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  1. VAnoob

    petrified wood?

    Found this in the Iron Mountains of Southwest Virginia in Carroll County. It was on the surface of the ground. At first thought it was a piece of wood, which is probably why my mind went straight to petrified wood when I realized it was stone. It has rings, like growth rings of a tree, but I don't have the magnifying tools to make out any smaller structures within the rings. The outer surface also has a barklike texture. Am I right?
  2. Adam86cucv

    Acquired a collection

    Yesterday I received a 30 pound box of various shell, marine fossils, and some other miscellaneous fossils and a few extant bits as well. I will post in the ID section some as not everything has a label. It is a large overwhelming amount to sort through so this will be a bit at a time kind of thread. Please let me know if anything of the id tags are using outdated names or incorrect, etc. First an overall picture the seller had of the lot. Some Brachiopods from Wutach Germany What appears to be clam steinkerns
  3. samsmeltz


    Found this after tilling our garden. Southwest Virginia, Pulaski county any ideas? assuming it’s probably not a fossil, but I have no clue what it could be beyond the fact that it looks like some kind of tooth. For size reference, it is about dime sized
  4. Revans108

    Possible Fossil Identification

    Hello, I was recently landscaping in Blacksburg Virginia and found what I believe to be a fossil but have been unable to identify it. I was wondering if anyone on here could help with the identification, or if it even is a fossil. It fell off of a large piece of what I believe to be shale and the color change caught my eye, all I've done is rinse it off with water. Thanks for the help!
  5. Still chasing cow shark teeth, five from the "new spot" plus a seven point cow shark (possibly missing an 8th point? Rare for seven points, usually the last one is minimal) from a beach. ( The one to the right may show some separation of serrations from the big point, but not obvious.) The weather has been nice and the tooth hunting areas busy. Someone asked if I ever get skate "crusher" teeth; they are very common (30 years ago we didn't even keep them). So I scanned some from recent hunts. Numbers on tape are cm. No makos lately? The cow shark teeth spot doesn't seem to have many
  6. Sunday morning we went to Stratford Hall to do a fossil hunt with the Natural History Society of Maryland. The weather was not on board with the idea lol. It was barely above freezing and quite windy. Also tip for everyone if you buy waterproof winter gloves from Amazon double check they are waterproof. 3 out of our 4 pairs were, my oldest son's gloves were leaking at the fingertips. Also it turned out our hand warmer packs wouldn't activate when we opened them. Even though we didn't stick it out long we did find a pair of worn shark teeth and a pair of ray teeth pieces. After we got dri
  7. Worked hard at the "new spot" chasing cow shark laterals. Found several, sadly mostly damaged, no definitive "answers". Need to keep looking! Mostly sand tiger teeth (our most common), one heavier, no boss, possibly mako. Some drum "teeth", some little (no clue), and some gray shark teeth (not all shown). The cow shark lower lateral teeth at this spot often show no serrations on the first spike (unlike what I am used to) but rather either discreet minor points, or a serrated edge separate (or almost separate) from the first, main point/ spike. There is a broken first spike (4th
  8. Sara.bear

    Unknown fossil

    Found this along the Potomac river near Maryland/Virginia. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Peace and love!
  9. Sara.bear

    Please help me ID

    This was found on the Potomac river in Westmoreland Virginia. I regularly find prehistoric shark teeth and alligator teeth here and today I found this monster. I am unsure of what it is and would be very appreciative if someone could help me identify. THANK YOU
  10. Largemouth Bass

    Giant thresher?

    Had a good albeit short hunt on the Potomac today and one of the spoils was a partial 3" meg, the largest I have found so far. I also found what I believe may be a partial giant thresher, would appreciate a confirmation or correction on the ID.
  11. I find a fair amount of medium sized verts. This one is different. It is about one inch wide and high, and about 2 inches long (2.5 cm X 2.5 cm X 5 cm). Wat's different is that it is encased in supporting fossilized bone(?) with the ventral blood vessel passage clearly visible. The dorsal part is unfortunately damaged. The cephalic vertebra is much bigger than the caudal vert, as I interpret (quite possibly I'm wrong). But more interesting than the isolated verts I usually find. Anyone have any idea what type of animal this came from?
  12. For scale the smaller "jaw" piece in the center with four "sockets" is 1" ( 2.5 cm). I thought the shark tooth (with big flat base root) was a cow shark, but seems too big? Have no clue what this slug/ worm, leech-like thing is. I dropped it on a hard tile floor and lost a small piece of the end (opposite the more interesting "antennae" on the other end.) It is hard, black fossilized. The more rounded side ("top") has a center line. The more flat side, also with center line, looks almost muscular, although could be six or more similarly sized weathered segments? Neat.
  13. Largemouth Bass

    Impression or banded rock?

