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FOSSILISED BONE OF WHALE - about 10 million years old - Dovercourt, Essex

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FOSSILISED BONE OF WHALE
 
About 10 million years old
 
Dovercourt Beach, near Harwich, Essex
 
During the Miocene period East Anglia was submerged beneath a shallow sea and bones of whales were buried in sand on the sea floor. Millions of years later, during the Pliocene period, these bones were exhumed by erosion and reburied in a sandy deposit called the Red Crag. 

Along the coast of Suffolk and Essex there are cliffs consisting of Red Crag and these fossilised bones are often washed out of the cliffs onto the local beaches. The bones from Dovercourt, however, may have arrived here by dredging of the Harwich shipping channel.

They are smooth and rounded and some even have a slight polish which is entirely natural.  They were rounded by natural abrasion on the sea floor millions of years ago before they were buried by the Red Crag sand.

 
Please note:  The photographs are typical examples of what we have.  The piece you will receive will be a minimum of 8 centimetres long. The bones are heavy for their size as they have been completely fossilised.
 
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Size: Minimum 8 centimetres long.
Weight: Varies

Price per piece

PRICE: £7.00