Fossil Pearl (NHMW-Geo 1967/0752/0000)Your model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
3D scan of the largest ever found fossil pearl with a diameter of nearly 5 cm. This pearl comes from a Fossil Oyster Reef at Stetten in Lower Austria. The pearl was formed by a giant mussel (Perna aquaticus) as a defense against the attack by a piddock, which started to penetrate the shell of the mussel. This reef formed 16.5 million years ago during the Miocene.
This Fossil Pearl can be found in Hall 9 in Showcase Number 53 of the Natural History Museum Vienna.
Specimen: Fossil Pearl from Perna aquaticus (Mayer, 1858)
Inventory number: NHMW-Geo 1967/0752/0000
Collection: Natural History Museum Vienna, Geology and Palaeontology Department, Miocene collection (curator: Oleg Mandic)
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Scanned and edited by Anna Haider (NHMW)
Scanner: Artec Space Spider. Infrastructure funded by the FFG.