Stnding by the boat after the James River  trip

Dr Ward headed the trip to the James River in Virgina for Mid-Atlantic Fossil and Nature Adventures. A couple of us stand around one of the boats after a great day of hunting. We had stopped about five locations.

Showing off a great fossil shark tooth find form the James River.

Showing off a great fossil shark tooth find from the James River.

A table covered with fossil shells I found on the trip.

Most of the finds that day where the great scallop shells. My haul for the day is pictured. Thanks to Cathy at DVPS for setting up the trip.

Photos: Maria G

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Cape May Point, NJ Shark Teeth

These tiny teeth are more interesting for their location than their diminutive 1/4 inch size. I found them by carefully picking through the gravel at Cape May, NJ. Most people who travel to Cape May Point and notice the beach gravel at Sunset Beach are in search of the clear quartz pebbles called “Cape May Diamonds.” If you want to find shark teeth, however, you will need to get face down in the gravel and literally flick through it with your finger grain by grain. Screening is useless because of all the gravel. The teeth are tiny and few and far between, but if you persevere, you will find them. The fossil age and formation is left to the imagination although they look Miocene. These teeth could have traveled down the length of the Delaware River into Delaware Bay from just about any tributary or perhaps even down the coast. While looking for the teeth you may find other interesting tidbits including horn corals from upriver and even bits of surf polished amethyst.

Location: Cape May Point, NJ

Photo: Scott S

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Fossil puffer fish post cleithrum bones from the Lee Creek mine, NC.

These puffer fish bones are not as sexy as the many fossil shark teeth found at the Lee Creek mine in North Carolina, but I cannot resist picking them up. The largest here is about 1.5 inches long and they are postcleithrum bones—basically the little flappy fins on the front, underside of the fish. The bone in the center of the group is a suboperculum bone from the gill cover of the same fish.

Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, NC

Photo Scott S

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Ok, I cannot resist a pun even if it is a bad one. Continuing with this week's apparent theme of first fossil finds, this poor little Knightia with the bitten off head was my first Knightia find when I visited Warfield Springs quarry in Kemmerer, WY. Although I found bigger and better later, I kept this little two-inch fish. Green River Formation fossils are incredible fun and I encourage everyone to give it a try. I sure there are some very good ones out there. Send them in to share and show them off.

Photo: Scott S.

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