Dailyatia Small Shelly Fossil Earrings
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Probably the only small shelly fossil earrings in the world, these Dailyatia earrings are available in unpolished solid silver or unpolished solid bronze. The Dailyatia earrings represent the C1 sclerite of Dailyatia helica, a small shelly fossil (SSF) of the clade Tommotida originating from the late Cambrian period. Small shelly fossils are a diverse group of mineralized fossils representing the ancestors of marine invertebrates like snails and sea urchins. While some SSFs are an intact version of the original organism, most represent only a fragment of the marine creatures they once were. In the case of Dailyatia helica, one organism consisted of 30 of the intricate, grooved, helical-shaped structures that I've recreated as an earring. (Reference: Skovsted, CB, Betts, MR, Topper, TT & Brock GA, Memoirs of the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists 48:1-117,2015)
The earrings are available solid sterling silver or bronze and finished with sterling silver, gold-plated silver or rose gold-plated silver hooks to match.