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  1. It's been a long while since I've had the opportunity to go hunting - indeed, trips have been far and few between. But the few I have had have been lucrative. There's been quite a bit of new material, ending up with some new finds (for me, at least.) One of these was a complete ray mouth plate. A couple Otodus jumped into my hands as well, including this perfect one, about an inch. The wildlife was out in full, including a dog that must have been born into the hobby Thanks, FA
  2. Hi Everyone, I'm very excited to have found and have an opportunity to post on this forum. The rock with a potential fossil was found by my six year old son while we were hiking along a riverbed (Paint Branch watershed) within greater Silver Spring, Maryland area. The rock was in a shallow stream. My son was pulling me by the sleeve to show me a "fox track". He loves nature and always draws my attention to various tracks and animal bones on the ground so I didn't think much of it at first until I realized this time the track was in stone instead of the usual sand/mud
  3. bthemoose

    An Otodus kind of day

    I made a trip out to Douglas Point today and had one of those incredible fossil days that just makes you want to head out over and over again. There were two cars in the lot already when I arrived early this morning but their occupants must have been up to something else because I never saw them and I had the beach all to myself for most of the day. It was a chilly but beautiful morning on the banks of the Potomac. There's just no better sight at Douglas Point than a nice Otodus obliquus tooth waiting for you in the sand.
  4. Took my first trip to Douglas Point with a couple of (equally amateur) friends, and while I didn't find anything rare or unusual it was a beautiful day and we had a great time. There was a family there with 3 little kids who had no idea it was a fossil site, the parents asked what we were all bent over looking for so I (safely, at a distance) gave the kids each a tooth and explained to them what to look for. The kids absolutely lost their minds, they were finding their own teeth in minutes. Half an hour later when the parents told them to pack up to leave the kids got very upset and insisted t
  5. Below is my third artificial tooth set for an extinct shark, this time for the Maryland Miocene tiger/tiger-like shark(s) Galeocerdo aduncus/Physogaleus contortus. This adds to the artificial tooth sets I previously constructed for Striatolamia striata and Hemipristis serra. For this tooth set, I’ve presented G. aduncus and P. contortus as the same species, with the former contributing the upper and the latter the lower teeth in the dentition. The possibility that these species are the same is further discussed in a recent topic started by @WhodamanHD here; I relied on Applegate’s
  6. Following up on the artificial tooth set I recently constructed for the Paleocene sand tiger shark Striatolamia striata, I decided to see if I could put one together for the Miocene snaggletooth, Hemipristis serra, using teeth I've collected along the Calvert Cliffs in Maryland. I haven't found a great resource for an H. serra dentition, but I consulted a few different sources to get a sense for the arrangement, including Fossilguy.com, J-elasmo (which has a dentition for the extant H. elongata), and various TFF threads. The resulting tooth set is below. While I've fou
  7. Day started out foggy, but eventually got better.
  8. This riker mount displays the best shark teeth that I collected on 3 hunts sifting at Douglas Point beach, Charles County, Maryland. This is the Paleocene Aquia Formation. Bottom row contains several Odotus teeth. There are many goblin shark Anomotodon and sand tiger shark Carcharias. Also appears to be one pygmy white shark Paleocarcharodon in lower left corner.
  9. Searcher78

    Unknown fossil/tooth? Maryland

    I was going through my unknown fossil bits and thought this looked like the main cusp of a cow shark (Paleocene). My problem is....I can’t remember if I found this at Douglas Point or at flag pond (this is my only fossil that got mixed up)
  10. bthemoose

    Purse State Park 4-5-21

    I was able to get out to Purse State Park this morning for a Maryland Paleocene (Aquia Formation) hunt. I usually prefer the nearby Douglas Point when I hit the Potomac River but I decided to give Purse a try as I haven't been to that stretch in a while. I was the second car in the lot but first on the beach, which is always the best way to start the fossil day. My first good find--a croc tooth, though the enamel is very worn: Followed by an Otodus -- also quite worn but a decent size for the site (approx. 1.25"):
  11. I've wanted to put together an artificial tooth set of Striatolamia striata from the Aquia Formation in Maryland for a while given the abundance of that species in the formation. Until recently, though, I was missing a lot of the less commonly collected tooth positions--extreme posteriors, intermediates, and first lower anteriors. After searching through several gallons of Potomac River gravels over the last couple of months, I finally filled in the gaps. I put together the tooth set below a few days ago and just finished mounting them in a riker box I received in the mail yesterday.
  12. Searcher78

    Teeth from Flag Pond

    Crowded beach, but I still hunted a little.
  13. bthemoose

    Unusual shark teeth

    I went out to Douglas Point (Paleocene, Aquia Formation) in Maryland yesterday and found a couple of unusual shark teeth. The tooth on the left is about 1.5 cm long and I'm pretty sure is a pathological Striatolamia striata. The tooth on the right looks a bit like an Otodus obliquus or Cretalamna appendiculata to me. Since it's only 1 cm long, Cretalamna might be the better guess. I'd appreciate any thoughts on the IDs. Thanks! Here are some more views of the sand tiger on the left. The root is both relatively large and very flat. It appears to be chipped i
  14. Searcher78

    Teeth from Matoaka.

