Stunning Flower Stone Digitate Ordovician Stromatolites

Stromatolites - Digitate Stromatolites

Hand Polished

Geological Time: Lower Ordovician (495 million years old)

Size: 125 mm by 95 mm by 30 mm (maximum)

Fossil Site: Oneota Formation, Oconto County, Wisconsin

Code: DS18054

Price: $45.00

Flower Stone Digitate Ordovician StromatolitesDescription: Coming from the Lower Ordovician Oneota Formation, this eminently aesthetic specimen is some 495 million years old, from a time that Prokaryotic life forms no longer had exclusive use of earth's shorelines. Concomitantly, the earth’s coastal habitats had markedly reduced stromatolite reefs, compared with those of the Proterozoic. It has been cut across the growth plane of the colony making it easy to see the growth of the specimen. It is of a digitate structure which was forming the nucleus of what would eventually become a “bullseye” structure which is known as Conophyton.

By this time in geological history, microbial communities consisted of complex consortia of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic forms with diverse metabolic needs, and competition for resources and differing motility among them made for an intriguing microcosm of interacting life,

The raw rock from which this stunning specimen was cut was acquired some two years ago from a location that was situated at the top of an anticline that has since been demolished, making this an extremely limited form. This remarkable specimen is appropriate for display, teaching or research, representing primitive prokaryotic life responsible for forming the atmosphere that we breathe today. Stromatolites have persisted to the modern day in such places as Shark Bay, Australia where they continue their billions of years old lifestyle.

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