Maybe some of you Big Brook collectors can help with this one? The piece is about one inch wide and .75 inch tall. Although it certainly resembles a tooth, I am not 100% convinced about it. It is set very tightly into a piece of bone and does not look quite like other teeth I have found there. The tip is broken so it would have been a bit pointier at one time. Any ideas out there?
Location: Monmouth County, NJ
Cretaceous: Mt. Laurel Formation (?)
These tiny teeth are more interesting for their location than their diminutive 1/4 inch size. I found them by carefully picking through the gravel at Cape May, NJ. Most people who travel to Cape May Point and notice the beach gravel at Sunset Beach are in search of the clear quartz pebbles called “Cape May Diamonds.” If you want to find shark teeth, however, you will need to get face down in the gravel and literally flick through it with your finger grain by grain. Screening is useless because of all the gravel. The teeth are tiny and few and far between, but if you persevere, you will find them. The fossil age and formation is left to the imagination although they look Miocene. These teeth could have traveled down the length of the Delaware River into Delaware Bay from just about any tributary or perhaps even down the coast. While looking for the teeth you may find other interesting tidbits including horn corals from upriver and even bits of surf polished amethyst.
Location: Cape May Point, NJ
Photo: Scott S
These puffer fish bones are not as sexy as the many fossil shark teeth found at the Lee Creek mine in North Carolina, but I cannot resist picking them up. The largest here is about 1.5 inches long and they are postcleithrum bones—basically the little flappy fins on the front, underside of the fish. The bone in the center of the group is a suboperculum bone from the gill cover of the same fish.
Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, NC
Photo Scott S