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  1. FL River Hunting Feb 22 2018

    Got in a few hours of digging today and popped a few keepers out. One day I'm going to find a nice complete Meg that size.
  2. Possible Poop From Brownie's Beach

    Calling all poop people! This is from Brownie's Beach, so Miocene era. I actually thought it was dog poop at first, and had some choice thoughts about the person who didn't clean up after his/her dog. Then I looked closer, poked it, and discovered it was rock, so into my pocket it went. I find the whole field of coprolites to be really tough with IDing, as no two poops seem to be alike. I do a lot of my IDing by cross-comparing pictures online using my trusty pal Google, and this is one where I'm not finding anything that gives me an "aha!" moment. But it looks like feces, and I'm guessing shark based on where I found it. I'm not licking it because if someone comes back and tells me it's really dog poop then -- ugh! Let's not go there! So help me, experts of the Fossil Forum! You're my only hope!
  3. Brownie's Beach 02/18/18

    I can confidently say that Brownie's Beach is my favorite site so far. I have only been to a handful of collecting locations, but I can already tell that this park is a gem. There are so many things to love about this site, from gorgeous scenery to great accessibility. I hadn't been hunting for about a month, and when you're new to this type of addictive hobby, that much time can begin to feel like withdrawal. So I can't tell you how excited I was to finally get back out there. As a side note, I'll try to keep my trip reports a little more brief. I've noticed that I'm practically writing an essay each time I post one of these. Anyway, once I saw that the forecast wasn't nasty, like it had been on the weekends for so long, I seized the opportunity and made my way out to the Cliffs once again. I got there very early, just before sunrise. I began collecting after snapping a few shots of the stunning scene over the bay, of course. The tides were not ideal, as it was just after high tide when I arrived, so I had quite a bit of trouble even making it past certain points. I may get some waders at some point, but I love my boots. With the high tides, I found myself transformed into a parkour master at times throughout the day. For the first few hours, I really wasn't finding too much. I was a bit discouraged because I had expected a couple decent finds for being the early bird. Turns out another TFF member had beat me to it. We crossed paths not too long after sunrise and shared the few finds we had so far. I forget his username, but I think his name was Phil. Later, we met again and showed out best finds so far; mine being a beautiful upper Hemi, and his being one of the biggest and most pristine Isurus teeth I've ever seen. It truly must've been nearly 3 inches in slant height. Apparently he had found it where I had already walked. Not to self: slow down the pace a bit. Later in the day, I began spotting some much better finds than earlier. The beach got busy near the entrance, but the Cliff base remained relatively calm. I ran into a good deal of other collectors, including another forum member, named Rob I believe, who was happy to show his finds and pictures of previous hauls. He's found loads of chubs at Brownie's, which gives me hope. I continued collecting along the Cliffs and near the entrance a bit, but the tide never really went out very far before it began to come back in. Because of this, I found myself hugging the cliffs along some stretches. This proved dangerous in multiple ways, one of which I learned the hard way. Twice. Walking right at the base of the Cliffs means you'll sometimes be stepping on extremely slippery, wet, clay-like material. Doing this, I fell two times. The first time, I feel on my bottom. But the second time, I stuck my hand out instinctively to break my fall. You know how there's a layer of broken shells protruding from the cliffs? Yeah, my hand went straight into that. If anything were to ever bite me at the Cliffs, I would think it'd be the sharks, not the shells! Another danger, and something I think we all should take very serious, was the cliffs falling. There were at least two places where there was a large tree hanging on for dear life on an overhang, directly over the beach. You could see the roots of the trees because the cliff under it had eroded and fallen. Very unstable and highly dangerous. The fallen logs along the beach are proof that the can and will fall. Point is, BE CAREFUL ALONG THE BASE OF THE CLIFFS, and keep your distance if you have the choice. I wrapped up the trip a bit early this time around, because the tide was high again and my body was aching from jumping from cliff fall mounds and rocks all day. Honestly, aside from the physical strain, this may have been my best trip yet. At least in terms of finds. It was definitely an enjoyable outing. My finds including a lot of the usual. Of the couple hundred teeth I found, the majority were small Lemons and Requiems. However, I also got many things that are a first for me. A couple large upper Hemis made me jump with joy because as you know they're my favorite. I found a cool broken Cosmopolitodus (Giant White) tooth, and a couple Cows, one that is actually pretty much complete! I found a lot of shark verts, which isn't typical, and my first fragments of dolphin verts too. I also managed my first ever crocodile tooth, which I am ecstatic with! Also got some Threshers and Hammerheads, as well as two complete Angel Shark teeth! Other than that, some decent ray plates and tigers round up my haul for the day. Thanks for reading. I tried to keep it short, but sometimes my enthusiasm just takes over and I want to share every little detail. As always, Hoppe hunting! (p.s. If either of the forum members I met read this, drop a reply so I can see your account names!)
  4. Can't Mako Up My Mind

