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I was wondering if these shells were fossils. If so, how old they might be. I live in the desert west of Phoenix. I find them frequently in our back yard. Thank you.

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Hi Laurie,

Seems a bit odd that you are finding them near Phoenix.  I would recommend that you take them to a local university and show them to a paleontologist or geologist.  Unfortunately this is not an area of expertise for me.  Try either Arizona State or the University of Arizona.

If you need to get you a contact let me know.

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Archaeologist for the last 30 years. Norh American generalist and Hopwell culture/Red Ocher culture specifically. Lithics Expert and Ground Stone tools.

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