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Fossil shells and coral?

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BrettonCa

Fossils aren't common in Massachusetts, the exception being the Aquinnah Cliffs in Martha's Vineyard. I happened to chip these out of the cliffs earlier today. I cleaned them best I could. I think I have some fossil corals, and some fossil shells. The large, dark shell is totally rock-solid and survived two accidental drops.

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BrettonCa

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone could tell me if the shells ase fossilized. I know the large, dark shell is, as well as the corals (as corals aren't native in New England in modern day)

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abyssunder

The shells looks to be oyster shells,possible Miocene or younger.

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Herb

looks like oysters to me also

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SailingAlongToo

I agree with Herb and abyssunder, oysters.

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lissa318

Your one piece that appears at the bottom of 3 of your pics shows up blurry on my phone but might be encrusted in bryozoan. Clearer pictures would help but has a net like appearance that covers it. :)

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Fossildude19

The cliffs at Gay head have a thin layer of Cretaceous deposits at the bottom of the cliffs - the rest - (greensands) is Miocene in age.

See this PDF.

Regards,

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BrettonCa

Thank you all so much! I knew most of these were oysters, I appreciate the response in age.

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