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  1. Caledon State Park fossils

    I thought I would share some photos of fossils and an arrowhead I found over the last few years from Caledon State Park in King George County, Va. I know of no other posts anywhere discussing fossils located at this site in Va., although, the fossils at this location along the Potomac River are not very abundant. Sometimes I go down there (1.9 mile hike on a dirt road to the beach) and find nothing. More typically, if you search for 2 hours along the beach there, you will typically find a few small shark teeth; on a good day maybe 10 teeth. Every now and then, one may find a small bone fragment and every once in a while an arrowhead (I’ve only found maybe 2-3 arrowheads here). The fossils are Paleocene in age (66 to 56 million years ago). My best finds are a few Otodus sharks teeth shown in the photos. I might mention that I went to this park probably 25 times before I found even 1 Otodus tooth, so these are very rare at this location.
  2. My wife and I were searching Aquia formation beaches in Virginia the other day and found these. We've no idea what they may be. Can anyone throw some knowledge our way? The first is a small (nickel sized) plate with little divots in its surface. Divot side is convex, other side is smooth and concave. (One image) The second piece is about a 3/4 of an inch long. Two opposite surfaces are smooth, and the other two opposite surfaces are grooved, kind of like wear patterns. There is a hole down the length of it that goes all the way through. Looks toothlike (three images) Thank you for your time, knowledge and expertise
  3. Mysterious Fossil

    I found this strange fossil at Stratford Hall in Virginia. It has an odd, scale-like impression on the top face. If anyone can help, I'd greatly appreciate it. It's difficult to see and photograph, but if you look closely it will help. Thanks!
  4. With the wind/wave forecast for eastern VA this weekend showing NE 10-15 knots, Mrs.SA2 and I decided to forgo boating on our fossil hunting expedition. Fortunately, one of our buddies has access to a really nice spot where you can walk in, so we went with him on Saturday. Turned out to be a very nice day and a great 5 hour walk along the beach. We really need to hunt/collect with him more often. When we got to the parking area there was already 1 car parked and the person was well ahead of us. Normally, we would be concerned but since we arrived 3 hours before low tide, we figured we would be OK and made our way to the beach and started our trek upstream. Wasn't long and we ran into the guy who had beaten us to the beach heading back to the car. He must of come out at the crack of dawn to already be done this far before low tide. After about 10 mins of walking, Mrs.SA2 started on a roll and was finding some beautifully colored hastalis. Here are a few in situ shots of some of her finds. Not to be out done, I lucked out as the tide was waning and found this beauty. She's on the small-ish side and has feeding damage to the tip, but finders can't be greedy and it was the biggest tooth found on the day. By the time we made the turn and started back towards the cars, we realized there were several groups of people between us and the starting point. This meant some competition for the fossils heading back. Here are photos of most of the teeth, the cetacean ear bones and the fish / shark verts we found. I'll post photos of our other finds a little later. Time to take Mrs.SA2 for a paddle in the kayaks on the reservoir for some exercise. Hopefully, we can spot the breeding pair of bald eagles that are now making the reservoir and our neighborhood home these days.
  5. James River Weekend - VA

