The past six weeks have been quite busy - I was swamped with work before SVP (Society of Vertebrate Paleontology), then I had the conference, and then I caught covid for a second time - fortunately, no cardiovascular issues, no long covid, and paxlovid is a helluva miracle drug. Since SVP, Charleston Fossil Adventures has transitioned to our off-season tour spot - but that'll be covered in the next post. October - even with SVP and covid - was so fossil-rich that I'm doing two different posts!
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A nice shark vertebra - probably from a small lamniform shark (mackerel shark).
Marsh periwinkles (Littoraria irrorata) may be aquatic snails but they like being *just* above the water. They often climb out of the water and can be found on spartina grass like this at high tide.
A nice example of a tooth of the as-yet-unnamed Oligocene Parotodus - 'false mako' and the lesser megatoothed shark lineage. These are my favorite teeth, and I only find them rarely... two clients found these two days in a row. I photographed this one, Ashby photographed the other.
A lower tooth of Galeocerdo aduncas - easily confused with Physogaleus contortus, to the point where the two were synonymized for a while. Turns out that they can be separated on the basis of compound serrations on the distal part of the tooth.
A nice snaggletooth, Hemipristis serra, sitting in limestone sand.
A very, very small caniniform tooth from a barracuda (Sphyraena).