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Found 8 results

  1. Cockle Shell

    This was carved carefully from a block of matrix that fell out of the cliffs into the bay. Of the dozens that I found, this was one of the few that did not completely fall apart what it was separated from the surrounding sand. Though thicker than many shells in the same chunk of sand, they are extremely soft in this location and incredibly fragile. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  2. Trachycardium emmonsi

    Avery nice double valve cockle. Single valves are not uncommon at this site but double valvers are very uncommon for this species.
  3. The Cockles: Common vs Lagoon

    Hi all, So the Cerastoderma genus has (in addition to a few other fossil species) two extant species: C. edule (common cockle0 and C. glaucum (lagoon cockle). Both of these species appear (both fossil and modern) here in the North Sea, and their Eemian fossils are common finds at the Zandmotor. Now I have always been told, and read in most of my books, that the difference between them is that: -> if you draw a vertical line from the umbo downwards, C. edule is pretty much symmetrical while C. glaucum will have one side more stretched out. As can be seen in the picture above. Pretty straightforward. Plus, this is what I explained in one of my old Instagram posts: But, while searching a bit around, I just now saw on the Wikipedia website a picture of a symmetrical cockle that they claim is C. glaucum. And WoRMS also has some pictures of some more or less symmetrical cockles for the lagoon cockle! So I am very confused... What is the difference then between the two species? Looking forward to your answers! Best regards, Max
  4. Blister Pearls

    I have never found pearls before so I am posting for confirmation. I have seen modern blister pearls at rock shows. Also wondering if these are fossil or modern day. The background for these finds is my wife had oysters locally and one had what we believe is a blister pearl. She seems to have an affinity for pearls as she has found 4 pearls (not blister)--2 in mussels and 2 in oysters. A few days later while walking the beach I found the large 1 1/2 inch pearl in a piece of quahog (Mercenaria) shell. Then I found other quahogs with interior coatings that differed from the normal shell. These had small raised bumps or "pimples". Then my wife found a cockel shell that had a small cluster of pearls. i wonder if these are possible Pliocene fossil pearls rather than recent? There are Miocene/Pliocene fossils shark teeth and fish material. Are these in fact blister pearls and how do I preserve them? Thanks for looking at these.First picture is modern oyster with blister pearl. Quahog blister pearl--fossil pearl?
  5. Cockle

    A very nice bivalve that grabbed my attention.
  6. Cerastoderma edule

    A common cockle from the Zandmotor. A very common species.
  7. Cockle: Cerastoderma

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A nice cockle found on the Zandmotor. Species: Cerastoderma edule. A very common species, not really worth picking up if you already have some.
  8. Hello again. So the story behind those is that I found the smaller one when I was a child.. may be around 15 years ago and I kept it to bring me memories for the adventurous spirit from those times. This year, my brother found the bigger one.. it is similar but a little bit larger so I decided for a first time to investigate the origins. I found the little one in area with trees and leafs on the ground and somehow I think I stepped and dug it from the ground cause the angle of the soil was too sheer. The area is central Bulgaria, seems like some kind of cockle ? Seen more like this ? The closest sea is 180km away... is that a proof for area being full of water may be long time ago?
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