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  1. almach

    Nice fossil jaw

    This seems to be a Sullivanichthys mccloskeyi fish jaw. Muddy Creek VA. Nanjemoy Formation, Eocene. Can I get confirmation?
  2. 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.
  3. Have made several trips, lots of teeth (mostly small and broken), but have done better than usual on cow shark. Nothing particularly dramatic. A few interesting things will post ater for ID. Generally mostly sand tiger per usual (and a few at top left not clear what they are to me). Not as many with cusps, some sites were gravel and shell bit holes; a long rough history of washing in the sand perhaps. Highlights (second) some verts, bunch of angel shark teeth, lots of drum teeth, a few sand tiger parasymphysials, one pretty just over an inch mako, and three cow shark
  4. Sarah06

    rock

    Found in Northern VA on Potomac River. Black rock that looks like petrified wood.
  5. Sarah06

    VA find

  6. https://www.wtvr.com/news/local-news/henrico-man-finds-creek-bed-that-may-lead-to-dinosaur-bones
  7. Lots of competition in the summer, and while it's good to see kids out hunting, they have destroyed a few of my favorite spots, and my shark teeth numbers have dropped. But they seem oblivious to everything but shark teeth. Had an interesting trip lately, some teeth the kids missed, but mostly other stuff. Numbers down, but diversity up! (Size is always an issue there). . Top left: cowshark teeth pieces and one with a huge oblique root (but only one spike?) top, center and right, skate denticles, two verts, some teeth and bryozoans(?) more teeth, on right, three ang
  8. historianmichael

    Virginia Turritella ID Help

    On a recent fossil outing, I visited a large shell bed in a creek near Williamsburg, VA that I read to be of the Late Miocene Cobham Bay Member, Eastover Formation. Many of the fossils we found seemed to confirm that this site is Miocene age. We found Chesapecten middlesexensis, Isognomon sp., Glycymeris sp., Ostrea compressirostra, Lirophora sp. However, we also found these three Turritella shell fragments. They measure about 2-3cm in length. I thought these shells looked very similar to the Turritella alticostata posted by @sixgill pete from the Yorktown Fm of NC or the Turritella alumensis
  9. historianmichael

    Eastover Formation Bones

    This past weekend I had the chance to collect at a number of exposures along the James River in Virginia, including at several exposures of the Late Miocene Eastover Formation (Cobham Bay Member). At one of the exposures I found these two fossils. I was hoping to get some assistance identifying what they might be. Any help is greatly appreciated. @WhodamanHD@sharkdoctor@Gizmo@HoppeHunting I am fairly confident this is a shark vertebra. The only confusing piece is the hole in the middle and the slits in that hole that run to the slits on the outside of the vertebr
  10. Some oddities while metal detecting can anyone help me ID this its like nothing else Ive ever seen before thanks!!!
  11. hokietech96

    Nice Little Shark Tooth

    It has been a bit since I have done a post. It has been over a year since I have been out hunting. I am days away for things to open up for me.... finally. I am ready to just live in a creek and look for fossils for weeks. I have been lucky to pass the time over the year looking through matrix from different locations. I was very fortunate and extemely thankful to receive some matrix from @sharkdoctor. These two squalus teeth are from matrix in Calvert Formation in central Virginia. Each of them are just a tad over 1mm. Found this one last week Just found t
  12. I had the opportunity in January and February to visit a couple of Miocene and Pliocene deposits in Maryland and Virginia that were full of fossil shells. I ended up picking up a couple of extras in hopes of trading them to help expand another member’s fossil collection and to expand my own collection. I primarily collect plants and sea life but am always looking to add something new to my collection, so if you’re interested, let me know what you have in mind and let’s work out a deal. I can also throw in some other stuff from my trips if you’d like. I would be willing to trade these individua
  13. historianmichael

    Virginia Shell Hunt

    Last month my girlfriend and I took a trip to her parents' vacation house in North Carolina and on the drive down and the drive back we visited the Yorktown Battlefield and made a couple of fossil collecting stops in the Williamsburg area. These sites exposed the Late Miocene Eastover Formation (Cobham Bay Member) and Early Pliocene Yorktown Formation (Sunken Meadow Member). While we enjoyed weather in the low 50s during our stops on the drive down, we had to combat temperatures in the 30s and snow and frozen ground during our stops on the drive back. Though she did join me for some of it, to
  14. historianmichael

    Shark Tooth Hunting in the Potomac

    A few weeks ago my girlfriend and I decided to take advantage of the unusually warm December weather in Northern Virginia to visit the historic Stratford Hall and make a couple quick stops at the Miocene deposits in Westmoreland State Park and Stratford Hall and the Paleocene deposits in Purse State Park. To say the least, this trip was planned a bit on a whim. I was thoroughly unprepared - lacking boots or waders and having to buy a cheap plastic colander at Target to do some sifting. Luckily the Potomac River was cold, but not that cold, so I was able to wade out in my bare feet up to about
  15. historianmichael

