Ancient Oyster Shells on the Atlantic Continental Shelf

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Science  22 Jan 1965:
Vol. 147, Issue 3656, pp. 398-400
DOI: 10.1126/science.147.3656.398


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.