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  1. 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
  2. @Cris and myself went out to the creek a few days in hopes of finding some fossils! It was HOT, there were bugs everywhere, and thunderstorms all around, but we still had a fun day. The fossil finds were not as plentiful as hoped for, but not every day can be insane! We still had an amazing time and ended up coming home with some cool fossils. Photo of the finds is below if you can't watch the video!
  3. Alopias Latidens Thresher Shark

    From the album Maryland Fossils

    1/2 inch in height Miocene Choptank Formation
  4. Lower Carcharodon Hastalis

    From the album Maryland Fossils

    2 1/10 inches in height Miocene Choptank Formation
  5. 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
  6. small collection of miocene shark tooth from Austrian wineyards in Steyermark. In return Im looking other miocene shark. Only miocene!
  7. Matoaka Beach 8-12-18

    I packed up my gear and wandered along the Matoakan cliffs for my thousandth time now (that's what it feels like) and had a half decent day. I found two teeth with guesses for both that I want to ask y'all for conformation, and some weird scute type things. Scutes: Tooth One: Thresher? 1/2 inch in size Tooth Two: Baby Meg or Silky? Final Finds Thanks Guys! I may also add that I felt so miffed when someone pulled up a big meg from a clay boulder I was going to go to next. Its like the Shark Tooth gods are against me. What sacrilege have I committed?
  8. Notorynchus primigenius (Agassiz 1835/43)

    From the album Pisces

    Upper symphesal. 7mm. From the Miocene Burdigalian at Billafingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg.
  9. Notorynchus ?

    Took another trip to one of my Miocene Burdigalian sites on my bike again today and I was just wondering if this set of teeth might come from a Notorynchus cepedianus shark.
  10. Hello Guys, after a long time ago i'm back now with my best off Tumido Giganteus ever.Prepped out in 3D with "safed cover" Tumido giganteus Glen Afric Beach New Zealand 15 Mill years ago Enjoy, Axel
  11. I have been an avid collector of Astoria Formation fossils from the Oregon coast for a number of years, and plan on putting up a web page that shows every known invertebrate species from the Newportian stage of the Astoria formation (plus as many vertebrate and plant species as possible). In my collection I am still short by a dozen or so invertebrate species out of the nearly-100 described in the literature, although I have also found a dozen or so that AREN'T in the literature, and plan on describing and naming them if they are indeed "new" species. So I was wondering if there were any fellow collectors that have unusual stuff that they could share photos of. One of my recent finds was a conifer cone (shown below), although I don't know what genus and species it belongs to (does anybody know?).
  12. A large male tusk a Miocene Rhinoceros has been in my possession for a couple of weeks. I am aware of a couple of businesses which specialize in restoration of fossils, megs, artifacts and the tusk owner asked me to facilitate restorations. The tusk itself is of very high quality with or without restorations. I have a small Rhino collection and I am considering negotiating a purchase price that both of us could feel good about. So here it is. A lower left tusk of Teleoceras Proterum, which was endemic to Florida 8-10 myas. You can see where the tusk was broken between the 5 & 6 inch mark and repaired sometime in the past. A top restorer could erase the mess around the repair, replace the bonding with a like colored material, and come close to making the break disappear. One of the few sources of this level of detail quality occurs in the Florida Phosphate mines. This one was found in a Polk County mine in the 1980s. To my never-ending pain, I did not start hunting until decades later. The next photo is of a T. Proterum skull found in Florida and re_assembled with (I am sure) some restoration. I have circled in red the equivalent fossil left tusk. The animal would sharpen the two lower tusks with the single roundish upper incisor. A couple of more photos. Here is detail on the tusk root. I have colored yellow a small pebble that I have not chosen to remove .. yet. Note the unbroken tiny knobs and the bluish tint to the inside of the root. Finally, a discussion of the tusk tip which could also be a candidate for restoration... So, the mahogany area of the tip has been shaved and polished by the upper incisor for most of the animal's life. Then it was broken on an angle (the grayish , white section). That new gray-white section was then shaved and polished by the upper incisor. This is similar to badly breaking a large bone an have it heal before you die. Your bones (or tusk) will always tell a story. The area next to the red line is a post fossilization "fresh" break and candidate for restoration. So, should I buy it and if I do, what level of fossilization is appropriate? I am not a big proponent of restoration. I have some time to think, and while I do, decided to share this fossil with TFF members. What is the good of having a nice fossil if you never show it to someone who might appreciate it. Enjoy. Jack
  13. Bryozoa Colony

    I have found a few of these over the years, but it was only recently that I looked closely enough to see that they were not broken bits of the fossil barnacles clusters that litter the beach. The shape, color and texture are actually quite different from the barnacles at this location. This one was excavated from a chunk of landslide material that also contained index fossils of the Drum Cliff Member.
  14. Don't Linger!

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    This view of the cliffs in Calvert County, Maryland is gorgeous. I don't often see quite the vivid color range in this formation. I didn't linger, though, and I was wading in the bay to keep my distance. See those trees at the top of the 40 ft +/- cliff? The ones with the roots hanging over the edge? Those aren't going to be at the top of the cliff for long. At this point, they are probably only still there out of sheer habit. We did her a landslide the night we arrived, the spoils of which are in some of the following images in this album. I was on a trip earlier in the year, at a different part of the cliffs, when someone did get hit in the head by a bit of falling clay. Lucky for her, it wasn't a big chunk or from very high up. She *only* had a concussion. If ever you are close to the cliffs like this, watch and listen to where you are at all times. Run like crazy if you hear anything falling! DO NOT TOUCH THE CLIFFS! DO NOT STAND ON THE TOP EDGE OF THE CLIFFS! That prize Meg tooth isn't worth your life.
  15. Spinifulgur spiniger

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Whelk, Siphonal devexa Aperture view Middle Miocene St. Leonard, Maryland Choptank Formation Drum Cliff Member This is one of four I found in the fallen matrix in four days of excavation. It is the only one that I found intact.

