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Three unmodified mottled cowrie shells.
A Mineral Specimens of New Zealand box set which contains 96 small mounted samples of rocks and minerals, each which are named with a printed label. Many of these labels also include location information. The box is rectangular with a hinged lid and is covered with an embossed gold coloured paper. The hinged lid is lined and fitted with a label on the top and underside which features a hei tiki design. " MINERAL SPECIMENS / OF / NEW ZEALAND " is marked on the label along with fern and kowhaiwhai type patterns. " SET X1 / CARNEGIE " 96 PIECES " is marked on a paper label stuck to the underside of the lid.
A fossilised oyster (Crassostrea ingens) shell. It is a large, amorphous, thick, scaly, laminate shell.
A relatively small fossilised crab (tumidocarcinus giganteus) encased within an oval siltstone concretion. The upperside of crab is visible - smooth, evenly rounded, but somewhat flattened back to its carapace - fine raised dots all over the surface. Parts of the legs have broken away - presumably with other half of concretion. Both chelae are hidden under concretion.
A fossilised crab (Tumidocarcinus giganteus) encased within an oval siltstone concretion. The underside of the crab is visible and the right chelae is larger than the left.
A coconut fossil (Cocos zeylandica). It is a small, dark brown, slightly flattened, fossil coconut - basically tear-drop in shape. There is a larger hole near the top end with four tiny holes near the base and a large crack extending from the top down one side - almost to the base. Remnant matter at one end.
A Cocos zeylandica fossil. Small, dark brown, flattened, walnut-sized fossil coconut. Three 'eyes' at one end - squashed and filled with sediment (quite pointed at this end).
A Cocos zeylandica fossil with a small, dark brown, slightly flattened, walnut-sized fossil coconut with three 'eyes' at one end - small point at this end.2.5cm crack extends from one of the eyes along the length of the body.
A large Nautilus fossil.
A fossilised oyster (Crassostrea ingens) shell. It is a long, thick, scaly, laminate shell.
A fossilised oyster (Crassostrea ingens) shell. It is a large, thick, scaly, laminate shell.
Three fragments of coral from a coral "tree".
A dark grey fossilized whale vertebrae. It is the centrum from a lumbar vertebra from the lower back of a small to medium sized adult baleen whale. The vertebra has been bored by small pholad shellfish after the whale died. Erosion has resulted in a smooth surface.