Fossil Gift Box
Fossil Gift Box
Looking for a gift for a budding paleontologist the our fossil gift boxes are the ideal way to start a fossil collection. This box contains the following:
1 Fossil Shark Tooth Necklace of Cord
1 Trilobite Fossil from Morocco
1 Small Orthoceras Polished Point
1 Small pair of cut and polished Ammonites from Madagascar
Otodus is an extinct genus of mackerel shark which lived from the Paleocene to the Miocene epoch. These teeth are between 55 and 45 million years old and are from Morocco.
This shark is known from its fossilized teeth and vertebral centra. Like other elasmobranchs, the skeleton of Otodus was composed of cartilage and not bone, resulting in relatively few preserved skeletal structures appearing within the fossil record. The teeth of this shark are large with triangular crown, smooth cutting edges, and visible cusps on the roots. Some Otodus teeth also show signs of evolving serrations.
Trilobite, any member of a group of extinct fossil arthropods easily recognized by their distinctive three-lobed, three-segmented form. Trilobites, exclusively marine animals, first appeared at the beginning of the Cambrian Period, about 542 million years ago, when they dominated the seas. Although they became less abundant in succeeding geologic periods, a few forms persisted into the Permian Period, which ended about 251 million years ago.
The fossils commonly known as orthoceras are extinct "straight-shelled" cephalopods that lived during the Upper Devonian period around 370 million years ago. They lived inside of their shell, had tentacles they could use to grab food and used jet propulsion, squirting water to move. The rock containing them is quarried from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and frequently polished to make decorative items with the fossils visible on the polished surface. Orthoceras is believed to have disappeared about 200 million years ago in the lower Triassic period
Ammonoid, also called ammonite, any of a group of extinct cephalopods (of the phylum Mollusca), forms related to the modern pearly nautilus (Nautilus), that are frequently found as fossils in marine rocks dating from the Devonian Period (began 419 million years ago) to the Cretaceous Period (ended 66 million years ago).