Report by Polly Mullinex
Our arrival, at Ashgrove Quarry, was greeted by cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 30’s. Luckily after an hour or so sky’s cleared offering up a beautiful day for fossil hunting. The area usually hunted, by guests, was now a lake, due to all the rain in the last month, so we were directed to a new location. This section of the quarry was not as productive but still offered up some really nice finds. John Love, a new member, found a set of vertebra from a very small fish, Alycia Peavy found a weighty piece of crystal and a fish jaw fragment. Tom Dill found a Ptychodus and several other shark teeth while still in the parking area. For those whose day wasn’t very productive the wonderful weather still made for a pleasant outing.
Pic #1 above The wonderful DPS Crew with our Ashgrove host (center w/hardhat) Fransico Pinto
Pic #2 A very nice Ptychodus latissimus found by Laura Grim
Pic #3 Five shark Vertebra with associated tooth found by Svetlana Earnest
Pic #4 Assorted fines found by Matthew Diaz
Pic #5 Several small vertebra and a Ptychodus atcoensis found by Bill Johnson
Pic #6 An unusual purple/red colored chunk of Pyrite found by Judy Shaw
Pic #7 A partial shull of a Pachyrhizodus, a large predatory fish from the late Cretaceous found by Jordan Lee
Who we are
The DPS is a group of professional and amateur paleontologists that want to exchange information, interact, and continue their education in paleontology. We meet once a month on the second Wednesday evening of the month at Brookhaven College, Building H.
If you have a question, if you have a fossil that you cannot identify, or need a site investigation, contact the Fossil Bureau of Investigation for help.