Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 68

Corsi 68, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 68  
Name and quarry location: Marmo rosso di Taormina’; Taormina in Sicily is very doubtful. Possibly from the Apennines, Italy.  
Geological description: Pink pelagic limestone, most probably from the Scaglia Rossa Formation (Cretaceous-Tertiary). A bioturbated fossiliferous biomicrite crowded with planktonic forams and calcispheres.  
Comments: This is not from Taormina. It is possibly the red/pink variety of litomarga from the Apennines.  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 1. Monochrome marbles; Species 5. Red marbles  
Corsi's text: 39.8 Rosso di Taormino in Sicilia  

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