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Found 51 results

  1. Any idea what these are?

    Going through my collection and trying to put a name to these. All from the Calvert formation. Please note the numbers on the paper identify the different teeth.
  2. Can someone identify these?

    Going through my collection and trying to put a name to these. From the Calvert formation. Please note the numbers on the paper, these are to identify the individual teeth
  3. Lower hemi or sand-tiger?

    Are these sans-tigers or Hemipristis? Found in the Calvert formation. Note the different numbers for different teeth.
  4. Is this a sand tiger tooth?

    Is this a sand tiger tooth? Found in the Calvert formation
  5. Is this a hemipristis?

    Are these hemipristis teeth? Found in the Calvert formation
  6. What is this?

    Found this in the Calvert formation. Is it too worn to identify?
  7. Is this a bull shark tooth?

    Found in the Calvert formation. Wondering if it’s a bull shark tooth
  8. Is this a Mako?

    Is this a mako tooth? From the Calvert formation.
  9. Finally getting around to posting about my recent trip to Stratford Cliffs in Virginia with the Maryland Natural History Society. It was a lot of fun, found some cool stuff, and met some nice people. Here are pictures of some of the finds I took home!
  10. Another new extinct mysticete-related paper is available online: Bisconti, M., Damarco, P., Mao, S., Pavia, M. and Carnevale, G. (2020). The earliest baleen whale from the Mediterranean: large‐scale implications of an early Miocene thalassotherian mysticete from Piedmont, Italy. Papers in Palaeontology doi:10.1002/spp2.1336 Atlanticetus lavei constitutes the oldest fossil mysticete from the Mediterranean Basin, considering that the fossil record of mysticetes from the early-middle Miocene in the Mediterranean basin is very sparse. Note that the authors of this paper make the basal thalassothere "Aglaocetus" patulus the type species of Atlanticetus.* Four nominal thalassothere species from Miocene deposits in the North Sea basin ("Amphicetus" rotundus, "Idiocetus" longifrons, "Mesocetus" latifrons, and "Plesiocetus" burtinii) were referred to Aglaocetus by Steeman (2010) based on some similarities with patulus, but the renaming of patulus as Atlanticetus and the much younger age of burtinii and rotundus raises the question of whether longifrons and latifrons could be similar to Atlanticetus, and whether rotundus and burtinii could constitute an unnamed genus or belong of the existing basal thalassothere genera from the late Miocene. *Two left tympanic earbones referred to the nominal thalassothere species 'Mesocetus' pinguis are identified by Bisconti and colleagues as similar to the earbones of Atlanticetus patulus and A. lavei, as is the little-known Miocene taxon 'Aulocetus' calaritanus. The presence of duplicate left tympanics in the 'Mesocetus' pinguis hypodigm makes clear than the material assigned to that species comes from more than one individual, and one of the cranial elements of that taxon may have been designated the lectotype.
  11. East Coast Fossils Prep

    Turtle humerus found in a fallen block. From the Pope's Creek Sands of Virginia.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Aquasco shells

    Here are some of the fossil shells I collected near Aquasco, Md in 2001-2002. Most found in the material brought home. Part 1 Almach
  15. I found these bony fish ear bones on various trip to Brownies Beach, this one with four are I believe Sciaenops sp. The one with three are Micromesistius cognatus, and the last one with six are Pogonias sp.
  16. Upper C. Hastalis (narrow form)

    From the album Maryland Fossils

    Left to Right 1 8/10 inches in height, Miocene 2 inches in height, Miocene Calvert Formation
  17. Possible Cetacean Jaw Fragment

    Hi Folks, I rediscovered this jaw fragment in my Collection recently and I thought You all on the forum may be able to ID this robust specimen. It measures in at 3.40” and is quite wide at about an inch. I found it at Brownies beach a few years ago as float material down here Calvert County MD. Regards Cliff Dweller
  18. Eagle ray plate

    Hi guys, I am trying to get more information concerning this once in a lifetime find that a good friend recently gave to me. I believe that this specimen is eagle ray material that my life long friend found back in the 1970s. The two pieces of this specimen were found on the same beach about a YEAR apart. Anyway I thought of know better place to show this once in a lifetime find and get more information on this truly rare specimen. Regards ,Cliff Dweller
  19. Mammal Teeth

    Here are a few Maryland horse teeth and other critters from mostly Brownies beach.
  20. A Multiple Meg Day for the Mrs.

