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  1. wellwellwell

    Oligocene cetacean bulla?

    Hello! With the extension of warmer and calmer weather in my area, I have recently taken to the dark arts of sifting gravel beds in search of fossils. Previously I have avoided this because it’s a lot of work, but I have been enjoying finding the higher quantities of fossils and other things... I know there are a couple of different exposures on this river’s banks, a marl with fresh shells and Miocene vertebrate material, and a reworked gravel layer with a bit more worn mixed material including either angustidens or ariculatus shark teeth. Pictures included. These are usually very
  2. Some of my recent finds. Four ray stinger pieces, a dozen drum teeth. Four angel shark teeth (just to the left of the vert piece). Unusual for me, two small tiger shark teeth (i think the small part of these teeth must break off often); scanned most of the small teeth I found. Broken cowshark and parasymphyseal sand tiger. And a bunch of sand tiger and grey shark teeth.
  3. Lando_Calrissian_4tw

    Ammonoid, Foreknobs formation, Virginia, U.S.A., 2021

    From the album: Lando’s Fossil Collection

    Ammonoid in mudstone collected from Devonian Foreknobs formation sediments of the Jefferson National Forest near New Castle, VA.

    © Lando_Cal_4tw

  4. Lando_Calrissian_4tw

    Cephalopod, Foreknobs formation, Virginia, U.S.A., 2021

    From the album: Lando’s Fossil Collection

    Cephalopods in mudstone collected just outside New Castle, VA in Jefferson National Forest from Devonian sediments.

    © Lando_Cal_4tw

  5. Lando_Calrissian_4tw

    Cephalopod, Foreknobs formation, Virginia, U.S.A., 2021

    From the album: Lando’s Fossil Collection

    Cephalopod in mudstone collected just outside New Castle, VA in Jefferson National Forest from Devonian sediments.

    © Lando_Cal_4tw

  6. Lando_Calrissian_4tw

    Cephalopod, Foreknobs formation, Virginia, U.S.A., 2021

    From the album: Lando’s Fossil Collection

    Cephalopod in mudstone collected just outside New Castle, VA in Jefferson National Forest from Devonian sediments.

    © Lando_Cal_4tw

  7. Lando_Calrissian_4tw

    Ammonoid, Foreknobs formation, Virginia, U.S.A., 2021

    From the album: Lando’s Fossil Collection

    Ammonoid in mudstone collected just outside New Castle, VA in Jefferson National Forest from Devonian sediments.

    © Lando_Cal_4tw

  8. Lando_Calrissian_4tw

    Ammonoid, Foreknobs formation, Virginia, U.S.A., 2021

    From the album: Lando’s Fossil Collection

    Ammonoid in mudstone collected just outside New Castle, VA in Jefferson National Forest from Devonian sediments.

    © Lando_Cal_4tw

  9. From the album: Lando’s Fossil Collection

    Ammonoid and cephalopod in mudstone collected just outside New Castle, VA in Jefferson National Forest from Devonian sediments.

    © Lando_Cal_4tw

  10. Hiked up to some Devonian Foreknobs Formation exposures yesterday on a mountain in the Jefferson National Forest in Craig County, Virginia. Found some awesome and beautiful ammonoids, cephalopods, and more!!! Now I’ve just gotta find some trilobites and crinoids...lol Some of the better ammonoids I found in some mudstone: Some of the different types of cephalopods along with some brachiopods: And 2 unknowns, not a clue in the world what these are:
  11. 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?
  12. Hi guys, I have this serratolamna from muddy creek, now s,gafsana is described from here but apparently this looks more like older serratolamna teeth. The age of the formation here is ypresian, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any older underlying strata that may be able to produce an older serratolamna or if this one is just an odd ball thanks
  13. Hi all, this past Sunday I went fossil hunting in the Jefferson National Forest near New Castle VA and found an unknown compression fossil. The pic of the unknown fossil doesn’t have a scale, but the fossil is 6.4 millimeters in length. Any help IDing it would be appreciated! Btw I also found several plates covered in mineralized and carbonized brachiopod compression fossils on the trip, but these were in mudstone sedimentary rock...fossiliferous shales and limestones are known from the area, but I didn’t see anything on fossiliferous mudstone (gray-brown claystone to be exact) based o
  14. Spent a few hours earlier today fossil hunting Ordovician strata in the Jefferson National Forest near New Castle, Virginia in Craig County for the first time. Was well rewarded with several plates covered in brachiopod compression fossils. Also found what I think is some sort of burrow. Also found an odd fossil that I can’t identify, I will post it in the ID forum later with a higher resolution microscope pic and a scale, but for now I will post what I have..
  15. HemiHunter

