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Fossil Hunting and the Fossil Museum in Aurora, N.C.

Dig for Fossils in Aurora, North Carolina

Dig the past at the Fossil Museum in Aurora, NC | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/collecting-fossils-fossil-museum-in-aurora-nc/

Big kids and little kids like to dig in the dirt. When I was growing up on the farm here in eastern North Carolina, if we dug deep enough we could find a fossil. It was so exciting to get those remnants from the past and to know that right where we were digging was once under water.

17 million years ago the town of Aurora, NC was underwater. | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/collecting-fossils-fossil-museum-in-aurora-nc/

Life in Aurora, NC 17 million years ago – when these creatures died, they left their bones.

If you don’t have a creek or a farm for digging, don’t fret – you and your children can dig in the big pile of sand at the Aurora Fossil Museum in Aurora, NC, opened in 1978.

Beaufort county has phosphate reserves, so companies like the old Texas Gulf and Sulfur (now PCS) dig huge holes in the earth to mine the phosphate. In these pits, are many sharks’ teeth;  in times past  this “marl” dirt from these pits was used to fill holes in the road.

Fossils from 17 million years ago can be seen at the Fossil Museum in Aurora, NC. | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/collecting-fossils-fossil-museum-in-aurora-nc/

Oh, What Large Teeth You Have, Mr. Shark!

You will see all sizes of shark’s teeth, dinosaur bones and some really old shells. Some of these items are as much as several million years old.

The Fossil Museum is on Main Street in the tiny eastern North Carolina town of Aurora. As you enter, you will see a case of wonderful jewelry made from shark’s teeth and fossils. Jewelry sales help support the museum.

A fun thing to do while you are in the museum is to get your picture taken in the jaws of a shark!

Fossil hunting is fun day trip from Big Mill B&B in Williamston, NC | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/collecting-fossils-fossil-museum-in-aurora-nc/

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The Fossil Guy lists 14 sites to dig for fossils in the mid-Atlantic states, and Aurora is on this map. He suggests a good book Fossil Collecting in the Mid-Atlantic States for folks who want to learn about this fascinating hobby.

Chloe Tuttle Big Mill Bed and Breakfast near Greenville NC

DISTANCES FROM:
135 east-southeast miles of Raleigh, NC
153 miles south of Norfolk, VA
29 miles south and east of Washington, NC
44 miles east of Greenville, NC
50 miles south and east of Big Mill Bed &Breakfast in Williamston, NC 252-792-8787

FOR MORE INFORMATION about Aurora Fossil Museum:

400 Main Street, Aurora, NC 27806
Phone: 252-322-4238
Admission: FREE
Open Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

   

 

Author: Chloe Tuttle

I am a farm girl who sailed the world, returned home to the family farm and opened Big Mill Bed and Breakfast. Join us for a quiet getaway 252-792-8787.

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