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  1. This past weekend in Central VA it was low 70s on Saturday and low 80s on Sunday with an extremely low tide both days, mid-morning. My wife and I, our buddy and 17 y/o son (TFF member Daleksec) and another friend of ours took the boat out on the Pamunkey River Saturday morning for a little fossil hunting / collecting. Since the tide was so low, we decided to start out with some surface hunting at a little beach with a nice Calvert Formation exposure. We immediately hit the jack pot and found some nice sharks teeth and random bone pieces. After finding everything on the surface we all started screening. (This is what my wife and I found Saturday.) The 3 buddies had this much or more in their bags for the day. If anyone knows what this 1" piece of bone that looks like a jaw is, please chime in. After a few hours of collecting and the tide coming in fast, Daleksec noticed an exposed vertebrae on the beach about 6 inches from where I had just picked up a tooth. After some quick exploration this is what we saw. My hand for quick scale. (Yes, I realize everyone's hands are different sized.) We were racing the incoming tide at this point. We didn't know how much of the skeleton was there since we didn't get to explore in either direction. I was pretty sure I saw a humerus and counted 12 vertebrae exposed before we covered it. The tide came in and covered it all about 5 mins after we finished burying the exposed bones in matrix to protect. The bones are literally sitting in the base of the Calvert Formation and right on top of the Old Church Formation. This Old Church exposure is the ONLY Oligocene exposure in VA. Obviously, our fossil plans for Sunday just changed and then we spent the rest of Saturday teasing Daleksec about the raccoons, opossums and deer coming to get "his" skeleton or at least running off with "his" skull. :-) Everyone but he enjoyed the witty banter about "his" disappearing skeleton. With the rising tide we decided to head farther up river to an Eocene / Oligocene contact exposure I know. Checked out the first small area and only 1 small tooth was found. My buddy wanted me to move him around a bunch of overhanging trees and snags. As I dropped him off on the bank (beach all covered by tide at this point), he walks over and picks up THIS!! He gets my attention and said, "I found something. I don't know what it is, but I'm not throwing it away." This is the very 1st Squalodon tooth I've seen found at this Oligocene exposure in 7 years of collecting here. To say I was jealous was an understatement, but I'm glad if someone had to find it and it couldn't be my wife or me, it was him. This pretty much finished up our day and WOW, what a day it was. Sunday in the next post.
  2. Hey all, I have a tooth here, and I'm a bit confused. It comes from Hoevenen (BE), and dates from the Miocene. I'm pretty sure that it's a mako tooth, but I'm not sure what species: Isurus hastalis or Isurus oxirhynchus? Or perhaps another one? Also, how exactly can you distinguish I. hastalis from I. oxirhynchus? Best regards and have a nice Sunday! Max
  3. No work, kids were in school, and warm temperatures predicted...time to head to the river again! My wife searched along the water's edge while I broke out the shark tooth sifter and dredged the first drop off in the water. It didn't take long before I found a nice Mako and feeling pretty good about it...then my wife yelled at me and motioned me over quickly, a beautiful Cow Shark tooth! We have found a few before but they always were broken, this was the first one that we found that was intact...definite trip maker! We both continued on finding the normal teeth for the area and decided to head home a few hours later, I hesitated and said I needed to find one more tooth before going...glad I did, I then found the second Mako! It's going to be hard for me to work all week without coming down with...*cough cough*...tooth fever! LOL! The total haul: Awesome Cow Shark! Makos I believe this is a Lemon, largest one I have found. A bone fragment that I found, thought it was pretty cool to see the hollow insides. Not sure what this is, My wife found it and thought it looked interesting. I think it is geologic but I told her I would throw it up here to see if anyone thought it was something:
  4. Hi, Here is a very weird sharktooth from Hoevenen (BE) --> Miocene. I can't find anything that looks similar to it, therefore I'd like your help on this one. Note that the tip is a bit broken off. Also, does anyone know a good guide that could be used to IDing sharkteeth? Best regards, Max
  5. Both items are from Miocene period. Is the top item a crocodile tooth? It is 1 1/4" long and about 3/8" wide on the bottom. The bottom item is 3/4" long and about 3/8" wide on the bottom. Thanks in advance.
