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  1. Porpoise?

    Hi, I found this yesterday while hunting teeth in Virginia and am wondering if this is a porpoise tooth. It is about the size of a US penny. Any help would be great. David
  2. Any tips for fossiling near Chippokes State Park? I'm hoping to bring my 10yr old triplets over to Jamestown next weekend. Any tips on finding fossils in the area? It's been about 20 years since I was last there, but I recall finding parts of dolphin/whale bones, sharks teeth, and lots of shells (state fossil Chesapecten jeffersonius, etc.). Tide table looks good for a morning search.... Recent googling seems a bit contradictory about what can be found and kept. Any advice?
  3. Another trip, still looking for my first nice cowshark tooth of 2017! Not a lot of nice teeth, so picked up a lot of stuff that I usually ignore. Raining hard here, hoping more will be exposed tomorrow.
  4. Claw, jaw, or not at all?

    Hello, I have another one that's puzzling me. At first I thought it was a jaw with teeth, but there is no enamel present. My next option was a crab type claw, but it's much larger than the typical ones we find in Virginia. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
  5. Ecphora gardnerae

    Acquired by purchase from a collector from Surry, VA. The site is no longer available to the public.
  6. Ecphora Gardnerae

    I have found a few well preserved Ecphora Gardenrae around Calvert Cliffs, Maryland but nothing substantial. I also managed to find some large pieces of Ecphora so I decided to purchase the following large Ecphora Gardenrae, the state fossil of Maryland, from a dealer that is local (Virginia). This was found from the St. James river and is from the Miocene. The second to largest was found along Calvert Cliffs, Maryland and the smallest is also from Calvert Cliffs. Beautiful specimens. Both of the purchased shells are from sites that are now off limits to collecting. Sadly a lot of good sites are now closed.
  7. April Fools Day Trip in VA

    April Fools Day I took my wife, our buddy and his son @Daleksec and 2 local Paleontologists on the boat along the Pamunkey River for a little fossil hunting and stratigraphy lesson. Unfortunately, we had heavy rains the day before which drove up the water level a few feet and kept us from exploring the site where Daleksec found his February VFOM . Here are 2 photos of Daleksec's and his dad's finds, all collected in about an hour. This was a new spot for me that I had never collected before but the Paleontologist who is the stratigraphy expert put us right on the spot. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!! The first 3 teeth found were pre-megs in less than 5 mins. This area we collected is Lower Calvert Formation (Miocene) sitting on Old Church Formation from the upper Oligocene. We also hit another spot that has a nice Piney Point exposure from the middle Eocene with Old Church and Calvert above. @Daleksec collected some of the oysters from the Piney Point and found this in the matrix when he cleaned everything up. Pretty impressive. He also found a sand dollar but destroyed (and I do mean DESTROYED) trying to remove it from the matrix. Remember @Daleksec, patience my young apprentice, patience. :-) Perhaps @sixgill pete or someone else can help identify it. All in all, not a bad day on the water. If I'm honest, any day I get to spend fossil hunting with my wife is a great day. I'm very fortunate that she has the same passion, though i do remember a time when I had a 10 handicap in golf. Obviously, we will be exploring the new spot some more in the near future. Don't worry @MarcoSr, I will definitely show you the new spot, after I blindfold you of course. :-) If @sixgill pete ever makes it up this way I would show him too, with the blindfold of course. Cheers, SA2
  8. Help identifying this shark tooth.

