"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

SHOW AND TELL: Our Camping Trip Treasures

Last week, I told you about the fabulous cub scout camping trip Joey and I went on. I also promised you I would show you everything we found this week. The highlight of the camping trip was our excursion to the Aurora Fossil Museum. Joey was so excited about getting to see everything in the museum and he was fantasizing about finding a really old shark tooth when we combed through the dirt/fossil/shark teeth pile from the phosphate mine. He especially wanted to find a Megalodon tooth. I told him that while it was a great dream, the likelihood of finding one was slim to none. After all, a Megalodon tooth would be between 2 and 16 million years old. We found a ton of cool sharks teeth, some great pieces of coral, a few small fossils, and one Megalodon tooth! I guess I was wrong about us finding one. The amazing part is that it was right on top of the pile of stuff. I honestly didn't think it was a tooth until I picked it up and felt the serrated edges. Here are pics of all our goodies...

Joey's stuff(from top left, clockwise):
coral, some fossils, in lower left corner -
whole sharks teeth, partial sharks' teeth,

my goodies: partial sharks teeth at top
bottom left - Megalodon tooth,
bottom right - whole sharks' teeth

close up of the Megalodon tooth -
if the top wasn't broken off, the tooth
would probably be 4+ inches tall

a pic of a Megalodon jaw (adult male
and Great White shark jaw are
behind it for comparison)
Evidently, Megalodon teeth range from about 2 1/2 inches to 7+ inches tall. That means ours would be about midsized if it was intact. Joey has decided he would like it made into a necklace.
To see what everyone else in class is bringing to SHOW AND TELL, take a trip to visit the Miss Mel, Goddess of the Infertility Blogosphere.


Cara said...

Wow - now that is a clear example of 'set your mind to something' isn't it.

What a great find and a wonderfully scary pic! You are a clever one, perhaps Joey could be a megladon for halloween??

Anonymous said...

Nice hoard you got yourselves there. He's right - that would make a fantastic necklace.

Anonymous said...

I love both the necklace idea and Cara's Halloween costume idea (as long as I don't have to fashion together either one!). :)

Kymberli said...

Archaeology has always fascinated me. You guys hit a motherlode! I wish that I could have been there to dig in the dirt with you guys.

areyoukiddingme said...

That's some cool stuff!

Barb said...

Super cool!

sunflowerchilde said...

Wow, cool! That's going to be a huge necklace!

Soralis said...


Lavender Luz said...

My son would love to join yours in this venture.

Guera! said...

VERY cool!!

Lisa RM said...


Now that I've wiped off my keyboard- holy cow, is Joey lucky! Sounds like a great time with the fossils. Makes my trilobite look blah.

cheryllookingforward said...

That's actually kind of scary! How can something make a great white seem small?!

niobe said...

Too cool.

Flying Monkeys said...

Very cool! My 9 year old would be jealous, and even though my 2 year old wouldn't understand why he was until much later, he would be jealous just because his brother was. That trip would be considered a winner in our family!

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