Fossil fish jaws from Aurora, NC.

Fish bones abound in phosphate mines like these from Aurora, NC. These are the powerful jaws of porcupine fish and a few other others.

Collector: Scott S

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Fossil fish poo

Into each fossil collector's life, a little poo must fall. Hey poo happens even in the Eocene. This fossil fish coprolite (fish dung) is from Warfield Quarries in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Many people toss these aside and only keep the fossil fish, but I think they are cool enough to save. Plus it is fun to give them out to friends.

Collector: Scott S.

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Fossil shark teeth uncovered in SC

These fossil shark teeth were discovered along the Edisto River in South Carolina. The largest is 4 1/2 inches long.

Collector: Jon M.

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A possibe fish fossil from Montauk

I'm wondering if anybody here might be able to help me out. I found this on the deserted, rocky, ocean beach on the south side of Montauk, NY, a little ways east of Ditch Plain, about four miles west of Montauk Point, some years back. I recognized right away that it appeared to be the upper jaw/skull of some kind of marine creature, but had no idea what.

ventral skull of fishAnother view of the fish skull

Location: Near Montauk Point, NY

Collector: Seth

Editor’s note: Seth, this is almost certainly part of a fish skull. Fish bones take on a very strange appearance when no longer attached to the fish. Most likely this is the ventral portion of the skull which would be right above the roof of the fish’s mouth. It is hard to tell from a photograph, but the bone is very white and not the dark color you would expect from a fossil. It is possible that it is the bone of a large modern fish. Please leave a comment if you know more about Seth’s find.

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Fossil shark tooth from South Carolina

Although it is not complete, I was very excited to find this auricularus tooth. The tooth is over two inches long and would have been an especially nice find if not chipped. This is an extinct cousin of the more well-known Carcharodon megalodon shark and the first auricularus I had ever found. The tooth is from the Harleyville Formation and was discovered at a cement quarry in Harleyville, SC. The location is not often open to the public, but I was fortunate enough that day to be given a guided tour for a article I was writing about the quarry.

Collector: Scott Stepanski

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