The Pinecrest Sand Member of the Tamiami Formation is a series of beds which contain an incredible diversity of marine life from the Upper Pliocene ranging from approximately 4.5 to 2.5 million years ago. Primary among the organisms that draw attention to these deposits are the gastropods which are so well preserved that they appear to have just recently washed upon the shore. Although both professional and amateurs have collected from the Sarasota quarries which have mined the mollusk shells for construction for over 50 years, a single monograph has never beeen produced. In addition, I am also picturing gastropods from the Tamiami coral reef facies, the Golden Gate Member which contains some of the same species as the Pinecrest but also many endemics. Although short on description which is essential in peer reviewed scientific publications, I hope this gallery will serve as a guide to those who have trouble in acquiring the few out of date works that have delt with the Pinecrest.
My main interest is fossil fish, but you will also find some other vertebrates like amphibians, mammals, reptiles and birds here in this album:
Fossils from Solnhofen, Messel, Holzmaden, Liaoning, Bergisch Gladbach, Green River, Linton, Mazon Creek, Monte Bolca, Fiume Marecchia.....and other places around the world.
Fossils I have found here in Toronto belonging mostly to the Georgian Bay Formation, late Ordovician. Most of these come from Mimico creek but some come from other creeks/rivers of Toronto as well such as the Humber River. Currently the Georgian Bay formation is divided into the Lower and Upper Members, with the Lower Member being exposed in Toronto. The Lower Member is well known not only for its fossils but also its abundant and diverse ichnofossils.