Ultimate Palaeozoic Microfossil Collection...£65/$100
This listing is for a comprehensive collection featuring some of the best microfossil samples that we
have from the Palaeozoic - including many vertebrate bearing samples. In all there are Twenty One
(21) different samples, which between them contain ostracods, fusulinids, conodonts, reptiles,
amphibians, sharks, fish and more. Samples cover the Ordovician through the Permian. This is a
rare opportunity to get a reference collection of microfossils that covers almost all of the Palaeozoic.
Many samples have full colour ID cards so that you can put names on many of the specimens that
you find. There are thousands of fossils in this collection. Each sample has been processed and
seived so that it can be picked for microfossils.
Ostracod and invertebrate rich samples:
1.) Lower Pooleville Member, Bromide Formation, Ordovician
2.) Upper Pooleville Member, Bromide Formation, Ordovician
3.) Oxoplecia filosa zone, Mountain Lake Member, Bromide Formation
4.) Arnheim Formation, Ordovician
5.) McClish Formation, Ordovician
6.) Henryhouse Formation, Silurian
7.) Bois d'Arc Formation, Lower Devonian
8.) Silica Shale, Middle Devonian
9.) Olentangy Shale, Devonian
10.) Cerro Gordo Shale, Devonian
11.) Glen Dean Limestone, Mississippian
12.) Magdelena Limestone, Pennsylvanian
Fusulinid rich samples:
13.) South Bend Shale - Pennsylvanian
14.) Bennet Shale - Permian
Vertebrates - Conodonts, Sharks, Fish, Reptiles and Amphibians:
15.) Grassy Creek Formation - Upper Devonian
16.) New Albany Shale - Upper Devonian
17.) Beechwood Limestone - Upper Devonian
18.) Prospect Hill Formation - Mississippian
19.) Gene Autry Shale - Pennsylvanian
20.) Wellington Garbar Complex - Permian
21.) Texas Red Beds - Permian
This set offers great value for money when compared to buying the samples individually. Images of
many of these samples can be found in our other Microfossil pages.
This collection is for 10 different microfossil bearing samples from the Cretaceous. All are from
marine environments. Foraminifera and ostracods are the most common fossils, but other types can
be found. A microscope is essential to sort this material as foraminifera are small microfossils. The
specimens included are as follows:
Taylor Marl, Campanian, Texas
Kemp Formation, Maastrichtian, Texas
Glen Rose Limestone, Commanchean, Texas
Corsicana Marl, Gulfian, Texas
Fort Worth Limestone, Commanchean, Texas
Grayson Marl, Commanchean, Texas
Burditt Marl, Gulfian, Texas
Arkidelphia Marl, Gulfian, Arkansas
Ozan Formation, Gulfian, Oklahoma
Coon Creek Formarion, Maastrichtian, Tennessee
|Cretaceous Microfossil Collection.....£25/$40
|Eocene - Pleistocene Microfossil Collection.....£30/$45
This collection consists of 12 microfossil samples from Cenozoic marine environments.
Foraminifera and ostracods are the most common fossils, but other types can be found. A
microscope is essential to sort this material as foraminifera are small microfossils. There
are hundreds of fossils in this collection and it perfectly compliments the Cretaceous
collection and others listed previously. The samples included are as follows:
Timms Point Silt - Pleistocene
Lomita Marl - Pleistocene
Chipola Formation - Miocene
Mannum Formation - Miocene
Austrian Marl - Miocene
Burdigalian Marl - Miocene (Landenia Type Site in Belgium)
Lagenidae Horizon - Miocene - France
Salt Mountain Limestone - Eocene
Francian Aquatonian - Oligocene
Falun Mixte - Oligocene - France
Glendon Limestone - Oligocene
Bucatunna Clay - Oligocene
All of the collections on this page offer an economical way of purchasing microfossil matrix. In many instances buying the
collections is considerably cheaper than buying each sample individually. The collections also contain samples that are not
available elsewhere on our site. If you are new to microfossils we recommend any of these collections as they are a great
introduction to the topic. Even experienced collectors will find great enjoyment in these collection. Material from almost
every geological period is available.
|Palaeozoic Ostracod Survey Collection
Two display cases - £100/$160
This is an excellent and rare reference collection consisting of two
display cases full of ostracod (and a few other) microfossils. Each
specimen is housed in a custom labelled gem jar that sits in a
professional made display case with slip cover. All the specimens
are complete. The collection is predominantly designed as a
survey of the ostracods and includes specimens from the
Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Mississippian and Pennsylvanian.
