FOSSILIZED MINIATURE MOLLUSKS IN A SMALL VIAL
IN A CREEK BED NEAR MY PRESENT ARTIFACT DIG I FIND ANCIENT ROCKS FILLED WITH FOSSILIZED BIVALVE MOLLUSK UP TO 600,000,000 YEARS OLD. SOMETIMES EACH ROCK CONTAINS 100'S OF SUCH FOSSILS. MOST ARE FOSSILIZED CLAM LIKE ANIMALS BUT SOMETIMES THEY WILL VARY IN SPECIES.
WHEN YOU CRACK OPEN THE ROCK EACH SECTION AT THE BREAK OF THE ROCK WILL USUALLY EXPOSE MANY OF THE FOSSILIZED MOLLUSK INSIDE. SOMETIME ONE WILL POP OUT WHOLE LIKE A BABY BIRD FROM IT'S SHELL. THE LAST PICTURE WILL SHOW A WHOLE ONE I POPPED OUT MYSELF.
THE REASON I HAVE AN INTEREST IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THESE MOLLUSK TO MAN FROM HIS FIRST EXISTENCE TO THE PRESENT. THE INDIANS CONSIDERED THE CLAM MOLLUSK IN OUR STREAMS TO BE IMPORTANT FOR FOOD, WORK TOOLS, FOOD UTENSILS, CLOTHING ORNAMENTS AND NECKLACE BEADS. I FIND THEM IN ALL MY EXCAVATIONS.
THIS IS TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF MINIATURE FOSSILIZED MOLLUSKS. THESE MINUET FOSSILS ARE SO SMALL I HAVE TO KEEP THEM IN A VIAL TO KEEP FROM LOOSING THEM.
Mollusk, common name for members of a phylum of soft-bodied animals (Latin mollus, “soft”), usually with a hard external shell. Familiar mollusks include the clam, oyster, snail, slug, octopus, and squid . The mollusk phylum is the second largest in the animal kingdom, after the arthropods. Earlier estimates of the number of mollusk species sometimes exceeded 100,000, but more recently this figure has been reduced to less than 50,000; the new estimates are incorporated here.
The first mollusk fossils appear in early Cambrian rocks, about 600 million years old.
Although few features are common to all mollusks, the animals are not readily mistaken for anything else, and all may be treated as variants on a common theme (not to be confused with a common ancestor). A theoretical, idealized mollusk would crawl on a single flat, muscular foot, and the body would have at least a suggestion of a head at one end and an anus at the other. Above the body would be an external shell mounted on a visceral hump containing internal organs.
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