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  1. Been going through more boxes of fossils and found a bunch of stuff I didnt know I had, and Im not a tooth collector but ran into a whole bunch of sharks teeth I didn't know I had. I had to keep this one. Plus with my son and his buddy there I gave several away. Just the way I am.. Oh, also found some kind of dino tooth too. Quite nice. Amazes me what ive forgotten? Some of this stuff has been in boxes for many many years. Oh, this little bugger measure in at 5 3/4 inches. A really nice tooth. For me that is. RB
  2. Deja Vu all over again

    Back in 2015, on a FPS trip, I found a 3 mya fossil coral that @digit and/or @MikeR identified as Scolymia cubensis. https://www.researchgate.net/figure/FIGURE-2-Scolymia-species-from-Brazil-A-B-New-occurrence-specimen-of-Scolymia-cubensis-UFBA_237012399_fig2 Fast forward to a Christmas gift a fossil hunting friend gave to my spouse (She has a coral collection and I do not find that much of it) . He said that he found it in the Keys in the 1980s. I guess I should know but is this also Scolymia? Also a question on coral fossils. I know that from 2015 I have a 3 mya coral because it came from Tamiami Formation and experts indicated the age of the layer and shells I was finding. Is this new one a fossil? Can I approximate its age?
  3. Barbus sp.

    From the album Vertebrates

    Barbus sp. Late Miocene St. Bauzile France Length 33cm
  4. Slurpee, Slushee or Icee Beach......Take Your Pick VA Miocene on 01/14/2018 Since I didn't get to do much fossil hunting in December due to work, I've been determined to get more time out during January. I convinced Mrs.SA2 to venture out with our buddy Mel (MarcoSr's youngest son) and me this morning. We would have brought @Daleksec along with us, but his dad said he forgot to keep his bedroom clean, AGAIN, so he had chores to finish. The morning started out with us getting up at 0400 hours and making the drive to meet Mel at one of our favorite places. When we hit the beach the air temp was 13F with a 15 mph north wind and a 3-5F wind chill. Luckily, we all have "the gear" to keep us warm and dry in this weather and we know some tricks. We were excited and hopeful when we realized we were the first (and only) people on the beach. Pretty obvious why and not sure what that really says about us. When we got down to the beach, we realized that overnight the strong north wind and the wind chill had combined to freeze the surf and push ice on the beach. (The ice wasn't there the day before.) The surf out about 10 feet from the beach had the consistency of a Slurpee, Slushee or Icee, whichever is/was your beverage choice when younger. Mrs.SA2 and I were Slurpee fans (and she still sneaks one in every few weeks during the summers.) Photos of the beach and surf. The ice pushing in from the surf and the frozen beach left by the last high tide were pretty disappointing, until we started finding teeth. Here were my first couple of frozen teeth. All of the teeth we found had to be dug out of the frozen beach. I even managed a two-for. (Please excuse the lack of scale in many of the photos, I had Mrs.SA2's custom pink scale cube made by @aerogrower, but it kept freezing to the beach, then I had to scrape/dig it off the beach.) Here is a decent hastalis I found and dug out. On the walk back the wind had died down a little and the air temp had come up to 20F with wind chill around 15F. Talk about being spoiled, but alas, the beach was still frozen solid and ice covered. Here's Mrs.SA2 and Mel working their way through some obstacles along the beach. Mel is an awesome fossil hunter and has the eyes of an eagle. Mrs.SA2 and I always enjoy hunting with him because we have great conversations about stratigraphy, possible paleo-environments and the local fossils. This morning we chatted quite a bit about fossil hunting this coming spring and summer. As we were walking along, Mel looked down and spotted this beauty entombed in 3/4" of ice on the beach. It was worthy of breaking out Mrs.SA2's pink scale cube, even if it got stuck too. Took quite a bit of digging to "save" it from its frozen, watery grave. I have a great video of him digging it out but I'm going to let him be the first to show it on his Facebook page and website. Here are a couple of photos instead. That 10 minutes sure warmed us all up and it ended up being the biggest tooth we found on the day. At least we didn't get skunked and we all got some much needed exercise. I did manage this smaller hastalis as my last tooth of the morning. Here is what Mrs.SA2 and my finds looked like cleaned up. The vertebrae was a nice addition and you can see my "frag-a-lodon" by the scale cube. Over the 4 1/2 hour walk along the river in the cold, wind and ice, we managed to stay warm and dry and most of all, Mrs.SA2 continues to redevelop her confidence while out fossil hunting, following her fall back at the end of September. She was quite the trooper today and never complained. I'm sure the story she tells tomorrow at work will start with, "it'll be fun, he said......." and go downhill from there. Cheers, SA2 and Mrs.SA2
  5. Possible Human Modified Bone?

