Rough Opal is often found in the form of ancient sea creatures
I doubt that Rough Opal was on the mind of Bill Bryson when he wrote a book on geology called ’A short history of nearly everything’ and while I don’t agree with everything he has said in this book, I must say that its one of the most amazing insights I have ever read into the history and the current status of life on earth.
Among other things, the author focuses on fossils and emphasizes the extreme rarity of these amazing records of past life on earth. You see, to preserve a fossil, the animal or vegetable has to be covered in some sort of dust or mud that immediately seals off the oxygen, allowing the item’s original shape to be preserved until various chemicals from the surrounding earth, mixed with moisture, gradually transform the original molecules of life into something hard enough to survive perhaps many thousands of years until some enthusiastic fossicker unearths them.
Such was the case in regard to ‘Eric’ the Opalized Pliosaur which was found in the famous White Cliffs Opal mine in South Australia. Other specimens have been found at Coober Pedy and in fact throughout the opal fields of Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, Yowah, Koroit, Quilpie, Blackall, Winton and surrounding areas in Queensland all sorts of fossils of who knows what have been found. Amazing looking formations that approximate the shapes of a pineapple have been found at White Cliffs. There seems to be no end to the amazing items to be found in the ground. Particularly in the Australian Outback.
I paid $300 or so for one spinal disc from a Pliosaur in Andamooka and here is the picture.
Also we show pictures of Rough Opal,Opalized shells, snails, and other interesting records of ancient history preserved in the form of opal. Some with no play of color. Others with the most magnificent colors you could imagine.
Opalized Shells and Ancient Sea Creatures turned to stone
Click here for a full summary of the Opal Pliosaur found in Cooper Pedy. Bear in mind that the comments made about evolution at the bottom of the article is the opinion of the author of this article and may not necessarily be shared by other scientists and thinking people.
Excerpt from this summary: Pliosaurs are actually aquatic carnivorous reptiles, not dinosaurs. ‘Eric’ was a small, short-necked Pliosaur and and was discovered by a miner in Coober Pedy in 1987. ‘Eric’ is one of the most complete opalised vertebrates known and became part of the fossil collection of the Australian Museum in 1993 after money to purchase the specimen was raised by the schoolchildren of Australia (with the help of Akubra Hats). ‘Eric’ is currently on display at the Australian Museum.