The set shows the evolution of the group over time and has a wide
variety of forms and species. A few species of microbrachiopod
that existed with the ostracods are also included.
This is an excellent and highly recommended collection perfect for
study or display. We have only a very limited number of these
collections and you will not find them elsewhere. The collection
comes with a series of identification cards that illustrate many of
Eocene, Oligocene & Miocene of Ecuador - £25/$40
This is a rare collection of foraminifera rich samples from the Eocene, Oligocene and Miocene of
Ecuador. Collected more than 60 years ago this is an excellent quality stratigraphic collection
from an exotic and rarely collected country. Full geological data is included with each sample
(see the images below).
Palaeocene - Eocene of Trinidad - £20/$30
This is a another rare collection of foraminifera rich samples, this time from the Palaeocene and
Eocene of Trinidad. Collected more than 60 years ago this is an excellent quality stratigraphic
collection from an exotic and rarely collected country. Full geological data is included with each
sample (see the labels in the images below). The samples highlight perfectly the post Cretaceous
crash in foraminifera forms and sizes.
|Palaeozoic Vertebrates Collection in Display Case
36 species - £60/$100
This collection is a perfect compliment to the other conodont and ostracod display cases we currently
have for sale. In this set are 36 species of Palaeozoic vertebrate ranging from the Ordovician through
the Permian. Included are shark and fish scales, denticles and teeth, plus condonts. This gives a
survey of all the major vertebrates (excluding shark teeth) that can be found as microfossils in the
Palaeozoic. Included in the collection are:
11 shark and fish scales and denticles from the Harding Sandstone.
Loganiella fish scales from Scotland.
3 shark scales and conodonts from the Maple Mill Formation and Genundewa Limestone.
14 condonts from the Prospect Hill Formation and Choteau Formation.
3 conodonts and 2 shark/fish scales from the Cherokee Group and Gene Autry Shale.
2 freshwater shark teeth and denticles from Oklahoma.
Close to 200 million years of vertebrate evolution are seen in this collection. Much of the material is
rarely offered and not available elsewhere. If you have any questions please ask.
Permian Red Beds Matrix I (fine) - £30/$50
In recent months we have had several schools purchasing material for use in microfossil labs. This
collection has been specifically designed with that purpose in mind. Not only do you get a large
quantity of fossiliferous material that can be divided between numerous work stations, but we have
included a set of specimen identification cards that allow students to identify the fossils pulled from
the matrix. We can provide additional sets of ID cards if required.
This collection focuses on the Permian of Texas, with the matrix coming from the famous Permian
Red Beds. Sharks dominate the fauna with teeth, cartilage, skin and mucous membrane denticles
being common. Fish, reptile and amphibian fossils are also to be found, but as this material is
representative of a river/lake deposit the freshwater sharks should be the focus of study. The matrix
has been thoroughly washed and screened so that the maximum concentration of fossils has been
achieved. Preservation is excellent and includes partial to complete specimens, many of which
exhibit diagnostic features. The particle size is classed as fine (smaller than 1mm) and so is heavy
on the smallest shark fossils like the denticles and lateral teeth.
This is a great opportunity to get a collection that students will find extremely interesting because
the specimens are easy to find, and who doesn't like to find shark fossils? Perfect for 'Shark Week'.
The images above show a stock photo of a typical collection. The tub weighs ~6 ounces. A tiny
fraction of matrix is seen in the enlargements, which show how obvious the fossils are.
