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  1. Hey all, This weekend I was going to go on a trip with folks from my fossil club, but they cancelled last minute and I've already paid for a hotel room in the area. Therefore, weather be darned, I'm going fossil hunting anyway. Is anyone else going out on Saturday that might want company? I'm a pretty relaxed human who typically matches the energy in the room, as I like to be inoffensive and approachable. I just figured that it would be awesome to hunt with another forum member or two instead of going it alone.
  2. The Mesozoic is an area that is sorely lacking in my collection. I don't know why, but I just never got around to collecting in it. I never fell in love with dinosaurs or mososaurs like a lot of other people. That was until fairly recently, when I finally took it upon myself to diversify my collection and get to know better my area's (and in some ways own backyard!) geology and paleontology. I set out to discover more about Maryland's Mesozoic Park. I guess it would be best to start off from the beginning. I started the journey not knowing what I'd find, but knowing w
  3. Lots of our members collect at the Calvert Cliffs so here is something new to lookout for. S. Godfrey et al. describe new coprolite discoveries from the cliffs. https://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/RIPS/article/view/17064
  4. New Species Of Fossil Found Along Calvert Cliffs, Calvert County By Calvert Marine Museum, The Bay Net Local Fossil Enthusiasts Discover New Fossils At Calvert Cliffs Calvert Marine Museum, The Southern Maryland Chronicle, January 12, 2022 The paper is: Godfrey, S.J. and Carnevale, G., 2021. A new cobia (Teleostei, Rachycentridae) species from the Miocene St. Marys Formation along Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, USA. Journal of Paleontology, 95(3), pp.630-637. Yours, Paul H.
  5. Searcher78

    Aquia micros 2

    Finished searching the three bags I brought home. Was curious if it was worth bringing sifted sand home. I believe it was worth it now. I’m sure I missed some teeth. I didn’t put a ruler next to the small teeth, because it was mostly useless. The majority of the teeth were round fish teeth that were brown or black. Also found were fish teeth blades, fish verts, fish bones, ray teeth, and various shark teeth. To prevent having too many teeth, I usually don’t keep broken teeth
  6. Hunting log, 12/11/21. It is 9:28am. I've been here since 7am. High tide blessed me with five teeth, one small and four medium. The beach is quiet. The tide is high. Low tide isn't until 3. Wishing I'd brought caffeine. Tempted to move some driftwood for a napping spot. What do you guys usually do until low tide?
  7. Hello All! As you can see by the title of my post and the plethora of pictures to follow, I have been quite busy... busy fossil hunting that is! Since New Years I have been averaging at least one trip per weekend which is a good fix to distract myself from the less-than admirable weather (I just want spring!!!!!). This whole week is off for me since I'm off on Spring Break and that means I can go out hunting during the week to avoid the crowds which is always pleasant to get the beach to yourself. Also with the turn of the season and somewhat "warm" weather we have had I was able to launch my
  8. Searcher78

    Aquia micros

    Brought sifted sand home to go through. Finally going through some. Still have a lot to go. Mostly find round fish teeth. Some of the tiniest teeth I’ve found to date. Using microscope for pics.
  9. patelinho7


    I used to hunt Paint Branch Stream in College Park MD for fossils as a child (slightly before the Ray Stanford nodosaur find) and never found much. I returned after many years today (place was really bulldozed, shame) and found a great section of formation and tons of wood impression and lignite fossils. Also found two magnificent flat, thin possible footprints. I’m attaching the best one of which I dropped and broke to my great dismay. Let me know if you need additional shots or angles. I really want some insight on if it is a track. Notice that the clean break revealed the cross section whic
  10. Fossil_teenager

    I thought it was a bone…

    I went to my local spot, Henson creek, and decided to check things out. I arrived and found some stingray and sand tiger shark teeth. I stumbled upon what I thought was bone, it totally turned out not to be bone. I am very happy about this find, even though it was the only thing of significance found today it doesn’t matter. It’s so perfect. It will probably be a while before I find another otodus tooth that size again! Here’s the photos: The total length is over 1.5 inches, and would probably be hitting 1.75 if complete. What
  11. I was fortunate to find an excellent Palaeocarcharodon orientalis tooth this morning at Douglas Point (Paleocene, Aquia Formation) in Maryland. I thought it was an Otodus obliquus at first but then I bent down and saw the serrations. The tip is a little dinged, but it has a solid root, shiny enamel, both cusplets, and those classic ragged serrations. At a little over 34 mm long, it's quite large for the site. I also found my first section of fossilized croc jaw (also just over 34 mm long) today, which still has two teet
  12. Hey all! My most recent excursion went pretty well. This is one of my favorite finds despite the size of it, but I can't find any good pictures to compare it to. The root is rather large but damage to it complicates IDing when you're as greenhorn as I am haha. Any ideas?
  13. bthemoose