    This tooth was found along the base of the Calvert Cliffs in Maryland during one of my trips to Brownie's Beach. It made the Hop 5 of that trip because it's a decent size and cool-looking tooth, but now I've run into a problem. Of the few species of Mako shark found in the Cliffs, I don't know which one this is. I had it classified as an Isurus desori tooth in the Hop 5, but I'm beginning to reconsider that identification. After studying descriptions and pictures of specimen from both Cosmopolitodus hastalis and Isurus desori (supposedly the two most common Mako species in the area), I can't make a confident verdict. The tooth has a slant height of slightly over an inch, a thick root center, and broad crown with a smooth and defined cutting edge. It's size isn't much of a help because as far as I understand, C. hastalis is larger than I. desori but this tooth is right in between the average for the two species. It really could be either, but I'm sure there's got to be a good way to tell them apart that I'm just not aware of. The two sharks are really quite different after all. Although we hunters call them "Makos", C. hastalis was truly a Giant White Shark. Anyway, I'd love some help on this one. I'll attach a few pictures, including one with a scale, as well as the ones I posted in my Brownie's Beach trip report from 12/26/17. Thanks!
  5. Bayfront Park 2/17

    Traveled east early Saturday morning to collect at Brownies Beach. Arrived to a bright red sunrise with a falling tide. Plenty of material was rolling around and the wind was blowing. Found a very nice crocodile tooth standing upright in the sand. Also found a sweet Peccary molar at low tide sitting on a sandbar. My friend arrived a few hours after me and scored a nice Squalodon tooth. I also found a much smaller one, but I love how it looks. As usual, at least one nice hemi was found with my biggest being 1 1/4". Had a real shamer broken one that was crazy sharp and would've broke 1 1/2". I also found a cool piece of ray bard and two pieces of fused ray plate. Eventually the crowds showed up as the day got warmer and the wind slowed down; overall it was a nice day at the beach.
  6. Feb 21st Peace River hunting

    I have a minor medical procedure tomorrow morning. Nothing serious but it will keep me out of the Peace River for a week or so....So today I went hunting for the last opportunity before a layoff. Did I tell you that I am lucky? I have 4-5 hunting friends and when asked, they all claim that I must be one of the luckiest fossil hunters in the world.. You can judge. My friend Dave had found a Meg in a new location for him and suggested we go back to the same location today. When I got to this "new" location, I realize that I had dug this same spot extensively back in 2013-2014. However, the depth of the river in down from last moth and Dave indicated that he had found deep gravel with lots of hemis, tigers, duskys, lemons and a few Megs.. Sounds interesting , We really had a workout expanding the hole down and out. I was in waist deep water to start and shoulder deep water at the end of the day. Lots of small teeth, plus , horse and chunks of Mastodon, Mammoth, and ivory...Dave was finding similar fossils plus a number of nice small Megs. Nothing unique Until. Dave thought this might be tusk because of the obvious layering. I am not positive, but If it is not tusk, there are few sources of 4-6 inch canines in the Peace River watershed. Let's see what Bobby think for this find. @Boesse I could not be more pleased. ANY identification yields a super rare fossil, even one that is broken in half. As we paddled back to the bridge, Dave indicated (half_humorously I hope) that he may not be taking me to his new locations in the future.
  7. James River Weekend - VA

