Earth Science Photographs

Fossils

 

Our library contains an extensive range of images from many palaeontological collections, and pictures of fossils in the field.

Telephone:  (+44) 01287 660076
Email:  candhspellant@yahoo.co.uk

Fossils may not be the most colourful objects for photography, but their shapes and textures and the angles at which they emerge from the rock often present striking photographic opportunities. As well as providing pictures which are scientifically useful and accurate, we try to supply images which have good pictorial appeal.

 

We have our own collection which can be photographed at will, and have access to numerous private and professional collections, so that new images, if required, can be obtained for commissions.

 

On file we have thousands of slides covering all the major invertebrate groups. Our coverage includes plants, and we have an extensive selection of vertebrates, especially fossil fishes.  The material in our library has world-wide application.

Siphonodendron, a rugose coral from the Carboniferous of  North America. Fossil corals provide geologists with clues as to the climate of the past. Modern corals are rather particular about their environment as corals may have been 300 million years ago. By studying the growth pattern in some coral species the number of days in the year hundreds of millions of years ago has been calculated.

Promicroceras, ammonites from the Jurassic of southern England. Ammonites are among the most beautifully shaped shellfish. Their chambered, coiled shells are engineered to provide buoyancy and swimming ability in the sea. They moved by jet propulsion, and could squirt an inky cloud at their enemies. Their fossilised shells provide palaeontologists with good evidence for dating strata relative to one another.

Aeger sp. A shrimp-like crustacean from the world-famous Jurassic Solnhofen limestones of Germany. This is a rare fossil because of the very delicate exoskeleton, which breaks down unless burial in fine grained sediment is rapid. Even the slender appendages are present in this specimen.

All photographs are copyright C and HS Pellant.

Photographs are shown in low resolution.