7-Year-Old Discovers Rare Fossil at N.C. Museum
It's every kid's dream to discover treasure while digging, and for a 7-year-old on a visit to the Museum of Life and Science, in Durham, that dream came true. Jessie Duncan, who lives in Havlock, N.C., recently unearthed an extremely rare fossil, a symphesial cow shark jaw, while digging through the fossil dig site at the museum.
"Mom, look what I found. Something cool!" he told his mom, Amanda Duncan, according to Taneka Bennett, a spokesperson for the museum. His mom wasn't sure what he'd found at first because it wasn't listed on the museum's fossil identification chart. Jesse thought it was a devils ray, but his mom knew it wasn't.
After heading home, Amanda went to an online fossil forum to see if she could identify what her son had found. She posted an image of the fossil on the web with a description where the fossil was found and responses poured in. One collector described the piece as the "Holy Grail" of sharks' teeth. Collectors were especially in awe by the fossil's pristine condition because there were no teeth missing, according to a museum press release.
One collector offered to purchase the fossil from the Duncan's for $400, but Amanda said the fossil is too big a part of Jesse's childhood to sell it. In the meantime, the fossil is safely protected in safe deposit box and the Duncans are talking with the museum in hopes they will place the fossil on exhibit this summer.
– Written by Odile Fredericks with information provided by the Museum of Life and Science release.