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  1. Hi, Looking for identification. It is the first hunt in a long time, and the kids and I were searching for shark teeth along the Calvert Cliff formation in Maryland. We found what we believe is a whale rib, but wanted to get some expert eyes on it. It is approximately 10” by 4” and 2” thick. It is dense weighing about 2 1/2 pounds. Almost has a “metal” fell to it. The shape just looks too unique to be a rock. We found it near a fresh fall section. What do you think it is?
  2. Trace Fossils from Miocene Potomac

    Hi, longtime lurker first time poster here. I was wondering if you guys can help me ID this concretion my family found years ago near Calvert. I believe it might be a trace fossil of some kind, possibly a burrow or tunnel. I have found similar types at Westmoreland State Park. I can upload pictures from different angles if needed. Any suggestions of what it could be?
  3. Center cow Calvert cliffs

    Hi Randy here. A friend of mine found this tooth today along Calvert cliffs.its a center cow but is it pathological?
  4. Hello all! These finds showcase some coral, chesapectan fossils, shark teeth, and more. Also, this is the first time I came across a “complete”, yet very much battered, chesapectan fossil. I went with 2 others and spent around 6 hours. Thank you for reading. - Timmy
  5. Hello community! I hate to spam the feed or post these findings at such a late time, but I finally made an account suppose any information is better than no information. Anyways, this mixed bag is my best haul to date in my one year as an amateur fossil hunter. I was with 2 other people and spent 6 hours on and off searching. Some finds were given away before I can record them but this sums up the best of the trip. - Timmy
  6. Hello all! I will use this post to serve two purposes: introduction and fossil logging. I am a 19 year old boy from Northern Va. who recently joined this community after eyeing down old posts trying to find a general idea about how/where/when to begin fossil hunting. After a little research, I finally embarked on my first journey Dec 2018 and have been hooked on fossil hunting since. Now, I found this collection of fossils 12/26/19 at Matoaka Beach Cabins after 3 hours and with the help of my sister. Feel free to comment whatever, ask anything, or whatever else may brewing in your head. - Timmy.
  7. Hello! I actually found both of these Miocene fossils years ago at Brownies Beach (Calvert Cliffs Maryland, USA). When I found the tooth, I thought it to be a worn, unidentifiable rooted Cetacean tooth (so I never researched it) but saw a fossil hunting trip report this morning where a similar fossil was identified as a sperm whale tooth so I'm hoping this might be the same case. As per the other one; it looks a little different from the normal mammal bones i find here so I figured I would post this one too. As always, all help is greatly appreciated! -Frank
  8. Unknown vertebra

    Found a vertebra in Calvert Cliffs, (Matoaka Beach) MD on the beach today. Approximately 3-3.5 cm in diameter and 2-2.5 cm thick. There are 6 “holes” spaced fairly evenly along the sides. Site is known for fossilized shells and shark’s teeth. Not sure if it’s shark, fish, or something else. Vertebra protrudes out maybe a half a centimeter on one side, so not perfectly round. But, could have been worn down in the bay. Not completely solid. I can hold it up to the light and see a few areas where light shines through a few pinholes. Anyone have any idea what it may have belonged to? Should I take pictures at another angle or with different lighting? Thanks!
  9. Miocene Shark Teeth #2

    These teeth (as with my other post) are from a Miocene site in Maryland USA, Calvert Cliffs area, specifically Chesapeake Beach (Bayfront Park)- Brownies. I have tried to group and identify them. Do you agree? Thanks Row 1: Sand Tiger Carcharias sp Row 2: Cow shark Notorynchus cepedianus Row 3: Carcharhinus (I don’t know species) Row 4: Lemon shark Negaprion eurybathrodono
  10. Last year I discovered a baleen whale fossil along the cliffs of Calvert cliffs park. Tomorrow it will be getting excavated. However I broke my leg just before Christmas so I am looking to see if anyone can video the excavation for me as I cannot attend. I’m hoping to get a video and some good pictures I can share on here. Please feel free to message me as I’m anxious to see the excavation process. I just wish I had better luck so I could attend and assist in the excavation of what I found. Anyone willing to help is super appreciated !!! Thank you
  11. Miocene Vertebrae? ID

    Collected #’s 1-3 at Brownies Beach, Maryland: Miocene, Calvert Formation and #4 in Matoaka, slightly younger formation (I believe). After trying to identify them, I think they are: 1: some type of bony fish, 2: Basking shark (I didn’t think it was a vertebrae until I saw this picture)- https://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/334/Vertebrate-Fossils , 3: shark, 4: I am making a wild guess at a small crocodile. I am probably way off as this is my first shot at identifying these, so I thank you in advance for your insight.
  12. Miocene Bone Calvert Cliffs Maryland

    Hello, I found this today at Brownies Beach. It’s in Maryland: Miocene, Calvert Formation. My best guess is that it is a dolphin rib bone. I am assuming it’s marine. What do you think? Thank you,
  13. Possible fish jaw from Calvert Cliffs

    Hello all, Today I was hunting at Brownies Beach (Maryland, Miocene) and found a rather strange piece of bone. To me it looks like the rostral portion of a jaw with false teeth but I’m honestly not sure about what it is. Maybe Wahoo material? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving. ~Zach
  14. Sand Tiger Shark Tooth from Calvert Cliffs

    From the album Tertiary

    Carcharias sp. Sand Tiger Shark Tooth Miocene Calvert Formation Calvert Cliffs Bayfront Park Chesapeake Beach, MD.
  15. Powered by Hemi

    Some Hemis through the years I picked up online, from forum members and even found personally. Enjoy Aurora,n.c.
  16. Calvert Cliffs Tooth or Bone?

