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  1. Here is a brief report from one of our latest forays into Calvert County, MD. The well-known stretch of shoreline along the western Chesapeake Bay is loaded with Miocene fossils, with the Calvert, St. Mary's, and Choptank formations progressively exposed along a ~24 mile stretch of beach and cliffs. We found an Airbnb in Lusby, MD which was not too far from Matoaka Lodges, which seemed the best bet since the nearly 2 mile walk to the beaches at Calvert Cliffs State Park is impractical for our family at this time. Covid-19 and Maryland's onerous private land regulations can make it
  2. Hello, I have been doing some fossil hunting at Bay Front Park (Chesapeake Beach) -Brownies- in Maryland USA and have been trying to group and identify some of the teeth I found. I believe these teeth are Miocene and my guesses are as follows- what do you think? Thanks Row 1: Physogaleus contortus Row 2: Galeocerdo aduncus Row 3: Hemipristis serra
  3. Hi everyone, I just found this tooth last week at Brownies Beach. First I thought it was a broken mako, but the serrations in the edges and the fact that the tooth is hollow at the base, makes me think that in fact,this is a tooth from a Squalodon. Thanks for your answers
  4. On December 28th I had a chance to do a little searching at Brownies. Spent most of the day in a gentle rain but found a variety of the usual suspects. More than anything, it was amazing to be on the water in the fog and rain. Super quiet and beautiful. In the shark department, I was stoked to find this 3.1" Meg (uncleaned) in situ. It keeps getting lighter, so I suspect it will be near white once done. I also came across some of these corals/sponges. One has a nice cup on it that looks to have been oriented upwards along with a barnacle, like a sponge. Any thoughts on
  5. I will be in DC for a meeting soon and will have a day to spend at Brownies Beach looking for fossils. Can anybody provide advice on accessibility of the beach at high tide and as the tide recedes? Can I start just after high tide or will I need to wait longer for tides to recede so I can access the beach? High tide will be at about 6am so I need to decide when to start. Also should I bring boots for wading or will sandals be ok? Thanks so much for advice!
  6. Good afternoon. Are there any techniques that are useful in finding larger (3/4"+) teeth on MD/VA beaches? I've been teeth diving down in SC and NC, so I get the whole "if you want big teeth, look for big rocks, shells, etc." thing. Does that concept translate in some way to searching for shark teeth from local beaches? ex. Feel for 'x' type of material/muck/clay consistency? I've gotten fairly good at finding x < 3/4" teeth (ex. High tide line material, stuff at/near the "shelf"/drop off from the beach, etc.) . My last trip out...I found my first tooth in litera
  7. WhodamanHD

    Calling Brownies Beach Collectors!

    Hello everyone, I saw this on a Calvert Cliff Facebook group from John Nance of the Calvert Marine Museum, and I figure it should be here too. “Calling all Brownies Beach collectors! If you found any pieces of leatherback turtle shell in the past year they likely belong to this guys shell! This shell was spotted and collected last May. It was first reported by a Brownies Beach collector and others have since added to it. (Will add names with permission.) It’s coming together beautifully! A new donation of 76 pieces will surely help to fill some gaps. If you’re will
  8. MeisTravis

    Calvert Cliffs Find

    Over this past weekend I took a trip to the Calvert cliffs(first time going, didn’t have much luck lol). I found this piece and was gonna see if I could get some help identifying it. I found it at bay front. Not sure if it’s anything but I couldn’t find anything like it to compare it to. Let me know if any other or different pictures would help identify it. Thanks all!
  9. A few recent trips to brownies. Still have not found the big ones, but I think I am getting better at spotting them. I attached a pic, and had a few request for comments. Can someone provide additional info on the bone, broken tooth, the one object with the cut down the middle (does not feel like wood), and the 3 tonged tooth, which to me looks like a wisdom tooth. Any info appreciated. To give an idea on size the bone is probable about 3 to 4 inches. Thanks,
  10. I found these bony fish ear bones on various trip to Brownies Beach, this one with four are I believe Sciaenops sp. The one with three are Micromesistius cognatus, and the last one with six are Pogonias sp.
  11. I’m quite busy these days, so it’s been a few months but I finally found a few hours to dart out and get a hunt in at brownies on Saturday. There had obviously been a myriad of collectors who braved the cold prior to me, so I wasn’t expecting much. However, I did end up with a few decent specimens. It feels good to get out into nature and climb over some trees once in a while. Despite my muted expression, I had a blast!
  12. Hello all, I hope you are having a fossiliferous New Year. To kick ours off, MomAnonymous and I went off to Brownies to check out the beach. It seems I really do need waders as I was unable to round the point even at low tide. We met @sharkdoctor on the point who had found an amazing bird bone in zone 10. We chatted for a bit, and he gave me a lot of information that could prove very helpful, and even invited me to a group hunt at Blue Banks. What a generous man. I get good luck when meeting other collectors! We putted around for a bit, finding some really nice sand tigers at one p
  13. I figured since 2018 was ending, I may as well honor it with a final, sopping wet, epic hunt. We (MomAnonymous and I) arrived at Brownies at around 1:10 and wasted no time trying to go south. Unfortunately, it was swollen with water even though it was low tide and we got cut off at the point. We met two men sifting, i don't know if they were on the forum at all but we chatted for a bit and they had only been finding small teeth. We searched around a bit southwards, and found some nice sand tigers (carcharias cuspidata i think) and a couple of silky and dusky sharks (carcharhinus sp.) before h
  14. On a beautiful Dec. 27, @Chomper and I set off for Brownie's Beach for what's probably our last fossil hunt of the year. We arrived at about 10 a.m., with low tide expected around 1 p.m., and quickly we rounded the point and began searching. I layered up pretty heavily, and ended up feeling like I was the Staypuff Marshmallow Man slowly turning to goo in the sun. However, once the sun disappeared, I was glad for all those layers! We encountered a few other fossil hunters, but I really enjoyed talking to an older man who said he lived eight minutes away. He was hunting w
  15. FossilsAnonymous

