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Fri Aug 11, 2023, 03:12 AM Aug 2023

15 Million-Year-Old Dolphin Skull Discovered at Calvert Cliffs. [View all]

5 miles from my house!

'Calvert Cliffs State Park bore witness to a groundbreaking discovery this weekend as Emily Bzdyk, a volunteer with the Calvert Marine Museum, stumbled upon a dolphin skull estimated to be around 15 million years old. The fossil’s state of preservation has researchers at the museum excited about its potential to rewrite marine history.

While it’s not a rarity to come across marine mammal fossils, particularly in the Southern Maryland region, where about two dolphin skulls are typically found annually, this specific find is exceptional. Stephen Groff of the Calvert County Marine Museum noted the pristine condition of the artifact, saying, “Rarely are they in this good of condition.”

Given its excellent state, Groff speculates that this skull could belong to a dolphin species previously unknown to science. Groff and other experts collaborated with Bzdyk on Sunday to explore the find further on Sunday, meticulously excavating the artifact from the beach. Their careful extraction process ensured the fossil’s integrity, after which it was transported to the museum via boat.'>


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