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Sand Dollar Fossils For SaleSand Dollar Fossils

   
Rocks, Minerals, and FossilsSand Dollars are a flattened type of sea urchin that live mainly in shallow water near land, where they like to bury themselves in sand.  While alive, Sand Dollars are covered with short fuzzy spines that almost look like fur, which are used to convey plankton into the Sand Dollar's mouth (located on its bottom side).  Sand Dollars also use their spines to move along the sand or burrow into it.

Being buried in the sand slightly improves the odds of fossilization after death.  If a Sand Dollar's rigid exoskeleton, called a "test," washes up onto the beach, it resembles a round white coin, like a silver dollar.  (In countries that don't use dollars, these sea creatures are also called Sea Biscuits, Sea Cookies, Snapper Biscuits, or Pansy Shells.)

Without their spines, Sand Dollars display five-rayed petal- or star-shaped designs created by five sets of pores.  These pores were used to move sea water into and circulate it throughout the living Sand Dollar's body.

The polished Sand Dollar fossils on this page belong to the order Clypeasteroida (phylum Echinodermata, class Echinoidea).  They come from Madagascar and are approximately 150 million years old, dating back to the late Jurassic.

Want to watch a live Sand Dollar in action?  Here's a great video using time-lapse photography (accompanied by stirring string music).  You go, little Sea Biscuit!



Sand Dollar Fossils For Sale
Sand Dollar Fossils For Sale
Sand Dollar Fossil (A)
2.5" x 2.4" x 0.75"
$15.00
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Sand Dollar Fossil (B)
2.5" x 2.5" x 0.75"
$15.00
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(On this page, you'll receive the exact Sand Dollar fossil specimen shown in each photo.)

      

Sand Dollar Fossils For Sale
Sand Dollar Fossils For Sale
Sand Dollar Fossil (C)
2.5" x 2.5" x 0.75"
$15.00
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Sand Dollar Fossil (D)
2.5" x 2.3" x 0.75"
$15.00
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Sand Dollar Fossils For Sale
Sand Dollar Fossils For Sale
Sand Dollar Fossil (E)
2.25" x 2.25" x 0.75"
$15.00
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Sand Dollar Fossil (F)
2.5" x 2.4" x 0.75"
$15.00
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    (On this page, you'll receive the exact Sand Dollar fossil specimen shown in each photo.)
   
 
  
Sand Dollar Fossils For Sale
Sand Dollar Fossils For Sale
Sand Dollar Fossil (G)
2.6" x 2.5" x 0.75"
$15.00
~ SOLD ~
Sand Dollar Fossil (H)
2.6" x 2.5" x 0.8"
$15.00
~ SOLD ~
 
 
 
 
Sand Dollar Fossils For Sale
Sand Dollar Fossils For Sale
Sand Dollar Fossil (I)
2.7" x 2.4" x 0.75"
$15.00
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Sand Dollar Fossil (J)
2.5" x 2.4" x 0.75"
$15.00
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(On this page, you'll receive the exact Sand Dollar fossil specimen shown in each photo.)

  
 

Sand Dollar Fossils For Sale
Sand Dollar Fossils For Sale
Sand Dollar Fossil (K)
2.7" x 2.5" x 0.75"
$15.00
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Sand Dollar Fossil (L)
2.6" x 2.5" x 0.75"
$15.00
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  (On this page, you'll receive the exact Sand Dollar fossil specimen shown in each photo.)

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