Well, wouldn’t you know it, but it wasn’t just sea shells from the beach! It was actually a little treasure trove of Miocene-era fossils that we picked up on the one trip we made to Calvert Cliffs, Maryland about a decade ago. From their website, Calvert Cliffs State Park states that “Over 600 species of fossils have been identified from these cliffs, with the teeth of various species of shark as the most abundant fossils.” Here is a sampling of what was in my bag:
I did have an identification sheet in the bag that shows some of the pieces are eagle ray dental plates (on the right-side of the picture):
Here are various shark teeth (I have yet to ID them specifically…) as well as a shark vertebra (below) — very cool!
Shark vertebra (approximately 3/4″ in diameter.)
I also have what appears to be a larger vertebra (far left of the photo) and have to do some research to find out what it came from.
If you have any ideas, please comment and let me know!
I am looking forward to sketching some of these unique shapes. Great way to practice my graphite skills and maybe some pen work. I also can’t wait until my older daughter has her “sharing bag” for school again so we can put some of these in there!
What fun finds have you come across when cleaning out old boxes or even on a walk on the beach or through the woods?