    shark 1.htmlshark 1.htmlHi, New to the forum and new to fossil collecting. Frequent the Potomac river in Virginia near Westmoreland State Park. Today I found this sharks tooth and am having trouble identifying it. It was found along the high tide line along with some Turritella molds and shells. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks IMG_0507.pdf IMG_0508.pdf Shark 2.html
  9. My son is turning 7 soon and want to take him on a weekend trip to fossil hunt. We've been to Calvert Cliffs, Brownies Beach, and Swatara State Park. Ideally in a 200 mile or so radius from central Maryland (Frederick area). I had thought about going to Big Brook in New Jersey and anything else in that area since Big Brook is only 5 per person a day and maybe on the way home detouring to the C&D canal dredging piles. I would like to be able to hunt both Saturday and Sunday morning before heading home in the afternoon. I also thought of doing Purse State Park one day and then over to the Calvert Cliffs or nearby beaches. The downfall of that could be the tide not being in our favor. I am also not opposed to the idea of heading into the hills and busting rocks. It would be cool to go somewhere with Trilobites. As far as my son is concerned, he enjoys getting to look for fossils either way. My biggest criteria is somewhere that is without a doubt legal to be fossil hunting and safe...not a road cut on a busy interstate. Thanks Adam
  10. This past weekend in Central VA it was low 70s on Saturday and low 80s on Sunday with an extremely low tide both days, mid-morning. My wife and I, our buddy and 17 y/o son (TFF member Daleksec) and another friend of ours took the boat out on the Pamunkey River Saturday morning for a little fossil hunting / collecting. Since the tide was so low, we decided to start out with some surface hunting at a little beach with a nice Calvert Formation exposure. We immediately hit the jack pot and found some nice sharks teeth and random bone pieces. After finding everything on the surface we all started screening. (This is what my wife and I found Saturday.) The 3 buddies had this much or more in their bags for the day. If anyone knows what this 1" piece of bone that looks like a jaw is, please chime in. After a few hours of collecting and the tide coming in fast, Daleksec noticed an exposed vertebrae on the beach about 6 inches from where I had just picked up a tooth. After some quick exploration this is what we saw. My hand for quick scale. (Yes, I realize everyone's hands are different sized.) We were racing the incoming tide at this point. We didn't know how much of the skeleton was there since we didn't get to explore in either direction. I was pretty sure I saw a humerus and counted 12 vertebrae exposed before we covered it. The tide came in and covered it all about 5 mins after we finished burying the exposed bones in matrix to protect. The bones are literally sitting in the base of the Calvert Formation and right on top of the Old Church Formation. This Old Church exposure is the ONLY Oligocene exposure in VA. Obviously, our fossil plans for Sunday just changed and then we spent the rest of Saturday teasing Daleksec about the raccoons, opossums and deer coming to get "his" skeleton or at least running off with "his" skull. :-) Everyone but he enjoyed the witty banter about "his" disappearing skeleton. With the rising tide we decided to head farther up river to an Eocene / Oligocene contact exposure I know. Checked out the first small area and only 1 small tooth was found. My buddy wanted me to move him around a bunch of overhanging trees and snags. As I dropped him off on the bank (beach all covered by tide at this point), he walks over and picks up THIS!! He gets my attention and said, "I found something. I don't know what it is, but I'm not throwing it away." This is the very 1st Squalodon tooth I've seen found at this Oligocene exposure in 7 years of collecting here. To say I was jealous was an understatement, but I'm glad if someone had to find it and it couldn't be my wife or me, it was him. This pretty much finished up our day and WOW, what a day it was. Sunday in the next post.
  11. Hi guys I'm new to this site... Today my little brother and I where seaglass and shark tooth hunting and this is what we found as well a wave actually washed it right up in front of us. does anyone have any idea what this is?
  12. Possible tooth

    I came across this little piece that I collected on a past trip but never did identify. Any chance it is a tooth ?
  13. This might prove very easy for more advanced fossil collectors to answer. In 2004, the floodwaters from Hurricane Gaston swept away a large amount of soil and clay from an existing stream near the backyard of our suburban house near Mechanicsville, Virginia, exposing a clay bed littered with numerous fossils. The turritella you see in the picture occurs the most frequently of all our finds, and the small clam fossils are a close second. We've recently started to find more of the kind of scallop fossil in the image, which we guessed was a chesapecten jeffersonius, Virginia's state fossil. I found one moonsnail fossil in the same clay, but it's the only fossil of that kind that we've found. Anyway, I'm not much of a geologist, so I haven't been able to precisely date these, or identify them with a specific epoch. I have what I think is a reasonable guess, but I'd like to get a specific date on just how many years worth of soil Gaston scrubbed away from our backyard. Thanks!
  14. Had a blast last weekend visiting The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. There is a ton of stuff there that's really worth checking out and I noticed an assortment of fossils. The first picture is a crinoid head.
  15. Tooth ID

    Hello, My family has come across a tooth that was found in West Virginia or Virginia. It was purchased at a yard sale from the person who found it. Supposedly, a large molar was found with it. I have a feeling it's fake, but hoping I'm wrong. It was given to us for free and the person believes it to be a "Bigfoot tooth." Due to my photos exceeding the size limit, here is all of them. Link is to Imgur.
  16. Where can we drive to near coastal VA?

