Fossil Ammonite: Cleoniceras sp. Unique Piece
Ammonites are an extinct group of marine animals similar to the nautilus. Like the nautilus, ammonites had a soft body with tentacles that emerged from a hollow chambered shell which they used in the manner of a submarine's ballast tanks. Ammonite fossils are often identified by their shell ornamentation and the structures of the wall that divide the shell's chambers.
This fossil ammonite is an excellent, hand-picked specimen of the Cleoniceras species from Madagascar. Ammonites went extinct along with the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period, and their fossils were collected by ancient man as well as modern. They are named after the Egyptian god Amun, whose ram horns they were thought to resemble.
Ammonites from this location are unusually well-preserved, and are often filled with calcite crystals making it possible to polish and cut them in half. The fossilized details of the creatures’ perfectly spiraled shell remain intact. Each one is a beautiful item of home decor and a connection to ancient history.
You will receive an item of comparable quality to the one depicted.
Dimensions: 8" - 9"
Scientific Name: Cleoniceras/Desmoceras sp.
Origin: Mahajanga Madagascar
Age: 120 Million Years
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