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Fossils and petrified wood are abundant in North Carolina's coastal plain. They range in age from 10,000 years to more than 600 million years old. Almost every major river and stream east of I-95 to the coast has exposures where fossils can be found. The state's most famous fossil site is a huge marl pit near Aurora in Beaufort County. The pit is internationally known for the huge shark teeth discovered there.
Fossil hunting is popular in Eastern North Carolina; many participants find the remains of sea creatures of the prehistoric sea that once covered the area. This article discusses the best places for fossil hunting and how to identify finds.
The Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Aurora Fossil Festival and Fortieth birthday of the Aurora Fossil Museum occurs on May 25 and 26 in Aurora, North Carolina. Aurora, also known as Fossil Town, USA, is an area rich in marine fossils. The festival will host a variety of museum-related activities include an education tent, fossil displays, paleontology lectures and a fossil auction.