Paraspirifer bownockeri Shell

$30.00

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Description

Here is a wonderful Large Pyritized Paraspirifer Shell. A very showy piece. There is a little residual matrix on the shell.

It is a large brachiopod reaching a maximum of 3 inches in length. It is believed to have inhabited shallow mudflats. Sitting on its pedicle valve it was a filter feeder.

At one time Ohio produced many Pyritized Paraspirifer Shell and many other species but with the closing of quarries they have become VERY scarce. Because the shells are covered by iron pyrite – fools gold which makes them very attractive to look at. They generally average around 2 inches long but have been found up to 3 inches. There are also many other species of shells found in those sediments also pyritized.

Large Pyritized Paraspirifer Shell are no longer readily available as the quarries have shut down or have denied access due to regulations. It is still possible to purchase these in local rock shops and rarely at rock shows.

The Devonian Silica Shale from Lucas County in Northwestern Ohio at one time produced many Large Pyritized Paraspirifer however with the closing of quarries they have become VERY scarce. The shells are covered by iron pyrite – fools gold which makes them very attractive to look at. They generally average around 2 inches long but have been found up to 3 inches. There are also many other species of brachiopod found in those sediments also pyritized.
It is a large brachiopod reaching a maximum of 3 inches in length. It is believed to have inhabited shallow mudflats. Sitting on its pedicle valve it was a filter feeder.

This is a wonderfully pyritized Pyritized Paraspirifer Shell though the pictures do not do it justice.

They are no longer readily available as the quarries have shut down or have denied access due to regulations. It is still possible to purchase these in local rock shops and rarely at rock shows.

This Pyritized Paraspirifer Shell is 1 3/4 inches long at the base.  There is also lots of other pyrite on the block.
The block is an irregular 4 1/4  by 2 1/4  inches.

This is the specimen you will receive, and again pictures do not do these pyritized brachs justice.