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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. Potomac Area mystery

    Hi everyone Not much new to report this summer, so that is why I haven't posted in awhile, but I found something interesting while fishing last weekend on the Potomac River near the mouth of the Port Tobacco River. It is about 6 cm wide at it's widest point. Any help with an ID would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Another trip to purse park

    Nice day for hunting. I took a co-worker with on this short search. These are his finds.
  5. Small shark tooth

    A 6mm tooth from purse park, MD. Galeorhinus Ypresiensis? Maybe too small or too worn to know?
  6. Small teeth from flag pond

    I had around 50 similar small teeth lumped together from flag pond in Maryland. After zooming in on them, half were serrated and the other half were not. Now I have two piles of small teeth. I’m learning a little more each day. The first tooth had no serrations, the second had worn serrations, and the third had obvious serrations.
  7. Teeth and other items

    Pic 1/2 = purse park, MD. Small tiger? Pic 3 = flag pond, MD. Serrated tooth? Pic 4/5 = flag pond, MD. Spinal bones? Pic 6 = flag pond, MD. Spinal bone?
  8. Small tooth

    What would you classify this tooth as? I have a bunch of these curved teeth? Flag Pond, Maryland.
  9. 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.
  10. Shark tooth

    I’m not sure what type of tooth this is. Maybe Notorynchus/Cow?
  11. Tiny shark tooth

    This past weekend we stopped in for a few hours at Matoaka cabins on the way home from St. Mary's City (a cool non-fossil historical destination). We found several readily identifiable small teeth and ray plates as well as a few drum teeth and a handful of shells. My guess with this tooth is a posterior cow shark tooth or Carcharhinus? Measuring tape is inches on top and metric on bottom. Thanks, Adam
  12. Purse park MD

    I only had one sand tiger tooth so I went here to get more. It was a great day for collecting.
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. Darktooth Family Trip

    My family and I have been in Maryland since Thursday evening. The past two days have involved alot of walking and intense heat. My calves and feet are sore and I have got a good sunburn. Friday morning we met up with forum member @RCW3D and his daughter. He took us out to a Miocene exposure along the Potomac River. We started our hunt a little before 10am and I think we got finished around 2pm. We all managed to find some goodies. RCW3D'S whale vert and articulated marlin verts definitely were the prize of the day. But I was happy with what I found though nothing as exciting. I found an assortment of sharkteeth, a nice shark vert, a decent size fish vert and misc bone pieces. Devin did pretty good himself scoring a beautifully colored snaggletooth, a drumfish plate ( which he misplaced) a fish jaw minus the teeth, a nice shark vert, and some other goodies. My wife and older son found a few teeth but weren't really hunting. RCW3D helped my kids out by pointing out where teeth were by drawing a circle around them and sometimes just handing them stuff. We had a really great time and appreciate the time he spent with us. After we left, we grabbed some lunch and headed over to Mataoka cottages so the boys could swim and I wanted to do a little shell hunt. We stayed a couple hours found a few shells and sharkteeth and went for a late dinner. Today my wife wanted to go into Washinton DC, visit the monuments and a couple museums. I won't bore you with all the details. Basically a whole lot of walking in scorching heat. Anyways we are headed back home in tomorrow morning. A short trip but it was a good one. Here are some pics. #1- My finds
  16. Matoaka Beach

    Hot one today. More small teeth today.
  17. Shark Tooth

    What would you classify this tooth as?
  18. Pachygaleus tooth?

    Hey everyone, realizing right now that I haven't posted any fossils of my own in quite a while on the forum. Anyway, I found this tooth back in 2016 on my trip to the potomac river in maryland. It was found at purse state park which has exposures of the paleocene Aquia formation. When I first took a closer look at this tooth I was surprised to see that it had a shape which I had associated with Tiger sharks. I did some research online and found that Pachygaleus would be a match as they are present in that strata. It has been a while since that initial discovery but I wanted to confirm my idea on the forum. It's about .6 cm wide at the root and about .4 cm long. Thanks, PN
  19. Flag Pond

    Only small stuff.
  20. Fossil Hunt 6/22/19

    It's been a long while since I was able to fossil hunt. To go out today with a decent haul really made it rewarding. The location was on a private beach, and the weather was perfect. A bit of wind, around 78-80, warm water, and clear skies made the beach beautiful. We hunted for around two hours on the South side with minimal rewards, some really small teeth such as hemis, makos, and the like. The hunting started to pick up when we made our way over to the North Side. As soon as we arrived, a hemi around 1 1/6 washed up. I knew I was going to like this beach when a second only a little smaller washed up after a minute of hunting. We worked the beach for another hour, pulling a mako of around 1 1/4 inches (broken root) from the surf, and then another, really nice 1 inch mako in the same spot. We met a certain Steve Grossman on the beach, who invited me to the Calvert Marine Museum's sharkfest to help him set up, talk about, and look at his hundreds of megs. If any of you MD folks show up, i'll be there! The Beach
  21. Maryland Adventures

    I finally was able to take the family down for a short trip to Maryland this past weekend in hopes of finding some shark teeth. Despite the heavy crowds everywhere we went we able to have a fun filled weekend. We started off Saturday morning and were the first on the beach at Flag Ponds Nature Park. The tide was coming in but we still managed to pick up a few teeth. Our best find there was a nice mako, almost and inch. We stayed there until lunch, took a break and went off to Matoaka cottages for the afternoon/evening. We didn’t find nearly as many teeth there but were able to find a few nice hemi’s, the biggest being right around the 1 inch mark. Sunday morning we got up and made made our way over to Purse Park. We got there around 11am and were met with a full parking lot. I was a little discouraged knowing it would be crowded but we went ahead to the beach. Wow was I glad we did! In about 3 hours of searching time we managed to scoop up around 200 teeth! Most of the teeth were very small but we did find a few nicer ones there as well. Overall I’d consider the weekend a complete success! This was our first trip with fossil hunting as the specific focus. Despite the heavy crowds everywhere we went, we still managed to bring home over 200 teeth, at least 50 ray plates, and numerous other miscellaneous fossils. I can’t wait to go back!
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Hello everyone! I have been a fossil hunter for two years now and wanted to share just some of my favorite finds so far! All were found in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Thanks for looking!
  25. Mystery Shark's teeth

    Hello, These are also from our hunt in the Aquia formation of Charles Co. MD. Sharks of the world didn't give me much insight. The only species that I noticed where the enamel extends out on to the roots like this is the extinct goblin shark Anomotodon novus. I definitely have some teeth from that species I think but these are substantially different. These are larger, more robust and the have the cool extended enamel and bumps/cusplets on the shoulders of the labial side. Any thoughts?? (ruler in mm and squares 1/4") Kate
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