    Hello again! Found this bone fragment at Flag Pond yesterday and it appears that it may have been modified. Could it possibly been a Native American tool? Notice the point, symmetrical indentations at the base/stem and the hole at the base. Thank you for your help!
  6. Hello... I found this small tooth yesterday at Flag Pond in Calvert County MD. It is embedded in a small jaw fragment (the small tooth is circled in red). The jaw fragment is solid, not appearing hollow like a fish jaw. Any thoughts on what it could be? Thank you for your help!!
  7. Hi everybody, I recently leased a piece of land that contains the round mountain silt formation (shark tooth hill). Part of the deal with the landowners was to donate a portion of the finds to museums or schools. Does anyone know of any institutions that would be interested in accepting sharks teeth and other fossils? I would need a formal letter of acceptance to provide documentation. Please let me know, thanks Jesse
  8. Moving away from Trilobites, I wanted to try my hand at a fish. This is my rendition of Priscacara serrata, a common species of the Miocene, in the Green River Formation. The fish looks like a Perch, or a Bass, because all three are in the Percinae Family. Priscacara is an extinct member.
  9. Unknown bone

    So was in one of my usual ditches where I usually find whale bones, and shark teeth varying from Angustidens to Megs. Came across the strange bone that to me looks like a beak of a bird or something. The strange formations or cup like pattern is what threw me off. Found 25 miles inland from Charleston SC and guessing Miocene, Chandler Bridge formation. Any ideas?
  10. Shark Tooth Hill Thresher?

    This came from Ernst Quarries last year at slow curve. I don't think this is a hooked Mako because of the micro serration on both sides of the tooth, so what is it? I know I failed to include a scale but this tooth will just cover an American Quarter. Thanks in advance!
  11. Florida meg collection

    Just wanted to post a pic of my current display worthy megs. All from Florida and all except one little posterior which was mislabeled as a tiger and I couldn’t pass up for 1$ are personal finds lol. A mix of dive, land and creek finds and quite a few years in the making. Not as big as some folks in the Carolinas regularly find, a “big” tooth to me is 3 inches plus but the colors of bone valley sure do make for a nice display
  12. NZ Giant Burrowing Bat

    A new genus and species of fossil bat is described from New Zealand’s only pre-Pleistocene Cenozoic terrestrial fauna called Vulcanops jennyworthyae http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11972666 Paper https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-18403-w
  13. Hemi placement?

    I found this very tiny hemi a while back (Brownies beach). I was wondering if anyone could tell me the placement? This is the whole tooth (but it’s rootless) not the top of it. Thanks.
  14. Alopias latidens?

    I found this tooth at brownies, I think alopias latidens, what say y’all? It’s got a worn cusp which is cool if it is a thresher. Around a centimeter, quarter for scale (I know that’s not ideal)
  15. Big scallop from France

    Hi all, So I just purchased this nice huge scallop for a killer price. Though not complete, i still love it. Its from the quarry of Lacoste, in Vaucluse, Southern France. From the Miocene. Well, it was sold to me as Chlamys latissima, but in some of my books it mentions Chlamys gigantea instead. So I was wondering, what species is it? Oh, also, does anyone know more precisely how old the scallop is, and what formation it is from? Thanks in advance! Max
  16. Back in New Zealand