  6. A 70 degree in February? You just have to head to the water! I played tour guide to a friend and his two boys (5th & 7th grade), they had a blast! My friend's kids kept seeing my posts on Facebook and wanted to go bad, I definitely had to make a trip happen. We arrived about 2 hours before low tide and immediately started to find teeth, it didn't take long for them to understand the whole process before they were setting out on their own to sift the areas they thought was going to have the best finds...and boy did they find stuff! Tigers, Requiem, Snaggletooth, Lemon, and some Sand tigers...and then I heard a cry, "I've got one with lots of teeth!" Their first trip and they pulled up a Cow shark tooth...and then a second one as well! A group of Boy Scouts came to the beach for a little while and I encouraged them to se the sifters that we weren't using and they were soon finding teeth as well, eagerly bringing them to me so I could identify it for them. One of the Boy Scouts let out a yell, "I found a Great White...or a Meg, I don't know which?" Sure enough, he found a small Meg up near the high water mark, that kid was smiling ear-to-ear...and I don't blame him. One of the Stratford Hall workers came down to the beach and headed past the ropes to check something out, when he came back he walked over to the boys and presented them with a real nice shark vertebrae. A little while later he was back past the ropes and came back 30 minutes later and gave the boys a piece of a whale (dolphin?) skull. My friend's kids were on cloud nine! Then they got another gift from a college student that was combing the beach, a fossilized crab. I never would have known but he pointed out everything to kids and I, absolutely fascinating! As we were leaving, they found a pretty large bone as well, both boys were overjoyed at finding it too! I have to say, if you can take a kid with you and introduce them to this hobby, DO IT! These boys loved every minute of it and learn as they do! I would love to present some nice pictures of our finds but I didn't bring anything back, I just guided and helped them where I could. My wife surface collected, she found a neat fish vert but everything else was the normal small stuff. My wife's finds. The boy's finds Me and the boys, sifting away!
  7. Hey everyone, Though they may not be very impressive specimens for most of you (especially the sharkteeth collectors), I am still extremely happy with my 2 new additions to my collection: I got my most complete Notorhynchus tooth till now, one with all the cusps present and a majority of the root; and also my very first MEGALODON TOOTH!!! Yes, I didn't have a single megalodon tooth in my collection till now, though I have been collecting for over 7 years. And even though they are both rather small teeth, the megalodon being a posterior tooth too, I am still extremely glad with them. In fact, there is a Dutch proverb that fits this situation perfectly: "klein maar fijn" (small but nice). Both teeth come from the Calvert Cliffs (Miocene). I got them in a trade with the amazing Dave @Darktooth, with whom I have had a great chat thanks to this forum! Therefore: thank you Dave!!! Best regards, Max
  8. Hey Gang, I've had a good couple of weeks with hunting and part of the fun was running across this creek fragment. Approx 20 mm high and 70mm X 40mm wide--seems to be robust/biscuit like and rather large. Maybe I've got 20-25% of the test. Unfortunately the slice is very acute as it cut thru the specimen and may be impossible to ID lacking many important test features but I'm wondering if any of you Peace River and creek and Bone Valley folks have run across anything similar? 2nd and 3rd photos are oriented with the opening/periproct? at the bottom of the photos. Other photo angles provided to give a sense of thickness and general shape. Any feedback/thoughts are appreciated. Thanks. Regards, Chris
  9. Most of the material I have seen on Lee Creek crocodiles have identified them to the Genus Thecachampsa; and to the species antiqua. However, I have one tooth that is different from all the others. Are there others species of croc present in the Lee Creek fauna? This tooth is almost a dead wringer for the tooth pictured in this drawing by William Bullock Clark The tooth in this drawing id identified as Thecachampsa contusor (Cope, 1867) Illustration of a tooth of Thecachampsa contusor (=Thecachampsa antiqua) collected from Aquia Creek, Maryland. 4a. Lateral view. 4b. Basal view. Printed in Eocene, Volume 1 by the Maryland Geological Survey, William Bullock Clark (1901). So second, is T. antiqua synonymous with T. contusor. Here is the tooth
  10. I am fighting a sinus infection and didn't feel like making the walk up the hill at Flag Ponds today. Instead I went to the beach in my neighborhood, a 20 foot walk and I am on the beach. I knew not to bother even looking for teeth because our cliffs only have shells. I don't usually mess with the shells so besides the Ecphora I have no idea what they are.
  11. A lot of murk and chop on the Potomac today at Westmoreland State Park made finding teeth a challenge, but as usual, there's always something to make the trip worthwhile ... This time it was three pretty nice vertebrae , missing processes, but not as worn out as many I've found. Just wondering if the smallest one is unusual? I can't picture the size of the animal based on the bones but it seems small to me...maybe there's some wisdom on it out there...
  12. Here are some pics from the last few months. Chris and I have been doing more looking than finding but between different hunts we've still managed some nice pieces Loading these right from my phone so will have to make new posts for a lot of pics. Here are a couple nice megs that I found diving Venice with Megaholic( Chuck) and his wife
  13. A winter fossil trip with a blow out tide that started slow but ended with finding one of my best fossil Mako teeth yet! Small video of the action including other Miocene finds from the bay in Maryland. Merry Christmas to all and happy hunting!