    Chesapecten jeffersonius

    As a graduate of the University of Virginia, I thought it would be cool to add to my collection a fossil named after the founder of the university, Thomas Jefferson. I was disappointed to read that one of the best places to find Chesapecten jeffersonius shells - Chippokes Plantation State Park - no longer allows you to collect the shells there. I had also read that Chesapecten sp. shells can be found at York River State Park, but that Chesapecten jeffersonius unfortunately cannot be found there. Is that true? Are there other sites in Virginia where you can find Chesapecten jeffersonius? With t
  16. For the Columbus Day weekend my girlfriend planned a three-day trip down to Southwestern Virginia as a birthday present to me. The plan was to do a little sightseeing, go on some hikes, enjoy the fall foliage, and, most importantly, collect some fossils. Unfortunately Hurricane Delta had other plans for us. As the weekend approached it looked like the entire weekend would be soaked with rain. We tried to change our reservations, but we were not allowed to postpone. Not knowing what to expect for the weekend, we made our trip. Sunday was to be my big day of fossil collecting. It was also the da
  17. I have been out a bit in August and September, not finding much (pottery shards the kids miss). Shark teeth are few and far between, but now that summer is over, less competition (i hope). Here is a photo of my bigger teeth (makos and a few odd ones), some would be nice but busted up. The kids don't care about the shrimp coprolite burrows, so I have a bunch of those (will get them together and post separately). Getting lots of angel shark and drum "teeth", lots of sand tiger shark (but most missing cusps), but not a lot of novel/ interesting stuff. Posted the mammalian tooth
  18. Rowboater

    weird little mammal tooth- seal?

    Found some teeth lately. Shown are a cow shark tooth (of course missing the root!), some type of small jaw with teeth(?) and what I'm most interested in, a root with two tiny silver white barbs. Maybe there was more to it at one time but this is all I ended up with. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
  19. Last week me and some friends went to a couple of localities in Virginia! It was a nice change from collecting in the heat. Came back with boxes of Ordovician-age fossils on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday then went to good 'ol Purse for shark teeth the rest of the week and weekend. Came back with quite a few well-preserved brachiopods, graptolites, and a few fragments of trilobites. So many ray plates and a few shark teeth from Purse. I'm backlogged for weeks! Too tired to bother writing properly.
  20. Rowboater

    rapp creek hunting

    Too cold and rainy to fish (no speckled trout yet for me, just out of season rockfish, huge cow nosed rays, and stiffback perch). So went tooth hunting. Unfortunately the kids(?) had dug a giant hole in one of my favored spots, so I ended up hunting one of the kids' favored spots. A hard grayish blue clay area which is usually too hard and unproductive for me, but when walking past I saw a black shiny object glinting in the sun; looking closer I noticed a fine serrated edge and digging around it soon discovered just a shard from a megalodon (which I had never noticed in the creek before).
  21. Rowboater

    rapp creek hunting

    Back to the creek, stopped by the spot the kiddies had been working. Although nothing last time, gave it a try. Breezy, but not the sticky hot weather we should have, and the birds and frogs were alive (was almost over-run by a turkey who exploded into the air over top of me.) Almost immediately I found a big mako. Excepting a small chip near the root, it was in great condition (though hard to scan?) About 6 cm, almost 2 1/2 inches along the longest side. Not much of a yield, but I dont find many "big" teeth, so was happy. Also found several non-serrated heavy sma
  22. Rowboater

    rapp creek hunting

    Shook and beat on my scanner, then a new 'improvement' came from the Internet, not sure the problem, but seems to be working again. Spring gobbler season is over so feel a little safer in the woods. Kids have obliterated two of my favorite spots, so after not finding any thing in THEIR favorite spot I decided just to dig in the creek bed near roots and fallen trees, hoping they had trapped something. A few spots in three trips yielded the "usual" sand tiger spikes, I like the ones with sharp hooked cusps but most of the sites are gravelly which tends to wear down the cusps (took a scan of a
  23. Beautiful spring weather here! Nothing new and exciting from me, but lots of small teeth, some colorful. One rootless weathered cowshark tooth, bunch of glossy drum teeth, angel shark or two. Mostly spikes, sand tiger, some with nice cusps. The two burrows are from the beach, as is the tiger shark tooth (not much of a winter, and not many makos on the beach-- or maybe others are after them!) Great being out, although pollen is clearly coming fast here.
  24. Rowboater

    rapp beach hunting

    With deer hunting season started, I'm avoiding the woods area in favor of beach hunting. We have had several windstorms from the north, which should throw up stuff on the beaches I hunt. Gave away all my bigger mako teeth in Singapore, so need to restock! So far, I've had several good trips for shrimp coprolite burrows (will post what I have later) but not much teeth. Today was nice weather-wise however the water (cold and clear) was very high at low tide, so I need a blow-out wind (from SW) to get to the best spots (shell lines). I was lucky today. Although very few of the usual small t
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