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Found 19 results

  1. Hello, Here are some more of our findings from our 2 brief trips to Purse Park. I think the shark teeth are Odontaspis winkleri but am not sure. I have no idea on the small cream tooth other than its probably from a fish . . . (to me it looks surprisingly rodentlike though)?? And the hollow black bit which I initially took to be a casting from an invert burrow I figured can't be since it is hollow. Anybody have any ideas?? Thanks, Kate
  2. Hi, We are doing a unit on geology/paleontology in our homeschool with the fossils we find. I was wondering if anyone knows the difference between the Aquia and Nanjemoy formations. I know wikipedia is not perfect but I am not an expert and it lists them as separate formations albeit both from the Paleogene. I have read Paleocene/Eocene border for the Aquia formation. Is that correct? The Nanjemoy formation I had not read about before today. Is it just the same thing on the Maryland side of the River instead of the Virginia side? Thanks for the help, Kate
  3. Fossil tour guide?

    Hi there! my name is Tim George. I am fairly new to the fossil hunting hobby and was wondering if anyone knew someone who could perhaps take me and my dad on a fossil hunting trip. I am looking for people who do tours of either the Calvert formation,Aquia formation, or the Nanjemoy formation. Thank you.
  4. Help with identifying bone fragment

    Hello - I wouldn't normally post a fragment of a bone seeking help with identification given how difficult it can be to determine the specific animal with just a photo of a piece; however, I found this piece awhile back and was going through my phone looking at other pictures and realized I never posted my question. The pattern on the bone is what makes me think someone with much more knowledge about the fauna that can be found in that area might be able to make a positive identification. If not, no big deal but figured it was worth an ask. This was found amonst the rocks along the beach at Purse State Park in Maryland. Thanks in advance for the help. I only have this pic on my phone so if more angles are needed just post that as a response and I can fire up the Canon, pun intended, and take a few more shots this weekend.
  5. ID Help Needed Paleocene Bone

    Found today and at first thought it was a Paleocene Croc Scapula. But, a FB member mentioned it could be a Paleocene mammal Talus. Thanks for looking, Any and all advice is appreciated Paleocene, Aquia Formation, Maryland
  6. Purse Park today

    I went to Purse today for a few hours and this is what I came up with. Not as impressive as last time, but I still enjoyed my day. I didn't find anything absolutely amazing, but I did find a teeny vertebra piece. I am sad though, as I had planned to head to Calvert tomorrow but unfortunately my car began acting up so I had to drive all the way back to RVA.
  7. Purse State Park 03/26/18

