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  1. Matoaka beach, Choptank FM, Lower Miocene Before I start out, may I just say Matoaka is a beach not known for its shark teeth. Most fossil hunters go there for invertebrates, Which are incredibly abundant. Shark teeth are usually small, a bit worn, and take lots of work to find. The old saying (that I just invented) goes “If you want a chance at a meg, go to brownies. If you want lots of sharks teeth, go to Purse. If you want a snail, go to Matoaka. If you want to be told you can’t walk under a cliff go to Calvert Cliffs state park” I decided that I was going to walk as far as I felt I could and still get back with daylight. For the first stretch I found literally nothing of interest and the nagging fear that I was going home empty handed kicked in. I had set my mind to “Ecphora mode,” because sharks teeth were not gonna be found. The tide was lower than last time, so I got to have a good look at a new slide that looked really promising. I was right, it was littered with Ecphora. Unfortunately, almost none were extractable or worth the extraction. This one was a real heart breaker, big for me but sliced in half and in really loose clay.
  2. Hi! I’m new on here and not super familiar with fossils. However, today I was walking on the beach in Hatteras Village, Hatteras Island, North Carolina (a part of the Outerbanks). I stumbled upon what appears to be an old bone of some sort. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what type of bone it is/which animal it is from. Any ideas?? The photo is posted below. For some reason, the other photos won’t upload, so I will try to upload them in the replies hopefully.
  3. Hi all, can anyone tell if this is a dolphin tooth, and what species it is? It's a gift from @JBMugu It comes from Sharktooth Hill of Bakerfield, California. Round Mountain Silt Member of the Temblor Formation. It measures 1.7 inches long. Could it be Kentriodon?
  4. Hi all! The Mace Brown Museum of Natural History will have a table in the community center this saturday at the Aurora Fossil Festival. I'm currently trying to write up the marine mammal assemblage from Belgrade Quarry, which appears to be transitional between the upper Oligocene Chandler Bridge Formation here in Charleston and the late early Miocene assemblage from the Pungo River Formation in the Lee Creek Mine. Bring your Belgrade marine mammal specimens to our table, I'd like to see them! Several members of this group and the exceedingly generous North Carolina Fossil Club have already donated a bunch of great specimens including earbones and teeth. Also, I just realized I accidentally left @sixgill pete off of this flyer - thanks to him as well!
  5. Small Marine Mammal ?

    A hunting friend asked me to ID a tooth he recently found: I think it is dolphin or porpoise, but not positive, so I'll resurrect an old TFF thread as background and provide a couple of photos.. Here is the recent find. It is a tad over 1 inch. Sometimes I mis_identify as gator. This is not gator based on root termination.
  6. Its name sounds like a tongue twister http://www.newsweek.com/prehistoric-dolphin-skull-discovered-ecuador-mysterious-species-lived-25-754668?piano_t=1
  7. Well I was looking at Marcos cool post about coprolites and was scrounging thru some of my Manatee Cnty boxed material and didnt find any coprolites so here's several potential whale/dolphin type frags that I'm not entirely sure about and was wondering if any of you all can confirm. I'm thinking A is a root of a maybe a dolphin tooth, B is a bulla of some sort , C is a fragment of some type of fish jaw--seems like I've seen this somewhere before? D and E appear to be anterior processes/ of dolphin periotics. I added a closeup of the end view of A and a closeup of C. I also found this little guy which is fairly well preserved and has some very distinct symmetry...seems to be a tilly of some sort. Thanks for any help. Regards, Chris
  8. It kinda looks like an ear bone?

    Found this today, something struck me as odd so I stuck it in my pocket. It’s from the peace river. I’m looking at it, and it kinda looks like an ear bone from a dolphin or manatee, but I don’t know...it’s something, just can’t wrap my head around it. Any ideas?
  9. Another day in the sunshine

    It was about 95 degrees today, but the breeze was constant and I was standing (up to my chest) in cool running water. That's about as good as it gets. Not a lot of finds, because I was limited (due to water depth) to the top foot of gravel. Found a dolphin tooth, and a penny. Thanks to @Harry Pristis for the picture and ID. for the picture and ID. And then this Broken shark tooth. I am always thinking Meg when I hunt. It might be GW. It is approximately 15 mm on each side. Either way, a great day with a few interesting finds to keep me coming back.
  10. New here to the forum and to fossil hunting. Found a few teeth over the past few weeks was hoping to get some help with identification and where to find more in the low country. Living in mount pleasant with access to a 23 foot bay boat as well as a few paddle boards. Would love to meet some great people with the same interests as myself and my wife. We would love to host some new friends on our boat for some hunting. If you are in the area and wouldn't mind the company of some newbs that are eager to learn and hunt send me a PM. We are looking forward to becoming knowledgeable on the area and meeting others that share our interests. I have attached a picture of a few of the things we found any help on ID would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  11. BVmarinemammal.jpg

    From the album FloridaWhales

    Likely: Long Beaked Dolphin Order: Artiodactyla Infraorder: Cetacea Superfamily: Depphinoidea Family: Kentriodontidae Broken tip is pre-fossilization; Length 83 mm - 3.1 inches
  12. Last one for today. This was another find in the creeks of Gainesville, Florida this weekend. It's 1.5" long and looked a little like a whale tooth but not sure what type. Any guidance would be hugely appreciated.
  13. whale bone ID?

