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NUMMULITES - 5 pieces - One cell organism - Fayoum - Egypt



A nummulite is a large lenticular fossil, characterized by its numerous coils, subdivided by septa into chambers. Nummulites commonly vary in diameter from 1.2 cm to 5 cm and are common in Teritiary marine rocks, particularly around southwest Asia and the Mediterranean (limestones from Egypt).The ancient Egyptians used nummulite shells as coins and the pyramids were constructed using limestone that contained Nummulites. It is not surprising then that the name "Nummulites" is a diminutive form to the Latin Nummulus meaning "little co