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  1. Notorynchus cepedianus (Sevengill Cow Shark)

    From the album The Incredibly Diverse Vertebrate and Invertebrate Paleontology of maryland

    Largely complete lower Notorynchus cepedianus from Brownies Beach, Calvert County, Maryland. Calvert form.
  2. An Ear-y Time at Brownie's

    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 with a younger boy, and those two knew their stuff! I always love talking to those with more experience, as I feel like I can never learn too much about fossils. The man pointed out the various levels in the cliffs, including where the megalodon teeth are to be found! We didn't find any megalodons, but we found some nice teeth. I really scored big with some wonderful bone finds, including three ear bones, which are one of my favorite bones to find! I nearly doubled my ear bone collection in just one trip!
  3. Hey all, it looks like even with the heavy rain I will still be able to make a break out at low tide, I figure it should be safe enough if it’s low tide because I can stay closer to the waves and away from the cliff. Just wanted to have an epic hunt at the end of 2018. I will probably do a Matoaka-Brownies combo hunt and try to get out there by 11 when the rain has died down a bit. not really expecting to find anything big. Still, it never hurts! Any of you heading out? Cheers, FA
  4. Isurus oxyrinchus (Rafinesque 1810)

    From the album Pisces

    24mm. Shortfin Mako upper. From the Miocene at Calvert Cliffs, Maryland. Traded with Fossil-Hound.
  5. Unusual Miocene Odontocete Tooth

    Hi, This tooth was found at Bayfront Park/Brownies Beach, which is Calvert Formation (~18-22 MYA). It is clearly from an odontocete, but it is unlike any other I've found from this location, or anywhere for that matter. The crown is not perfectly conical, instead having a rather wide appearance. But what really makes this tooth so odd is the root. It is flattened and bumpy, while most odontocete teeth have long, smooth roots like those of human teeth (this obviously makes sense, as they are both mammals). The fossil is about 3/4" from the tip of the crown to the bottom of the root. If you look closely (it may be difficult to see in the pictures provided), it almost looks like the tooth is encased within the root, and could be pulled out. This at first led me to consider the possibility that the strange flat part may actually just be matrix and the fossil is just a typical odontocete tooth not fully uncovered. However, after further inspection I am confident that everything is fossilized and the entire fossil is a single tooth. So now the only questions are what animal did this tooth belong to and why is it so unusual in appearance? I am certainly hoping that it may be a small Squalodon tooth because I've never found one and I think they're just awesome. Any information is appreciated, as always. Thank you!
  6. Tooth ID

    Hello. I found this tooth today at Matoaka and wanted to get a different perspective than mine. This tooth seems way old for the Choptank formation. First, it seems like a Paleocene tooth snuck in to a Miocene formation. To me, it seems more like otodus obliqqus than hastalis. Reason? Cusps. My tooth has more pronounced, albeit worn down cusps than any I've seen on hastalis. All i'm trying to say is that it is very different and uncommon and would like to know what it is. Tooth.
  7. Hello All, a friend recently recommended this site to me who lives right down in Calvert itself. He recommended it to me if I wanted to learn more about Maryland Fossils. My question to you all is: is this source present-time and accurate? It was published this year, but may contain information from previous years that has now been proven different. Thank you all because I am eager to learn! Site itself:https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327907444_Miocene_bony_fishes_from_the_Calvert_Choptank_St_Marys_and_Eastover_Formations_Chesapeake_Group_Maryland_and_Virginia PDF is available for downloads. Thanks in advance.
  8. Fossil Teeth ID

