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  • Micro Scallop





    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Mollusca
    Class: Bivalva
    Order: Pectinida
    Family: Pectinoidae
    Genus: Pecten
    Species: Pecten whitfieldi
    Author Citation Weller, 1907

    Geological Time Scale

    Eon: Phanerozoic
    Era: Mesozoic
    Period: Cretaceous
    Sub Period: None
    Epoch: Late
    International Age: Maastrichtian


    Mt Laurel/Navesink Formation spoils


    Collector: Heather Siple
    Date Collected: 01/07/2021
    Acquired by: Field Collection


    Diameter: 7 mm


    Reedy Point-- North Side
    New Castle
    United States


    The treasure of the Reedy Point Spoils is in the micros! This is one of over 100 micros I collected in one day just surface collecting after the spoils area was freshly cleared of vegetation -- and freshly cleared of much of the remaining matrix. Of all of those micro fossils, this is the only one of this species and very possibly the only one I have found in 16 years of collecting at that site.


    The Reedy Point Spoils is a 220+ acre dredge deposit from the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The matrix is a combination of material from the Mt Laurel and Navesink Formations, which are not exposed in Delaware, but are on the surface in their namesake towns in NJ.

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