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Graptolites

 Graptolites

Graptolithina is a class in the animal phylum Hemichordata, the members of which are known as graptolites. Graptolites are fossil colonial animals known chiefly from the Upper Cambrian through the Lower Carboniferous (Mississippian).  The name graptolite comes from the Greek graptos, meaning "written", and lithos, meaning "rock", as many graptolite fossils resemble hieroglyphs written on the rock. (See Wikipedia for more detailed info, its a big subject!)

North African Fan Graptolites

Dictyonema sp (renamed as Rhabdinopora).   The Ordovician Graptolites you see below all come boxed and labelled (label not shown so I can photograph them easier).  These are relatively new to the market.   Found in the Fezouata Lagerstatte, North East of Zagora, Morocco N. Africa, Kataoua Formation, Tremadoc Series (Ordovician).   The fishing net patterns are the result of the colonising organisms.  This particular site is a world famous location and many occurences of soft tissue preservation have also been researched and studied.

Graptolites are a classic geological marker to show the age of rocks.  Should one find a graptolite in a shale rock, you know that you are in quite early times in the Prehistoric world.   Every collection should have one.

We've located larger pieces of this material and are now uploaded to this page.

 

 

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite1

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 8.5cm long

Price: £8.99 inc UK P&P

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite2

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 10.5cm long

Price: £11.99 inc UK P&P

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite3

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 6.5cm long

Price: £6.99 inc UK P&P

 

 

 

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite4

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 8.5cm long

Price: £11.99 inc UK P&P

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite5

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 9.0cm long

Price: £12.99 inc UK P&P

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite6

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 9.0cm long

Price: £11.99 inc UK P&P

 

 

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite7

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 9.0cm long

Price: £10.99 inc UK P&P

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite8

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 7.5cm long

Price: £10.99 inc UK P&P

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite9

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 6.5cm long

Price: £6.99 inc UK P&P

 

 

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite10

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 6.0cm long

Price: £8.99 inc UK P&P

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite11

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 8.5cm long

Price: £12.99 inc UK P&P

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite12

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 8.0cm long

Price: £10.99 inc UK P&P

 

 

 

 Ref: FezouataGraptolite14

Dictyonema sp. Now called Rhabdinopora

Size: 8.5cm long

Price: £12.99 inc UK P&P