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  1. Nice Fall So Far in VA

    So, as some of you know Mrs.SA2 took a nasty fall at the end of September resulting in a broken arm and dislocated elbow requiring surgery to repair both. She's on the mend and healing well but has a long way to go. Over the last couple of weekends we've made a few trips to one of our favorite areas to do a little fossil hunting and help her regain her confidence being back outdoors. As usual, we've taken our buddy Trevor (@Daleksec) along on the trips. Mrs.SA2 has done quite well for herself on these excursions along the river. Here are a couple of photos of our finds from our 1st trip earlier this month. I found the meg. It's pretty beat up, but "a megs a meg" She found the cetacean phalange. I also found the 2 cow shark (notorynchus) teeth. Here are some from our 2nd trip this month. We love the hastalis colors. Photos of our finds from 3 hours hunting this past weekend in the next post. Cheers, SA2 / Mrs.SA2
  2. Matoaka beach, Veterans Day

    First and foremost, I'd like to thank all those who serve or who have served in the U.S. Military for their service, and wish them a happy Veterans day a little late. So I decided to go on a hunt to matoaka, got there about or a little before low tide. They have sitters to borrow there, which is a nice gesture but unless you hope to pick up some sand and find a 3 inch meg they help about as much as a flu shot helps a head ache. As an added bonus, the air was a crisp 30 some degrees (low 30s) and the water much colder. As i went down the steps a fellow fossil hunter headed up and said " Good luck! There's a lot of sand..." which is not a great omen. Nevertheless, I forged ahead. I started along the cliffs, I had been advised to look at fallen dirt for megs, which didn't pan out. I started picking up complete chesapectans until realizing there were copious amounts, so I picked ended up with about twenty (no double valves this time) so I'm going to have to have a competition for chesapectans, anyone game for that? I found about half an ecphora, purty big too, and put it in my bag unfortunately though the bottom failed to seal due to sand and somehow it fell out. Once I realized this I combed the beach many times to no avail. Disheartened, I decided to try my luck for the waterline for sharks teeth instead. This turned out well, I got one shark vert and a few snaggle teeth, one looked like a meg at first (of course everything starts to look like one after a while) and some other various shark teeth, one possible patho. Rays teeth and ecphora pieces were also found and some coral (A. palmata). So all in all, a pretty good day once the fingers went numb. I am still on the prowl for the ecphora and meg though..... Some of the finds:
  3. Olivella oryzoides

    Reference Gardner, Julia A. 1937. "The Molluscan Fauna of the Alum Bluff Group of Florida. Part VI - Pteropoda, Opisthobranchia, and Ctenobranchia (In Part)," U. S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 142-F.
  4. Arighty then. Received a big package yesterday in the mail from New Zealand. I thought for sure someone would know that I was getting fossil crabs in my other posts about 'Another Mystery Fossil'? But anyway, here they are. Ive got one huge rock, (11 inches across), that was split in half by mother nature and one small 4 inch rock that I started prepping today. I still have to figure out exactly what im gunna do with the 'split rock' and then go on the prep attack, but thats gunna take a few days. The really good thing is, this split rock crab just might be an eight legger with all tippy tips? Gunna be very interesting for me. But have one heck of a lot of rock to remove to find out!!! If it does work out, it could easily be my very best crab ever!!! This might take a couple of months or more? Oh, it may be hard to see in the photo's but there is most deffinetly a crab in the split rock. A little bit in both sides. Gunna be a job for sure!!! Im one nervous dude!!! RB
  5. Olivella cotinados

    Reference Gardner, Julia A. 1937. "The Molluscan Fauna of the Alum Bluff Group of Florida. Part VI - Pteropoda, Opisthobranchia, and Ctenobranchia (In Part)," U. S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 142-F.
  6. A bunch of different Glycymeris

    Hi all, So, here are a bunch of fossil bittersweet clams (Glycymeris) from different locations. So far they are all labeled as "Glycymeris" (which I'm pretty sure is correct). But I would really like to put a species name on each of them. Therefore I am reaching out to you all, because hopefully you will be able to help me sort this out! 1) Glycymeris from Westerschelde, Netherlands; from the late Pliocene (2.5 million years old). I'm thinking G. radiolyrata, but I'm not sure... 2) Glycymeris from Westerschelde, Netherlands; from the late Pliocene (2.5 million years old). G. obovata maybe? Or G. variabilis???
  7. Nassarius oxia

