Bone Valley - Central Florida, U.S.
to PLIOCENE PERIOD: 23.3 - 1.81 million years ago
Compared to the ugly
and dark, crud-stained whale vertebra found in rivers, this exquisitely
preserved large whale vertebra fossil could have only come from one
source, the famous Bone Valley Formation in Central Florida. With
its beautiful white hue and superb condition right down to the finely
detailed bone porosity, this large vertebra from a prehistoric whale is
in a class all its own. Entire surface is solid and aside from the
vertebra is intact with NO REPAIR and NO RESTORATION. COLOR IS
NATURAL AND AS FOUND!
Not only are Bone Valley fossils so rare and beautiful, also
contributing to their rarity on the market is the fact that the site has
been off limits for collecting for many years now.
No state, with the
exception of Nebraska, has such a rich record of vertebrate fossils
spanning the last 25 million years as is found in the state of Florida.
Despite the last couple hundred years of paleontological studies across
the globe, the true wealth of Florida's fossil resources has only been
fully recognized in the last two decades. More than 1,100
different species have been recorded from the state and new finds are
made every year!
fossil history dates back to the Eocene Period, 56.5 million years ago.
Florida land vertebrates from the Oligocene, Miocene and Pliocene
Periods are extremely important because they are so rare elsewhere in
eastern North America. The importance of Florida's fossil record
is priceless because without it, the understanding of Cenozoic
terrestrial life on this continent would be very incomplete.
First emerging from
the ocean 37 million years ago as a series of islands, Florida began its
history as a land mass. Prior to the Oligocene Period 35.5 to 23.3
million year ago, vertebrate life existed over Florida strictly in the
form of marine creatures dating back to the beginning of the Eocene
Period. During the Oligocene, land bridges were forming and a
variety of fauna moved from the harsher climates of eastern North
America to the tropical and sub-tropical, frost-free forests of Florida.
Throughout this period, glacial activity caused the oceans to rise and
fall countless times, all the way up to the last 10,000 years. At
times, the state was twice its current width. Other times, it was
less than 100 miles long and 10 miles wide.
From the middle
Miocene, 16 million years ago to the earliest Pliocene, about 4.5
million years ago, no other region in North America can claim a more
varied and richer wealth of important vertebrate fossil finds than from
the famous BONE VALLEY region in the phosphate mining district of
Central Florida. During this time, thick forests and grassy plains
covered a stubby peninsula that only went as far south to what is now
Polk County. If you were to visit this area at that time, you
would find six-foot tortoises, shovel-tusked mastodons, hornless rhinos,
humpless camels, iguanas, gila monsters, and 30-foot crocodiles.
The warm waters surrounding the area were filled with a rich variety of
life as well, including long-beaked dolphins, bony fish, rays, sea cows
and sharks including the notorious and now extinct giant killer shark,
Bone Valley fossils
are rare and highly-priced specimens. Due to the unique geological
characteristics of the phosphate-rich region, most of the fossils are
beautifully preserved with amazing detail and color. Unlike the
majority of southeastern U.S. fossils retrieved from rivers and streams,
Bone Valley specimens are found in dry earth and are not stained with
the typical cruddy black and brown muck from rivers. Because Bone
Valley fossils comprise so much variety of both ancient marine and
terrestrial creatures, along with their unique and rare beauty of
preservation, specimens from this locality are very rare and of great
value to any fossil collection.
BEST WE HAVE EVER HAD FROM THIS RARE DEPOSIT!
long x 6" wide x 4.75" high
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