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  1. I_gotta_rock

    Sawfish tooth

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Cretaceous sawfish tooth from the C and D Canal, Delaware
  2. I_gotta_rock

    Nautiloid

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Late Cretaceous Eutrephoceras dekayi from the C and D Canal in Delaware
  3. I_gotta_rock

    Echinoid (Sea Urchin)

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Phymosoma sp from the C and D Canal in Delaware. Late Cretaceous
  4. I_gotta_rock

    Pearl Oyster with Bud

    This is a very rare find at this site. Although two members of the genus have been reported along the C and D Canal, this is the only one I've found at Reedy Point in 17 years of collecting there! PLEASE NOTE: It is possible that this was carried there during frequent human activity - perhaps in a tire tread from a vehicle that came from another site along the canal. This specimen has a 4mm pearl bud near the hinge on the interior side of the valve. Because there are more than one species of Pteria at the canal and this shell is heavily worn, I am refrainin
  5. I_gotta_rock

    Batoid Vertebrae

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Vertebrae from either a stingray or skate. Found in close proximity to each other at a site where such things are rare, so probably from the same animal. L:arger one is about 3cm wide. Found at Reedy Point, C and D Canal, Delaware. Maastrichtian.
  6. I_gotta_rock

    Fused Oysters

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Two Exogyra cancellata shells from the Cretaceous spoils of Reedy Point, Delaware. Although Exogyras typically detached themselves from their anchorage while still very small - about 2-3 cm - these two animals continued to live and grow together. The lower valve is about 10 cm on the long axis.
  7. I_gotta_rock

    Cretaceous Micro Brachiopod

    This one is bugging me!!!! I know this is a brachiopod. I found it at the Reedy Point spoils along the C and D Canal in Delaware. It is 1cm in diameter. I have found two of them in the sand but none of them in the books. I have looked in Weller 1907, Wade 1926, Stephenson 1923, Richards 1958 and 64, and Lauginger 1988. I asked the folks at the repository for the Monmouth Amateur Paleontological Society. No dice. Look familiar to anyone?
  8. I_gotta_rock

    Boletechinus Sea Urchin

    This specimen comes from the 1980 dredge spoils of the C and D Canal. The type specimen for this species comes from the Navesink Formation exposure of the same canal, not far away. Known by locals, it was not actually described until 1986. Although not the most common of species at this locality, and almost unknown outside of Delaware, these miniscule urchins were nonetheless plentiful at the Reedy Point spoils. Recent excavation for barrow removed most of the sand where my specimen was found.
  9. I_gotta_rock

    Sabre-Toothed Herring Tooth

    Vertebrate material of any kind is extremely rare at this locality. However, this is the most common vertebrate represented at Reedy Point. Found while sifting through micro matrix collected from an especially prolific, recently exposed spot that will soon be removed by bulldozers.
  10. I_gotta_rock

    Glycymeris Clam Internal Mold

    Glycymeris clams have ridges along the inside edge of the valves that extend past the cardinal area. Internal molds tend to include these teeth, making them very distinctive. As of the time this was posted, this was the only member of the genus listed in the Paleobio Database for the Cretaceous period and it is only listed as being found in NJ. However, Stuart Weller (1907) and Horace G Richards (1958) not only include them in the C and D Canal zone, but identify three different species for the region. This one is the most common and the only one THEY found outside of NJ.
  11. I_gotta_rock

    Gasatropod

    As battered as this is, it is an unusually well-preserved specimen for this locality. Although there are brachiopods and bivalves that preserved as calcium carbonate at this locatlity, most gastropods in the Cretaceous of Delaware are either steinkerns or are preserved as battered phosphate with phosphate in-fill. Gouging appears to have occurred after fossilization since the matrix does not completely fill the gouges. Most shell predation at Reedy Point came from clionia sponges and boring clams. This resembles neither. This was found in loose sand from dredge spoils.
  12. I_gotta_rock

    Tiny Sea Urchin

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    So sweet! This is a very rare Cretaceous echinoid (sea urchin), Boletechinus. They are typically no more than a couple mm in diameter. This one is shown next to a pencil eraser. Most of the ones in the Smithsonian's collection come from sand and silt removed for the creation and maintenance of a canal, which exposed fossils well below the surface. This one comes from New Castle County, Delaware.
  13. I_gotta_rock

    Nautiloid

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Eutrephoceras sp. Cretaceous C and D Canal Delaware City, Delaware Mt Laurel Fm.
  14. I_gotta_rock

    Shell Made its Own Pedistal

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    A Gryphea vomer bivalve made itself at home atop the internal mold of a tiny Baculites ovatus cephalopod. The whole thing is about 3 cm tall. Found in the Cretaceous spoils sands of the C&D Canal, Delaware
  15. I_gotta_rock

    Shark Tooth

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Odontaspis sp Cretaceous C and D Canal Delaware City, Delaware Mt Laurel Fm.
  16. I_gotta_rock

    Sea Urchin

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Boletechinus sp. Late Cretaceous Mount Laurel Formation C and D Canal, Reedy Point North Delaware City, Delaware, USA
  17. I_gotta_rock

    Sea Urchin

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Hemiaster delawarensis Late Cretaceous Mount Laurel Formation C and D Canal, Reedy Point North Delaware City, Delaware, USA
  18. Happy belated National Fossil Day! Hope I'm not overstepping from bounds by posting this, but a few people on the forum have asked me how to get out to the one accessible spot left at the C and D Canal in Delaware. It's tricky to find and doesn't look like much when you first get there. I am leading a trip out there this Sunday for Delaware Nature Society as my somewhat belated, but more publicly accessible, National Fossil Day excursion. We are going to be out on the plain that is a the spoils from the canal for a couple hours looking for treasures, but it won't take more then a f
  19. I_gotta_rock

    Fossil or Faux-ssil?

    From the album: 2018 National Fossil Day, Delaware Style

    This game really had people thinking! Can you tell which are which?

    © c. 2017 Heather J M Siple Photography

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