State fossil of Maryland

Ecphora quadricostata

A shell fossil discovered near Calvert Cliffs, Maryland.

Calvert Ciffs is only one of many fossil locations in Maryland. This beautiful ecphora quadricostata was discovered at Chesapeake Beach (formerly called Randle Cliffs). This ecphora specimen is about 2 inches long. Ecphora quadricostata is the State Fossil of Maryland.

Collector: Karenne Snow

Location: Chesapeake Beach, MD

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Huge fossil oster from North Carolina

Crassostrea gigantissima is a honking big oyster! This giant specimen was collected from the Oligocene deposits of North Carolina.

The size of this Crassostrea means it may have been 100 years old or older when it died.

Location: North Carolina

Collector: Karenne Snow

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Internal cast of a florida fossil clam

Anyone familiar with Florida knows that fossil shells abound in its geologic formations. Road construction often reveals a treasure trove for collectors. Duke Pointek discovered this fossil clam cast in road construction near Rockledge, FL. Most of the shell material is worn away to expose a nearly solid calcite interior.

Collector: Duke Pointek

Avant Gourd Edge

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This large barnacle fossil from the Lee Creek phosphate mine (Aurora) in North Carolina measures about two inches across. While barnacles are not the most sexy fossil, they are striking and a fun oddity to pick up.

Location: Lee Creek Mine, NC

Collector: Scott S

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Turritella agate from South Dakota is easily slabbed and polished with a diamond saw.

A six-inch block of turritella agate found in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The agate was larger, but has been slabbed into a block. Turritella Agate can be slabbed and polished into beautiful slices.

Collector: Robert S.

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