Mammal fossil

I was walking on the beach looking for seashells, and saw this laying on the beach.

Measuring the fossil

I thought it was some sort of driftwood, but the shape was strange and it looked petrified. I showed it to my boyfriend who said it looked like vertebrae. Because of the color and hardness, we believe it's a fossil. Not sure what kind though!

Fossil Collector: HeathPak

Location: Carolina Beach, North Carolina

[Editor's Note: This mammal fossil looks to be the vertebrae of a seal. The exact age may be difficult to determine unless you were to know the specific geologic formation it came from, but it is likely Miocene which could mean anything from about 5-20 million years.]

5-24 million years old

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A toothsome fossil find!

Walking on the beach and my daughter was digging in the shore line and discovered it.

Fossil Collector: McMollette86

Location: Topsail, NC

[Note: Nice find! looks to be half of a large Carcharodon megalodon shark tooth from the Miocene Period— Go back and dig for more!]

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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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Fossil dolphin teeth are less than one inch long

Fossil porpoise teeth are tiny and often overlooked by collectors searching for the "Big One," but there are well deserving of some attention. Each of these teeth is less than an inch long, but still sharply pointed for catching and holding fish just like their modern relatives today.

Location: Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina

Collector: Scott Stepanski

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North Carolina dolphin flipper fossil

This delicate bone is scarely 3/4 of an inch long and is from the flipper of a small whale or dolphin. These bones are the phalanges or "finger bones inside the pectoral fins (flippers). The Pungo and Yorktown Formations are rich in these bones when uncovered at the phosphate mine near Aurora.

Location: Lee Creek Mine, North Carolina

Collector: Scott Stepanski

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