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  1. Shark tooth!

    Hi! I am new to this site and thought it would be a good place to help ID some of the teeth and bone that I have found that I cant say with certainty it one thing or another. So I'll start with what is probably easy for yall. thanks for any help!
  2. Summer Fossil hunting - Virginia

    My family is going to be in Virginia for the month of August. We will be around Newport News, Urbanna and the Massanutten area. My son is a fossil nut - he aims to be a Paleontologist when he grows up. When I was researching Virginia and things to do, I learned about the rich fossil history there, and the wonderful opportunities there are to collect fossils. I would really like for my kids to have a productive time searching for fossils, so I thought I would post a note on here to see if anyone knows of an affordable fossil hunting expedition that our family could go on? My kids were so excited when they heard they could go fossil hunting, they automatically started watching youtube videos of people fossil finds in the area. I am attempting to lower their expectations by explaining that many of those people have permission to hunt on private property, thats why they are able to find such good hauls (and that they are quite experienced ) If there aren't any suggestions for fossil hunting guides, which of the state parks would you recommend that I take them to with the highest chance of finding a couple fossils? I understand nothing is guaranteed. I also know that the summer will be overcrowded with people searching, but it is what it is. I appreciate any help and guidance that can be offered.
  3. Rapp creek hunting

    Headed out into the heat. After thunderstorms last night, was hoping some sand would wash away. Mosquitoes and biting flies were bad, and the great white/ mako area had been worked hard by someone else. So tried a second spot downstream, where I've found cow shark teeth in the past. Found two, one weird looking, but cannot imagine what else it could be. Six angel shark teeth (standing in blow up photo), a dozen or so drum pharyngeal teeth, plus lots of sand tiger spikes and bull/dusky shark triangles. A lot of the small teeth are odd to me, but that make reflect them generally being more weathered or broken.
  4. Megalodons in Virginia

    I'm heading to Richmond Virginia tomorrow and will be there for 5 weeks for work. Wondering where are some good spots to find some shark teeth and hopefully some nice Megalodons. Have any of you guys had any lunch over that way? Any information is much appreciated
  5. Sorry, the images are apparently too large to upload, so here is an imgur link to the photos. They were found along the banks of the Potomac, in Virginia. I think it's mostly miocene stuff that washes up on that beach, but I'm not sure. The first is about 4 cm long and 2.5 cm wide; the second, 2.5 cm long and 1 cm wide. The last set of images is just a clam cast I found on a different beach in the same area - I was wondering if it was possible to identify the species of clam from the cast, but if not that's completely understandable, haha.
  6. geological or fossil?

    I often find small rocks(?) like this (sorry forgot the scale penny, but about 1 cm X 1 cm X 0.5 cm), which look like a jumble of distinct rod-like structures stuck together in a matrix. Since they are common was curious what they might be, whether precipitated mineral or something once alive? Thanks in advance.
  7. After a lot of rain was hoping more teeth would be exposed, but mostly just more sand silting and much of what I found was small or broken and the angel shark teeth seemed to have washed out but I found more further down the creek. Did find a few more smaller Great White ancestor teeth and lots of brown enamel drum 'teeth'. The poison ivy, mosquitoes and deer flies are out in force; baby crayfish are everywhere as well as frogs and minnows. The local kids will get out of school soon and some will find their way to 'my' spots, so I'll leave it to them for a bit.
  8. rapp creek hunting- catfish spine?

