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Hey Fossil gang,

I went out into the hillside forest next to my dorm and found some shells scattered about. It's very possible they're simply snail shells - I'm very novice. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you. 

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Most likely modern. One would need to know the exact type of setting, and the age of the matrix they came from to say otherwise.

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6 hours ago, Rockwood said:

Most likely modern. One would need to know the exact type of setting, and the age of the matrix they came from to say otherwise.

St. Olaf, Minnesota. Totally modern.

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Agree, these are modern snail shells, not fossils. 

 

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Modern gastropods. Now that I know your education is coming through St Olaf, I can recommend a fossil site close to you. Search "Wangs Corner" for the location and descripion of fossils east of Northfield. There are some rock exposures exposing Decorah Shale. It has been visited by many people so the finds are average at best. But it can get your "feet wet". Show us what you find if a visit happens.

  

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Hey thanks everyone! I think i'll definitely check out Wangs Corner, it'll be a bit tricky since I don't have a car up here but I think I can borrow a bicycle from the school. :ammonite01:

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On 9/12/2020 at 12:02 PM, Funk.Missle said:

Hey thanks everyone! I think i'll definitely check out Wangs Corner, it'll be a bit tricky since I don't have a car up here but I think I can borrow a bicycle from the school. :ammonite01:

Find someone with a similar interest and a car. If there's more than 50 other students you'll find at least one who has a passing interest in fossils.

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