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  1. Hit the beach hard Saturday with my girlfriend. Water was choppy which kept them coming in. My biggest tooth ever was a 1.5 inch mako in Virginia. Didn't have hopes of finding much with size. But we brought home 430 total teeth. All sizes. During the first 5 mins I looked in the edge of the chop on the water and saw this huge(well it was huge to me) tooth. Ended up being a 2 inch mako which I assumed Meg at first. Regardless was thrilled. After finding alot of smaller teeth(bunches of hemis) I saw another 2.25inch mako just off the water edge. 2 very nice makos within 20 yards of ea
  2. 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.
  3. Fossil_finder_

    Lucky Chubutensis

    I was hunting a site on the Potomac looking for some Eocene and Miocene fossils yesterday. When I got to the site I found this gorgeous snake vertebrae about 15 minutes into my trip, so I knew it was going to be a good day. After that it was slow collecting for the next few hours, I was only picking up a tooth every once in a while despite the incredible conditions. But then, 10 minutes before I was about to leave I stumbled upon my best chubutensis yet at about 2 3/4 in. (or 7 cm) rolling around in the surf. One that I have been dreaming about ever since a starting collecting two years
  4. Northern Neck

    Potomac river Virginia fossil ID help

    Guys any help on these would be great. 2 are some sort of black shell fossils? The other appears to maybe be a jaw bone? You can see it's missing a few teeth maybe. Just never found these before so curious what they might be. Thanks in advance.
  5. Northern Neck

    3/21/21 Potomac finds

    Ventured out on Virginia side of the Potomac in Westmoreland county Sunday and had a decent day. No wave action so after about an hour the beach was picked over. Did find bunch of teeth but a couple fossils we have never found before. 2 look like shells? Then it's some sort of jaw bone? Like to see what exactly those are if anyone can help. Attaching the 2 shells first and then the jawbone style fossil. Weather is getting warmer but harder to find anything now since more families are coming out and hitting the beaches. Which is a good thing(better than playing video games at home or setti
  6. Hey all, quick question. I am currently in school in the Harrisburg, PA region and am limited in trying to stay under an hour and a half drives for spots. I noticed some posts about shark teeth in the Potomac river but most of what I could find was that these sites are more near the D.C. area. I was wondering if anyone here knew if all of the Potomac had fossils to find or if it is strictly along certain areas of erosion off of the cliffs that the Potomac cuts through? I think either way over the summer I am going to try to end up at the Aquia formation but was wondering if I coul
  7. Fossil_finder_

    Chubutensis

    From the album: Potomac river

    2 3/4 in. Chubutensis
  8. Got out to look on the Potomac yesterday and even with the wind and cold temps still had a decent haul. Tons of sand shark teeth. Just posting a pic of the biggest. But had a few other finds that Id like verification on. What type of shark is the second tooth photo? Im assuming the 3rd photo is croc teeth? Is this a claw? It's razor sharp! No idea what the last 2 pics are so any help would be great. Can't wait for warmer temps since my hands wanted to freeze. Hope everyone has a good spring.
  9. I’ve recently bought some fossil shark teeth online to expand my collection beyond the local Maryland fauna (Miocene from the Calvert Cliffs and Paleocene from the Potomac River/Aquia Formation), and it occurred to me that perhaps there are some forum members who would be interested in sharing some of your finds or extras in exchange for mine. The things I have to offer are shown below—mostly fossil shark teeth and a few other things. These aren’t all perfect, but there’s a good variety, including some less common species. I’ve collected most of these myself and have also listed a
  10. sandyis

    Large rock shape due fossils?

    Hello was in Potomac river area hiking saw this rock, about 5 feet or more. On one side it had shape which looked like due to fossilized remains or head or pelvis of a animal or just water carved it? Video and full size pictures here https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=18z9JWGLYdPZBwCrd3VbRlqZ44GjANR1k
  11. bthemoose

    Otodus obliquus?

    I found the tooth below this morning at Douglas Point (Aquia Formation, Paleocene) in Maryland. The cusp is fairly narrow, it's missing one cusplet and the other is small and/or worn down. But between the prominent lingual protuberance and what looks to me like a small bourlette, I'm getting an Otodus obliquus vibe. What do you think? I also found a tiny Cretalamna appendiculata -- just over a quarter of an inch.
  12. 3Monkeys

    Westmoreland State Park

    Hello, I found this some time ago at Fossil Beach in Virginia. Can anyone help me identify what bone this is and what animal it may belong to? Thank you! 3 Monkeys Mama
  13. Johnny676767

    Potomac Paleocene Finds

    Hello, my son and I had a great time on the shores of the Potomac River in Maryland, USA yesterday. Found some nice shark teeth and also a few objects that may or not not be fossils. We’re hoping you could help. These two pieces were associated with the Paleocene Aquia formation 56-59 million years old. Here are 4 pictures of each of the two objects. #1 #2
  14. hello the west side of the Chesapeake Bay is famous for vertebrate fossils at sites like Calvert Cliffs has anyone found or know or finds of vertebrate fossils on the EAST coast of the bay? thanks
  15. Hello there fossil experts! I'm a total newbie and just went on my first fossil hunt --a couple hours at Purse State Park. I found a bunch (like 60!) shark teeth, mostly tiny but i'm still thrilled. But i also found some things that look like fossil shells, and one thing that looks like fossil scales, that i was hoping you could help me ID. The first picture is what looked to me like fossil shells, but are they? are there fossil shells at purse state park? most of the online discussion of finds there seems to be of teeth, rays, and mouth plates and doesn't mention shells so i wasn't sure. They
  16. HemiHunter

    Eocene Snake Verts?

