“Fossil Shells” is a bit of filler; one of the few
on fossils for early American children, it’s a “gee-whiz” paragraph that
doesn’t try to explain why a bed of shells found in France is also found in
the Andes. Like other early pieces on fossils printed in
Parley’s Magazine, the explanation
likely would have fit the explanation of the Earth’s beginnings to be found
in the bible.
“Fossil Shells” (from Parley’s Magazine, June 7, 1834; p. 111)
At the distance of 100 miles from the sea, in France, is
a bed of shells, 2 miles long, and twenty feet in depth. Humboldt found
the shells on the Andes, 14,120 feet above the level of the sea.