    After looking at the Net, this seems to be a fossil catfish spine. How can you tell if it is a pectoral or a dorsal spine?
  9. Chesapectin jeffersonius Bi-Valve 1.JPG

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Chesapectin jeffersonius Bi-Valve Virginia, USA Pliocene epoch (!5-4 Million Years Ago) Chesapecten jeffersonius is the state fossil of the State of Virginia in the United States. It is the fossilized form of an extinct scallop, which lived in the early Pliocene epoch between four and five million years ago on Virginia's coastal plain. In 1687, Martin Lister published a drawing of C. jeffersonius, making it the first North American fossil to be illustrated in scientific literature. In 1824, geologist John Finch gathered a large collection of mollusk fossils, including Chesapecten jeffersonius, from the vicinity of Yorktown, Virginia, and gave them to scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (ANSP). Scientist Thomas Say, at ANSP, described the species and named it Pecten jeffersonius to honor Thomas Jefferson. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class: Bivalvia Order: Ostreoida Family: Pectinidae Genus: †Chesapecten Species: †jeffersonius
  10. Chesapectin jeffersonius Bi-Valve 1.JPG

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Chesapectin jeffersonius Bi-Valve Virginia, USA Pliocene epoch (!5-4 Million Years Ago) Chesapecten jeffersonius is the state fossil of the State of Virginia in the United States. It is the fossilized form of an extinct scallop, which lived in the early Pliocene epoch between four and five million years ago on Virginia's coastal plain. In 1687, Martin Lister published a drawing of C. jeffersonius, making it the first North American fossil to be illustrated in scientific literature. In 1824, geologist John Finch gathered a large collection of mollusk fossils, including Chesapecten jeffersonius, from the vicinity of Yorktown, Virginia, and gave them to scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (ANSP). Scientist Thomas Say, at ANSP, described the species and named it Pecten jeffersonius to honor Thomas Jefferson. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class: Bivalvia Order: Ostreoida Family: Pectinidae Genus: †Chesapecten Species: †jeffersonius
  11. My last trip for a while with summer crowds coming, some of which will spill over into my hunting area. The recent rains exposed many picked over shells and silted over other spots, but overall there are places that are now easier to dig and sift. Tried a finer mesh, hoping for a nurse shark tooth; still drying but so far only angel shark teeth, the usual bull and sand shark teeth and one broken cow shark tooth. The highlight was a pretty mako tooth; perfect blade and intact root (although tip is curved slightly lingually on the end). These teeth and smaller Megalodons were common when hunting this area 30 to 40 years ago, but the first I've found there in a long time, really surprised me.
  12. Star Coral question

    Any piece of coral I find is usually smaller than a penny. Recently found a decent piece, for my hunting area. Looking at fossil corals there are several "star corals' that look similar. Can you experts really distinguish different types of fossil star corals?
  13. Just a heads up to anyone hunting the Potomac (especially) or Calvert cliffs. Stay away!!!! Do not even think about coming for at least a week and better off at 2 weeks or so if you value your life at all. Folks that know me know the area where I usually hunt and in the last 3 days here we've had 16+ inches of rain. It's been biblical. Out of curiosity (and after promising my wife I wouldn't go hunting) I peaked at the cliffs this am between storms and they are torn up as bad as I've ever seen. Hundreds of trees down with 1000+ ton land slides all over. In the 15 minutes I was there watching from a safe location I saw one giant slide and heard another. It is terrible and won't be stable enough to be safe to hunt for some time to come. Beyond that the mud will take a while to wash out. Seriously.... If you value your life stay away and don't be tempted. At my most obsessed I wouldn't have even tried it and that says a lot. Literally anyone that tried to go out today probably would have had a better than average chance of dying and a tooth isn't worth your life. I can't stress enough how bad it looks and it will take a few weeks of dry weather and some good wind to know down the loose stuff and for things to sort out anyways. Just my 2 cents but I've been doing this a while and know with so much material is down it will take months to sort out so a great summer is ahead. Don't rush it and you'll be around to enjoy it. Literally a year or two worth of erosion in 3 days. After thought.... I did hunt the small beach in front of our house some this am while playing with the kids. It almost never produces anything nice (99% small tigers, hemis, bulls, etc) as we are down stream from the formations but this am was different with the river pumping. 3 cows, 3 good makos (biggest almost 2 inches), and 3 nice hemis (biggest two right at 1.5 inches). Not a bad am for a beach where I might find 2 cows on all summer. Good luck to all. It's going to be a great summer if you stay patient and hunt safe/smart.
  14. Can't remember what this is from

