Stunning 3D Opalized Cretaceous Bivalve Shell

Bivalvia indet

Phylum Mollusca, Class Bivalvia

Class Crustacea, Order Stomatopoda, Family Sculdidae

Geologic Time: Early Cretaceous, Aptian/Albian Stage

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is 26 mm long by 21 mm across

Fossil Site: Maree Formation, Coober Pedy, South Australia

Code: PPF13

Price: $165.00

Opalized Cretaceous BivalveDescription: This specimen comes from Coober Pedy in Australia, a region renowned for its opal production. Indeed, Coober Pedy is known as the opal capital of the world. It is the alignment of the hydrated silica spheres which ultimately results in the rainbow effect of precious opal, the result of deflection and diffraction of light as it passes through the planes of hydrated silica molecules. The size of the spheres impacts the colors seen, with smaller spheres resulting in blues and larger spheres in reds. The opalized state of this intact shell is exceptional. Both valves are present, makinbg for a fine example of the type. As can be seen in the photographs, the presentation side is stunning. Many types of opalized fossils have been found, from individual dinosaur bones and belemnites, to entire opalized Plesiosaur skeletons valued in excess of a million dollars.

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