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  1. Here is a brief report from one of our latest forays into Calvert County, MD. The well-known stretch of shoreline along the western Chesapeake Bay is loaded with Miocene fossils, with the Calvert, St. Mary's, and Choptank formations progressively exposed along a ~24 mile stretch of beach and cliffs. We found an Airbnb in Lusby, MD which was not too far from Matoaka Lodges, which seemed the best bet since the nearly 2 mile walk to the beaches at Calvert Cliffs State Park is impractical for our family at this time. Covid-19 and Maryland's onerous private land regulations can make it tough if not impossible to access some of the other municipal beaches along the coast. For example, Brownies Beach, Dares Beach, Cove Point, and Flag Pond are all restricted in some way to town or county residents only. Matoaka Lodges however will grant day-pass access for a small fee, and the beach is from my experience very diverse and productive in its fossils. We spent a total of 5 hours there, employing an 1/8" sieve and also simply walking the surf line. The largest tooth pictured here actually washed up at my feet as I was surreptitiously bending over at the same time. Most of the rest were found with the sieve. Most of these are shark or sting ray teeth and a few turtle shells plus some of the smaller items I could not identify. A local told me that porpoise teeth can be found there also. This lot comprises the smallest fossils found; in addition to these (mostly) teeth and shell fragments were found a large and diverse sample of vertebrate fragments, corals, miscellaneous other fossils (snails, mollusks, etc.) which I will post in the follow-up report to this one. Having spent some time at some of the other sites along Calvert Cliffs this summer, I would say based on the diversity, number of fossils, and time spent collecting, that Matoaka is definitely worth the return trip.
  2. Large NJ Cretaceous Bone

    Found this thick bone piece in a new jersey cretaceous creek and wonder if its possible to maybe id since one side has a distinct rough texture while the other is flatter and striated, I would guess either large turtle, mosasaur, or dinosaur. My friend joked its a theropod maxilary skull fragment, but we all know around here that material seems close to impossible to come across haha. Interested to hear any other thoughts.
  3. A few bits from South Dakota

    Here are a few bits from a trip to the Orella member a while back. Now part of the collection at my Uni. I suspect Stylemys nebrascensis oreodont-left dentition p4-m2
  4. Scute? Texas

    From North of San Antonio in Cretaceous Zone. Could be a leverite but this one looked a bit weird. Pretty small.
  5. Petrified find

    Hello and good evening everyone. I have a rather large curiosity. length is 25” X 14 1/2” X 6” estimated weight is 125 too 150 lbs found in Rogers Arkansas around Beaver Lake in or around 2012. I purchased this as a conversation piece to go in my waterfall that I am putting in my back yard and was very intrigued by it when I purchased it from an old friend. I’ve been told it is a dinosaur egg also have been told it is a Turtle? If it is a Turtle I cannot find where any of the openings would have been, head, legs or tail opening or a seam where it would have closed up? Hope you enjoy this, it’s very intriguing.
  6. Toe/Finger bone?

    I found this half of a phalanx bone in the upper Dinosaur Park Formation. I’m wondering whether it belongs to a turtle or a small theropod. Would any of you guys know what it is? Thanks!
  7. I saw this while I was searching for Crato Formation fish for sale and I found this turtle that sold quite awhile ago online. On closer inspection it looks carved and painted on, but I wanted to see what everyone else thought!
  8. Good morning, please take a look at this artifact I discovered a few weeks ago and help me identify if this is something other than a rock with unique features and patterns. I have spent FAR too much time closely inspecting it and I'm convienced that it is something other than a naturally forming rock. Altough I'm not an expert in geology, I have collected thousands upon thousands of artifacts which is one of the reasons this one clearly stood out to me. The color, shape, pattern, and texture is very distinct. Please note that this artifact is not whole and has been broken in half. The photos are top down. What I see is a fossilized creature curled up in what could be an egg or borrow. It looks to be reptillian based off the patten of what could be the underbelly on one side of the fossil and the shape of the what I believe woud be the snout of the head (again it has been partially broken off). Also, there seems to be a long tail that wraps around the circumfrence of the unit and centered in the middle is the snout/head. When carefully observing the interior of where the break occurred, there apprears to be the spinal column (color differentation) originating from the head that may have lead to the torso as well as part of the torso. Lastly, there appears to be some digits to a claw (encircled). If anybody want to contact me for additional details, please don't hesitate.
  9. Fossil ID? Found in central NJ

    Hello all, I've been lurking here for about a month. I found something I can't identify for sure... I was told it looks like a fossilized turtle shell? I was wondering if anyone could provide me with any specifics.. thank you
  10. ID Fossil Turtle Shell ?

    Found this cool fossil today. Measures 6 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 2 inches high. Venice, FL construction site. Located 5 feet away from a nice Meg tooth. Pleistocene material recovered within 50 yards. My first thought was small tortoise shell fully intact. Located close by was another larger size tortoise shell that was not fully fossilized. Hoping someone can confirm this is a fossilized turtle shell. Regards, Michael
  11. Hot Texas Creek Hunt!

