Emergence of Foreshore Fossils
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I want to take this moment to apologise to all for not posting a blog for the last few weeks, I have been utterly distracted and am sorry if I have let down my regular readers, of which there have been some 24,000+(WOW!). I am blown away by this level following and it is only when I step back for a short time that I realise that perhaps, just maybe, I have some morsel that some may wish to hear. But onto the reasons I have been distracted, as I want to harness the readers of my blog to help an emerging business.
I have been working on a new development called Foreshore Fossils, a registered brand name which is copyrighted, an emerging organisation which exclusively employs disabled people, the money raised will also go back into benefiting disabled people and expanding the employment opportunities for more people living with the affects of disability. The development is coming together now, the initial stock is in place and can be seen below, with new stock arriving all the time.
We have established a Facebook page (of course) which can be found at http://www.facebook.com/foreshorefossils and I would ask that you get as many people to follow the page as possible, to support Foreshore Fossils, to support positive disability action. We are not asking for charity or hand-outs, the business must stand on its own in a commercial sense, but we do need your help to spread the word, so please tell all your family, friends, colleagues, hell tell everyone you know and in your network, tell them we need their support to make this a success. If they see anything they wish to purchase ready for Christmas they can reserve it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, just state the item number and the name.
The website can be found at http://www.foreshorefossils.com and will be officially opened for business and launch the last week of November, where fossils can be seen in all their splendour and purchased the same way as buying from any shopping/retail website online. The other point we should mention is that we have gone to extraordinary lengths to make sure your information is safe, that your transactions are safe and cannot be misused, we highly recommend people use PayPal as this offers an extra barrier between you and potential fraudsters, it’s the safest way to shop online.
I also want to point out that these fossils have been handpicked for their quality, for their detail, for their authenticity, as we only use the most reliable sources, who also have ethical, robust policies in place that guarantee that these fossils have been gather without damaging the environment. They come from all over the world and have been professionally treated to remove the matrix (the rock surrounding the fossil) to expose the fossil, which then goes through a preservation process that, as the name suggests, preserves the exposed fossil for generations to come, but also has the added benefit of highlighting the finest details, the wonderful structures, the beautiful colours. Sadly my photographs probably don’t do them any justice at all but this process of hand picking the fossils by the team at Foreshore Fossils means that (yes you can get cheaper items and much more expensive items) you wont get better fossils, these are the very best specimens.
The best thing about these fossils are that they make a beautiful, unusual gifts for Christmas or any other occasion, display items that will be treasured and passed down through the generations, as well as being items people will enquire about as soon as they see them. These will be cherished and make the perfect gift, and we will do our very best to meet your requirements. Have a look at the following fossils and if there are items you would like then simply contact us at email@example.com
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Fossils Currently for Sale
Item Code: 01122014/0001
From Morocco and of Devonian age, with the largest Orthoceras being 29cm long and the clarity of markings are striking. A wonderful museum quality display piece that would make a beautiful addition to any collection, or as a display piece in any home. The level of detail on each of the fossils is highlighted by the high quality polishing of each piece. This standard of composition does not come onto the market often and the chance to own such desirable piece should not be missed.
From Morocco, of Devonian age, this is a stunning triangular slab with 11 fine examples of Orthoceras on their original matrix, the largest being 40cm long & some 8cm wide. A truly beautiful object that would grace any home or be a key part of any collection. This is a museum quality piece that has had extreme care taken to highly polish each Orthoceras to reveal all the normally hidden detail. The results are to make this a one off 400 million year old piece of Mother Nature’s art at its very best.
Of Devonian age, a huge amount of skill and patience has been taken to uncover the multiple Orthoceras, still on their original matrix, and then highly polish each one to bring clarity to all the detail and markings on each of the shells. This piece has a flat bottom and would look quite splendid in any home or office. If bought as a pair, for the purpose of display symmetry, we will offer a 10% discount as we would love them to be kept together as beautiful examples of free standing art.
As with the first statue, a huge amount of skill and patience has been taken to uncover the multiple Orthoceras, still on their original matrix, and then highly polish each one to bring clarity to all the detail and markings on each of the shells. This piece has a flat bottom and would look quite splendid in any home or office. If bought as a pair, for the purpose of display symmetry, we will offer a 10% discount as we would love them to be kept together as beautiful examples of free standing art.
Of the Cretaceous period, this Mantelliceras or Giant Ammonite from Morocco is a worthwhile addition to any collection or as an unusual present. It would certainly look beautiful on any desk as a paperweight or on a mantle place, the size of it aiding in seeing clearly every facet of the helix.
