Fossil Bat Guano # 24

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Species :Fossil Bat Guano # 24
Age – Pleistocene ( 60-100  thousand  Years )
Location – Ely, Nevada
Size -2″ long x 2 1/2″ X  2″  thick at the widest point

FYI: COPROLITES ARE THE FOSSIL EXCREMENT ( DUNG ) OF PREHISTORIC ANIMALS SUCH AS MAMMALS AND REPTILES.
COPROLITES ARE TYPES OF TRACE FOSSILS THAT WERE DEPOSITED BY THESE ANIMALS. THIS DUNG WAS THEN BURIED BY MORE SEDIMENT ANDTHOUSANDS OF YEARS THE DUNG MINERALIZED AND FOSSILIZED AS THE SHAPE YOU SEE ON MY WEB PAGE. THE COPROLITE IS FROM BAT’S

Fossilized Bat Guano

Ely, Nevada

 

This is fossilized bat guano.  This specimen came from a mine that has been closed since World War One 1914 when the need for natural calcium nitrate was no longer required.  The calcium nitrate would be mixed with wood ash to produce potassium nitrate. 

     The material comes from the bottom most layer of an 8 foot guano deposit that dates from 60,000 to 100,000 years old.  The guano is representative of the life of an ancient cave habitat containing bats, scavengers, and casual visitors to the cave.  The specimen contains an assortment of fossilized bat bones; ribs, teeth, vertebrae and many others.  Found within the matrix are ancient rodent teeth and bones, camel, cat and the other carnivores found living on the cave floor.  The bones show up white against the tan guano.  Partial speleothems are also seen within the deposit with the unique feature of fluorescence under black lights.  This is an excellent and unusual specimen for the collector. 

 

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Dimensions 2 × 2 × 2 in