Gryphaea specimens on matrix
These are Bivalve specimens known as Gryphaea; colloquially known as the Devils Toenail.
It bears a passing resemblance to a large, twisted toenail. British folklore claims that it was believed these were created when the devil clipped his toenails.
In actuality, they were closer to oysters, a double hinged shell that has fossilised.
Our current stock consists of:
98x75x55MM specimen, found in Leicestershire.
This specimen has multiple fossils in its matrix, including gryphaea, shells, and crinoids. It could potentially benefit from some preparation work – the matrix is quite a soft looking one, sedimentary siltstone or similar.
For more information about Bivalves in general, see our main ‘Bivalve’ page.