Gift box with 4 beautiful fossils
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Beautiful gift box filled with 4 fossils
This gift box is filled with 4 beautiful fossils and contains:
- a fossil fish,
- a pyrite ammonite from Germany
- a trilobite
- an orthoceras.
The fish was found in the Eocene deposition of Green River Wyoming and is between 48 and 55 million years old. The fossil fish occur in the Green River formation in Wyoming (USA). These originate from the Eocene period (part of the Paleogene period). Because the lakes dried up completely during a dry season, mass mortalities happend among these fish that led into these fossil specimens.
This ammonite was found in Germany in the town of Buttenheim near Bamberg. The beautiful golden sheen of this ammonite is immediately noticeable. This color is caused by the iron ore pyrite. During the fossilization of the ammonite, it is not fossilized but 'hyperritised'.
Orthoceras means 'straight horn' referring to the long straight shell of the animals. The soft part was in the shell and with his tentacles he could move. When the animal died the shell sand to the bottom where it was covered by sediment, this fossilized the shell and even after 400 million years it is still preserved for us.
The Trilobites belonged to the arthropods and lived under water. Millions of years ago there were many different species, the trilobite in this box belongs to the genus Calymene and is found in Morocco.