    Chunky Otodus

    I made it out to the Potomac yesterday in Maryland and finally found a 2" (almost) Otodus obliquus tooth! IMG_5728.mp4 It's worn and missing both cusplets unfortunately (have to have a reason to keep looking, right?), but this has been near the top of my Maryland bucket list fossils. It's tad less than 2" (1.91"/48.6 mm), but also very wide (1.38"/35.1 mm) with a nice chunky root. I'll round up. Here it is next to my previous largest Otodus personal find (1.59"/40.4 mm), from February. The new one is
  14. Fossil_teenager

    Aquia crawl

    Hey guys, I'm back from my trip out at sea. It was a very insightful and unforgettable experience. Learned a lot about the world around, and myself as well. anyways, enough about that, I went out to Douglas point yesterday and although it was a very short day, it was also extremely productive. Which included some pristine sand tigers, a perfect 1 1/2 inch croc, and a killer Otodus. Here’s everything good I found: (Idk why it goes in sideways but there’s the total of everything found). Front (or backside technically) of the best teeth
  15. rwise

    Looking for bone ID

    Looking for an ID. This bone was found in Maryland 40 years ago by a family friend. I know nothing about vertebrate fossils, so need help. Thanks in advance for any help.
  16. Got to the beach early this morning and had the place to myself with a great gravel line to search. Got a nice handful of teeth including at 2.23” damaged otodus, a 1.42” otodus, and a 1.14” croc tooth.
  17. Hello all! I recently rearranged my collection so I figured this would be a good time to show some fossils! I usually hang-out in the New Jersey Cretaceous but I have been collecting fossils for over 25 years and have found some pretty cool specimens of creatures from many different eras, That said, my collection is mainly focused on the New Jersey Cretaceous, so let's start there. These are my displays for New Jersey Cretaceous non-reptile fossils. My favorites aren't actually fossils at all but rather casts of some of my favorite finds. The crab, Costadrom
  18. I think one of these pieces may be a porpoise or dolphin periodic ear bone, but I am totally clueless as to what the other two pieces are as I could not find any comparison. I found all of these at the Purse state park in Charles County Md. Part of the Potomac River formation if I'm not misidentifying. I would love some feedback on whether I have any thing interesting, and whether my assertions about the periodic bone are correct.
  19. Searcher78

    Teeth from Douglas

    It has been a long time since I’ve gone out, it was nice to have the place to myself. Not everything shown, but a variety of things.
  20. Found this tooth along the river, it definitely looks fossilized, but I’ve never heard people finding land mammal fossils here.
  21. I hit the Potomac yesterday after a long hiatus for some Paleocene sharks teeth. I also decided to include a few of my finds from the recent Stratford hall trip, which was pretty decent. I always go to Douglas point for my Paleocene teeth because it’s just a good area and I almost always come back with a complete otodus. This time, that didn’t happen, though I did find a few broketodus teeth so meh. But I did come back with some good stuff, including a monster croc tooth, and a gigantic goblin sharks tooth. I also got a fish jaw with a lot of teeth in it and some other nice stuff, in addition
  22. bthemoose

    Douglas Point 10-17-21

    After going several weeks without fossil hunting, due to weather, schedule, etc., I finally made it out to Douglas Point (Paleocene, Aquia Formation) in Maryland this morning on a very pretty, cool autumn day. My first fossil find of the day was a small piece of ratfish plate. Below is my first shark tooth of the day (a sand tiger, like the vast majority of teeth found here). By the standards of this site, the quantity of shark teeth was low today, but they were in better than average shape, which isn't a bad trade off. Many appeared to be fres
  23. Took the relatively short trip down to Purse State Park last weekend and had quite a bit of success! Best find was certainly a fairly large chuck of what I think is turtle shell, along with a very much alive turtle that rested with us for our lunch before returning to the water. The dream of finding anything marine mammal or a somewhat complete ray plate remains for next time!
  24. I recently received approx. 2 dozen fossils and was told that they were all from Miocene of Calvert Cliffs, MD. But, have found some Id's from Plistoecen/Pliocene Florida as well. So must have gotten mixed up some where along the way. I've found all but these...but not sure of there origin or age. I'm looking to find identifications. I will get measurements of them asap. I tried numbering...I got the first one...but, couldn't figure out how to do the rest. If anyone can help...I would really appreciate it. Greg
  25. jen1117

    Several unknown fossils...

    Hello! I hope it's okay to post several photos. I will do front and back with letters to mark each one. These were found over the years in Virginia or Maryland. The possible parks in VA would have been Caledon, Westmoreland, and York River. I also frequented Purse State Park in Maryland. I'm sorry I don't recall where each are from. I just found this forum and am grateful for your help! I'm a beginner as far as knowledge goes and am eager to learn! I'm most interested in B and D. I think E may be fossilized wood?
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