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  1. Hello, my friends, and a jolly warm welcome to one and all. Many moons ago, my friend, the exceedingly kind and generous Brett @Elmo sent me nearly 6 lbs of micromatrix from the Purse State Park in Maryland, USA. The tiny fossils found in this gravel are from the Piscataway Member of the Aquia Formation which is Late Palaeocene in age and about 60 million years old, give or take. I have been trying to sort through a little every day and am about two-thirds of the way through and have found lots and lots of goodies. Now, this is well out of my comfort zone as there is not a brachiopod to be seen, but lots of teethies from sharks, rays, skates, and bony fish. I have no idea what I am doing at all, and so Brett, who is also seeking some IDs, and I decided it might be useful and fun to start a thread to show off our finds, hopefully get some help with identification, encourage others to post their own finds and have a fun time, really. I don't have any Palaeocene material at all, except a couple of larger sharks' teeth from this location. So, please feel free to comment, just watch and enjoy or tell me off for my obviously stupid attempts at ID. I'll start this off with a really beautiful tooth that I think might be Delpitoscyllium africanum. On second thoughts, perhaps Ginglymostoma cf. subafricanum is a better fit? Because of the multiple side cusps.
  2. Atoothsatooth42

    Back on the Potomac once again!

    Hello! Reporting again with another successful Paleocene epoch hunt! Got there quite early in the morning and had the whole beach to myself for 3 hours, pays to get up early! The tide was great, amazing fossil beds all up and down the beach, I couldn’t keep myself from vacuuming up every interesting fossil insight! The usual collection of sand tigers, ray plates and turrittela, with some nice sea glass scattered around, as well as what was a bread crumb trail to my find of the day. I found the corner of an Otodus first, my initial thought was, “Well, at least I’m not getting skunked by the otodus gods today!” Followed by the tiny otodus, always a fun find. I was getting warmer until, finally, laying out beautifully in the shadows of the cliffs, was this awesome, great quality Otodus. Grinning from ear to ear, I felt that my day was made from that point on. I found it early in the hunt, so it felt like it was going to be a great Otodus day. Alas, it was simply just a great day instead. No complaints in the slightest! Fossil hunting for me is like therapy, every fossil is a dopamine bump. From a cool shell, to a blade-less shark tooth root. But when you find that tooth that you were hoping for, your week is always made.
  3. J.D.

    Coprolite and Maybe Scute

    Hey folks! What we have here - subject to your thoughts - seems to be a piece of coprolite and maybe a scute from a gator or croc. The latter is the one I am most unsure about… any thoughts? Found in the waters of the Potomac near Fossil Beach, Westmoreland State Park (Virginia).
  4. NovaRunner

    Potomac River fossil

    I found this in Charles County, Maryland along the Potomac River along with the typical ray plates and shark's teeth. Any thoughts?
  5. Atoothsatooth42

    Late morning on the Potomac

    Hey TFF! First post! Not making my appearance with a bang, but had a decent quick trip to the Potomac, about an hour and 15 minutes. Nice handful of sea glass, decent amounts of ray plates and turritella. A few solid sand tigers. And what I believe to be a small, busted otodus in the palm of my hand. I usually always come away with at least one small complete otodus, so when I don’t, it makes a great day fossil hunting turn into merely a very good day 🤷🏻‍♂️. Let me know what you think!
  6. I’ve been wanting to post this trip on here for a while, so today is the day! Pretty awesome one, showed up to the beach at the scheduled low tide only to see turbulent water up to the top of the beach due to incoming weather patterns. Gave it a chance anyway and very happy I did! Found my first Otodus (along with a busted blade of one), my hunting partner found the smaller one on the right in the second picture on the same day. Also found my first complete ray dental plate. Great day for firsts!
  7. BobV

    Pygmy White Shark

    Found this on Potomac yesterday in Charles County. Is this a Pygmy White Shark?
  8. shark57

    Paleocene Aquia Formation Otodus obliquus

    From the album: Fossils

    This is the first Otodus I ever found. It is from the Aquia Formation along the Potomac River and measures 1.15 inches. Only the root was sticking out of the indurated matrix and it took several hours of chiseling with a sharp screwdriver to reveal the crown.
  9. I found this tooth on the Potomac River (Douglas Point, MD). The crown seems to wide for a Sand Tiger. Anyone know what it is?
  10. J.D.

    Skull or joint piece

    Found this one in the water near Fossil Beach at Westmoreland State Park. Very smooth on one side. Any suggestions? Is it a skull piece or maybe a joint piece?
  11. Largemouth Bass

    Mini mako or benedeni?

