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  1. Rowboater

    Rapp beach find

    Found a bone piece, maybe 2 1/2" at its longest, solid and heavy for its size. The 'bottom' is partly "stippled" (not part of the atlas vertebra, as I learned here recently). Different textures on different sides, the small protuberance is remarkable for the number of holes and channels (for blood vessels? nerve bundles?), at least one passing straight through. @Boesse you seem to be the acknowledged expert here. Do I have enough and are the photos (sorry!) clear enough to guess at an ID?
  2. On a class field trip for 3rd Block (3rd Period), we went to Freedom Park to measure slope, air temperature, soil temperature, etc. of the Northern & Southern sides/slopes of hills. In between the hill slants, there was a creek bed. Inside the creek bed, there are fossils that I just had to pick up some. I got this oyster and this other shell. It seems everywhere I go (someplace new in nature, or a field trip) I always find either a fossil shell or seashell or land shell. It's really weird, but cool, because mollusks are my favorite type of fossil. And fossils are my favorite study. I am s
  3. Rowboater

    Rapp Beach

    After a couple of trips with four or five small teeth and nothing much else, I returned to the beach at low tide after a NW wind storm and found several of these callianassid "burrows". They tend to be cylindrical with a flattened end, solid and heavy for their size, and stay with the last line of shells in the water. heavier I guess. Unlike the shark teeth, which can be almost anywhere on the beach but usually are most obvious in the wash. The burrows (brown, dark gray or black in the water) tend to be darker (mass of coprolites?) on one (bottom?) side. I found the longest (3 1/2") this t
  4. This past Sunday Mrs.SA2 and I ventured out for what was going to be my last opportunity to fossil hunt in 2018 due to my work schedule. Sunday's weather forecast was for upper 40s F, light rain - mist, 15 mph Nor'east winds gusting to 20 mph, 3 foot waves and water levels along all the rivers running double normal for this time of year due to all the recent rain and snow melt. Obviously, not ideal for fossil hunting along any of eastern VA's swollen rivers but it was the last day I could hunt this year, so we were going to make the best of it. Mrs.SA2 is quite the trooper and always up for an
  5. Rowboater

    rapp beach hunting

    Was curious to see what had washed up on the beach. Weather was dominated by east winds and usually north winds bring in the most stuff. From my finds it appears that a lot of sand was deposited covering, sadly, most shark teeth. Did find several shrimp(?) coprolite "burrows" (which I had not seen much until my previous trip?) @Plax @Carl @GeschWhat Found only four shark teeth- - a medium Mako, a rootless Hemipristis, a sand tiger and a broken sand tiger (initially thought it was something more interesting, the break was polished smooth by the sand). Found my second piece of skat
  6. Rowboater

    rapp creek hunting

    Went into the woods and hunted the creek some, major rain shuffled stuff up. Found a whole scallop, the two shells together for a million years but fell down with my bucket, broke the pectan apart, broke one, and also two partially broken ecphora are now wholely broken (fortunately I'm not broken). May have lost a few teeth as well. Found at least one broken cowshark (possibly three?), and several angel shark teeth, a few drum (probably more when the other stuff in the bucket dries) and mostly tiny teeth. The most interesting find was a black vertabra with weird paired processes on each si
  7. Rowboater

    Rapp beach trip

    Went out after the snow here, not expecting much. Found a dozen or so small teeth (one small mako?), a flat (porpoise?) partially hollow tooth, some coral on a scallop, skate teeth and a nice piece of stinger, and-- finally-- a bunch of shrimp coprolite burrows (had not seen any in a longtime, but the storm deposited several; posted photo on that thread). Bunch of "whale' bone" chunks. A fun day.
  8. Wolf89

    Chatham VA

    Does anyone know of any fossil spots in or around Chatham VA? Also can anyone tell me if the solite quarry is open to fossil collectors? Thanks
  9. Rowboater

    rapp beach bone

    Tried a different beach on the Rapp. Not many shell fragments, lots of gravel and small rusted metal pieces. Found three tiger shark teeth, but no others (odd, don't usually find those). Looking for an ID on the 3" bone in the photos below. When in doubt I guess turtle, but my nephew who was really into fossil hunting 30 years ago, guesses dolphin neck or tail?
  10. 14a1881

    Unknown Cetacean Fossil

    This is a fossil of unknown origin, it was allegedly found burried in sand near the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia; or possibly on the banks of the James River. The previous owner believed it to be an intervertebral disc of some kind of whale. It is clearly fossilized and has some areas encrusted with a sand like mineral. It also has a few spots where a shiny black mineral has been deposited. Can anyone provide an identification and possible an estimated age?
  11. HoppeHunting