    Mrs. SA2, @MikeR & I guided a trip for 12 along the lower James River in Virginia this weekend. Started out with very iffy weather Saturday morning with 2 foot swells and white caps from an unfriendly westerly wind. She and I were both quite busy tending our boats even when on the beach so we didn't get many photos. Mike was busy helping the folks with IDs and stratigraphy, so he didn't get many either. There were some taken though. Later in the day we did find a very nice, large Eastover Formation slough (upper Miocene). @Fossil-Hound Mrs. SA2 said she "had the feeling" as we approached in the boats. Not to disappoint, the slough produced at least 10 Ecphora between the different members of the group, most were whole or almost whole. @Daleksec still has hold of the lucky horseshoe and found about 6 foot of whale jaw. (After initial inspections last night it appears to be 3 foot of both sides of the lower jaw / mandible. Lots of further work is required.) I will post more photos of Saturday in next couple days. Today was much nicer on the river and we hunted a section of beach with the Rushmere Member of the Yorktown Formation (Upper Pliocene) in the bottom 2 - 3 feet of the cliff. It's very shelly and it too produced large #s of Ecphora. @Fossil-Hound, I'm not exaggerating when I say the group got over 20 on the day, cause I found Mrs. SA2 7 by myself, she found a couple, @Daleksec had 4 or 5 and other members of the group had some too. Here is a photo of my 1st of today, lying there waiting to pose with 2 of @aerogrower's custom scale cube. We were testing out the metric one to make sure Ray put some magic in it. Here is a photo showing the Rushmere Member exposure at the base of the cliff. We had about 600 yards of exposure today. Paleo pick for scale. Here is a photo of my last Ecphora of the day. @Fossil-Hound, calm down. YES, it really is "that big!" @MikeR can vouch for it, he saw it and photographed it, with his brand new metric scale from @aerogrower. Obviously, I have some prep work ahead of me. Speaking of the world famous @MikeR, ladies and gentlemen - here he is coming back to the boat with his bucket of trophies after a few hours in the sun! One of the nicest, most knowledgeable guys you would ever want to meet. I'll post photos of all of Mrs. SA2'S Ecphora from the weekend, @Daleksec's jaw and his gorgeous ~2 inch hastalis with red hues in the next few days. Gorgeous tooth! Cheers, SA2
  6. Tooth?

    No idea what this is, but I suspect plenty of you can identify it instantly. Found it on a small beach on the Chesapeake bay while looking for shark teeth.
  7. Please Help ID this Beautiful Beach find!

    I was scanning my local beach after a storm one day and came across this laying on the edge of the shoreline, I was very surprised by the weight of this dense beauty! The location was Cape Henry in Virginia Beach (where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean). Any help as to what it may be would be greatly appreciated!!! I'm praying it's some sort of horn or bone from a prehistoric creature! Thanks, AAA
  8. Hi all! After my first ever collecting trip to Brownie's Beach, I'm chomping at the bit to go look for more fossils! As a Virginian, I'm incredibly lucky to have stumbled onto this hobby given the plethora of great sites in the MD/VA area. Now, I would LOVE to find a good spot on the Potomac, as Brownie's was a 2.5+ hour drive which makes it a bit long for a day trip. Having done some map recon and online browsing, it seems that Fairview beach and Colonial beach might make for promising spots. What are y'alls thoughts? Has anyone been to either of these sites? I haven't found anything online about fossils at Fairview but it's quite close to Colonial so I figured it might be worth a go! (not looking for specific tips, just a simple head nod that I'm headed in the right direction with either of these beaches) best, Bronco
  9. Potomac River

    What an awesome day today, started out by getting a brief of the geologic formations and the fossils found within them on the Virginia side of the Potomac from Dr. Weems. Part of his brief was more of the tracks in the bog iron like the one Marco shared here, something that has caused me to pay a lot more attention to the them when I see a larger piece. After the brief we were off to the river to search, I don't think we could have had a nicer day. My wife went one way, I went the other, and we spent the next four hours "looking for treasure"...and we both had a blast! My wife's haul Unknown fish vert Another unknown fish vert from various angles My haul I meant to ask for an ID on this but I was so worn out by the time we got back, I forgot to. I'm guessing that this is an Atlas vertebrae...thoughts? Drum plate, no teeth though Shark Vert My biggest Mako, this thing has seen better days! I liked this little Mako, both the color and the outward curve
  10. Ecphora gardnerae

    Acquired by purchase a while ago from a collector from Surry, VA. The site is no longer available to the public.
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. Ecphora gardnerae

    Acquired by purchase from a collector from Surry, VA. The site is no longer available to the public.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  22. 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 ?
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.