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Behind the scenes at the Calvert Marine Museum


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Amazing day yesterday! @sharkdoctor and I spent all day at the Calvert Marine Museum’s collection sorting through and cataloging pieces of his collection either loaned or donated to the Museum. When I say amazing fossils, I mean it. Crabs, birds, whale material, possibly a new species of seal, teeth, turtle plates, and more. @sharkdoctoris a really cool guy because he focuses all on adding to science and not just trying to grow his own collection. Plus, he’s so informative! After completing the cataloging of his collection we proceeded to catalog some of Bretton Kent’s world class shark tooth collection. The incredible John Nance took us through the museums archives, showing us the only Hexanchus from Calvert, 3 inch makos, Gomphothere Teeth, rare species of shark, a whole crocodile, and other innumerable fossils that would be any collectors dream to have. 
Thank you John Nance, @sharkdoctorand the whole fossil community for building this up.

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Wow! This is incredible! Such fantastic fossils!

I'm really happy for you, must've been a great lot of fun. I remember the first time I worked in the behind-the-scenes collections of a museum (those of Het Natuurhistorisch Rotterdam), it was thrilling, and I can only imagine you felt the same way!

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3 minutes ago, Max-fossils said:

Wow! This is incredible! Such fantastic fossils!

I'm really happy for you, must've been a great lot of fun. I remember the first time I worked in the behind-the-scenes collections of a museum (those of Het Natuurhistorisch Rotterdam), it was thrilling, and I can only imagine you felt the same way!

It truly was an incredible experience. Thanks for your kind words.

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I was fortunate to be able to get the behind scenes tour with John Nance four years ago. An amazing experience to say the least. Your report and pictures are reminding me of that fabulous time. 

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2 minutes ago, Jeffrey P said:

I was fortunate to be able to get the behind scenes tour with John Nance four years ago. An amazing experience to say the least. Your report and pictures are reminding me of that fabulous time. 

He's a cool guy isn't he? Well probably be doing more collection work with him in the future. Your trip must have been incredible as well! Did he show you the Hexanchus?

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I'm glad to read that you've had such a fantastic time thanks to all of these experienced and generous gentlemen. It's great to see one our young enthusiasts being supported. :thumbsu:

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What a great experience.

Lucky guy. :envy:

But thanks for sharing. :)

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That is so awesome!  Must have been amazing being around all that knowledge and amazing fossils!  

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I still consider myself a newbie. @sharkdoctor has been amazing with answering questions for me and providing me with direction to find answers to questions I have. Just wanted to add to the kind words about him. 

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Here are a few of my favorite sights from our time in the archives. A little John Nance humor:

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A lovely Edestus from the CMM collection. I couldn't keep my grubby fingers off this amazing tooth. I suspect they had to wipe the drool off of it when I left...

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All this is really fantastic !:envy:

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Glad you had a nice visit! We Marylanders are very lucky to have this institution and the wonderful people there. Few museums are as supportive of amateur fossil hunters and of us youngins. 

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While at the museum, we helped prepare some of my finds for donation. Including this odd find. It is a fragment of bone that has been damaged and then healed. The swollen end (left) is where a break or infection has caused trauma that the bone attempted to heal through development of a hard callus.

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@FossilsAnonymous and @MomNonymous helped get the records together for this cute little Kentriodon pernix. Its one of two pernix that I've donated in the past three years. John just now go it prepped out. Still needs an archival jacket.IMG_0249.thumb.JPG.812446b18646892db19ed3cbc8fe24ff.JPG

 

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An then there is this weirdo (also posted in ID section). It is at CMM as a loan to see if anyone can ID.

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We added this cute little Oligocene odontocete tooth to the CMM collection. It's from the Old Church Formation. No clue as to the owner. I found it while out with @Gizmo a couple of years ago. @Boesse

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On 2/9/2020 at 11:18 AM, FossilsAnonymous said:

only Hexanchus from Calvert,

I have one also.

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1 hour ago, FossilsAnonymous said:

@Gizmo wow! I’d bet John Nance would be over the moon to see that!

Thanks, he's seen it several times.

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A partial fish skeleton in concretion collected from the Eastover of Virginia. Found on a trip with @Gizmo. It's not pretty, but I am hoping it is a new species :). You can see lots of vertebra in the bottom right. On the other side of the concretion are lots of skull elements.

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Donated this odd piece of fossilized wood with worm or insect bore holes. From the lag layer at the base of the Calvert Formation.5e4be72bd7efd_workeatenwoodresize.thumb.jpg.84f69bf2e8eec9e64e02d0c3ff14ff23.jpg

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22 minutes ago, sharkdoctor said:

Donated this odd piece of fossilized wood with worm or insect bore holes. From the lag layer at the base of the Calvert Formation.5e4be72bd7efd_workeatenwoodresize.thumb.jpg.84f69bf2e8eec9e64e02d0c3ff14ff23.jpg

Very nice!

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