What’s Inside This Rock? Slabbing a Stone Packed Full of Fossils

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image credit: Scott Wilkins/YouTube

There’s something inherently captivating about cutting open rocks and revealing the secrets hidden within. Sometimes they’re duds. Other times the results are mind blowing.

Scott Wilkins, a YouTuber known for his love of rockhounding and for posting videos of rocks that he’s found and cut open, recently stumbled upon a stone that has the power to captivate any viewer.

While rockhounding the banks of the Colorado River in Central Texas, Scott and his wife Kendra found a giant fossil rock brimming with an abundance of gastropod fossils.

image credit: Scott Wilkins/YouTube

What’s really interesting about this stone, in addition to all the fossils in it, is when Scott turns it over we can see a perfect side profile of a turritella fossil! Turritella are a genus of small to medium-sized sea snails, and the presence of this elusive fossil adds an extra layer of intrigue to the discovery.

Will there be more turritella fossils? There’s only one way to find out!

Watch The Video!

As Scott shows us the different slabs he’s cut from the rock, the true extent of the fossil-filled treasure becomes clear. The rock is absolutely packed with the preserved remains of ancient creatures, creating a stunning visual display.

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