    Screen washed collection of bulk sediment.
  8. Nassarius anisonema

    Screen washed collection of block sediment
  9. Carcharoides catticus

    From the album Pleistocene and Miocene fossils

    A nice Carcharoides catticus tooth with a length of 1.2 cm from Cadzand (Het Zwin).
  10. Hi all, I have been having trouble finding a good guide to use in order to ID fossil seashells (mainly gastropods and bivalves) of the Neogene-Quaternary of Western Europe (mainly Belgium/Netherlands). So, I'm turning to you guys: does anyone of you have a nice up-to-date website/online paper that I could use in order to help me ID all of my different seashells? Preferable with clear photos/drawings of the different species. Thanks in advance! Max
  11. California Petrified Wood

    What is this late Miocene petrified wood found east of San Francisco, California in a watershed with Orinda, Moraga, Siesta and possibly Mulholand Formations. It is about 1.5 inches across in the photo with my fingers for scale. The other photo is taken thru microscope lens.
  12. MrBig001T.JPG

    From the album Fossil Crabs

    one of my best crabs from New Zealand, Miocene. Took 110 hours to prep, A very nice specimen.
  13. Hemipristis serra (Agassiz 1843)

    From the album Pisces

    23mm. "Snaggle tooth" weasel shark upper symphesal. From the Miocene at Calvert Cliffs, SC, USA. Obtained on a trade with mattbsharks.
  14. Hemipristis serra (Agassiz 1843)

    From the album Pisces

    3cm. "Snaggle tooth" weasel shark upper. From the Miocene at Calvert Cliffs, SC, USA. Obtained on a trade with mattbsharks.
  15. Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus 1758)

    From the album Pisces

    5.5cm. Great white. From the Miocene of South Carolina. Obtained on a trade with mattbsharks.
  16. Isurus planus (Agassiz 1856)

    From the album Pisces

    3cm. Hooked-tooth Mako. Found in the Miocene sands at Shark Tooth Hill in Bakersfield California. Obtained on a trade with mattbsharks.
  17. SplitcrabS.JPG

    From the album Fossil Crabs

    My most difficult crab prep to date!!!
  18. Please Help ID- Cuban Fossil

    Please help me ID this fossil I found in Cuba. Thanks
  19. Cetacean vertebrae question

    I possess three vertebrae from Calvert county (I think they are all from plum point which I believe is Calvert formation, miocene) all cetacean. One of them is strange to me and I was wondering if anyone knew the answer to these questions: •why does it have such a large spinal cord opening (pardon my lack of anatomically accurate terms) is this because of placement or species? I vaguely remember it being called a porpoise vert. • the other two possess a channel at the bottoms but this one dosent, why is this so? The first picture is the vert I speak of. Thanks!
  20. Potomac Miocene

    What a cool day! A bunch of us did a beach clean up on the Virginia side of the Potomac River on Saturday and along with the trash, we picked up some of those triangle-shaped "litter" as well. @SailingAlongToo piloted his boat around to ferry us from beach to beach, and his wife who is still recovering from a broken arm joined us out there as well. By the time the day was over, the entire front of his boat was covered in trash bags that we filled up from about 3 1/2 miles of beach. We had a beautiful day to be out there and spied numerous eagles cruising around, and even one making a meal of a striped bass. Before I get to the fossils, I have to mention the coolest piece of trash that I picked up. As you can expect, there were plenty of bottles that has washed up on the various beaches. One of the bottles I reached down and grabbed had something in it, as I looked closer I noticed that there was a paper with writing in it. I opened it up and read a letter from a 4 year old boy named Levi who put his message in a bottle on January 11, 2016. The letter instructed the finder to call his mom or grandmother, so on my way home I did and chatted with a mother who did not know about the letter but was crying when I read it to her. I was glad that I made the call, it really made my day. Now to the fossils, we all found some nice stuff while we were out there. I wish that I took some pictures of the finds that the others had because there were some really coo things found. One woman reached down to pick up some trash and spied a root next to it...out came a beautiful Meg! I ended up finding a nice Mako when I tried to carry 8 bottles back to a bag and dropped one...right on top of the Mako! LOL! Some pictures from our adventure. Our eagle chomping down on the striper. I also have a video of this that I will try to post. Eagle tracks Jellyfish were everywhere, I blindly reached out to grab a piece of clear plastic that was in my peripheral vision and stuck my hand into a jellyfish...definite "eewww" factor! My haul for the day The tooth on the right was courtesy of dropping the bottle, the one on the left was the last tooth I found. Mako in a little drainage The message from the bottle
  21. Brownies beach 11/2/17

