5" Placenticeras Ammonite - Pierre Shale, SD

This is 5 inch wide Placenticeras meeki ammonite from the Pierre Shale of South Dakota. It has a shell that shines with a brilliant iridescence. When it gets hit by light at the right angles you can see hues of pinks and greens.

It's Late Cretaceous in age (Upper Campanian Stage) or approximately 75 million years old. Back at this time South Dakota was covered by a shallow inland sea. These ammonites are found in hard concretions, or balls of rock which form around the fossil. These concretions are split open to reveal the ammonites which then must be expertly prepared from the surrounding rock, a very time consuming task requiring a lot of skill.

The concretion was sculpted in a way that it creates a free-standing display for the ammonite.
Placenticeras meeki
Meade County, South Dakota
Pierre Shale
Ammonite 5.0" Wide
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