Fossil Oyster With Fossil Pearl - Smoky Hill Chalk, Kansas

 
 
This specimen was just acquired from one of our suppliers. We won't have it back in our warehouse to ship until Sept. 18th It is on sale until this date, so if you purchase it quickly you get a discount :)

This is a fossil pearl from the Smoky Hill Chalk of Gove County, Kansas. It was mounted inside a fossil oyster collected from the same layer of the formation. The pearl is 0.30" wide and the oyster is 3.3" wide. Pearls do not often preserve as they are composted of Aragonite which is not as stable as the calcite of the oyster shell.

The Smoky Hill Chalk Member of the Niobrara Chalk formation is a Cretaceous conservation Lagerstätte, or fossil rich geological formation, known primarily for its exceptionally well-preserved marine reptiles. It outcrops in parts of northwest Kansas, its most famous localities for fossils, and in southeastern Nebraska. Large well-known fossils excavated from the Smoky Hill Chalk include marine reptiles such as plesiosaurs, large bony fish such as Xiphactinus, mosasaurs, flying reptiles or pterosaurs (namely Pteranodon), flightless marine birds such as Hesperornis, and turtles. Many of the most well-known specimens of the marine reptiles were collected by dinosaur hunter Charles H. Sternberg and his son George.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Inoceramus
LOCATION
Gove County, Kansas
FORMATION
Niobrara Formation
SIZE
Oyster 3.3" wide, Pearl 0.30"
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#31434
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