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  1. Here is a brief report from one of our latest forays into Calvert County, MD. The well-known stretch of shoreline along the western Chesapeake Bay is loaded with Miocene fossils, with the Calvert, St. Mary's, and Choptank formations progressively exposed along a ~24 mile stretch of beach and cliffs. We found an Airbnb in Lusby, MD which was not too far from Matoaka Lodges, which seemed the best bet since the nearly 2 mile walk to the beaches at Calvert Cliffs State Park is impractical for our family at this time. Covid-19 and Maryland's onerous private land regulations can make it tough if not impossible to access some of the other municipal beaches along the coast. For example, Brownies Beach, Dares Beach, Cove Point, and Flag Pond are all restricted in some way to town or county residents only. Matoaka Lodges however will grant day-pass access for a small fee, and the beach is from my experience very diverse and productive in its fossils. We spent a total of 5 hours there, employing an 1/8" sieve and also simply walking the surf line. The largest tooth pictured here actually washed up at my feet as I was surreptitiously bending over at the same time. Most of the rest were found with the sieve. Most of these are shark or sting ray teeth and a few turtle shells plus some of the smaller items I could not identify. A local told me that porpoise teeth can be found there also. This lot comprises the smallest fossils found; in addition to these (mostly) teeth and shell fragments were found a large and diverse sample of vertebrate fragments, corals, miscellaneous other fossils (snails, mollusks, etc.) which I will post in the follow-up report to this one. Having spent some time at some of the other sites along Calvert Cliffs this summer, I would say based on the diversity, number of fossils, and time spent collecting, that Matoaka is definitely worth the return trip.
  2. Trip from corolla beach, NC

    Ok so to start off with this, I’m going to post my finds from a recent trip to the outer banks of North Carolina. I was very disappointed to be going to this location at first, because I had no idea of its fossil significance. I wanted to go further down south where the sharks teeth get huge, but the cases further down for Covid 19 were very high and I didn’t want to risk catching the virus so the whole group (who were all my neighbors) decided to head here instead. The first day on the beach, I found a lot of fish fossils (including those vertebrae’s) but it was the second day that was the best. I came across a canine jaw! With the teeth still inside it. It was just sitting in the gravel where I searched for shark teeth and I was so happy of my find because I knew it was something good. As the days went on, I kept finding more evidence of land mammal fossils here, including an astragalus, a scute for a mammal of some sort, crab fragments, fish bone, and a lot more! I have to say, in my years of collecting North Carolina I’ve never come across such an abundance of land mammal fossils in one week. The one question I have, however, is if there is any way you guys could help me identify the species of the jaw? I tried to look for fossil formations off shore but I can’t find any links leading to what this came from. I tried looking at land mammal fauna’s of N.C. but it pulled up nothing. Is there any way to get a specific ID on this jaw?
  3. Claw or Something Else?

    Just found on a beach near Jensen Florida. About one inch long. Looks like maybe a claw, but I'm not sure. Maybe crab? Thanks much.
  4. Coprolite? Charleston, SC

    Found on a beach I stop by when I’m in Charleston. Not sure if it’s coprolite, but it seems to be my best guess. The conglomeration of odd little chunks doesn’t strike me as anything else, but maybe a very odd sediment deposit or something? The white chunks are bits of oysters/barnacles left on there, don’t think they were original. The main part of the piece is what throws me off. It looks like a giant peach pit or something, all the textures on it are pretty odd. Let me know what you think, I apologize if this is just a mineral or something man made... I always fear posting on here and looking like a simpleton, so I try to only post when I’m really confused and have exhausted other search options.
  5. Manasota Beach, Fl Finds - Newbie

    These were found on Manasota Beach over the weekend. Is the shark tooth a mako? The other two we have no clue. Thanks so much.
  6. Northeast Florida Great White

    I made it to the beach last Saterday. We had a storm that came through and it was very windy. I found all the usual little teeth/bone fragements. This was the highlight of the day though. It's not big probably just over an inch, but the condition and colors are amazing and it's the first great white I have found on the beach in this area. I have found a bunch of other cool stuff this year too in the river, but I need to actually post it.
  7. ID if possible please

