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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30 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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  11. Joan Detrow says:

    I collected nearly 100mof these on the beach in Cherry Grove also in 1995, believe it or not. I am an avid shell collector & got my kids involved helping me. I was obsessed with them and like another person said, I remember a man talking with me on the beach about them. He told me about the newspaper article and also that they were very old but I too don’t remember their age. He identified himself as a geologist. So it’s been very interesting to me to find this site. I am a teacher and was actually showing several of these from my collection to my classes as I was making a connection of them to a character who is a paleontologist in a novel we are reading. Our students all have their own laptops and one girl googled fossils found after a hurricane in Myrtle Beach & this came up! So glad to find out more. Did anyone ever fully determine of these are clam fossils or the prehistoric frogs? Thanks for the information!

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  12. Scott says:

    It’s definitely a clam fossil and definitely not a fossil frog. Interesting finds on this beach!

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  13. Judy says:

    We also found a lot of these on Cherry Grove years ago but the first ones we found were after the beach was refurbished and we were told to go to the library and they had a paper on them and was told they were fossil turtle heads. I have no idea what I did with the paper but they were for kids to take back to school and give reports.It was very interesting.

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  14. Heather Hipsley says:

    I have some too from Myrtle beach! I’ve wondered for a long time what they were! It was probably the same year.

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  15. Alison says:

    I too have many of these clam endocasts from Cherry Grove/North Myrtle Beach….every article/forum I have looked up, the person found them in either Texas or North Myrtle Beach, anyone know why NMB is such a hotspot for these things?

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  16. Jody says:

    I also have one of these, found sometime during the 1990’s at Cherry Grove, NC, but I can’t remember if it was before or after the beach had been rebuilt. There was a gentleman on the beach who told me that it was a clamshell fossil formed from silt during the paleozoic era and was called a “turtle head” because of it’s resemblance to a turtle’s head, and that most found washed up on the beach under normal circumstances were usually either eroded or broken, so it was a good find. It sits in my kitchen windowsill.

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  17. Ross Kuhn says:

    what are those

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  18. C.jones says:

    Are these worth anything?

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  19. SJM says:

    I also found one of these at Cherry Grove about 10 years ago. Looks most like the bottom center picture from above. It measures just under 2.875″ from pointed tip end to split end and 2.25″ at it widest point. Also has 3 holes just above the split end. I feel very lucky to have found it. Would like to share a photo of it.

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  20. Greg says:

    I also found several of these. We vacation in N. Myrtle Beach alot and I believe it was there. Its been 15+ years ago. Mine look exactly like this one. Thanks

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  21. Susan floyd says:

    That is a biopod, not a clam. Contact Huntington Beach below Myrtle and they will tell you the same.

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  22. Matthew Hamilton says:

    I found one of these at North Myrtle Beach yesterday
    April 14th 2017. Found in about a foot of water approximately 1 mile South of the Cherry Grove Pier. Feel very lucky to have found one complete and about 20 years after the majority of folks on here seem to have found theirs.

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  23. Kathy Cook says:

    I’m so excited to finally find this info! I found one of these in North MB in the 1990s, only mine has a fish face carved on it. I thought it may be an old spear head. How great to know what it is!

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  24. lynne says:

    so cool to see all this information! i found five of these “turtle heads” in a tide pool in cherry grove today! my understanding from a longtime resident was that they’re fossilized heart cockle shells, but here the consensus seems to be clam. that works. thanks for the info!

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  25. Diane says:

    I found four of these in one day Sept 2017 in Cherry Grove, NMB SC. It was a few weeks after Irma, which didn’t get more than a couple-few hundred miles off the coast but managed to move a lot of sand around. I was told they are called Turtle Heads and they do look like a turtle head instead of shell. Mine all look a little different and are from fair to excellent condition. No idea what they are worth so if anyone has an idea I’d love to know. I looked for more of them again a week later and didn’t find any.

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  26. Dawn says:

    This a petrified turtle head. Compare it to a turtle skull and you can tell. They also have the heart shaped conch shells petrified but they are different. I have a few nice petrified turtle heads.

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  27. Dawn says:

    How old is the petrified turtle head in this pic?

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  28. Jennifer singleton says:

    I found one on October 3rd, 2017 at north myrtle beach. I have been trying to figure out what it is. Thanks for all the info. Mine looks identical to the pictures above.

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  29. Perry says:

    Turtle head ? Biopod? Frog? Does anyone have a link with the answer. We found four great samples here in South Myrtle Beach today.

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  30. Ann B says:

    I found one of those just a few days ago and several back in the mid 90’s, all at Cherry Grove. I think it has something to do with the beach/ sand renourishment….

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