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South Carolina Fossil Help Requested.


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Andrew Zioto

I don’t know where else to ask, I need your expertise.

I've had a great opportunity come my way, but i'm out of my element and need help from like-minded fossil collectors. I've collected fossils in the rivers of Florida and in New York state. I love collecting vertebra and joint bones, and of course teeth, but never in the low country of South Carolina. I will be saying at Harry’s Fish Camp on Lake Marion from the 19th to the 27th with some friends. Were all kayak fishermen, but I love fossils, and they know this and are expecting me to take them on a trip or two. We will all have kayaks and can drive to meet anywhere in the area.

I have scoured the internet for locations but my searches seem to result in the same 50 or so sites. I know there's fossils in the Cooper, Ashley, Wando, Santee, and Edisto rivers, but there are hundreds of combined miles of river and coast line and have been unable to find any specific locations. My experiences in Florida have taught me that just knowing a ‘area’ to look tends to be a huge waste of time as the prime locations tend to be very specific in strata and depth.

I’m all about networking with other fossil and mineral collectors. I'm part of the Rochester Academy of science and the Buffalo Geological Society. We do trips all over the place for fossils and minerals. It is my hopes that I can use this trip to SC to network with other collectors and build life-long friendships. I love hosting people and taking people on fossil and mineral collecting trips up here.

I know i could pay for a guide to take me out, but that doesn't build friendships, and the networking in this hobby is just as important as finding awesome stuff.

While id love to find someone to take me out, or help me out out of the kindness of their love for the hobby, I would be willing to trade for a few of my prized pyritized fossils I have found in Buffalo NY, or even pay for their time.

I really hope someone out there can help me out. Feel free to email me at andrewzioto83@gmail.com.

I don’t scuba, low visibility creeps me out.

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I always wondered about that big bluff on lake marion (south bank) where I-95 crosses. It can be seen from the highway

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sixgill pete

I remember reading, in a paper about a site at one of the bridges on 95 in that area. I will try and find it and send you what info I can find.

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Don't forget South Carolina is pretty strict about having a permit to hunt for fossils or artifacts... ;)

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