(NOTE: These observations occurred throughout July.)
One photo shows three objects that I think are truffles. Each shows signs of chewing which exposes an interior with a black powder that appears to be spores (see 40x microscope photo).
Several times something like these objects have appeared near our house. These include one being carried by an Eastern Chipmunk, the three objects shown in the photo, and black powder deposits near a perch frequented by chipmunks.

Specimens: largest of the three is ~28 mm across; no gills, no stalk, no obvious attachment.
Surface: Smooth, dark-brown, very hard shelled.
Spores: Very black; spherical with a diameter of ~30 microns.
Habitat: Mixed woods including Eastern Hemlock and White Pine as well as many hardwood species.


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Presumed spores at 40x

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