Iridescent Whole Ammonite
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.
The iridescent ammonite boasts a captivating spiral shape, reminiscent of a tightly coiled ram's horn. Its shell, which once housed a prehistoric marine mollusk, is characterized by its intricate ribbed patterns that radiate outwards from the center, creating a series of concentric circles. But what truly sets the iridescent ammonite apart is its mesmerizing play of colors. When light strikes its surface, it refracts to produce a dazzling display of shimmering hues, ranging from vibrant blues and greens to deep purples and fiery reds. This luminous quality, often likened to the sheen of a peacock's feather or the glint of an opal, gives the fossilized creature an almost otherworldly appearance, making it a prized specimen among collectors and enthusiasts.
Scientific Name: Cleoniceras sp.
Dimensions: Medium ~4.5"" L x 3.5""W x 1.25""H
Extra Large ~4.5"" L x 3.5""W x 1.25""H
Age: 120 Million Years
Shipping Restrictions: None.