Waterstonella is a species of fossil crustacean so distinct from other crustaceans that it has been placed in its own genus. The specimen was named after Dr Charles Waterstone who was the keeper of Geology at The Royal Scottish Museum. This specimen consists of several complete and many fragments of primitive shrimps. The white soft shells are made out of chitin a material similar to finger nails. The bed that this came from has been totally removed and it is now impossible to collect any of these specimens. The specimen is approximately 330 million years old and was collected in the 1980's. This would make an important addition to any collection.
Although these brachiopods are fairly common individually, to get a lovely and very aesthetic grouping is quite rare. A lot of time and preparation has gone into this small, very fine specimen. A beautiful item.
We at Fossils Direct hae had a few of these superb three dimensional sponges. However, none have been of this orange colour which is due to iron staining, it is practically orange. A fantastic specimen with this unique colouration and would make a fabulous addition to any collection.
Fossils Direct strive to bring to our customers the finest fossil material available. This specimen is no exception!! From an inland gravel pit near Peterborough comes this exceptionally large Woolly Mammouth's tooth which has got a fantastic patina, especially on the bite area. The specimen was collected back in the 70's and has remained in my own private collection ever since. Perhaps the finest tooth we have ever offered!!