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  1. ChrissyG45

    Can anyone ID these

    Can anyone identify these bones? Found on beach just south of Pax River NAS.
  2. Heath5916

    Is it wood, bone, or coral?

    So when I first found this I was thinking fossilized wood, but after washing it I'm not so sure. Any ideas? Found on Dans mountain, allegheny county, lonaconing maryland
  3. HipDipster

    Hi! Nice to meet you!

    Hi! I'm a 23 year old prehistoric/fossil lover who's been casually collecting fun things for the past 4 years or so. I've stayed around the MD/VA area for that time and I've dabbled deeper into the more technical info about these and many other types of fossils but I really want to get more into it. I love learning about these old species and how the earth and it's contents have changed so much over so many years. I hope to discover and learn a lot more! I actually do have some fossils that i need help with identifying, if anyone can help me! just for curiosity's sake 1- i rea
  4. Would like help identifying what appears to be fossilized bone. Could not get accurate measurements in photos but joint piece is approx. 1.5 inches wide. Overall size is approx. 6 inches width X 4.5 inches length. Thickness is about .5 inches and flairs into a flat bottom approx. 1 inch wide. Piece was discovered by friend along Potomac River between Maryland and West Virginia, USA. Any help in identifying type of bone or possible species/type of animal would be great. Any information or guesses is appreciated.
  5. I’m making this post because I don’t think many TFF members are familiar with Pelagornithidae bony-toothed birds. I first became aware of bony-toothed birds a few years ago when the son of my friend Gary found a beautiful jaw of a bony-toothed bird in the Miocene of Maryland. However, I really wasn’t expecting to find any specimens in the Eocene of Virginia that I regularly collect. However, recently Gary, who I collect with on a regular basis, found a piece of a bony-toothed bird jaw in the Eocene of Virginia. My friend Mike then showed me a really nice specimen that he had also collected
  6. bockryan

    Douglas Point Mollusk

    Interesting shell found at Douglas Point, Maryland which should be Paleocene Aquia Formation. Didn't see an obvious match anywhere online, any ideas?
  7. Possible large Croc coprolite found at Calvert Cliffs https://www.wusa9.com/article/tech/science/holey-snarge-paleontologist-discover-an-extremely-rare-fossil-on-the-calvert-cliffs-poop-feces/65-c4045b64-5f63-4574-bf11-c1780585abcb
  8. Liz Human

    Newbie but old rockhound

    Hello, I have been fascinated with rocks and have studied their forms my own my whole life but have no formal training so I am looking here for some guidance on some of the things I see and find. I will be learning from seeing what is posted and discussed here. Most of my current knowledge centers around ancient rock tools so this is a new area for me. I found wht I believe to be a mineralized vertebrae yesterday in Delaware on the beach. It is dense (ie heavier than it appears to be) nothing else similar to it on the beaches as far as rock type or shape. Curious what, if anything, might be de
  9. Hello all! I recently rearranged my collection so I figured this would be a good time to show some fossils! I usually hang-out in the New Jersey Cretaceous but I have been collecting fossils for over 25 years and have found some pretty cool specimens of creatures from many different eras, That said, my collection is mainly focused on the New Jersey Cretaceous, so let's start there. These are my displays for New Jersey Cretaceous non-reptile fossils. My favorites aren't actually fossils at all but rather casts of some of my favorite finds. The crab, Costadrom
  10. Hello all! I'm looking to do some more fossil hunting this summer and I would love to find a good spot for trilobites. I am in western Maryland, and am willing to travel up to 2 hours. Most of the sites I've searched so far have been largely dominated by brachiopods and crinoids (which are still cool), but I really would love to find other species. If anyone has a good site which has trilobites (or anything else super cool) please let me know!! Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated! PS: I understand wanting to keep your spot secret, so if you don't want to
  11. I was finally able to bring my car down from Michigan to D.C. this winter which has really expanded the range of accessible localities (and also avoids the torturous process of renting cars) for me. I don't have many nice in situ pictures unfortunately, but here are some of the cleaned up finds from the trips so far this year! First we tried Matoaka Beach Cabins with some success, lots of little teeth with one great highlight (unsure on ID, let me know if that's clear from the picture). Also had good luck with a complete Ecphora and Moon Snail, as well as a decent sized chunk of sa
  12. uller6

    Bone fragment?

    Ok, so I went back to the river today to look again at my non-track find. While I was there, I found this. It’s definitely a rock, but is it bone, or is it cake? It’s bizarre, with one porous side and all pores apparently aligned the same direction. Sorry, non-Americans, I will get a metric ruler.
  13. uller6

    Potential Hadrosaur Tracks

    I was taking a walk yesterday afternoon next to the Anacostia river in PG county (Maryland), and looked down to see this very interesting rock. Unfortunately I wasn't out looking for anything in particular, so I didn't bring a ruler to measure the tracks. I think these might be hadrosaur tracks to my very inexperienced eye? There have been other tracks discovered in this general area, notably the large assemblage of late Cretaceous tracks discovered outside NASA a few years ago, and hadrosaurs have been discovered from this general area/time period. Can anyone else confirm my suspicions?
  14. Searcher78

    Heterodontus?