    © Heather JM Siple 2018

  16. Spinifulgur spiniger

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Whelk, Siphonal devexa Aperture view Middle Miocene St. Leonard, Maryland Choptank Formation Drum Cliff Member This is one of four found in the fallen matrix in four days of excavation. It is the only one that was found intact.

    © Heather JM Siple 2018

  17. Siphonalia devexa

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Snail, Siphonalia devexa Middle Miocene St Leonard, Maryland Choptank Formation Drum Cliff Member Excavated from landslide material NW of Matoaka beach access in St Leonard, Maryland

    © Heather JM Siple 2018

  18. Chesapectin nefrens

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Collected loose on the beach in St. Leonard, Maryland middle Miocene Choptank Formation Drum Cliff Member Chesapectin nefrens is an index fossil for the Drum Cliff Member of the Choptank Formation, meaning that whatever chunk of matrix one may find fallen out of the cliffs, the precise layer is known so that other fossils in the same block can be identified. These are a very common find at St. Leonard and other places, but I particularly liked the coloration on this one!

    © Heather JM Siple 2018

  19. Atrina harrisii.jpg

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Exterior view of both valves of a mussel shell, Atrina harrisii, excavated from matrix material submerged in the Chesapeake Bay about 10 feet off the beach at low tide Outer protective shell material was worn away, leaving pearlescent inner layer exposed. St Leonard, MD Choptank Formation Drum Cliff Member Middle Miocene

    © Heather JM Siple 2018

  20. Mussel With Both Valves

    Excavated from matrix in the Chesapeake Bay, about 10 feet off of the beach at low tide. View is external on both valves, but hard outer coating has been lost to decay. Valves are pearlescent.
  21. Unusual Bone Fragment from Flags Pond

    Most bone fragments I find are sticks or chunks; this one is just downright strange. I've not seen a shape like this before. I was wondering if someone could ID what exactly could this be! Thank you!
  22. Flags Pond Visit, July 27

    I haven't visited Flags Pond in ages, as it's not been a very good site for me, fossil-wise. Still, I had a free Friday on July 27, and with the kids in tow, I headed to Flags. It's is a good beach play-wise for the kids, and I hoped the beach would be in good shape after all the rain we've gotten recently. The path to the beach was accessible, the beach itself was in good condition, and there were quite a few people visiting alongside us. Despite the crowds, I walked away with quite a few first finds, including my first odontocete and what I think is my first Cosmopolitodus hastalis. I also found tooth fragments for what could be a large tooth (or maybe I'm just dreaming!). There were tons of bone fragments, ray teeth, and coral pieces washing up onshore as well, and my older kid was thrilled to find some all on his own!
  23. Whelk

    Excavated from landslide material approximately 1/2 mile nw of Matoaka beach access. Found 4 that week. Two survived excavation. This is the only one discovered intact.
  24. rapp creek hunting

    Going through the stuff in my bucket that had dried out from my last trip, found more stuff that I can only guess what they might be. The first three are of a tiny disc with holes along the periphery. The next two are of three pieces of a flat discoid "rock", that was more fragile than i thought, looks like from something alive. Last two seem too light for bone, so I'm guessing sponges? Probably some of you will know (penny = 0.75 inches or 19 mm in diameter): Thanks!
  25. Interesting fossils

    I was was catching strippers and drinking gin in Cape Cod a week ago, lower Vermont Sunday and Monday, ate cod in a restaurant on Long Island Sound Tuesday, spent Wednesday in Connecticut, on a plane home Thursday, out hunting fossils yesterday. Did not find much. 10 small shark teeth and a few worn bones. A whiskey bottle from the the 30s or 40s. It was brutal, lots of bugs, 95 degrees, high humidity... Loved every second of it. Had lunch with a good friend, went back to his place to take photos of fossils he found 30 years ago in BV phosphate mines: So think Florida Bone Valley, Miocene, 10-25 myas. I am just going to select individual photos. I have more but sizes limits in a single thread slow me down. A few of these I believe I know the species, but for the 1st day will encourage guesses from those who do not know or are not sure. Enjoy EDITED: Most Identifications added on July 30th Fossil #1: Fossil #2 IDENTIFIED as Large kentriodontid-grade dolphin tooth Fossil #3 IDENTIFIED as true Seal Cervical vertebrae Fossil #4 Fossil #5 IDENTIFIED as true Seal Axis vertebrae Fossil #7 IDENTIFIED as true Seal sacrum bone Fossil #8 IDENTIFIED as Rostral node shark snout. Fossil #9 Indentations on BOTH sides.... IDENTIFIED as symphyseal portion of a mandible where the lateral edges have fallen away - this is from a Large kentriodontid-grade dolphin. I will be thinking about these, looking at the internet fossil sites, checking with fossil identification friends.... Just sharing with my friends at TFF. These are miocene. Out of 9 fossils, maybe I would find 2 or 3 in the mostly Pleistocene Peace River. Jack