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Megalodon Shark Teeth Hunt! Christmas in September!
Collectors entering the mine. This is the kickoff of the Fall 2007 collecting season.
Christmas in September! Megalodon shark teeth
Our annual fossil hunting fall trip to the PCS mine in Aurora was upon us! September 29th was our date to collect.
So, on the night of the 28th we started the drive. We arrived around 5:30 a.m. and got a few hours of
sleep in the parking lot (Yippee!). Awaking from our restful nights sleep, we rolled out of the car and into the bus.
This season was supposed to be good. There is a HUGE new area with lots of Yorktown and Pungo sediments exposed. Plus
they are mining closer to the river, closer to where people collected in the “good old days.”
The 2007 fall season area is vast.
Amy hunting for megalodons.
Continuing the hunt.
Amy found this small meg in a chunk of Pungo Limestone. I broke my hammer trying to get it out!
Here is a 2 1/8" mako that I found.
Here are our finds for the day. No large megs were found by us. However we found a bunch of makos and some smaller megs. I was looking for porpoise finger digits to complete my porpoise hand, but managed to come back with one seal and a bunch of whale finger digits. Go figure! Missing from the picture is the pile of large whale bone and verts and the standard fish material.
These are a few of the larger Broad-form mako teeth found.
These are a few of the larger narrow form mako teeth found.
Here are two juvinile megalodon or subauriculatus teeth.
This is a seal finger digit.
Here are some associated juvenile whale vertebra. They are pretty banged up, but come from the same animal.
Green's Mill tooth: I wasn't sure if this tooth was pathological or an incredibly unusual tooth position. However, a web site visitor (who posts on Black River Fossils) informed me he has also found this squalicorax tooth form in the Alabama Cretaceous. So this may represent some brief time period where the squalicorax tooth form resembled this instead of the standard tooth form. Further study is definitely needed!
Green's Mill fossil: Here is a worn Mosasaur tooth. This is our first from Green's Mill Run.