Hand Polished Fossil from Scotland

Hand Polished Fossil from Scotland

Scottish Fossils

Found all over Scotland, the few fossils for sale we have are polished to a high shine so that you can easily see the detail.


Back before the last ice age or two, Scotland was a subtropical climate… although you might hardly believe it now. This means that some areas still show remnants of these ancient times via coral reef, petrified wood pieces and the odd fossil.

It is estimated that Scotland was a warmer climate some 300+ million years ago. We have many types of fossils here. We come across the occasional ammonite, we find evidence of where underground creatures have made their burrows in the sand, we see coral fossils, shells, crinoid disks, thalassinoides, burrows, forams, trilobites, brachiopods, Diplocraterion, rhizocorallium, sponges, bivalves, and zoophycos.

There is an interesting place in Glasgow called ‘fossil grove’ where you can see the remnants of 6 fossilized tree stumps. Entry costs a tuppence, and it is great that they have been preserved since first found in a quarry.


The first trilobites are dated to 521 million years ago, while the last is dated to 252 million years ago. At some point, some of them lived on the Scottish coast.

These are circular creatures that form the ancestors of the modern mussel. Bivalves were creatures wrapped in shells. Bivalve fossils are by far our most common find, although lots are mixed, you probably have one of these.

Evidence of U-shaped burrows that have been dug straight down into the ground by ancient creatures.

Thalassinoides and Rhizocorallium
These are burrowed tunnel systems created by pre-historic animals such as the sea anemone.

Crinoid Disk
A type of creature that would latch onto the rocks and had arms that resembled a frilled seaweed.

The tracks made by a specific type of worm.

Single cell organisms that are helpful in placing the climate of a region, too small to see without molecular analysis.

Circular shelled animals that latched onto the sea floor. Rather like the modern-day clam, these would open and close to eat.