    Aquia Formation Croc Tooth ID

    Yesterday, I found what I think may be a little Pristichampsus tooth. It is from the Aquia formation on the Virginia side of the Potomac. It looks unusual for a croc tooth for being so laterally-compressed. I can't tell whether it ever had serrations at the base. They may have worn off but there are no obvious ones. Also, this tooth would match the short piece of juvenile croc jaw I found elsewhere in the Aquia last year which had a similarly-shaped (unerupted) tooth. Any thoughts?
  16. Dr. Stephen Godfrey, the Curator of Paleontology at the Calvert Marine Museum, has a special interest in bones and coprolites with bite marks. I recently found the below fish coprolite (20 mm length) with bite marks in the Eocene, Nanjemoy Formation of Virginia and donated it to the Calvert Marine Museum. Some bite marks are infilled with Pyrite. It is by far the nicest example of a fish coprolite with bite marks that I’ve seen from the Eocene, Nanjemoy Formation of Virginia (I’ve collected over 50,000 fish coprolites (shark, ray and bony fish) from the Nanjemoy Formation over the last 25
  17. One more plea for help - and apologies if this is obvious to all the folks here who know their stuff. Found this on the Potomac River near Montross, VA (the Northern Neck area as it's called). Any help or guesses would be very appreciated.
  18. Praefectus

    REMPC-E0004 Echinosphaerites aurantium

    From the album: Prae's Collection (REMPC)

    Echinosphaerites aurantium Middle Ordovician Benbolt Formation Scott Co., Virginia, USA
  19. I thought I saw another post with something similar to Items #1 but I couldn't find it. They look like parts of a vertebra, but can someone share their expert view? Item #2 seems definitely half of a larger vertebra. Any idea what kind of animal? All were found on a beach in the Northern Neck, Virginia.
  20. Rowboater

    Cetacean vertebra?

    I found this vertebra sitting in the creek, washed down I guess. It is 4" long, and roughly 3" wide (at "top" and "bottom") and heavy for its size. Sides look like they may have had "wings" that were clipped off? Two pairs of closely set protuberances in the center of one "face" with almost diagonal depressions on the side. Two pale depressions at one end of the other face, with black depressions to the side above (below?) where the wings attach. Dried for over a week. Used to see a lot of big verts in the creek thirty years ago, this one is the only one I've found recently.
  21. Rowboater

    what kind of tooth?

    Not sure what this is? I find a lot of what could be teeth, but this is relatively well preserved, much enamel and a striking cross banding (growth rings??) It is hollow on the root end. Unusual for me, but probably common in other areas, so hoping for a quick ID.
  22. JAK

    Croc tooth or false alarm?

    Again being a newbie to this, I quickly realize that it's not easy to know what you found. This seems like it's a fossil and not geologic - but a tooth? Part of a bone? It measures just under 1" in length. All black. Found on the Potomac River near Montross, Virginia.
  23. Hi All! First time posting after my young daughter and I tried hunting for shark teeth (and other fossils) for the first time - on the Potomac near Montross, VA. We'd be grateful for any help.
  24. KarenKS

    Fossil?

    My father, now deceased, found this on a mountain in Southwestern VA in the Roanoke, VA area many years ago. He always wanted to identify it, but we were never able to do so My mother would very much like to know if this is a fossil and if so, what it is. Does anyone know what this is? Thanks. Karen
  25. Some oddities while metal detecting can anyone help me ID this its like nothing else Ive ever seen before thanks!!!
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