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Found 101 results

  1. Isurus oxyrinchus (Rafinesque 1810)

    From the album Pisces

    23mm. Shortfin Mako upper. From the Miocene at Calvert Cliffs, MD. Recieved on a trade with Fossil Hound.
  2. Isurus oxyrinchus (Rafinesque 1810)

    From the album Pisces

    23mm. Shortfin Mako lower. From the Miocene at Calvert Cliffs, MD. Recieved on a trade with Fossil Hound.
  3. Ecphora gardnerae (Wilson 1987)

    From the album Gastropods and Bivalves Worldwide

    3.5cm. long. From the Miocene at Calvert Cliffs, MD. Recieved on a trade with Fossil Hound.
  4. Calvert vert with gouge?

    Today I made a trip down to the cliffs. Water was higher than expected and didn't find as much as I had hoped, but did manage to find this nice sized vert. It has a deep gouge running down the entire length of it. Was this caused by predation? The vert is approximately 3 1/2" wide and 3" long. There is another gouge not far away from the biggest one, but it is hard to see because that part of the vert is broken. On the 3rd pic it starts at the top center of the vert. Sorry if pics aren't clear. Camera phone is all I have. Thanks for looking and I appreciate your input!
  5. Calvert Cliffs bone and vert. help

    I took a break from the New Jersey Cretaceous and went to Calvert Cliffs, MD on Saturday and Sunday. I found these two items I would like a little more information on. The first one I was told is probably wither dolphin or whale (Squalodon?). The second is piece of bone and I was hoping the odd shape of it could lead to more information on it. Thanks! -Frank
  6. Brownies Beach 1/25/17

    So I headed out to Brownies Beach this morning to do a little hunting. I pulled in the parking lot about 30 minutes before sunrise and was only the 8th car there. I stayed about 4 hours and rounded up 249 teeth. The biggest was a hair over 1 5/8.
  7. Snowey hunt at Flag Ponds

    It got up to 26° this afternoon so I stopped by Flag Ponds on the way home from work. There was still plenty of snow on the ground from Saturday, we got about 7-8 inches on Saturday. The entire high tide area was frozen so I stayed just in the water a few feet. I found a nice small mako and a few decent hemi's. I don't have many pictures because I can't clean them in the house or my wife will know where I was.
  8. New Year's Day Meg

    Had the opportunity to hit the cliffs New Year's Day. Was fortunate enough to find this little beauty and several other nice teeth as well. After my last trip, where I lost a majority of my teeth due to a faulty lid on a container, it looks as though I was rewarded today. Found a lot of teeth. Great day today. Darctooth Dave, I was thinking about you today buddy!
  9. Partial turtle breastplate?

    I believe what I have here is a partial turtle breastplate I found in pieces at Calvert Cliffs about 5 months ago. Unfortunately, my reassembly did not turn out as well as I had hoped. Looks pretty rough, but it was my first time doing anything like this and I have definitely learned a lot in the process! I wish I would have found more of the pieces.
  10. Hi folks (especially you folks on the east coast)... We got a donation of fossils form a local collector. He had a few Chesapecten and snail casts labeled as from the "Maryland Shore". I am sure the scallops come from the Calvert Cliffs area, but are snail casts known from this area? Or anywhere on the Maryland shore? below are pix.
  11. 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
  12. I found a complete bone on a trip to Calvert. It's definitely fossilized and I'm guessing fish or bird based on the size. Any idea what it could be? The other piece isn't as exciting, but I was wondering if it was the end of a shell or a crab claw. I'm not too familiar with the fossils in the area, so any help would be much appreciated.
  13. New Prehistoric Fish @ Calvert Cliffs

    I was excited to hear about the new species of tilefish they found last month. Cool lookin' guy. And then this fun snaggletooth shark was found on Halloween! Great month for Calvert Marine Museum's paleontologist.
  14. Hi everyone! I'm new here, but I plan on being an active poster. Geology and paleontology are my passions. I was out at Calvert Cliffs yesterday and the erosion is in full-swing, yielding many a Chesapecten. I also came across plenty of iron sandstone concretions. Everything I have read on the web is about the Navajo concretions in Colorado which are spherical. Obviously these are not spherical and their abundance at the cliffs in all manner of shapes and sizes is intriguing. I was wondering if any of you know how these formed? My geology professor was stumped (he has a doctorate in invertebrate paleontology, not geology, so I can understand). Here are a couple in situ inasmuch as this is where they landed after eroding out of the cliff face. I realize I am guilty of a major faux pas by not including something to scale these formations. One of the photos you can see my shoe so it gives some inkling as to their size. However, I figure you have plenty of experience among you all to know exactly what it is I'm talking about so hopefully this isn't an issue. https://www.flickr.com/photos/alliecat1881/15642517576/in/photostream/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/alliecat1881/15046115813/in/photostream/ I am really looking forward to some insight! Anyone who somehow has yet to acquire a Miocene bivalve, now's your time! https://www.flickr.com/photos/alliecat1881/15479680839/in/photostream/ -Allison
  15. Calvert Cliffs Hunt

    Had a great day at Calvert Cliffs hunting teeth. I brought home about 40 lbs of sediment. It took a month to go through, but I found some cool stuff. I think the 4th picture are squid beaks.
  16. Despite the forecast for possible thunderstorms, my son and I went back to our favorite Calvert formation Miocene site. There hadn't been much rain or erosion, so we had to look closely for small pieces of things sticking out of the cliff. Here are a few of the finds: Almost didn't bother with the porpoise rib bone, but after collecting it I noticed some nice predation marks in the middle and the end, which looks bitten off. The small bone I assume is bird (Auspex, what do you think?). For the highlight of this trip, see the next post.
  17. Calvert Cliffs Vertebra

