March 19, 2005 - Cretaceous Fossils, Greene Co, AL

BPS members and guests met in the parking lot of the rest area for a show and tell session prior to the fossil outing. Weather was fine, but as we got closer to our site, the rain started. After a drizzly start, the weather cleared, and it ended up being a great day. Surface collecting, or digging in one spot in the pea gravel, everyone found numerous shark teeth, several ptychodus teeth, fish vertebra, turtle shell, and a mosasaur vertebra. Another piece of bone found is likely part of a plesiosaur. The trip out on a slick muddy road was almost as exciting as the collecting!

(Photos courtesy Steve Corvin and Vicki Lais.)
gathering for the fossil trip
Getting to know you . . .

examining the show and tell fossils
Checking out the show and tell.

giant fossil trilobites

No, it didn't come from last months Cherokee County trip, dang it!

easter bunny outfit
Even the Easter Bunny came!

BPS members ready to collect fossils
Arrival at the collecting spot (+ Steve, behind the camera!)

fossil shark teeth

Some of Steve's finds.

hunting shark teeth in creek
Bobby and grandson Noah.

hunting shark teeth in creek
Lea and Paige, dilligently searching for more shark teeth. What's in your bucket, Paige?

fossil shark teeth
Some of Paige's finds.

hunting shark teeth in creek
Carl and grandson Daniel, enjoying the day.

hunting shark teeth in creek
Claire, Leisa, and Bill. Notice the variety of "tools" being used.

hunting shark teeth in creek
Ramsey and Sarah came prepared!

hunting shark teeth in creek
Marjorie examining a recent find. What's in your bucket?

fossil shark teth, fish vertebra
Some of Marjorie's finds. Nice fish vertebra.

hunting shark teeth in creek
Len and Daniel, way down the creek.

hunting shark teeth in creek
An untouched stretch of sand and gravel bars, no footprints in sight. All Right!!

fossil mosasaur vertebra and shark tooth
Mosasaur vertebra found by Vicki, this makes 3, one per trip! Nice find!

fossil bone
Bone is about 5 inches long along the longest side, possibly plesiosaur. (Vicki plans to call it a plesiosaur until someone convinces her otherwise!)

screen of fossils
Steve and Steve, with some of their finds.

screen of fossil shark teeth
Closer view of Steve and Steve's finds.