    These were both found along Calvert Cliffs where the older, Calvert Formation, is present. The first tooth with the cusps is smooth edged. The 2nd tooth is a bit worn, but does seem to have had serrations. I have been identifying it as a small worn posterior Meg. The new tooth made me check it again and wonder, but it does still appear to be a Meg and not something older to my eyes. What I come up with for ID puts the tooth with cusps out of place at Calvert. Seems like it should be from an older formation. Both were found this season, but many months apart. Distance between the finds was pretty close, I'd say 1/8 mile or less . I am a kayaker; these were both from an area easier to reach by kayak, and where I do tend to find older, smaller teeth.
  9. Found this probably last year or a few years ago, i can't remember but I always wanted to know what it was from. It looks like it could have been some head of a bird? I don't know, maybe a turtle? I'm at a loss on this one! It has a little raised area at the front "nose". I could be way off and it's not a head at all! It measures almost 2" long and 1" wide at the widest point and high it's about 5/8" at the back end. Thanks in advance! This was a Calvert County Maryland -- Chesapeake Bay find.
  10. I need to get some of the shallow display cases but this keeps them safe for now!
  11. Looked in my book but just am not sure it measures 1.5” x 1.25” x .50”. Maybe camel, bison? Horse? Any help appreciated, I have a horse molar and a peccary but this is my first like this. Thanks!
  12. Hi all! Decided to bring out the kayak on this windy Maryland day and it was another amazing hunt although and my arms are definitely suffering. Unfortunately didn't find anything too great but did find an unusual piece of something I've never seen or found before. Of course like every leaf, shell, or rock it could just be an incredibly suggestively shaped piece of nothing but I think it's some sort of mammal tooth possibly or maybe some type of fish tooth? Comparing it to the seal/peccary online it looks similar but just not enough to convince me so I thought I'd ask the experts! It's from the Calvert formation of the Chesapeake Group which is early Miocene: For size reference: Close up: From below: Thanks and I apologize for the blur I guess that's what you get with a clip on magnifier on a cell phone camera
  13. Flag Ponds Fossils

    Since I am brand new to Miocene fossils, I’m hoping the Fossil Forum community can help me identify the following fossils I found at Flag Ponds over Labor Day weekend. Group 1 - Cetacean or impressions left by invertebrates?
  14. Yesterday I followed the stream that starts in my backyard to the bay. Went north a bit and saw what looked like a piece of lignite in a small slab of cliff about to fall, tapped it with my machete(needed for clearing brush, spider webs, maybe a copperhead Lol!) and it made an unexpected clink instead of the mush that lignite usually is. My extraction method would probably make you guys puke but yes, I used my machete to slice until free. It was high tide, waves splashing against me and cliff, also had two impatient boys and two dogs in tow so it was quick and dirty. Anyway, it ended up being a pretty large bone. Probably whale/dolphin rib, maybe flipper?? IDK... Looks like some sort of joint at one end. Kinda wonder if a whole skeleton is buried in the cliff????
  15. First stop on our road trip was at brownies beach Thursday. My boys, our dog, and myself had a great time! Weather was fantastic. We walked around the bend, spent about 3 hours total. Saw lots of blueclaw crabs, some fish, and the boys had a bald eagle fly about 10 feet over their heads. And we found some teeth! A few makos, couple of hemis, some tigers, lemons... on the way out my son asked me to help him clear sand out of his water shoes and I found a nice fish vert in 4 inches of water just a few feet before I got to him. I thanked him for deciding to clear his shoes out at that spot. We also kept a few shells that were in good condition and will make a nice display. We stopped at gmr on friday, will post our results soon. Currently we are in the Charleston area and my boys REALLY want to find a meg. I do not know my way around here, but we will try to explore a creek or two in the Summerville area, have to look on google maps.
  16. Hi, I've been finding a bunch of small teeth lately on the Potomac, but now I want a chance to find the BIG ones! I have a small window of time on Saturday morning to go for a hunt. I am trying to decide between Calvert Cliffs State Park beach or around Cove Point. I will be arriving to the area around 5:30 AM and will be able to hunt for about 3 hours. What do you all suggest? Thanks!
  17. Cove Point

