14.5" Spectacular Ammonite (Ammolite) With Mosasaur Bite Marks!

This is a truly fascinating ammonite of the species Placenticeras costatum, collected from the Bearpaw Shale of Alberta, Canada (collected Winter 2020). It's entirely preserved in ammolite, a brilliantly colored, opal-like gemstone and features perforations (bite marks) across the exposed face. These depressions resemble mosasaur bite marks, which is possible considering the age of these ammonite fossils. The iridescent colors in this specimen are brilliant, and depending on which angle you view them from, you may see red, orange, green and/or small spots of blue-purple coloration. It comes with a wood display stand to assist with aesthetic display of this stunning ammonite specimen.

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Colorful Canadian ammonites are cherished by collectors and are on display at most of the prominent museums in the world.

These ammonites are rare. The Canadian government considers them part of the “National Treasures of Canada”. For this reason, all ammonites must be inspected and registered by the Alberta provincial government. Each ammonite then receives a number and is entered in the provincial database. A cultural property export permit is required for them to be exported from the province. All documentation will be provided with the specimen.

Ammolite is an opal-like gemstone found primarily in Alberta, Canada. It is made of the fossilized shells of ammonites, which in turn are composed primarily of aragonite, the same mineral contained in nacre, with a microstructure inherited from the shell. In 1981, ammolite was given official gemstone status by the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO)

An ammonite composed entirely of ammolite.  Complete specimens of this quality are rare and prices run into the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Creative Commons License
An ammonite composed entirely of ammolite. Complete specimens of this quality are rare and prices run into the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Creative Commons License


An iridescent opal-like play of color is shown in fine specimens, mostly in shades of green and red; all the spectral colors are possible, however. The iridescence is due to the microstructure of the aragonite: unlike most other gems, whose colors come from light absorption, the iridescent color of ammolite comes from interference with the light that rebounds from stacked layers of thin platelets that make up the aragonite. The thicker the layers, the more reds and greens are produced; the thinner the layers, the more blues and violets predominate. Reds and greens are the most commonly seen colors, owing to the greater fragility of the finer layers responsible for the blues.

Ammonites were predatory mollusks that resembled a squid with a shell. These cephalopods had eyes, tentacles, and spiral shells. They are more closely related to a living octopus, though the shells resemble that of a nautilus. True ammonites appeared in the fossil record about 240 million years ago. The last lineages disappeared 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Placenticeras costatum
LOCATION
Korite Ammolite Mine, SW Alberta, Canada
FORMATION
Bearpaw Formation
SIZE
14.5 x 12" wide
CATEGORY
ITEM
#181081
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