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  1. Found on the beach at Westmoreland State Park, VA on Fossil Beach.
  2. 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:
  3. Kiddo found this while looking for shells at the beach in the Southern Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia. Looks like driftwood, solid and heavy like rock. Weighs 19 grams and is approx 5cm x 3cm x ¾cm. I told her I would ask. She really hopes it's a bone fossil.
  4. Chesapeaking

    Shark Tooth ID

    I've been trying to figure out what shark this tooth is from. It was found in the Potomac River near Colonial Beach, VA and is about 1/2 of an inch in length.
  5. Been out of action for awhile. And lots more competition nowadays. Finally got out. My old places had been hit hard. Worked a new spot, and while nothing big, some teeth and curious stuff (stingray barb, small ecphora-- none perfect, some vertebrae, a few angel shark teeth, broken cowshark and mako). Good toget out again!
  6. 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
  7. I have several thousand well preserved shark and ray vertebrae from the Eocene of Virginia. I also have many more thousands of bony fish vertebrae from the Eocene of Virginia. See the group pictures in this post. The paper plates are 9 inches in diameter for size reference. There is very little written on fossil shark and ray vertebrae that I can find in the literature and what is written is scattered throughout a good number of different papers. I have a unique, extensive assemblage of many different vertebrae types and forms which represent the fish species from the Eocene of
  8. 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
  9. Hello everyone, I am currently staying at the Mountain Lake Biological Station in Giles County Virginia doing research on evolution (on living animals not fossils) and yesterday I decided to take a walk around mountain lake. This lake and the hotel next to it was actually the location that the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed in but due to natural geological processes the lake is now almost completely drained. This draining has revealed a lot of the sandstone and limestone that once made up the lake bed. I was not going here looking for fossils but when I sat down to rest I saw the Pygidium of a
  10. Hello, I am going to be spending most of my summer at a biological research station near Blacksburg Virginia. I was wondering if there were any good locations to go fossil hunting within a relatively short drive. I know about the Lost River site and other places in that area but I was wondering if there were any sites closer by, I have a good amount of experience fossil hunting in the northeast and mid Atlantic but am very unfamiliar with the area so any info would be very appreciated. Sincerely, Caleb.
  11. Blue Ridge

    From the Blue Ridge Mtns of Virginia

    Hello, I live in the Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and find an amazing variety of rocks and stones on my property. I am no geologist but am deeply curious about the kinds of rocks I collect. I’m going to post photos of two here that I recently picked up, and am hoping someone can share their wisdom with me on what they might be! Thanks.
  12. 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!
  13. J.D.

    Skull piece?

    Any ideas what type of bone piece this is? I am inclined to say it is a skull piece from a whale. It is heavy - seems too heavy to be a vert fragment. Found it in the Potomac near Stratford Hall and the Horsehead Cliffs. (VA/MD)
  14. 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.
  15. Happy to share a moment I’ve been waiting a long time for… FullSizeRender.MOV
  16. Shawn022

    Strange tooth ID

    Hello all! First post here. I have lurked in the past. I am a avid shark tooth hunter in Virginia. Today I picked up a small shark tooth and then about a foot away I found this. I don’t have a clue and have searched online to no avail. Originally I believe I was looking at it upside down. I was thinking canine. But I now believe what I thought were the teeth are actually the roots. Any info is greatly appreciated. This came from the rappahannock river in the tappahannock area.
  17. Pickings at the beaches are still slim lately (a few coprolite burrows), and I haven't been out as much as I would like. Here are some of my findings from my last four trips or so to the fresh water creek I hunt. There is at least one weird thing that I will probably post in the ID section; not sure it's a fossil, could be part of a leaf or an arthropod, looks fragile. My prizes are a 2"+ mako (blade is in good shape, root is there but rough) and another cow shark tooth (I thought I counted 7 points but not clear in the photo. Several angel shark and drum teeth. A few rough teeth, bon
  18. Frank Eaton

    Beautiful Bryozoan or coral colony

    This is one of my favorite oddities: it’s a spherical colony of bryozoans from the York River of Virginia. You’ll see from the closeup that’s it’s layers upon layers of colonies. There’s no telling how deep they go… is there a pebble at the center? Anything at all? Specimen is 7cm. It’s tricky to find ID’s for these, but I’m curious if this is an encrusting bryozoan or a coral. Also, it’s just neat and wanted to share. Frank
  19. Hello All! As you can see by the title of my post and the plethora of pictures to follow, I have been quite busy... busy fossil hunting that is! Since New Years I have been averaging at least one trip per weekend which is a good fix to distract myself from the less-than admirable weather (I just want spring!!!!!). This whole week is off for me since I'm off on Spring Break and that means I can go out hunting during the week to avoid the crowds which is always pleasant to get the beach to yourself. Also with the turn of the season and somewhat "warm" weather we have had I was able to launch my
  20. Are there any fossil hunting sites within an hour and a half’s driving distance from Charlottesville, Virginia?
  21. BriggyG

    Potomac Fossil ID

    Any ideas ? No (visible) foramen. Approx 1” x 1.5”
  22. Rock-Guy-17

    New to shark teeth, ID Help?

    Hi folks. I've had some of these for a while and have tried to ID them using the resources referenced by the forum. Did not want to post without trying to see what I could ID first. Appreciate the help! Also unsure of the ages if anyone knows. Guesses for Image 1 from left to right. Locality, Myrtle Beach, SC Row 1: Tiger? (It is thicker than the rest); Great White; Auriculatus?; Requiem?; Sand Tiger Row 2: Sand Tiger; Bull?; Lemon; Short-fin Mako?; White Shark?; Mako? Guesses for Image 2 from left to right. Locality: Potomac River, VA
  23. Hi all, went on a fossil hunting trip recently and I found some things I'm unsure of. these were found off of Route 60 in the Reedsville formation. My best guess ( assuming this isn't concretion of course) was this may be some sort of horn coral. there was another splinter of rock that looks like it could be a cluster of brachiopods but what kind I have no idea.
  24. fossil_lover_2277

    New Castle VA Devonian Ostracod?

    Hi all, I collected this fossil a while back, I’m wondering, is it an example of a large ostracod? The fossil is from the Devonian Chemung/Foreknobs formation near New Castle, VA. I have no idea what it is, but ostracods are known from the area, and I could see them as a possibility. Any ideas? *fossil is 3cm in length
  25. 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.
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