Fossil Bryozoan Colony


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It is harder and harder to obtain fossils from this private quarry in Middleport, New York

This is a wonderful Fossil Bryozoan Colony and Multi Species Death Plate that is very often overlooked. Plates like this from the Rochester Shale of New York show what life abounded in the ancient Silurian sea and how they may have died.

This Fossil Bryozoan Colony and multi Species Death Plate was collected decades ago and just recently prepared by our prep lab. It has at least six different species on it.

Fossils from this site are preserved in Spectacular detail. Because of the wide variety and number of these fossils were preserved in silt the detail is amazing. Because of large storms such as hurricanes the seas were often rough but the storms did not stay over water. They often hit land and washed silt and sediment into the sea. Because this silt was so fine it preserved these fossils in great detail.

This Fossil Bryozoan Colony and Multi Species Death Plate consist of all animals. It contains several species of Bryozoans, a small brachiopod and a cystoid holdfast. They lived during the Silurian Period of the Paleozoic.

These animals lived in the warm inland sea that covered the area during the Silurian Period some 420 million years ago. The creatures were living near what is now Middleport New York and were established near a delta system that periodically buried them in silt. It is because the silt hardened into stone that preserved the fossils in detail.

This Multi Species Death Plate has exceptional detail and it has been prepared using air abrasive tools.