    Hey all, this is something I found again when going through my collection. I found this about 10 years ago on the James River in Virginia, not too far away from Hopewell. For the life of me I can't remember what my friend told me it was, and he has since moved across the country and I am unfortunately unable to contact him. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  15. It has been a long time since I've logged onto the forum. I've been so busy with AP exams and finals that I really just got out of the habit of checking it. My hiatus is over, however, and I look forward to diving back into the rich information this site offers. I had the pleasure of going on a guided trip to some of Virginia's Miocene cliff exposures. Until this point, I had only ever hunted in parks with public access and well-known sites, but this trip presented me with the opportunity to finally hunt in more remote areas that don't get picked over by the crowds. The site where the trip took us is technically private property, but for this special event, the leaders of the trip gain special permission from the owners to bring people onto the grounds. My dad bought us two spots on the trip as a very early birthday present, and I was thrilled to hear I'd get a chance at some better finds than usual. We drove down early Saturday morning and arrived in a parking lot to meet up with everyone. In total, there were about 50 people who paid to come along. The weather was amazing; warm and sunny. Some people opted to simply walk past the usually off limits ropes, but most chose to take a ride in one of the boats that the leaders were running to get to the desired areas of the cliffs faster. One of the boats was run by the fantastic @SailingAlongToo who I finally had the chance to meet. He's a great guy, and I can't thank him enough for helping transport me and my dad along the cliffs. I hope to run into him again at some point. I was eager to get on the very first boat to depart, and I did just that. After a short ride, we hit the beach and started to hunt. The first hour of so was not the best for me. I found a couple decent teeth, but hadn't even hit a dozen yet. I was going at a slow pace as usual, and eventually a young girl caught up to me. She asked how I was doing and we talked for a minute. She showed me a beautiful transitional meg she had found. Finding a meg tooth was certainly a goal for this trip for me, as it was for everyone else as well. As we were still talking, she picked something up and said, "Huh, isn't that interesting?" and showed me a large flat rock covered in moss and barnacles. Only it wasn't just a rock. As she showed the front side to me, she saw the clean back side and screamed, "THAT'S A TOOTH!" and showed me the back. Sure enough, it was a MASSIVE, nearly 4" meg tooth. Happy for her, but also disappointed that I didn't find it myself, I congratulated her as she proceeded to run back to her family to show them. I couldn't beat myself up too much, though, because it wasn't my fault for not seeing something that no one would've though was a tooth. Besides, that was just proof that the big ones were out there. That tooth ended up being the largest tooth found on the entire trip, of all 50 people over the span of two days. And it was her first time ever fossil hunting! Talk about beginner's luck. Congratulations again, nonetheless. My finds starting getting better as the day went on. I think I finally found my specialty in fossil hunting: large, broken Hemipristis teeth. I was finding plenty of Hemis, but I just couldn't get my hands on a whole one. It was a shame too, because had they been complete, some of the teeth would have been absolutely beautiful, and Hemis are my favorite. As I was hunting in the water, I saw what I thought was possibly a meg tooth root sticking out of the sand, and pulled it out. It was big alright, and VERY heavy, but it wasn't a tooth. It was a rib fragment