Large Devonian period, well define superb example of a Trilobite from Morocco with the preservation highlighting every detail of this fascinating 400 million year old creature. The photographs don’t do this museum level specimen enough justice as the craftsmanship that has gone into uncovering the large Trilobite is very impressive. This would be suitable for nearly every collector, or just about anyone interested in fossils regardless of age, it is sure to become a treasured possession that takes pride of place.
These Jurassic period, fossilised Sea Urchins have a high level of symmetry of markings, which on this example are very clear to see. This is a large UK fossil from Gloucestershire, which is a solid dome shape and shows finest detail down to individual hairs and smallest of markings. The Echinoid sits flat and is a beautiful example of this type of fossil, a real collector’s piece to be admired and a point of interest for anyone seeing it, a fabulously preserved specimen from the most well known period in evolutionary time.
A stunning example of the Sea Urchin family, from the Miocene period, still on its’ original matrix, from France. The markings are exceptional and this is one of the finest examples of Scutella you can buy. This would add to any collection or as an unusual gift that anyone would be pleased to receive. The Scutella measure approximately 8cm in diameter and has been carefully uncovered by a skilled artisan.
This is a rare example of two Scutella Stellata (Sea Urchin species from the Miocene period) still attached to the original bedrock (matrix). Both are beautiful examples with exceptionally detail markings, being found in France. The largest of the two is 6cm in diameter and the other is 5cm, a rare display piece that anyone would be pleased to own, which has been skilfully uncovered and preserved to last a few more lifetimes on top of the 20 million years it was hidden for.
This is a remarkably detailed fossil of Sea Lilly stems from Lyme Regis, of the Jurassic period (200 million years old). There are multiple stems fossilised in calcite, part of an ancient coral system long since buried, leaving this well preserved mass of stems. Such pieces are rare and valued as a superior quality fossil, making it an excellent gift for someone or to add to a collection – don’t miss this chance acquire it.
An exceptionally detailed 3D specimen of Crinoid, sp Macrocrinus Mundulus, from the Edwardsville Formation, Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA, of the Carboniferous period (some 340 million years old). The Sea Lilly takes the form of a flower starting to open and the fine feather like filters are clear to see. This is a truly beautiful fossil that is rare as it is a complete crinoid head and stem, highly desirable and quite remarkable, with a must own appeal.
Whole Ammonite from Madagascar (of the Cretaceous period) which is highly polished allowing the detailed markings to be clearly seen. These fine markings are flower-like and form a concentric pattern, which stands out against the lush brown polished surface. A beautiful Ammonite and very tactile, rare to see such level of level of decoration.
Highly polished piece of fossilised Madagascan wood, (of the Mesozoic period) in beautiful browns and ambers. There is a thin layer of bark on one side and growth lines are clearly visible. This is a wonderfully tactile piece of ancient forests that has been treated with care to bring out its natural colours and internal striations.
A stunning slice of fossilised wood from Madagascar, of the Jurassic period, the colours of gold, yellow, amber, browns and reds are bright and quite unique to this region. The colour contrasts highlight the internal structure of the tree, including the outer layer of bark that is fissured. This is a high quality piece that anyone would enjoy owning and seeing everyday whether a collector or not, it is simply beautiful.
This is a delicate nodule, called a Popping Stone, is from Illinois, USA, & of the Jurassic period, has been split in two revealing the most delicate fern leaf/fronds on both pieces. Leaves and frons are associated with the marattialean tree fern Psaronius. The pieces fit together perfectly to hide the hidden treasure inside. Beautiful piece that will fascinate.
This German example of a delicate Brittlestar (of the Jurassic period) is complete and detailed. This is one of the best examples that has been seen and one can even see the main chambers of the body. This is a beautiful piece that would positively add to any collection or act as a rare & unique present.
Originating from the USA, of the Eocene period, this is a remarkably well preserved fly, in all its delicate detail. You do see these insects coming onto the market from time to time but the high quality of condition, and the clarity of the insects specific anatomical structure, makes this a rare specimen.
Considering this fish fossil from the Green River formation (Wyoming, USA) is some 50 million years of age (Eocene period) its level of preservation has been remarkable. The detail in this 14cm long, 4cm wide fish is quite outstanding and the photographs don’t do it justice. The quality of this fossil makes this a significant specimen to own.
Rare Dastilbe sp. Fossil Fish
A rare example of the Dastilbe family from the Crato formation (Serra de Araripe, Brazil), which is some 135 million years of age (of the Lower Cretaceous period). The fish itself is some 13cm long and incredibly well preserved on its original matrix. There are precious few of these high quality fossils on the market and this is about as good as it gets. It will be some time before another member of the Dastilbe family, this well preserved, will be seen for sale again.
This is a 50 million year old beautifully preserved fish from the USA. The detail on this specimen is quite lovely and it would grace any collection, make a wonderful present or gift. The spine, dorsal fins and internal bone structure are clear to see, being of great interest to collectors young and old alike, a specimen one can learn much from and admire through the generations.
