This is a fine and totally matrix free example of a very large Barnacle shell. If you compare the size of this to the ones found round the British coastline, it is huge. A great example,one for the shell collector.
Everyone who is familiar with the British Mesozoic fossil publication by the British Museum will know this well known Limpet Shell. These shells come from quarries around Minchinhampton, which are now sadly filled in. This specimen from a Victorian collection, is indeed quite rare and highly sought after. One for the serious shell collector.
This strange looking Brachiopod is of a now extinct genus. The specimen has been preserved matrix free, which indeed is rare. This is a fine and very unusual specimen. Ideal for the shell collector. An article was written in National Geographic magazine approximately six years ago about this species.