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  1. Hello there fossil experts! I'm a total newbie and just went on my first fossil hunt --a couple hours at Purse State Park. I found a bunch (like 60!) shark teeth, mostly tiny but i'm still thrilled. But i also found some things that look like fossil shells, and one thing that looks like fossil scales, that i was hoping you could help me ID. The first picture is what looked to me like fossil shells, but are they? are there fossil shells at purse state park? most of the online discussion of finds there seems to be of teeth, rays, and mouth plates and doesn't mention shells so i wasn't sure. They were mostly found about halfway between the water's edge and the cliffs. the things in the second picture (with two large items) were found basically at the water's edge. Are these fossils? if so, what are they? i thought the one on the left sort of looked like underbelly scales. I also found two small mystery objects which are in picture 2, below the tape measure. Any ideas what these are? they are smooth and seem heavy. Thank you so much!
  2. Purse State Park 3-22-20

    I got to Purse a couple hours before low tide and got a good 5 and a half hours of searching. Managed to scrounge together over 1,000 teeth, most of them pretty small, a new personal best. I didn't find anything of significant size, but a handful of oddities/rarities. One such oddity was what looks like a Carcharhinus (Gray/Dusky Shark) of some sort. Perhaps some folks came to Purse following a hunt at Westmoreland or some other place and a tooth slipped out of their bag. This is a first for me. I found a worn down palaeocarcharodon with some nice dark blue coloration, some crocodile teeth, among other things. I found a neat little fossil of some sort that I can't identify, it's about 0.8 mm in diameter. Images: https://imgur.com/gallery/d0qdUxU
  3. Jaw or Spine

    I’d would love some help identifying what this is - I believe it’s a modern fish jaw of some kind but wouldn’t mind being persuaded that it’s a fossil! (Tooth Tap Test was inconclusive- sometimes glass, sometimes plastic) Since it’s likely modern, does anyone know what kind? 4 inches long exactly, about 1/4 inch at the widest point. Smooth on one flat side, a deep groove on the other. Wickedly sharp curvy teeth are part of the bone. Found at Purse on Sunday. -Our Fossil Group has conflicting ideas on this piece; catfish spine, gar jaw, snake mandible, bird spine... -It seems modern but it isn’t definite; there are certain parts that sound very fossilized where some sound very modern when tapped against a tooth. Thanks, FA
  4. Purse Park MD

    Nice day at the park. Found a few interesting pieces. Didn't bother with most the small specimens I saw. Still have not found a tooth that I know the park can produce. Some of the broken ones I have found, tell me they exist. Anyway here's a few pic, a few before I picked them up.
  5. It was a perfect day, but marginal finds. Again found what I think is a crocodile tooth. Please confirm. First pic is on a paper plate so it gives you an idea of the size.
  6. 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.
  7. Tried purse again high tide was coming on so a miserable walk back through the water. Found a few decent teeth nothing big. Most ate dinged up. Any ways I have two I would appreciate assistance on. One is the tooth on my pinkie. The other I photographed each side. Thanks?
  8. Purse Park trip

    So, I went back out to purse park. I really want to try Douglas Point, but don't want to walk a 1.5 mile trail. Not that I'm lazy, but I have some health issues. So this time at purse I went south. Not sure exactly how far, but at least a mile or more. Any ways I found a few items I would like some opinions on. I'm new to fossil hunting so I have much to learn. I did not find a lot of sharks teeth, and have lost the desire to pick up the really small ones. So I found a yellow rock I guess, its just interesting that it looks like some sort of crystalline and very light. Next, I found what I think is a fish vert. I thought it may be modern but has some crystalline on it, and quite hard. Next, I found what is probably a rock, but to me it looks a tiny bit like a squashed button, although probably not. That last thing I found, what I hope is some sort of tooth. It is not all there and it does not look like a shark tooth, but looks like enamel on it. Anyway, appreciate your input.
  9. Possible whale ear bone

    Hello All I found this a few weeks ago i believe bayfront brownies around the bend by the cliffs. Just thrown it in my box of rocks. I was looking through them and figured I should get the opinions of people that are in the know. I put purse in the tag as that's the only other place I've been. Though I am pretty sure it was found at bayfront. I really need to get two separate boxes. Any comments welcome. I googled around and it looks a bit like a whale ear bone.
  10. Spent a part of the day on the Potomac River. Found a vert of some sort. I believe possibly Alligator. Any info is appreciated. Also, is there a rule of thumb for the size of a vert approximates the length of the subject. I know I have heard a one inch shark tooth approximates a 10 foot shark. I had little luck with teeth except for the usual small stuff. I found a neat looking rock. I don't think its a fossil. Then a piece of iron or something. Here are some pics.
  11. Purse State Park

