Fossil Ammonites, Fish, Orthoceras,
Trilobites and Other Fossils

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FO100b  This is a Fossil Collection Kit with 12 different specimens. They include, Gastropod, 2 kinds of trilobites, Crinoid stem, Pelecypod, Brachiopod, horn Coral, shark teeth, Ammonite, petrified wood, dinosaur bone and fossil Algae.  Each of these items comes with its own detailed write up. A great gift for kids or to add to your own collection.

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Fossil Collection Kit

$18.00 FO101c   Here are several very nice, above average quality, Orthoceras fossil specimens cut into a free form plaque.  The plaque measures nearly 4 3/4" wide x over 10" x almost 1 5/8" thick and weighs just over 3 1/2 lbs.  The fossils on the front face have been chipped out of the matrix and polished to reveal very good detail and unique characteristics.  They range from 4" to 7 1/2" long.

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Orthoceras was a marine cephalopod, this particular species was straight shelled and they thrived some 400+ million years ago in the Paleozoic era. 

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Orthoceras

$30.00

FO102b  This is a new and different item at the Rock Shed; a Turritella Agate slab cut from material from south central Wyoming.  The slab has a soft Grayish Brown color and has many, many nice fossils scattered throughout. This specimen measures 4 5/8" x over 6 1/8" x 2 5/8" thick and has a nice polish on the face.  It was cut and polished here at the Rock Shed's own Lapidary department.  A nice item for any fossil collection.

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Turritella Agate is composed of silicified fossil shells in various matrix composed of soft sandstone to a dense chalcedony. Some of the Turritella are actually shells of the freshwater gastropod, Elimia tenera.  These fossils are considered to be from the Eocene Epoch to the Cretaceous period in age.

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Turritella Agate

$45.00

FO103c   This is an unique and very nice Fossil Shrimp specimen from Lebanon.  The species is Carpopenaeus callirostris and are from the Cretaceous Age, some 90 million years ago.  The highly detailed specimen has a very nice shrimp fossil measuring almost 7/8" wide x nearly 1" not including the antennae that extends to the edge of the limestone.   The light colored Limestone matrix measures 2 3/8" x over 2 1/8" x 1/2" thick.  Very cool!  

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Shrimp

$60.00

FO104b  Here is something really cool and different for the Fossil collector.  This is a beautiful fossilized Ammonite from Western South Dakota.  One nice sized Ammonite is visible embedded in the matrix and measures nearly 2 3/8" x almost 2 1/4".  The matrix has numerous other fossils and evidence where even more were.  Together in the matrix, the specimen measures over 5 1/2" x almost 4 3/4" x 3 1/4" and weighs 3 1/4 pounds.  This outstanding piece makes an excellent display item!

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Ammonites are extinct members of the cephalopod group of mollusks. Only a limited number of species have survived to the present day which includes the squid and the chambered nautilus. Ammonites had a multi-chambered shell, and added more chambers as it grew, always living in the outer chamber.  They lived in the Cretaceous period some 63 to 130 million years ago.

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South Dakota Ammonite

$50.00

FO105c  This is a unique item featuring two fossilized Trilobites from Morocco.  This larger trilobite in this specimen measures over 1 1/4" x 3/4". The smaller one is nearly 7/8" x almost 3/4" and on matrix that is 7 1/2" x 8 1/2" x nearly 2 1/4" including the Trilobite.  This interesting fossil has great detail of the trilobite throughout.  A must have for the fossil collector or an excellent gift for someone!

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Trilobites are hard-shelled, segmented members of Arthropoda and the class Trilobita that existed throughout almost all of the Paleozoic era, flourishing in the earlier part of it and slowly declining in the later part. The most common trilobites were about 2-7 cm (1-3.5 in) in length, but over their long history they ranged in size from 1 mm-72 cm (.04 in-28 in) and exhibited so much variation that they are classified into nine (or possibly ten) orders with more than 15,000 species. The smallest species are presumed to have been part of the free floating plankton, while the more common, mid-sized species probably walked along the sea floor filtering mud to obtain food, and the larger varieties may have been swimming predators.

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Trilobite

$30.00

FO106b  This is a different item, a very Turritella fossil specimen from Touraine, France.  The very detailed specimen has five Turitella of different sizes with some extra pieces and a fossil clams all on matrix.  The longest Turitella is 3 1/2" long x nearly 1 1/8" in diameter.  The very cool specimen measures overall almost 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" x almost 1 1/2" tall and displays nicely from every angle.  A great addition to any fossil collection.

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Turritella are medium-sized sea snails or gastropod mollusks from the family Trurritellidae.  They have tightly coiled shells with the overall shape of an elongated cone.  Their name Turritella comes from the Latin word turritus meaning "turreted" or "towered". 

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Turritella Fossils

$25.00

FO107b  Here is a very unique shaped dish carved from Fossil Rock from Morocco.  This lovely dish has a nice Geisonoceras fossil and very cool design with lots of visible fossils on the balance of the dish.  It measures over 6 3/8" wide x 6 1/4" x 7/8" thick with a nice polish.  This would make a great gift or keep it for yourself!

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Fossil Dish

$20.00

FO109b  This is a neat find!!  Here is a nice quality fossilized Sand Dollar from Madagascar.  It measures 3" x nearly 2 7/8" x 1" thick and has been nicely polished on the top surface to bring out the detail allowing for a great display. 

