Ammonite Speetoniceras

Ammonite Speetoniceras

Jurassic (208–146 million years)
Volga river, Ulyanovsk region, Russia
37cm x 32.5cm

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Ammonites were cephalopod molluscs, which name comes from the ancient Egypt god Amon. This large split fossil reveals the shell’s beautiful chambers covered with pyrite and orange calcite. Its size and very fine and regular outer pyrite ring make it a very rare specimen.

Fossilised Pine Cones

Fossilised Pine Cones

Araucaria mirabilis

Jurassic (210 million years)

Patagonia, Argentina

7cm x 5.5cm

A fossilized/petrified pine cone, cut in 2 halves, revealing its beautiful fruit-like patterns. The inner sections have been polished whereas the outer portions have been maintained in the natural condition.

Coprolite Triptych

Coprolite Triptych

Fossilized excrement
Madagascar

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Fossilized faeces of Palaeozic-Cenozoic vertebrates are a must have in any Cabinet of Curiosities and a humouristic object of conversation. Coprolite actually provides scientists with very important information about the diet and environment of ancient biota.

Septarian Nodule

Septarian Nodule

Septarian Nodule
Split fossilized concretion
Oligocene (23-33,9 million years)
40cm x 33cm

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Septarian concretions, or septarian nodules, are concretions containing angular cavities or cracks, which are called "septaria", from the Latin word septum, "partition". Large pairs with fully preserved outer rings are extremely rare and much sought after.

Mene Rhombea

Mene Rhombea

Complete fossil fish
Eocene (55,8-33,9 million years)
Monte Bolca, Italy
Matrix : 26cm x 24,5cm
Specimen : 12cm x 10cm

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This rare specimen is close to complete (95-99%) with both sides of the same fossil extremely well-preserved. The level of detail is outstanding for such an untouched specimen, making it a highly desirable fossil.

Megalodon Teeth

Megalodon Teeth

C. megalodon
Oligocene to Pliocene
(33.9–2.6 million years)
North Carolina, USA
14.8cm x 14.9cm x 11cm
14.3cm x 15cm x 11cm

The Megalodon was probably one of the most ferocious and powerful predators that lived in earth's waters, measuring 15 to 20 metres. Megalodon tooth were found in most Cabinets of Curiosities of the 17th and 18th centuries, along with other emblematic objects like elephant bird eggs or red coral branches.