paleontology

These Eocene turritella Shells I believe are from the Choptank Formation. I found them washing around in the waves of Solomons Island, Maryland.

Turritella Shells from the Choptank Formation

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  1. Allie says:

    Are these turritellas really fossils? They appear rather new and quite unlike the many I have seen and collected, (in California). all of which have the “aged” appearance one would expect of a true fossil. I think these shown, at least by appearance, seem to be modern specimens, since turritellas still exist and are common with casual shell collectors.

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  2. Scott says:

    The modern ones and the old ones do look pretty much the same, but these are fossils. Huge amounts of fossils weather out of the formations in the areas cliffs and into the water to be tumbled clean by the waves. They are also not particularly “old” as far as fossils are concerned.

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