Brachiopods are common in the fossil record and often, are neglected in collections despite the important role they played in the history of life on our planet. Most of the brachiopod fossils you will find for sale are small, in their raw state and unattractive. This a shame because most of these invertebrates had highly detailed and aesthetic anatomy in their shells yet, if not properly prepared in a lab, they look little more than ugly rocks.
We have been offering assembled colonies of these authentic fossils after we remove them from the stone and microscopically clean them but this one single brachiopod blew our mind when we first saw it! It is NEARLY DOUBLE the average size of its kind that is found at this site. This is a RECORD-SIZE Schelwienella sp. brachiopod fossil, in superb 3D preservation, fully lifelike with 3D detail and lab cleaned in our facility. It has sustained a prehistoric crushing but other than this, it is in impeccable condition. From Eastern Europe, this is a brachiopod fossil with a provenance that is not usually seen in the commercial fossil market. This specimen was found in the Middle Devonian Era of the Holy Cross Mountains in Poland. Interestingly enough, this happens to be the site (AND DATE BACK TO THE TIME) of the world's OLDEST TETRAPOD FOOTPRINTS ever found - fossil evidence of the first existence of four-legged vertebrates walking on land.
With the majority of brachiopod fossils found measuring less than .25" across, these brachiopod fossils measure 8 times that! This is a large and VERY impressive display specimen of Devonian brachiopods from a famous scientific site in paleontology.