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I was fortunate to find an excellent Palaeocarcharodon orientalis tooth this morning at Douglas Point (Paleocene, Aquia Formation) in Maryland. I thought it was an Otodus obliquus at first but then I bent down and saw the serrations.

 

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The tip is a little dinged, but it has a solid root, shiny enamel, both cusplets, and those classic ragged serrations.

 

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At a little over 34 mm long, it's quite large for the site.

 

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I also found my first section of fossilized croc jaw (also just over 34 mm long) today, which still has two teeth.

 

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The crown of the tooth on the left is missing (the tooth on the right is also damaged) but you can see the replacement tooth poking out just below the jaw line.

 

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A tiny Otodus obliquus tooth (a smidge over 12 mm long) helped further round out a very successful day!

 

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Beautiful finds! Especially love the crocodile jaw with that one tooth poking out! :wub:

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Is it just me or finding a nice Palaeocarcharodon like that in the Aquia formation similar to finding a nice Meg at Calvert?

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4 minutes ago, Searcher78 said:

Is it just me or finding a nice Palaeocarcharodon like that in the Aquia formation similar to finding a nice Meg at Calvert?


Having yet to find a nice Meg out there, I’m not sure, but the Palaeocarcharodon is definitely a great feeling! :D

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4 hours ago, pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon said:

Beautiful finds! Especially love the crocodile jaw with that one tooth poking out! :wub:


At first I thought the second tooth was just broken off, but when I got home and cleaned the piece, I was pleased to discover the replacement tooth in there underneath some dirt.

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On 11/20/2021 at 3:13 PM, Bjohn170 said:

Wow both of those are dream finds for me at Douglas! What a great day


They’re a couple of the rarer finds for sure. I found both closer to the end of my hunt on a day when I was finding very little, which just goes to show how quickly a trip’s fortunes can turn around!

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On 11/22/2021 at 4:37 AM, bthemoose said:


They’re a couple of the rarer finds for sure. I found both closer to the end of my hunt on a day when I was finding very little, which just goes to show how quickly a trip’s fortunes can turn around!

I too have had lots of finds that way. I hate finding something that needs major work at end of hunt! Running out of light or time then find something that would take hours to properly excavate.

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