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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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,
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Powered by Hemi

    Some Hemis through the years I picked up online, from forum members and even found personally. Enjoy Aurora,n.c.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. Scallop

    From the album Virginia Miocene

    Chesapectin nefrens Westmoland County, VA Choptank Formation Middle Miocene C. nefrens is fairly common in the Choptank Formation, but the level of sculptural detail preserved in this particular specimen just blew me away when I gently brushed off the loose sediment.
  21. Scallop

    From the album Virginia Miocene

    Chesapectin nefrens Westmoland County, VA Choptank Formation Middle Miocene C. nefrens is fairly common in the Choptank Formation, but the level of sculptural detail preserved in this particular specimen just blew me away when I gently brushed off the loose sediment.
  22. Rare dog tooth

    I found a rare tooth from my local miocene exposure in calvert county md. Found along the choptank formation. Believed to be carnivorous dog. But not positive. Any help with a confirmed id would be appreciated
  23. Over the past few months work has been crazy (although in a VERY good way) and I haven't had the time to post summaries of my past few trips to the Calvert Cliffs formation. Long stories short, I was able to get down to the cliffs on a few occasions between Feb-April 2019. Most of the time I was able to go when tides were good, however on my most recent trip they were horrible. I've met a lot of awesome people along the beach and developed many good friendships...in fact I think that 95% of the people I met have been extremely friendly, genuine, willing to give advice, and just plain good people, which is something I love about this hobby. I was even able to talk the wifey into coming down once...of course she loved it, and of course she found a larger tooth than I ever have. About half my trips were to Brownies and the other half were to a private site that I have access to. The beaches have changed dramatically over these few months with numerous falls and spills, which highlights the importance of keeping your head on a swivel and always respecting the cliffs. On one occasion I made the 3 hour trip just to turn around about 2 hours later because the cliffs were so unstable. Hopefully we have a dry summer, the piles get a chance to wash out, and the cliffs become a bit more stable. Anyway, enough rambling. Below are some pics of my better finds from the two sites, I hope you enjoy them. No complete Meg yet, but I hope that changes when I make another trip down next week!
  24. Calvert Cliffs Find

    Over this past weekend I took a trip to the Calvert cliffs(first time going, didn’t have much luck lol). I found this piece and was gonna see if I could get some help identifying it. I found it at bay front. Not sure if it’s anything but I couldn’t find anything like it to compare it to. Let me know if any other or different pictures would help identify it. Thanks all!
  25. Found this today, been a while(all winter, lol!) since Ive been down to my very productive, secluded beach. Doesn't have the classic Meg shape but its pretty big. Beautifully preserved and colored as well. Would like to know which monster this came from;)
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