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

There is an old fossil bed about a mile off of Venice Beach Florida in about 20 feet of water. The dark sand bottom is about 60 yards wide and extends for several miles lateral to the present day shoreline. I have found megledon teeth, whale teeth, other types of shark teeth, baleen, some types of horn, fossilize horse bone, etc. I find it amazing that different geologist dates some of these fossils I found millions of years apart in age. Ironically, the whale, megladon and horse bone were found within 30 feet of each other, all within the top 12 inches of the bottom. My conclusion: scientist don’t know jack crap about the age of these fossils, they speculate what they have been book taught, for if they were millions of years apart, they wouldn’t be all that close together less than a foot deep in the sand. Telling someone how old a fossil is, is foolish. Carbon dating is only reliable for under a few thousand years, and that is only if the fossil has not been exposed to radiation, extreme weather, etc. When Mt St Helens erupted, less than 20 years afterword, some recoved bones from below were sent in for testing as a joke, and once again, scientist looked like idiots when they dated the new fossils thousands of years old. So stop telling people how old your fossils are, for no one knows, they are only book taught guesses.

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