    I'm back! A long spring break presented me with the opportunity to go out on a few fossil trips. I just haven't gotten around to posting until now. But here we go! After finding over 600 shark teeth in one day at Purse State Park, how could I not go back? With the stress of school completely absent from my mind, I went down to the park along the Potomac River for another day searching for Paleocene fossils. I arrived early, as I always try to, and I was the only one there when I arrived. Instead of heading to the left of the entrance as I did on my first trip, I decided to start by going right. After all, that was where I found my beloved Otodus tooth! This ended up being a good decision. For about the first hour, I wasn't finding teeth quite as often as my first outing, and this was a bit discouraging. However, as the sun rose higher into the sky, I started finding teeth left and right. I believe I was the only true fossil hunter at the site for the whole day; only a family or two with their children showed up for about an hour each and headed out. The one other person I did meet, however, was a man who was searching not for fossils, but for driftwood. Apparently he makes some pretty awesome sculptures with the wood he collects. He was pacing the beach with a heavy chainsaw. I originally thought he may have been after sharks teeth as well, but he assured me that "the teeth are all yours, buddy!" A matter of seconds after he said that, I picked up a small tooth that looked unlike anything I'd found at Purse before. Holding it closer to my face, I saw serrations on the blade. I knew it could only be one thing: Palaeocarcharodon! I was jumping with joy! It was a very small tooth, but very pretty. I was climbing through a big clump of fallen trees and logs when I found it. More proof that looking in obscure areas is worth it! The tide was rising. I kept further from the entrance, finding more of the usual Sand Tigers along the way. I made it to the duck hunting post, and turned around. Although the tide was reaching high up the beach, I thought going to the left would still be worth a shot. I walked a little faster than usual to reach the cliff area before it was too late to access them. I hardly found anything on my way there, and by the time I did reach the cliffs, the tide was almost completely engulfing that section of the beach. So I made my way back towards the entrance. The tide was reaching higher and higher up the beach, and I realized that I would likely have to leave soon because there would be no more beach to hunt on. So I made one last quick run to the right, because that seemed to be the side I was having much better luck with. With the palaeocarcha as my undisputed "trip maker", I would have been more than happy to have only found some more Sand Tigers on the last run. But Purse State Park was feeling extra generous that day. Searching high up onto the beach, I looked down to see a beautiful gold-colored Otodus tooth sitting right out in the open. It wasn't very large, but it was complete with both cusps and all. A true beauty. And if that wasn't enough, literally no more than 12 inches from that tooth I had just picked up was another big shark tooth! But this one wasn't an Otodus. No, it was ANOTHER Palaeocarcharodon! And this one was much bigger than my first! I couldn't believe that I found TWO of the most sought after tooth from the Paleocene Era. And with that, I left Purse State Park with a box filled to the brim with fossils. Overall, this trip was amazing! Perhaps even better than my first outing to Purse. I highly recommend going to this site if you love finding sharks teeth, and lots of them! Hoppe hunting!
  8. Hello. I recently took a trip on the Potomac River south of Washington to a Paleocene site. Nothing too exciting for the most part. Lots of small shark's teeth, two smaller broken Otodus teeth. I did, however, find two oddities. Both appear to be bone, one has "ripples" in the surface reminding me of turtle shell. the other has dimples that somewhat resemble a crocodile scute, but not exactly.. Any help would be appreciated.. Thanks!! drobare
  9. Paleohypotodus?

    Hey all, Hope all my fellow East Coast dwellers are holding up alright after the storm. We got hit pretty hard with snow in Northern VA. Anyway, this tooth was found at my Purse State Park trip a few months back. It looks quite different from the majority of the teeth I found on my trip. I used fossilguy.com to compare it to common fossils from the Aquia Formation, and it looks very much like a Paleohypotodus rutoti tooth. Can I get any confirmation on this ID or is it something else? It is slightly over 1/2 inch, but that's with a dinged tip. It has a distinctive U-shaped root that is very wide and flat when viewed from the side. The most unique things about the tooth, however, are the cusps. They are very worn down, to the point where they appear as nothing more than a couple of black lumps. The crazy thing is that it looks like there are three on each side. I believe this is typical of P. rutoti but it's hard to tell because the pictures online have sharper cusps. Does anyone have an ID for this one? And if so, I'd love to know a little more about the shark itself, because it is seldom mentioned online. All I know is that fossilguy has it listed as a "Mackerel Type Shark". Thanks in advance for help with the ID. Hoppe hunting!
  10. These teeth were found along the Potomac River in Western MD, in the Aquia formation. I am having a tough time finding information on teeth from this location but I believe these are possibly Pigmy White teeth (Palaeocarcharodon orientalis). All six show signs of serrations, but there are other teeth from the Paleocene that might look similar? I need help identify them and don't want to mislabel them in my collection. Also I found these two smaller teeth with serrations on one side but they seem unlikely to be Pigmy Whites. Any idea what they are?
  11. Cretaceous alligators

    From the album Dinosaurs and Reptiles

    A - Deinosuchus riograndensis, Aquia fm, Texas B - Brachychampsa montana, Hell Creek, South Dakota
  12. My wife and I were searching Aquia formation beaches in Virginia the other day and found these. We've no idea what they may be. Can anyone throw some knowledge our way? The first is a small (nickel sized) plate with little divots in its surface. Divot side is convex, other side is smooth and concave. (One image) The second piece is about a 3/4 of an inch long. Two opposite surfaces are smooth, and the other two opposite surfaces are grooved, kind of like wear patterns. There is a hole down the length of it that goes all the way through. Looks toothlike (three images) Thank you for your time, knowledge and expertise
  13. Purse State Park July 9 2017

