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Found 38 results

  1. OK. I spent Sat on the James River collecting. It wasnt a great tooth trip, only found one sand shark. But its NICE. LOL I did, of course, find plenty of Chesapectens. Jeffersonius is my favorite, so I snagged a LOT of them. I also picked up a number of Madisonius. I think. Thats the first question. These ARE Madisonius, yes?
  2. Earbone, tooth, or neither?

    Hello! I found something I can’t get a line on, so I’ve come to the forum for help. This is a beach find from the James River in Virginia. I think most of the marine materials are Miocene, I’m not sure of the formation(s). I think this a higher likely hood of being a small marine mammal bulla, but the form is different than any others I have seen, it looks sort of like a mammal tooth, but without the root. It is mineralized, no smell from flame, and very hard, but not quite as dense as other earbone material I have found at the same site. There are traces of black harder and more reflective “enamel” especially in the pocket, between the ridges on what could be a chewing surface. It doesn’t match any specific mammal tooth I can find but it has some of that “feeling” in terms of density. Not much wear, is it possible for an unerrupted tooth to not have such a smooth form on the back. As I write this I realize how illogical my thoughts seem, and how little I know about teeth... i found a very pretty cowshark tooth yesterday too, for something a bit more recognizable. thanks for your time,
  3. What kind of bone is this

    I found this piece of bone while walking a bank a few miles below Hopewell on the James River this past weekend. My Rockd app says this area is the Charles City formation. The bank here is fine brown sand mixed with small pea gravel that turns into a marsh area. I've never found much bone or fossil type rocks at this spot before as this is a place we usually search for arrowheads and stone tools at this location. However just up river a mile or two I just found a bank in the same type formation that has a very large line of vertebra sticking out of the side of the bank. There on that beach up close to the bank is an area that is 15 to 20 feet wide and at least 40 feet long that is littered with bone fragments and small pieces of vertebra then up on the bank wall that is 4 to 5 feet higher than the beach there is this line of vertebra that runs horizontally for at least 40 feet maybe more. I didn't have time to get a really good look at this site because we had to leave but I plan on going back there soon to get some pics of that site. I don't know if this bone in my pics is related to this animal up the river but I guess it is possible.
  4. I've been hearing about Chippokes Plantaion State Park in Surry, VA for the last year or so. Finally got out there this weekend. Being a shell person, I was rather disappointed that the only thing one is allowed to collect at that park is shark teeth. But, they do allow something to be collected and pictures don't require more shelves to be installed in the family room. Here's a video I did f the trip: Plus a few still highlights: I I think the vultures were waiting for the cliff to fall on my head. Sun up, sundown and a beautiful day in-between The shells just carpet the beach at low tide! Look, Ma! Both valves! There was definitely more to that Ecphora. I just didn't take a picture after I pulled it out. All it was missing was the protoconch.
  5. Maybe an ear bone?

    Found a complete version today, that looks very similar to a split object, found last week. It doesn't look like other worn bulla bones I have found in the same area, but at least the split piece has a distinct radiating grain, so I'm guessing it is not one of last nights leftover beans. Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.
  6. Virginia shark tooth

    Found this on Sunday in the James River near Jamestown. Any thoughts on ID? Thinking mako maybe. It’s around 2” long. Can’t feel any serrations but it’s fairly worn.
  7. Shark tooth ID

    I FINALLY found some shark teeth today at Chippokes Plantation State Park on the James River in VA. Would you all please help me ID these 3? The other 2 I found were definitely tiger shark.
  8. What are these things?

    We found this piece of shell on our trip along the James River in Virginia, and were wondering what the circular patterns on the top were.
  9. Is this coral?

