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3.6 Inch Cleoniceras Ammonite (Half)
Here is large 3.5 inch wide, 110 million year old ammonite fossil from Madagascar which has been cut in half and polished. Some of the chambers are preserved as pockets of calcite crystals. The reverse side is also polished and shows some of the beautiful "oak leaf" sutures of the Cleoniceras genus. This is truly a natural piece of art.
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. Ammonites appeared in the fossil record about 240 million years ago and they barely survived several major extinction events. The last lineages disappeared 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous.