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  1. Odd Shark Tooth

    I have suggestions of really large lemon, small mako and sand tiger without cusps, Help
  2. https://phys.org/news/2018-04-macedonia-million-year-old-elephant-like.html
  3. While descending from the top of our hike up Mission Peak in Fremont, CA, a friend and I came across what we suspect is a fossilized vertebrae. After doing some quick research online, I came across the following excerpt: "Some 3 miles east of the low hills and lying in the Mission District is a much taller ridge, Mission Peak, 2517 feet above sea level. Millions of years before the Pleistocene, sediments that now compose the Mission Peak ridge were deposited by both marine and fresh waters. These sediments are now a rich source of marine fossils, many of them clams and snails. Also, remains of Desmostylus, a mammal with characteristics between those of a sea cow and a walrus, have been found among the remains of seashells. These fossils were buried under marine water during the late Miocene time, or about 12,000,000 years ago. The Miocene is one of seven epochs of the Cenozoic era." Source: http://cnhm.msnucleus.org/Pleistocene/FossilBearingSediments.html I failed to take a measurement, but as I recall this object was about the size of a lemon. Can anyone help confirm if this is a vertebrae or provide any additional information? Thanks for your help!
  4. https://us.cnn.com/2018/04/20/us/california-fossil-treasure-trove/index.html
  5. Squalodon or Seal

    Hey guys I need your opinion on what these teeth are. They both came out of matrix of Zone 8 or 9 Blue Clay Calvert Formation They are rather small for Squalodon but could be from a juvenile specimen or could be Seal ? Thanks Cliff Dweller
  6. Help Identifying Imprints

    These two imprints were found at Stratford Hall, Virginia, last July. I had a pickle of a time photographing them so the impression would show up, especially as on one of them, the imprint is pretty faint. I was wondering if anyone could verify if these are fossils, and if so, can anyone identify just what exactly these are imprints of? Thank you for any thoughts you might have! Imprint #1 Front Back Imprint #2 Front Black and White version. Back
  7. A Few Finds from Brownie's

    On a very drizzly Sunday, April 15, @Chomper and I headed out to Brownie's. We met one fellow fossil hunter who told us that a three-inch megalodon had been found just the previous day. We also encountered another fossil hunter heading out who was happy to show his wonderful collection of one-to-two-inch hemipristis teeth! One of the reasons I love heading to Brownie's is that it always seems to have some wonderful finds! I didn't expect any one-inch teeth or megalodons, knowing that the beach had probably been pretty well picked over that weekend, but I was surprised at what I found in just two hours. The water was choppy, and made looking kind of difficult, but the waves also washed in a beautiful goblin? sand tiger? tooth and my first periotic bone. Something I don't like about Brownie's is how sneaky the tide is when it comes back in. I don't seem to notice until suddenly, I find myself trudging through more water than I expected, and at times, I found myself slipping and falling where I couldn't see where I was placing my boots. Luckily, when I fell, the only casualty was my hand and coat sleeve, which got saturated.
  8. Miocene Coprolite

    Hi Folks, I found this suspiciously looking piece of something yesterday. Anyway with all the knowledge on this board I will throw this piece of something out there for you all to identify. It is quite a large specimen about 5” + 3” and over a pound in weight. Also I should add I found this specimen on Brownies beach in Chesapeake Beach Maryland. Thanks Cliff Dweller
  9. Hi, I am new here. I am an American stationed in Germany. I went to the Steinheim [am Albuch] meteor crater in Baden Wurttenberg, Germany yesterday. I was digging in the municipal sandpit for fossils and found some great little sand snails and a few other worm looking fossils. The area was struck by a meteor 14.5-15 million years ago. A crater approximately 3.8 kilometers in diameter formed with a central uplift. Water filled the crater and life flourished there. I was able to locate hundreds of tiny land snail fossils and sandstone containing more. I also found a few odd pieces of sandstone that I think are concretions, which also contain snails. An interesting feature of the hill at the central uplift of the crater is a piece of fossilized algae reef. Going to try to attach my photos. can anyone look at my little worm like fossils and verify that these are little worms? Thanks in advance!
  10. Short Brownies trip

