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Happy Birthday to Me!

I had the pleasure of having a fantastic birthday as my daughter and I spent some quality time doing our favorite hobby, fossil collecting. That in itself makes it one of my best birthdays ever.

OK, enough mushy stuff, on with the report. We spent the day collecting the Paleocene of Maryland along the Potomac River. I wasn't expecting much since we just had a long holiday weekend with lots of boaters out and probably lots of collectors from shore over the weekend. I was thinking that it would be pretty much picked clean. My daughter and I scoured the shoreline and found a fair amount of teeth with the usual mix of sand tigers, broken Otodus teeth, a few croc teeth, and some turtle shells. However, about half way through the trip prior to our lunch break she was sitting on a rock taking in the scenery during a little break. I was collecting behind her and just walked passed her and stopped to think about having lunch. I was wading in about knee deep water and happened to look down and around my feet. The water was calm, not much waves, and very clear, so visibility was good. I looked down and saw a weird banana shaped rock and thought it was odd looking, so naturally I had to check it out. I was hoping it was a root.  Well, it was!  Pics below.  I had a great birthday for sure. 

Location Potomac River, Maryland, USA

ID3398
MemberFat Boy
Date Added7/7/2009

Gotta check out this banana shaped rock!
Well, it was a root after all!
Got it in hand. Don't drop it Kevin!
About 2 1/4" high
A little over 2 3/8" slant height. My biggest Otodus tooth ever, by far!
Big teeth like this are in a class by themselves within a species. The thickness is so much different than the usual ones.
My finds: 145 of the usual teeth 1 big tooth 2 croc teeth a couple turtle shell frags some ray plate frags a small shark vert
My daughter's finds: 361 teeth...unreal numbers! some ray plate frags 2 croc teeth
  

Links
Good Day on the River
Good Day on the River
Potomac River Trip
Potomac River Trip
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Comments
- 7/7/2009
Reviewer : Daryl from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
That's one awesome tooth Kev! I'm jealous! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Happy Birthday! - 7/7/2009
Reviewer : MikeDOTB from North Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
And that is one awesome tooth, congratulations! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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looks like you had a great birthday! - 7/7/2009
Reviewer : fossilboy from New York United States
Total Rating : 10
great finds!! The otodus that you found is very interesting and it has unusual cusplets, much smaller than the ones you usually see. The thickness and small cusplets make me think benedini. Could it possibly be a benedini with cusplets? Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 7/7/2009
Reviewer : eastcoastmeg from
Total Rating : 10
congrats, killer tooth, I wish our streams were clear like that, thanks for the report Content Quality : 10 of 10

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benedini - 7/8/2009
Reviewer : Fat Boy from Maryland United States
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Fossilboy, it sure does resemble some of the Paratodus teeth pictured on Elasmo.com, but the collecting location is Paleocene, so I guess that rules out Paratodus? Further South are Eocene deposits, and there aren't any Oligocene marine deposits in Maryland. So, I don't really think so, but...hmmm, makes ya think... Maybe this is an example making a case for ancestral lineage?
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- 7/8/2009
Reviewer : Govinn from Virginia United States
Total Rating : 10
Happy belated Birthday! I hope that I find a few of those banana shaped rocks too!! ;) I'm glad that you got to spend that special day with that special person. My son should be born any day now, and I can't wait to take him with me on some fossil trips. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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You got that right Govinn! - 7/9/2009
Reviewer : Fat Boy from Maryland United States
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Spending those days with your kids are unforgettable, like dw's video, that's what it's all about. When you get out there with your kid in a couple years you'll certainly have some fun times to share and things to teach him! Most certainly the BRF membership will increase! The funny thing is that no matter where I collect, if I focus on banana shapes I find some cool stuff...porpoise teeth usually, but now, Otodus! LOL
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- 7/9/2009
Reviewer : Chris from
Total Rating : 10
Excellent find! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 7/10/2009
Reviewer : ScottH711 from
Total Rating : 10
Great finds, I sure hope my birthday is as good as yours. Mine is this Saturday the 11th and I'll be out huntin for sure! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Happy Birthday! - 7/12/2009
Reviewer : dw from Summerville South Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
That Otodus is fantastic! I am jealous! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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