Yesterday my daughter found this amazing tiny fossil on the beach in Corolla, NC. I first posted the picture here to ask if anyone could identify this Outer Banks fossil. Then I sent links of the picture to several people I thought might help to identify it.
The mystery is now solved! Thanks to Rick Bennett who got the information for me, to Richard Chandler who identified it as a fish skull, and to Vince Schneider of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science who gave me the following final analysis:
Prionotus: Sea Robin, Partial Skull.
I don’t know how old the fossil is, but am amazed at my daughter’s find. This is the second fossil we have found on the beaches of the Outer Banks. Indeed, my eagle eye daughter found a fossilized shark tooth several months ago on the beach:
On your next walk, remember to take a moment to look down. You never know what you may find!SHARE