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Fossilized Miocene skull

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dshields0111

I found this fossilized skull in early 2015 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, in the Calvert Formation. The tide was extremely low that day, about 12-18 inches lower than normal. I walked on top of the formation and located dozens of whale bones sticking out of the clays that day, but this was by far the most interesting. My guess is this is a whale or dolphin skull. The skull is likely still there, but under a foot or two of water.

Anyone have any idea if this is a whale, dolphin, or something else?

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fossilized6s

Wow! Very nice find! It looks like a almost complete dolphin skull.

Bobby, grab your snorkeling gear.

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calhounensis

I would say dolphin, but it's far from my area of expertise. Very cool. Boesse would be the one to comment on this.

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Raptor Lover

Awesome! You need to go get it haha

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Boesse

It's a decent odontocete (dolphin) skull missing the top of the braincase. I recommend contacting Stephen Godfrey at Calvert Marine Museum. Perhaps it's a eurhinodelphinid like Xiphiacetus.

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Auspex

... I recommend contacting Stephen Godfrey at Calvert Marine Museum...

Ditto this! No telling whether it's collectible or important, but it is a good opportunity for establishing a solid connection with a great institution. :thumbsu:

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JohnJ

One can only hope it is still there after almost a year of exposure. :mellow:

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