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This species of Sand Dollar is "Clypeasteroida" They are very beautiful specimens and have nice detail.  They are from Majanga, Madagascar and lived in the Jurassic period some 146 to 200 million years ago.

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Sand Dollar

$110.00 FO110c   Here is something different from the Fossil department at the Rock Shed.  This is a very good, high quality large Trilobite fossil in matrix. This interesting fossil actually shows great detail of the trilobite throughout.  The specimen measures 6 1/4" x nearly 4 1/4"and rests in matrix measuring almost 7 3/4" x nearly 6" x 2 1/2" thick all together top and bottom.  The fossil has a natural, rough-like texture with no polish.  Close observation may reveal some detail areas have been professionally prepared but it doesn't detract from the display of this awesome fossil.

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Trilobites are hard-shelled, segmented members of Arthropoda and the class Trilobita that existed throughout almost all of the Paleozoic era, flourishing in the earlier part of it and slowly declining in the later part. The most common trilobites were about 2-7 cm (1-3.5 in) in length, but over their long history they ranged in size from 1 mm-72 cm (.04 in-28 in) and exhibited so much variation that they are classified into nine (or possibly ten) orders with more than 15,000 species. The smallest species are presumed to have been part of the free floating plankton, while the more common, mid-sized species probably walked along the sea floor filtering mud to obtain food, and the larger varieties may have been swimming predators.

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Large Trilobite in Matrix

$12.00

FO111c  Here is something different for the fossil collector.  This is a very nice, above average quality fossil Clam specimen from Madagascar.  The interesting fossil measures nearly 2 1/4" long x over 1 3/4" x 1 3/8" thick and is nicely polished.  The fossilized clam has nice detail and a good appearance.  A very nice addition to your fossil collection.

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Fossil Clam

$26.00

FO112c   Here is a Knightia eocaena Fossil Fish from the Eocene Age from the Green River Formation, Lincoln County, Wyoming.  The interesting and very detailed fossil itself measures nearly 3 5/8" long from head to tail x 1 5/16".  This very nice fossil fish specimens is in a light colored Limestone matrix measuring 6 1/4" wide x almost 4 1/2" x 5/8" thick.  These fossil fish lived some 50 million years ago. 

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     In southwest Wyoming (and parts of Colorado and Utah) in the Green River Formation are found some of the world's most outstanding specimens of fossil fish.  The Green River system was composed of three lakes:  Lake Ulinta, Lake Gosiute and Fossil Lake.  These Eocene Lakes lay in a series of intermountain basins formed by geological events that uplifted the Rocky Mountains during the early Tertiary time.
The Climate was much different from the desert-like climate of this area today.  Both the fauna (crocodiles, alligators, boa constrictors and some subtropical fish families) and the flora (such as large palm trees) indicate a climate much like that found along the Gulf Coast today.  Large amounts of ash found in the sediments indicate that volcanoes were particularly active at this time.
    
The fossils found in the Green River Formation are between 40-60 Million years old and are in excellent preservation.  The most common fish found in the formation is the Knightia, a herring-like fish.  They are found singularly or in large groupings. These groupings are referred to as "Mortality Layers" and are believed to have been caused by extensive ash fall-out after volcanic eruptions. Some of the other species of fish found in the Green River Formation are:  Phareodus, a carnivorous fish often found up to 2 feet in length and having many sharp teeth.  Mioplosus, a true perch, and Priscacara, a sunfish-like fish with stout dorsal and anal spines.  There are also turtles, stingrays, crocodiles and alligator gar-fish.
The fossils of the Green River Formation - each one unique - are some of nature's finest art. They are highly valued by collectors the world over.

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Knightia Eocaena

$60.00

FO114c  This is a very nice, above average quality complete Nautiloid Fossil from Madagascar.  It measures almost 4" x 2 7/8" x 2 1/2" and has a nice polish on the outside bringing out the the excellent quality of this specimen.  A great addition to any fossil collection.

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Ammonites are extinct members of the cephalopod group of mollusks. Only a limited number of species have survived to the present day which includes the squid and the chambered nautilus. Ammonites had a multi-chambered shell, and added more chambers as it grew, always living in the outer chamber.  They lived in the Cretaceous period some 63 to 130 million years ago.

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Nautiloid

$50.00

FO115b  Here is something different for the Fossil collector.  This is a nice fossilized end of Coprolite, also known as "Dino Dung".  It measures 6 1/2" x 4" x  2 1/2" and has been polished on the front face.  This specimen has a nice blend of color and a good design that resembles Petrified Wood.  Take it home with you today.

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Coprolite

$210.00

FO116b   Here is a large, above average quality, colorful Ammonite set.  Each piece measures over 7 3/4" x nearly 6 5/8" x 7/8" thick and has a nice polish on both sides.  The set has a highly detailed interior with some nice crystallized cavities.  This beautiful fossil is from Madagascar.  Very, very nice!

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Ammonites are extinct members of the cephalopod group of mollusks. Only a limited number of species have survived to the present day which includes the squid and the chambered nautilus. Ammonites had a multi-chambered shell, and added more chambers as it grew, always living in the outer chamber.  They lived in the Cretaceous period some 63 to 130 million years ago.

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Ammonite

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