Miracle at Cockroach Bay The Leisey Shell Fossils

Miracle at Cockroach Bay The Leisey Shell Fossils (HM29OM)

Location: Ruskin, FL 33570 Hillsborough County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 41.704', W 82° 29.592'

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In the ponds in front of you one of the richest Ice-Age fossil discoveries in the world took place in 1983-84. When amateur paleontologists reported a large accumulation of fossils to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Leisey Shell Pit and the community of Ruskin, Florida became international celebrities.

The fossil site attracted the attention of local, state, and national news media. Scientists called the discovery a new window into the past for paleontology. Fossil hunter Frank Garcia and crew organized volunteers in and around the community of Ruskin to excavate 203 different types of fauna. With cooperation and resources from the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Leisey Shell Corporation and the Leisey and Casey families, over 20,000 identifiable fossils were unearthed. Volunteers from the Tampa Bay Mineral & Science Club recognized public interest in the Lesiey fossils and spawned the Tampa Bay Fossil Club which continues to meet some 30 years later.
HM NumberHM29OM
Year Placed2017
Placed ByTampa Bay Fossil Club and Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 352764 N 3064315
Decimal Degrees27.69506667, -82.49320000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 41.704', W 82° 29.592'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 41' 42.24" N, 82° 29' 35.52" W
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Area Code(s)813
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1800 Mammoth Trail, Ruskin FL 33570, US
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