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. (Where no credit is given, the 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.
Some of the activities at the January 2018 meeting are highlighted in the two photographic montages below. (All of the photographs were taken by MGS member Marci Robinson.)
At the November, 2017, meeting, MGS Vice President Eric Seifter gave a talk featuring an amazing array of dinosaur footprint ichnofossils (trace fossils). The photographs below show some of the specimens Eric discussed. (These photographs were taken by MGS member Marci Robinson.)
Among the other fossils on display at the November meeting were these beautiful crinoids from Dick Grier, Jr. (Photos by Mel Hurd.)
The 15th Annual Auction at the September Meeting featured some amazing fossils and minerals which prompted spirited bidding. Once again MGS Vice President Eric Seifter ably filled the role of auctioneer. Here he is trying to coax yet another bid for a specimen.
The first set of pictures below shows a spectacular array of fossils from Lee Creek (NC) including some beautiful cow shark teeth, a Squalodon tooth, and a Hake jaw with teeth; one lot of incredible sting ray dental plates from the Calvert Cliffs (just a small portion of the Maryland fossils represented in the auction); and some unusual red mineral dendrites (iron) in copper ore from Utah.
Here are a few more images of items auctioned off. The first shows some great Mazon Creek (Ill.) ferns and insects. This is followed by pictures of a vertebra from a Megacerops (a member of the family Brontotheriidae) from South Dakota and a mosasaur vertebra also from South Dakota.
MGS member Mel Hurd brought in some of his Mazon Creek fossils to the May meeting (which featured Gene Hartstein's talk on that site). The first picture below shows a concretion on the left, and its two halves, opened to reveal a beautiful fern fossil, on the right. Below that is a photo of a stunning shrimp, also from Mazon Creek.
Gene Hartstein gave a well-received talk to the joint MGS and American Fossil Federation meeting about the fossil flora and fauna that has been found at Mazon Creek (Illinois). Located just 54 miles from downtown Chicago, this 300-million-year-old, Pennsylvanian (Late Carboniferous Period) lagerstatte has yielded a wealth of beautifully preserved fossils. These fossils are found inside siderite concretions. The photos below show Gene and a few of his impressive slides depicting various Mazon Creek fossils.
MGS Vice President Eric Seifter made a presentation at the March, 2017, meeting on Silurian eurypterids from New York. His talk was highlighted by many high quality specimens. Pictured below is Eric and, on the right, is a Eurypterus remipes.
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 an array of the specimens he brought and closeups of two (Metacanthina and Drotops).
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, albeit briefly.
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.
MGS VP Dr. Eric Seifter provided a spectacular introduction to the Spinosaurus which has laid claim to the mantle of the largest carnivorous dinosaur, dethroning Tyrannosaurus rex. During his presentation at the September meeting, Eric presented the paleontological history of Spinosaurus finds and showed members different fossil specimens in his collection which came from the dinosaur. He described the new find that has prompted a new National Geographic exhibit and changed the thinking about shape and life of this creature which, apparently, was mostly a river dweller.
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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