    Hi everyone New here and have a 5yr old VERY interested in fossils. Found the attached on a local beach earlier today, North West - United Kingdom. Usually renowned for ammonites. Not sure if just pretty pattern or a fossil imprint. Any ideas or suggestions would be very much appreciated. The stone is approx 70mm but can get another photo with exact measurements later if that would help?
  8. My daughter found this small piece washed up on the beach. It is apprx 1/4 inch thick and has a grover through top. It was found on Beach 6 of Wasaga Beach Ontario.
  9. These two teeth look similar to me, and I think are probably from the same type of animal, but I'm not sure. They were found close together on a central east coast Florida beach. Each is just over a quarter inch wide. The rule marks on the one picture are 1/8 inch. Thanks for all your help.
  10. This is a completely new area of interest for me, but I find scanning for microfossils addictive. I got some vinegar and plan on processing some beach rocks (East Central Florida) that I picked up because I could see easily see some small fossils on the surface and assumed there would also be micro fossils inside. I crushed a few small samples, which did reveal more microfossils. Mostly what I could identify are broken bits of bones, but I'm sure there is much more that I'm missing. There is one object I found very interesting and beautiful, however I don't know what it is. I would like to know what you think the first object might be. That object is still attached to the matrix. The other object I found in the same sample. Both were revealed after breaking the sample. The first item is about 1/8th inch long but very narrow, and from some angles appears to be a hollow tube. The next object appears to be bone and is only about 2.5 mm wide and long. Thanks.
  11. Here is a tiny jaw with three teeth. It is small. The three teeth together measure about 5/8 inches wide. The marks on the rule are .25 inches. Thanks for your help. The item is from a beach near Jensen Florida.
  12. Here is an odd shaped bone that I think could possibly be an inner ear bone. It is nearly .5 inches long and .25 inches wide. What do you think it is? Any guess on what size/type of animal? It was found on a beach near Jensen, Florida. Thanks much for all your help.
  13. Just found this very small, what looks to me like a dermal plate or scute. It is about 5/8 inches long and 3/8 inches wide. Width could have been reduced by chipping. It came from a Florida beach near Jensen Florida. Looks to me something like a gator scute, but not exactly. If gator, it must have been a baby, but I'm thinking maybe something else. Thanks much.
  14. Tthis item was found on a South Hutchinson Island beach. I named it Dumbo. I think you'll see why. From ear tip to ear tip, it measure about 1.7 cm. From the bottom to top of the head it also measure about 1.7 cm. The trunk is broken, but from tip of the current trunk to the back of the head is about 1 cm. Here are the photos. Thanks for all the help.
  15. Hi all! I've always found fossils to be quite interesting but never took the time to really get into them so I'm useless at identifying them. Well, recently I went to Galveston beach and found this item washed up after a storm. It's small (about 2cm across) and feels rather fragile/thin. I've never seen anything like it besides an ammonite but then those are always cast in rock, I believe, and this feels just like a fragile shell that I could probably crush if I accidentally stood on it. This may just be some sort of strange shell, but some googling hasn't led me to anything other than the ammonite. Is this a fossil at all? If so, what type? I appreciate you taking your time to help out a curious mind! - Mia
  16. Hunstanton fossil bone?

    Hello, I was fossil hunting today at along the beach cliffs at Hunstanton, West Norfolk, England. Found lot of belemnites and wheels in the cliff rocks, but also found this which to me and my boyfriend looked like a bone of some sorts in the rock? We have only just started getting into fossils so any guidance as to identify this would be appreciated, even if it turns out just to be a cool shaped rock. thanks
  17. Dear Fossil Forum Members, My friend recently found this bone-looking piece on the beach near the St Marys formation at Calvert Cliffs. We have heard that many of the bones washing up are fragments of whale or dolphin bones. Since this piece is so big, we are thinking its some sort of whale bone. Could anyone please help verify this? Sorry there are no proper forms of measurement, for reference the piece is roughy 4.5in (11.5cm) wide and 6.5in (17cm) long. Here are some photos:
  18. Pictures appear in a reply below. --- This tooth was found on a beach near Jensen Florida. It is a little over .75 inches wide. You can see dimensions in the photos. Thanks for any help.
  19. Help ID this for my 7 year old?

    Hi everyone! My son found this at the Gardiner boat ramp beach (a very rocky beach) near Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. From a quick google search he thinks it might be horn coral. What do you think? And can he sell it for $799.99 and earn enough money to buy the LEGO UCS Millennium Falcon? Whole rock is about 70mm across. Please let me know if you have any other questions that would help you hazard a guess. Thank you so much! Beth Stucky
  20. Fossil or Petrified Wood?

    Hello! I found this a while back around Melbourne, FL on the beach. I've gotten two guesses on what it is, whale bone fossil and petrified wood. I originally thought petrified wood too but there's a spot on the inside where there's not so much of the gray... sediment? and I feel like it might be bone structure, the brown lines? I'll show what I mean at the end. And thanks in advance! This was my first actual beach find and I know almost nothing so I'd love to hear anything you guys can tell from it! (The brown lines around the top) And an example I found online below, the one on the right has lines like it.
  21. What kind of tooth is this?

    Found this at low tide at North Topsail Beach, NC, USA and am wondering the source. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  22. Hello After such positive feedback in my skull/jaw find I thought I would post some of the other more interesting looking things that I found. I am not sure if these are just rocks/wood but would appreciate any comments. I can upload better photos if anything looks to be on interest I have uploaded the front and back pictures. i hope this is ok I am very new to this! thanks rich
  23. Is this a fossil? Corolla NC Beach Find

    Hello! I found this on the beach in Corolla North Carolina. The color and texture look a lot like fossilized sharks teeth I’ve found in the past, so I’m hoping it’s some sort of fossil and not just a bit of shell. It’s a little under 1/2inch long. I hope these pictures are clear enough, thank you for looking!
  24. Florida tooth or something.

    This item is 2 5/8 inches long, 5/8 inches wide and about 3/8 inches deep. It is hollow. Sorry, these photos aren't as good as the ones I was able to get of the deer teeth. It was sort of awkward for the equipment I have. It also came from a beach near Jensen Florida. Thanks for your help.
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