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LARGE MASTERPIECE FOSSIL GROUP OF PREHISTORIC MIOCENE GIANT SEA SCALLOPS IN STONE

France

UPPER MIOCENE PERIOD:  11.6 - 5.3 million years ago

This is an amazing showpiece fossil specimen - rare in quality and size and equally impressive in any interior setting as an architectural design accent.  These giant prehistoric sea scallops (pecten sp.) are shown in their natural position as they died millions of years ago.  The surrounding host rock has been painstakingly removed to reveal an extremely dramatic three-dimensional fossil cluster of stunningly well-preserved giant sea scallops.  The quality and density of the grouping is one of the best we have seen and the position of all the shells is 100% natural as it was buried nearly 5 to 10 million years ago. This was a time on the Earth when the ocean was home to massive prehistoric sharks such as the enormous Megalodon shark which grew to a size larger than a touring bus.  The photos cannot convey the true visual impact this piece makes.  Some of the shells are projecting way out from the front surface.  There is one photo above that shows a bottom end view that allows you to see the height of some of the shells but to see this magnificent specimen in person is the real treat. 

Each shell is beautifully preserved in a manner that is uncommon for the deposit.  This is one of the most attractive interior design specimens and because it is so 3D in appearance, it can be appreciated from a multitude of angles in a room.  100% NATURAL WITH NO RESTORATION. 


The Pecten, or scallop, is a member of the bivalve group, mollusks which are made up of two half shells.  The valves are attached by a hinge ligament and articulate open and close by two muscles attached on the inside of the shells.  Bivalves are filter-feeders and pump water inside their bodies to strain out phytoplankton and other small organisms for food.  Bivalves generally have limited locomotion and possess a foot but mainly live attached to some type of substrate or burrow in the underwater sand.  Scallops prefer clean, sandy bottoms in shallow water.  They rest on the ocean floor and have a bizarre ability to swim by rapidly opening and closing their shells fluttering themselves through the water.  

MASTERPIECE OF NATURAL HISTORY! - SUPREME DECORATOR FOSSIL OF A 100% NATURAL CLUSTER OF PREHISTORIC GIANT SEA SCALLOPS

20" wide by 17" high, largest scallop shell is 6.75" across

SOLD     BIV014     Actual Item - One Only

Comes with a certificate of authenticity / information sheet.

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