paleontology
A luck beach fossil find.

Found this just off shore when I was 14 (1995). Have always assumed (hoped) it was a fossil, maybe of a seed but just thought it was really neat. Assume the "lines" are from ocean creatures, and aside from some "chips" the symmetry is perfect.

Fossil Collector: JustinM

Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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10 Responses to “Myrtle Beach Fossil”

  1. Scott says:

    Your thinking is correct, Justin. Myrtle Beach is a great place to look for fossils and this is most definitely one of them. What you found is the cast fossil of a clam. The clam shell supplied the “mold” and sediments within hardened to become the “cast.” These often remain after the fossil shell erodes away.

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  2. Keith C Krqaushaar says:

    Those are very cool fossils. You lucky dog you!!!!

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  3. Justin says:

    Cool, Thanks! I know it’s a VERY broad question, but any idea on just how old a clam fossil from that area could be?
    Great site guys!

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  4. Scott says:

    That is a much trickier question. When you find beach fossils, you are usually not sure what specific geologic formation they eroded from. With that in mind, it is hard to pinpoint beyond a wide margin of say 20 – 50 million years. Perhaps a South Carolina fossil collector will recognize the look of your fossil better and be able to narrow that down for us. South Carolina fossil collectors, feel free to jump in here.

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  5. Christian says:

    I found a fossil exactly like this one about 5 years ago and have also wondered exactly what it is!

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  6. Matt Miller says:

    I have one like this that I found last Thanksgiving, near Myrtle Beach/Cherry Grove, S.C.
    By comparison, mine is not as complete. It has about half of it eroded away, as if the materials that forme it were mixed and one was more durable than the other (?). Anyway, the lines and shape are identical. If you ever find out the species and age, I would love to know!

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  7. tom says:

    Most of the fossils along the coast in that area are between ten thousand and a few million years old. I don’t think you could reliably come up with a species because there is none of the original shell left.

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  8. JoAnn says:

    Found these years ago on the beach in Cherry Grove SC after the beached was refurbished after several Hurricane s . There was an article in the news paper at the time stating the age of the fossils but I don’t remember what it was looking for some facts?

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  9. rodney says:

    We find similar fossils in Texas. They are clams….often called “deer heart clams” or “bull heart clams” usually from Cretaceous period 45-105MYA.

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  10. Mary says:

    I found one of these in Cherry Grove, and the fossil museum/science center told me that it was a prehistoric frog!!??

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