Fossilized Chesapecten jeffersonius (Scallop)
A perfect example of Chesapecten jeffersonius, a scallop that lived during the Pliocene epoch between four and five million years ago on Virginia’s coastal plain. In 1687, Martin Lister published a drawing of Chesapecten jeffersonius making it the first North American fossil to be illustrated in scientific literature. In 1993 the state of Virginia made it the official state fossil. Size measures 6.5 inches by 6 inches. Location: King George, VA.