Ammonites, with their intricate chambered shells, are among the most iconic and recognizable fossils. This hand-picked specimen of the Cleoniceras species from Madagascar stands out for its exceptional preservation and intricate details. It's not just a fossil; it's a piece of Earth's vibrant marine history.
Ammonites, though now extinct, were once prolific across the world's oceans. Their unique shell design, reminiscent of the modern nautilus, allowed them to navigate the depths with ease. Interestingly, their name is derived from the Egyptian god Amun, as their coiled shells were thought to resemble his ram horns.
While ammonites thrived for millions of years, they met their end alongside the dinosaurs at the close of the Cretaceous period. Their fossils, however, have been treasured for centuries, from ancient civilizations to modern collectors, as symbols of nature's intricate design and evolution.
Scientific Name: Cleoniceras sp.
Dimensions: 8" L x 4"W x 8.5"H
Age: 120 Million Years
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