    I hunted a remote stretch in Northeast Texas and found a nice variety of items. The vert is from a good size mosasaur. The sawfish teeth always seem to be broken. I found some small shark teeth and a piece of cretaceous turtle shell. The bottles are from the 1930's and 1940's. I really like the Groves Tasteless Chill Tonic bottle. I posted a little info on the old bottles. We saw at least twenty wild hogs in one pack crossing the creek and one giant solo wild boar.
  12. One for the turtle folks

    Just curious what part of the critter this comes from. Not sure who the turtle experts are on here so I thought I would tag and obvious one. @turtlesteve Found in North Central Nebraska
  13. I was in big brook early Saturday. After the storm Friday the water was higher faster and murkier than usual. I was walking down stream trying avoid stepping on and tripping in some of the big stones. I avoided a roundish one but noticed some lines on it. Looked again and the lines were not just random. It was 3-6 inches below the waterline and I bent over to look at it more closely. It was a turtle shell. It was bigger than my pan it looked to be complete. Omg! I was so excited. Fossil or modern? I figured modern but was just fine. My concern was that it would have innerds att attached but ok I would clean whatever needed. So I went to gently tip it over to look with my trowel and it MOVED!!! Upstream!!! Touched it again and it moved against the current a bit faster. It had never dawned on me that it was alive. And so I went on to the usual big brook finds and the memory of my greatest find of my lifetime ... almost
  14. Turtle Nuchal Bone

    Found on the Brazos River just southwest of Houston. I'm fairly confident that this is a nuchal bone, but I my real interest lies in identifying what species of turtle it is from. I seem to remember reading a post on here mentioning that nucal bones are diagnostic to taxon, so that should make it easy. Unfortunately, I can't find anything anywhere about different Texas Pleistocene turtle species. Hopefully someone here is more knowledgable than me! I would appreciate any suggestions.
  15. I need help identifying this Bone I found after a storm at OBX. The sandal in the picture is a mans size 10.
  16. Southeast Texas Pleistocene Bones

    I've been searching the gravel bars in the Brazos almost every day this week while the water is still low enough to get down there, and I've collected a pretty good assortment of fossilized bones. Most of what I've found have been fragments that are totally unidentifiable, but a handful still have some significant features that could lead to an ID. There's too many pictures to post all at once, so I'll reply a couple times with more. Thanks for the help! This first find is definitely a tooth and is the only piece I have that isn't from the Brazos, instead I picked it up on a trip to one of the small beaches north of the Texas City dike. I'm thinking bison, but I'm open to suggestions.
  17. Hi everyone, I've been hesitant to post this fossil on here for a while as I didn't know if I wanted to hear a response which would contradict what I had hoped this would be. However, I recognize that to maintain a reliable and accurate collection I would have to properly identify what I found. The fossil in question is a possible partial egg that I found last year in the White River formation of Wyoming (Late Eocene/Early Oligocene) w/PaleoProspectors. This formation is known to produce fossil bird and reptile eggs (in fact, someone found a large, complete egg on this ranch the week before I was out there) so I knew that there was a possibility. When I found it most of the inside still contained sediment, which I have since gently scraped away to the best of my abilities. It has an odd dent in the top and no obvious pores, but the overall shape and the apparent shell make me think this is an egg. It is 8 mm tall and about 10 mm in diameter. I want to know what you all think. I would especially like to hear the opinions of @CBchiefski @jpc @MarcoSr @Auspex@Troodon Interior of the egg before I cleaned out the matrix. After I scraped away the matrix. Here's two views of the top.
  18. Bone River Find Turtle?

    Another post regarding a specimen I found posted on a Facebook fossil ID page - which no one in the group can ID. This was found in a river in Iowa. Most of what is found in the area is Pleistocene to modern. My first though was part of a turtle shell attachment point? But I am stuck.
  19. Fossil ID

    Found in Kansas, on surface in wooded area, moss covered, under a tree next to poison ivy. Did glance around to look for possible connecting pieces but did not espy. Top looks like a turtle. Am wondering if the bottom is also because of markings that don't seem like random impressions. Am still cleaning with soft toothbrush and white vinegar in a Zen like fashion. Tiny black balls on surface that aren't budging. Textures emerging. There is an area near the top part which I'm wondering if it is it's head. Hard to photograph end to end details well.
  20. Hi guys! I went out with one of my kids today to the Calvert Cliffs to see what we could find after the thunderstorms this week. We hit the beach around 9:00 and spent about 4 hours. It was calm with very clear water and favorable tide conditions. We weren't disappointed. We found a bit of eveything--some decent makos, hemis, and tigers, a couple of verts, some turtle shell, croc skin (I think), a mostly complete ecphora, a cookie fragment, some cool bone, and other stuff. We didn't find anything enormous, but we were happy with the variety. Enjoy the pic. If anyone has any idea what the delicate jawbone fragment might be from (bottom center), please chime in. I haven't found anything that small before.
  21. Potomac - Fossil Wood? (Solved: Turtle)

    Hey guys- I was kayaking yesterday near Blue Banks and stopped for a rest and, of course, to see if there was anything interesting lying around. I picked up this piece of what I thought could be fossilized wood, but I'm not sure. It is definitely mineralized, has some very faint slightly radiating lines on the "top" and has a clear pore structure in cross section. Any ideas?
  22. Help me ID these please

    Hi I found these bits at Herne Bay in Kent. Can anyone ID the two dark pieces? They are about 3cm each in length. one of them looks like reptilian skin or I thought maybe part of a turtle paddle? Would really appreciate any thoughts.
  23. Baby Mosasaur Or Turtle?

    I think this is a baby mosasaur vert most likely clidastes but it could be turtle. The experts can't seem to agree.
  24. Turtle material

    From the album North Sulphur River

    Turtle carapace is usually flat on both sides. The middle is porous or "spongey."
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