    I found this small tooth or bone fragment at Bayfront Park on Tuesday. Any help with the ID would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  17. Sometime before the end of June 2020, I'd like to take my Girl Scout troop (approx 20 girls, ages 6-12) on a trip to look for sharks teeth. I've read through some of the tips in previous posts, and it seems like there are some good fossil hunting locations near Bayfront Park and at the Matoaka Beach cabins. I plan to make a few floating sifters out of PVC pipe, and will give them each a collection jar. I do have a few questions: 1. Is one of the two locations above better than the other? Is the $5 per person fee worth it for the daily trip to the cabins' beach? 2. Is there a particular month of the year when you find more teeth and fossils? 3. Will the girls need waders - or, are knee-high rain boots sufficient? 4. I saw the tide chart - how should we time our arrival? I saw somewhere that arriving between 1 to 3 hours early is ideal? 5. Any other beginner trips - particularly for a group? Thanks!
  18. Hi! I like to collect rocks and have visited Calvert Cliffs Beach several times to look for fun rocks and shells. The last two times I was there, I found these teeth-looking fossils. Can anyone help ID them? Thanks! Rachel
  19. Fossils are nature’s memento mori; blunt reminders that everything dies and has been doing so since the dawn of life on our ancient planet. To me, that’s a comfort, and something I think about a lot when I’m on a hunt. But today I came about fifty feet (or one brief pause to bend down to pick up a specimen) from being crushed by a rockslide near Roosevelt Cliffs at Calvert. So I’m not going to share what I found there today. No stupid shark tooth is cool enough to die for. I just wanted to reiterate here that Calvert is a living (or dying) geological feature and that it can kill you. Don’t stand near the foot of the Cliffs. Having seen a rockslide, I can tell you that there is no warning when the rock gives away, just the echo of tons of ancient ocean floor returning to sea level. It’s scary. Please be careful.
  20. Calvert Cliffs Shark Tooth

    Hi all, I collected this tooth from Matoaka Beach in the Calvert Cliffs area of Maryland. It's clearly not a meg tooth but it's pretty large compared to most of what you find. There appear to be no serrations. I was thinking Carcharodon/Cosmopolitodus hastalis, the Narrow/Giant White Shark, but I'm just not sure.
  21. I will be in DC for a meeting soon and will have a day to spend at Brownies Beach looking for fossils. Can anybody provide advice on accessibility of the beach at high tide and as the tide recedes? Can I start just after high tide or will I need to wait longer for tides to recede so I can access the beach? High tide will be at about 6am so I need to decide when to start. Also should I bring boots for wading or will sandals be ok? Thanks so much for advice!
  22. Calvert formation unknowns

    Not sure what shark(?) tooth this is, has very heavy root on a small (quarter inch squares) tooth Tiny fish(?) tooth, tough to photograph well with my equipment. Tooth is about 3mm long, less than 1mm wide Not sure what this might be. About an inch long
  23. My wife and I took a trip fown to Maryland late last week for a little calvert formation hunting at Bayfront park. As i mentioned on another post we got to the beach at quarter to 7am and had the place to ourselves for a while. Nobody was there to collect our access fee so we walked down to the beach just after low tide. One set of footprints were just above the surf line but i never did see who made them as nobody passed us either direction all day. We both found a couple of small teeth on our walk from the enterance to the corner that juts ou. My wife decided to stay in yhe corner and screen while i walked further south. For me it was a very slow pick of small shark teeth and a small cetacean tooth by the time I returned. My wife found a small cetacean vert where she set up to screen. More smalls than i remember from my last trip, or maybe we were just better at spotting them. She found her first Squatina subserrata tooth. Here's our finds, scale on the right is in inches: Close up of some of the smalls, these are under a quarter of an inch and we were lucky they stayed in our screens (and that we saw them): Makes me think I should try a multi layered sifter stack just to see how much micro material is falling through.
  24. Calvert Cliffs Advice

    Hey guys, I'm going to be in Maryland on Monday and will hopefully visit the Calvert Cliffs. I am unfamiliar with the area and would like to know what the best M.O. for the site is. Thanks, -Shoe
  25. Calvert Cliffs Fossil IDs

    Hi! I'm new to fossil hunting and I went to the Calvert Cliffs formation in Maryland this week. I collected these fossil looking pieces, but I'm having trouble identifying them and whether or not any are actual teeth (shark or other animal) or teeth fossilized in something. Any help would be appreciated!
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