Fossil Sand Dollar Cabochon Fossilized Sea Urchin Prehistoric Miocene Era Anemone Creature Cracken Madagascar Jewelry Ring Pendant Unique

Fossil Sand Dollar Cabochon Fossilized Sea Urchin Prehistoric Miocene Era Anemone Creature Cracken Madagascar Jewelry Ring Pendant Unique

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This is a fossilized sea urchin, also known as a "Sand Dollar". The quality is representative this came from a small collection of top grade specimens from a private collection. This is a very rare and Old fossilized sand dollar. It is hardened into stone so it would be easier to set than a new soft sand dollar.

size - 22mm x 9mm
weight - 34.090 carats
origin - Madagascar

It does have the original detail in it that is what makes this so rare - also, because it has a flat bottom, also making it easier to set into jewelry. This sand dollar has been painstakingly polished to reveal the intricate colors and detail of the fossil. It is not polished on the back.

These fossilized, prehistoric burrowing Sea Urchins, known as a Sand Dollars, derive their name from the shiny stones left on beaches in California and elsewhere, where the fossil is washed in by the tide!

The creature was widespread in the oceans of prehistoric Earth, some 20 million years ago. Remarkably this organism has stood the test of time and has managed to survive through the millennia to be with us today as the ubiquitous sea urchin. It has a rigid skeleton known as test. On the top surface it has 5 paired rows of pores arranged in petal like pattern, which give the fossil its beautiful rotational symmetry. In the living creature, podia or feet-like structures used to project from these pores; these were involved in gas exchange.

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