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Flint handaxe containing a fossil seashell, circa 300,000 years old. The fossil is far older than the actually tool, or even the flint, for that matter. What is clear is that the toolmaker made a conscious decision to create his tool around this central ornament for whatever aesthetic or religious reasons. (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge) Image by Irisharchaeology.ie via The Celtic  Prehistoric Museum

A Palaeolithic tool (from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge) carefully sculpted around a seashell fossil embedded in the rock. Was the prehistoric took maker thinking about aesthetics and beauty?

Dragonfly Fossil Discovered at Sihetun, China

Dragonfly fossil discovered at Sihetun, China, in the same 120 million year-old volcanic sediments that Sinosauropteryx was found.

The dinosaur Giganotosaurus carolinii, one of the world's largest terrestrial carnivores (along with Spinosaurus), reconstructed in the position where its fossilized bones were found, at the museum of Villa El Chocón, next to the hydroelectric dam of El Chocón, Neuquén Province, Argentina.

The dinosaur Giganotosaurus carolinii, reconstructed in the position where its fossilized bones were found, Museum of Villa El Chocón, Neuquén Province, Argentina.

agatized bone | has put together a mosaic of shots of agatized dinosaur bone (bone ...

Agatized dinosaur bone in all its glory - Boing Boing

Red Dinosaur Agate Fossil Gem Bone Oval 40x30 mm by FenderMinerals, $50.00

Dinosaur Gembone Brown Webbed Agate Fossil Semiprecious Gem stone fossil Bone Cabochon Large Gemstone from Utah DIY Craft jewel

Petoskey Stone | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Petoskey stone is a rock and a fossil, often pebble-shaped, that is composed of a fossilized coral, Hexagonaria percarinata. They are fragments of a coral reef that was originally deposited during the Devonian period, about 350 million years ago.

Dinosaur Agate Fossil Gem Bone Oval 40x30 mm by FenderMinerals

Dinosaur Agate Fossil Gem Bone Oval mm by FenderMinerals

Fossil of Encrinaster, an extinct echinoderm.  Naturalis museum, Leiden, Netherlands.

Fossil of Encrinaster, an extinct echinoderm. This would make a pretty cool tattoo

Annularia sp. are the leaf whorls of an extinct horsetail. These horsetails (Sphenopsida) were arborescent (tree-like) and grew to a height of 31 feet. Fossil found in Illinois

- the leaf whorls of an extinct horsetail. These horsetails (Sphenopsida) were arborescent (tree-like) and grew to a height of 31 feet. Fossil found in Illinois

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