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Lot 607

Cretaceous Era Fossilized Ostrea Titan From CA

Estimate: $200 - $400

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For your consideration is this ancient fossilized Ostrea Titan, an oyster from the Ostreidae family, found in California. An extinct species of oyster known as Ostrea titan flourished between 70 and 80 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous era. With some specimens measuring up to two feet in length, this kind of oyster is renowned for its enormous size. Sedimentary rocks can be discovered with Ostrea titan fossils in them all over the world, especially in North America, Europe, and Asia. Ostrea titan fossils are intriguing because they frequently have soft tissue that has been preserved and can shed light on the anatomy and behavior of these prehistoric creatures. For instance, scientists have discovered signs of muscles and ligaments in some fossils of Ostrea titan, which shows that these oysters were able to forcefully expand and close their shells. The fossil is embedded in a rock showing colors of white, grey, beige, and light brown throughout the piece. The entire piece measures 9 1/2" L x 6 7/8" W x 5" H.