    Mrs. SA2, @MikeR & I guided a trip for 12 along the lower James River in Virginia this weekend. Started out with very iffy weather Saturday morning with 2 foot swells and white caps from an unfriendly westerly wind. She and I were both quite busy tending our boats even when on the beach so we didn't get many photos. Mike was busy helping the folks with IDs and stratigraphy, so he didn't get many either. There were some taken though. Later in the day we did find a very nice, large Eastover Formation slough (upper Miocene). @Fossil-Hound Mrs. SA2 said she "had the feeling" as we approached in the boats. Not to disappoint, the slough produced at least 10 Ecphora between the different members of the group, most were whole or almost whole. @Daleksec still has hold of the lucky horseshoe and found about 6 foot of whale jaw. (After initial inspections last night it appears to be 3 foot of both sides of the lower jaw / mandible. Lots of further work is required.) I will post more photos of Saturday in next couple days. Today was much nicer on the river and we hunted a section of beach with the Rushmere Member of the Yorktown Formation (Upper Pliocene) in the bottom 2 - 3 feet of the cliff. It's very shelly and it too produced large #s of Ecphora. @Fossil-Hound, I'm not exaggerating when I say the group got over 20 on the day, cause I found Mrs. SA2 7 by myself, she found a couple, @Daleksec had 4 or 5 and other members of the group had some too. Here is a photo of my 1st of today, lying there waiting to pose with 2 of @aerogrower's custom scale cube. We were testing out the metric one to make sure Ray put some magic in it. Here is a photo showing the Rushmere Member exposure at the base of the cliff. We had about 600 yards of exposure today. Paleo pick for scale. Here is a photo of my last Ecphora of the day. @Fossil-Hound, calm down. YES, it really is "that big!" @MikeR can vouch for it, he saw it and photographed it, with his brand new metric scale from @aerogrower. Obviously, I have some prep work ahead of me. Speaking of the world famous @MikeR, ladies and gentlemen - here he is coming back to the boat with his bucket of trophies after a few hours in the sun! One of the nicest, most knowledgeable guys you would ever want to meet. I'll post photos of all of Mrs. SA2'S Ecphora from the weekend, @Daleksec's jaw and his gorgeous ~2 inch hastalis with red hues in the next few days. Gorgeous tooth! Cheers, SA2
  8. Cerastoderma sociale (Krauss 1852)

    2 Steinkerns.
  9. As request by WhodamanHD, here is a post of my recent sperm whale tooth find from Brownies Beach over the weekend and some other cetacean teeth. I also included a very cool red squalodon tooth I found at Stratford hall along with another tooth which I believe is also Squalodon. I like how the Squalodon tooth is split in half, I wouldn't have found it if I didn't notice what looked like a root of a tooth underwater. I also included a cool dolphin vertebrae I found at Stratford Hall
  10. Big sand tiger

    Went to brownies today, miocene, and I’ll have the haul until here later this week but I would like to know what species this sand tiger is. It’s purty big for a sand tiger, like an inch and a half. It’s got two cusps on either side, they seem to curve inward. I saved up for Kent’s book on fossil identification so I’ll have that by the 28th.
  11. Florida River Hunting Feb 2018

    Had a good bit of success visiting a river I've been to in the past. I had "cleaned" this area out last year but I tried an experiment & piled all the rock/limestone that I worked through last year up in the center of the river expecting that it would trap sediment & moving fossils upstream of the rocks during the rainy season. Like most of my plans it didn't work as I expected, it seems that the sediment didn't deposit behind the rocks but the flow tumbled the rocks and sediment deposited downstream of the rocks. I spent about 4 hours digging out about 120 square feet of deposits 6-10" deep and screening. Pretty much about the easiest hunting scenario you could hope for in a river. I picked up everything that I recognized as a shark tooth (one bison tooth 2 bits of stingray & about 2 back packs worth of dugong bone bits). I wanted to point out a few things, 1) almost all teeth are river black, there are less than 5 teeth that had other coloration (bone valley like), 2) a high percentage are broken but not necessarily "river worn". So that evening I went to a social party & took the nice Meg to show some friends, of course one of the guest is totally enamored and tells me I've got to take them along next time so they can get some like that too! If only it was that easy....everyone would be doing it!
  12. South Georgia HELP

    I just moved to South Georgia, Kairo-Ochlocknee-Thomasville area. I am very new to fossil hunting and I don't have any clue where to go or who to ask, where-if there is-can I go to explore? Any help is GREATLY appreciated
  13. Micro Finds - 2/10

    Along with the 3 pristine Hemis I found at Brownies Beach, I also found some interesting micro finds. I really like the 3 sand tiger teeth with the perfect sharp cusps on each side and they're REALLY sharp too. I also was able to score 2 nice Angelshark teeth (I love how they stand up on their root). I also found what I believe to be a tooth from the rostrum of a Sawfish? or perhaps some species of fish. I need help to ID the micro tooth, it has small serrations on either side and I have found one similar to this previously on another trip.
  14. Plant material

