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Found 205 results

  1. York River Find #2

    Here is another find from today along the York River in Virginia, if anyone can ID. Thanks!
  2. York River ID

    Hello, Can anyone help me ID this item I found along the York River near Williamsburg, Virginia? Measurements are in inches.
  3. rapp creek hunting

    Went out to find a new spot. After a few unproductive but relaxing hours (not as humid, not many mosquitoes, lots of frogs), I found a spot that yielded a bunch of small teeth, including a cowshark and three angelshark teeth. Also found pieces of at least three tiger shark teeth (rare in my old spots) Found a piece of frog(?) jaw with three flattened teeth (small but bigger than most I've found). I thought I had found another Mako ventral tooth, but it has serrations, heavy at the bottom and fine in the middle edges of the blade. People here IDed it as a hemi ventral tooth. Picked up about 20 "drum teeth" but half lacked the distinctive glossy top and hollow bottoms (and a few black shell bits discarded with the small black round rocks). Hopefully the "vein" won't die out like the last spot!
  4. Ecphora Snail

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Ecphora, probably E.megane, but I'll say for sure when I prep it! Virginia Miocene Collected on private property with permission.
  5. Mollusk Molds

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Molds from the Choptank Formation. Member unknown. Virginia Miocene
  6. Crocodilian Tooth Sliver

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Choptank Formation Virginia Miocene Collected on private property with permission
  7. Dolphin/Whale Periotic Bone

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Choptank Formation Virginia Miocene Photographed exactly as found, with brilliant, polished surface when dry! Collected on private property with permission.
  8. rapp creek hunting

    Back out to the same productive spot. Unfortunately it "played out" within an hour, but yielded a nice Great White/ Mako tooth, a very nice cowshark tooth, a few more angel shark teeth, and more drum teeth (some from last trip), more teeth, a scute and turtle shell pieces, and a small piece of jaw with two flat-topped teeth.
  9. rapp creek hunting

    Finally went back to the creek. Lots of changes from the rains. Took my first few hours to find productive spots, which I only worked the last hour. The mosquitoes were horrific; although there were leopard(?) frogs everywhere, no dent in the mosquito population (must have missed a few spots with bug spray or they liked the flavor). One big cow shark tooth with a root, some points tipped, and and a second piece, three or four angel shark teeth, which I missed at the beach trips. Lots of spikes, and little teeth. Found three small verterbrae, skate teeth, rough stinger, and scute, and several drum teeth (waiting for stuff to dry).
  10. Please help identify

    Hi, I found these two odd items yesterday at Westmoreland State Park. Both were in the stream that feeds from the wetlands into the river. The "fang" type piece does appear to be hollow. The small black piece might just be a weird rock but kind of looks like a piece of scute (fingers crossed lol!). Thanks in advance for any help!
  11. rapp beach trip

    While I am eager to check out the creek in the woods, have had some trouble with tick ricketssiae, and also not eager to trudge through swamp. So I paddled over to a nearby beach on the Rappahannock, hoping all the recent flooding had deposited some shark teeth. Mostly I found whale bone (will post after dries), but was rewarded in two hours with five white shark/ mako teeth, a hemi and a few others. Most were weathered but two are nice. Also found a couple of giant tree oyster shells (??: common in the swampy creek) but with strong luster (?). Maybe something similar extant??? The penny for scale is 0.75 inches (19mm) in diameter.
  12. This coming up weekend?! Sept. 20-22.

    Hello everyone! I was originally going to go to the Mine in Maysville NC this weekend and look for Teeth but I’m pretty sure they will call it off due to the bad weather they had. I also thought about going to GMR but they flood very easy and I don’t know if the water will be down by Thur. Or Friday. Can anyone help me with any spots that might be good within a 3 hour drive of Virginia Beach. Or if anyone reading this lives near Greenville and have any news on the water levels at the park or the bridge could you please let me know?! Thanks in advance! -Holly
  13. I have recently found a triassic red bed site in Virginia. It was in the hot and dry environment of that time. 200+ mya. A lot of rocks have been bull dozed into a pile by idiots. Red beds rocks were the realm of Triassic reptiles. Wish me luck.
  14. rapp beach combing

    Still too hot and buggy for hunting the creek in the woods, so headed over to a local beach where I have been finding only 5 or so weathered teeth per trip, but usually find pieces of fossil whale bone, and lots of non-fossil stuff (lots of what was once metal, once glass, brick and pottery shards, modern shells, and some old but not conversant in shells, and flotsam. 30 years ago teeth were more common, guess they are more picked over nowadays? At least hunting is pleasant, even when muggy and hot there is usually a nice breeze off the River. The water was very cloudy despite finally dry days, will try the beach again in the water once it clears. Usually don't bother to post the beach stuff, but today found a nice cowshark tooth in good shape with an intact root. Don't remember ever finding one there before?
  15. I have several thousand well preserved shark and ray vertebrae from the Eocene of Virginia. I also have many more thousands of bony fish vertebrae from the Eocene of Virginia. See the group pictures in this post. The paper plates are 9 inches in diameter for size reference. There is very little written on fossil shark and ray vertebrae that I can find in the literature and what is written is scattered throughout a good number of different papers. I have a unique, extensive assemblage of many different vertebrae types and forms which represent the fish species from the Eocene of Virginia that could be the basis of a very comprehensive paper on fossil shark, ray and bony fish vertebrae. After two years of looking for a fish researcher interested in studying these vertebrae and writing a paper, which in my opinion is really needed to help with fossil fish vertebrae identification, I’ve finally found a renowned fish researcher who is very interested. In an e-mail reply after seeing pictures of the vertebrae, he stated “I can tell you the shark, ray, and bony fish vertebral centra are worth describing! They appear to be beautifully preserved! The dataset looks exciting to me”. I’m hoping that different fish vertebrae types can be identified and described and realize it will be extremely difficult, with the current state of both fossil and extant fish vertebrae research, to try to identify the vertebrae further to fish family/genera/species. I will donate all of the vertebrae so there is a large comparative sample to go along with those vertebrae specifically described in any paper. Pictures of the shark and ray vertebrae ( 1.5 mm to 20 mm): Continued in the next reply. Marco Sr.
  16. Dad Needs Help

