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2024 Spring/Summer Fossil Hunting - Monmouth County, NJ


Masonk

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Hi All,

I previously had a thread running with all of my Winter finds in Monmouth Co., NJ. It's one of the more common areas I go to hunt, so thought I would start a Spring/Summer thread.

 

My last hunt was on 4/27. Myself and another collector I've been speaking with on Instagram decided to check out a Cretaceous spot we've both been to seperately.

 

Before heading there, I went out early and visited another Cretaceous spot, Big Brook. Haven't been here since last September.

 

Had a good hunt, which included a nicely preserved Belemnite, a couple Gastropod Steinkerns and a decent sized A. kopingensis tooth.

 

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Belemintella americana

 

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Gastropod Steinkern

 

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Archaeolamna kopingensis 

 

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Squalicorax kaupi

 

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Mystery Fossil Bone Fragment

 

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The next stop was also Cretaceous, and one of my favorites to hunt.

 

Found an awesome piece of Devonian Favosites coral and a small chunk of Enchodus jaw.

 

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Favosites (Devonian - Glacial Erratic)

 

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Bivalve Steinkern

 

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Gastropod Steinkern

 

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Enchodus sp. - Jawbone Fragment

 

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Nice finds!

Thanks for sharing. :)

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Life's Good!

Tortoise Friend.

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Great finds and photography as always!

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I spent most of May focusing on fossil locations in Pennsylvania, however finally made it back to New Jersey this past Saturday. This time I hit up an Eocene/Miocene location in Monmouth Co.

 

Had a pretty good trip. Mostly Sand Tiger teeth (Carcharias sp.). Highlights were my first Isurus desori tooth and an uncommon Xiphodolamia ensis tooth.

 

Group Shot

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Isurus desori - 35mm

 

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Xiphodolamia ensis

 

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Physogaleus sp.

 

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Negaprion sp.

 

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Myliobatis sp.

 

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Carcharias sp.

 

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Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

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Managed to make it out for a hunt yesterday to one of my Cretaceous spots. Nothing earth-shattering. Did manage to find a couple glacial erratic pieces from the Devonian. 

 

Group Shot/Scale

 

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Glacial Erratics - Crinoids, Bivalves and/or Brachiopods and Bryozoan

 

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Internal mold  of a Ghost Shrimp Burrow - Protocallianassa mortoni 

 

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Gastropod Steinkern

 

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Pycnodont Crusher - Anomoeodus phaseolus

 

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Enchodus sp. 

 

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Saw Ray Rostral Tooth - Ischyrhiza mira

 

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Squalicorax sp. - Crow Shark

 

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Scapanorhynchus texanus - Goblin Shark

 

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Archaeolamna kopingensis - Mackerel Shark

 

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Cretolamna appendiculata

 

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Partial Shark Tooth in Matrix - Scapanorhynchus texanus?

 

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Thanks for looking!

 

 

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Cool stuff! One day i'll have to leave my comfortable cretaceous spots in monmouth co to check out those miocene/eocene locale chasing a nice ric or chub. One can dream haha

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3 hours ago, Vae70 said:

Cool stuff! One day i'll have to leave my comfortable cretaceous spots in monmouth co to check out those miocene/eocene locale chasing a nice ric or chub. One can dream haha


It’s a tough hunt in comparison! The areas have been heavily picked over. But, it’s a nice break from the Cretaceous. 

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14 hours ago, Masonk said:


It’s a tough hunt in comparison! The areas have been heavily picked over. But, it’s a nice break from the Cretaceous. 

Yes! I've found some good references from the 1980s on lesser traveled creeks but exploring them is certainly risky given a lot has changed in 40+ years and private property can get dicey up in NJ. It is on my list to head up and see what I can come up with though

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