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FOSSIL TURTLE SHELL - Approx. 34 million years old - Isle of Wight

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FOSSIL TURTLE SHELL
Trionyx

Approx. 34 million years old
(Oligocene period)

Hamstead, Isle of Wight
  

The north-west coast of the Isle of Wight provides an important succession through rocks of late Eocene – early Oligocene age known as the Solent Group.  Some of these rocks were deposited at a time when this area was similar to the Florida Everglades and inhabited by turtles, crocodiles and snakes.  Beautifully ornate pieces of the shell of the turtle Trionyx can be found. The only surviving species of this turtle now lives in Africa​​​​​​​
 
This small fossil is provided in a gemstone display box.  It is from an old collection.
 
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Size: 5 x 5 x 2 centimetres (size of box)
Weight: 36 grams (including box)

PRICE: £9.00