    Birthday Fossil Hunt 12/21/18

    So the 21'st was my birthday and we wanted to go out. It was supposed to be the lowest tide of the year due to the position of the moon, and that is what we prepared for. However, by the time we arrived Matoaka had been swollen by rain and was producing nothing, so we went to Brownies instead, expecting a high tide. It was really quite annoying because we had expected to be able to walk along the cliffs as we pleased. We were not able too, unfortunately. Brownies produced a few really nice smaller teeth but that was really it. Unfortunate.
  16. Now that the final fossil hunt of 2018 is over, it's safe to make a recap of this incredible year. This year is so special. Fossil Hunting has developed into my favorite thing in the world. From uncertain 5 tooth hunts to euphoria inducing 200 tooth hunts, 2018 had it all. I was introduced to this forum as well! Thank you all you wonderful people for helping me amass knowledge, teaching me of civility and ways to express myself, and letting me have fun and drool over other's awesome fossils! My tooth spotting skills have improved, very much, and so has my knowledge. Only a couple of big teeth
  17. WhodamanHD

    Is this a Fragalodon?

    Here’s a Miocene Brownie’s beachfind from a while ago, I quickly hailed it as my first meg. However, I’ve had my doubts and I have since found a Fragalodon I am pretty sure is a Fragalodon, so if this turns out to not be a meg, I’m not unhappy. It’s a little over an inch, the root is .7 inches so that should give you a scale. I considered C. hastalis, but some quick unscientific math said that we’re it complete it would be around 3 inches which is not typical. Also the roots got too much curve. All edges are worn off so no serration info. It’s been stress fractures to Timbuktu (pictures don’t
  18. WhodamanHD

    Brownies riker

    I could be doing other things, but it’s the first weekday off school, and I wanted to do something Fossil related. So, I took some of the my favorite self-collected brownies teeth and put them into a riker. The riker originally held a composite Carcharodontosaurus, which meant a lot of empty space, so I moved it into storage until I can get a better case for it. So what do you guys think? key: Top row-Hemis, including a patho, a white one, and a lighting struck one middle group: Cows, all Bluntnose sevengill (Notorynchus Primigenus/cepedianus) , including my symphyseal. bot
  19. WhodamanHD

    Low tide at last!

    Was hoping to get out to a Carboniferous site yesterday, but life got in the way and I had only enough time for a Brownies Hunt (not a bad plan B.). This will likely be one of my last trips to Brownies till the fall, and I’m kinda sad because I’ve grown to like Chesapeake beach and brownies. crazy prices and crowds during the summer However, greener pastures lay ahead this summer. First, I had to take the route 4 this time, so at the county line I saw Jim (AKA the Shark Tooth Guy) whom some here may know, peddling his fossils. I stopped to say "Hi", and bought an Ecphora Quadricos
  20. Calvert Cliff Dweller

    Squalodon or Seal

    Hey guys I need your opinion on what these teeth are. They both came out of matrix of Zone 8 or 9 Blue Clay Calvert Formation They are rather small for Squalodon but could be from a juvenile specimen or could be Seal ? Thanks Cliff Dweller
  21. I had a short hunt yesterday. At first thought I’d have a while to hunt but had some hold ups, so by the time I got there (5:30ish) I knew I had an hour before sunset. The highest tide was only thirty minutes before so I decided I’d do some more experimental hunting techniques (for me). The beach was mostly submerged and some unusually large and frequent waves made surface hunting hard, so I turned to the boulders and chunks of clay that had fallen from the cliffs. I just turned over rocks and scoured boulders. It’s hard to imagine quite what it looks like when a tooth is under ground till you
  22. PolskiByk

    What is this cluster of nodules?

    Found at Brownies Beach, on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Never seen anything like this. What is it?! The 30+ nodules are very hard material like enamel, and the base is bone material. Can someone please help identify this fossil?
  23. hemipristis

    Any ideas?

    Howdy gang! Found this a while back at Brownie's Beach in MD. I just refound it last night, LOL. I'm assuming its from a mammal, but after that, I'm stumped. Any ideas?
  24. I went to Brownies for the first time last Saturday. It was beautiful as the water was completely blown out by the Nor'easter storm of the day before. There were trees down everywhere along the roads near the park. I didn't find much, just a few tiny teeth because of how the water was blown out. So I went back today and was thrilled to find one shark vertebra & two other vertebrae. One looks like it is from a fish. The third is unknown to me. Do you remember the scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, where Harrison Ford gets into the fight with the guy with the sword & he blows him away wit
  25. WhodamanHD

    Super Tiny Physogaleus contortus?

    I have been going through some micro I collected at brownies beach (Calvert FM, Miocene. Zones 4 and 10 mostly) and this tooth looks a little strange to me. Its small, 5 MM about. I'm guessing its a Physogaleus contortus, but I'm not sure. Confirmation, other ideas, and any other information is welcome and encouraged. sorry about poor picture quality, USB microscope is a bit grainy.
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