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The Nor'Easter a few weeks ago brought extremely high winds and tides on the James River. The water brought lots of flotsam to the beach as well as some things I hadn't seen before. Sorry that I didn't place a ruler on these photos, but many of them are 4-5 inches at their widest point. Several are solid but some were fragile and separated into perfect, smaller versions of themselves (see photos). They have to be teeth, but I don't even know if they are fossilized? They have a pearly sheen. 

 

Our beach lies at the bottom of a 40-60 foot bluff, east of the Scotland Ferry across the river from Jamestown. I was going to ask the folks at Chippokes State Park, which is a few miles downriver from us, but thought I'd start here.

 

Also, can anyone please tell me what the word is for a beach that is made up of pretty much nothing but fossils? I think there is a word for it, or a word for a massive jumble/collection of fossils, but I don't know it. Please excuse my naivete -- fossils aren't something I've really thought about since my son brought home some coprolite 20 years ago. I hope to learn much from this forum.

 

Before posting, I did search through all the James River posts to see if there was anything similar.

 

Thanks so much!

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sixgill pete

Pieces of oyster shell I believe.

 

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Tidgy's Dad

+ 1 for oyster shell. 

Some pretty pieces, too. :)

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sixgill pete
2 minutes ago, Al Dente said:

Isognomon, a tree oyster.

I agree. 

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JamesRiverSouthSide

Bingo! Thank you! I just found this link that has a picture of them. http://www.fossilguy.com/sites/calvert/calv_inv.htm

 

Says they are from the Miocene era? Absolutely mind-boggling. We bought the house because it was built before the 1700s and we thought that was old. ;) Thank you so much. I really should make a point to get to the beach after every storm. Still searching for the elusive megalodon tooth.

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10 minutes ago, JamesRiverSouthSide said:

Bingo! Thank you! I just found this link that has a picture of them. http://www.fossilguy.com/sites/calvert/calv_inv.htm

 

Says they are from the Miocene era? Absolutely mind-boggling. We bought the house because it was built before the 1700s and we thought that was old. ;) Thank you so much. I really should make a point to get to the beach after every storm. Still searching for the elusive megalodon tooth.

Yep, your little pieces there are probably at least 7 million years old. I’ve always thought that it was truly amazing to find such old things. Welcome to the forum from Maryland by the way! Keep looking for teeth and bone, I’m sure there is some if your finding those. Good luck!

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