We also offer a medium grit size collection with the specimens
measuring 1 to 3 mm. The material is housed in a labelled tub
as seen above. There is approximately 4 ounces of material in
the tub, which is practically full to capacity. An enlargement of
some of the typical contents of the medium fraction are seen
right and include serrated teeth, double crowned shark teeth
and armor plates. There are notably fewer shark denticles in
this fraction as they typically measure less than 1mm.
Permian of Oklahoma Matrix I (fine) - £30/$50
This collection continues that listed previously in that it is designed for lab
use and contains a larger sample of material that can be divided between
several work stations.
This collection focuses on the Permian of Oklahoma, specifically the Waurika
locality. Sharks dominate the fauna with teeth, cartilage, skin denticles and
mucous membrane denticles being common, but the fauna is notably
different to that of the Red Beds with genera such as Barbclabornia, Janassa,
Helodus and Trimerorachis being present (all of which are rare or completely
absent in the Red Beds). Fish fossils are also much more common with
various types of scales being abundant. The matrix has been thoroughly
washed and screened so that the maximum concentration of fossils has been
achieved. Preservation is excellent and includes partial to complete
specimens, many of which exhibit diagnostic features. The particle size is
classed as fine (smaller than 1mm) but contains a diverse fauna. Comes in a
labelled tub as per the Red Beds collection and includes 1 full set of
identification cards (more are available on request).
The Red Beds material is very good but this material from Oklahoma is the
best there is. From over 2000 lbs of raw matrix less than 15 pounds of this
material was produced! And that is good for the site because if you collect in
the wrong place you are going to get even less.
The richness and quality of this material cannot be understated, so don't let
the price put you off. There are literally thousands of fossils in every sample.
The images show the quality of the fossils that can be pulled from the matrix.
You get approximately 3 ounces of material, and this is a very healthy amount
of the richest Permian matrix we have ever seen.
Fossils range from partial to complete, with most being
complete and undamaged. There are up to 5 different
species of shark teeth that can be found, twice as many
types of denticles, about the same number of fish scales
and then there are the mystery teeth, jaws and claws that
appear. Trimerorachis teeth are common, Archeria teeth
can also be found - the list goes on. Superb material.
|Special Offer... Get both Red Beds and both Waurika
collections for £100/$150
Permian Red Beds Matrix II (medium) - £30/$50
|Please note that all our Red Beds and Waurika material (below) has been
thoroughly processed to remove all the excess clay and soluble matrix to
make the fossils as clean and condensed as possible. This results in the
material being the richest vertebrate fossil concentrate currently available.
The enlargements (left)
show some of the
specimens that are
typically found in the
medium grit collection.
The fossils shown are
primarily shark teeth
and skin or mucous
Preservation is excellent.
Permian of Oklahoma Matrix II (med) - £30/$50
This collection continues that listed previously in that it is designed for lab use and contains a larger
sample of material that can be divided between several work stations. Being the medium grit fraction
of matrix you get more material (~5 to 6 ounces). Again the sharks and fish dominate the fauna, with
large numbers of fish scales and sharks teeth being immediately obvious. Cartilage, skin denticles
and mucous membrane denticles also occur but are far fewer than in the finer grit size. The
amphibians such as Trimerorhachis and Archeria are more common as are pieces of skull bone and
Preservation is excellent and includes partial to complete specimens, many of which exhibit
diagnostic features. The particle size is classed as medium (generally 1 to 2 mm) and contains a
diverse fauna. Comes in a labelled tub as per the Red Beds collection and includes 1 full set of
identification cards (more are available on request).
The images used to illustrate collection I are good representatives of fossil types and preservation
that can be found in this sample. Excellent.
|This collection consists of 72 individually labelled
capsules housed in two display trays with lid (like
that shown left). There fossils are primarily
ostracods, with a couple of species of tentaculitids
and worms. The specimens are a great overview of
the ostracod fauna with a wide variety of forms
being included. All ostracod specimens are
complete. This collections saves money when
compared to buying each species individually, plus
it comes in the display cases.
|Gotland Ostracod & Microfossil Collection
Two display cases - £100/$160