    Hi, i wish a good day for all of you. I've visited another new place where i could find miocene plant material in a ligniteous clay.It had rain for days there and the place is covered by vegetation, so i only looked on the border of a road and i found those two items. First photos are taken in daylight, others under a magnifying glass and artificial light. The scale is in centimeters. 1)
  15. Fossil ID?/Recent Trip

    Hello! First time posting on the forum so any help is good! I recently went hunting for a few hours and was able to have a decent day by myself at the water. I need help to ID the two teeth I posted up-closes of. The fragment would've been a sweet tooth if whole and I wish the other tooth had the other cusp! I believe both teeth are from the same species of shark, but I have never found a species like this. I have never heard of Carcharocles angustiden being found in the MD/VA area and the area I was at I believe is mostly early Miocene so I was thinking it might be a Carcharocles chubutensis??? I also found some decent Makos and a very nice Barracuda tooth which I thought was pretty cool.
  16. Miocene Whale Recovered From & for Display at Westmoreland State Park in VA This past Saturday, Mrs.SA2, @Daleksec (Trevor), his dad Orlin, @MarcoSr, his 2 sons Marco Jr. and Mel, a couple of other folks and I had the pleasure and privilege to finally finish recovering a whale skull from the cliffs at Westmoreland State Park here in VA. Marco Sr's sons had been working to excavate and recover this skull since June, but due to the unstable cliffs, high water levels, wind / waves, and trespassers / poachers damaging the plaster jackets, they had not been able to finish the task until this past weekend. Given the size and weight of the jacketed skull, a boat was the easiest way to get it off the beach and transported to the boat ramp where the Park's employees used a large tractor to lift it off the boat and set it on a trailer. Once prepped, the skull will be put on display at the Park's Visitors Center along with a photo album and video display chronicling the endeavor in hopes of providing knowledge and context about the geology and fossils of the area. Since Mrs.SA2 is still recovering from her fall back in late September, she was tasked with the photography / videography of the recovery. Combined with photos taken by Marco Jr. and Mel from the beginning of the excavation and several others of the group taking photos / videos on Saturday, the Park visitors will be able to see the step by step excavation and preparation process from start to finish. It is hoped that the skull and other skeletal pieces along with the photo album and video will be ready for display to the public by this spring. Everyone working to recover the whale were volunteers except for the Park employees. For the record, back at the end of June these plaster jackets on the skull and post-cranial bones are the same ones Mrs.SA2 and Trevor caught trespassers / poachers beating on with a large stick in hopes of stealing fossils. By the time they were discovered (caught red handed in the act), the trespassers / poachers had already busted the jackets open and removed multiple vertebrae, flipper bones and ribs from their matrix in the now busted open jackets. Thankfully, Mrs.SA2 & Trevor were able to stop the crime, take possession of the removed bones and then turn them over to the Park for safe keeping. Unfortunately, the Park Rangers were unable to catch the criminals despite the great descriptions provided. Here are a few of the photos taken during the recovery on Saturday. The first task of the day was clearing off the debris and sediment that had recently fallen on the working ledge. Mel is on the left in the red hat. I'm on the right and Marco Sr. is in the middle. (Don't worry folks, there are better photos of Marco Sr. a little later.) You can see the delamination and cracking of the cliff on each side of the working ledge. Here is Trevor taking a break from shoveling. Here is Mrs.SA2 posing in front of the skull. Once the debris and sediment was cleared away, the damaged / wet plaster jackets had to be removed and then the sections re-jacketed for stability during recovery. Aluminum foil was used to provide initial cover for the bones. Mel is putting on the foil while rest of us discuss how much this thing is going to weigh. Marco Jr. is in the bright blue sweatshirt, Marco Sr. is in the blue stocking cap, Orlin is in the gray hoodie closest to the cliff and I've got on the baseball cap turned backwards. Burlap is applied after the foil so the plaster will have a substrate for binding. Here, Marco Jr. is wrapping the skull in burlap while Mel mixes up the fist bucket of plaster. Next comes the plaster jacket. The Potomac River provided free water which was mixed with bags of plaster in a bucket, then hand applied to cover the burlap. Water temperature was 49F on Saturday. Mel is on the left and Marco Jr. is on the right. Didn't take long for their hands to turn blue. An interesting side note for those who don't know, Marco Sr., Marco Jr. and Mel have a website called phatfossils.com. They also have a Facebook page with the same name AND they have M&M Ranch in Nebraska where you can find Oligocene terrestrial animal fossils. You can Google that one if you want. Mrs.SA2, Trevor and I always enjoy fossil hunting and fossil discussions with them because we learn so much! Recovering the skull, we just provided the boat and some manual labor, they did the hard part. A couple of photos showing better views of the cliff. Marco Sr. is on the left in the blue stocking cap. Our buddy Zsolt is in the black coat on the ledge. Zsolt helped with taking photos and videos and is saving himself for the important task of lifting the jacketed skull off the beach. More on that later. Here is the skull with its new plaster jacket and wooden support. We found a 2" X 8" board on the beach and cut it to length in order to provide a rigid support once the jacket is flipped over. It took about 90 mins for the plaster to harden / set. Once the jacket was solid, Marco Jr. and Mel dug out underneath of jacket to separate it from the surrounding matrix. Orlin (on right with gray hoodie and shovel) helped shave off the edge of the ledge so we could roll it over and move it off the ledge and down to the beach. Note the sediment ramp built below the jacket. Once the jacket was free from the surrounding matrix, it was rolled over onto the 2X8 board and slid down the sediment ramp to the beach. It was remarkably easy since Marco Jr and Mel had built such a good jacket and gravity worked with us. (Photo below shows a much better shot of Marco Sr., blue stocking cap, 2nd from left) Next, extra matrix was removed from what was the bottom in order to get rid of weight and lighten the load. Below, Orlin (on left) is calculating the weight. Just for reference, a cubic yard of wet sediment from this location weights roughly 2,200 -2,500 lbs. The 8 of us were going to be picking up at least 1/2 cubic yard of dirt, plus the plaster jacket, 2X8 board and skull. Trevor is on the right helping Mel trim off extra matrix. Mel's tongue only came out a few times. After the load was lightened as much as possible, we used those always handy, ratchet straps to keep the jacket closed and secure during transport. The straps also kept the jacket attached to the wooden boards we used for lifting. Wouldn't want it to slide off and us drop it. You can see one of the boards sticking out the left side near Orlin's knee. We used 3 boards perpendicular to the jacket, plus a person at each end, in order to lift it. (YES, it was heavy.) All the boards were found along the beach. More to come in next post.
  17. Hi Looking thru an old collection of Isurus, three large and one smaller teeth showed a noticeable concave curve on the lingual side (I think I got that right). My first thought was pathological. In doing some "research" apparently there is something peculiar about the 3rd anterior tooth of Makos. Requesting your help with these. I tried to show by stacking the three curved ones with 2 regular shaped makos. Hope that shows clearly. What purpose would this "special" tooth serve? The brachiopod just could not resist getting in the picture. Thanks
  18. Limb? bone Reptilian? Florida

