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RJB

Looks like a nice way to spend ones time.    Ive only been there once and it seemed to me that everything in those cliffs were about to fall apart?  

 

RB

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Fossildude19

Nice finds! :) 

Thanks for posting them. 

Glad you are remedying the lack of Maryland shells in the collection!

Regards,

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I_gotta_rock
37 minutes ago, RJB said:

Looks like a nice way to spend ones time.    Ive only been there once and it seemed to me that everything in those cliffs were about to fall apart?  

 

RB

Yes, they are. But, the cliffs themselves are private property and off-limits anyway. It's not only discourteous, it is illegal and rather dangerous. The best way to find shells that won't fall apart is to find the ones that did not fall apart - they are already out of the cliff, on the beach or in the water. I found a complete pair of fossilized quahog clam valves (You can they are fossilized by tell by the soft texture caused by millions of years in acidic sand, and being partially caked in a block of sand is a pretty good indication, too;)) sitting on the beach just as pretty as you please with some vey modern barnacles growing on them! The spot I collected matrix from is hit or miss. In some areas the shells are all crumbled bits of debris that broke up when the shells were reasonably new. In others, I can find some intact specimens and even excavate the occasional really fragile one. I have maybe half a dozen complete pairs of bivalves from this trip so far. Found another one last night. More pictures when I'm done working through my matrix lumps! 

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I_gotta_rock
4 hours ago, SailingAlongToo said:

@I_gotta_rock

 

Have you checked out this website/database? 

 

http://neogeneatlas.org/

 

I find it pretty useful.

I use that a lot for the Florida collection. It mentions a few things for Calvert Cliffs, but only in as far as it lasted to the Pliocene/Pleistocene and is found further south. Petuch published a good book on the Chesapeake Miocene, but the shells illustrated or described are all the index fossils and his own new species descriptions. I had to go through five different publications on or offline to find one particularly pretty and fragile shell. I'm really hoping that the FF database takes off. It could really be useful. As it is now, if I try to Google information about places where I'm hunting, I frequently get my own posts! For Calvert Cliffs, I'm digging through actual books for a lot of it. There is a wold of information out there for those who still know what print is, but it can be hard to find!

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I_gotta_rock

Busy! Busy!  I've spent the last month prepping, identifying, and photographing this donation, one afternoon each week. This list is still growing, but so far we're up to 34 species! The next step is posting them on the FF collections section so that the next person doesn't go quite as mad as I did with the identifications!

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caldigger

I gotta tell you Heather, your work table is way too organized, there must be something wrong with you.

 

I have drawers in my fossil cabinet that look just like that.  What did people do before those little white boxes were invented?! They are the best things.

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I_gotta_rock

oh, that's just a volunteer workstation where I set up to identify that trayful. THIS is my personal workspace...

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FossilDAWG

That's more like it!! :P

 

Don

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caldigger

Oh ya, now we're talkin!   A healthy work station is not being able to see the table surface.

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I_gotta_rock

Update: Just finished identifying, photographing, indexing and digitizing the pile. 47 species, 50 lots, 392 individual shells!  It is definitely not the biggest donation they've accepted, but as just about all of this was collected in one day, I'm proud of myself.;)

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Tidgy's Dad

So you should be. 

A very worthwhile addition to any museum. :)

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Ludwigia

Well done! And you also had fun at the same time!

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