    Another from our hunt along the James River in Virginia. Is this coral?
  10. We had such a good time fossil hunting for the first time a few days ago, that it has become all our kids want to do. Took the kids to a site along the James River today. We found some cool stuff and were wondering if y’all could help ID some of them. Thanks in advance. I think this one is a bone fragment, but it’s pretty small, and I’m not sure if it’s even identifiable.
  11. My wife's family reunion is taking place in Newport News, Va. next weekend. As always, when I travel, I like collecting a little bit of the "past" wherever I go. It sounds like the James and York rivers can provide some collecting possibilities. My concern is not to trespass. If anyone can enlighten me on how the shorelines of these rivers are dealt with, it will hopefully keep me out of trouble!!!! I did find this statement: In Virginia, the rivers, bays, creeks, ocean shores and their bottomlands are owned by the state and are legally presumed to be public lands unless they are proven to be subject to a special grant that predates commonwealth law. My understanding is that there are tides in these rivers. So is use by the public to high tide mark or just where the water is? In the past, when going on these family get-togethers, Forum members have always offered very helpful tidbits of advice that allow me to have success in the short few hours I have to explore. I am open to any suggestions regarding this trip too. Mike
  12. Can't remember what this is from

    Hey all, this is something I found again when going through my collection. I found this about 10 years ago on the James River in Virginia, not too far away from Hopewell. For the life of me I can't remember what my friend told me it was, and he has since moved across the country and I am unfortunately unable to contact him. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  13. Post Nor'Easter finds

    The Nor'Easter a few weeks ago brought extremely high winds and tides on the James River. The water brought lots of flotsam to the beach as well as some things I hadn't seen before. Sorry that I didn't place a ruler on these photos, but many of them are 4-5 inches at their widest point. Several are solid but some were fragile and separated into perfect, smaller versions of themselves (see photos). They have to be teeth, but I don't even know if they are fossilized? They have a pearly sheen. Our beach lies at the bottom of a 40-60 foot bluff, east of the Scotland Ferry across the river from Jamestown. I was going to ask the folks at Chippokes State Park, which is a few miles downriver from us, but thought I'd start here. Also, can anyone please tell me what the word is for a beach that is made up of pretty much nothing but fossils? I think there is a word for it, or a word for a massive jumble/collection of fossils, but I don't know it. Please excuse my naivete -- fossils aren't something I've really thought about since my son brought home some coprolite 20 years ago. I hope to learn much from this forum. Before posting, I did search through all the James River posts to see if there was anything similar. Thanks so much!
  14. Someone’s gotta know....

    I found this piece last weekend on the side of the James river. I cannot tell if it is old or just from an animal that died recently. The end of the curved piece reminds me of an animals tooth or possibly even a long nail. It is round with black on the outside. Very smooth like enamel. I really have no idea. Who are my smart fossil ppl out there who can identify it...?!
  15. Name this Fossil...?

    I found this Fossil in a clay formation that had fallen apart the other day. I've always found pieces but never a whole one. Who is familiar with this shell and can give me some info. Thanks!
  16. Ecphora gardnerae

    Acquired by purchase a while ago from a collector from Surry, VA. The site is no longer available to the public.
  17. Any good coastal spots?

    Anyone have any good recommendations on a good coastal spot that produces decent teeth around OBX,NC to Surry County? I'm not looking for your secret spot, but a general area that has a decent chance to produce a few nice teeth over a day of fossil hunting. GMR was what I was originally planning, but the Tar River level is probably going to push flood stages over the next several hours. My kids are pretty anxious and I don't want to disappoint. Any help would be great.
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    From the album Hollys Fossil Finds

    Boyfriends First Tooth!! Lucky!
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    From the album Hollys Fossil Finds

    Some of my Collection! Still waiting for the one BIG Meg! One day!....
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    From the album Hollys Fossil Finds

    A Few Teeth I found August 17, 2016. Random Spot along the James River.
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    From the album Hollys Fossil Finds

  22. Any upcoming Trips in Virginia?!

    Heyyy there! Does anyone know of any upcoming Shark Teeth/fossil hunting trips? I'm located in Va Beach... Looking for places in Virginia or North Carolina hopefully! Thanks a Bunch! Holly
  23. Placopecten clintonius.2

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Placopecten clintonius Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, Surry County, VA, right bank, downstream of Cobhams Wharf
  24. Placopecten clintonius.1

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Placopecten clintonius Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, Surry County, VA, right bank, downstream of Cobhams Wharf
  25. Chesapecten nefrens.bottom

    From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Name: Chesapecten nefrens (both valves of specimen) Formation: Yorktown / Rushmere Member Age: Pliocene Location: James River, James City County, VA, left bank, downstream of Jamestown