Ostrea edulis Fossil Oyster

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Ostrea edulis

A classic looking oyster from the Eemian period of The Netherlands.

***Note: not all specimens will look exactly like the photo and have the same colour!***

 

 

 

Description

About Ostrea edulis

Physical Description

Ostrea edulis, also know as the “european flat oyster”. They still live today and can vary in size and colour. Reaching up to  12 cm in lenght. They are harvested as a food source since before roman times and are found near the coast in shallow waters, where they attach themselves to the rocks.

Age and Distribution

This species is extant and can be found in European waters ranging from the North East Atlantic till North Africa. The fossilized specimens on offer are at least 120000 years old but this species goes back to the Miocene.

 

 

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