Brachiopods are common in the fossil record and often, are neglected in collections despite the important role they played in the history of life on our planet. Most of the brachiopod fossils you will find for sale are small, in their raw state and unattractive. This a shame because most of these invertebrates had highly detailed and aesthetic anatomy in their shells yet, if not properly prepared in a lab, they look little more than ugly rocks. If you wish for a beautiful brachiopod fossil of substantial size, this is a great offering because each specimen is of the finest preservation, fully lifelike with 3D detail and lab cleaned in our facility, setting on a piece of original Devonian shale as they might have looked when in a colony in prehistory. These are not your ordinary, cheap, rock show fossils. The price is higher than usually seen because the costs of transporting the rock from the field and the time spent in the lab removing from the rock and carefully cleaning each brachiopod is expensive but the results are simply incredible. You will be hard-pressed to find a more attractive and visually appealing example as this free-standing brachiopod fossil colony.
Coming from Eastern Europe, this is a brachiopod fossil with a provenance that is not usually seen in the commercial fossil market. This fantastic display specimen shows supremely preserved, large 3D examples of Schizophoria sp. brachiopods COMPLETE WITH BOTH VALVES INTACT AND CLOSED. This species is found in the Middle Devonian Era of the Holy Cross Mountains in Poland, collected from the same site as world's OLDEST TETRAPOD FOOTPRINTS ever found - fossil evidence of the first existence of four-legged vertebrates walking on land!
The brachiopod species on this shale include Schelwienella sp. with other associated unidentified species embedded in the rock. Each has been carefully extracted and cleaned by us in our lab facility. With the majority of brachiopod fossils found measuring less than .25" across, these brachiopod fossils measure 3 to 5 times that! This is a large and VERY impressive display specimen of Devonian brachiopods from a famous scientific site in paleontology.