Lee Cone

  • 1 month ago
    Lee Cone replied to the topic Tooth ID in the forum What Is It?

    Yes that is a great find.  Mastodon is correct, I believe.

  • 4 months ago
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  • 5 months, 1 week ago

    HI Charlie- It is difficult to be sure, but this fragment looks to be fairly thick. Too thick for hastalis, and the root looks like it could be the short fin mako (Isurus oxyrhinchus)

    • Hi Lee,
      The root on this tooth is a bit weathered, along with some of the enamel on the back. I see that it’s difficult to identify the tooth as hastalis from the fossil’s condition, especially with it’s thickness, so I’ll change the classification to just Isurus.

  • 10 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hi Alex,

    I, too, would recommend the Montbrook site in the winter months.  It involves collecting for the U. of Florida, but it is well run, welcoming to all levels of amateur and professional paleontologists, and prolific in fossils of all types.  Large complete turtles are common.  When I was there my favorite find was a juvenile gomphothere tusk.  The Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, FL is a must, if you go to Montbroook to fossil hunt.

    In NC traveling to the far eastern point of the Aurora Fossil Museum in Aurora, NC offers collecting that you can keep from their “pit of pungo” by sifting the gravel reject material.  That fossiliferous material is mine reject donated to the museum by the phosphate mine in Aurora.  Occasionally large mako teeth (1-2 inches) and megs ( up to 2 inches) can be found, but more commonly the teeth are smaller (<1 inch).  The museum also offers great displays of shark, whale, and other miocene-pliocene marine fossil material.

    Mine access for collecting purposes in both North and South Carolina is either non-existent or extremely difficult to access, due to liability issues.  In the low country area of South Carolina I collect by diving the rivers, but you must have a Hobby Divers License and December is not exactly ideal for scuba diving. LOL.  Now summer- that’s a different story!  If you go to Charleston, SC, I would highly recommend the Mace Brown Museum.

    Hope this helps

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  • 1 year, 4 months ago

    I am not an expert on inverts, but I am somewhat familiar with the James City Formation from my collecting time in the PCS Mine in Aurora.  <i>Mercenaria</i> is quite common along with a lot of other shelly material and a few great whites.  It was not the prized hunting material for those of us interested in mammal and pliocene sharks, so I did not spend a lot of time there.  Linda McCall is the one that you need to contact, though, since she is very knowledgable about invertebrates.  I am sure that she could help you.  I’ll be interested to read what she posts.

  • 1 year, 5 months ago
    Lee Cone replied to the topic California shark identification help in the forum What Is It?

    Preservation of teeth depends on the environment for fossilization, but density of the material is an important factor.  Over my collecting life I have noticed that somewhere around 50% of all my Great White fossils lack a root.  This one is no exception.  Megalodon teeth roots seem to fossilize at a much higher rate.  The roots are generally thicker and possibly structurally more prone to fossilization.  Victor certainly is very observant to notice the possible bourlette and if that is the case, it would be definitive.  I tend to think that this is definitely a Great White, though, as the serrations in the picture look to be a little courser and irregular than the finer megalodon serrations would be.

  • 1 year, 8 months ago
    Lee Cone replied to the topic FOSSIL Webinar Series in the forum Upcoming Opportunities

    @llundgren@matthew-croxton@egardner@jeanette-pirlo I thoroughly enjoyed the first of the fall season’s webinar series, and thought that the presenters were terrific!  Brenda’s introduction and moderator’s explanations were scientific, yet clearly presented so that amateur audiences could follow her enlightening remarks.  Jack, Matthew, Tom, and John gave us great looks at specimens from the Cincinnati Arch and beyond, and their knowledge supported the expertise of the moderator.  I also felt like the format allowed for instruction and education, as well as timely input from the viewing public.  By opening up Q/A throughout the session, there was contiguity and focus on the topics and specimens.  This worked much better than waiting until the end of the session  for questions.  I am so looking forward to the next topics, and want to commend the myFossil team on such an outstanding job.




  • 1 year, 9 months ago
    Lee Cone posted a new activity comment

    Hi Max- just sent a message to you, but I think it went to your personal myFossil feed not this one. I still have not figured this website out yet. sorry

    • No problem Lee. I’ll try to make time next week to give you a call and sort out this bug. Thanks for being so responsive.

