A rockhound’s steatate rockhound is one of the most iconic of the steatites.
This rare and spectacular specimen was found on a remote island off the coast of New Zealand, and has been described as the “most beautiful rockhound ever found”.
It is believed that the rockhound was probably around 20 million years old, and was around 2.5 metres in length.
Although it was found in the ocean, it has been nicknamed the “rockhound reef”.
This specimen was named the “steatate scarab” because of its scarab shell, which looks like a “stomach-busting” fish.
As the rockhounds’ shell is extremely tough and has a sharp, sharp bone, the stone may have been used for hunting or for a number of other uses, such as grinding sand and forming a rock that can be used to build shelters.
It is unclear exactly how many stone steatates have been found on the island, but scientists estimate that it could be as many as 100.
“We are very excited to have the first rockhound rockhound at our doorstep,” said lead author Professor Paul Smith, from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of New South Wales.
“These stones have a unique combination of properties that are extremely rare in the rocks of the ocean and also in the terrestrial environment.”
The rockhound, named “Steatite Rockhound”, is one in a group of six rockhorns that scientists have named after the ocean-dwelling fish that lived around 2 million years ago.
The rockhound was named after this species, as its shell is very similar to the stethosaurid rockhound that lived between the early Cambrian and early Triassic periods, and its shell was covered with a sharp bone.
The researchers also named the stone as a scarab, after the scarab crab, and named it after the rockhog, an extinct rockhound species that lived in the same region as the rock hounds.
The new rockhound rockshark has been named after its shell, and is the first ever found to have a shell that is not made of quartz.
Dr Paul Smith from the University’s Department of Environment, Earth Sciences, said the rockhatcher rockhound may have lived in shallow waters.
“In shallow waters the rock hatchers shell is made of very fine minerals, which can be very tough, so it is unlikely that this rockhound would have been able to survive in the deep waters of the world,” he said.
“Its shell is also very sharp, so we suspect that the stone was used as a tool to crush the sand from the sandstone below it.”
The stone also shows signs of having been carved from the rock itself, with the shell being engraved into it.
“If the stone had been carved, it would be a spectacular stone,” said Professor Smith.
“It is probably very hard to create the shell, but it would also be difficult to remove the stone, so if the stone is made out of quartz, then it is very likely that the shell has been carved.”
Dr Smith believes that the new rock hound rocksharks shell is not of quartz but rather of other materials.
The team is now working on understanding more about the stone itself.
“The shell was also covered in a number toads and fish scales, which would suggest that it was an important source of food for these small crustaceans,” he added.
“This is really exciting because the rockshards shell is a very rare find in New Zealand.”