    Last Sunday my family (wife, 7yo son, and 2yo son) and I headed down to Purse State Park for the first time for some fossil hunting and beach time. The parking lot was full but a couple was packing up so we were able to snag their spot. We got there about and hour before low tide and stayed about 2 hours. We all found some teeth and ray crushing plate fragments. Ok, technically our 2 year old was just playing in the sand but we pointed out and he handed us the ones that were in the sand he was playing with. We didn't find anything huge but for 2 hours everyone had fun and was happy. In the past visits to Brownies Beach and Calvert Cliffs my wife would just hang back and entertain our youngest or play with him on the edge of the water, actually searched and found several including the largest one among us. I'll have to play with the camera some or get out my usb microscope and see if I can improve the pictures. I have a picture of just the teeth I will have to attach separately since I am hitting the max size.
  14. Douglas Point 2/24/17

    Sometimes it can take me a while to do a trip report, but i feel like better late than never right? I headed out to Douglas Point for the main reason of getting some sand material that Ive been told is good for micro teeth. I found the material that i was looking for and loaded my backpack(way to full). I had just made a new sifter for micros and was looking to test it out, and I know literally nothing about them so if anyone wants to chime in on some resources i can study go right ahead. Anyways, I did my regular fossil hunting and didn't find much other than some nice Sand Tigers. I had a disposable camera with me that day that I was trying to use the rest of so I took some scenic shots with it. Enjoy!
  15. Purse SP

    First video Ive ever made from some footage at Purse SP a couple months ago
  16. I was lucky enough to get back-to-back trips to the Potomac in some great October weather. I had a lot of fun playing tour guide to my friend and his family yesterday, but I was really looking forward to some solo time with no rushing at all. I had a meeting with my boss at 11:00 to get my performance review and all I kept thinking was, "hurry up, low tide is at 1:30!" I rushed out of there when it was over and was hiking down to the river by 12:15. As soon as I arrived at the beach, I sat down on a log to put my water shoes on and saw this in front of me: I took it as a good sign and I was on my way. The water was crystal clear and the lowest I have seen it since I started coming there, I found myself drawn to the water to look in areas that are usually covered up, but I also wanted to search the areas of the beach that were now dry as a bone. In one little drainage I saw this little tooth: I don't know if you can tell or not but that was under some flowing water, I thought it looked pretty cool. I continued down the beach and ran into another forum member, drobare. He and I chatted for a bit and he looked down and found a small Otodus at his feet. After we went our separate ways, I moved about 20 feet and found another small Otodus in one of his footprints...what are the odds? LOL! I can't say that I had any earth shattering finds, I would say that the crock tooth and turtle shell would be my favorites, but it definitely will go down as ne of my favorite days on the river this year! The total haul: Crocodile teeth (the one on top was a fragment) and soft shell turtle: Now this intrigued me, I think it is bone but I'm not sure...here are some pictures: Other side. Close ups on both sides: Looking at the end. Beautiful day! You definitely have to take advantage of them when you get them! Great meeting you drobare, hope to see you on the water again!
  17. Hello Everyone, I have a tooth from along the Potomac River's Aquia Formation exposure, which dates back to the paleocene. I have found a large number of teeth from this particular site, but never one that looked quite like this. At first glance, the cusplets appear to be Striatolamia striata-like, but the barely worn tooth exhibits no hint of longitudinal striations. Any thoughts, as this one has me stumped? Thank you, HZJ
  18. Indoor Aquia Formation Hunt

    With all of this bitter cold weather here in Eastern NC the last couple of days, I have spent the time indoors searching some matrix from the Paleocene Aquia Formation, Piscataway member Charles County Maryland. Also cataloging and photographing my finds. I thought I would share some of the photo's here. I have tried to ID the teeth as best as possible, if anyone has any other thoughts on these please feel free to post them. Anomotodon novus .... Unknown, possibly Scyliorhinus sp. or Abdounia sp. ...... Brachycarcharias lerichei .... Cretalamna appendiculata ... Delpitoscyllium africanum ..... Galeorhinus sp. .... Megasqualus orpiensis ...
  19. paleocene

    From the album Potomac River - Paleocene

    - At top, a well-worn Otodus obliquus tooth, missing one corner of root. - At left, a very well-worn Paleocarcharodon orientalis. - At right, one of our nicer Striatolamia striata teeth.

    © rpw/sew 2013

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