    Hoping someone knows what bone(s) this is (are). I'm always amazed at what you people know! The piece is about 5" long and heavy. Looks to be two, maybe three pieces fused together, in a crude triangular shape (three faces). One face shows a length long line and from the end it is clear there are two separate pieces fused side by side. Another face is smooth with a shallow groove at the end (visible in the end picture). The last face shows fibrous bone turning into chipped cancellous bone on the end; the other piece or two appears to be cancellous bone.
  14. Shark tooth and possible dolphin tooth

    Both these teeth were found in a Miocene area. Can you please help me ID the type of shark tooth. It is 1 1/16" long on the longest side and 1" wide at the top. Can you confirm if the other is a dolphin tooth? It is 1 5/8" long on a straight line and 2 1/8" around the outside curve. Thanks in advance.
  15. I've sorted two general groups of specimens as shown in images looks like some dolphin and alligator teeth to me, and then some things that don't- specimen A is a dome shaped hemisphere G is flatter and could be enamel H also looks like enamel anyway appreciate any comments
  16. Hunting the Peace

    I was out hunting Sunday and Monday, different spots, different finds -- Life (and the Peace River) are like a box of chocolates. Here is a photo from going back in time yesterday. Never encountered another person the whole day. I did see a gator, bass, an owl, lots of birds and fish. No fantastic finds but questions. The majority of small teeth I was finding were Tiger sharks, many of the common ones but 15-20 G. Contortus which implies miocene. I hate breaking fossils before I see them, but that is exactly what happened with one of these. At first I thought it was a fossilized wood branch but in looking closer -- a segment of dolphin jaw and very odd section at that. Instead of a longitudional groove containing the tooth sockets, this one had alternating mounds and depressions. The sockets are (I guess ) filled in... This does not seem like the normal type of dolphin jaw that I traditionally see from the Pleistocene of the Peace River, so decided to post and ask TFF members from NC, Maryland, etc to comment on jaw comparisons like I see in this link: http://www.fossilguy.com/gallery/vert/mammal/marine/eurhinodelphis/eurhinodelphis_miocene.htm One more picture. Looks like an edge osteoderm..relatively small. I almost tossed it... Giant Armadillo or Glyptodont? Thanks for any/all suggestions or just WAGs. Jack
  17. Possible fossil

    I found this while walking on the beach. The city was dredging the inlet. It has been in the water awhile I believe but it still smells. It smells a bit like sulfur or swamp. Wondering if anyone could help with identification. Thanks
  18. Here are a couple of periotics (ear bones) from small, toothed whales from the Miocene-Pliocene of South Florida. I don't know more than that about them, so I'm hoping that someone here will have an identification. Such periotics are found from time to time in the Peace River, but they are not well known to collectors. And for comparison:
  19. From the album Tertiary

    Dolphin teeth Miocene Calvert Formation Anonymous beach Chesapeake Bay Calvert Co., Maryland Collected by Kevin (obsessed1) and generously donated to this writer.
  20. Unknown Cetacean Tooth...

    I found this this past weekend... I was told that it is a dolphin tooth, but have never seen one like it before. Please let me know what you think... -Bill H.
  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 am not sure what this goes to but was really curious being it was not as thin as I would expect from a fish. The second picture is the underside. Per request, I have added a few more images, I hope this helps. Thanks for everyone's input as always!
  23. Allodesmus Molar

    From the album Sharktooth Hill

    Allodesmus Seal Molar...A find from the Slow Curve area....Ernst Quarries.
  24. Good Ol Aurora

    So I doodled on down to Aurora on Friday (8/31/12). My parents had come to visit and since I'm always yammering about fossils I decided to show them what it was all about. They loved it. My mom's first outting produced a Carcharocles angustidens tooth with the corner broken off, a nice lil modern mako and a cow shark lower (Notorrhynchus primigenius). I found my first dolphin tooth, first squalodon tooth and a nice modern tiger. In all reality, I think I had a hemipristis magnet on me! LOL! My dad did well. Finding all kinds of various teeth and some nice shark vert disks. He also found a very tiny dolphin tooth and my husband as well. Hubby found a Catticus to boot. And we both found a couple little thresher teeth which according to the museum director have gotten scarce there. He found a nice pathalogical tooth that appears to be sand tiger. I found a nice fish vert and some sand tigers that looked perfect (until I pulled them out of the dirt). We all know how that goes!!! I love the little stuff too. I found the tiniest sand tiger in my collection and it is nearly perfect! And, the smallest hemipristis I've ever come across. And of course as always a handful of the copper, smooth hammerhead, lemon, silky shark teeth. As well as a couple bull shark teeth. I did find a stumper. It looks like a sharpnosed tooth (Rhizoprionodon sp.) but the front of the tooth has huge "horns" coming from the root, throwing me off. And I ran into MikeDOTB. It was a pleasure and I have to say THANKS AGAIN MIKE!!!! Well I will post a few pictures now!
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