During our visit to the James E. Grey Preserve down in New Port Richey, I couldn't stop staring at the parking lot aggregate. The entire lot was "paved" with sea shells ... fossil seashells.
It's probable that they were quarried in nearby counties where large deposits of shell and lime rock remind us of Florida's submerged history. Sweet Florida expands during ice ages and contracts as global warming ends those ice ages and seas refill covering much of the peninsula.
You dieters will recognize this as the original yoyo effect.
I get a kick out of imagining that somewhere in the far future, there is a another shallow sea covering PFHQ and mollusks like these are enjoying "my" little piece of paradise.
The animals who made these shells lived in a shallow sea that covered the southern half of Florida millions of years ago. How many millions of years depends on the deposit they were quarried from, but certainly anywhere from 1 to 25 million years is a good ballpark.
So the title is a bit misleading, if you know your prehistoric time zones, but I couldn't resist the pun.
After the park dedication, as we stood around in the lot talking and trying to decide where to go eat (Beef O'Brady's), I couldn't focus on the conversation even though I was pretty hungry by then.
The shells kept calling me and I found myself head down, toe riffling through the shelly gravel, seeking the fossil shark teeth that must be there somewhere.
I did not find any ... this time.