Pearl oysters are saltwater clams, marine bivalve molluscs. They have a strong inner shell layer composed of nacre, also known as "mother of pearl". Nacre is an organic-inorganic composite material produced by some molluscs as an interior shell layer. It is also what makes pearls. It is very strong, resilient, and iridescent. This beautiful shell is 3 inches and weigh .8 ounces. It was collected from Point Saint George beach in Crescent City California. The fossil serpulid worm footprints on the surface of this shell are very interesting. The oyster tendon or stem is clearly visible on the interior of the shell.
Fossilization is a rare occurrence, because natural materials tend to be recycled. In order for an organism to be fossilized, the remains normally need to be covered by sediment as soon as possible. Taphonomy ("law of burial") is the term used to describe the process that results in the formation of a fossil. Permineralization occurs as part of the fossilization process and literally turns the organism into stone. The most common minerals involved in fossilization are forms of silica, aragonite, calcite, dolomite, illite, pyrite and spatite. To see more about our area and my hobbies, go to
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