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Strange Item Found at Galveston, Texas


mthompson

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Hi all!

    I've always found fossils to be quite interesting but never took the time to really get into them so I'm useless at identifying them. Well, recently I went to Galveston beach and found this item washed up after a storm. It's small (about 2cm across) and feels rather fragile/thin. I've never seen anything like it besides an ammonite but then those are always cast in rock, I believe, and this feels just like a fragile shell that I could probably crush if I accidentally stood on it. This may just be some sort of strange shell, but some googling hasn't led me to anything other than the ammonite. Is this a fossil at all? If so, what type? I appreciate you taking your time to help out a curious mind!

- Mia

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Looks like a recent gastropod, although I couldn't tell you which. Maybe someone will chime in who knows better.

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Nice find, even though it's recent. It's not a common find. A strange kind of shell in that the animal lived around it instead of in it. Congrats. Cool critter.

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7 hours ago, ricardo said:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirula

 

Regards,

 

Ricardo

Wow, that's really cool, I never even knew that animal existed and it looks to be a perfect match!

4 hours ago, Mark Kmiecik said:

Nice find, even though it's recent. It's not a common find. A strange kind of shell in that the animal lived around it instead of in it. Congrats. Cool critter.

Thank you! :)

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