Starting in late October, we transition to a different location with a somewhat different suite of fossils. We also transition towards nastier weather: my new boss, Ashby, bought the three of us personalized jackets and needless to say I'm pretty pleased with mine!
This horse tooth was found rolling around in the surf - and capped with a cute little coral colony growing right on the chewing surface! Pleistocene, Equus.
A spectacular osteoderm (bony armor plate) from the back of an alligator, Alligator mississippiensis! This was found by client Lisa right when we were getting back onto the boat. Pleistocene.
An embarrassingly large mackerel shark vertebra, probably from a megatoothed shark (Carcharocles).
An interesting phosphatic coquina - coquina is a sort of limestone composed entirely of mollusk shells and fragments. We keep finding coquina that is either mixed with phosphatic sand or occasionally phospharized crusts forming on coquina.
Every day we leave past all of these shrimp boats, and it reminds me of Cannery Row in Monterey back home.
A nice tooth of Carcharocles angustidens sitting in a small stream - water pours out of the beach at low tide.
A nice delphinid dolphin periotic on the beach.
On closer inspection, this one is probably bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops).
A great white shark tooth - Carcharodon carcharias.
It's worth picking up rectangular bones, even if they look like rib fragments.
This one turned out to be a mandible fragment from Xenorophus! My colleague Kumiko Matsui went home with this specimen.