    Virginia Miocene 10/21/18

    After an extremely successful and enjoyable first trip to the Miocene of Virginia, my dad and I decided to give it another go when we saw that another guided trip was being held in late October. Our first trip resulted in my two biggest teeth ever, massive mako and huge hastalis. This time around, there weren't as many people on the trip, which is typically a good sign because it means less competition. The conditions, however, were brutal. It was very cold, and on top of that there were extremely fast gusting winds that made the river look more like an angry sea. Luckily, the tide was remarka
  12. Rowboater

    rapp beach hunting

    Had a southwest wind and a slight blowout tide (wind southwest). Found lots (30+) of small teeth in the 'wash' but nothing else but small whale bone pieces and some pottery shards (lots of rusted metal and glass as well along with glass and wood and leaves). Water was really cold. One decent (1 1/2") mako; although numbers were unusually good for the beach, nothing all that interesting or spectacular.
  13. Rowboater

    rapp creek hunting

    Howling wind and deep ice cold water, but figured the creek bed would protect me from the wind (it did) and cold (not so much). Less hunters out. Don't usually post casts/steinkerns but this gastropod(?) has two small fossilized worm like things on it (probably need to get a better photo than the scan). All the rain has washed shells everywhere (lots of 5" to 7" scallops/ pectans everywhere; didn't see any whole ecphora, the only shells I usually pick up. Frilly oysters were everywhere as well; top half is neat). Most of the teeth I found was small or broken or both; three cow shark, one d
  14. Rowboater

    rapp beach hunt

    Pickings were slim on the beach. I did find my first ever skate plate, or fragment thereof (the non-tooth side is more interesting, hopefully will inspect possible plates more carefully now). Found a black mammal tooth fragment (guessing cow, but maybe too little left to ID. One whorl remaining on occlusive surface side, but did not scan well. ) There is a small bone piece (definitely not shell) with a reddish overlapping thin scale? have no idea really; I always default to turtle. A few ugly sand tiger spikes (not shown)
  15. HoppeHunting

    Fossilized Fish Tail Bone?

    This was found at a Miocene fossil site along the Potomac River in Virginia. Its appearance and shape leads me to believe that it is a fish tail, and the concave section with rings similar to that of fish and shark vertebrae would support this. It has a rather smooth texture and unusual light brown color. It is nearly 2 and a half inches from tip to tip and one inch wide. I am hoping for confirmation that it is in fact a fossilized fish tail bone. Furthermore, I'd love to know the species or genus of fish that it comes from if that is possible to determine from just this fossil. Thank you!
  16. Rowboater

    tooth, bone, coral?

    Stuff from the beach, could be any age. The tooth could even be human? (maybe two watermen had a gentlemanly disagreement?) The tooth has no root and is roughly cuboidal. (penny diameter is 0.75 inches= 19 mm). The pyramidal "bone" has an 'enamel' surface on two sides, bone-looking third, and the most interesting side has a hole with three holes/channels in this hole (wouldn't photograph well with scanner). Initially thought the small piece with enameled holes was shell but doesn't look or feel right (maybe coral, anemone, sponge-- have no real idea). Any help with these three would be a
  17. Rowboater

    rapp creek hunting

    Made a final trip into the woods prior to opening of deer season here. Don't think they'll bother me if I avoid disturbing their game a few days before hunts. We had a lot of rain and shells and bits were everywhere in the creek. Surprising that I didn't spot much in the creek bed, but screening yielded the usual small stuff I find (eight angel shark teeth and a bunch of drum teeth-- tried to stand then flip over--, pieces unfortunately of two cow shark teeth, lots of sand tiger shark spikes, tiny teeth). Nothing big. Picked up an almost intact ecphora, bigger busted ones washed out everyw
  18. [WARNING: As is my custom, this trip report is exceedingly long, verbosely worded, and copiously illustrated with photos.] (It may be a good idea to find a comfy chair and grab a drink and some popcorn.) Since Tammy's retirement earlier this year, we've been busier than ever. We finally made it to Iceland this summer and saw dozens (if not literally hundreds) of waterfalls in that geologically interesting country. While talking about waterfalls ("fossar" in Icelandic), Tammy had realized that I had somehow not yet seen Niagara Falls. Tammy did not do a lot of vacati
  19. Rowboater

    rapp creek hunting

    Finally got out to the creek in the woods. Warm and cloudy, but not many bugs (or frogs). Looked like lots of people had been hunting, but the main creek body was less silted than previously, shells everywhere (in addition to giant tree oysters, scallops, frilly oysters, there were some extra elongated "clams"? ) I had to shovel out lots of broken shells in my spots, and the teeth, as always, were small. Still it was good to get some angel shark teeth and drum teeth again (rare on the beach) and there were a fair amount of tiny teeth. Found one smallish mako/ great white (1" but in perfect
  20. Rowboater

    Rapp beach

    Among other stuff (not many shark teeth) found a few puzzling pieces. Picked up what I though was a piece of turtle shell, but now think it might be a broken geode with black crystals? The second could also be a rock, it is solid too, but has roughly parallel columns, a few trucated, a few lost. Any ideas? (sorry for the scanner photos, not as flat as small teeth)
  21. BayFinds

    Little clam?

    Went out to a spot on the Nansemond River in Suffolk, VA, and it started to rain right after. We arrived, so we had to leave. Some iron concretions and this little thing were all I found. It looks like a clam, but it feels rougher than the other clams I’ve found so far. It was inside of a larger rock. I believe the area is mid-late Pleistocene. It’s about 2 cm wide.
  22. BayFinds

    What are these things?

    We found this piece of shell on our trip along the James River in Virginia, and were wondering what the circular patterns on the top were.
  23. BayFinds

    Is this coral?

    Another from our hunt along the James River in Virginia. Is this coral?
  24. We had such a good time fossil hunting for the first time a few days ago, that it has become all our kids want to do. Took the kids to a site along the James River today. We found some cool stuff and were wondering if y’all could help ID some of them. Thanks in advance. I think this one is a bone fragment, but it’s pretty small, and I’m not sure if it’s even identifiable.
  25. BayFinds

    York River Find #3

    Here’s another one from the York Tiver today, if anyone can help ID. thanks!
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