2.6" Wide, Iridescent Ammonite (Hoploscaphites) - South Dakota

This is a rare, red iridescent, Hoploscaphites spedini from the Fox Hills Formation of South Dakota. It's 2.65" wide and preserved in a hard concretion which was split open. These 70 million year old ammonites lived when South Dakota was a shallow inland sea.

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.

What an ammonite would have looked like while alive.
What an ammonite would have looked like while alive.
Hoploscaphites spedini
South Dakota
Fox Hills Formation
Ammonite 2.6"
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