A single Scutella specimen carved from the matrix. This piece has great shape and detail with the full disc visible.
Measurements: ~5" long x 4-1/2" wide x 2-1/4" deep Scutella: ~2-1/2"
Era: Miocene, ~19 M.Y.O.
The Scutella Stelatta sand dollar was a marine creature that burrowed on the bottom of the ocean floor. They are members of the echinoderm family, and are one of the most common marine creatures. Today, there are still 7,000 species of this family in our oceans. These fossils provide valuable geological information about our environment and history, and are a major component of limestone.