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  1. As I mentioned in my last post, the Cincinnati Dry Dredgers now have a members blog to record our fossil hunting trips. Last time, I blogged about the fossils in the Ordovician tri-state area (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana), and this time I start the first of a two-part series about the Triassic fossils of the Solite Quarry. Read about our favorite Triassic Lagerstätte here.
  2. Set out for a two day expedition with my girlfriend down to Westmoreland SP to see what we could find. The first day was ok, finding a lot of broken teeth and some bone. The second day we cleaned house and my girlfriend found her first Meg. This excites me because hopefully this will keep her motivated to come fossil hunting with me haha. She really had a great day finding a couple beautiful makos, a meg, and a sweet upper sevengill tooth. If anyone could help me identify this chunk of bone that'd be great. Hope you enjoy the pics! Boneheadz
  3. First Hunt Finds!

    Hi there everyone! as many as some of you may know that i was having a hard time to start/finding a spot to fossil hunt and recently i got permission from a landowner to hunt there HUGE Ravine that had a stream and a bunch of "Crater" like things and keep in mind I'm about 2 hours away from VA Beach and look what me and my uncle found and I'm going back there today. Also again I'm very new so can someone identify these for me? Image Links: First Day: http://imgur.com/a/CratD Second: http://imgur.com/a/BTycI
  4. Westmoreland SP 2/25/16

    I had the day off on Thursday and after that storm we had on Wednesday night I couldn't help but go looking for some fossils. I got down there at sunrise and headed down to the beach, thats when i realized that the water was extremely high due to rain and the water was very murky. I didn't find much all day but i did make a friend who was new to hunting for fossils, said he hunts for gems and arrowheads. I ended up giving him most of my shark teeth and bones, in exchange he gave me an arrowhead and a piece of quartz crystal. So the day wasn't a total bust. I'll add some macro pics of some nice extinct tigers I found. Boneheadz
  5. Ostrea sinuosa

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Ostrea sinuosa (Frilly Oyster) Formation: Aquia / Passpotansa Member Age: Upper Paleocene Location: Potomac River, Stafford County, VA, near Aquia Creek Scale: Size of adult male hand (Fresh out of the surf, matrix mud still visible on specimen)
  6. Placopecten clintonius.2

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Placopecten clintonius Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, Surry County, VA, right bank, downstream of Cobhams Wharf
  7. Placopecten clintonius.1

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Placopecten clintonius Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, Surry County, VA, right bank, downstream of Cobhams Wharf
  8. Chesapecten nefrens.bottom

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Chesapecten nefrens (both valves of specimen) Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, James City County, VA, left bank, downstream of Jamestown
  9. Chesapecten nefrens.top

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Chesapecten nefrens (both valves of specimen) Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, James City County, VA, left bank, downstream of Jamestown
  10. Chesapecten nefrens.right

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Chesapecten nefrens Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, James City County, VA, left bank, downstream of Jamestown
  11. Chesapecten nefrens.left

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Chesapecten nefrens Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, James City County, VA, left bank, downstream of Jamestown
  12. Chesapecten nefrens.1

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Chesapecten nefrens (both valves of specimen) Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, James City County, VA, left bank, downstream of Jamestown
  13. C.jeffersonius with clintonius

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: C. jeffersonius with Placopecten clintonius (naturally concreted together) Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, Surry County, VA, right bank, downstream of Sunken Meadow
  14. Ostrea compressirostra.1

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Ostrea compressirostra Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, Surry County, VA, right bank, near Cobhams Wharf
  15. Ostrea compressirostra.2

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Ostrea compressirostra Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, Surry County, VA, right bank, near Cobhams Wharf
  16. Ostrea compressirostra.3

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Ostrea compressirostra Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, Surry County, VA, right bank, near Cobhams Wharf
  17. Ostrea compressirostra.4

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Ostrea compressirostra Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, Surry County, VA, right bank, near Cobhams Wharf
  18. James River Chesapectens

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Chesapecten jeffersonius Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, Surry County, VA, right bank, near Cobhams Wharf
  19. Westmoreland SP 2/17-2/18

    I had an opportunity to go down to Westmoreland twice this week because I was lucky enough to have off work. The first day I took my GF with me because she had off as well. The first day was pretty nice and sunny, the wind wasn't a factor that day so it was perfect for hunting in the water. Being down there only a short time I found one of the most beat up shamer megs I've ever found. Im not sure how it could've gotten this bad, but atleast it was a good sign. We found a few teeth that day including a decent little Snaggletooth. On the second day i went down by myself and found that the wind had picked up significantly from the previous day. I was limited to whatever was laying on the beach. Luckily, I was able to find a couple teeth including a beat up Mako and a nice upper snaggletooth. Here are some pics for you to enjoy. If anyone has any theories to what happened to this meg, I'd love to hear them. The inside of it is mushy and pretty much broke apart in my hand. Thanks, Boneheadz
  20. Fossil Hunting Va/Md

