Belgrade - May 2011

Trip Date: 
Fri, 05/20/2011
Trip Photo Gallery (click on an image to view): 
group shot before the hunt
...and the hunt is on!
the terrain
lots of low hills to hunt
Jonathan on the prowl
a couple of worn teeth
gastropods and teeth
a few more teeth
some bivalves
nice articulated bivalve

The Belgrade fossil trip began with for me with an ominous start.   Halfway from my home in Raleigh to the quarry, my tire decided to shred, leaving pieces of rubber along Highway 70.  After a 15 minute tire change (not exactly a NASCAR record) I was able to arrive at the quarry with 20 minutes to spare.  Since I was leading this foray, I felt fortunate. 

There were 8 of us total, and only a couple had hunted at this particular quarry before.  After a brief safety instruction from the mine director and several pages of legal documents, we were let loose in a fairly large area overlooking the mining operation.  Everyone found something.  Several Mako teeth were located, pieces of turtle shell turned up, and numerous oyster shells plus a few crocodile teeth were found.   A nice crocodile vertebra was found, and modern remains of an alligator snapping turtle were located.   As usual, I got a piece of petrified wood.   For some reason, petrified wood follows me.

We were allowed to stay until 4 pm, although several of our group left around 2 pm.  The weather was great.   If it had rained a few days earlier, I believe that more fossils would have been found.  Overall the trip was a success.

by Jonathan Fain

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