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  1. I_gotta_rock

    Goblin Shark Tooth

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Scapanorhyncus texanus (Roemer, 1852) From the Late Cretaceous spoils of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Reedy Point, Delaware Microfossil - 7.6 mm Not the best example of a shark tooth, but a rare find for Reedy Point. Most shark teeth were found further west.
  2. I_gotta_rock

    Mosasaur Tooth

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Found in the late cretaceous spoils at the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Reedy Point, DE
  3. 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.
  4. I_gotta_rock

    Crinoid Segments

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Oddly smooth, but typical of this locality, these crinoid segments are only about 2mm in diameter. From the Cretaceous spoils deposits of teh Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Delaware.

    © c. 2022 Heather JM SIple

  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

  11. I_gotta_rock

    Fossil Prep Demo at Ashland Nature Center

    From the album: 2018 National Fossil Day, Delaware Style

    Set up at Ashland Nature Center to show how fossils are extracted from loosely packed sand matrix. I decided this block probably wasn't going to have anything rare an d exciting in it, so I invited some helpers when things were quiet.

    © c. 2017 Heather J M Siple Photography

  12. I_gotta_rock

    Fossil Prep Demo Table

    From the album: 2018 National Fossil Day, Delaware Style

    Set up at Ashland Nature Center to show how fossils are extracted from loosely packed sand matrix.

    © c. 2017 Heather J M Siple Photography

  13. I_gotta_rock

    Make Your Own "Fossil"

    From the album: 2018 National Fossil Day, Delaware Style

    We used Crayola Model Magic to make plant imprints. The medium really holds details well, dries quickly and doesn't make a huge mess (-:

    © c. 2017 Heather J M Siple Photography

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