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Found 24 results

  1. Turtle? Ray?

    Hey all, found this today at our private site. Looks like a ray plastron? Never seen it before. We also found a nice gator tooth too.
  2. Found a few recently. One would have been nice if complete. I would like opinions on the one partial tooth. I'm thinking maybe croc. Any comments apprieceated.
  3. 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!
  4. Yesterday (January 2nd) was only my second trip to Calvert Cliffs. I'm pretty new to fossil collecting, but thanks to the wonderful advice and reading the greatly informative posts from members such as @Darktooth @FossilsAnonymous @WhodamanHD @racerzeke @KimTexan and @paxhunter I had a lot of success and it was a much more productive trip than my first. Below is a brief summary and some pictures of what I found: I woke up, put on a few layers clothing, and had my coffee at 3:45am. After my morning pipe (tobacco...I actually make briar tobacco pipes as a hobby) I got in my pre-loaded truck and headed south at 4:45am. I made good time on the drive down as I hit 695 and got around Baltimore before the morning rush. At 7:10am I arrived at Brownies Beach and pulled in to a parking lot with only two other cars in it. After putting on my full waders, I grabbed my sifter and headed towards the beach. I planned this trip so that I could arrive midweek and get there early enough to catch some of the low tide (tides times were not friendly this week, but I start teaching classes next week so it was this week or wait until spring). Sunrise was at 7:24, but there was more than enough light to see...and what a sight it was. When I entered the beach area the tide was way, way out. I couldn't believe how far out it was, as it was past two small sandbars (if I get my GoPro video edited I will post it). Once I was on the beach I headed south towards the cliffs. I hurried through the beach area because I wanted to be by the cliffs with the tide so low. I know I missed teeth along the beach, but I wanted to get to the cliffs with the tide being so far out where I could hopefully find some larger teeth than what are common at the beach area. As I neared the end of the beach I ran into one woman who was there just to relax and walk on the beach. We said good morning and I knew who one of the two cars in the parking lot belonged to. Once I went around the point and turned my eyes close to shell line and started looking. Because of all the wonderful advice from this forum I had a much better idea of what I was looking for and how to best look. After a few minutes I had some ray plates, very small teeth, and my first ever vert. It wasn't even 7:30 and I knew it was going to be a good day. As I made my way down the shore line that I figured had been pretty well picked over from people being off over the holidays, I remembered a forum member saying 'you need to look in the places that others don't'. I approached a fallen tree that I remembered from my first trip a few weeks ago, and with the tide being so low almost the entire tree was exposed so I got down on my hands and knees and started looking at some of the gaps between the tree and sand...then it happened. You know when you day dream and picture yourself finding a great tooth or fossil? Well that's what happened as my eyes saw a pristine Mako just laying there (pictures below). I know its not a huge tooth or a meg, but to me being new to the hobby this was completely awesome and a trip maker. I think I still have a smile on my face from finding it. As I continued down the beach I collected many more teeth from various sharks. I couldn't believe it when I found an awesome cow shark tooth (my second trip maker) laying out in the open about 8 feet up the beach. Beside it was another good tooth as well that went in my pouch. Around 10:30 I ran into a very friendly gentleman and we chatted a bit. We talked about the weather and the cliffs, what he had found (a few hemis), and he told me a story of a fall he had witnessed a few years ago that was too close for comfort. A chunk of clay the size of a car fell and nearly crushed him, but luckily he heard some soil falling and he ran straight out into the bay right before the cliff fell. Although the clay chunk did't hit him, the water threw him up into the air when the clay hit. His friend who was a down the cliffs said he heard it and it sounded like a car crash....I didn't get this gentleman's name but I feel like I read his cliff fall story on here, so if you know who it may have been please let me know. I continued south until the tide started coming in pretty far and I thought it best to head back towards the beach since I didn't know how far it would come in or how high the water would get. I continued my search along the way back and made it to my truck around 2pm. I took a short break, ditched my sifter, texted my wife, checked email, watched a truck with two high school kids pull in to smoke a pipe (although this one wasn't filled with tobacco), and headed back out for one more quick trip down and back as the tide started to go back out. It wasn't until about 3:30pm when two more local fossil collectors came up behind me and we said hello and chatted. All in all, I only ran into 3 other collectors during the day so there was not a lot of competition (although I do like the interesting conversation). After finding a few more teeth and interesting fossils dusk approached and I headed back to my truck. After putting my gear away and changing into some dry clothes I started my trek north after a fantastic start to 2019. Below are some pictures of my finds from the day. I know what many of the teeth and other fossils are, but if you can ID something that a newbie like me probably wouldn't know then please do so as it will help me get better with this hobby. Thanks!
  5. Calvert Cliffs ID

    A couple of old finds from Calvert Cliffs. I'd like to be certain on the ID of both. Top one has enamel-like quality on one side. Seems to have broken off the other side. Are they different types of sting ray barbs? Thanks!
  6. obscure Patuxent and Potomac spots

    Do you guys know if there arer any good exposures along the Patuxent river near dc? I've also heard some vague thing about fossils near Piscataway Park, but have never been able to confirm anything. The rest of what I've heard is in this link https://www.nps.gov/articles/park-paleo-spring-2018-antonioni-nace-b.htm but I don't know if they are open to collecting.
  7. Mysterious Matoakan Tooth

    I was just sorting through my most recent Matoakan finds and found this tooth. I have never seen anything of it's like before, but I may just be off my rocker and confusing it with something new when it's not. It only raised my suspicions because the form of the tooth is strange. The enamel is completely smooth, and the tooth's size is only about half of an inch. It was found in the choptank formation near some clay boulders near the cliffs furthest from the opening. Cheers, FA Front Back
  8. Lower Carcharodon Hastalis

    From the album Maryland Fossils

    2 1/10 inches in height Miocene Choptank Formation
  9. 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
  10. NC or MD?

