By Derek Stoner, Education Program Assistant
The Delaware of 65 million years ago looked vastly different. Instead of forests of trees, there were forests of corals and other sea plants. The entire Delmarva Peninsula was underwater, part of a vast sea full of amazing creatures.
Today, we can get a glimpse into the past by searching for fossils from this time, known as the Cretaceous period. Along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, piles of sand dredged up from the bottom of the canal are full of fossilized marine animals. We visited this area last week on the Delaware Nature Society Family Fossiling trip.
There are lots of interesting mollusk fossils to be found, with corresponding cool names: Exogyra, Ostrea, Grodes, Turritella, and many more. The ultimate prize to find at this location is a fossilized shark tooth.
The fun is in the hunt, and the Delaware Nature Society’s family fossiling trips always dig up a good time while seeking signs of the past.