1.15" Chalcedony Replaced Gastropod With Druzy Quartz - India

This is a stunning chalcedony replaced gastropod fossil from Betul, India. This specimen has been polished to reveal the once hollow cavity of the shell that has been filled with a pocket of beautiful druzy quartz crystals. It has also been cut flat on the back side so that it displays nicely on a flat surface.

These gastropod fossils are reportedly Cretaceous in age though I have not been able to determine anymore information about them.

Gastropods, which are more commonly referred to as snails, have been around since the Late Cambrian period. The class Gastropoda contains a vast total of named species, second only to the insects in overall number. There are 611 known families of gastropods, of which 202 families are extinct and appear only in the fossil record.

Silicon Dioxide, also known as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Unknown
LOCATION
Betul, Central India
SIZE
1.15" long
CATEGORY
ITEM
#166272
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