D16C-53
Turquoise after bone (odontolite)
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 3.0 x 2.0 cm
near Searchlight, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Ex. Ken Roberts
SOLD

Amazingly, the mineral turquoise has totally pseudomorphed an animal bone, turning it a light green color. On rare occasions animals and humans die in the vicinity of ore bodies, primarily copper, and their skeletons are replaced cell by cell by the minerals. A bone replacement is essentially a pseudomorph similar to Turquoise after Apatite, and this is a very educational example of how we ourselves are "mineralized." From the well-known pseudomorph collection of Ken Roberts. Specimens of this quality are very rare.