    Today I got a quick one hour hunt in, tide was lower than I’ve had in a while but I could tell many people had passed through prior to me. Because of this no particularly large teeth but a nice hemi with a lightning strike. As I was walking along I was ecstatic to find my first cetacean vert, looked dolphin/porpoise (odontocete), excellent neural arch! I was then surprised to see two sieves not three feet away. I assumed they had found it and left it, as I could see them 20 yards away, one was my age (mid-late teen) and a younger (brother?) person walking with him. I went along my way. Golden rule of fossil hunting: don’t take what another hath found. I already have (albeit buoght) similar ones so I wasn’t too bothered. Not too far away I found a nice piece of whale rib and a concretion with another piece of rib embedded. It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out the two fit together, I’ll have to prep that one out. Anyway, I came back down to the place the sieves were and the two kids had started back. I was flabbergasted to see the vert was still there! I grabbed it, and ran over to them. I asked them if they had left it they said no. I gave it to them, and they seemed happy. Sounded like tooth hounds (which is not a bad thing) and I don’t think they knew what it was, so I told them it was a dolphin vertabra. I hope that will help those two get more into fossils. Anyway, not far away I saw this dreadful digging in the cliffs. Whoever did it left the shovel there This is illegal is it not? Even if it isn’t it is extremely dangerous and ill-advised (so don’t none of y’all do it!). lastly, I had a pleasant conversation with a pair of mallard ducks, however the conversation was rather one-sided. They must be very used to people. No big teeth but some nice bones. Will get pictures up soon, starting with the “potholes” and the ducks.
  11. What a trip! I finally had the opportunity to visit the renowned Westmoreland State Park in Montross, VA. I had heard mixed feelings about the site online, with some claiming it was far too over-picked and others dubbing it reliable and productive. I decided the best way to find out the truth was to go there myself! My dad and I hit the road early to get there before sunrise. It was about a 2 hour drive. We arrived and expected to have to pay a fee to get in, but it appeared that no one was being charged. I guess there is only a fee during the summer months. We hiked down the steep trail to Fossil Beach to discover that a few had beaten us to the first spot. They, however, had only come for a short visit and were heading out just as we arrived. It was low tide, but the water was still high up the beach. My dad and I spent the first hour or so walking along the river in the water, which I typically don't do. But I was finding some great teeth! The water was relatively calm and very clear so I could see everything in the sand with ease. My dad went further down the beach while I kept a steady pace and picked up anything I could spot. After about half an hour spent in the water, I looked down a little deeper and saw a large tooth sitting on top of the sand, facing towards me. My heart skipped a beat and my first thought was "Megalodon", but once I picked it up I realized it couldn't be so. It was a very large Mako, rather. It's about 2 inches in slant height, and in great condition. Undoubtedly the largest tooth I've found in my fossil hunting career. After finding something so incredible, it seemed that the rest of the day was underwhelming in comparison. But I did manage some other nice finds. More people showed up at the beach as the sun rose and the air began to warm up. When someone came to me and asked if I was having any luck, I was more than happy to show them the huge tooth I had found. Many thought it was amazing. I also had the opportunity to explain the world of fossil hunting to an elderly couple who showed up and had no idea what everyone was looking for. I had a nice conversation with them and answered their many questions, then gave them a few teeth and got back to work. This is not the first time someone has come to me asking what exactly I'm doing pacing up and down the beach. I absolutely love to inform them when they ask. I eventually made it all the way to the border of the beach where the cliffs pick back up, where I picked up a cliff fall and carried it to a safe distance from the cliffs. I used my rock hammer to pick away slowly at the fall, but came away with nothing. The tide was getting really high and the beach began to disappear. I had to cross the stream that separates the beaches before it got too high, otherwise I would have been stranded. My dad and I decided it would be best to call it a day at Westmoreland and go grab some lunch nearby, but we weren't done hunting yet. Right down the road from Westmoreland State Park is Stratford Hall Plantation, the birthplace and childhood home of General Robert E. Lee. I have been to this site before actually, for one of my first fossil hunting trips ever. I convinced my dad that it would be worth it to go give Stratford a shot once we finished our lunches. We made the short drive and paid the entry fee then drove down to the beach for a few last hours of hunting. We were finding teeth in larger quantities than at Westmoreland, but nothing too large. It is interesting to see the varying frequencies of finds between the two sites. For example, at Westmoreland I only found two ray plates, while at Stratford I found nearly 30 of them, some large, and in less time spent hunting. Instead of beach combing like we did at Westmoreland, we sifted at Stratford for the majority of the time. We wrapped up the trip with one last walk up and down the small beach, then waved goodbye to the Potomac. The grand total of shark teeth found between me and my dad was 167. The finds are not as abundant here as some other local sites like Brownie's or Purse, but in terms of quality it is high end. We found some decent sized hastalis and Makos, and a lot of the usual Tigers, Hemis, Lemons, and Requiems. I found one tooth that I believe is the crown of an Odontocete but I could also see how it could be a small crocodile tooth because of its visible vertical ridges and the fact that it is hollow. I will be posting identification topics on that tooth and many others from this trip, because we definitely found a few strange things. Overall, a great day on the Potomac, and my first time hitting two sites in one day. I walked away with my biggest tooth and handful of other great finds. Thanks for taking the time to read my report. Hoppe hunting!
  12. Bone fragment - Miocene - Maryland

