Coming from a Florida fossil shell pit, this is a COMPLETE colony of Rose Coral, Manicina areolata. Resembling Brain Coral with its domed shape, this is a mature fossil colony that once lived during the Pliocene Period. Rarely are complete colonies like this found and most often, only broken fragments are located in prehistoric shell pit deposits.
The entire colony is intact and complete with anatomical structures preserved, like a giant human brain.
Fossil corals are beautiful and fascinating, reminding us of the wonderful creatures that made up prehistoric ocean life. Unlike modern coral which we VEHEMENTLY discourage purchasing for obvious reasons, collecting fossil coral not only broadens ones collection and studies but it also helps to appreciate the beauty beneath the ancient seas and how important and fragile such amazing creatures were and still are. While many species of fossil coral are extinct, others still survive today yet struggle against extinction. Pollution and the modern coral collecting market is directly causing the destruction of massive colonies of these ecologically vital organisms in our oceans.
Camels, saber cats, giant ground sloths, giant beavers and mammoths were roaming the forests and plains of Florida when this coral colony was alive in the surrounding warm ancient oceans three million years ago.