    Sorry I haven't been very active on here for a while. 2017 was one of the craziest years for me so far, mostly in a good way. Finally, for the last day of 2017 I managed a trip to one of my favourite places - the Miocene sediments in Canterbury, New Zealand. I left the house at 5 AM since low tide was 9:30 AM. I was treated to one of the most spectacular sun rises (sorry no photo!). I am very sore today from lots of boulder flipping and field trimming but it was worth it! Found a split concretion with a string of shark vertebrae. Who knows there could be teeth in there too? The paint brush is 20 cm long. Unfortunately I had to trim the concretion as it would weigh 70 kg (150 pounds). The fossil wasn't harmed but it would have been nice to keep the shape of the concretion.
  17. Hunting success

    Went out this morning to what is appearing to be another Blancan site. I hunted Blancan fossils at a different location from 2015 to early 2017. That old location is pretty much played out, but now I am finding Blancan index species at a new site. I feel blessed . Cold at the beginning 41/42 degrees at 8am. However the sun was shining and it reached 58 degrees by noon. My hunting buddy found a number of Makos including a perfect 2.75 silver blade/brown root. He also found 4 plates of a mammoth tooth. I was no slouch .. 15 each of nice unbroken tigers & duskys, 3.3 Makos, an equus upper m3/p2, 2 armadillo scutes, camel lower tooth, deer tooth, and these.... Those of you that know me realize that the 1st photo of Nannippus Peninsulatus (11x13x22 mm) was all that I needed for a GREAT hunting trip. The rest is gravy. Going out again tomorrow.
  18. Chesapeake bay find

    Went shark tooth hunting on a frigid day and found hardly any shark teeth, probably buried in the snow/ice, but did find this in the slush. Anyone able to identify it? Thanks!
  19. I have a couple of new fossils I need identified. By my guess they are Ammonites but what do I know? I'm fortunate that these snails come with some identification, a small piece of paper with some handwriting on it. From top to bottom, it says "Large Agate Snails, viviparous, miocene, Lahonten Formation, Black Rock Desert, Winnemucca, Nevada." I'm a little confused because from what I've read, Lake Lahonten did not exist during the Miocene epoch. The smaller snail is about 2½ cm (1") long, from top to bottom in the picture, and the larger snail is about 3 cm (1½") long. Is there anything anyone can tell me about these pieces? Those measurements don't include the concretion attached to them.
  20. Added three new teeth in recent times to my collection of exotic meg teeth, I'd like to share since there,s not to many images from these localities out there, the photos maybe in shabby quality because I pulled them directly from my Instagram page to save time. 1) This partial tip of a meg was found in the Chiba prefecture of Japan! Acquiring this, even just a fragment was a real pain in the butt as megs from Japan are extremely scare. 2) Even though its not a Meg of course but still being the closest ancestor, this 3.1inch chubutensis tooth was found at a land site in Lecce, Italy with gorgeous color! 3) This tooth measuring 4.1 inches came from new site in Bangkalan City, Java, Indonesia. A majority of the megs here were found with absolutely terrible preservation so this one is one of the best out of the bunch! A few more pics of these teeth can be found on their posts on my page at https://www.instagram.com/nyislandfossils/ if its ok to post this here.
  21. Ok, tired of working on the fossil crabs from Washington and decided to start a Tumidocarcinus gigantius from New Zealand today. Took most of my prep day. I could not read what was ventral or dorsal, so just went ahead and scribed a hole. It was just a guess and I had a 50% chance of gettiing it right, but no,,, Wrong!!! Once I hit ventral I turned it over and started again. Once I hit crab carapace on the other side I then turned it over and fixed the hole on the ventral side. A two part apoxy putty and then rolled it around some of the dust and rock from the prep and it came out purty good? If nothing else, its a heck of alot better than a big hole in the rock? Still lots more time for this crab, but I can tell from the sides that the legs may be purty dang good? We'll see. RB
  22. Found this over the holidays at a fossil site in Coastal VA that for me at least has never before this same trip coughed up any vertebrae material, that being a fish vert. The primary finds at this site are scallops, barnacles and some of the more common smaller mollusks common within the Miocene coastal / tidal finds.... this is a Yorktown formation locality... so, the question is, is the coiled material a fish coprolite or a tube worm? I’ve certainly never found any similar tube worms in my life so I’m hopeful it’s a coprolite but looking for some input from anyone w more definitive thoughts... happy New Years and thanks In Advance.
  23. Florida whale fossils

