DescriptionFOSSIL TURTLE SHELL
Khouribga phosphate deposits, Morocco
This well-preserved shell is from a turtle that could once be found gliding with grace through the oceans that 50 million years ago covered what is today the Sahara desert. Mined for their phosphate deposits, the fossil beds of Khouribga have yielded many of the most evocative fossils of ancient sea-going creatures. This is a superb example, comprising not only the upper shell, or carapace, but also the lower section, or plastron; the soft body of the turtle held between naturally fell into decay before the long slow process of fossilization could take place. There is a certain amount of expected cracking and repair, but the overall patination is good and the shell texture superb; the edges retain good definition and it measures 19 x 16 x 6 inches.
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