    Living in Chesapeake VA and moved out here a few years ago. I have had no luck finding any sites out here. Beaches seem to be barren and I don't have a canoe or a jet-ski to go exploring new shores. I don't mind driving out of the area but the last few times I tried to drive out somewhere the sites where no longer public or gone completely. I've got the itch to go hunting again but I can't seem to find any up to date resources on places I can go and collect legally. Anyone got any suggestions? Again, legally
  17. Westmoreland SP-12/5/16

    Getting back in the swing of things after a very hot summer in which i did little to no collecting. Headed down to Westmoreland for the day, hoping something good would be laying there. It was a beautiful day with minimal wind but the tide wasn't all that low due to recent rain, but water was clear and calm enough. Found a nice little mako that i was able to get a picture of before i picked it up. Also found a big chunk of bone that still had some matrix still on it, not sure what it is or what its from, if anyone knows anything feel free to chime in. On the way home I stopped at George Washington's Birth place to just walk around as i usually do. Thats when i came across these signs, it seems like theres been a problem with bull sharks recently. If anyone has a knowledge about that id love to hear it. There wasn't anyone down there at the time for me to ask. Enjoy! Boneheadz
  18. Old Finds...

    Now that my kids are getting into fossils, they've asked me about two of my old finds that have been on the shelf for years. I picked these up on the shoreline of Eastern Virginia, during a college geology lab/field trip. I recall there being a big vertebra eroding from the cliffside, but never got around to revisiting the site. Anyway, it's a tooth and a digit. I think I recall my professor saying the latter was from a dolphin? Just wondered if these would be something that could be identified with any precision, and if so, if there's a need for any better angles/shots/details. Thanks in advance!
  19. Below is a picture showing some representative crab nodules from my collection from the Miocene of Virginia. I have over a hundred of these crab nodules in my collection and my sons have many more. I took the picture to send it to a crab researcher who is beginning to study the Miocene crabs from the Calvert Marine Museum collection which are from Maryland. At some point in the future, these and other crabs in my collection will become part of the study. These crabs are not of the same preservation quality as those that you see from places like the state of Washington but they are still pretty interesting. Marco Sr.
  20. Stratford Hall Trips

    Our favorite place to hunt locally is Stratford Hall. Here's our findings over the last couple of weekends. October 2nd Finds
  21. Can anyone tell me if the Solite Quarry in Martinsville, VA is open to visitors for fossil hunting? Or is it strictly regulated to institutional organizations? I'd be interested in really any information in regards to being able to fossil hunt in a quarry of some sort around NC/VA.
  22. Pterorytis umbrifer

    Varix ornamentation can vary significantly based upon environmental conditions. Compare this specimen from a fine grained sheltered habitat to that of MR 10239-1028 which lived in a high energy environment. Reference Campbell, Lyle. 1993. Pliocene Molluscs from the Yorktown and Chowan River Formations in Virginia. Virginia Division of Mineral Resources Publication 127.
  23. Unusual fossil from SE VA

    Hey everyone, This is my first post, although I have been looking for and collecting fossils in the York River and Hampton areas of Southeastern VA for sometime now. But I found a fossil the other day that gave me the jumpstart I needed to join up here! So on the beach in Hampton the other day after the remains of tropical storm Julia rolled through, and I found something that puzzled me greatly. It appears to be a horn coral..but there are problems with that as a diagnosis. The fossil layers in the area are far too young for a horn coral. The layers present nearby are the Yorktown, Eastover, and maybe some of the St Marys and Calvert since the edge of the Salisbury embayment borders the Hampton beaches. So layers no more than approx 15 million years. The fossil is also flattened out some. So does anyone have any ideas? A medusa/jellyfishy thing of some kind? A horn coral that found it's way from the mountains all the way to the bay? Thanks all
  24. Shark tooth. What's it from?

    I found this in a pit dug in Suffolk, Virginia. It was among lots of shells and other Oceanic remains. Anybody know what kind of shark it might have come from?
  25. Skull? From what?

    Upon digging a large hole for a pond in Suffolk, Virginia, we came across lots of shells and other Oceanic remains. We've even found a few shark teeth. This little fragment is one of the more unique items we've found so far. We're assuming it's some kind of skull, but I'm not sure. I came here in the hopes someone would recognize what it's from. If the crescent shape formed a complete circle, it would be about the size of a fifty cent coin. I will attach a few photos. A couple of the photos include some other items found in the same pit (crab claw, shells, etc). Thanks in advance for any assistance!