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    • Although there are oysters littering the beach, I would hesitate to call any one of them anything other than modern. The fossilized oysters of this type retained their colors remarkably well.  This shell was excavated from a lump of matrix deposited in the Chesapeake Bay after a landslide. This specimen was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History. 

    Taxonomy

    Oyster

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Mollusca
    Class: Bivalva
    Order: Ostreoida
    Family: Ostreidae
    Genus: Ostrea
    Species: O. carolinesis
    Author Citation Conrad, 1832

    Geological Time Scale

    Eon: Phanerozoic
    Era: Cenozoic
    Period: Neogene
    Epoch: Miocene

    Stratigraphy

    Choptank Formation
    Drum Cliff Member

    Provenance

    Collector: Heather Siple
    Date Collected: 07/03/2017
    Acquired by: Field Collection

    Location

    St. Leonard
    Calvert County
    Maryland
    United States

    Comments

    Although there are oysters littering the beach, I would hesitate to call any one of them anything other than modern. The fossilized oysters of this type retained their colors remarkably well.  This shell was excavated from a lump of matrix deposited in the Chesapeake Bay after a landslide. This specimen was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History. 



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