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Fisher Branch of Muddy Creek, VA

Nanjemoy Formation,
Potapaco Member, Lower Part of Bed B.
Fisher Lane Bone Bed.


"Blurry People"

Getting ready to sift.


Now you can see why they call it Muddy Creek

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The Fisher/Sullivan Bone Bed

The Fisher/Sullivan site is a bed of uncontaminated Eocene deposits which were laid down approximately 56 million years ago in eastern Stafford Co., VA. This deposit and the other Eocene deposits in the area contain many Eocene vertebrates, mostly marine in nature.
During the Eocene, the Atlantic Coastal Plain was underneath a shallow sea. The Fisher/Sullivan site was approximately 9 miles from the paleocoast of Virginia. Based on the fauna and flora at this site, the climate was somewhat warmer and wetter than it is today. Along the coast, tropical plants grew, such as mangrove palms and tropical forms of evergreens. Animals such as small mammals, birds, sea snakes, crocodiles, sea turtles, and bony fish were thriving. Of course sharks, skates and rays, (Including the giant Mackerel shark, Otodus) were abundant.

Recomended Equipment:

  • Shovel and Sifter with a 1/8" - 1/4" screen.
  • Waders(To avoid Mud, and Mosquitos.

  • Recomended Books:

    Early Eocene Vertebrates and Plants from the Fisher/Sullivan Site
    by R. Weems et al
    Copyright 1999
    Virginia Division of Mineral Resources
    Charlottesville, VA

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