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Goniatite Marine Fossil

The detail and colour of our Goniatites is to be admired. The matrix in which they were formed has been ground off and the remaining shell has been highly polished to reveal the original shell and show the chambers of these great sea creatures. This does stand upright on its own. Check the photo for quality as natural cracking and healing from earthquakes over the millenia has occurred. There is also some infilling by the polishing process.They certainly will make a young collector happy. Each Fossil is unique and beautiful. While we bought at a set price. quality varied widely. Hence differing level of discounts. We have plenty more in stock in various sizes and grades - some at St Leonards. Heavily reduced as we are doing a fossil clearance sale (Feb 2018).

Goniatite Geology

Goniatites are extinctammonoids, shelled cephalopods related to squid, octopus, and belemnites, that form the order Goniatitida. The Gonatitida first appear some 390 million years ago. Surviving the Late Devonian extinction, goniatitids flourished during the Carboniferous and Permian only to become extinct at the end of the Permian some 251.4 million years ago.

The goniatites all possessed an external shell, which is divided internally into chambers. The animal lived in the largest of the external chambers, and the internal chambers would have been filled with gas, making the animal buoyant in the water. The general structure of the goniatites would have been similar to that of their relatives the ammonites, being a free swimming animal possessing a head with two well developed eyes and arms (or tentacles).

Goniatite shells are small to medium in size, almost always less than 15 centimeters in diameter. The shell is always planispirally coiled. Goniatitid shells vary in form from thinly discoidal to broadly globular and may be smooth or distinctly ornamented. Their shape suggests many were poor swimmers.

Ecologically, goniatites were limited to environments of normal-marine salinity i.e. inland sea sediments rather than open ocean. They liked the deep ramps and basinal environments of the seas and occur mostly in areas which at the time would have been tropical to subtropical. Goniatites clearly lacked the calcified jaw apparatuses developed later in ammonoid history by the ammonite so ate soft foods. The typical goniatitid has a suture with smooth saddles and lobes, which gives the name "goniatitic" to this particular suture pattern. Large numbers of goniatites occur in rocks from the Devonian period of Morocco.

Information extracted from Wikipedia

Healing Properties of Fossils

Promotes a sense of pride and increases confidence. Use to access past life information. Reminds people that in the darkness changes can occur so they can be reborn when they chose to change andcome back to the light of day to lift them out of depression. Promotes success in business. Traditionally, used to aid in reducing tiredness, fatigue, digestive disorders and rheumatism.

Soul Star; Solar Plexus; Hara-Navel; Base-Root; Link; Earth Star
122 mm
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464 g