Stromatolites are the FIRST evidence we have for life on Earth. When space exploration seeks life on other planets such as Mars, the specific evidence they are looking for are the presence of fossil stromatolites - traces of prehistoric bacteria colonies. Stromatolite fossils should be the foundation of any fossil display or collection and yet, they are often absent and their importance overlooked despite their enormous scientific importance in the history of all life.
The fossil market has no shortage of STROMATOLITE fossils but in every case, they are sliced and polished slabs of a former fossil colony. The fossil colonies look little more than amorphous stone blobs prior to slicing, lacking any fine original life-like detail. This is an EXTREMELY RARE and unusual example of a perfectly preserved LIFELIKE lacustrine (formed in a prehistoric lake) stromatolite colony, once formed by prehistoric cyanobacteria. This specimen has been laboriously prepared in our lab where we painstakingly removed the upper rock layer to reveal all the delicate intact anatomy of the colony. The detail is so minute and intact it appears as if still alive nearly 300 million years ago, just before the most devastating mass extinction event on our planet, the Permian Period.