Gryphaea

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Gry`phae´a


n.1.(Zool.) A genus of cretaceous fossil shells allied to the oyster.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The finds include saurapods, some of the largest land animals to have lived, and meateating allosaurs as well as ichthysaurs, dolphinlike creatures with eyes as big as dinner plates, and thousands of mollusk fossils known as Devil's Toenails.
The most well known fossils found on our coast must be the Devil's Toenails, an example of a now extinct oyster.
Mull it over Find traces of Jurassic activity on Carsaig Bay on the Isle of Mull, where rocks on the shore boast fossils of aptly-named devil's toenails SCARY SIGHT Cast of the T-rex at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh (or Gryphaea) and Belemnites (marine molluscs).
"Full size robotic creatures move their heads, thump the ground, roar, hiss and snarl at visitors while specimens from dinosaur skulls to devil's toenails and an unlikely 'Jackalope' help to explain the possible origins of these mythical beasts."
It also investigates the scientific and historical realities of the beasts, helping visitors sort out fact from fantasy with everything from dinosaur skulls to the devil's toenails on display.
Visitors can find everything from dinosaur skulls to the devil's toenails.
From next Saturday visitors will be able to find everything from dinosaur skulls and oryx horns to devil's toenails.