    Location: Northern Neck region, Calvert fm. on the Potomac River This little 0.5" tooth has confused me for a long time now. Torn between mako, tiny lower hastalis, or benedeni which I'm now leaning towards.
  12. cck

    Miocene distal phalanx?

    Greetings! I’ve been trying to identify a little bone found in float at a Miocene exposure in Virginia… self guided research leads me to believe it is a distal phalanx from some creature, but that could be wrong, and I haven’t been able to pin down a match …it could even be reptile? I’d appreciate any pointers or suggestions… And if more pics or details are needed, I’ll supply. Thanks!
  13. Hi! I went on my first fossil hunt yesterday! Found two cool shells, some pretty quartz, a few rocks but no fossils. Here are my finds! I was wondering what i should look for when hunting along and in the potomac! Was hard to find stuff when I wasn’t sure what to look for haha! ^^ im 16 so I cant go often but im going to be begging my parents to take me again soon because i found pottery too! (Its not old but i find it interesting ^^)
  14. cck

    Angler fish

    Agree? Any additional thoughts?
  15. Hi! I found this by the potomac river, maryland! Was wondering if this could be a fragment of something or just a cool rock with some layers! Thank you.
  16. Fossilize

    Can you tell me what this is?

    Anybody know what type of tooth this is?
  17. hobbitfeet

    Potomac fossils ID

    I recently bought this display case of fossils from the Potomac at a flea market. Being from Illinois, I'm not familiar with these fossils. Can anyone help IDing these or at least directing me to somewhere I can look them up myself?
  18. Hi! Basically the title! Going on a hunt soon and was wondering where along the Potomac I should go to hunt? Any parks, etc? thanks!
  19. Sara.bear

    Please help me ID

    This was found on the Potomac river in Westmoreland Virginia. I regularly find prehistoric shark teeth and alligator teeth here and today I found this monster. I am unsure of what it is and would be very appreciative if someone could help me identify. THANK YOU
  20. Largemouth Bass

    Parasymphyseal Hemi?

    I suspect that this little tooth is a parasymphyseal Hemipristis based on others I've seen on this site, but I'd like a confirmation or correction on the ID. Tooth is from the Calvert formation.
  21. TwistdBarrel

    Is this common in Potomac?

    A couple years ago a friend and I decided to hit the road to look for sharks teeth. Calvert cliffs was the one place that kept showing up on google. We live in southern Ohio so we took a chance and drove out to Maryland. Went to Brownies, walked to Calvert, checked flags, the Cabins, Westmoreland with little to no luck. Somehow we came across Purse so we took a chance and went. Found hundreds of small teeth but I found one that was decent. Talked to Hoppe and he identified it as a otodus. Just wondering if it is normal size? Did I get lucky? I plan on revisiting in March. Last year was a bust. Raining and water was choppy. Should of checked the weather. Also quick note. Is their any way of getting access to Cove point or do I have to be a resident? I'll slip someone a couple Andrew Jackson's (Lol)
  22. cck

    Two Miocene bird bones

    Calling out to those familiar with flying creatures from the Miocene! These two were found on separate occasions in float from Miocene cliffs. Anyone recognize? Thanks in advance!
  23. cck

    Dermal denticle dilemma

    Why are these denticles going in opposite directions? It’s got me baffled, but maybe it’s just ignorance.. any help is appreciated
  24. MGooden

    Nanjemoy MD fossil ID #1

    Good evening, brand newbie here. We recently went shark tooth hunting on the beach at Purse State Park in Maryland and along with sand Tiger/goblin/mackerel shark teeth, Gastropod internal molds, stingray dental plates, I collected a few other items that seemed unique. I looked online at some fossil sites for the Paleocene era but man I have to admit I was ready to toss these. Figured it was worth an ask here. I used the centimeter side of my ruler to take photos of each of the items and will post each in a separate post.
  25. MGooden

    Nanjemoy MD Fossil ID #2

    Good evening, brand newbie here. We recently went shark tooth hunting on the beach at Purse State Park in Maryland and along with sand Tiger/goblin/mackerel shark teeth, Gastropod internal molds, stingray dental plates, I collected a few other items that seemed unique. I looked online at some fossil sites for the Paleocene era but man I have to admit I was ready to toss these. Figured it was worth an ask here. I used the centimeter side of my ruler to take photos of each of the items and will post each in a separate post.
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