    Hey, i often hunt fossils in Virginia and Maryland and am primarily looking for shark teeth and other marine fossils. I frequent Westmoreland SP and Purse SP. Ive been hunting alone a lot lately and although I'm getting used to it now, I'd still feel more comfortable and enjoy it more if i had someone to go with. I mainly go during the week because less people are down there hunting. If anyone would be like to meet up, send me a message. Thanks, Boneheadz
  21. 2015 westmoreland finds

    Just a few of my finds from 2015 at Westmoreland SP along the Potomac river. This is my fist time posting and my finds include Megs, makos, a couple gator teeth and a complete Ray plate. I hope you enjoy. More pictures upon request.
  22. A few weeks back on a Tuesday I took a trip down to Westmoreland State Park (Virginia) to scout for kayaking and fossil hunting spots on the Potomac river. I put in at the park beach shortly after 8am and paddled south-eastish into the rising sun along the "bluffy" coast. Temperatures were in the low 30's but the air was still and the boat quickly warmed up. After about two hours of paddling I put ashore onto an unposted beach and tried sifting in some gravelly areas in about 12 inches of water. I sifted for about 30 minutes and came up with three nice large fossil shark teeth (Isurus hastalis), a snaggletooth shark tooth (Hemipristis serra), other smaller shark teeth, eagle ray pavement teeth, a dermal ray scute, and other bigger bone fragments (i could use help with identifying).. I continued the paddle after stowing the fossils, eventually turned, and paddled back to the beach by late afternoon. On the way back, the rising tide obscured most of the really neat potential fossil spots I'd seen on the way out. Lessons learned.. hunt only on unposted beaches or at the low tide water line, watch the tides, remember to bring booties, and this place has a lot of potential.
  23. The following graptolites were collected at two Luster’s Gate locations east of Blacksburg, Virginia, one on VA 723 (UTM 17S 556351.49 4121426.16) and the other on VA 785 (most likely, UTM 17S 556851.28 4122155.54). I remember the second location as being just north of a sharp bend in the road and I wish Google Earth would run a street view down VA 785 so I could verify it. The locality on VA 785 has been listed as having exceptional preservation (lagerstatten) but I had never considered it so, until I found Specimen # 6. Anyways, I’ve photographed and scanned six specimens and I am having problems pinning down any type of assured ID other than graptolithina. I’m not well versed in graptolite taxonomy and I realize the preservation is somewhat poor, so I would expect speciation unlikely. But, maybe someone in the FF familiar with the taxa and/or the site can verify my lame attempt at taxanomic placement of some of the specimens and make a generic or family/group determination on all. That would be most helpful. Also, is anyone aware of where I might obtain a copy of the following thesis/dissertation other than the VPI library? J. Duval Shultz, 1919. The Graptolites of the Luster's Gate Locality, Montgomery County. Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 18p. Specimen#1 Specimen #2
  24. Hello everyone, I'm new to the forums, but have been a pretty dedicated fossil hunter for many years. My main goal has always been to find high quality megalodon teeth. For me, it doesn't get any better than discovering the weapons of these ancient leviathans. My searching has generally been on the Potomac, but I've decided to expand my search to the rivers of southern Virginia. And rather than go it alone, I wanted to see if there were any other Meg fanatics in Virginia that would want to collaborate with me. I'm looking to create a circle of friends, maybe 4 or 5 people, that are all willing to share coordinates of hot spots and places to avoid. I figure if we work together we all come out ahead. I generally go searching once a week, but no less than once every two weeks. So that's about the cadence you can expect to get info from me. If you're interested, send me a message. Thanks, Jake
  25. Hi! I'm completely new here, but I've been 'lurking' quite a bit. We really enjoyed beach combing for these and wanted to know if we found anything interesting. I've looked through a lot of online information but I don't think I'm experienced enough to be certain. I ordered a 'field guide' for fossil hunting in mid-atlantic states, but it won't get here until Tuesday. These were collected at a beach near Hampton, VA - facing out toward the ocean but still technically in the bay I suppose. If I need to take different or better pictures please let me know, I've read through the tips and I think they are pretty clear but I can definitely try again. Thank you in advanced for any help!
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