    I'm a little late in posting this but, I'm finally getting around to it. Last weekend, Mrs.SA2 and I took the dogs for another walk with our good buddy Mel (of Phatfossils.com), since much of the ice has melted or moved on. It was a great day for some exercise with the forecast showing sunny, high around 55-60F, an offshore breeze and lower than normal water levels. As an added plus, we had very clear water meaning we could walk in water between our knees and waist and still see the bottom pretty well. That is, if you like 32-35F water on your lower body. Some may remember from last post about walking in cold/icy water that Mrs.SA2's feet got cold (numb was the word she used.) Being the wonderful hubby that I am, I went online to my favorite "major supplier of all things ever needed", and ordered her a couple pair of 1mm neoprene socks that have fleece inner layers. She tried them out on last Saturday's trip. More on her opinion and comments later. As we started our walk on the waxing tide, (not preferred, but it is VA in late January & we certainly aren't greedy enough to complain about any day we get on a river fossil hunting this time of year), we were all amazed at how clear, calm and low the water was. If you had the opportunity to pick all of the variables for a day of fossil hunting in VA in January, this day shaped up to be everything we would have requested. Wasn't long before we found a few small to medium size teeth. Not long after that, Mel started finding whale vertebrae in thigh - waist deep water. We kept finding whale verts ALL day long. I think we ended up finding over 35 with about 25 of them being in nice shape and the other 10 being so-so with various amounts cleaved off along the long axis. Mrs.SA2 was walking in knee deep water, trying out her new neoprene socks and was the first to spy a tooth bigger than 1", scoring a nice, reddish hastalis. Not to be outdone, Mel had to go big with another hastalis. It's a little worn but it's a big 'un. All this time, i'm walking along the tide line picking up small - medium teeth listening to the Mrs. and Mel talk about how much they both can "feel" the megs calling them. I'm pretty sure I heard a few comments about how small my teeth were compared to theirs at this point, but I'm not sure. About that time, Mrs.SA2 decides she wants to find the 1st meg of the day and pops this up out of the water. A little on the small side, but its cute and "a megs a meg." And of course, Mel has to answer right back with this b-e-a-u-t-y of a hastalis! I'm pretty sure he could still have shaved his arm hair with those edges. Here are both of his monsters side by side. A little further down the beach (and a few more comments about my small teeth later), Mrs.SA2 spots a double. Notice how close the dog came to stepping on it and burying it in the sand. This now makes her 2nd meg in 1 day, albeit this one is on the smaller side too, but again, "a megs a meg." She looked at me, smiled and said "I'm not done yet." I just put my head down and kept walking, as it appears at this point that I've become the dog walker and the chauffeur for the day. And, I swear, I heard Mel giggling in the background. I knew better than to ask her how she went from collecting in thigh - knee deep water to collecting on the beach, directly in front of me. Nothing good was going to come from any response I made. As we kept going along, true to her previous statement about not being done yet, Mrs.SA2 found another meg, again on the smaller side, but it was her 3rd meg of the day and 5th in 1 week. Now, I'm positive I heard snickers and giggles coming from Mel's direction this time. By then, it was getting embarrassing for me cause Mel had the 2 monster hastalis and had picked up 2 megs and another decent sized hastais to go with them. Talk about a handful! So, Mel too now has a multiple meg day, meaning everyone but me has megs (plural). By now its well past lunch time and I'm getting hungry so i sat down on a log and ate my chicken salad sandwich. Mel, the Mrs. and the dogs kept walking a bit further. After my sandwich, I felt better and was done sulking and I wandered around where I had been sitting. Lucky for me, I found a few decent teeth. I was hoping for a meg, even a small one, but that didn't happen, but at least I got a few nice specimens. (Sorry Ray, @aerogrower the Mrs. had the scale cube with her.) I'll finish up with the rest in the next post.
  21. Dug these out yesterday

