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Fossilized Busycon Whelk
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Busycon is a genus of very large edible sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks, in the family Buccinidae. These snails are commonly known in the U.S. as whelks or Busycon whelks. Busycon comes from the Greek: bous meaning cow and sykon meaning fig; translating to large fig. This is one of the few genera of gastropods in which the shell may coil either to the right or the left. These fossils date to the Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era (65 million to 136 million years ago). This example was f... Click for details

Fossilized Busycon Whelk
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Busycon is a genus of very large edible sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks, in the family Buccinidae. These snails are commonly known in the U.S. as whelks or Busycon whelks. Busycon comes from the Greek: bous meaning cow and sykon meaning fig; translating to large fig. This is one of the few genera of gastropods in which the shell may coil either to the right or the left. These fossils date to the Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era (65 million to 136 million years ago). This example was f... Click for details

Fossilized Barnacle Cluster
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Fossilized Barnacle Cluster
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A prime example of fossilized barnacles traced to the Paleozoic Era, Devonian Period (between 360 million to 410 million years ago). Barnacles play an important role in estimating paleo-water depths. A barnacle is a type of arthropod belonging to the infraclass Cirripedia in the subphylum Crustacea, and is hence related to crabs and lobsters. This specimen is perhaps of the Regerella species. Overall size measure 5 inches by 5 inches. Location: King George, VA.

Fossilized Carbon Film of Fern
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Fossilized Carbon Film of Fern
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An outstanding example of a carbon film of a fern from the Paleozoic Era, Carboniferous / Pennsylvanian Period. Very rarely organisms containing a high content of carbon (i.e. plants) are subjected to extreme pressure and heat. These conditions force all gas and liquid from the organism leaving a thin film of carbon residue, forming a silhouette of the original organism. Overall size measures 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches. Age: 300 million to 360 million years old. Location: King George, VA.

Fossilized Natural Cast of Chesapecten jeffersonius
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Fossilized Natural Cast of Chesapecten jeffersonius
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A perfect example of a natural cast of Chesapecten jeffersonius, a scallop that lived during the Pliocene epoch between four and five million years ago on Virginia’s coastal plain. This particular specimen exposes the actual scallop organism while its shell deteriorated. In 1687, Martin Lister published a drawing of Chesapecten jeffersonius making it the first North American fossil to be illustrated in scientific literature. In 1993 the state of Virginia made it the official state fossil. Size m... Click for details

Fossilized Chesapecten jeffersonius (Scallop)
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Fossilized Chesapecten jeffersonius (Scallop)
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A perfect example of Chesapecten jeffersonius, a scallop that lived during the Pliocene epoch between four and five million years ago on Virginia’s coastal plain. In 1687, Martin Lister published a drawing of Chesapecten jeffersonius making it the first North American fossil to be illustrated in scientific literature. In 1993 the state of Virginia made it the official state fossil. Size measures 6.5 inches by 6 inches. Location: King George, VA.

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Fossilized Whale Rib Bone
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Fossilized Whale Rib Bone
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Large example of a fossilized whale rib bone; most likely a baleen whale. This particular specimen measures over 12 inches long by 3 inches thick showing a unique lateral split exposing the internal bone marrow. Great view of fossilization process. Age: 5 to 28 million years old. Location: Flag Pond, MD.

Ten Piece Native American Projectile Point Collection
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Ten Piece Native American Projectile Point Collection
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A unique ten piece collection of Native American projectile points (spear points and arrow heads). This collection consists of five Clovis points, three bird points and two mammal points. Three pieces are made from obsidian, four from quartz and three from granite. Size ranges from 3 inches by 1 inch to 1 inch by 0.5 inch. Age: approximately 13,500 years old. Location is The Beach at Fisher’s Bay, MD. Ryker box included.

Fossilized Megalodon Teeth Four Piece Collection
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Fossilized Megalodon Teeth Four Piece Collection
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An educational package consisting of four fossilized megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon) teeth. This set is perfectly suited for "Show & Tell" allowing students to handle and visualize the stages of fossilization. These specimens detail crown, dentine and enamel wear. Size ranges from 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches to 1.25 inches by 1.25 inches. Age: 5 to 28 million years old. Location is Clavert Cliffs, MD>

Fossilized Ammonite
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Fossilized Ammonite
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Fossilized ammonites are an extinct group of marine invertebrate animals in the class Cephalopoda of the subclass Ammonoidea of the order Anarcestida. Genus and species are unknown. These mollusks are more closely related to the squid and octopus. Overall measurement is 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches. Age: 360 million to 420 million years old (Devonian Period). Location: Richmond County, Virginia. Ryker box included. Note suture marks (showing growth over a period of time) on weathered area of fossil.

Fossilized Ammonite
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Fossilized ammonites are an extinct group of marine invertebrate animals in the class Cephalopoda of the subclass Ammonoidea of the order Anarcestida. Genus and species are unknown. These mollusks are more closely related to the squid and octopus. Overall measurement is 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches. Age: 360 million to 420 million years old (Devonian Period). Location: Richmond County, Virginia. Ryker box included. Note suture marks (showing growth over a period of time) on weathered area of fossil.

Fossilized Tiger Shark Teeth
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Fossilized Tiger Shark Teeth
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A set of five fossilized tiger shark teeth (Galeocerdo cuvier). Excellent large size examples that detail dentine (root), crown, serrations and nutrient groove. Overall measurement of each tooth is 0.875 inch by 0.875 inch. Age: 5 million to 25 million years old. Location: Westmoreland County, Virginia. Ryker box included.

Fossilized Snaggletooth Shark Teeth
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Fossilized Snaggletooth Shark Teeth
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A set of five fossilized snaggletooth shark teeth (Hemipristis serra). Excellent large size examples that detail dentine (root), crown, serrations and nutrient groove. Overall measurement of each tooth is 1 inch by 0.75 inch. Age: 5 million to 25 million years old. Location: Westmoreland County, Virginia. Ryker box included.

Fossilized Dusky Shark Teeth
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Fossilized Dusky Shark Teeth
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A set of six fossilized dusky shark teeth (Carcharinus obscurus). Related to today’s Red Sea shark. Excellent large size examples that detail dentine (root), crown, serrations and nutrient groove. Overall measurement of each tooth is 1 inch by 0.75 inch. Age: 5 million to 25 million years old. Location: Westmoreland County, Virginia. Ryker box included.

Fossilized Porpoise Vertebra
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Fossilized Porpoise Vertebra
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Rare juvenile fossilized porpoise vertebra. This particular example demonstrates a lumbar vertebra of a porpoise with epiphysis (growth plate) on both sides indicating it was a juvenile. It is rare to see both epiphysis as they easily slip off the vertebra. The opening in the spinous process is to allow for the spinal cord. The two transverse process have deteriorated. Overall measurement: 3.5 inches long by 2.25 inches wide by 1 inch thick. The superfamily is Delphinoidea and the family is Phoc... Click for details

Fossilized Wood (Petrified Wood)
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Fossilized Wood (Petrified Wood)
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Petrified Wood is a fossil in which the organic remains have been replaced by minerals in the slow process of being replaced with stone. The petrifaction process generally results in a quartz chalcedony mineralization. Special rare conditions must be met in order for the fallen stem to be transformed into fossil wood or petrified wood. In general, the fallen plants get buried in an environment free of oxygen (anaerobic environment), which preserves the original plant structure and general appear... Click for details

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