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  1. Fossil_teenager

    2 inch Meg from an angry bay

    Got out on the bay today. The canoe will need repairs now that it’s been punctured. It’s no longer sea worthy until it gets fixed. Anyways, got out to the Chesapeake today and the low tide wasn’t necessarily all that low. It was unrelenting waves the whole day. There wasn’t much teeth found today as normal but that doesn’t matter. I had a really good day out on the bay despite the large tsunamis. Here’s what all was found: the total round up: The Lower Megalodon is a killer. It’s so perfect there is absolutely nothing wrong with it at all. Always consider finding
  2. steviefossils

    Calvert Cliffs trip 1

    Took my first trip out to Calvert cliffs state park this weekend. Got there as early as I could, which started me at high tide. Beach loaded up with people throughout the day. And from what I saw, nobody else found any teeth. So I consider myself lucky with the hastalis I found. The roots were just barely showing, I think a wave may have just uncovered them. It was a long day round trip from NY but worth it. Also found some scallops.
  3. First I suspect is a worn ray tooth but am a bit thrown by the shape. The second I really have no clue on. Would be very grateful for any help with these. Thanks!
  4. When I tap this with metal tweezers, it feels at least partially mineralized, but it has also changed color to a chalkier, lighter tone since it dried, which leads me to think it can't be fully mineralized. Would this be the case with a very young fossil (say Pleistocene)? Is there any Pleistocene material at calvert cliffs?
  5. Found this today at calvert cliffs. The only things I could think of that it could be were a juvenile porpoise or crocodile tooth. Anyone have any thoughts?
  6. Made my second ever trip to Calvert cliffs (went to Calvert cliffs state park). The first trip last year was fun, but I didn't really find any of the big shark teeth that I couldn't find near home at Big Brook in New Jersey. This time I did much better. Stopped on the way home from a family vacation and finally got some of the things I'd been hoping for. Still no megalodon teeth, but maybe next time! Got only a small handful of shark teeth, but was lucky to get two very nice hemipristis teeth, one of which was in absolutely stunning condition. Also got so many stingray teeth I star
  7. Found a bone fragment at the Calvert formation that I haven't seen before. It's fairly distinctive. I'm wondering if there's enough of it to ID. Any thoughts?
  8. Jaeta

    Calvert find - Rock or tooth?

    Found this at Calvert today. Was about to toss it aside as a rock, but I thought it might be a tooth. Possibly a crocodile tooth or just a rock pretending to be a tooth?
  9. Rexofspades

    Matoaka Fossil Bone ID

    Hi Everyone! I went on a one man expedition to Matoaka Cabins last weekend, picked up some wonderful finds. but a couple pieces I discovered are puzzling me. I am all but certain they are bone. And I am also confident they are fossil based on the color, texture, and density. But Id like to know if there is any further identifying that can be done outside of them being bones? I admit its likely a bit of a long shot as they are isolated specimens, but any best guesses would be appreciated. My speculations are: long one is a cetacean rib segment. Small one is fragmentary f
  10. sharkdoctor

    Weird Calvert Formation shark tooth

    I think I saw this tooth form in an identification book at some point and laughed at it. It's such a weird tooth. However, I can't find the reference now. It's driving me crazy. Any ideas what this is? It is possible that the tooth was reworked from an earlier formation (Old Church or Piney Point). From the Calvert Formation, bed 3. The scale box=5mm. Lingual surface? Labial surface? @jcbshark @MarcoSr @Al Dente @Gizmo @fossilsonwheels
  11. From the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club Facebook page, our shark people may enjoy this next twist in the debate: ”Associated shark teeth from the whale collected in 2008. During the excavation a number of teeth were uncovered around the ribs. All of these teeth are from a tiger shark. The upper and lower positions are a proposed possibility. However, those of you who follow the ever confusing world of shark tooth identification, you’ll notice the “upper” teeth are ones identified as Galeocerdo aduncus and the “lower” teeth are ones identified as Physogaleus contortus. The
  12. I'd love a spot of help with a couple of teeth that have been vexing me lately! Thanks in advance for your thoughts. Below are photos of several teeth that all seem to have some of the same characteristics. The first two are from the base of the Calvert Formation. The next three are from the Old Church formation, which directly underlies the Calvert Formation through parts of Central Virginia. I am assuming they are crushing type teeth based on what looks like attachment characteristics on the base and smooth, worn surfaces on the top. The scale box is 5mm per side.
  13. Yesterday I found this piece of vertebra near the Calvert Formation at Calvert Cliffs Maryland. It seems to be a "cookie" but is taller than online pictures show and haas a strange belly button shape with a pattern in the middle. It is roughly 3-4 inches wide and 1 inch tall. Does anyone recognize this fossil?
  14. Basic64

    Brownie’s Beach NO TRESPASSING?

