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Accidental Fossil Find on Bio Field Trip to Freedom Park in Williamsburg, VA


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On a class field trip for 3rd Block (3rd Period), we went to Freedom Park to measure slope, air temperature, soil temperature, etc. of the Northern & Southern sides/slopes of hills. In between the hill slants, there was a creek bed. Inside the creek bed, there are fossils that I just had to pick up some. I got this oyster and this other shell. It seems everywhere I go (someplace new in nature, or a field trip) I always find either a fossil shell or seashell or land shell. It's really weird, but cool, because mollusks are my favorite type of fossil. And fossils are my favorite study. I am somewhat surprised, still, when I find the shells and fossils, even though it happens every time. The white one I've never seen before, but it's hard to identify because it's broken. I wish I knew what it was...I've tried to figure it out. Actually....I have a guess. It's some kind of clam. It's a tongue shell! It's gotta be! These fossils I found in that creek. I thought it was an interesting story, so I wanted to share it.

 

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Nice finds and someone should be along to ID them for you.

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  • Fossildude19 changed the title to Accidental Fossil Find on Bio Field Trip to Freedom Park in Williamsburg, VA

Within the genus Ostrea for sure. I cannot comment on species as they look to alike for me to tell apart.

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Adam86cucv is correct.  Ostrea compressirostra  is a Lower Pliocene guide fossil which is very common in the Sunken Meadow Member of the Yorktown Formation which outcrops around Williamsburg.

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Thanks! Sorry for the late reply. Haven't been on in forever.  Thank you all! I'll take your help for future references. I've found plenty of these. I'm not quite sure it's a tongue clamshell after all. I'm leaning towards quahog-venus clam fossil. Although, since it's a piece, it may be impossible to tell. Once again, I'll try to reply sooner. 

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Pretty worn but vaguely resembles a Giant Tree Oyster, which I often find with Frilly oysters and chesapectans.

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