  14. Hello everyone, I haven't posted in a whiile, but I have been hunting a bit. I got out today for a couple hours along the river here in Charleson, SC. These finds come from a pretty well-known dredge site, the finds are usually poorly preserved but abundant. Once in a while this beach produces well-preserved finds. Today I managed to find some good stuff - a nice big stingray dermal denticle, and stout fish jaw, two teeth from the uncommon giant thresher shark Alopias grandis, several nice snaggletooth shark teeth Hemipristis serra, a pretty but mangled Carcharocles angustidens, and an absolutely beautiful (as of yet) unidentified whale tooth. Thanks for taking a look! SOSC "In situ" -
  15. Hey all, yesterday my wife (CCNHM collections manager Sarah Boessenecker) and I wrote about some of our recent finds from Folly Beach, SC. Collecting fossils there is quite easy, and if you're there for non-shark teeth, there's essentially no competition since that's all anyone ever looks for there. The fossils of Folly Beach have never been written up, and I'm getting more and more curious about them - particularly fossil marine mammals. If anyone finds marine mammal earbones out there, I'm dying to take a look! We've already gotten a nice donation from Ashby Gale, Edisto SP ranger, of a pygmy sperm whale periotic. Here's the blog post with some images of our recent finds - including my first giant armadillo scute (Holmesina), an Alligator osteoderm, various shark and mammal teeth, and a snake vertebra. I've made a plan to go out to Folly once a week this entire semester, since it's only a 15-20 minute drive from College of Charleston (a very nice escape from campus and teaching) http://blogs.cofc.edu/macebrownmuseum/2017/02/03/friday-fossil-feature-it-would-be-folly-to-pass-this-site-up/
  16. From the album Tertiary

    Pycnodonte percrassa (oyster shell) Miocene Calvert Formation Calvert Cliffs Bayfront Park Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
  17. I was out hunting Sunday and Monday, different spots, different finds -- Life (and the Peace River) are like a box of chocolates. Here is a photo from going back in time yesterday. Never encountered another person the whole day. I did see a gator, bass, an owl, lots of birds and fish. No fantastic finds but questions. The majority of small teeth I was finding were Tiger sharks, many of the common ones but 15-20 G. Contortus which implies miocene. I hate breaking fossils before I see them, but that is exactly what happened with one of these. At first I thought it was a fossilized wood branch but in looking closer -- a segment of dolphin jaw and very odd section at that. Instead of a longitudional groove containing the tooth sockets, this one had alternating mounds and depressions. The sockets are (I guess ) filled in... This does not seem like the normal type of dolphin jaw that I traditionally see from the Pleistocene of the Peace River, so decided to post and ask TFF members from NC, Maryland, etc to comment on jaw comparisons like I see in this link: http://www.fossilguy.com/gallery/vert/mammal/marine/eurhinodelphis/eurhinodelphis_miocene.htm One more picture. Looks like an edge osteoderm..relatively small. I almost tossed it... Giant Armadillo or Glyptodont? Thanks for any/all suggestions or just WAGs. Jack
  18. I have three items I can use help with ID. All were found in a Miocene area. First I am thinking may be a very worn whale vertebrae. It is 2 3/4" X 2 1/4". The second and third look like teeth to me. The one on the right is 6/8" X 7/8". I was thinking bison or horse? The one on the left I really am not sure. I picked it up as shark and then looking at it have no idea. Thanks for the help.
  19. I'm taking some time off work and making a road trip down to Florida at the end of the month. I'll be trying to hit several sites along the way but will be in the Venice area sometime between these dates. I'll be doing some shore diving in the mornings if anyone is interested in joining me. I generally dive solo but having the company is nice on those long swims to and from shore. I have a fair amount of experience with these dives so if you have experience or not, you're more than welcome to join. Daniel
  20. Back-to-back trips on the Potomac, though this trip was 30-40 miles downriver from where we hunted yesterday. Once again, the weather was beautiful, much sunnier than yesterday and the river was flat calm...which I needed for this spot since I was in the water the entire time, searching 2-3' deep. I moved along slowly and was pleasantly surprised at the results, 2017 just keeps getting better and better! I actually remembered to get some pictures of the teeth before I grabbed them off the bottom, of course that was after I had already found the two megs. Total haul: First multi-meg day for me! On the water, after I had just found the second meg (smaller one). A couple of Makos in the water.
  21. I found this on a boarder of a road in the region of Touraine, France. It is 3,5 cm of lenght, 2,5 cm of hight and 2 cm at the largest. It is relatively light. The soils around are turonian or senonian but i believe it might be more recent :
  22. Not sure what either of these items are, if anything. Square item is about 1" and looks like stone. Longer item about 1 1/4" and looks fossilized. Both from Miocene area. Thanks for any help.
  23. From the album Fossil Collection

  24. From the album Uploads_06_16

    Hemipristis serra North-Central Florida Hawthorne formation Miocene
  25. So Friday I got to the parking lot first at Brownies Beach, but the locals down at the end of the beach had already been through. I needed a flashlight for at least a half hour so they must have been out pretty early. I had a work emergency so I hadto leave, but I stopped by on the way home. Then today I get to Brownies early then stopped by Flag Ponds on the way home. So I ended up getting 4 different hunts in between the two days.