time. The small grey rock is 2 inches long and one inch wide and 1/2 inch tall. It is very light and grey color. The second image with two rocks in it look like teeth. They are covered in a white enamel looking material almost like white cake icing with a darker interior. They are both about 4 inches long and two inches wide and very light. The outer white band is very smooth. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  14. Hunting 80-million-year-old shark teeth in Alabama’s Black Belt Alabama Museum of Natural History, August 5, 2021 Yours, Paul H.
  15. ClearLake

    North Florida Fun!

    My wife and I returned from a great trip to north Florida about a week and a half ago, but I finally have time to post a trip report now that our Easter visitors (our kids) have left and headed back to their homes. Fair warning, if you are looking for some great tale of finds on the Peace River, this is not the post for you! Probably one of the few posts on the Forum from a trip to Florida that does NOT include the Peace –. This was not solely a fossil trip, but rather a sight-seeing trip with some fossils stops included, I try to include as many stops as possible but it is always a delicate balance. My wife enjoys fossil hunting (but her tastes are somewhat limited, primarily trilobites and sharks teeth), but not as much as I do, and she therefore reaches her limit much quicker than I, so I try to find the best spots I can and space them out and we both have a good time. I had sent away for and received my Florida Fossil Permit a couple months back in anticipation of the trip, and then half way between Texas and Florida I realized I had left it at home – doh!! I wasn’t overly concerned though as the main focus of the trip was invertebrates and sharks teeth, neither of which actually require the permit to collect in Florida. Oh well, it was the thought that counts! I had done a bunch of research heading up to the trip and consulted a few FF members for advice (more on that in a bit) so I had a list of potential sites many of which had reported fossils in the past, but the current state was uncertain. I was trying to get a selection of Eocene through Quaternary sites to collect and was not coming with a canoe or kayak which quickly limits the collecting places in North Florida. Enough babbling, on with the trip report! Our first stop was on our way to Florida Caverns State Park at a river side bluff of the Marianna Limestone (Oligocene aged). This is in fact the type section of the Marianna Limestone, but time has not been kind to this exposure. Between development and vegetation, there was virtually no exposed rock but I did manage to find of few pieces of the formation strewn about and the one large chunk shown below on the left contained the large foram Lepidocyclina along with other fossils. There was also a mostly complete bivalve in a small piece. All of these need cleaned up and I hope the large rock will hold some more goodies that can be exposed once I have the chance to look at it closer. The visit to Florida Caverns State Park was very nice. I was pleasantly surprised as I did not know Florida had a cave like this. I have been in most of the large cave systems in the US, and this one had bats and nice cave formations even though it is not a particularly large cave. The ceiling rock in places is just rich with fossils as you can see in the picture below. There was even a sharks tooth sticking out at one place, but I did not get a good picture of it. Next on the list were several stops to try and find a decent exposure of the Miocene Chipola Formation which is present across the northern part of the Florida panhandle from Walton to Gadsden counties. Unfortunately, development, vegetation and high water in the creeks/rivers prevented me from accessing any of the fossiliferous portions of the rocks at four different stops, including one I had been to a couple of decades ago and collected some beautiful fossils. I’ll show below some Chipola fossils that although they were not collected on this trip, they are some of the 30 species of bivalves and 38 species of gastropods I collected from a location in Calhoun County many years ago but was unable to access this trip. A quick search of TFF will yield many other beautiful Chipola specimens by other members in albums, etc. After another State Park or two we were headed on down the road to our hotel with not much in the way of fossils to show for the day. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a random pile of dirt along the road with suspicious white blobs. A quick stop resulted in several fossils out of what is presumably the Ocala or Suwannee Limestone from a nearby quarry, including one echinoid that needs a good cleaning before I can tell what it is. I’ll have to ID the items I found and see if I can determine which formation these are from. In north Florida, this constitutes a major “outcrop”!
  16. Cione, A.L. and Bonomo, M., 2003. Great white shark teeth used as pendants and possible tools by early‐middle Holocene terrestrial mammal hunter‐gatherers in the Eastern Pampas (Southern South America). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 13(4), pp.222-231. PDF file from Researchgate More PDF of papers PDF file from Academia.edu Yours, Paul H.
  17. Finding fossils on Folly- A Moment of Science News2, Charleston, South Carolina, Aug 22, 2021 Yours, Paul H.
  18. The City of David in Jerusalem and the sharks' teeth mystery Eureka Alert, July 3, 2021 Phys.Org, July 4, 2021 SciTechDaily, July 3, 2021 The paper is: Tütken, T., Weber, M., Zohar, I., Helmy, H., Bourgon, N., Lernau, O., Jochum, K.P. and Sisma-Ventura, G., 2020. Strontium and oxygen isotope analyses reveal Late Cretaceous shark teeth in Iron Age strata in the Southern Levant. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8. Yours, Paul H.
  19. Hi everyone! I know that there is a lot of dredging going on in the Charleston harbor right now. Does anyone have resources you could share about where I may be able to hunt these dredge piles? Are they dumping on beaches or anywhere accessible? Is there any schedule to them? Unfortunately, I no longer live in SC or else I would do more first-hand scouting/observing. But I plan to take a trip down in mid-May to see what I can find. I have never hunted dredge piles, but have heard of people having success at such sites. Thanks in advance!
  20. Heading down to Florida in a couple of weeks and I’ll be visiting the Sarasota area. From research online, Venice and Peace River are havens for sharks teeth like Meg teeth and mammoth molars. Online says large teeth are found offshore and I might have to go scuba diving is this true ? How’s peace River ? Where exactly on the River should I start ? Do I really need a kayak ? Is it rare to find mammoth remains in the river or other ancient mammals ?
  21. Northern Neck

    3/21/21 Potomac finds

    Ventured out on Virginia side of the Potomac in Westmoreland county Sunday and had a decent day. No wave action so after about an hour the beach was picked over. Did find bunch of teeth but a couple fossils we have never found before. 2 look like shells? Then it's some sort of jaw bone? Like to see what exactly those are if anyone can help. Attaching the 2 shells first and then the jawbone style fossil. Weather is getting warmer but harder to find anything now since more families are coming out and hitting the beaches. Which is a good thing(better than playing video games at home or setting on a couch). Wasn't sure is it's a mammal jaw or maybe drum fish since found a few of those teeth also I think. Found one nice croc tooth also.
  22. TomWhite

    Teeth Everywhere

    Good afternoon everyone! Hit the beach this morning, big tides and strong winds had done a grand job of scouring out the cliffs and teeth littered the beach. The majority were Isurus, one baby Meg, few broken Otodus Obliquus and one Carcharodon Carcharias (showing faint striations) being the stand out teeth. Also found a couple of fish vertebrae and some ray plate chunks. One unknown tooth, any ideas on this one? It is a lot broader than the usual Isurus. Few photos of the beach showing the red crag cliffs with underlying London Clay. Broken WW2 pillbox lying on the beach. 3 years ago that was where the edge of the cliffs were! Thanks for reading everyone!
  23. Are there a lot of cretaceous era sharks teeth along the beaches near Belmar? A friend said he found about 300 teeth over time there and I wondered if it was from older or newer sharks. Thank you!
  24. rockfishmatt

    Is Purse State Park Open?

    Hi Folks, Just wondering if anyone has been to Purse State Park in Charles County, MD since the covid 19 pandemic started. Maryland recently opened all other state parks as part of their phased reopening, but just wondering if this applies to wildlife management areas. Purse is no longer a state park but I think the name is still commonly used. Thanks Matt
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