    A decent day at cove point beach. Unfortunately, it's private, but if you can find access this place is pretty good. A pretty rare find for me, Odontocete teeth and a porpoise tooth. Sorry we don't have a good picture, but it may be there on the image with a lot of teeth. Some pretty big teeth but they all weren't in the best shape. Giant Threshers, Duskies, Hammerheads, Tigers, Lemons, Etc.... A pretty good display of the types of teeth found here. I actually found a goblin shark tooth which is a lot older than the rest of these. It's Paleocene instead of Miocene, so about 25-40 million years older. (This exact type of course, some Goblins are Miocene, Cretaceous, Oligocene, and present.)
  18. Matoaka Beach Cabins

    I had a great time searching for teeth in the water at Matoaka. Here, the fossil rule is quality over quantity. For a new site, this proved to be quite a different but rewarding experience from our normal site. Teeth found here are from the Choptank Miocene formation. As can be shown from the pictures, Hemipristus Serra is the most common 'big tooth' found there, but a few Makos are around and some people have even reported finding 2-3 inch extinct giant White teeth... The fossils are beautiful here and most of the teeth are in great condition. Also look out for Bronze Whaler shark teeth, Whale teeth, Odontocete teeth (small, dolphin like animals) porpoise teeth, black drum teeth, and your nice Galeocerdo Contortus and other tigers. Beautifully preserved invertebrates are out there too. Be on the lookout. This is a great place fo young children and experienced fossil hunters alike. Secrets: Go to the North beach instead of the South, and head west as far as you can to get to the best teeth and vertebrae.
  19. Calvert Cliffs find

    My family and I were at Calvert Cliffs today and discovered this. Any thoughts?
  20. 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.
  21. Matoaka Cabins 5-26-18

    We took a trip down to the Matoaka Cabins in St. Leonard Maryland Saturday. I knew we weren't going to be making low tide in the morning or late in the evening, so we were there pretty much at high tide. The boys had fun playing in the sand and finding a few fossils. Our 2.5 year old actually found the first, he picked it up and asked if he found a fossil. We hung around for almost 4 hours before we headed pack home and beat the evening storms. Our 8 year old was thrilled to find fragments of ecphoras, chesapectans and ray dental plates. I found a few pieces of coral, a couple shark teeth, a possible fish vertebrae, and 4 mysterious bits that if I were to guess I would say 2 fish coprolites possibly and then the other 2 are maybe turtle or maybe croc scutes? The ruler in the pics is cm...because imperial is a pain.
  22. Calvert Cliff Croc bone?

    Looking for confirmation here, is this a croc skull bone or osteoderm? I was putting all my Brownies beach finds into one box and I saw it and immediately picked it up, I don’t know how I missed it! Croc material is pretty uncommon on the cliffs, so if even this one inch bit is croc I’d be super happy!
  23. Possible dino tooth from Calvert cliffs, MD

    Found this fossil fragment in Calvert cliffs, MD, believing it was some kind of tooth or perhaps a crab claw. It doesnt appear to be either since what look to be serrations are on the outside edge of the fossil. When looking at similar species found in the area, I was still unsure how to identify it. So I turn to you fossil forum! Can you help me figure out what this is?
  24. Was able to get the kayak out and if it's not the constant rain it's the heat!! But maybe my eyes are seeing something that's not actually there. It could be a ridiculously tiny Carcharias as well? The tip does not look broken even though the tooth is pretty heavily worn. I don't think I've found one this small though. I haven't found any teeth similar to this so that's why I'm asking the pros! The little cusp kinda throws me although I don't think the root has the defined c shaped that a Thresher would. I'm all kind of confused... it's amateur hour over here! The juvenile-ness of it makes it difficult for me. (also my lack of skill... yet!). Front: Rear: "Underneath:" From above: Thanks so much!
  25. CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM DESIGNATED AS MARYLAND STATE PALEONTOLOGY CENTER http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=278&ARC=418