    I haven’t been to Brownie’s Beach in a while and thought I’d take a day trip. When double checking my route online I notice some tv news stories about a cliff collapse there in January that the fire department responded to. No one was hurt, and looking at drone footage afterwards the beach seems to have way fewer collapse piles than last year. So I didn’t think too much of it and showed up there this morning. Once I made a right at the water after walking down the trail, I was greeted with a large sign saying; Danger unstable cliffs ahead. Any persons beyond this point will be co
  15. 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
  16. Dear TFF members, Ive taken a photo of all the shark teeth that I am having trouble identifying. Could anyone help point out if I got any ID's wrong? These were all found at Calvert Cliffs, MD. Top 3 rows near Choptank and St Marys Formation and bottom half underneath Calvert Formation. 1. Snaggletooth (serrations are similar on both, the first one has a strange enamel color) 2. First two are white sharks, probably plicatilis? Third, I have no clue 3. Requiem shark tooth (just suspicious because I've never found a tooth in the area with that color) 4. Pos
  17. I know it has been said before, but anyone collecting along Calvert Cliffs, always be careful. I was out yesterday and saw 2 different falls. One was giving warning of it coming, with a number of small clods trickling down. I did not hang out in that area and kept well away from the cliff. About 45 minutes later I heard the sound of a fall and saw it come down. As I was kayaking home I saw another section, about the size of 2 minivans, come down. That was in an area that sees a lot of collectors. Also, when I was out yesterday the bay was absolutely full of sea nettles. It
  18. Yesterday (January 2nd) was only my second trip to Calvert Cliffs. I'm pretty new to fossil collecting, but thanks to the wonderful advice and reading the greatly informative posts from members such as @Darktooth @FossilsAnonymous @WhodamanHD @racerzeke @KimTexan and @paxhunter I had a lot of success and it was a much more productive trip than my first. Below is a brief summary and some pictures of what I found: I woke up, put on a few layers clothing, and had my coffee at 3:45am. After my morning pipe (tobacco...I actually make briar tobacco pipes as a hobby) I got in my pre-loade
  19. Hi All! I'm camping in the Chesapeake area of Southern Maryland and am trying to plan out a little Calvert Cliffs trip. It seems like COVID has closed off almost all the access points to the Cliffs except for Matoaka and Calvert Cliffs State Park--a bummer, but I'm new to this so it will take very little to make me happy... Should I take my kayak? I've never been to either location but saw that the hike from parking to the beach area at the state park is 1.8 miles, so I'd hate to get the kayak all the way down there and find out I didn't need it after all. Any general advice would
  20. ShoreThing

    Quick Calvert Cliffs Trip

    It's been awhile since I've posted...but the good news is that I've been able to make many trips to Calvert Cliffs since my last post. Yesterday was my most recent trip down. The predicted tide and swell forecast looked good and I had visions of megs dancing in my head during the 2.5 hour trip down. I arrived by 6am and after a nice nature walk I was beach-side by 6:30. The tide was high as it usually is during the summer, but it never really went down at low tide (~11:00). That being said, there was very little beach to search and not much being kicked up. However, it was great we
  21. HoppeHunting

    Mystery Vert, Calvert Cliffs

    Hi all, I found this strange vertebra today in a small creek that flows into the Chesapeake Bay. If it's a fossil, it is from the Calvert Formation. It's unlike anything I've seen before, and certainly not a cetacean vert, so that begs the question: what is it? I have not done the burn test on it yet to confirm it as a fossil, but can anyone identify it based on morphology? I believe it to be from a large terrestrial animal, but I'd like an expert/experienced opinion. Thank you in advance!
  22. Hello Everyone! Seems to be a good bit of interest in this topic, so I thought I’d make a little summary on what types of crocodilians you may find along the Calvert cliffs. Most of this information is gleaned from Dr. Robert Weems’ “Crocodilians of the Calvert Cliffs” in Geology and Vertebrate Paleontology of Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, USA, available freely by clicking the underlined portion. I encourage you to read that for more detail. If you have anything to add or you notice any mistakes, please let me know! Thecachampsa This genus is the only described genus along the c
  23. The Jersey Devil

    Calvert Cliffs Shells - Modern/Fossil

    Hi everyone, I would like to ask about some brownies beach shells and corals from a while back. I think the first 3 pics including the corals and Scaphopod are modern, but I want to make sure before I discard them. The last two pics seem like fossils - is there an ID? Thanks! Modern??: Fossil??:
  24. The Jersey Devil

    Calvert Cliffs Ray teeth

    Hi everyone, I would like to ask about these ray teeth from Calvert Cliffs. All I know is that some of them are Aetobatos I think. Thank you.
  25. b. bartron

    Growth on ecphora gardnerae germonae

    Wondering what this is on this ecphora gardnerae germonae gastropod from st marys formation. Possibly barnacle related but doesn't resemble normal barnacle base from the area.
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