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DELABOLE BUTTERFLY - 370 million years old - Cornwall

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'DELABOLE BUTTERFLY'
   
370 million years old

  
Delabole Quarry, Delabole, near Camelford, Cornwall
  

Cyrtospirifer verneuili is an extinct species of brachiopod that occurs in the Upper Devonian rocks of Cornwall, originally deposited as mud on the sea floor about 370 million years ago. The sediments have subsequently been deeply buried and folded and turned into hard, metamorphic rocks known as slates.

  

The Delabole Quarry has been quarrying these slates for roofing for hundreds of years and the quarry workers occasionally encounter these fossils. They have been flattened and deformed by pressure and their appearance has led to these fossilised sea shells being given the vernacular name ‘Delabole Butterflies’.

   
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Size: 14.5 x 9 x 0.5 centimetres
Weight: 208 grams

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DELABOLE BUTTERFLY  - 370 million years old  - Cornwall
DELABOLE BUTTERFLY  - 370 million years old  - Cornwall DELABOLE BUTTERFLY  - 370 million years old  - Cornwall DELABOLE BUTTERFLY  - 370 million years old  - Cornwall DELABOLE BUTTERFLY  - 370 million years old  - Cornwall