ANCIENT FOSSILS

For millions and millions of years, life existed on earth – long before humans showed up. Physical evidence of an incredible variety of life forms still exists today, all over our planet. This evidence is called fossils.
Wouldn’t it be fabulous to visit some of the creatures that lived and died in the prehistoric period? Think Jurassic Park. Then think Natural Wonders, in Sedona, Arizona, where dinosaurs once walked the land.Our store takes you back even before the dinosaur era – somewhere between 120 and 450 million years ago – to visit the fossil records of such creatures as trilobites and other invertebrates. We also carry vertebrate fossils that represent a vast spectrum of prehistoric creatures. 

 

 

Featured Fossils

Trilobite

Trilobites are members of the Arthropods, which have segmented bodies and appendages covered by an exoskeleton which provides support and protection for muscles and organs. Living Arthropods include insects, spiders, scorpions, ticks, crabs, lobsters, barnacles, and centipedes.
Trilobites  are remarkable, hard-shelled, segmented creatures that existed over 520 million years ago in the Earth's ancient oceans. They went extinct before dinosaurs even came into existence.

 

Trilobite

10 1/4 " L x 7 7/8" W $ 34.95 #1418

Trilobite selenopletes

6 1/2" L x 4" W $ 64.00 #3264

Trilobites

5 " L x 3" W $ 49.95

Triobite

2 1/4 " L x 1 5/8 " W $ 59.95 #1881

Ammonites

Ammonites with their typical spiral-form shell are one of the most widely known fossil. They lived in the oceans between 240 - 65 million years ago and became extinct along with the dinosaurs. The name 'ammonite' originates from the Greek Ram-horned god called Ammon. Ammonites belong to a group of predators known as cephalopods, which includes their living relatives the octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus.

Ammonite Cluster

4 1/2" L x 3" W x 4 1/2" D $525.00 #2434

Ammonite Bookends

4 3/4" x 3" W x 2" D each $52.00 #1258

Ammonite Cut and Polished

6" L x 5 7/8 " W Morroccan, $72.00 #0053

Ammonites

5 1/2" L x 6 1/4" W x 4" D $495,00 #3312

Fossilized Teeth and Bones.

In some geological formations, shark's teeth are a common fossil. These fossils can be analyzed for information on shark evolution and biology, especially because the teeth are often the only part of the shark to be fossilized.
The most ancient types of sharks date back to 450 million years ago, during the Late Ordovician period, and they are mostly known from their fossilized teeth. The most commonly found fossil shark's teeth are, however, from the Cenozoic (the last 66 million years).

Megalodon Shark Tooth

4 1/8" L x 3 3/4" W $ 375.00 #5461

Saw Fish Postral Tooth

(Onchopristus numidus) Kem Kem Basin, Morocco 2 1/4 " L x 1 1/8 " W $ 28.00 #2443

Mossasaur Tooth

2 3/4" L x 2 1/2 " W $ 48.00 #3502

Dinosaur Bone

2 1/4" L x 1 1/8 " W $48.00 Cut & Polished on end, Dinosaur Bone 2 7/8" L x 1 1/4" W $ 59.00 Cut & Polished on end

Petrified Wood

Petrified wood is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of vegetation like logs.Over 200 million years ago, they washed into rivers and were buried quick enough by sediments so that oxygen was cut off and decay slowed to a process that would now take centuries. All the oganic materials have been replaced with minerals mostly quartz while retaining the original structure of the stem issue.
Sometimes crushing or decay left cracks in the logs. Here large jewel-like crystals of clear quartz, purple amethyst, yellow citrine, and smoky quartz formed.

Petrified Wood Plaque Polished

11 1/4 " L x 9 5/8" W $348.00 #2147

Petrified Wood unpolished

4 1/2 " L x 3 1/4 " W $54.00 #6339

Petrified Wood Book Ends

7 3/4 in L x 4 1/8 in W each, Sequeoa Roosevelt WA $98.00 #6328

Petrified Wood polished top

5 1/2" W x 3" L x 3" D $ 85.00 #5116