from a prehistoric dugong! I didn't know that's what it was at the time, but I certainly suspected it was a rib based solely on the shape. Later on, I eventually found a small cove as the water was rising. I had it all to myself for a while. There was tons of gravel and sand in the cove that was dry and far away from the waves, and in digging through that I found one of my biggest teeth ever. It was a beautiful mako, Isurus desori. I took that as a sign that this spot was a nice place to settle down for a while. Just then, SA2 came to the cove in his boat to pick a couple people up who wanted to move elsewhere. He happily threw me his sifter so I could thoroughly search the wake. After sifting for about 20 minutes, I found the best tooth I've ever found in that sifter. It was a PERFECT and HUGE hastalis! I was so thrilled. That one cove gave me my two best teeth of the trip, and possibly ever. Although I didn't find a meg, I did find a few "fraglodons", which I've never found before. That wrapped up the first day. My dad and I grabbed dinner at a local Mexican restaurant and went to our motel to get some rest in order to have the energy to hunt again the next day. The second day was much less nice in terms of weather, and we got a little less time to hunt. Regardless, my dad and I tried to get on some of the first boats again. This time, I asked SA2 if he'd bring me in the opposite direction as most people were going, and he kindly agreed. I was one of the only hunters on that side, and for a while I was completely alone because he had dropped me off at the very edge of the property. I finally got to hunt on cobble, which I've never done before. I often see videos of people finding huge teeth in cobble, which is why I was sure I'd find something decent. I didn't find anything too big, but I got some unique finds for sure. I found my first crab claws, and a croc tooth! I ended up just gradually walking all the way back to the starting point, hunting along the way. My finds were not quite as nice and the previous day, but I was still satisfied. In the last hour of hunting, a storm started to come in and the boats stopped running. Many people left before the stated time because of the weather, but I stayed out there. I got my last nice find of the day: a cow shark tooth; my first from Virginia. Near the end of our day, I ended up in a scary situation when I got stranded by the crashing waves that had completely engulfed the beach. I ended up wading through the water, letting it fill my boots completely and trying my best not to slip on the clay-like cliff material beneath my feet. I made it out alright, but got totally soaked. With that, my dad and I were some of the last to head out. It was an absolutely phenomenal trip. I got to hunt on usually restricted grounds with lots of great people and came away with some really nice fossils. I found a lot of everything, really. Tigers, Hemis, Makos, Whalers, Lemons, hastalis, fraglodons, Croc, Cow, crab, ray, vert, dugong, gastropod, shell, etc. All of them will make great additions to me ever-growing collection. A big thanks to @SailingAlongToo and all those who led this excellent trip. I know there were a few other forum members there, including @I_gotta_rock, so if you were there be sure to let me know! Hope everyone else who participated had a great trip as well. Hoppe hunting!
  16. Hit Stratford Hall Plantation today for a quick shark tooth hunt. Teeth here dont seem to be the easy surface finds frequently, but the stretch of beach is plentiful with teeth if you go a tad below surface. The rock/shell beds above the water line seemed to be the most fruitful. Also, my wife had great luck literally watching teeth just roll up on shore with the tide. I will say, for those who are more into the arrowheads and beautiful rocks, this is a great place to hunt for them! Also found ray teeth and possibly a 6 or 7 gill?
  17. Help Identifying Imprints

