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I took the day off and went fossil hunting yesterday at a Castle Hayne Formation exposure. I haven't been to this site in almost a decade. I've been wanting to get some matrix from the site so I can sift for microfossils, so that was the purpose of the trip. Here are some photos of fossil seen. The most abundant echinoid at this site is Eurhodia rugosa ideali, there are hundreds here. Other echinoids are scarce. 

 

Here are a couple E. rugosa ideali.

 

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Some other echinoids were seen. Here's a couple Periarchus lyelli. The second photo shows a broken one where you can see the inside view of the top.

 

 

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Other echinoids include this Linthia hanoverensis and a nice Coelopleurus carolinensis.

 

 

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Other fossils at this site include bryozoans, brachiopods and molluscs. Here is the bryozoan Centronea micropora. Next is a couple Tanyoscapha brachiopods. Finally a slit shell mold- Entemnotrochus.

 

 

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Here's a variety including a couple Eurhodia rugosa ideali, a Periarchus lyelli, brachiopod and bryozoans.

 

 

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Really nice stuff!

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Just now, Hipockets said:

Awesome!  No teeth?


I don’t think I have ever seen a tooth at this site.

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It looks like a site that would constantly keep your attention.  Very cool finds, Eric.

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Tidgy's Dad

Splendid echinoids and I always love to see Cenozoic brachs! 

Thanks for sharing. :) 

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historianmichael

That is a fun site! Heck of an effort to get there though. Glad to see you survived the journey!

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