    Hey guys, my 6 year old son is incredibly into dinosaurs, other prehistoric animals, and, more recently, megalodon. He's said, for about the past 6 months, that he wants to be a paleontologist when he gets older. I'd like to continue to foster his love of science, biology, and paleontology by taking him on some fossil hunting trips and digs up and down the east coast. However, I have no idea where to begin. Any recommendations on some great places to go within about 5 hours of Richmond, Va? Also are there any places in the US where you can actually go and dig, find, and potentially keep legitimate dinosaur fossils or are all of those sites closed and/or you are unable to keep. Thank you
  17. rapp creek hunting

    Been a while and really wanted to see what all the rain had done to my favorite spots. Best was silted in worse than before (guess I'll wait until Fall). There were shells washed out everywhere, and lots of sifting through shells, pebbles and sand yielded what I usually find, maybe more split teeth than usual (no idea why?) and more tilly bones, and lots of croc? teeth(?) with patches of flaking enamel. The humidity was unusually low so I spent a long time (five hours) hunting and didn't feel like I was finding that much, but the quantity turned out to be pretty good. Two cowshark pieces, three angel shark teeth, One weird pathological tooth (?; near penny), a narrow mako/ great white tooth(?) (too heavy and broad for a sand tiger tooth, but has a small cusp or two), a sting ray barb, a nice vertebra, and a bonito nose, not common here. Picked up a lot of what I thought were drum teeth, but after drying only about a dozen had the glossy top and hollow bottom.
  18. Does anyone know? I hear there's many fossils there. On all of the maps, though, there's no name for the creek. I know it's random, but I just want to try hunting there with a friend. Thanks! ~RiseOfTheExtinct
  19. Is this a fossil?

    I recently found this at Westmoreland State Park (Virginia) near the Potomac River. It just looked weird to me so I kept it. I'm fairly new to fossil hunting so I am unsure if it is a fossil. Thanks you in advance for any help!
  20. rapp creek hunting

    Going through the stuff in my bucket that had dried out from my last trip, found more stuff that I can only guess what they might be. The first three are of a tiny disc with holes along the periphery. The next two are of three pieces of a flat discoid "rock", that was more fragile than i thought, looks like from something alive. Last two seem too light for bone, so I'm guessing sponges? Probably some of you will know (penny = 0.75 inches or 19 mm in diameter): Thanks!
  21. rapp creek hunting

    After heavy rains for the past week, was hoping stuff would be re-arranged in my creek and new stuff would be visible. The reverse happened; my favorite spots were silted and sanded in. Much of the creek bed had changed water flow, and hardly any of the usual shells were visible just sand everywhere. Good to be hunting again. Most of the frogs were gone (probably eaten) but saw a few fearless ones. So did some digging and screening; nothing big, a bonito nose, a small skate stinger, vertebrae, some broken cow shark teeth, lots of drum teeth, three or four angelshark teeth, and rare (for me) a small rough tiger shark tooth. More rain predicted for the next week, more exploring for me.
  22. Tooth ID - Found in Virginia

    Any idea what this could be from? Thanks
  23. I have a good number of my micro vertebrate fossils in gem jar displays. I probably have 100+ gem jar displays. However until just recently I didn’t have a single Riker display case. I just bought one so I could show a few of my macro Eocene marine fossils from Virginia to a couple of collectors that I now collect with. I didn’t want to just put them in a gallon baggie to show the next time I went collecting. So the below picture is my first Riker display case. I don’t label anything in my collection any more with id labels. I used to id label everything years ago but got tired of having to change the labels as genus and species names changed. The Riker display case is 8” by 12” for size reference. The very top has two rows of three different species of sea snake vertebrae. Then there are two sawfish rostral teeth, an Otodus tooth, and portions of two ray tail spines. Then a partial ray dental plate, four anterior sandtiger teeth, and two shark scroll coprolites. Then a single medial tooth from a ray dermal plate and a bony fish jaw. Then two turtle carapace pieces and two rooted croc teeth. Lastly two turtle lower jaws and two more turtle carapace pieces. Marco Sr.
  24. Fossil or strange rocks?

    I was walking on the beach in Cape Charles, VA and both of these ‘rocks’ turned up in the surf together. I feel like they may be fossils but I am not sure so I am turning to you experts ;-) If they are not fossils then are they bone or just very strange rocks?!? Thank you!!
  25. rapp creek hunting

    Been away for a while. The kids(?) have dug out much of the creek bank where I had been hunting, so I tried a few additional spots. The creek was low from minimal rain the last week (wet overall year). Less mosquitoes, more frogs (two bronze stripes, Leopard frogs?) Both the temperature and humidity had fallen and I stayed longer than usual. Highlights were a root-less but nice cow shark tooth and a hemipristis (hadn't seen any this year); many broken. Three angel shark teeth (probably more of those and drum teeth once they all dry). Mostly sand shark spikes, but one may be a small ventral great white/mako. One nice vertebra, but pieces of much bigger ones. Small number of tiny teeth, probably find more in bucket when it dries. Penny is 19 mm in diameter.
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