3.8" Jurassic Ammonite (Asteroceras) Fossil - Dorset, England

This is a beautifully preserved, 3.8" wide Asteroceras obtusum ammonite fossil from the Lyme Regis region of England. One half of the ammonite has been prepped free from the rock. The outer shell has been prepped away from much of the ammonite, revealing the gorgeous, leaf-like suture pattern beneath. The base of the rock has been cut flat for presentation purposes.

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.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Asteroceras obtusum
LOCATION
Black Ven, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Dorset, England
FORMATION
Lower Lias, Obtusum Zone
SIZE
Ammonite 3.8" wide. Entire specimen 11.7 x 8.6"
ITEM
#171301
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