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  1. 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?
  2. 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????
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. Calvert Cliffs find

    My family and I were at Calvert Cliffs today and discovered this. Any thoughts?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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?
  12. 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!
  13. CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM DESIGNATED AS MARYLAND STATE PALEONTOLOGY CENTER http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=278&ARC=418
  14. Undentfied Calvert Cliffs Maryland Object

    Hi Folks, I was going thru some recent beach float material and came across a item that I can’t seem to identify. It may be a dermal plate to some Miocene animal. At any rate the beach I found on is mostly mid to late Miocene. I surely appreciate any help I could beat of this very knowledgeable board. Thanks in advance Calvert Cliff Dweller.
  15. NC or MD?

    Looking to explore an area outside of our "home base" this Sunday. Plan to head out Sat evening and venture to the Calvert Cliffs area, OR Aurora, NC for an early Sunday hunt. Any tenured hunters of shark teeth have a recommendation on which direction may be best? Pros/cons of each locale? Would love to meet up with an expert/local in either area. Not to discover your honey hole or special spots, but to learn the lay of the land and laws to make sure we stay in the right, and some general knowledge tips on hunting in either place. Thanks!!
  16. Hello All! As you can see by the title of my post and the plethora of pictures to follow, I have been quite busy... busy fossil hunting that is! Since New Years I have been averaging at least one trip per weekend which is a good fix to distract myself from the less-than admirable weather (I just want spring!!!!!). This whole week is off for me since I'm off on Spring Break and that means I can go out hunting during the week to avoid the crowds which is always pleasant to get the beach to yourself. Also with the turn of the season and somewhat "warm" weather we have had I was able to launch my kayak for the first time this season this past weekend and I hope to make good use of my kayak. If any other members would like to hunt sometime feel free to message me (also anyone who wants to take me out on their boat I would take that offer too! ) I'll post a thread of my recent trips along with my more favorite finds and some fossil ID help. I'd also like to add that I have successfully taken over our family dining room and turned it into my own private fossil collection (sorry mom) and I love how it shows the true variety of teeth you can find as well as the differences in locations and the fauna you can find. The paper towels are all from recent trips and the plates are all from previous trips to Stratford Hall which I divided into plates for each different species.
  17. Calvert Cliffs Trip??

    Hi, I was thinking about taking a trip to the Calvert Cliff area this weekend to do some tooth hunting. I read as much as I could on the site and now it seems like I am talking myself out of it. It sounds like there are mostly very small teeth there and the access to the cliffs is very limited. I was wondering if anyone had any advice to share. I have a kayak that I fish out of all year in NJ and I thought that might get me access to a better spot or two, but I'm not sure what the launches are like down there. The couple of boat launches that I found on the web seem to be in the more populated areas, which I think I would rather stay away from. I don't have any problem doing some looking but I hate to drive all the way down and just find the small teeth that I have been finding at home in NJ (period aside). Does anyone have any thought they could share? Thanks!! Andy
  18. 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 with his gun? Well that is how I felt when I came across another fossil hunter & we chatted about our finds & I showed him my shark vertebra. I was so proud until he pulls out a whale vertebra as big as my hand!! I was dying inside, but I also had to laugh because I was so busted. If he is reading this right now, I was awed by your find. I went on to find some nice teeth, shells & two tiny Ecphora.
  19. WOW Patuxent Megalodon Finds

    Hi folks, We had a major low tide here in Calvert County Maryland last week and beachcombers nailed these beautiful Megs on the Patuxent river according to the Maryland DNR Facebook page. The river holds excellent quality teeth as seen the photo. Just goes to prove you don’t have to to Bayfront park to find quality Megs in Maryland. Enjoy Regards Cliff Dweller
  20. Here is a photo 15 various Mako teeth I have collected at Calvert Cliffs. I have been sticking them in a baggy marked Makos, but now I want to display them with the correct labels. The Isurus vs. Cosmopolitodus hastalis thing is confusing for a newbie, as is correctly identifying Broad vs. Narrow vs. Longfin. (Are there others besides these three types Makos at Calvert?) Does anyone want to take a stab at identifying these, or tell me what features I should look for to differentiate them? Thanks!
  21. Can anyone help me identify this tooth? Found at Brownies Beach on the Chesapeake Bay. It looks similar to Makos, but I can't find any pictures of one this curved?
  22. Wow! Have I been busy with the fossil hunting recently. I have been blessed with the opportunity to go hunting every weekend for the last few weeks, sometimes even twice. and I have been having good results and have learned a lot from you guys on TFF so thankyou! I headed down to The Cliffs on Saturday to catch the high tide washing away at a new fall that looked like it could be very productive after a few tides (which it turns out it was). I met fellow members @fishmore5 and another member who goes by the name Cowshark? I'm sorry I forgot. Pic 1: I found a variety of teeth and other fossils and Tigers were the plenty of the day. I was able to score some nice tiger shark teeth with sharp serrations. One of my favorite finds of the day would definitely be the full piece of ray plate. I love how it looks just like a moustache and its perfect. I also found a vertebrae, and then a few feet away I found the other half so I plan to glue the piece back together soon. There's also a pretty cool bird bone? that I found. Pic 2: My favorite bone piece. I believe it is the vert of some species of Cetecean. While I was cleaning matrix off of it a piece chipped off so I quickly ordered a bottle of Paleobond to repair it because I like how it looks. Pic 3-4: Here's a pristine Hemipristus from the cliffs, and boy do I mean it when I say this tooth is SHARP!!! Pic 5: I also found some cool bone pieces, if anyone could help identify the bone pictured in the middle I am curious, it reminds me of a collar bone. Pic 6-8: I was also blessed to score 2 very nice Makos within 2 ft of each other in a fresh fall pile being washed by the tide. The biggest measure a hair under 1 1/2" and if you look closely you can actually see mini cusps! I think the cusps are very neat and was wondering if cusps are a rare occurrence? Overall I have been happy with my last few trips, always finding something new and interesting. Still hoping for my first Meg of the season, I have been unlucky so far but I know eventually I will strike gold. And plus any day out fossil hunting is better than a day stuck inside!
  23. Possible Human Modified Bone?

    Hello again! Found this bone fragment at Flag Pond yesterday and it appears that it may have been modified. Could it possibly been a Native American tool? Notice the point, symmetrical indentations at the base/stem and the hole at the base. Thank you for your help!
  24. Hello... I found this small tooth yesterday at Flag Pond in Calvert County MD. It is embedded in a small jaw fragment (the small tooth is circled in red). The jaw fragment is solid, not appearing hollow like a fish jaw. Any thoughts on what it could be? Thank you for your help!!
  25. Turret Shell

    Collected from matrix that washed into the Chesapeak Bay by landslide. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.