    It has been a very hectic end of the year with many events both positive and negative taking my focus away from fossil hunting. I have been blessed in those instances when I can go out. I only have a day left this year and I am wondering whether I will brave the temperatures. I have a LOT of motivation. Yesterday I went to a new special location "gifted" by a fossil friend about 5 weeks ago. It has a lot going for it, in addition to high quality fossils and a good friend to hunt with.... We even had a sunshiny day. There are some heavy concentrations of surface gravel but the higher quality material is down 3-4 feet below the surface gravel, the karst, sand, on the clay. It is a lot of work, and I don't find a lot of fossil quantity but....I have been finding one of these about every 12-18 months and I know that is lucky because my hunting companions digging right next to me have not found them. There is no determinate identification for this whale, because usually one finds isolated teeth. I found a 4 inch diameter vert... 3 feet away from the tooth. I do realize this means almost nothing...but I am becoming curious on the lack of larger fossil sperm whale teeth available in North Florida and Georgia. Another photo that shows an oddity that I had not previously realized: This tooth is worn down by constant abrasion with the tooth above/below it and it even seems that the other side is also slightly worn. I had seen this phenomenon in Cat, Sloth, peccary, etc but not previously in whale. Yesterday was a great fossil day --- I will have the memory and joy of finding
  24. Hypslodont mammal tooth

    First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Went on a hunt at brownies beach (Miocene, Calvert FM, zone 4?) and it is official, the bay has iced on its shores, that’s the end of winter hunting season I guess. No idea how many epic teeth I must’ve missed because of it. Super cold Because of this finds were limited, top three finds include symphyseal hemi (tiny) and half a shark vert. The third? This Mammal tooth, I’m guessing small rodent? Sorry for bad pictures, I’ll try for better ones tomorrow. Can’t find my ruler, but this things tiny, around 1 cm.
  25. I want to thank Alexandre @Quriosity for matrix from the Miocene of France (Miocene, Langhian Age, lower "dark" horizon, Loupian Quarry, France) and the Cretaceous of the Congo (Cretaceous, Maastrichtian,Tchivoula Quarry, near Hinda, Congo). The matrix was very fine. It was processed and ready to search. I spent almost a year and a half almost exclusively with the terrestrial Eocene/Oligocene matrix from my sons' ranch in Nebraska. It was nice to get back to marine matrix especially from two sites that I hadn't searched before. In the Miocene matrix from France (This was a very small sample size of a very fine matrix) I found a number of bony fish teeth, 7 Dasyatis teeth, 3 shark teeth, and two dermal denticles. Here is a picture of everything in a 1.75” diameter gem jar cup. Here are pictures of the 3 shark teeth. They are pretty small around .4 to .5 mm. Here is a picture of one of the Dasyatis teeth which were all under 1 mm. In the Cretaceous matrix from the Congo I found a good number of bony fish teeth, a good number of ray and sawfish teeth, and at least one shark tooth. Because of the matrix size I really didn’t expect to find shark teeth. I did recognize a number of species from the Maastrichtian of Morocco. However I did find several species that looked different. At some point I’ll take a lot more pictures of the ray and sawfish teeth. Here is a picture of the bony fish teeth in a 1.75” diameter gem jar cup. Here is a picture of the ray and sawfish teeth in a 1.75” diameter gem jar cup. Here is a picture of the shark tooth and a few odd specimens in a 1.75” diameter gem jar cup. Here is a picture of the 2 mm shark tooth. I’m not sure if this is a shark tooth with a damaged root or maybe a ray tooth, something like Cretomanta. Marco Sr.