My friends and I took a trip to Calvert Cliffs this past September, and boy did we go at the worst time! The weather couldn’t have been nicer, but even though the skies were clear, Hurricanes José and Maria tag-teamed the east coast causing coastal flooding. THE WHOLE WEEK. And the tides never went down for us.. Somehow we managed to find a few teeth – and a few cow shark teeth! I was pretty stoked about those, and the gorgeous scallop shells!
We recently enjoyed a second trip to South Carolina, and found so many lovely fossils right on the beach! Whenever you visit a beach, go sit in the shell hash and you’ll find all kinds of cool things! These were found over a couple of nights of fossil hunting, but doesn’t include everything we found. That first night, I texted back and forth with my MoM as I found them and it was SO MUCH FUN!
This one is going to go down as one of my favorite finds in my fossil-collecting lifetime! I found this incredible, gigantic, articulated Archimedes in a road cut in Southwestern Kentucky in 1997. We found many delicate “corkscrew” stalks, brachiopods, and blastoids in the same area, but upon walking a little farther down the road I came across some oolitic limestone where this buddy had cleaved off and was lying on the ground in the brush beside it. That section of oolitic limestone was massive and not easy to chunk off, but there were a few other, smaller Archimedes in that also. You can see part of another one in the chunk with the larger one below.
This tooth was found by Nathan Rickman at one of the Cretaceous sites that I like to visit. The tooth is over 1.75″ long, which is larger than any other mosasaur tooth that I have seen from that site. Amazing find, and one that I couldn’t help sharing! Thank you, Nathan, for allowing me to share your pics!
I’ve been taking photos of my Cretaceous Mississippi fossils and am having a droolfest over my favorite of them all.. my Globidens alabamaensis Mosasaur tooth! It deserves its own page. Look at the rippled enamel. It is a work of art to me!
I will never forget the day I found it. April 22nd, 2016. My MoM and I took two days to spend at the site. When we got there, the water was muddy and high and a local was standing there shaking his head saying this was not the day to collect. We saw two snakes there two weeks before and as fearful as I am, I couldn’t sleep for the thought of them everywhere 🙂 We asked him about snakes and he said a woman got bitten by a water moccasin there the year before. He said he has seen mostly water snakes, but has also seen water moccasins and copperheads there, so he did absolutely nothing to squash my fears. We decided to go in anyway… it was my shark tooth “crack” addiction pushing me in. I brought snake gaiters to wear and the water ripped one right off my leg. Just a few minutes later I also lost my good sieve (which I thankfully found the next day). I was so upset that I took my MoM all the way down there and it was sure to be a bust (and that I “littered” on Earth Day, no less). She asked me if I wanted to go back to the hotel, and I suggested one more place to try first. We found a few shark teeth, and then, out of the muddy water, this beautiful Globidens rolls to the side of my sieve. I nearly lost it! As pretty as it is in these photos, it was glistening.. almost iridescent in the sun. It’s all I could think about the rest of the day. I was just thanking God that He gave me something so special and that he kept us safe from the snakes and high water.
Here’s a rendering of what Globidens alabamaensis, a shell-crushing mosasaur might have looked like in life.
I found a new tooth on our last trip! On this trip, I thought I had found a bunch of mosasaur or crocodile tooth fragments, but one of them was a swordfish tooth from this cool guy (or gal), Protosphyraena.
This week I found that I have another similar tooth, that is also likely Protosphyraena! This is not a common tooth from the site, so it is pretty exciting to add this to my collection! They are striated, missing the root, and a more flattened than the mosasaur, croc, and other bony fish teeth I’ve found there.