    Had a couple hours free today, so I had to get out.
  15. Searcher78

    Hammerhead tooth?

    I decided to go through my Carcharhinus teeth, since I have no hammerhead teeth. What do you think about the one on the left?
  16. Searcher78

    Teeth from Douglas

    It was very cold this morning, but I still managed to do some sifting for small teeth. I was disappointed that I didn’t get any “hound shark” teeth, but I still got some good items.
  17. bthemoose

    Douglas Point 3-7-21

    I made it out to Douglas Point on the Potomac River yesterday morning for a chilly Maryland Paleocene (Aquia Formation) fossil hunt. Temperatures started in the upper 20s Fahrenheit and eventually climbed into the more comfortable 40s though by that time the tide had substantially come in. The banks of the river were ice free but the sand was hard packed and frozen. The pickings were fairly slim by this site's standards, which means I found dozens rather than hundreds of shark teeth over roughly 4 hours. No spectacular finds on this trip, though I found a decent enough variety, and
  18. I was going through my collection and found this tooth in with my Carcharias (Sand Tiger) teeth from Bayfront Park, Calvert Cliffs (Miocene). It doesn't resemble the others and I wondered if it might be something else. It is 7/8 of an inch tall. Thanks.
  19. bthemoose

    Matoaka 2-10-21

    I made it out to Matoaka Beach bright and early this morning on a day off. While I didn’t find a ton in the shark teeth department, I did nab my largest whale vert to date, a large ray dermal denticle, and some other nice Calvert Cliffs (Miocene) finds.
  20. Yesterday I found this piece of vertebra near the Calvert Formation at Calvert Cliffs Maryland. It seems to be a "cookie" but is taller than online pictures show and haas a strange belly button shape with a pattern in the middle. It is roughly 3-4 inches wide and 1 inch tall. Does anyone recognize this fossil?
  21. Fossil_teenager

    PG county Aquia (one more time)

    I was going to do some more exploring of new areas (trying to find a Calvert exposure until I can get the boat in the water since everything’s closed) but I decided to go back here yet again. I made a pretty good decision I think because I found a bunch of shark teeth that are of decent size, and a killer shark and fish vertebrae. I also found a small block of Calvert formation here too, and I found a lot of it exposed on another piece of land a few weeks ago, but then turned around after seeing a bunch of “no trespassing” signs posted all up and down. Go figure. So until I find anot
  22. bthemoose

    Matoaka 1-30-21

    I made it out to Matoaka yesterday before today’s snowstorm and had a successful Maryland Miocene hunt, despite a large amount of ice obscuring the shoreline. (I won’t complain about the cold after @RuMert’s trip report yesterday. ) I found an unusually high number of cetacean vertebrae and cookies (epiphyses), several Ecphoras, shark teeth, and some other nice finds. This Carcharodon hastalis tooth was waiting for me when I arrived on the beach. And this cookie was just a few feet away. Off to a good start! Heading north, the ice got progressiv
  23. Bob-ay

    Ray Mouth Plate Art

    With the recent cold weather and snowy weather in NJ I decided to take some ray plates from a recent MD trip and turn it into a Ray silhouette! What do ya think?! Shadow box on order to frame it!
  24. Basic64

    Brownie’s Beach NO TRESPASSING?

    I haven’t been to Brownie’s Beach in a while and thought I’d take a day trip. When double checking my route online I notice some tv news stories about a cliff collapse there in January that the fire department responded to. No one was hurt, and looking at drone footage afterwards the beach seems to have way fewer collapse piles than last year. So I didn’t think too much of it and showed up there this morning. Once I made a right at the water after walking down the trail, I was greeted with a large sign saying; Danger unstable cliffs ahead. Any persons beyond this point will be co
  25. HoppeHunting

    My Best Megalodon Tooth Yet!

    Hi everyone! This is my first post here on the forum in what feels like forever. I'd like to be active here again, and thought there was no better way to kick it off than showcasing my meg tooth! Some of you may have already seen the tooth on my Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube, but I wanted to make a post on here as well. I found the tooth last week along Calvert Cliffs. It's approximately 4.1" slant height and in near perfect condition. It even has that iconic Calvert Blue color on the crown that I love so much! I've been dreaming about finding a tooth like this ever since I start
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