1.4" Cretaceous Fossil Nautilus - India

This is a 1.4" wide nautilus fossil of the genus Nautilus sp.. The fossil is Cretaceous in age and comes from the Ariyalur Beds near Pondicherry, India. It is beautifully preserved and has been prepped free of the rock it was found in.

The shell of a Nautilus is made up of two layers. The inner layer has the iridescent shine while the outer layer provides protection from external forces. Inside the shell are septa which divide the living area of the shell into compartments and help the animal maintain balance and position in the water column.

Nautilus are "living fossils" in that species similar to this one still exist in our oceans.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Nautilus sp.
LOCATION
Pondicherry, India
FORMATION
Ariyalur Beds
SIZE
Ammonite: 1.4" wide
CATEGORY
ITEM
#189516
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