    Hoping this isnt too incomplete up to ID. Was in the dugong scrap garage box but I'm pretty sure now it shouldnt have been....Anyone recognize what it actually is and what it belongs to? It has a nice twisted shape to it. The base is relatively flat and seems to be only very slightly worn. The opposite end seems to have been pretty much sheared off and has an interesting groove remaining that I've circled in red. Thanks for the looks and any info you might be able to provide. Latest thought is that its reptilian, possibly a gator, maybe an ulna? Regards, Chris
  19. Košťák, M., Schlögl, J., Culka, A., Tomašových, A., Mazuch, M. and Hudáčková, N., 2018. The unique preservation of Sepia soft tissues in the Miocene deposits (Serravalian, Vienna Basin): Implications for the origin of microbodies in the fossil record. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 493, pp. 111-118. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322269169_The_unique_preservation_of_Sepia_soft_tissues_in_the_Miocene_deposits_Serravalian_Vienna_Basin_Implications_for_the_origin_of_microbodies_in_the_fossil_record https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Martin_Kostak Also, there is: Fuchs, D. and Košťák, M., 2016. Amphispirula gen. nov. from the Eocene of southern Moravia (Czech Republic): a new ancestor of the Recent deep-sea squid Spirula?. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 14(2), pp. 91-98. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273755575_Amphispirula_nov_gen_from_the_Eocene_of_Southern_Moravia_Czech_Republic_a_new_ancestor_of_the_Recent_deep-sea_squid_Spirula https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dirk_Fuchs Yours, Paul H.
  20. Got home from the Quartzite show on monday and was sick as a dog. Made for a brutal 2 day drive home! But today, feeling a bit better and finally went out to the prep garage. Picked out two small Tumido concretions and decided to do one Ventral and the other Dorsal. I had a lot of fun doing that ventral Pulalius so I decided I needed a ventral Tumido. Anyways, the one I decided ventral on was an easy read and after a few hours hit ventral. Put that one aside and went on the prep attack on the other. Was'nt positive on what was ventral/dorsal so dug a hole. Dang!!! Ventral again! Turned it over and got to work. Hit dorsal and oh boy!!! Hit pay dirt with this one!!! No calcite and the rock came off super good!!! Just that way its suposed to be. This dorsal one looks to be a very very very good crab!!!? Im so excited I can hardly stand it! I had the witherall to call it quits and turned it over and fixed the hole. Cant freakin wait for tommorow. Oh, and im now down 40 freakin lbs. Just a fabulous day!!! Life is good.
  21. This tooth is the biggest tooth I have seen come out of Cuba, it is a huge primary tooth. I will have to get Matty Swilp to restore the tooth when it arrives.
  22. The Mysterious Origin of Nebraska's "Devil's Corkscrew" Fossils Mental Floss Feb 1, 2018 http://mentalfloss.com/article/527706/mysterious-origin-nebraskas-devils-corkscrew-fossils Some papers are: Martin, L.D. and Bennett, D.K., 1977. The burrows of the Miocene beaver Palaeocastor, western Nebraska, USA. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 22(3), pp. 173-193. Meyer, R.C., 1999. Helical burrows as a palaeoclimate response: Daimonelix by Palaeocastor. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 147(3-4), pp. 291-298. Smith, R.M., 1987. Helical burrow casts of therapsid origin from the Beaufort Group (Permian) of South Africa. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 60, pp. 155-169. Doody, J.S., James, H., Colyvas, K., Mchenry, C.R. and Clulow, S., 2015. Deep nesting in a lizard, déjà vu devil's corkscrews: first helical reptile burrow and deepest vertebrate nest. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 116(1), pp. 13-26. https://www.academia.edu/20873080/Deep_nesting_in_a_lizard_déjà_vu_devils_corkscrews_first_helical_reptile_burrow_and_deepest_vertebrate_nest https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280559331_Deep_Nesting_in_a_Lizard_Deja_Vu_Devil's_Corkscrews_First_Helical_Reptile_Burrow_and_Deepest_Vertebrate_Nest https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Simon_Clulow/publication/280940311_Deep_nesting_in_a_lizard_deja_vu_devil's_corkscrews_First_helical_reptile_burrow_and_deepest_vertebrate_nest/links/5a0ad68c0f7e9b0cc02355d0/Deep-nesting-in-a-lizard-deja-vu-devils-corkscrews-First-helical-reptile-burrow-and-deepest-vertebrate-nest.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  23. A few bone pieces