    I recently made a trip to Purse Park on the Potomac. The only two places that I have hunted are Purse and Bayfront. Wow, such different places and with different things to find. I have been to Bayfront a handful of times and have not scored big. Nearly every time I had been there, I had seen people score Megs or Makos. Maybe one day I will get lucky. This past weekend I hit Purse park and I am really beginning to like it. It has such a different look and feel than Bayfront. Although, the teeth are generally smaller, I have talked to people that have found teeth 2-3 inches in size. I had met someone that had found that day a tooth almost 1.5 inches. It may have been a sand shark, but it did not have the V shape on top. I had found a tooth about 1.2 inches and a number of other between .5 and 1 inch. Lots of small ray plates. I have met people that had found crocodile teeth that day. And had read about people finding arrow heads as well. Now every time I want to go hunting for fossils I have a hard choice, bayfront or purse. I know there are other parks, but these two are about 1 hour from my house. The pic with teeth shows some I found at Bayfront (top row) and some at purse (bottom row). Thanks
  12. What the heck?

    Found this today at Purse State Park, MD. Is this an ichthyosaur tooth? A whale tooth? I have nooooooooo idea.
  13. Heeding advice from members here I decided to stay away from Brownie's and the cliffs due to the recent flood of rain that we've been getting (it's even sprinkling today) and headed to one of my favorite spots, Purse State Park! I stayed close to the entrance because by the time I got there the tide was already coming in, and I wanted to avoid the cliff-ier areas. The swimming snakes, cliff faces full of bees, and millions of floating spider webs acted as a decent deterrent as well! I actually walked a bit to the right and then on my way back walked past the entrance because of how high the water had come in... but as if it were meant to be I found my biggest tooth after I walked beyond the entrance! There was noticeable new material from the cliffs falling and down towards Douglas Point looked nearly impassable with a rather large cliff fall down that direction. And now for the teeth! I have one question about a tooth that I can't really identify. I am still new to the hobby and I am getting better about not going to Fossil ID every time something pops up but with not much experience sometimes that is hard! Only my second Otodus (maybe? I still am having a hard time with the Cretalamna's vs. Otodus) ever, still looking for that big one: My run of the mill finds, accompanied by a handful more that I didn't bother to take pics of: This one I'm a bit stumped but I'm sure everyone hear will have no problem with ID... it's fairly large so that's why I don't think it's just a Tiger or something similar but it's missing the cusps that would make it another species (if it were even supposed to have them). Any help would be appreciated! With finals finally over and a new kayak in tow I hope to have better and more in-depth reports this upcoming summer. I want to see if all of this armchair Google Earth imagery analyst pays off... haha. Just wanted to thank everyone on here because I've gathered so much knowledge even though I may not post much. I am still super new! Hopefully this is just a small start to the fossil hunting that this summer will bring! Almost forgot to mention that Purse is located in the Aquia formation of the Paleocene. Thanks for reading!
  14. 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.
  15. Shark Teeth - Purse State Park, MD

    Good afternoon, I accidentally stumbled across Purse State Park and am absolutely hooked! I didn't realize how many teeth were actually there and the different species/history of the area so I only was able to look for about an hour or so and after further inspection and research I believe I have a few different teeth (nothing special, but I would like to know) and I'm sure y'all are tired of the same ole identification questions but no matter how many pictures I look at online I can't entirely tell the differences and I start to see a cooler tooth than I may actually have. I took a few pictures below and I tried to organize similar teeth together (hope I don't embarrass myself). Thanks, I know they aren't gems but I am definitely hooked and will be going again very shortly and maybe with some help I will be able to identify and look for specific kinds when I take my next trip! Thanks so much
  16. Purse SP-2/15/16

