If you are interested in fossils of the Chesapeake Bay - we strongly recommend that you visit the Calvert Marine Museum located in Solomon's Island, just 14 miles south of our home. You will discover a wealth of
information about the very fossils you will find on our shores at the Museum.
are the remains of ancient life, which are preserved for millions of
They can be found potentially everywhere. In someone’s backyard, on a
or high up in the Rocky Mountains - all the same they are still fossils.
Fossils found along the Chesapeake Bay and on our beach are mostly from
Miocene era, (19 to 24 million years ago). These fossils are much
the dinosaurs, which became extinct sixty million years age. They are
older than man who first walked the Earth a couple of million years ago.
have been over 400 shells identified in the Calvert Cliff formations
directly near our property on the Bay. Of those 400, only 44 percent
in the Chesapeake Bay. The scallop shell is one of the oldest and most
decorative shells found along the shoreline of the Bay. These shells can
in size between the smallest compared to the size of a dime; to some of
largest being 10 inches long.
The shoreline of
the Chesapeake Bay is filled with all different kinds of shark’s teeth.
records indicate that some of the first sharks lived some 300 million
ago. It is estimated that modern sharks had evolved between 70 million
million years ago. Sharks are known for their speed and maneuverability
water. Most species can swim at speeds of 20 to 30 (32 to 48 kilometers)
per hour. Sharks are among the oldest living water
and they have remained essentially the same since the modern sharks
Shark teeth are among
the hardest of all organic materials,
highly resistant to destruction by weather or wave action. Therefore you
find many washed up by waves on the shoreline of the Bay. (Look for
black and triangular). They vary in size, from barely visible to teeth 5
long - teeth of the great white shark. Sharks have an unlimited supply
teeth, which are formed in layered rows. These teeth are not set firmly
jaws, but are positioned in the gums. No cavities, permanently missing
or tooth-aches for a shark! If a tooth is lost it is quickly replaced by
another. Any shark has numerous amount of teeth loss by the time is
adulthood. Don't be alarmed by the numerous teeth you find- remember
about twenty million years old!
discovered that many of the whale bones had
scratches and scars by teeth of sharks. It would appear that Miocene
were attracted to the Chesapeake Bay by the young whales that made easy prey.