Own an authentic, fossilized sand dollar specimen. This extinct species of sand dollar lived 145 to 65 million years ago. An urchin, this animal crawled the sea floor with tube feet and burrowed in the sand to find food. You'll marvel over the intricate, feather-like detail preserved along the star-shaped petals. It is quite astonishing that this fossil retains this level of detail through the mineralization process and survived millions of years of tectonic shift and weatherization. Polished to a high-gloss, the surface of the fossil has a smooth, glass-like finish while the underside retains the rough, concrete-like rocky texture.
Each specimen features a camel-brown and sand colored mineralization pattern, some are a deeper shade than others. They range in diameter from 2-1/4" to 3" (approx. 6 to 8 cm). And unlike their modern-day cousins, this species has a prominent dome-shape. Any cracks or fissures you might find remind us of the fossil's age and are encapsulated and preserved in the specimen. They are now part of the fossil's character. Our sand dollar specimens are from Madagascar.
Each specimen is unique, like a snowflake - no two are identical. Thephotographs are of representative pieces,intended to show the variations among specimens. We work to source the highest quality specimens; our sand dollars are of the finest grade available. We will select an exceptional piece for you from our collection. However, if you would like to select a specific specimen, please contact us before placing your order. We will gladly send you a photograph of available specimens so you can select your preferred piece.
With each fossil purchased, we will provide you with a small identification slip to keep with your specimen. We hope you enjoy your new treasure!