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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Tooth ID - Found in Virginia

    Any idea what this could be from? Thanks
  10. 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.
  11. 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!!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
  25. 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.