Monday, January 23, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Does ancient oyster contain huge pearl ?


Posted on Friday, 8 June, 2012 | Comment icon 14 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: CC 2.0 tanakawho

 
An ancient oyster ten times larger than its modern counterparts could contain a golf ball sized pearl.

The 100 million-year-old fossil discovered off the British coast will undergo an MRI scan to see if contains what would likely be one of the largest pearls on record. "It was discovered in the nets of a fishing boat which was dredging here in the Solent," said a spokesman from the Blue Reef Aquarium.

"Oysters can be aged by annual growth rings on their shells and we have counted more than 200 rings on this oyster making it an extremely long-lived individual. It's obviously a million-to-one chance that it would contain anything but, if you were to go purely on the dimensions of the shell then you'd be looking at a golf ball-sized pearl."

"How big is the pearl inside an oyster the size of your face? According to the Daily Mail, experts at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth, England, are trying to determine just that."

  View: Full article |  Source: Huffington Post

  Discuss: View comments (14)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 8 June, 2012, 16:45
How can something that's a secretion over an irritant be valuable? Oh wait, I forgot about amber.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Troublehalf on 8 June, 2012, 17:47
Not only will the oyster be shut solid, anything inside will be inedible..... If there is a gem inside, it will be the biggest jewellery worthy pearl in the world. There are two types, iridescent (which means rainbow coloured/flux) and ones like the Pearl of Allah which is technically a pearl but is not used in jewellery due to it not having the iridescent (by not being covered in Mother of Pearl) and also being ugly anyway. Pearl of Allah is 14lb (Shame America uses this system, it's outdated and stupid) which is 6350g (6.35kg)... This one could make a great centre gem for a necklace or a rin... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin on 8 June, 2012, 22:04
I agree. The Pearl of Allah, in the pic I saw, is one ugly piece of oyster vomit. $60 million? I wouldn't give 60 cents.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Likely Guy on 9 June, 2012, 2:06
So which came first, the oyster or the pearl?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Englishgent on 9 June, 2012, 2:24
Just a couple of things here. Firsty, only one in a thousand (approx) oysters contains a pearl so the chances of this fossil having one are slim. Secondly, if there was a pearl inside, then I doubt it would be in very good condition having undergone fossilisation. I could be wrong on this one. Still be worth something though In answer to Palladin, Amber is not really a secretion over an irritant, unless you could call a break, fracture or cut in the tree's bark (which allowed the secretion of sap millioins of years ago which then formed amber) But I am sure you know this already
Comment icon #10 Posted by Shrine Builder on 9 June, 2012, 2:53
I can't be the only one that thinks it's wrong to crack the oyster open. I mean, christ, it's 100 millions years old. Keep it preserved.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Likely Guy on 9 June, 2012, 3:46
I can't be the only one that thinks it's wrong to crack the oyster open. I mean, christ, it's 100 millions years old. Keep it preserved. I agree. After all, it's totally inedible. Then again, I find fresh oysters gross.Unless, of course there's copious amounts of butter and garlic involved. But, then again, considering the oyster is 100 million y.o., there isn't enough butter and garlic in the world.Tough call.
Comment icon #12 Posted by csspwns on 9 June, 2012, 3:58
why are pearls worth so much? imo amber should be worth more cuz its pretty
Comment icon #13 Posted by Englishgent on 9 June, 2012, 4:21
why are pearls worth so much? imo amber should be worth more cuz its pretty I agree. I have never liked pearls but I love amber, specially with an insect embedded inside. It is much nicer to look at too. Actually, amber is probably worth more than cultured/fram pearls, whcih are still natural pearls except that an irritant is introduced in order to form a pearl whereas what I would call 'real' pearls are much harder to find hence the higher price.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Lava_Lady on 14 June, 2012, 8:49
Pearl of Allah is 14lb (Shame America uses this system, it's outdated and stupid) which is 6350g (6.35kg)... This one could make a great centre gem for a necklace or a ring or something. Wonder if it'll be sold or donated somewhere. Who, in their right mind, would want to wear a 14lb pearl as a center gem for a necklace or ring or anything? I dont think even Mr. T would want something like that.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5859427
264682
165172

 
Fossils of giant otter unearthed in China
1-23-2017
Paleontologists have revealed the discovery of a prehistoric otter that was around the size of a wolf.
Mystery surrounds felling of 200 beech trees
1-23-2017
Authorities in Wales are attempting to work out who chopped down hundreds of beech trees near Caerphilly.
New clue emerges in DB Cooper hijacking case
1-22-2017
An independent investigation in to the long-running mystery has managed to dig up an important new clue.
Did humans wipe out Australia's megafauna ?
1-22-2017
A new study has cast doubt on the idea that climate change wiped out most of Australia's huge beasts.
Other news in this category
Fossils of giant otter unearthed in China
Posted 1-23-2017 | 2 comments
Paleontologists have revealed the discovery of a prehistoric otter that was around the size of a wolf....
 
Did humans wipe out Australia's megafauna ?
Posted 1-22-2017 | 5 comments
A new study has cast doubt on the idea that climate change wiped out most of Australia's huge beasts....
 
Prehistoric human DNA found on cave floor
Posted 1-8-2017 | 6 comments
Scientists have found a way to identify the DNA of our ancestors from prehistoric bone dust samples....
 
Dinosaurs died out due to incubation period
Posted 1-3-2017 | 15 comments
A new theory has suggested that the dinosaurs became extinct because they couldn't hatch quickly enough....
 
Prehistoric bird hints at warm North Pole
Posted 12-29-2016 | 4 comments
A newly discovered species of seagull-like bird lived at a time when the Arctic was as warm as Florida....
 
Some dinosaurs lost their teeth as they aged
Posted 12-23-2016 | 4 comments
Some young meat-eating dinosaurs lost their teeth as they grew up and ended up becoming plant-eaters....
 
Prehistoric footprints unearthed in Tanzania
Posted 12-14-2016 | 7 comments
Several sets of footprints left by an ancient human ancestor have been found at the site of a new museum....
 
Actual dinosaur tail found preserved in amber
Posted 12-8-2016 | 47 comments
The unprecedented 99 million-year-old specimen contains preserved bones, soft tissues and feathers....
 
Japan is set to build a robotic Jurassic Park
Posted 11-19-2016 | 17 comments
Dino-a-Live will offer visitors the next best thing to real dinosaurs without the risk of being eaten....
 
Huge 'sea monster' fossil found in Antarctica
Posted 11-15-2016 | 14 comments
Palaeontologists have unearthed the fossil remains of a gigantic Cretaceous-era ocean predator....
 
World's first dinosaur brain fossil unearthed
Posted 10-29-2016 | 4 comments
The discovery was made by fossil hunter Jamie Hiscocks who found the specimen on a beach near London....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