    These two imprints were found at Stratford Hall, Virginia, last July. I had a pickle of a time photographing them so the impression would show up, especially as on one of them, the imprint is pretty faint. I was wondering if anyone could verify if these are fossils, and if so, can anyone identify just what exactly these are imprints of? Thank you for any thoughts you might have! Imprint #1 Front Back Imprint #2 Front Black and White version. Back
  18. Can anyone help I'd this partial gastropod? Found it in the pliocene Yorktown Formation. It appears to have been pretty big in life. Thanks!
  19. 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 kayak for the first time this season this past weekend and I hope to make good use of my kayak. If any other members would like to hunt sometime feel free to message me (also anyone who wants to take me out on their boat I would take that offer too! ) I'll post a thread of my recent trips along with my more favorite finds and some fossil ID help. I'd also like to add that I have successfully taken over our family dining room and turned it into my own private fossil collection (sorry mom) and I love how it shows the true variety of teeth you can find as well as the differences in locations and the fauna you can find. The paper towels are all from recent trips and the plates are all from previous trips to Stratford Hall which I divided into plates for each different species.
  20. Post Nor'Easter finds

    The Nor'Easter a few weeks ago brought extremely high winds and tides on the James River. The water brought lots of flotsam to the beach as well as some things I hadn't seen before. Sorry that I didn't place a ruler on these photos, but many of them are 4-5 inches at their widest point. Several are solid but some were fragile and separated into perfect, smaller versions of themselves (see photos). They have to be teeth, but I don't even know if they are fossilized? They have a pearly sheen. Our beach lies at the bottom of a 40-60 foot bluff, east of the Scotland Ferry across the river from Jamestown. I was going to ask the folks at Chippokes State Park, which is a few miles downriver from us, but thought I'd start here. Also, can anyone please tell me what the word is for a beach that is made up of pretty much nothing but fossils? I think there is a word for it, or a word for a massive jumble/collection of fossils, but I don't know it. Please excuse my naivete -- fossils aren't something I've really thought about since my son brought home some coprolite 20 years ago. I hope to learn much from this forum. Before posting, I did search through all the James River posts to see if there was anything similar. Thanks so much!
  21. Another Nice Day on the River

    After a couple of weeks of us being under the weather from an Upper Respiratory Infection, Mrs.SA2 and I decided to take the dogs and visit one of our favorite places this past Saturday. Despite the forecast for rain, we both had a great day. But, the true measure of a successful day was achieved when the totally exhausted dogs slept the entire way home. As some of you may remember, I'm still playing catch up with Mrs.SA2 as she found 5 megalodon teeth in January. Saturday, I got my 2nd of 2018, about 10 mins after we started hunting. It's a gorgeous little "hubbell" meg with nice serrations and coloring. That gives us 7 megs so far in 2018. In just the few hours we were there, I found teeth from 11 different species of sharks. Here are a few of my larger ones. Mrs.SA2 had her own bag of goodies. I'll post some photos of them when she gets them cleaned up. Along with teeth, we also found a couple of those dreaded Miocene snails called Ecphora. Even more interesting, we found 2 different species of Ecphora about 10 feet from each other. I'm sure @Fossil-Hound and @sixgill pete can appreciate just how dreaded these Ecphora can be. Mrs.SA2 found 3 of them, but mine was the largest and most complete and is the oddball with only 3 whorls. Adding these 4 to her collection, Mrs.SA2 now has 59 Ecphora specimens from MD, VA and NC. The goal is to get around 100 specimens and then donate the collection for study and curation. All in all, it was a great day and Mrs.SA2 was happy. Happy wife, happy life!!!! Cheers, SA2 and Mrs.SA2
  22. Best Locations?

    So... Okay, I just started getting into hunting for fossils. I've always loved fossils and gems and the lot. I went gem mining for the first time when I was about 10 or 11 in McKinley, VA, and since then - I've loved it! My family went on a trip to Cherokee and the Smoky Mtns when I was younger, and we found all kinds of unearthed fossilized things and gem mines. Saturday, we went to Westmoreland State Park up in Montross for the first time, and even though it was chilly and rainy, we found five or six decent shark teeth. I've done a little research, but I'd prefer what other people - and not articles - have to say. Where's the best places to find fossils in VA?
  23. Bone identification please

    I found this over the summer at stratford hall in VA. Can anyone help me identify this? Thank you!
  24. Miocene horse tooth?

    I found this in a river in Virginia -- miocene Yorktown Formation. Does this look like a miocene horse? Maybe it's a modern horse tooth that got washed into the river? Any help from the experts appreciated! Matt
  25. East Coast fossil road trip

    Hello! Later this year I'm planning on moving from Florida back to New England. I was hoping to make the voyage into an interesting road trip... I've heard of several places in the Eastern half of the US where you can dig your own fossils. I know that there are some places in Georgia and the Carolinas that are good to find Megalodon teeth, and some places in the northern US that are good for finding trilobites... I'm up for anything interesting and was looking for suggestions on exact places, tour companies, people, anything that you can offer that might extend my collection on the trip!