    Hello all! I have what I believe to be a bone fragment from the Calvert Cliffs area of Maryland. I tried to compare to various vertebrae and other bones online but considering this is a fragment I didn't have too much luck and figured the experts around here might help! "Rear" face: "Top:" "Bottom:" "Front" face: I could be mistaken but it just has the weight and feel of something other than wood or whatnot. There is quite a bit of gunk still on it that I will try to work off. The groove on the front and the "wings" definitely make me think it is a bone of some kind. Thanks again!
  13. Zdravo to all! I just wanna ask if someone wants to help me to determine which species of these two can this be. I found it as always in a Marl stone Quarry.I'm asking u this cause both species have very similar shape of leafs. Thanks
  14. Fish id

    Possible Gobius sp. or Mugil sp.? Only species of fishes found at my Quarry,so i think that maybe these bones belongs to them.But that lake didn't have just two species of fishes,that's for sure ....So i think that i'm wrong
  15. Zdravo to all! Today was quite nice hunting day in Popovac,Serbia. Found so many interesting fossils at my Quarry.This is only just the beginning of a successful season. Hope you will enjoy as always
  16. Fish vertebrae

    Hey! I found this partial vertebra and i think that is from a fish,can anyone tell me something else? Species.. etc.
  17. Shark teeth to id

    Hello, I have a few undetermined small teeth from shark and fish. Their size is below 5mm. They are dated from miocene (burdigalian). They come from south of france. Thank you for your help
  18. Fish ID

    Hi everyone! I found this last year with my ex girlfriend at Marl stone Quarry in Popovac.It's a fish tail. She found it to be exact Can anyone tell me what species can this be? I have two opitions right now: Gobius sp. and Mugil sp. If u ask me why, i can only say that several fish tails have been found there from them as well :D. If someone can help,it will be awesome! Darko
  19. Canines

    I was out yesterday and at first I was having trouble finding fossils in the gravel -- a not unheard of complaint from fossil hunters. But then I found a clay bottom and prospects improved. Couple of Equus, mammoth frag, dolphin vert and some decent hemis including some teeth that came out of the clay with BV white roots. I found a couple of canines, one early and I am not positive that it is fossil, Now to a canine coming off of the clay bottom... So I do not think this is gator or marine mammal; 1st canine = 1.25 inches, 2nd canine is 1.125 inches. Note the wear pattern from grinding against an opposing (canine ?). May not ID this last one, but any narrowing of the possibilities is appreciated. Thanks, Jack
  20. Hey guys! I was hunting today in Marl stone quarry of Popovac and i found interesting stuff with my friend! I hope u like the pics
  21. What kind of leaf?

    Can anybody tell me what kind of species is this? I found it in a Marl stone quarry of Popovac,Serbia. Maybe possible Myrica lignatum?
  22. Some older fossils

    I was out hunting today, and found some unusual stuff for me. Example of a known is this Galeocerdo contortus . I do not find them with this level of preserved serrations. To me this means a likely Miocene location. So three (3) requested IDs First: Second: In a different location a week ago, I found the one on the left. Maybe concretion, with strange circular "pore"... but then the one on the right today. So this is something, possibly fossil or what? Last, A Ray mouthplate: Worn , very thin, Can someone id the specific ray? Thanks for all comments and replies. A VERY interesting day with many unique and unknown (to me) fossils.
  23. Shark tooth from Bone Valley

    Hi all, I bought this nice small shark tooth at a market in Middelburg, Netherlands. It's from the Bone Valley, FL, USA. From (I think) the Peace River Formation, Miocene, 9 mya. Anyone know what species it could be? If more pictures are needed let me know! Thanks in advance, Max
  24. Mio/Plio unknown

    There is a spot relatively close to me that is a late Miocene/ early Pliocene deposit. Consisting mainly of Great White teeth, marine mammal chunks, with occational (but rare) Meg. tooth pieces. Being a secondary deposit, everything in it got beat up and water worn pretty good. I was going through a box of bone pieces and grabbed this out for I'D. I was thinking inner ear bone? What are your views on this?
  25. Mystery shark tooth

    Found this in the Pungo River Fm of Lee Creek (Miocene). I'm pretty sure it's a Carcharhinid, and more than likely a lower tooth, but that's all I got. Half-inch in length, smooth cusp (even under micro), strong foramen, curved root base. Maybe there is a slight notch in the blade (left side, labial view), but I can't be sure that's not a nick. My first thought was Lemon Shark, but the tooth is too triangular, and the base of the root has a very definitive curve. Then I thought hammerhead of some sort. Photos in order: Lingual, Labial, side Ideas?