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475:Natural History Museum > Fossils

submitted by Museum Administration on 15.10.2003

Aphrodite's Giant Scallop

A magnificent example of Aphrodite’s Giant Scallop. According to mythology, the goddess rose from the sea and came ashore riding a giant scallop. These huge fossilized shells may have inspired the story. 17 cm high. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

474:Natural History Museum > Fossils

submitted by Museum Administration on 16.10.2003

Giant Scallop

A beautiful Giant Scallop of Aphrodite, finely etched, with both valves intact. 19 cm high. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

473:Natural History Museum > Fossils

submitted by Museum Administration on 15.10.2003

Small Scallops

Around Kythera’s airport are several sandy pits filled with tiny fossilized scallops. The ones pictured here range from 1 to 5 cm high. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

472:Natural History Museum > Fossils

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Fan Scallop

The bottom valve of a beautiful Fan Scallop with a pinkish hue, 7 cm high. Also called St James Scallop. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

471:Natural History Museum > Fossils

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St James Scallop

A beautiful fossilized St James Scallop, bottom valve, 7 cm high. Also called Fan Scallop. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

470:Natural History Museum > Fossils

submitted by Museum Administration on 15.10.2003

Scallop Shell

White fossilized scallop shell, finely ribbed, 8.5 cm long. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

469:Natural History Museum > Fossils

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Unidentified fossil

This mysterious specimen is embedded in hard, gray rock. Its texture resembles bone, and its shape is like a great, big, Greek letter "pi". If you have any idea what this is, please add your comments below.

11 cm high. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

468:Natural History Museum > Fossils

submitted by Museum Administration on 16.10.2003

Ossified Echinoderm

This fossilized echinoderm was dug out of solid rock while doing road repairs in Kypriotianika in 1984. 12 cm across. Gift of Jimmy Kypriotis.

Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

467:Natural History Museum > Fossils

submitted by Museum Administration on 16.10.2003

Whole Clypeaster, side view

This 7-million-year-old marine animal belongs to the phylum Echinodermata, which means ‘spiny skinned'. Modern day echinoderms include starfishes, sea-urchins and sand-dollars, and are plentiful on Kythera. This specimen was found on the road between Frilingianika and the airport. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

466:Natural History Museum > Fossils

submitted by Museum Administration on 15.10.2003

Clypeaster

Fossilized echinoderms are commonly found in the middle of the island. This wonderful example is in perfect condition, beautifully symmetrical and finely etched. 17 cm across. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

465:Natural History Museum > Fossils

submitted by Museum Administration on 15.10.2003

Cone

A fine example of a small, fossilized cone shell. 3 cm long. Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003