Tuesday, February 03, 2009

World's largest fossil oyster and more from Tucson fossil show

The seller says that at 52 inches across, this is the world's largest fossil oyster [right]. It's from the Cretaceous Niobrara Fm. in Gove Co., Kansas. The flyer says these oysters were unusually thin, which allowed them to 'float' along the sediment surface of the ancient sea.

The Fossil Hall at the Inn & Suites hotel two blocks from the AZGS building is one of the more spectacular venues of big and exotic fossils. I ran down during lunch and, as usual, was blown over by what's for sale. The dinosaur skull on the lower right has a 'sold' sign on it, as did a number of other showy pieces including a beautiful mammoth tusk.

1 comment:

  1. This bivalve is one of the large Inoceramus species. This is not a oyster--perhaps a distant cousin. It is reported to have been found up to 3meters-- so large that entire colonies of small fish were found as fossils within. This is a remarkable specimen in its own right. One distinguishing feature of this subfamily was fiberous or prismatic calcite layer that allowed for a very large but very thin shell. They died out at the end of the Cretaceous. Tucson is fantastic for these fantastic finds