MGS Fossil Gallery
Many 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 pictures of club activities in the gallery. (Unless noted, all photographs were taken by Jim Stedman.)
Gallery images from 2014 to the present appear below. Prior years can be found here.
Please email any pictures you would like to have posted in these Gallery pages. Please include a brief description of what is shown in the picture and where, when, and how you found it.
MGS member Charlie Shyab had a trove of Calvert Cliffs Miocene fossils at the November meeting. He had Riker mounts filled with
many, many megalodon teeth, vertebrae and barracuda teeth.
At the November meeting, MGS member Tom Piscitelli had on display myriad finds (a mixture mostly of Cretaceous and
Miocene fossils) from his recent trip to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Among his treasures were a small Cretaceous nautiloid,
two robust Cretaceous Cucullaea shells, some bryozoans and coral, and
(in the non-fossil category) a WWII 50 caliber bullet and shell casing from ordnance testing on the beach.
Among the beautiful fossils MGS member Mark Bennett had at the November meeting were a roughly six-inch long
geode filled with deep purple amethyst crystals, two sizeable Ecphora, and a stunning replica of a Megalodon tooth.
The 14th Annual MGS Auction on Sunday, September 18, featured a wide array of fossils and minerals.
Pictured below are two of the treasures that found new homes and generated some income for the club:
a Eurypterid (the so-called "Sea Scorpion") and a sperm whale tooth.
MGS member Eric Seifter brought a wonderful variety of trilobites to the July club meeting. He introduced these extinct arthropods in a
"Fossil of the Meeting" presentation. Pictured below are array of the specimens he brought and closeups of two (Metacanthina and
MGS member Tom Piscitelli's special fossil location, discovered in December while he was on vacation in Florida, yielded many,
many fossil shells, probably from the late Pliocene. Sadly, this site was all too emphemeral. The shelly material reportedly came from a Sarasota fossil
shell pit and was dumped in huge piles in a public parking lot adjacent to a beach in Bradenton Beach, Florida. That's where Tom came into the picture,
What did Tom find? A selection of photos of his finds appears below. Unless noted, all finds are probably late Pliocene in age. All photos taken by Tom Piscitelli.
Oh, as if this weren't excitement enough, Tom did some fossil hunting on the beach at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and came away with various finds, among them, shark teeth (including some from Great White sharks), and casts of gastropods and a fish snout. Photos taken by Tom Piscitelli.
At the September meeting, Tom Piscitelli displayed a number of pyritized fossils he collected from Devonian beds near Alden,
New York. These fossils, composed of iron sulfide, are typically very small and found inside concretions. The photos below feature the head of a trilobite,
an ammonite, and several brachiopods. The openings of the containers in which these fossils are resting are 1 inch in diameter.
At the July meeting, Eric Seifter talked about his collection of elephantine material, both ancient and modern. Among the
items he discussed were mammoth and mastodon teeth. This was a hit with adults and children alike. First photograph below is by Marci Robinson Shore,
next by Mel Hurd, and the remaining ones by Jim Stedman.
Bob Farrar brought in his 75 pound boulder of Cleavelandite, replete with green Tourmaline, Quartz,
and Cookeite on the upper surface. He concludes that it probably came from within a pocket in Pegmatite. This boulder is from Mt. Mica,
near Paris, Maine, and was extracted with a great amount of effort. The picture below is by Bob Farrar.
Also at the July meeting, Steve Grossman had a selection of Mako shark teeth, mostly recovered by diving from the
bed of the Suwannee River in South Carolina. As beautiful as each of these specimens is, several have a further claim to fame. Those specific
teeth were featured in an article by Dr. Stephen Godfrey of the Calvert Marine Museum as possibly having been notched by Amerindians several
thousand years ago in order to be used as projectile points. The article appeared on pages 2-4 of the December, 2013, issue of The Ecphora, the newsletter of the Calvert Marine Museum's
Fossil Club, available here. In the second picture below,
arrows point to three of the teeth featured in Dr. Godfrey's article.
At the May meeting, Charlie Shyab had this collection of fossils from the Sulphur River in Texas on display. No, that's not
a section of articulated mosasaur spine on the left; it's just several mosasaur vertebrae Charlie lined up in an effort
to spark conversation. On the right is a bacculite (an ammonite with a straight shell).
The following four photographs are of a single pathological Otodus shark tooth from Morocco.
Mark Bennett brought it in to the March meeting. Photographs by Mel Hurd.
For the March meeting, Mel Hurd brought in an incredible array of Native American projectile points.
Here are several specimens from Bob Asreen's collection of Pleistocene material brought up from the Continental Shelf,
20 miles off shore from Cape May, New Jersey. These were on display at the January meeting.
Tusk from a walrus, Odobenus rosmarus
Tooth from a mastodon, Mammut americanum
Tooth from a mammoth, Mammuthus sp.
Various specimens on view at the November, 2014 meeting. Photographs by Mel Hurd.
From Eric Seifter's collection, an amazing Lower Devonian trilobite Dicranurus monstrosus
Also from Eric's collection, a mating assemblage of Homotelus bromidensis trilobites from the Middle Ordovician
From Dick Grier, Jr.'s fossils on display - a superb crinoid, Agaricorinus splendens, from the Lower Mississippian
From Mark Bennett's display at the meeting, a portion of an ammonite mortality plate of Psilceras planorbis from the early Jurassic
Also from Mark's display, fossil crabs from China and a rhino lower jaw fossil from Bone Valley, Florida
Eric Seifter's Presentation on Spinosaurus at the September, 2014 Meeting. Photographs by Mel Hurd.
A Spinosaurus vertebra from Eric's collection which may have come from the recent find.
Teeth from Spinosaurus.
Incorrect model of Spinosaurus showing small front legs.
A series of great fossils brought to the May MGS meeting by Mark Bennett. Photographs by Mel Hurd.
A Silurian trilobite from New York.
Edestus (Scissor Shark) teeth from Illinois.
Mastodon teeth from Nebraska.
Hippopotamus jaw from Java.
Fossil crab from Washington State.
Fossil crab from Alabama.
Seen here is Mel Hurd's new Edelweiss Rock Garden featuring an array of Cambrian Period rocks he collected. These rocks
contain skolithos which are generally identified as fossilized tube burrows formed by worm-like organisms over 500 million years ago.
Photographs by Mel Hurd.
Some of the fine fossils brought to a MGS meeting in 2014 by Mark Bennett. Photographs by Mel Hurd.
A Jaguar carnassial tooth from a Florida pit.
Upper Maxilla from an Edmontosaurus with 55 teeth from South Dakota.
Crocodile partial jaw from Florida.
Triceratops ungal from South Dakota.
Three ungals and a pinecone from Argentina.
Maryland sand dollar found in Calvert County, MD (very rare).
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