    Looking to explore an area outside of our "home base" this Sunday. Plan to head out Sat evening and venture to the Calvert Cliffs area, OR Aurora, NC for an early Sunday hunt. Any tenured hunters of shark teeth have a recommendation on which direction may be best? Pros/cons of each locale? Would love to meet up with an expert/local in either area. Not to discover your honey hole or special spots, but to learn the lay of the land and laws to make sure we stay in the right, and some general knowledge tips on hunting in either place. Thanks!!
  11. Are these human teeth?

    Are either of these possibly human molars? If so, would they be recent, Native American, or perhaps older? If not, what do you think they are? They were found on the Potomac river, in Purse State Park, in southern MD on separate trips about a year apart.
  12. Turret Shell

    Collected from matrix that washed into the Chesapeak Bay by landslide. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  13. Top Sail

    Collected from matrix washed into the Chesapeake Bay by landslide. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  14. Snail

    This piece was excavated out of a block of matrix deposited in the Chesapeake Bay by a landslide. It was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  15. Snail

    This piece was excavated out of a block of matrix deposited in the Chesapeake Bay by a landslide. This specimen was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  16. Snail

    Collected from matrix in the Chesapeake Bay that was deposited by landslide. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  17. Clam

    Excavated from a block of matrix collected from below the low tide line in the Chesapeake Bay. Deposited there by landslide.
  18. If your also into photography, Matoaka Beach Cabins have some great opportunities to photograph birds of prey. One of their campsites is situated right at the cliff and the birds were flying all over! A long lense will help for better shots, but there is subject matter all around. Eagles, ospreys, hawks, vultures, and gulls. We had a great time!
  19. Our final day saw us leaving Greenville at 5am on the way back north to Calvert Cliffs. Matoaka Beach Cabins to be exact. A breezy but beautiful day! Very little in the way of teeth and my daughter found all of them. One of them she darn near dove for. The photos will explain why.
  20. Purse State Park July 9 2017

    Last Sunday my family (wife, 7yo son, and 2yo son) and I headed down to Purse State Park for the first time for some fossil hunting and beach time. The parking lot was full but a couple was packing up so we were able to snag their spot. We got there about and hour before low tide and stayed about 2 hours. We all found some teeth and ray crushing plate fragments. Ok, technically our 2 year old was just playing in the sand but we pointed out and he handed us the ones that were in the sand he was playing with. We didn't find anything huge but for 2 hours everyone had fun and was happy. In the past visits to Brownies Beach and Calvert Cliffs my wife would just hang back and entertain our youngest or play with him on the edge of the water, actually searched and found several including the largest one among us. I'll have to play with the camera some or get out my usb microscope and see if I can improve the pictures. I have a picture of just the teeth I will have to attach separately since I am hitting the max size.
  21. Dino foot prints in MD

    Does anyone know where I might be a blessing to legally be hunt for dino footprints in frederick county MD? I will be passing through on a trip next week and would like to do some hunting. If you know a location and I want to go on a hunt Tuesday or Thursday PM me. Thank you.
  22. Hello, I'm not a paleontologist (yet) but, I was hoping to find a dig site near me where I can maybe help a paleontologist dig?? Anybody know if this is possible? I know they have archaeologist dig sites like that near me.
  23. I found a complete bone on a trip to Calvert. It's definitely fossilized and I'm guessing fish or bird based on the size. Any idea what it could be? The other piece isn't as exciting, but I was wondering if it was the end of a shell or a crab claw. I'm not too familiar with the fossils in the area, so any help would be much appreciated.
  24. The Never Ending Hike

    Easternshore and I met up again for another trip, this time we decided to collect a spot along the Potomac river where I usually do well and this time was no different. The only problem with this spot is accessibility and it involves hiking a good 5-6 miles through, over and around fallen trees. It's not much fun after your legs are cut to bits by the branches and look like you were trapped in a lions den. We each were finding the usual small teeth when I glanced up at the high gravel line and spotted the find of the trip. A beautiful 2 1/8" C. Aksuaticus. Which is a transitional tooth between Otodus and Auriculatus and can only be found at just a few known locations. They are usually extremely worn or in bad shape but this one was only missing one cusp and nearly unworn so I doubt it had been in the water very long. The tooth actually had some matrix near the root. The color and odd shape make this one my favorite tooth of this species. I also found a 1 7/8" sand tiger. The winds began to pick up and we were getting sand blasted and with the long journey ahead of us we made our way back to the car. If we had more time I'm sure we would have found some other nice teeth. Happy hunting and holidays everyone! http://i914.photobucket.com/albums/ac342/Steven_Ferguson/image_zps5fd1d70b.jpg http://i914.photobucket.com/albums/ac342/Steven_Ferguson/image_zps8a22182e.jpg http://i914.photobucket.com/albums/ac342/Steven_Ferguson/image_zpse2a5ad28.jpg http://i914.photobucket.com/albums/ac342/Steven_Ferguson/image_zps3d1a35a6.jpg Steve
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