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  1. Hi all, this past Sunday I went fossil hunting in the Jefferson National Forest near New Castle VA and found an unknown compression fossil. The pic of the unknown fossil doesn’t have a scale, but the fossil is 6.4 millimeters in length. Any help IDing it would be appreciated! Btw I also found several plates covered in mineralized and carbonized brachiopod compression fossils on the trip, but these were in mudstone sedimentary rock...fossiliferous shales and limestones are known from the area, but I didn’t see anything on fossiliferous mudstone (gray-brown claystone to be exact) based o
  2. Spent a few hours earlier today fossil hunting Ordovician strata in the Jefferson National Forest near New Castle, Virginia in Craig County for the first time. Was well rewarded with several plates covered in brachiopod compression fossils. Also found what I think is some sort of burrow. Also found an odd fossil that I can’t identify, I will post it in the ID forum later with a higher resolution microscope pic and a scale, but for now I will post what I have..
  3. Hi guys, I have this serratolamna from muddy creek, now s,gafsana is described from here but apparently this looks more like older serratolamna teeth. The age of the formation here is ypresian, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any older underlying strata that may be able to produce an older serratolamna or if this one is just an odd ball thanks
  4. HemiHunter

    Aquia Formation Croc Tooth ID

    Yesterday, I found what I think may be a little Pristichampsus tooth. It is from the Aquia formation on the Virginia side of the Potomac. It looks unusual for a croc tooth for being so laterally-compressed. I can't tell whether it ever had serrations at the base. They may have worn off but there are no obvious ones. Also, this tooth would match the short piece of juvenile croc jaw I found elsewhere in the Aquia last year which had a similarly-shaped (unerupted) tooth. Any thoughts?
  5. Dr. Stephen Godfrey, the Curator of Paleontology at the Calvert Marine Museum, has a special interest in bones and coprolites with bite marks. I recently found the below fish coprolite (20 mm length) with bite marks in the Eocene, Nanjemoy Formation of Virginia and donated it to the Calvert Marine Museum. Some bite marks are infilled with Pyrite. It is by far the nicest example of a fish coprolite with bite marks that I’ve seen from the Eocene, Nanjemoy Formation of Virginia (I’ve collected over 50,000 fish coprolites (shark, ray and bony fish) from the Nanjemoy Formation over the last 25
  6. One more plea for help - and apologies if this is obvious to all the folks here who know their stuff. Found this on the Potomac River near Montross, VA (the Northern Neck area as it's called). Any help or guesses would be very appreciated.
  7. Praefectus

    REMPC-E0004 Echinosphaerites aurantium

    From the album: Prae's Collection (REMPC)

    Echinosphaerites aurantium Middle Ordovician Benbolt Formation Scott Co., Virginia, USA
  8. I thought I saw another post with something similar to Items #1 but I couldn't find it. They look like parts of a vertebra, but can someone share their expert view? Item #2 seems definitely half of a larger vertebra. Any idea what kind of animal? All were found on a beach in the Northern Neck, Virginia.
  9. Rowboater

    Cetacean vertebra?

    I found this vertebra sitting in the creek, washed down I guess. It is 4" long, and roughly 3" wide (at "top" and "bottom") and heavy for its size. Sides look like they may have had "wings" that were clipped off? Two pairs of closely set protuberances in the center of one "face" with almost diagonal depressions on the side. Two pale depressions at one end of the other face, with black depressions to the side above (below?) where the wings attach. Dried for over a week. Used to see a lot of big verts in the creek thirty years ago, this one is the only one I've found recently.
  10. Rowboater

    what kind of tooth?

    Not sure what this is? I find a lot of what could be teeth, but this is relatively well preserved, much enamel and a striking cross banding (growth rings??) It is hollow on the root end. Unusual for me, but probably common in other areas, so hoping for a quick ID.
  11. JAK

    Croc tooth or false alarm?

    Again being a newbie to this, I quickly realize that it's not easy to know what you found. This seems like it's a fossil and not geologic - but a tooth? Part of a bone? It measures just under 1" in length. All black. Found on the Potomac River near Montross, Virginia.
  12. Hi All! First time posting after my young daughter and I tried hunting for shark teeth (and other fossils) for the first time - on the Potomac near Montross, VA. We'd be grateful for any help.
  13. KarenKS

    Fossil?