    Wow, let me tell you, today was an interesting day. I headed out to Douglas Point for the first time today(been to Purse several times) and man did I get a hand full. When we first arrived at the beach it was pretty choppy and a little windy. We made it past the first set of cliffs and found some beach and started searching. Thats when the wind picked WAY up. We kept moving and heading down the beach fighting violent waves and making our way through deep water with big waves with only hip boots on. lets just say we got a little wet, not the best thing to do in the middle of February. After a mile of walking or so we realized we wouldn't be able to make it back the way we came and our only option was to make it all the way to Purse and walk up the trail there to the road and then back to Douglas Point where we parked. Fortunately with all the wave action we were able to still find some teeth. Found some interesting material that I believe to be Scutes? Need to look it up haha. It wasn't until we made it back to the car that my Dad showed me he found his first PaleoCarcharodon! A little small but really not too bad of shape. It was a learning experience for sure. Feel free to jump in and help me with a little ID. Also took a few macro pics, enjoy! Boneheadz
  17. Purse SP

    First video Ive ever made from some footage at Purse SP a couple months ago
  18. When I found this baby in a lump of sand that had fallen out of the cliffs, it took my breath away! Even in museums, I had not seen an Isognomon shell so complete! I excavated it ever so carefully with an old toothbrush, trying hard not to flake the mica-like layers off of the clumbly shell. It's been the pride and joy of my collection. However, my collection is overtaking the house. So, after enjoying my pretty shell for several years, I decided to donate it to the Delaware Museum of Natural History, which prides itself on its extensive mollusk collection, both fossilized and modern. The museum's fossilized shells are all kept in storage, while the colorful, modern ones are out on public display next to the Dinosaur hall. Go figure. However, they are planning a new permanent display of fossil shells. Here's hoping that this gets viewed down the road! Meanwhile, someone at the museum thinks that although Maryland Isognomons have always been identified as I. maxilllata, based on an Italian holotype, they are probably their own species. This specimen is intact enough to try to describe that new species. I can't wait to hear what happens as he works on this project!
  19. Ive been wondering if anyone has any knowledge about the fossil formations located at Purse State Park and which Formations generally produce large Otodus teeth?
  20. I had the honor of taking a friend that I had not seen in 30 years and his family, shark tooth hunting. He had been monitoring my Facebook posts about all the fun my family was having searching for them and asked if I would guide him and his family. We couldn't have picked a nicer day, mid-70s and sunny...and the river has not cooled enough to make wading uncomfortable, his daughter even decided it was warm enough for a swim! As usual, within seconds of hitting the beach they had their first tooth and a little girl was smiling ear-to-ear! I brought some screens for them and showed them how to use them but as I told them, most of the time you can find just as many by walking slowly and looking. We hit the tide perfect and the water was lower than I have seen it all year, I was itching to strike out and explore but I stayed close since I was the "expert" (term being used extremely loosely!). I wish I would have got some pictures of them collecting, despite driving 3.5 hours to get there, and having to repeat the trip when we were done, they were all smiles the entire time we were out collecting and they had Ziploc bags full of teeth, shells, and sea glass. I think I hooked them because they are already talking about taking their camper to Smallwood State Park and going again. As far as the finds go, nothing too exciting...after seeing WAHAMA90's report from earlier this week, I was amped up to find a paleocarcharodon tooth as well (of course, I'm always hoping for that one). We found the normal bunch of sand tigers and such, but my daughter brought me one tooth that she thought looked different...and sure enough it was. After looking at my ID book, elasmo, and Phatfossils, I believe she found a Pachygaleus Lefevrei (Extinct Hound Shark). Pretty cool find and equally fun researching it this evening when we got home! Our finds for the day...sorry, no cool Calvert Marine Museum ruler for reference! LOL! Pachygaleus Lefevrei
  21. Purse State Park 2/20/16

    I went down to Purse state park this past Saturday morning. Didn't find anything crazy but did manage to take some pics for you guys. Someone even had their Duck blind set up right on the beach, not sure if this is legal or not. I know its legal to hunt down there but seeing up a structure, I haven't seen this before. Also took a few macro shots of some small teeth i found. Enjoy!
  22. Fossil Hunting Va/Md

    Hey, i often hunt fossils in Virginia and Maryland and am primarily looking for shark teeth and other marine fossils. I frequent Westmoreland SP and Purse SP. Ive been hunting alone a lot lately and although I'm getting used to it now, I'd still feel more comfortable and enjoy it more if i had someone to go with. I mainly go during the week because less people are down there hunting. If anyone would be like to meet up, send me a message. Thanks, Boneheadz
  23. Here's my contribution, two otodus with a slant height of over 2". Does anyone else have any large ones?