Where to Find Fossils: Fossil Hunting Locations, directions, identification, how to tips, and fossil examples from each location.

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Fossil Hunting Locations:
Calvert Cliffs of Maryland
Big Brook, New Jersey
Potomac River, Maryland
Fossil Park, Ohio
18-Mile Creek/Penn Dixie, New York
Aurora, North Carolina
Ambridge, Pennsylvania


Printable Identification Fossil Sheets for Vertebrates and Invertebrates of the Calvert Cliffs

Fossil Hunting Location:
Calvert CLiffs, MD

Shark Tooth Hunting Location:
Potomac River, MD

Shark Tooth Collecting Location:
PCS Mine, Aurora, NC

Shark Tooth Collecting Location:
Big Brook in NJ

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Ambridge, PA roadcut Calvert Cliffs of MD The shores of the Potomac, MD Fisher Lane Bone Bed (Muddy Creek) 18 Mile Creek (Lake Erie Cliffs) & Penn Dixie Paleontological Center Lost River quarry Capon Bridge quarry Chesapeake & Deleware Canal Lee Creek: PCS Mine Big Brook, NJ Island of the Lost Fossil Park Lowcountry of SC

List of Fossil Hunting Sites

Fossil Hunting Locations Map Description of Fossil Hunting Locations

Click on a location to view the fossil collecting site. Fossil hunting locations include where to find fossils, samples of fossils found, fossil identification, site images, directions, tips, and other recomendations. Take some fossil hunting trips with your family or friends!

Below is a list of locations where fossils are found:

# Location
1 Ambridge, PA
Carboniferous - Plants
2 Calvert Cliffs of MD
Miocene - Shark Teeth
3 Potomac River, MD
Paleocene - Shark Teeth
4 Muddy Creek in VA (Closed)
Eocene - Shark Teeth
5 18 Mile Creek &
Penn Dixie Paleontological Center, NY

Devonian - Trilobites
6 Lost River, WV
Devonian - Trilobites
7 Capon Bridge, WV(Down)
Devonian - Trilobites
8 C&D Canal, DE
Cretaceous - Beleminites
9 Aurora, NC (Lee Creek)
Miocene/Pliocene - Shark Teeth
11 Mt. Orab, OH (Down)
Ordovician - Trilobites
12 Big Brook, NJ
Cretaceous - Shark Teeth
13 Fossil Park, OH
Devonian - Trilobites
14 Lowcountry of SC (Comming Soon)
Miocene/Pliocene - Shark Teeth

Description of Fossil Hunting Locations:

Below are brief descriptions of some popular fossil hunting locations. For more information on each location, simply click on one of the images, it will take you to the main location page which is MUCH more detailed. The location pages include directions, fossil hunting tips, fossil identification, and much more!
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The Calvert Cliffs of Maryland

Miocene Fossil Shark Teeth and other Marine Fossils are found here
Fossils From Calvert Cliffs
Calvert Cliffs Fossils - Fossil Hunting Location
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The Calvert Cliffs of Maryland contain one of the longest running, uninterrupted, Miocene exposures in the world. These cliffs run for approximately 24 miles along the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, Maryland. Fossils from these Miocene formations erode out of the cliffs and are easily found in the surf along the beaches.

One of the main fossil attractions at the Calvert Cliffs is the fossil shark teeth. These prehistoric remains of sharks are plentiful. Dozens of shark species can be found including the giant Megalodon shark! Besides for sharks, the cliffs have a diverse marine fauna, including many ancient cetaceans (whales and dolphins), and invertebrates, such as mollusks and other shells.

The Calvert Cliffs is a great spot to take your family fossil hunting. Most people find at least a few small fossil shark teeth along the Calvert beaches, and children love becoming paleontologists for the day!

Big Brook Area, New Jersey

Cretaceous Fossil Shark Teeth and other Marine Fossils are found here
Fossils From Big Brook, New Jersey
Big Brook Fossils - Fossil Hunting Location
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The Area of Central New Jersey has numerous creeks, or brooks, running through it. Many of these brooks, including the famous Big Brook, cut through Cretaceous Fossil bearing exposures. Fossils from these exposures erode out of the stream banks and accumulate in the stream beds.

Many sought after fossils include fossil Shark Teeth, such as the odd looking Crow Sharks and Goblin Sharks. Great Marine Reptile remains are also occasionally found. Many of these are Mosasaur fossils. The streams sometimes provide rare dinosaur fossils, such as Edmontosaurus teeth. Besides for the vertebrates, invertebrates are common, including shells and the interesting Belemnite fossils.

Potomac River Fossils - Maryland

Paleocene Fossil Shark Teeth and other Marine Fossils are found here
Fossils From the Potomac River
Potomac River Fossils - Fossil Hunting Location
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Just south of D.C. are cliffs that run miles down the Potomac River. These cliffs are composed of very fossiliferous exposures contain many Neogene epochs. The most common epoch exposed is the Paleocene. The Paleocene fossils can be found mixed within the gravel banks along the shores of the Potomac. Fossils include prehistoric shark teeth, such as Otodus (The megalodon predecessor), Goblin sharks, Sand Tigers, and Pygmy White sharks (Paleocarcharodon). Fossil Crocodile material, usually teeth, are also found here. Common invertebrates include internal molds of Turitella gastropod shells.

The Potomac is a very scenic place to fossil hunt at. The remote shores are home to Osprey and Bald Eagles. If you are into kayaking, Mallows bay along the Potomac houses one of the world’s largest ghost fleets.

Western New York Fossils - New York

Devonian Reef Fossils are found here. These include Trilobites, Brachiopods, and Corals.
Fossils From the Devonian of Western New York
Western New York Fossils - Fossil Hunting Location
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New York is full of Fossils! Some of my favorite fossils from New York are from the Devonian exposures that are scattered throughout Western New York.

Although the Devonian exposures are too young to contain New York's state fossil, the Eurypterid, these Devonian fossil bearing formations contain the exquisite fossilized remains of a coral reef from when New York was near the equator.

The Devonian coral reef was much different than a coral reef today. The fauna was completely different. It contained Trilobites, Brachiopods, Tabulate Corals, Ammonites, and early fish. All of these can be found as fossils in Western New York, from the Lake Eerie cliffs to the Paleontological Park in Hamburg, NY.

The Paleontological outdoor center is an ideal and safe place to introduce children to fossils and fossil hunting!

Sylvania Fossils, Ohio

Devonian Reef Fossils are found here. These include Trilobites, Brachiopods, and Corals.
Fossils From the Devonian of Ohio
Devonian of Ohio, Sylvania Fossils - Fossil Hunting Location
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Ohio is well known for its Ordovician fossils such as the flexicalymene trilobites. However, North West Ohio, near Sylvania contains Devonian exposures that are similar to the ones found in Western New York. However, the fossils here are often slightly larger and the preservation is exquisite.

Prized fossils include Pyritized Phacops Rana Trilobites (often found enrolled), and the plethora of finely preserved brachiopods, including the beautiful mucrospirifers. Often a single rock containing numerous specimens can be found.

Geologic clubs can sometimes enter the working mines in Ohio. However, there is a Fossil Park that everyone can fossil hunt at, even children!

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