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Back To My Favorite Miocene Site

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Despite the forecast for possible thunderstorms, my son and I went back to our favorite Calvert formation Miocene site. There hadn't been much rain or erosion, so we had to look closely for small pieces of things sticking out of the cliff. Here are a few of the finds:

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Almost didn't bother with the porpoise rib bone, but after collecting it I noticed some nice predation marks in the middle and the end, which looks bitten off.

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The small bone I assume is bird (Auspex, what do you think?).

For the highlight of this trip, see the next post.

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shark57

A couple hours into the trip, I was looking up, and spotted about half an inch of the tip of a tooth sticking out about 12 feet up the cliff. Here is a fuzzy pic of the tip sticking out.

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I told my son that it looked like the crown of a Squalodon tooth, and he was like "no way, it can't be". We had talked earlier in the day of how we had never found a Squalodon tooth at this site. Took about 10 minutes to dig foot holes and climb into position to collect the tooth. After a few minutes this is what was it looked like:

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I managed to cut the tooth out in a small block, with the root lobes still not visible, so I didn't know how much of it was there. After I got home I immediately set about to expose the rest of the root. I was quite surprised to uncover these crazy long root lobes. The tooth is just over 2.5 inches tall.

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Here is a better view of the crown.

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The enamel is perfect and I love the color contrast between the root and the crown. This is definitely the best Squalodon tooth I have ever found. Now I have to decide whether to leave it in the matrix, or remove it to repair the cracks in the root.

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fossilized6s

Sweet finds!! Cool predation marks.

I'd leave it, she's a real beaut, worthy of anyone's collection.

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JohnBrian

Cool!

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RickNC

:drool:

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Al Dente

Excellent find on the Squalodon tooth. I would leave it in the matrix.

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hokiehunter

Holy moly! What an awesome find. Of all the Miocene teeth a Squalodon molar is easily my favorite. 500 or so hours of searching under my belt and I have yet to find a definitive piece from one though let alone a complete rooted specimen. Incredible. Congrats!

oh... btw... I know Auspex has mentioned this and so have you but I think it is worth mentioning again. This hunt took place on a private site where you have permission to dig in the cliff. Others should NOT be doing this without permission. I only mention because my on my last trip out I ran into no fewer than 4 groups of trespassers 2 of whom had large shovels and one of whom I caught in the act. tsk tsk...

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jcbshark

Great find,congrats! : )

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sixgill pete

The Squalodon tooth is amazing. I agree with Al Dente, I would leave it in the matrix.

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old bones

That is awesome! Great find and it does look good in the matrix.

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MikeR

FOTM worthy!

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fossilized6s

FOTM worthy!

+1

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MarcoSr

Gary

Beautiful Squalodon! I'd leave it in the matrix.

Marco Sr.

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busyeagle

What a tooth! I was there watching and getting "green with envy" as it emerged from its sandy grave. I adore Squalodon molars but have yet to find one. He deserved it though because it was his birthday this past weekend. Talk about a birthday present...

I did come away with a nice consolation prize of a beautiful little Notorynchus. Just doesn't compare though!

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powelli1

Hi Gary First Happy Birthday OLD FRIEND and WOW very nice tooth and rib. I also vote to leave it in the matrix. Klye you did good don't feal to bad I like the old cow tooth. Take Care George

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MarcoSr

What a tooth! I was there watching and getting "green with envy" as it emerged from its sandy grave. I adore Squalodon molars but have yet to find one. He deserved it though because it was his birthday this past weekend. Talk about a birthday present...

I did come away with a nice consolation prize of a beautiful little Notorynchus. Just doesn't compare though!

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Kyle

Really nice tooth. I'm waiting for you to finish prepping and post a few other things.

Marco Sr.

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