    My father, now deceased, found this on a mountain in Southwestern VA in the Roanoke, VA area many years ago. He always wanted to identify it, but we were never able to do so My mother would very much like to know if this is a fossil and if so, what it is. Does anyone know what this is? Thanks. Karen
  14. Some oddities while metal detecting can anyone help me ID this its like nothing else Ive ever seen before thanks!!!
  15. Doggeek

    help with Devonian fossils

    Hi All, Some of you helped me ID some fossils a few weeks ago, and I've been browsing around the forum learning lots ever since. My mother-in-law really enjoyed seeing the fossils I found, so this morning she hiked out with me on our first official fossil hunt. We found tons of crinoids and lots of great brachiopods, and a few mysteries that I'm hoping someone here can help us ID. From looking at area geological maps these are from the Devonian period and the Foreknobs formation. The first one here I am pretty sure is an intact crinoid, but would like confirmation:
  16. I hit the Potomac yesterday after a long hiatus for some Paleocene sharks teeth. I also decided to include a few of my finds from the recent Stratford hall trip, which was pretty decent. I always go to Douglas point for my Paleocene teeth because it’s just a good area and I almost always come back with a complete otodus. This time, that didn’t happen, though I did find a few broketodus teeth so meh. But I did come back with some good stuff, including a monster croc tooth, and a gigantic goblin sharks tooth. I also got a fish jaw with a lot of teeth in it and some other nice stuff, in addition
  17. Total fossil newbie here. A few weeks ago while running, I randomly noticed a weird rock that I thought might be a fossil, and some nice folks here helped me ID it as crinoidal sandstone with a few brachiopod impressions. I figured it was a one-time thing, but when I ran the same route today, I could help but keep an eye out and was shocked to find , now that my brain is primed to see them, that the ground in that area is just littered with crinoids and brachiopods. I've been running right over them on almost a weekly basis for a couple of decades without ever noticing. I know these are pr
  18. Rowboater

    a new Rapp beach

    Went at low tide to a small public beach on the Rappahannock. A few people laying on the sand soaking in the nice weather. One guy raking the sand, looking for shark teeth, fossils or maybe beach glass. I walked along in the water looking for teeth with faint hope, but was lucky! Although mostly just long rusted and tide- and sand- burnished metal bits, I did find some teeth including two NICE cowshark teeth (perfect compared to the broken rootless ones I'm lucky to find usually). Also found an interesting skate scute (small enameled spot in the center), a reddish sand tiger spike, a thre
  19. This tooth was found last week as float while sifting in this Lower Calvert formation member. All of the other finds were of marine origin, shark teeth, shark verts. , ray plates, etc. Many thanks for your input!
  20. Nice to be out before the mosquitoes, but the pollen is a pain. Worked a spot with lots of gravel. Expected drum teeth (found), angel shark teeth (two) and vertebrae (one and pieces). Except for cowshark teeth (no roots), nothing really special. But lots of small teeth (many broken).
  21. Doggeek

    Is this coral?

    I found this while I was out running the other day - it was near the top of a mountain in Southwest Virginia. Is this a coral fossil? Could the thing on the end be a brachipod fossil? Sorry my measuring tape only had inches, but I figured it was better than nothing!
  22. Deborah Cosgrove

    Is this a petrified fruit?

    I found this petrified persimmon looking thing with arrow heads and other things at an auction. It is very hard like stone. Any ideas?
  23. Cabin fever made me stupidly ignore the weatherman (another institution I no longer trust) and head out into the 100% chance of rain and cold. Tried to avoid getting wet, as it WAS cold. Tried a very old spot, and was surprised at the results (the beach where I normally hunt has lost all its sand (?) and I've found no teeth their my last three trips). No rain, Birds were uproariously singing, Spring on the way! The creek was high and icy, saw no aquatic life. Anyway, found a bunch, showing the most interesting. Although big makos are nice (and I like the piebald one better though the 2" b
  24. Fossil_teenager

    Stratford hall mini megalodon

    For the past few days I’ve had very little sleep. I thought that I had messed up sleeping way past the low tide time, but in hindsight that Meg was gonna be mines anyways so it really didn’t matter. It’s been a while since I’ve collected some good material, It’s been a bit of a hit and miss so far but I think my luck is finally starting to turn over. I’ve been going to this Paleocene spot a lot lately so I figure it would be nice to change thing up a bit. Anyways, from the title you guys can probably infer that I’ve found my first Meg of 2021 which I’m pretty happy about because I found none l
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