    Hi all -- I think I've found my first reptile vertebra down at the cliffs, but I'm not certain. It looks somewhat similar to some photos of crocodile verts that I've seen... or is it perhaps a sea snake? Am I on the right track, or way off? Possible a cavity for a blood vessel? You can also view a small 3D photo at http://seene.co/s/TTdBaB/ with most current/updated web browsers.
  18. Found in the Calvert Cliffs surf -- it looks a bit like some symphyseal upper cow shark (Notorhynchus) teeth that I've seen, but I'm not certain. Confirmations, corrections, and/or suggestions very welcome -- thanks! Labial view Lingual view Proximal view
  19. Was out at one of my favorite Miocene sites back on August 2, when I spotted this protruding from the cliff: Went back the next day with some proper tools and a friend and discovered this was not an isolated jaw or skull. Have made a total of six trips to the site so far. Here are some more pics of what I have collected and partially prepped. First, a ventral view of the skull. It was upside down and I have not yet turned it over and prepped the other side. This part of the skull is 11 inches long by 8 inches wide. There are separate pieces of the rostrum that still need cleaning and attaching, including one piece with teeth in it. There are many other bones still in this block. I will continue this in the next post.
  20. Hi All, We went out Matoaka Cottages on Jan. 2 to do some walking and hunting. Nice day, 40 F, no breeze. We were ~1.5 miles north of the beach access (Choptank Formation, St. Leonard Member) and my son spotted a nice 2.5" long Ecphora partially exposed in the matrix (missing only apical whorl). We were able to gently remove it and I've been slowly removing the matrix under running water with some small tools. Only one portion of the shell nearest the aperture (fractured by compression in matrix?) has fallen off, but that should be easily reparable. Question: Is there an inexpensive way to dissolve clay inside without damaging the shell? Should I even bother? Thanks! Mike
  21. Here are some pics of a project I have been working on. These bones come from a Calvert formation (lower to mid Miocene) dolphin found on August 2. There are two pics of the same block from different angles. The second pic was done after a little more work and I had uncovered another vertebra. In this block there are at least six vertebrae (including the atlas), a humerus, and a rib (the end is just visible above the "2" on the ruler). More to come as collection and preparation continues.
  22. I visited Brownie Beach yesterday morning at sunrise, and was able to expand my findings from my first trip last May. There are several good resources online about the fossils typically found in the Calvert formation at this location, so I've done my best to try to identify my fossils, however there are a few I haven't been able to ID. Feel free to correct any misidentifications or add any IDs that you may know. 1)2)3)4)5) 1) Epiphysis - Juvenile porpoise vertebra 2) Kentriodon sp. - Porpoise thoracic vertebra 3) Assorted marine mammal 4) Eurhinodelphis bossi - Long-snouted dolphin tooth 5) Physogaleus contortus - Tiger shark 6)7)8)9)10) 6) Hemipristis serra - Snaggletooth shark 7) Carcharias sp. - Sand tiger shark 8) Sphyrna zygaena - Hammerhead shark 9) Carcharias sp. - Sand tiger shark or Isurus desori - Shortfin mako shark ? 10) Megalodon fragment ? 11)12)13)14)15) 11) Completely hollow Isurus desori - Shortfin mako shark ? 12) Ray tail spine? 13) Astrhelia palmata - Coral 14) Melosia staminea - Astarte clam with bore hole 15) Dentalium attenuatum - Tusk shell 16)17)18)19)20) 16) Chesapecten nefrens - Scallop 17) Turritella sp. - Gastropod ? 18) Turritella sp. - Gastropod (slightly different)? 19) Balanus sp. - Barnacle 20) Glycymeris parilis - Bittersweet clam 21)22)23)24) 21) Pycnodonte percrassa - Bivalve mollusk ? 22) Unknown bivalve mollusk ? 23) Unknown gastropod in matrix ? 24) Unknown gastropod in matrix ? Also, I found a bone in the water, which seems pretty dense, but I'm not sure whether it is just a modern bone or a land mammal fossil. Any ideas?
  23. Greetings and thanks for having such a great resource forum. Apologies if these questions have been answered before, but I searched through the forum and did not have luck finding answers to my questions. I've been looking through the forums and see places like Flag Pond, Brownies Beach, and Matoaka Cabins listed as access points for the searching areas. I have a 12 yr old daughter that has always wanted to try fossil hunting, so we are going to do this on Saturday. Can some of the experienced hunters make a recommendation of a couple of sites that would most likely ensure a positive experience for my daughter? We are not averse to hiking, getting dirty, or heading off the beaten path for our hunt. My hope is that she has a great time and will want to do this again. We have a sifter built and plan on taking a couple of shovels and getting wet and dirty! Any other recommendations or tricks needed for the hunting? Thanks for your help! Rich
  24. Heading out tomorrow and are hoping for a little advice! We have only been to Calvert Cliffs once, and that was very unsuccessful, just one tooth, but since then we discovered hunting the Aquia formation on the Potomac. We find several hundred teeth there each trip, but they are usually small. We would like to try back in the Calvert cliffs area, but would love some advice as to the best place for teeth. Matoaka cottages? Flag ponds or elsewhere? I also hear that the jellyfish can be bad this time of year. Does anyone have any current info on conditions? Are screens the best or just surface searching? And,... if anyone is going to be hunting the area tomorrow (Friday July 26th) we'd love to learn from some more experienced fossil hunters! It would be me, my Dad and my younger brother, he's 10. Thanks!
  25. Last of 3 unknown vert / bone