The Tertiary in Georgia, US

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Tertiary Fossils

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Paleontology and geology

During the Tertiary, sea level decreased from the high mark it reached during the Cretaceous, but much of the southern half of the state still consisted of shifting shallow coastal marine environments. Rivers brought in large amounts of mud and sand from the eroding Appalachian Mountains to the north. The muds were deposited in estuaries and other coastal environments in thick layers that later became economically valuable clay deposits. Small reefs formed in marine environments where there was little mud or sand being deposited. Fossils from the Tertiary include corals, sea urchins, whales, and the giant shark, Carcharodon megalodon.

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Education and Exhibits

Education and Exhibits

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Virtual Museum of Fossils: Geosciences, at Georgia's Valdosta State University, presents an interactive virtual museum of invertebrate and vertebrate fossil specimens. Explore the collection by animal, or by time period from Precambrian to Quaternary. Maps are detailed and include ecosystem distribution. Fossil photographs, many showing multiple views, list information about where the fossil was found, and how it is categorized taxonomically. Some pages feature a drawing of the animal's skeleton showing the fossil bone in red.

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