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The Carboniferous

Fossil Did you know what this fossil was?

It is a fossil brachiopod - it is one of the biggest brachiopods that ever lived, measuring about 20 centimetres across. The people who named it thought it was big too - it is called Gigantoproductus giganteus!

This one was found in limestone rocks in Derbyshire that formed towards the beginning of the Carboniferous period.

Brachiopods may look like bivalve molluscs (mussels and clams) but are not actually related to them.

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