    I was going through sand from Douglas Point, MD (aquia). Maybe this is heterodontus or maybe I would just like it to be? It is 7mm across.
  15. A couple of weeks ago, I went to Calvert Cliffs, MD to comb the beach for shark teeth, and came across these: A lot of them are missing their tops, which may make ID more difficult. Also, I’m not sure if 7 is even a tooth or just conveniently shaped. I’m fairly confident that 9 is a thresher shark, and think that 1-3 are maybe lemon sharks, but otherwise I’m lost. I’m particularly interested in (what I believe is) the vertebra and the sting ray mouth plate (13 and 14, respectively). I tried to get better supplemental photos, though fossil size and camera quality were a
  16. J.D.

    Semi Hemi?

    Need some help confirming what type of tooth this partial specimen is. I found it along the Potomac in Virginia. I think it is a snaggletooth, but something seems weird about that diagnosis. Thanks!
  17. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bruce-Cornet/publication/301677351_EARLY_TO_MIDDLE_CARNIAN_TRIASSIC_FLORA_AND_FAUNA_OF_THE_RICHMOND_AND_TAYLORSVILLE_BASINS_VIRGINIA_AND_MARYLAND_USA/links/5721462308ae0926eb45bd73/EARLY-TO-MIDDLE-CARNIAN-TRIASSIC-FLORA-AND-FAUNA-OF-THE-RICHMOND-AND-TAYLORSVILLE-BASINS-VIRGINIA-AND-MARYLAND-USA.pdf?origin=publication_detail Behold: the magical 2 AM free research paper download. I didn’t even have to login! Hopefully its broken for the rest of you as well.
  18. Hey guys! As a new fossil hunter, I am terrible at keeping up with my trip reports, so instead of struggling to remember the little details, here's a compiled post on how the past three months went. I don't have professional photos of every find, but hopefully what I do have will scratch the itch for anyone interested in my escapades. Oh - I'll be in NJ this Saturday for another hunt with DVPS - any tips for shallow creek hunting would be appreciated! ~ January My first ever attempt at winter hunting. Armed with tips from you generous folks, I went solo
  19. Going through more sand at home. Lots of fish teeth. Most broken teeth I didn’t bother with.
  20. Matoaka Mary

    Calvert Cliffs Fossil Query

    Hello fellow fossil fans, I am a new member of this forum and a (very) amateur fossil collector. I found something yesterday at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland that I am struggling to identify. Can anyone shed some light on this object for me? Much obliged!
  21. TwistdBarrel

    Calvert, Potomac

    I will be traveling to chesapeake bay on Fri 03/25-03/27. With the trespassing signs on the cliffs and me being from Ohio I decided against crossing them. I went to flag ponds, brownies, cottages, and walked down the state park with no luck back in 2020. Got lucky and found purse and Douglas point. Walked away with lots of teeth and a nice otodus. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on where to look other than the potomac. I don't want any honey holes and wouldn't ask for any. Just a general direction. Thanks for any help
  22. EMP

    Fossils?

    Weather was really good today so I went out hiking near my home and picked some rocks/fossils up on the way. I was along a stream the entire time, and the stream exposed sediments from the Potomac Formation, a Cretaceous deposit that has some plants and reptilian stuff in it, as well as Piedmont schist. Top down I think it's a bone fragment (?), bone/tooth/plant (?), plant, and silicified wood (??). Some of the stuff is still covered in dirt, so sorry if i's not clean/covered in mica flakes (there's a lot of that around here.)
  23. EMP

    Fossils?

    A long time ago I posted about this in a thread on Cretaceous fossils. After going through some labels again, and looking back at geologic maps, I'm 99% sure this "dinosaur" remain (or whatever I thought back then XD) isn't even from the Coastal Plain, but the Piedmont. As you can see, the reason I thought Coastal Plain initially is pretty forgivable. The Piedmont is known as an area of metamorphic units, but this specimen almost looks like some kind of sedimentary feature? Almost looks like ripple marks. Just wondering what anyone's thoughts on this was. The bed I th
  24. The Mesozoic is an area that is sorely lacking in my collection. I don't know why, but I just never got around to collecting in it. I never fell in love with dinosaurs or mososaurs like a lot of other people. That was until fairly recently, when I finally took it upon myself to diversify my collection and get to know better my area's (and in some ways own backyard!) geology and paleontology. I set out to discover more about Maryland's Mesozoic Park. I guess it would be best to start off from the beginning. I started the journey not knowing what I'd find, but knowing w
  25. Searcher78

    Pachygaleus lefevrei or Galeorhinus

    Here are 8 teeth from Douglas Point, MD. Aquia Formation. Thought I’d get opinions. The first 6 are around 5.25 mm. The last 2 are 2 mm. I have 75 more to go through and decide on ID.
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