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Found 39 results

  1. 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.
  2. Calvert Cliffs

    Had a phenomenal trip down at Calvert Cliffs on Wednesday with my three month old daughter strapped to my chest. This trip makes up for my failed attempts in March where the sandbars where at an all time high and made it difficult to find anything. The sandbars pushed up from the storms a few months back even helped me to get to some hard to reach locations. Here's some finds and a scouting report for May of the cliffs. Also recovered a nearly perfect decently sized Ecphora gardenae that is still undergoing some preparation work. I'll take a picture of that and post it later along with some very large clams with Ecphora burrow holes. The blood red Mako as found in the sand. I rarely sift as the waves and storms (from the weekend) are constantly exposing the fossil record. Some of the nicer specimens of the day. Two makos on the left, snaggletooth bottom right and top middle. Cow shark with eight blades top right, and a decent sized tiger shark top middle. Recovered more Chesapecten nefrens that I could carry out. This is just a fragment of the shells recovered and layed out neatly in the trunk of my car. Some of the C. nefrens where about 5-6 inches in diameter and impressive to find intact as there were so many large shell fragments. These should make for some beautiful display pieces and gifts once they are cleaned up. Notice the right fins of the C. nefrens are larger than the left fins. This is a noticeable characteristic of this fossil scallop. Approaching the cliffs. The tides where up much higher this time but the waves where very gentle. This photo was taken around 7:00 am. The vegetation overgrowth should help to keep the cliffs from falling. Another shot of the blood red mako. I'll take a closeup of the other Mako later as it's a green-yellow cream color. Somebody found this stranded snapper turtle and carried him 3 miles back up to a freshwater pond. What a nice guy and what a cool looking turtle. A bunch of teeth, turritella, shark vertebrae, ray plates, makos, sand tiger, tiger, requiem, ecphora gardenae, crab claw tip, Megalodon root, and snaggletooth teeth collected by a local collector and myself combined from this trip and a recent trip. Matoaka cabins beach shore. The winds here were very strong and kicked up a lot of dust with some impressive waves. I had to protect my newborn in my chest as I braved the winds. Image 8: Female blue crab that appears to have deposited her eggs and passed away to be washed up on the shore. This is a good sign that the bay is recovering from over-crabbing. Crabs are vital to the bay's overall health as they are scavengers and eat decaying fish and other decomposing critters on the bottom of the bay. Male blue crab. You can tell it's a male by the "state capitol" on the underside. Perhaps his mate was the female that just layed her eggs.
  3. Ecphora gardnerae

    Acquired by purchase from a collector from Surry, VA. The site is no longer available to the public.
  4. Ecphora

    A very nice Ecphora. Rarely found whole, this is probably my best specimen.
  5. Ecphora Gardnerae

    I have found a few well preserved Ecphora Gardenrae around Calvert Cliffs, Maryland but nothing substantial. I also managed to find some large pieces of Ecphora so I decided to purchase the following large Ecphora Gardenrae, the state fossil of Maryland, from a dealer that is local (Virginia). This was found from the St. James river and is from the Miocene. The second to largest was found along Calvert Cliffs, Maryland and the smallest is also from Calvert Cliffs. Beautiful specimens. Both of the purchased shells are from sites that are now off limits to collecting. Sadly a lot of good sites are now closed.
  6. Ecphora

    From the album Calvert Cliffs - 3/7/17

    Ecphora is one of my favorite fossils. I remember seeing it for the first time in college and it made a good first impression on me because of it's simplicity and beauty. Here's a decent specimen with some weathering holes. Ecphora were predatory snails and would use their mouth to drill into other shells and eat out their insides.
  7. Calvert Cliffs shells

    I am fighting a sinus infection and didn't feel like making the walk up the hill at Flag Ponds today. Instead I went to the beach in my neighborhood, a 20 foot walk and I am on the beach. I knew not to bother even looking for teeth because our cliffs only have shells. I don't usually mess with the shells so besides the Ecphora I have no idea what they are.
  8. Calvert Cliffs trips

    So i have lived in Calvert all my life and just stumbled across the forum the other day and decided to join to share like so many others these are a few of my finds from the last season the big meg and ecphora are from the last month of cold weather collecting month or so.
  9. 2013 03 30 17.58.57

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Side view of ecphora.
  10. 2013 03 30 17.58.40

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Top view of the ecphora.
  11. 2013 03 30 17.58.34

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Ecphora is the state fossil of Maryland and became extinct at roughly 23 million years ago. This is a rare intact shell.
  12. 2013 03 30 17.57.48

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Ecphora's became extinct during the Miocene at around 23-30 MYA. These are chunks of Ecphora shells. Ecphoras were predatory snails. Due to the size of the chunks, one can assume these organisms grew to a fairly decent size (golf ball).
  13. Calvert Cliffs, Md

    These are my recent finds from a March 2013 trip to Calvert Cliffs, MD. The image you see is of the Maryland state fossil, Ecphora. Didn't find an intact megaladon this time, but I'll go back out.
  14. Ecphora Question

    Has anyone seen or collected an ecphora operculum? This is bugging me because I think I've seen them and ignored them thinking they were something else. A small very thin shell that looks like a fossil jingle shell, but that has the reddish brown color of an ecphora. It's a long story about how I got to this eureka moment, but I was wondering why only the ecphora and this one other shell kept their color. Unless....Eureka! Collecting site is York River State Park in Virginia. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. If I'm right, I need to tell another collector that I gave them the wrong information.
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