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Ancient oyster shells on the atlantic continental shelf

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Abstract

Shells of long-dead Crassostrea virginica are reported at 71 stations in depths of 14 to 82 meters. The depths exceed those of the estuaries where the species flourishes. Radiocarbon measurements indicate that the oysters were alive 8000 to 11,000 years ago. It is concluded that the oysters lived in lagoons or estuaries which became submerged when the sea level rose at the end of the latest glacial epoch.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Ancient oyster shells on the atlantic continental shelf
Series title:
Science
Volume
147
Issue:
3656
Year Published:
1965
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Science
First page:
398
Last page:
400
Number of Pages:
3