It was a beautiful day today, and we spent about 9 hours at the site. We’re hitting a lot of bones now, even though we’ve only uncovered about 0.2 square meters. In the photo above, a rib (No. 3 from yesterday) is visible just to the right of center. The round object at bottom center is yesterday’s No. 1, a tail vertebra. Between it and the scale bar are three new bones, all apparently tail vertebrae. Note the shiny object just to the left of the vertebrae:
This is the Carcharocles megalodon tooth I tweeted about earlier. It’s fairly unusual for two reasons: it’s apparently not reworked (most of our C. megalodon teeth are), and it has been shattered. I’ve never seen this kind of damage in a tooth before, with the enamel actually peeled back around the breaks. I believe this is post-burial damage, and I suspect we’ll find a large rock underneath the tooth, but the tip also appears to be broken; that could be from biting into bone. Incidentally, the round object at the tip of the scale bar is a large fish vertebra.
Tim started expanding our pit to the south into the weathered part of the exposure, apparently wearing “danger red” to warn the flies and mosquitoes not to mess with him: