This is an amazing preservation of a sand dollar (Scutella faujasii) from the early Miocene. This specimen remains embedded in a light sand colored limestone matrix. Miners carefully scraped away the stone to reveal this incredible fossil. Sand dollars are an urchin that crawl along the sea floor or coral reef with tube feet. This animal lived approximately 23 million years ago.
The matrix measures approximately 4-3/4" x 3" x 2-1/4" tall. The sand dollar measures 2-5/8" in diameter. This beautiful piece will certainly be a conversation starter and would be an excellent addition to any collection. We do not run across these specimens very often due to their scarcity and the intense process utilized to carefully unveil the fossil. This piece was found and mined in France.
You are purchasing this exact specimen. With your purchase, we will provide you with a small identification slip to store with your specimen. We hope you enjoy your new treasure!