Natural History

Collections of Minerals, Fossils, Seashells & the Natural World.
Welcome to Moorabool’s ‘Cabinet of Curios’ .

Moorabool’s ‘Natural History’ department dates back to John Rosenberg as a child; the first things he remembered collecting after broken Willow Pattern shards was seashells by Corio Bay. His shops always had a selection of interesting shells for sale, and his son Paul took on this department as his first steps into the business, while still at school.

Many fossils and shells are now on offer, with some from the extensive Rosenberg Collection, as well as a number of other old collections that have been broken up over the years, both locally and overseas.

They all form part of the ‘Cabinet of Curios’, alongside the Antiquities & Tribal.

Natural History in stock


Millions of years old, and not expensive…. that’s the case with the majority of fossils.

After all, they are just the rock we walk over….
Rarities, of course, are more expensive. You’ll find a good range of both at Moorabool’s ‘Natural History’ department.


Ammonoids are a group of extinct marine molluscs, similar to the modern nautiloids, but only very distantly related. They were prolific for a period of 140 million years, from the Jurassic to the Cretaceous. They were very common in the oceans, and are found in large quantities world-wide. Their extinction coincides with the end of the dinosaurs, in the Cretaceous extinction event currently blamed on the impact of a massive asteroid, 66 million years ago.


Trilobites were marine anthropoids which appeared in the first stage of the Cambrian Period, 521 million years ago. The name refers to the three segments they have in their head-section.
They were extremely successful in the early oceans, surviving the next 270 million years, disappearing at the end of the Permian Period 252 million years ago.
Over 20,000 species have been recorded, with some extraordinary forms preserved in the right conditions – revealed by patient preparation, some have horns and tendrils fanning out above their heads. Others, such as Elratha kingii are compact and streamlined.  They filled a variety of niches in the ecosystems – from scavengers on the seabed to free-swimming plankton eaters. There are also tracks from mudflats that appear to show them leaving the water, at least in the inter-tidal zone.

Dinosaur Teeth

Surprisingly affordable!

Dinosaur Bone

Genuine bones from Dinosaur species, from all over the world.

Fossil Shark’s Teeth

Sharks are an ancient species – and have always had amazing dentistry. As they have no ‘bones’ to be fossilised (having a cartilage skeleton rather than a bone structure), their teeth are the remains preserved. As present-day sharks still do, ancient sharks regularly lost teeth, with replacements behind then coming forward to fill their place. They’re mostly plentiful – and therefore very affordable, with the exception of the awe-inspiring ‘Megladon’ teeth, from a giant – and luckily extinct – species of the oceans top predators.

Fossil Fish

Minerals & Gemstones

Gems & Crystals, geological specimens from around the world. They are often spectacular, and very decorative….


Seashells from around the world, both collector’s rarities and very affordable decorations.

The Natural World

Taxidermy, scientific models of nature, and the unclassifiable.