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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Fossil puffer fish post cleithrum bones from the Lee Creek mine, NC.

These puffer fish bones are not as sexy as the many fossil shark teeth found at the Lee Creek mine in North Carolina, but I cannot resist picking them up. The largest here is about 1.5 inches long and they are postcleithrum bones—basically the little flappy fins on the front, underside of the fish. The bone in the center of the group is a suboperculum bone from the gill cover of the same fish.

Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, NC

Photo Scott S

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