    First time i was ever able to dig out the whole shells. Top and bottom on both. Very exciting. Sorry for the "non-technical" terms. I can't seem so upload any more pictures. Just this one. Im new and clueless. Thanks
  22. Yesterday I took my first trip to brownies (which is free this time of year). It was about two o’clock so the tide was rising, so I didn’t take a walk to far south (also I didn’t have any water footwear, so I was bare foot in the murky water that people were pulling horse shoe crabs out of so I wasn’t to keen on stepping on one of their spines). It was pretty good for a first trip with the confines I kept to. The biggest tooth was a half inch hypotodus, and I like this one honey colored lemon. Most were lemons. I found one hemi and a fish tooth (or I think that’s what it is). I also took a few Ray teeth and Ecphora pieces ( saw a 1/4 complete one but It was in the cliff and I’d rather not become a fossil myself) as well as some turritella. Few chunkosauruses as well. A peccary tooth was the last find, I don’t have a picture right now but I’ll get one. The first picture (if it comes out in the order I want it to) is my first Miocene sharks tooth (found by me). Will definitely be back there soon. Jim (AKA the shark tooth guy) sells fossils he finds on route 4, so I stopped by for my second time to buy some fossils and have a conversation (which is very rewarding, I’ve learned a lot in the combined hour I’ve spoke with him). I had a choice between a small but very nice and reasonably priced chub and another fossil. I had to choose the other fossil because it was so cool: A whale vertabra with a shark bite in it! I bought that from him, as well a lightly colored (and orange near the root on the back) posterior meg that has the tip broken off and a stress fracture, must’ve bitten off more than it could chew so to speak (P.S. sharks do not chew). He gifted me three more fossils as well, a (caudal?) cetacean vert and a worm tube. At one point in the conversation I mentioned @eannis6s super small baby meg, and he pulled a super tiny meg out his pocket and said “I found this earlier, add this to your collection”. I off course thanked him profusely, for the fossils and the information. I hope I’ll be seeing Jim again soon as well. So, over all a nice trip! Here’s the pictures, may take a bit to get them all in.
  23. I got a surprise at the end of August when I received notice from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History regarding them returning one of my fossils. Part of my surprise was that I have been dealing almost exclusively with the Calvert Marine Museum (the CMM) in Maryland for several years. Occasionally some of my specimens are sent to the Smithsonian from the CMM, but they are returned back to the CMM. The surprise was compounded when the accompanying letter stated it was an item I had sent in for identification. It was a section of bone that I found in the vicinity of Brownie’s Beach in Calvert County, Maryland. Most of the fossil material found there comes out of “Zone 10” of the Calvert Formation. The Calvert Formation is Lower Middle Miocene in age. The piece of bone was identified as part of a land mammal ischium. In Florida, with its wealth of terrestrial fossils, this would hardly be worth mentioning. In the Maryland Miocene deposits, terrestrial material is very rare. I can attest that it is a fossil that I found, but I do not remember sending it in for identification. I was starting to wonder if my memory was developing gaps in the paleontology section. The mystery was solved when I saw the acceptance date for the fossil. The Smithsonian received the specimen on April 14th, 1991 and it was returned to me on October 7th, 2017. I do not claim to be a mathematician, but I am quite proficient at basic math. The reason I did not remember submitting this particular specimen to the Smithsonian is that it was sent twenty six and a half years ago. I will be donating it to the Calvert Marine Museum on my next visit. The Specimen
  24. I received this coprolite from a forum member a while back. It was partially coated in powdery iron oxide and didn't look too significant, so I didn't get to it right away. A soak and a scrub with a soft toothbrush revealed what looks to me like the remnants of a ray tooth plate. Now I'm trying to figure out who I got it from. Does anyone remember sending me a coprolite from New Kent County, VA? Just goes to show...you can't judge a coprolite by it's coating
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