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F263-Dentoid Dentalum Dentalia

 Dentoid or Dentalia or Dentalum can be likened to Spiral shell fish with out the spiral. Elongated and upended, the sea creature lived in the stem of the Dentoid and burrowed into the sand to feed. 

There is a long history of dentalia in use such as in Canada where it was used as a form of money because it was only found in the deeper ocean and hard to access therefore they had a value. In the case of the Timorese Dentalum the exposure of 300 MYO fossil beds at the top of the mountains. The Timorese farmers have used them as flutes for centuaries to call up their animals from the jungles. They emit a variety of whistles from low to high pitch. There are some available that still have the string where it hung around the neck. Many cultures have used and still do use them as decorative jewellery. 

Various lengths from 5cm/2" to 11.5cm/4" long. All in good to excellent condition.

Prices vary from $2.50 to $6 depending on length and quality. Minimum order is 3 to make shipping worthwhile. Please state preferred length when ordering.   Postage additional.

The Basleo fault line in West Timor from the Permian era 300MYO. has proved itself to be rich in fossil evidence for many decades. It is the result of the Australian plate pushing up against and eventually overriding the Asian plate. This has exposed many of the earths first ancient deep sea creatures such as Dentoids which lived along side the Ammonites, Blastoid and Crinoids.

These treasures can probably be sent in a sturdy envelope to reduce shipping. You are welcome to combine items to maximise freight cost. Freight is additional. Please place your order and we will advise you of the most economical freight to you destination.

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