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

 
 
 
This is an aesthetic display piece featuring five Hammathoceras 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 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.

FOR SALE
$1,125
DETAILS
SPECIES
Hammathoceras
LOCATION
Rhône-Alpes Region, France
SIZE
17" Tall, Largest ammonite 7.5"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#174931
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