17" Tall, Jurassic Ammonite (Hammatoceras) Display - France

This is an aesthetic display piece featuring five Hammatoceras ammonite fossils as well as several belemnites fossils. It is 17" tall with the largest ammonite being 7.5" wide. The base it displays so that it stands up nicely on a flat surface.

These ammonites were quarried in the Rhône-Alpes region of France and are Lower Jurassic in age, approximately 180 million years old. The sculpture is a composite, meaning that while the ammonite fossils are real they have been mounted in an artificial matrix to create the display. All of the ammonites on this display were quarried from the same layer, so they would have been associated together in nature. All of the ammonites have some degree of restoration work.

Ammonites were predatory cephalopod mollusks that resembled squids with spiral shells. They are more closely related to living octopuses, though their shells resemble that of nautilus species. True ammonites appeared in the fossil record about 240 million years ago during the Triassic Period. The last lineages disappeared 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous.

What an ammonite would have looked like while alive.
What an ammonite would have looked like while alive.
Rhône-Alpes Region, France
17" Tall, Largest ammonite 7.5"
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