    Out collecting the other day at an Eocene site on the Potomac, one of my kids came up with THREE cool verts! We think they may all be snake verts, but we wanted to get a second opinion. Any thoughts?
  17. Went on a kayak trip on the Potomac for Father's Day with one of my kids. We spent a couple of hours around some paleocene spots. I found yet another lucky otodus right off the bat (sadly, one cusp missing). Between the two of us we then picked up a bunch of smaller teeth and a fair number of ray plates. We also got 3 croc teeth, including a nice fat one I found on my very last pass. I think we also got a small coprolite in there, but not 100% on that, and a chunk of turtle shell. All-in-all, not a half bad Father's Day trip!
  18. I took my kids yesterday for a quick hike out to Douglas Point to get some exercise and check out the Potomac. I wasn't expecting much because the tide was still pretty high and the water a bit muddy. But conditions were better than expected, so we were able to look around a bit. About 10 minutes in, I spotted a really nice little otodus in a submerged gravel line just below one of the bluffs. (Very tricky to see these guys, sometimes, against the dark sand.) It's in great condition and looks like it just came out of the bluff. We poked around as the tide went out for the next hour and cam
  19. PurdyFamilyFossils

    Purse Beach Find

    Hi, friends! First time poster here. We found this interesting one at Purse Beach, Maryland. Any thoughts. Thanks! PurdyFamilyFossils ... and please forgive my lack of professional photography skills.
  20. I was out kayaking on a creek on the Virginia side of the Potomac today to do some birdwatching, but in an area I thought might have some Aquia exposure. I did come across one small bluff face, with maybe maybe 40 feet of narrow beach, that I stopped to check out. After about 2 minutes, I looked down and found this guy. My best Otodus so far and still razor sharp! I did find a few more much smaller teeth and a decent ray plate fragment, but nothing special the rest of the day. But this tooth--plus dozens of herons, ospreys, eagles, and purple martins, among other birds--made for an awesome
  21. Hey guys- I was kayaking yesterday near Blue Banks and stopped for a rest and, of course, to see if there was anything interesting lying around. I picked up this piece of what I thought could be fossilized wood, but I'm not sure. It is definitely mineralized, has some very faint slightly radiating lines on the "top" and has a clear pore structure in cross section. Any ideas?
  22. bthemoose

    Help with Potomac shark teeth IDs

    Hi, I made a few visits earlier this spring to the Potomac (Aquia formation) in Maryland and collected a bunch of shark teeth, most of which look like Striatolamia striata with quite a few likely Hypotodus verticalis as well. I'm hoping to confirm my IDs of a few potential Otodus obliquus and Cretalamna appendiculata teeth as well as get help identifying some others. The teeth in question are below--I'll include composite photos from different angles in reply posts. I've currently categorized teeth #1-3 as Otodus obliquus, #4-6 as Cretalamna appendiculata, and #9-14 as Hypotodus ve
  23. HemiHunter

    hunting the lower Potomac

    I took a trip to the lower Potomac 4/29/20. I found plenty of fossils including this 1 15/16" C. Auriculatus, a 1 7/8" Striotolamia striata, a 1 3/4" C. Megalodon, And a 3/4" crocodile vertebrae. The Auriculatus and the meg were pretty worn. But I found all of these fossils two hours, and a big tooth is a big tooth! I'm happy to take them either way. The croc vert was a bonus.
  24. Rexofspades

    Trace Fossils from Miocene Potomac

    Hi, longtime lurker first time poster here. I was wondering if you guys can help me ID this concretion my family found years ago near Calvert. I believe it might be a trace fossil of some kind, possibly a burrow or tunnel. I have found similar types at Westmoreland State Park. I can upload pictures from different angles if needed. Any suggestions of what it could be?
  25. Hi. Like many, I am working from home. NJ has closed school for 5 weeks. It’s only been a week and I’m going crazy. Plus I am a financial planner so my days have been challenging to say the least. TFF has been a great escape to take my mind off of everything. I also thought I would take the time to really nail down some IDs on these teeth from the Potomac. I thought maybe I can get some confirmation on my IDs and use them to compare with the others that I have collected All the teeth are from Douglas Point. Thank you for any feedback, be safe, and everyone keep posting great content!
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