    Found two bone bits at brownies (Miocene, Marine. Calvert FM) That I need some help with. First up is a big old hunk (like 2.5 inch’s which is a bigger chunkosaurus than I’m used to). Wonder if it’s identifiable? It’s also got a line in it, maybe predation marks? Maybe it’s just wishful thinking l.
  24. Fossil Beach VA

    Relocating to FL a couple of years ago from VA incensed me to start hunting shark teeth, and then lo and behold I discovered that I could have been hunting in VA too. I had heard rumors of teeth at Stratford Hall as a kid but never followed up on it. So I finally had a trip back to VA and a chance to rush out to the beach, last minute I didn't have much time to plan but what better place to hunt fossils than "Fossil Beach", right? The visitor center had a nice display to fan the fever... Well it was a bit different that I expected. I was surprised to find the grey clay material and not as much rock as I see in the "in situ" photos other send from the area. Obviously this wasn't the honey hole I was hoping but some determined hunting did keep me from being skunked.
  25. Multiple IDs Requested

    Out on a beautiful day with friends, returning to a location that had produced some good finds where I knew what I was finding. The river was up a foot since we hunted last and since my specific location was already pretty deep, I had to move and find another spot. The finds were "odd" .. lots of broken mammal teeth, few small shark teeth, and lots of scutes and bones. Example: Found a complete Glypt/Dillo osteoderm smaller than a dime and my smallest Meg ever. But this is an ID thread: 1st -- foot pad or hoof core??? 2nd... Antler or tusk tip?? Finally 3rd , a vertebrae with both processes broken off All guesses, requests for different views, suggestions appreciated. Thanks Shellseeker