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Wet Willy - Aquia 11/30/08

I hit the Aquia formation on Sunday during a miserable cold rain, but had it all to myself.  There was a lot of grass making hiking tough and the hunting tougher.  I did find a lot of teeth but only a few Otodus teeth.  I did get some real nice Striatolamna teeth though, and my first Odontaspis winkleri!  I'll post pics of them later.  My camera is on it's last legs, so hopefully I'll be able to get some shots in of the nicer teeth soon before it dies completely.  I managed to get one in situ pic on while on the river though, a shamer Otodus tooth that is about 1.5" long.  My stuff is still drying out though!

Also, my fossil hunting from that trip might go on for some time.  I managed to lug a huge zip loc bag full of about 20-25 lbs of sand to search for micro teeth at home at a later date.  I have to develop a system to do that as I'm not currently well equipped to do that.  My goal is to obtain some species that I would never see in the field.  I'll follow up later with another report on this report at a future date.

Pics of the O. winkleri and Striatolamna teeth to come soon.  My quest for Palaeocarcharodon and Paraorthocodus will have to wait until next time.

Location Potomac River, Maryland, USA

ID3140
MemberFat Boy
Date Added12/3/2008

Shamer, broken tip and missing one cusplet, but it got me fired up at first!
  

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Comments
micro's - 12/3/2008
Reviewer : Daryl from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
Searching for the micro's is fun. Did you pre-sift while at the river? I've been doing the micro search for several years now. 3 summers ago my buddy and I brought home almost 200 gallons of material throughout the summer using his 18' carolina sciff boat. I still have material to go through. We did some sifting while at the river to get rid of the sand. We basically kept everything that didn't go through window screen. Probably the most sought after micro shark tooth is the nurse shark and there are two species there, one being much rarer than the other. Searching for micro's opens up a whole new world of fossils. You'll find all sorts of shark, fish, and ray teeth you never found or saw before. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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micro's and such - 12/3/2008
Reviewer : MICHAELB from
Total Rating : 10
Hey Kevin - Bumped into you at Purse the same day you saw fossilguy there. Unlike most of the posters I seem to be relegated to finding the teeth that are less than an inch. Even my nice paleocarcharadons are small. There has been a significant change in tooth location over the last month to month and a half. The north northwest winds have been pushing the teeth down past the second bog. The area that usually has mostly mud and little gravel before you hit the turitella molds has started producing teeth with no gravel. The Sunday before Thanksgiving had a strong wind, but was pushing a little farther south. High tide was supposed to be around 2pm and the water was lower than many low tides. Found a quarter ray plat there and some decent sand tigers. My eyesight is bad, but I seem to find lots of teeth ¼ inch or less. The handheld spaghetti strainer helps at waters edge. I have also found that the first bog is a good spot. The outrun at the shipwreck is like a sluice and turns over the material rather easily. That is where I found a paraothocodus with 3 full center points and two additional stubs on each side. Have found two other micros down there, both 4mm or less, and one of them has serrations. I admit that I am not as knowledgeable about the species so I will have to get help with identification, but still fun to find them. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Thanks - 12/4/2008
Reviewer : Fat Boy from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 3.333
Michael, thanks for the tips. I enjoyed chatting and collecting with you that day we met, it was a pleasure. It amazes me how much that place can change from week to week. I've been collecting for a number of years and each year I get hopelessly more addicted, reflecting the fun and appreciation that I get with each tooth that I find, no matter the size. I also enjoy the process at home, pulling out boxes of teeth and sorting, identifying, displaying, ogling at, imagining the time that I found that tooth, and reliving the experience each time, often discovering something that I didn't know I had, or learning something that I didn't know before. Content Quality : 10 of 10
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Micros - 12/4/2008
Reviewer : Fat Boy from Maryland United States
Total Rating : No Rating
Daryl, nope, I didn't sift. Probably what I hauled back was about half useless material that I could have avoided had I sifted, causing my back a more stess than it really needed. I thought about it but at the time was pressed for time and very cold and wet. I'm not very equipped to finish hunting for the micros though, but plan to get some Xmas presents to do so! Also, your question about sifting got me thinking of modifying my sifter to a two tiered one (1/8" insert over a window screen) and to sit down and take my time and sift using that with the stuff on the window screen going into the bag to bring home instead of simply discarding it. Thank you for the pointer!
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- 12/4/2008
Reviewer : Down by the banks from
Total Rating : 10
COOL GROUND SHOT! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 12/23/2008
Reviewer : hemipristis from
Total Rating : No Rating
I always like "as I found it" shots!
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