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Lee Cone

There are a number of different formations that make up the Aurora overburden.  The formation that I have seen the greatest amount of coral is the James City.  It would not be the layer that you want for pristine Megs, but it is rich in shells and coral and occasionally a great white.  Most of the coral is bright white after it washes and long branches and branched pieces can be found.  This material is Pleistocene in age.  There are other formations that can have coral as well.  This coral is more like what is pictured.  It is from the Pungo River Formation, which is Miocene.  If the pictured piece came from the piles of reject material in front of the museum, then as Eleanor said, it could be anything from miocene to pleistocene.  My guess, though, would be Pungo (miocene)