The earth was a very different place 300 million years ago. Imagine a broad river, muddy and shallow, slowly winding through a lush green flatland riparian environment. A riverbank lined with ferns, some as big as today’s trees. Flowering plants were still just in the design phase, this was a land of monocots. These ancient plants would fall over into the river during floods and would later be deposited along the riverbank downstream, covered in mud and silt, layer after layer, accumulating with each flood season. Like the rings of a tree, these layers tell the forensic story of the seasons and years in this ever changing environment 300 million years in the past. All minerals and fossils vary slightly in size and shape. You will receive a high quality specimen of the selected item but not the exact one pictured. All minerals, gems, stones and fossils are guaranteed to be top quality; sourced from ethical vendors around the world.