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A fossil is a small fragment of the Earth’s history, a small piece of the record of life – of our own history. 


Fossils are still being formed today, grounds shift, water flows, trees fall, sap drops – in 2,000 years people will study fossils that tell them about this period of time.  Fossils are direct evidence that prehistoric life existed. 


Fossils are not just from dinosaurs, they are from mammals, amphibians, birds, water creatures, trees, plants, and insects.  The most common fossils we see today are the bony or woody parts of an organism that have been turned to stone.


We have an interesting selection of fossils in our store, please come in to see them all!

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These fossils are from Morocco.  Orthocerous was a marine cephalopod, this particular species was straight shelled and they thrived some 400+ million years ago in the Paleozoic Era, during the Silurian period.  These fossil Plaques have been carved and chipped to expose the fossils and then polished to highlight the fossil speciman(s).    These Orthocerous are beautiful decorator pieces as well as collectibles for the fossil collector.


Length 3".
Price: $12.00


Length 5-1/2"
Price: $20.00


Length 4"
Price: $15.00


Brachiopods are marine animals that, upon first glance, look like clams. They are actually quite different from clams in their anatomy, and they are not closely related to the molluscs. Brachiopods may seem rare in today's seas, yet they are actually fairly common.  They often make their homes in very cold water, either in polar regions or at great depths in the ocean, and therefore are not often encountered.  There are about 300 living species of brachiopods. 


1-3/8" X 1-1/4"



Ammonites are mollusks, just like squids and octopuses.  They are know to have existed from the Devonian Period of the Paleozoic Era, roughly 355 to 410 million years ago.  They became extinct at the end of Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era.  So far, nearly 10,000 types of ammonites are known to us.  Ammonites are used as index fossils (used to indicate the age of a stratum) and therefore considered a vital group for the study of the evolution of life.  These ammonites are from Morocco.


1-1/2" Diameter


1-5/8" Diameter


1-7/8" Long


1-9/16" Diameter


Crinoids, although relatives of starfish and seacucumbers, grew attached to the seafloor like corals many years ago. Their jointed calcareous skeleton was branching and plant-like in appearance, hence the name sea lily. 
A few crinoid species still exist today but they were most abundant in the late Paleozoic Era (400 to 250 million years ago). The columnar plates of the branches were formed of large crystals of the common mineral calcite (calcium carbonate) and so when broken up they form a glistening, coarse-grained limestone easily mistaken for marble.


1" Diamter x 1-15/16" Long


3/4" Diameter x 2-1/8" Length

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Rocks and Things located at
114 Oak Avenue/Upper Street/Old US19
in Historic Downtown Spruce Pine, NC
Just 5 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway!