Prehistorical Find

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Yesterday, my husband found a fossilized snail shell in our dry creek bed. This isn't the best picture.

There's an archeological dig site about 5 miles north west of our home. They discovered the fossilized bones of several kinds of mammals such as the three-toed horse and a funny giraffe looking thing. It is not at all uncommon to find potsherds, prehistoric hide scrapers, arrow heads, even a fossilized clam.

We have found many of these things. The snail will be in our private collection asking with the giant clam, some arrowheads, hide scrapers, and a huge piece of Alibates flint that seems to have been the thing arrow heads were chipped off of before they were shaped and tied to arrows.

Arrowheads made from Alibates flint. Alibates State Park and National Flint Quarry is in the Texas panhandle.

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We've found some of each of these items. My favorites are the giant clam and the hide scraper.

Unfortunately, they are already packed up for our move so I can't get photos of them today.

According to the Panhandle Plains Museum, many people are surprised to learn that the Texas Panhandle was once a marshy area and [their] exhibit features a world-class emphasis on locally discovered reptiles and amphibians from the Late Triassic era (225-200 million years ago) and mammals from the Late Cenozoic era (10-1 million years ago).

That's some serious history there, y'all.

What's the oldest thing you've found?

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Oldest thing I've found was grandmas favorite dress haha not even close to what you got there and that was pretty amazing in your area. I found it cool to be an archeologist and rediscover precious gems beneath earth.

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2 years ago

I don't know if I would rather be an archaeologist or an archeological anthropologist. The latter I think.

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2 years ago

Woohw supeeer cool

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2 years ago

Wow! That is like a treasure

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2 years ago

It will be there for our grandchildren and their children to enjoy.

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2 years ago

I have so many snail shell at home, one of the discovery we found when we just started building our home was the skeleton of an animal, the location was a new place , houses wasn't much then, we couldn't tell which animal it was but it had like a bird skull but no sign of wings.. We just pack it and throw it away

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2 years ago

Is it antique? Wow nice collection

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2 years ago

Only about sixteen thousand years old (16,000). Give or take a few thousand years.

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2 years ago

Wow...I've never seen anything like these, they look so artistic.

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2 years ago

Thanks. Credit goes to the ancient peoples who made them.

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2 years ago

The snail shells and arrowheads are looking very much ancient and rarely found substance. Here we are away for me the beaches so we didn't came across by such things

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2 years ago

Where are you?

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2 years ago

Wow! Those are priceless treasures.

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2 years ago

I really think so!

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