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ForumForumFossilsFossilsIdentification ...Identification ...Odd shells on beach in SC. Help Identify pleaseOdd shells on beach in SC. Help Identify please
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 11/19/2008 8:54 PM
 Modified By dw  on 11/20/2008 5:57:10 PM

I have been finding some odd shells on the beach of SC for the past 2 months.  They have recently dredged a few miles off shore to replenish the beach. there are a variety of shells that have not been here in my memory.  I visit several times a year to the same area. These past few months I have found arc clam fossils, some good sized shark teeth, ray plates, and other odds and ends.  Lots of large bivalves with holes in them, also, and black oyster shells.

These new ones that I can not identify look like fouled shells.  They appear to be shells covered with a calcium like crust, smooth but speckled.  On the one side there is a shallow hole as if the shell has filled up inside, leaving only a slight impression.

Does anyone know what these are?Myrtle Beach Shells
Myrtle Beach Shells

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 11/20/2008 4:57 PM
It looks kindof like coral.
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 11/20/2008 8:39 PM

Coral was going to be my guess too - but purely a guess.


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 11/22/2008 12:57 PM

I don't think it is coral. There was lots of coral on the beach but there was not a single coral or these shells that shared any similiarities, not texture, or growth patterns. I have been looking for similiarities and do not find any at all on a single shell.  if it is a type of coral it is a distinct one and uses shells as its host.

These are/were shells, covered with some kind of growth, calcium, etc...  The beach where I am finding them has lots of very old shells on it, fossil fragments, some Cucullaea, other odd and ends. 

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 12/8/2008 10:22 PM
Bryozoa? Callionassa burrow?
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