  • 1 year, 9 months ago
    Lee Cone posted an update

    Max-  I just went to the 3D tab and the picture that is now on the 3D page for “Lee Cone’s Meg” is not the correct picture.  The one that is being used as the picture for the 3D image is one that I posted to the Fossil collection and is not the one @jeanette-pirlo scanned in Aurora .  The Summerville meg that Jeanette scanned in Aurora is the one that you sent to me regarding the “bug”.  My guess is that maybe Jeanette photographed the labial side and the profile side and those pictures should be for the 3D image on the myFossil website.  If this is confusing, I can send you the article that I wrote, which has pictures and scans (from the myFossil site) for you to go by.  My home email is :  [email protected]

    phone: 864-918-9481  (I’m old school and can hash out problems better on the phone than email)  LOL


  • 1 year, 9 months ago
    Lee Cone posted an update

    Hi Max

    Yes those are pictures of a Summerville, SC C. megalodon tooth that am writing an article about.  The tooth was used for the 3-D scanning demo at the Aurora Fossil Festival in May.

    • Thanks for responding Lee. Glad to hear the 3D scanning has people’s interest! To which group would you like these moved?

      • Hi Max- just sent a message to you, but I think it went to your personal myFossil feed not this one. I still have not figured this website out yet. sorry

        • No problem Lee. I’ll try to make time next week to give you a call and sort out this bug. Thanks for being so responsive.

  • 1 year, 10 months ago

    Shortly after the Edisto hunt, Jayson and Amy (Kowinsky) joined me for a day on the Cooper River.  In many respects we were lucky for July, as the overcast sky and the occasional drizzle made for a cooler day than it might have been otherwise.  I won’t steal any thunder from Jayson’s upcoming post, but suffice it to say that it was such fun to dive with them for the hidden secrets on the bottom of the black water river.  I have included a couple of pics of my finds along with a snapshot on the boat.  Our captain, Donnie Edwards, another member of the Special Friends of the Aurora Fossil Museum, found a wonderful  dive spot.  I have included a picture of a tooth that he found the next day.  A rare tooth because of the size: C.carcharias (Great White) 2.8 inches (7.1 cm) and perfect condition (with root!)

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  • 1 year, 10 months ago

    We have had very high water in the Edisto River since last fall (resulting from the strong La Nina). The river has been above flood stage numerous times during the past 9 months.  This has made diving the river very difficult.  It finally has dropped to a level that allows exploration at a few sites. Jayson and Amy Kowinsky are going to be in the area and I wanted a test run to see if the current was safe enough.  Turns out that the river has now gone back up again and the Cooper River will have to be our dive target on Monday (stay tuned for more posts ).  But today, barely dive-able, we tested the Edisto.  We were able to find some gravel beds and were rewarded by a true diversity of fossil specimens that really spoke volumes about how much of the river bottom had been reworked since we last visited this site.  Mammal finds included Pleistocene horse (Equus sp.), several fragments of mastodon teeth, large whale periotic process, whale bulla, 2 porpoise bulla, nice whale rib section, the obligatory Dugong rib, and other bones.  Edisto petrified wood (unidentified) was found.  Several months ago I gave several pieces of petrified wood to UFL Paleontology for identification, but have not heard back as to the species or type of wood.  Seven different species of shark were found, including: Sand Tiger (C. taurus), Snaggletooth (Hemipristis sera), Broad Tooth Mako (I. hastalis), Shortfin Mako (I. oxyrinchus), Great White (C. carcharias), Meg (C. megalodon), Angi (C. anguistidens).  It was a beautiful day to dive the black water river, bright South Carolina sun, hot air temperatures, and no alligators to be seen!

    Pictures will follow this post, but I am having difficulty loading to the site.

    [edit: Eleanor has uploaded the pictures for me]


  • 1 year, 10 months ago
    Lee Cone posted an update

    Hi Jeanette @jeanette-pirlo

    Ok I’ve uploaded files for two views of the tooth (see separate post).  Hope they came through.


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