There are 4 beautifully preserved fish specimens on this delicate slab of matrix, from the Green River formation (Wyoming, USA), creating a museum quality display piece. They were once part of an enormous shoal of fish (the forerunners of the modern day Sardines) that were preserved in all their detail by some catastrophic geological event during the Eocene period. Each of the four fish are exceptional in their own right but together they form a centre piece for any collector or as an unusual but valued gift.
Called a ‘Sand Dollar’ or ‘Sea Biscuit’, this Echinoid from the USA is a distant ancestor of the Sea Urchin & Star Fish family (from the Eocene period). It looks quite simple in design until you notice the feathering on each strand. Although these can be common, this particular example has some exceptional detail to it, including hexagonal markings across the entire surface. This will make a great novelty gift, often given for good luck, or as a starter gift for a junior collector embarking on collecting fossils.
This is a single piece of polished Ammonite from Madagascar from the Cretaceous period. It shows the full beauty of Ammonites, with much care being taken over its polishing. This delivers both clarity and detail of the chambers spiralling round its ever decreasing helix. A lovely piece to purchase for a junior collector or as an unusual gift that will fascinate for many years to come.
A matching pair of Madagascan Ammonites cut from a single shell and highly polished (from the Cretaceous period). The results are quite spectacular and the detail the polishing unearths is simply stunning. These are beautiful examples of fossil in all their magnificence and they would simply make a lovely present for anyone or an addition for any collector regardless of age. The colours, the markings and crystallised cells forming the helix are delightful.
A matching pair of Madagascan Ammonites cut from a single shell and highly polished (from the Cretaceous period). The results are quite spectacular and the detail the polishing releases & highlights are simply stunning. These are beautiful examples of fossil in all their magnificence and they would grace any home or office. They would be valued by any recipient, and have that ‘wow’ factor that means they will surely become a family heirloom to be passed down the generations. These are of exceptionally quality and a wonderful gift for someone special. The colours, the markings and crystallised cells forming the helix are delightful.
A second matching pair of Madagascan Ammonites with exquisite structures displayed, cut from a single shell and highly polished (from the Cretaceous period). The results are quite spectacular and the detail the polishing releases & highlights are simply stunning. These are beautiful examples of fossil in all their magnificence and they would grace any home or office. They would be valued by any recipient, and have that ‘wow’ factor that means they will surely become a family heirloom to be passed down the generations. These are of exceptionally quality and a wonderful gift for someone special. The colours, the markings and crystallised cells forming the helix are delightful.
A third matching pair of Madagascan Ammonites (from the Cretaceous period), again with exquisite markings displayed, cut from a single shell and highly polished. The results are quite spectacular and the detail the polishing releases & highlights are simply stunning. These are beautiful examples of fossil in all their magnificence and they would grace any home or office. They would be valued by any recipient, and have that ‘wow’ factor that means they will surely become a family heirloom to be passed down the generations. These are of exceptionally quality and a wonderful gift for someone special. The colours, the markings and crystallised cells forming the helix are delightful.
All Foreshore Fossils are hand picked for their quality, for their detail, for their appeal and desirability, and these are perfect examples of this desire to deliver the very best fossils (from the Cretaceous period). The detail on the polished surfaces far exceeds the norm, even the back is lightly polished to bring out the flowering pattern on the shell’s surface. These will make someone a very special gift that they will love and cherish.
From Lyme Regis in Dorset, this is beautiful formation of 3 fossilised shells that have been expertly & skilfully uncovered leaving a miniature Bivalve perched on the top of the largest shell. Bivalves existed relatively unchanged over the period of mid Triassic to Upper Cretaceous – approx. 230 to 65 million years ago. The shells have been polished to bring out their detail and this is a free-standing piece as the bottom has be cut flat. The shells are 7cm x 7.5cm, 7cm x 4.5cm & 4.5cm x 4.5cm. There are other shells just breaking the surface of the matrix, but they add little to a spectacular specimen that is for those who really appreciate the beauty that can be seen in a high quality fossil set.
What a stunning example of Trilobite, some 400 million years of age from the Devonian period, which remains attached to its original matrix, another fantastic quality of the uncovering art that is becoming synonymous with work from Morocco. There is nothing common with this about this particular specimen, which shows extreme level detail from its head to tail. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but they don’t come much better than this example and any collector would welcome this as an addition.
This early Triassic fossilised branch of wood from Madagascar has been cut into a wedge shape and both flat surfaces highly polished. The detail this polishing has revealed is truly delightful, showing all the internal structures including growth areas and crystalline inclusions. The colours are beautiful shades of ochre and browns with a pale outer covering which is the fossilised bark in all its detail