    Looking for an opinion on this little 1 inch object from the Potomac. It's noticably less dense than a regular rock of its size and has dark bands on it that can be felt. I wouldn't be surprised if it was just a cool rock, but could it be an impression of some kind?
  14. Largemouth Bass

    Bison molar?

    From the Potomac River in the Northern Neck area. This is my first complete terrestrial mammal tooth, so I'm curious! It is around 2.5 cm long.
  15. Rowboater

    small whale jaw bone?

    Hi @Boesse, calling on your expertise once again. You previously described a bone I found: "The largest element is a partial squamosal bone of a baleen whale - the 'rounded blunt projection' is called the postglenoid process, and the flat surface on one side of it is the glenoid fossa - otherwise known as the jaw joint." Recently about 50 feet away from the first I found a second, smaller and much, much lighter. To me it seems a smaller mirror-image of the first. (Hopefully it is not a cow bone). Comparing the two:
  16. rsand

    Help identifying this tooth

    I found this partial tooth yesterday while walking by the York River in Virginia and I was hoping someone could help me identify it. Thank you!
  17. Found these on vacation in Virginia. Are they the same type of ray despite the different look ?
  18. 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
  19. I have small amounts of micro matrix that I’d be willing to trade. My preference would be to trade both to one person for ease of shipping. Old Church Formation, Oligocene Virginia I had separated some matrix before searching any of it specifically to trade some and rethought it after I found a Pristiophorus rostral lol I decided to not search it though as the intent was to give somebody else a chance to have fun searching. It is very productive matrix. I can see a couple of shark teeth in there. Among the possible shark teeth are Notorynchus, Squatina, Carcharias, Alop
  20. Our friend @sharkdoctor sent us some micro matrix from the Old Church Formation in Virginia. This is our second batch and the first was fairly sparse but we did find some cool stuff. I haven’t searched much of this matrix but it’s already produced some nice teeth and has a better density too. There isnt, to my knowledge, any descriptions of Old Church material so my ID’s are just best guess. First pic- a beautiful little Galeorhinus tooth. Second pic- a really awesome Sphyrna tooth, maybe S. media. Third pic- a colorful Galeocerdo, I’d guess G. aduncas.
  21. While combing my local beach in Virginia Beach, I came across this piece. The inside coloring and texture has me questioning tooth, much like some of the broken pieces of GWs that I’ve found in the same area. Shaped like an oval cylinder, about 3 inches long. Tusk? Rock?
  22. Fisher1

    Help identifying possible fossil

    Please help me determine if this is a fossil. My dog had it in its mouth, but is mineralized and heavy. It was found in Fairfax County Virginia. Thanks!
  23. I just sent the below Eocene lignitized seeds/fruits from Virginia to a paleo botanist at the Smithsonian Institution, who will use a new CT scanner that makes this material vastly more interpretable than before, to study them. Since these seeds/fruits are not mineralized like petrified wood they should have been stored in Glycerin with a bit of thymol, which is an anti fungal agent, rather than in gem jar cups. You can see the discoloration of some of the foam from deterioration of the seeds/fruits over the 15 to 20 years that most of them were stored. I hope that they are still useful. I
  24. The assistant curator of paleontology at the Virginia Museum of Natural History is researching squamates, which includes snakes, from the Eocene Nanjemoy Formation of Virginia. A couple of friends and I have given him recently a large number of snake vertebrae, mostly from the sea snakes Palaeophis casei and Palaeophis toliapicus, from the Nanjemoy Formation of Virginia, to support his research. We will donate the specimens needed for his research. He is definitely interested in my large Palaeophis sp. vertebra in the below pictures:
  25. Largemouth Bass

    Mammal (?) tooth

    Looking for a possible ID of this tooth fragment. It is almost 1 inch (2.5 cm) in length.
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