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Hello,

Last weekend I went back to Fossil Beach with my dad. 

Fossil Beach is located in Mornington, Victoria, which is approx 70km south of Melbourne.  The location is part of the Fyansford Formation which is middle Miocene (10-15 miilion years old).

I hadn't been here for a couple of months and was actually planning to go to another location in Bendigo (central Victoria), but we slept in and went here as a "fall back" location :)  Anyway, what a day! There had been a lot of quite heavy rain in the previous weeks and there were so many fossils that had washed out of the exposed clay and onto the beach ...we were just picking them up among the rocks.  It was quite warm inland, but at the beach the ocean was covered in thick fog which dropped the temperature right down ...luckily no wind.

There were a couple of other group there also.

Regards,

Daniel

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Micantapex rhomboidalis

 

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Conus sp

 

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Gastropods ??

 

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Left:  Gastropod ??

Middle:  Cowries ....found 5 cowries in a cluster when i lifted a lump of clay.

Right:  Have never seen these before at Fossil Beach.....any suggestions??

 

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Scaphopods

 

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Various bivalves.

The far right, bottom row, was a fully intact one with both top and bottom halves joined!!

 

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Top Row:  Biplex maccoyi

Middle Row:  ??

Bottom Row:  Various corals

 

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Columbarium sp.

 

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Nice finds, especially the ones on the right of pic no. 4! Lucky you get to live so close to that place...

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Hi Daniel!

 

The molluscs you've found look to be in great condition - congrats!  And what a nice variety of forms - wonderful!!!

 

I was thinking that the specimen circled in red below might be a limpet - what do you think?

 

Monica

 

PS - I, too, would be excited over finding a bivalve with both valves intact! :)

 

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Lovely haul, Dan! :)

Some splendid specimens there including some super scaphopods! 

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1 hour ago, Monica said:

Hi Daniel!

 

The molluscs you've found look to be in great condition - congrats!  And what a nice variety of forms - wonderful!!!

 

I was thinking that the specimen circled in red below might be a limpet - what do you think?

 

Monica

 

PS - I, too, would be excited over finding a bivalve with both valves intact! :)

 

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Hello @Monica Both are flat gastropods. Do not think they're limpets.

 

 

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Great finds, I love shells and can’t wait to head down to Florida next year to collect more. 

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Looks like You found some nice pieces, and lots of them.

Congratulations on the successful hunt.

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Awesome finds!

 

For the two "flat" gastropods, I can try to find a family/genus if you show some more pictures. 

 

On 9/1/2018 at 9:46 AM, DanKurek said:

Notovoluta or Ternivoluta ??  ....not 100% sure.

They seem more like cone shells to me (family Conidae)

 

For the bivalves, same story: if you show some pictures (the hinge needs to be visible) I'll try to narrow the ID down to family/genus.

 

Well done on this seemingly fruitful day!

 

Max

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@Max-fossils Hi,

 

They werre supposed to be Conus, not Ternivoluta. My bad :P 

 

Thank you for your suggestion. It is quite hard sometimes to ID Australian fossils because of the lack of available literature. I will take some better photos soon.

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On 02/09/2018 at 11:08 AM, Max-fossils said:

For the two "flat" gastropods, I can try to find a family/genus if you show some more pictures.

Perhaps Architectonicidae family for the one surrounded in red.

 

Coco

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7 hours ago, Coco said:

Perhaps Architectonicidae family for the one surrounded in red.

 

Coco

I was thinking that too (for both "flat" ones)

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