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During the Miocene Era much of Eastern North Carolina was covered by what is now called the Atlantic Ocean. Proof of this exists in such places as Tarboro and northeasterly through Edgecombe, Halifax, and Northampton counties. There in the marl beds are the remains of whales; one was estimated at fifty feet, based on the well-preserved jaw-bones of 13 and one-half feet. Oyster shells and other shells have also been found two hundred miles inland, more proof of the inundation.