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The Dinosaur Gallery offers museum quality fossils from all over the world. Dinosaur fossils, fish, crabs, ammonites and other award winning fossils. Stop and and say hi to Bogo, our Jurassic park Dino waiting to greet you as you walk into the shop.

This one of a kind unique Del Mar shop is a great place to take the kids too. They will marvel at million year old shark teeth, meteorites, toys and fossils gathered from the far corners of the world.

ABOUT COLLECTIBLE FOSSILS

Fossils generally, can be described as what is left of animals or plants after they have been buried in the mud for long and they become rock. The most common parts of animals that become fossils are hard parts, such as bones and teeth. Fossils can also be something else like a footprint or a burrow that the animal left behind, some fossils have existed for millions of years, and the animals that left them behind have gone extinct, e.g., dinosaurs.

Most collectible fossils are remains of animals that lived on earth several years ago, and these remains are incredibly valuable both financially and scientifically (for knowledge purposes). To find out more about these collectibles, this is where you should be. Continue reading this article to know about collectible fossils.

  1. AMMONITES

These consist of some marine mollusc animals that have gone extinct and belong to the subclass Ammonoidea under the class Cephalopoda. These molluscs are related more closely to living coleoids, which are made up of animals like squids and octopuses. The earliest ammonites were seen during the Devonian, and the last set of species existed until the Cretaceous-Paleogene event which brought about their extinction.

Ammonites make for excellent index fossils, and with the rock layer where a genus or species is found, we can try to estimate the specific geologic time periods that the fossil existed. The fossil shells have the shape of planispirals, although some of them had non-spiralled and helically spiraled forms. These fossil shells with non-spiralled forms are known as heteromorphs.

The Ammonite term, which is the source of the scientific term, was derived from the shape of the fossilized shell which is spiral and looks somewhat like coiled ram horns. Pliny the Elder called these fossils ammonis cornua which translates to “horns of Ammon” because Ammon, the Egyptian god wears ram horns in all of his depictions. The names of ammonites usually end with “ceras” which is the Greek word for “horn.”

  1. TRILOBITES

Trilobites mean “three lobes” and consist of some marine arachnomorph arthropods that have gone extinct which make up the class Trilobita. This group of collectible fossils make up the earliest groups of arthropods. Trilobites’ first appearance as fossils defines the basis of the Atdabanian stage of the Early Cambrian period some 500 million years ago. They existed in great numbers all through the lower Paleozoic era just before the Devonian which was a period of a drawn-out decline to extinction when all trilobites died except the Proetids. At the end of the Permian 252 million years ago, there was a mass extinction which marked the end of Trilobites. Trilobites existed in oceans for more than 300 million years.

By the time Trilobites got classified as fossils, they had already become dispersed geographically and very much diversified. They also had a huge diversity, and their exoskeleton got fossilized easily. Studying these fossils has contributed immensely to evolutionary biology, paleontology, plate tectonics and biostratigraphy. Trilobites belong to the subphylum Schizoramia which is under the superclass Arachnomorpha.

During the times that Trilobites existed, they had different styles of living. Some of them lived as predators, scavengers over the sea bed while some swam and fed on plankton. Trilobites existed most of the lifestyles expected of modern marine arthropods expect parasitism.

  1. STROMATOLITES

These are layered sedimentary rocks that look like sheet and columns which were formed originally as a result of Cyanobacteria growing layer upon layer. Stromatolites that have turned into fossils show records that they existed several years ago.

  1. DINOSAUR FOSSILS

Dinosaur fossils are the preserved remains of animals (dinosaurs) that lived millions of years ago. Examples of dinosaur fossils include exoskeletons, teeth, bones etc. The study of fossils is known as paleontology. Dinosaurs are extinct animals, but their proof of existence lies in the fossils that have been found over the years.

  1. METEORITES

A meteorite comes an asteroid, comet or meteoroid originating from outer space and travels through the atmosphere to land on the surface of a planet or moon. It is a piece of solid debris that comes from any of those three things. When this object gets into the atmosphere, it is met with factors like atmospheric gases, pressure, friction, which all work together to make it hot and radiate energy. Fireball is then formed, and this is what we know as shooting star.

CONCLUSION

Collectible fossils are highly valuable items that people long to have. By now, you should have learned a few things about these unique items that have spanned through decades and centuries of history.