Fossils from Lake Erie

There is something surreal about holding something that is hundreds of millions of years old. Somehow it puts my tiny life into perspective.

My fascination with fossils is relatively new. A few years ago I was like most people, not giving them a second thought. But then I started finding them along the shores of Lake Erie while sea glassing. What are these odd little rocks with the strange patterns? What were these petrified creatures? How did they end up here?

My collection fills a small mason jar and I’m just beginning to research the history of these fascinating stones. Here are a few of my favourites:

These are brachiopods. Hundreds of millions of years old. My daughter thinks they look like bats (she’s got Halloween on the brain these days.)

Sea coral. Very old sea coral. This has tiny, glitter-like crystals inside each honeycomb. Gorgeous in the sunlight.

I don’t know what this is yet. It reminds me of a rattlesnake.

Did someone leave a belly button on the beach? Ew.  Any ideas what this is?


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AWESOME photos,,,,wow,

I think you are already a member of SGL and we would love to see these photos there,…

Amazing detail, Thank You!

When I used to live in Nashville, we found the brachiopods and the honeycomb coral (along with crinoids) in our driveway. That’s a nice honeycomb coral example you found!

The last one may be something like a barnacle, or it could be part of a crinoid, though I have not ever seen the stems in that color.

Thanks Linda! I haven’t had much time to scour the latest news over at SGL. I will post as soon as I get a chance!

Diane, thanks for the info. I will look up crinoids on the net. I have never heard of them!

This is s great find.

Do you know what the tooth looking fossils are? My kids found some & want to know for show-in-tell @ school.

Hello! I found many fossils and seaglass today at Woodlawn beach in buffalo… Among the fossils I found, honeycomb coral and to answer questions posted above, I found many that look like teeth, these are known as rugose coral or horn coral. Ey are about 380 million years old. Amazing! Happy hunting…

Hi, I live about an hour from Buffalo. Over the past two years I have filled boxes with fossils from Penn Dixie fossil site in Hamburg, NY. Haven’t been to Lake Erie beaches yet but- you have inspired me! I love fossils, rocks, shells.

lol yeah I have my storys on lake erie beach (lots of sea fossils)and theres more trust me I dug up discoved and got more

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