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We got out for a few hours yesterday in a pouring rain but we managed to find some decent fossils. We didn't do any sifting, just scanning gravel bars. We found a nice piece of bone that I hope can be identified, some goblins, threshers, sand tigers, squalis, stingrays, enchodus, wood, and coral. I also managed to capture a 15" 20 lb common snapping turtle to show to my wife who was downstream from me. The turtle was not happy to be disturbed but I took two large leeches off of it for its trouble before releasing it.

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Nice. Thats a lot of material to find when we haven't had any appreciable rain in weeks.

It's hard to remember why you drained the swamp when your surrounded by alligators.

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We haven't had any appreciable rain in years! A solid four year drought. Hoping for some wetness this year!!!

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We've been doing well in the cretaceous recently just scanning gravel bars. I've even found some teeth in spoils piles that were just plain missed by the person who went through the work of digging and sifting.

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Nice finds, always like seeing Cretaceous material. Thanks for posting----Tom

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You have some really nice teeth there. I especially like the couple of Paranomotodon. I was unaware of this Cretaceous thresher species before your post.

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Nice going! Great finds, excellent haul! You must have quite the eye to spot those. You've got me psyched up. The Ram is my winter hunting ground, and now I can barely wait. Thanks for posting.

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I love being able to just scan without having to sift or dig. The Goblin tooth closest to the dime was in sand with the tip pointed downstream. It reminded me of some of the teeth that I've found in Maryland.

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Very nice finds. The larger bone on top of the picture looks just like a bone I have in my collection from the NJ brooks and mine was ID as a Splenial ...a section of the lower back of front portion of the mosasaur jaw,,,which was ID by the Dave Parrish from the NJ State Museum in Trenton.

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Here is a poor picture of a Mosasaur frontal bone from the campanian.

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It's hard to remember why you drained the swamp when your surrounded by alligators.

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I would love to find something like that! Every time we walk through the streams my wife and I both think about what we're walking by and walking over!

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Me too soreback

That's at about a 1 in 200 for my local formation.

Meaning 1 out of 200 trips, identifiable Mosasaur material is rare in

this part of the cretaceous.

It's hard to remember why you drained the swamp when your surrounded by alligators.

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I now realize it may look strange with the stand it is sitting on in the picture.

It's hard to remember why you drained the swamp when your surrounded by alligators.

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New Jersey fossils are great and they correlate exactly to the North Sulphur River stuff in Texas. Either guide book is applicable although that one exotic multi-barb shark tooth just can't be found down here for some reason. Also the Selma Formation in Alabama correlates well and there's a nice old reference for that.

So if you live near one of those areas or formations you can get references for the other two as well and they'll apply also.

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