    *WARNING-LOTS OF PICTURES* I took a trip to brownie’s beach today, but unfortunately I could only get there at high tide. This meant my plan of heading south where “the good stuff” Normally is would be treacherous and my normal hunting spot (really I’ve only been there once before, so maybe preferred) was under about two feet of water. So I got as south as I could with any beach above water and got to work. If one uses winnowing in their favor, even spots north of the layer of the zone four that bears the teeth can be productive. This combined with a recent rain, powerful waves to bring fossils north, and lots of concentration and the occasionally yelling when you try to grab a tooth but the wave takes it before you can take it, made it a pretty good day for me. I threw most small teeth onto shore for someone else to find, and towards the end I gave some to some passing kids (though apparently they said they have buckets at home) but I kept some nicer specimens. On my first sitting place I got a nice physogaleus contortus (please feel free to correct wrong IDs) and a fish vert. Then a large keg top floated at me, and you know what they say-when a large piece of wooden debris floats at you, it’s time to move on (what, that’s not a saying). I then coned the beach for areas with lager shell pieces. When it was all said and done I had found one rootless Mako (my first! A desori I believe, 9/10 inch), a very nice white symphyseal hemipristis Serra (8/10 inch), a Ray barb piece, a tooth that reminds me of a porbeagle tooth that I possess, a Ray dermal denticle (although I’m not entirely convinced it’s not a modern thorn), a half of a serrated tooth (maybe meg?), an angel shark tooth (not pictured yet), a small (bird?) bone, another fish centrum (1/4 complete), Ray teeth, chunkosauruses, and various pretty teeth. Not too bad for a second visit.
  22. what is this fossil

    found in miocene rocks, lacustrine environment.
  23. Possible skull material, Capitola

    Hey everybody! It’s been a handful of years since I posted on here, but I was in Capitola recently and I picked up this fossil. The low tide wasn’t very low that day, (3.7 I think?) so...not the best day for collecting, but I drove in from AZ so I went anyway. On my way back to the car (giant toddler in one arm, heavy bag of fossils/shells/rocks in the other, I tripped over this guy. I didn’t get a chance to really look at it but It looked like it might have had bone in it so I threw it in the bag thinking maybe it was a partial vert or something. But now that I’m home and unpacked and have had a chance to actually look at it, it seems like it might be some part of a skull? Does that seem right? (Can you tell I mostly stick to invertebrates? Ha!) Also, sorry if this picture ends up being huge this is my first time posting from my phone and I can’t figure out how to change the size. It will only let me attach one photo, so I’m assuming the size is the issue. thanks in advance for your help! Edited to add Capitola makes this Purisima Formation, Neogene Period so Miocene/Pliocene. Marine fossils. (Forgot all the important information!)
  24. I got a surprise at the end of August when I received notice from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History regarding them returning one of my fossils. Part of my surprise was that I have been dealing almost exclusively with the Calvert Marine Museum (the CMM) in Maryland for several years. Occasionally some of my specimens are sent to the Smithsonian from the CMM, but they are returned back to the CMM. The surprise was compounded when the accompanying letter stated it was an item I had sent in for identification. It was a section of bone that I found in the vicinity of Brownie’s Beach in Calvert County, Maryland. Most of the fossil material found there comes out of “Zone 10” of the Calvert Formation. The Calvert Formation is Lower Middle Miocene in age. The piece of bone was identified as part of a land mammal ischium. In Florida, with its wealth of terrestrial fossils, this would hardly be worth mentioning. In the Maryland Miocene deposits, terrestrial material is very rare. I can attest that it is a fossil that I found, but I do not remember sending it in for identification. I was starting to wonder if my memory was developing gaps in the paleontology section. The mystery was solved when I saw the acceptance date for the fossil. The Smithsonian received the specimen on April 14th, 1991 and it was returned to me on October 7th, 2017. I do not claim to be a mathematician, but I am quite proficient at basic math. The reason I did not remember submitting this particular specimen to the Smithsonian is that it was sent twenty six and a half years ago. I will be donating it to the Calvert Marine Museum on my next visit. The Specimen
  25. Another day in the sunshine

    It was about 95 degrees today, but the breeze was constant and I was standing (up to my chest) in cool running water. That's about as good as it gets. Not a lot of finds, because I was limited (due to water depth) to the top foot of gravel. Found a dolphin tooth, and a penny. Thanks to @Harry Pristis for the picture and ID. for the picture and ID. And then this Broken shark tooth. I am always thinking Meg when I hunt. It might be GW. It is approximately 15 mm on each side. Either way, a great day with a few interesting finds to keep me coming back.