The fossil Pecten shell plaque surmounted on a bronze plinth. known in France as 'Coquille St. Jacques'. These famous scallop shells have been preserved from the carbonate levels of the Miocene period. The family name Pectinidae, derives from the Latin pecten meaning comb, this a reference to a comb like structure of the shell valve. Each furrow is distinctly preserved on each valve of the large scallop shell. The larger clam commune grouping create a wonderful and natural sculptural element.
The shells growth rings distinguishable, the external growth rings of each shell valve, their regular spacing and alternative progressive crowding (analogous to annual tree rings), have for many decades been the subject of biological and paleontological study. Academics concentrated on growth structures visible on the external surfaces of shells, such as ribs, frills, and concentric rings to age the molluscs.
Here at the fossil store we surmount the mollusc's on various attractive bases or plinths uplifting the beauty of the shellfish, creating, along with mother nature helping hand, a most attractive decorative and ancient sculpture, which creates not only a dramatic sculptural art-form, also an authentic natural history piece of interest sure to intrigue and impress.