MGS Fossil Gallery

MGS members are avid collectors of fossils and minerals. Part of the fun of collecting is displaying the specimens that have been newly added to your collection. The Gallery pages offer MGS members an opportunity to share pictures of those new additions or any fine specimens in their collections. We have also included many pictures of club activities in the gallery.


Gallery images from current years appear below. Images from 2018 and before are available here.

To submit pictures for the gallery pages, please email them to the Please include a brief description of what is shown in the picture and where, when, and how you found it.



2019

MGS member Tom Piscitelli returned from an extended stay at North Myrtle Beach, SC, with some beautiful finds. Shown below are two Great White fossil teeth (the first is quite spectacular), a third tooth that appears to be a Mako, and a molar (3/4ths inch long) that has yet to be identified. The beach sand is regularly replenished and, according to Tom, fossil finds come from various time periods: Cretaceous, Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene.










MGS member Mason Hintermeister had some fossils on display at the November meeting. The first picture shows a rare fish fossil from the Green River Formation. The next two photographs capture some nice fossil shark teeth and bones that Mason found at local sites.








The September meeting featured a spirited auction. Among the treasures auctioned off under the gavel of Eric Seifter were a fossil mammal bone from the Late Pleistocene (Eric is seen holding that bone in the first picture below), a dolphin skull in matrix found at the Lee Creek Mine, NC (Yorktown Formation, Pliocene), and a piece of fossilized Jurassic Araucaria wood.






New MGS member Sean Hynes had some marvelous specimens on display at the September meeting. In the first picture below, he is seen standing beside some of them. The following pictures show a stunning crinoid fossil plate, an Okenite geode, and a fossil turtle skull. These pictures were taken by Jim.










Here are some pictures from the July, 2019, meeting which was held jointly with the American Fossil Federation. Photographers included Jim and Marci.


MGS Vice President Eric Seifter had a rich array of fossil tree slabs on display. The first one pictured below is from a Jurassic tree, Araucaria miabilis, found in the Cerro Cuadro Petrified Forest, Argentina.




Here is so-called "peanut wood," a piece of Cretaceous Araucaria with borings made by the Teredo bivalve. This specimen is from Western Australia.



Eric is seen below holding up a piece of a Triassic conifer found in the Chinle Formation, Arizona.



Here is a slab of fossil fern, Psaronius cottae, from the Permian. It was found in the petrified forest of Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany.



The pictures below were taken at the May, 2019, joint meeting of the MGS and the American Fossil Federation. The first shows some of the members of the two clubs attending to the meeting's business agenda. The rest capture some of the specimens seen at the meeting. Photographers included Marci, David, and Jim.














Also at the May meeting, MGS Vice President had his recently acquired mammoth tusk on display. Trevor and David are seen below holding it. The tusk was originally found in central eastern Europe and is between 20,000 and 150,000 years old.



Some Selected Treasures From the Calvert Cliffs


Shown below are some Miocene fossils found in various years along the Chesapeake Bay's Calvert Cliffs.








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