Through August 31st, the North Carolina Collection at J. Y. Joyner Library is exhibiting fossils from Eastern North Carolina. The fossils are from the private collections of William O’Neal and Jay Holley. They have been collected over a period of roughly forty years. Mr. Holley is a geologist and instructor who provided technical expertise as well as fossils. The fossils on display are examples of the kind of items that can be found in local waterways, quarries, and other excavations. There are also explanatory materials from books and electronic resources that can be accessed through Joyner Library.
The fossils are from a wide date range. The oldest are from the Cretaceous Period, and can be as old as sixty-five million years plus. The youngest are from the Quaternary Period, the Pleistocene Epoch, or the age of large land mammals. These can be as old as 1.8 million years. The primary fossil bearing sediments from the region are marine in nature. The Coastal Plain has not always been dry land. The sands and clays of the area offer ready evidence of the abundance of sea creatures. Limestone from the Southern part of the state tells the same story.
The exhibit can be viewed on the third floor of Joyner Library in the North Carolina Collection. Tours can be arranged, and school groups are welcome. Further information can be obtained at 328-6601 or firstname.lastname@example.org .