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Found 242 results

  1. 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)
  2. 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!
  3. 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 appreciated.
  4. 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 everywhere along with with scallops (Chesapectins) and frilly oysters. I don't usually mess with shells. Beach has been horrible lately (wrong wind), but may be my only hunting for the next week. Maybe time to go fishing!
  5. [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 vacation traveling when she was younger but had visited Niagara several times in her youth. She decided it was high time I experienced the power of Niagara. It could have been a simple trip--a flight up to Buffalo, a day out on a boat getting drenched at the base of the falls, and home again with little more than a long weekend invested. Somehow though, I have a remarkable knack for constructing enormously detailed travel itineraries--and this trip was no exception. Our anniversary month is October and so with the prospect of some multi-chromatic autumn foliar displays we decided that we'd plan a roadtrip that included Niagara Falls as its underlying motivation. It didn't take me long to realize that there are a lot of great TFF members up in the New York and Ontario area. Additionally, some members from the Virginia/Maryland area suggested meeting up during our last roadtrip through the Carolinas but that trip was already lengthy and involved. Perhaps, I could combine visits with a number of TFF members along the way and do a roadtrip down the Eastern Seaboard? As I started contacting prospective members to get the idea kickstarted, the starting point of our trip changed and we tacked on several extra days to the start of our trip. My brother and his wife had just bought a new house in the north side of Chicago. He decided that since all of the family holidays (Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas) were already claimed by other family members that he would start the tradition of Oktoberfest at their house--first Saturday of October. The itinerary for our trip was still in its early stages so we were easily able to incorporate a trip up to Chicago and link it to the start of our roadtrip. We considered flying from Chicago to Buffalo and picking the rental car there but the cheaper airfares were (not surprisingly) at rather inconvenient times (who wants to check into a hotel in the wee hours of the morning?) but an alternative soon presented itself. Since one of the places we'd hoped to visit along the way was the Devonian Hungry Hollow site in Arkona, ON, we'd have to backtrack west if we started in Buffalo but it would be conveniently along the route if we simply picked up the rental car in Chicago and started the roadtrip from there. This also allowed us the opportunity of visiting the small town of La Porte, Indiana where Tammy lived at one time. Things were falling into place. Of course, that is not to imply that my roadtrips are in any way quickly improvised--I think I spend as much time planning them as I do driving them. Starting the trip in Chicago allowed us both to visit family and work our way through all of our favorite food groups (authentic Chinese, Indian, Middle-eastern, and deep-dish pizza ) before gorging ourselves on lots of tasty German food and Oktoberfest-themed adult beverages at my brother's new place. Finally, we were ready to start rolling some miles (and kilometers) onto our trip odometer and we picked up the rental car and got underway. We planned on making London, ON for our first night and since it turns out it is only a mere 6 or so hours driving from Chicago, we had a bit of time to drive through La Port. It had been nearly 40 years since Tammy lived there and (as expected) much of the area was barely recognizable and not much as she'd remembered it. There were a few landmarks still in place and it didn't take us long to find the house her parents owned in town. The main floor was the Chinese restaurant they owned and the second floor above is where they lived. It's always interesting indulging some nostalgia and visiting places from the past. After a bit of driving around town we picked up the highway and in time crossed the border into Canada at Port Huron. We got to bed late that night but we had one of the longer driving days behind us already. On the road again--and a stop at a childhood home in La Porte.
  6. 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 shape). Odd in that many teeth were reddish/ pinkish; often I see the tips but not so many teeth that color (guess good for jewelry?) After three hours of digging and sifting, I decided it was time to go, but decided to try a favorite old spot where I have found several cow shark teeth, and voila! first shovelful yielded a beautiful (a bit small) intact cowshrk tooth with root. Good time to stop (probably sore tomorrow). Good relaxing trip!
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Is this coral?

    Another from our hunt along the James River in Virginia. Is this coral?
  11. 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.
  12. York River Find #3

    Here’s another one from the York Tiver today, if anyone can help ID. thanks!
  13. York River Find #2

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

    Hello, Can anyone help me ID this item I found along the York River near Williamsburg, Virginia? Measurements are in inches.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. Mollusk Molds

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

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

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Choptank Formation Virginia Miocene Collected on private property with permission
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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).
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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