• Geological Age: Upper Aptian stage, Cretaceous period, 120 to 112 million years ago.
• Location: Faringdon sponge gravel beds, Oxfordshire, UK.
• Family: Sea sponge
• Species: Elasmocoelia faringdonensis
Elasmocoelia faringdonensis fossil sea sponge specimens from the Aptian stage of the Cretaceous period, exhibiting a convoluted vase shape and earthy brown colour, these sponges are ideal for educational use and collectors to show the variety of forms sea sponges have taken through out the fossil record. Specimens are 3 cm in size and supplied in a card tray with a label.
Elasmocoelia faringdonensis is a sub species of fossil sea sponge belonging the elasmocoeliidae family of sponges. These specimens are particularly found in the famous Faringdon sponge gravel beds in Oxfordshire, UK, hence their name. They lived during the upper Aptian stage of the Cretaceous period, 120 to 112 million years ago. They belong to the vase group of sponges, they contain no internal chambers and appear almost like warped plates. They exhibit a convoluted shape and an earthy brown colouration. Samples are approximately 3 cm in size and will come supplied in a card tray with an information label.