.55" Gastropod Fossil in Rock - Germany

This is a gastropod fossil collected from the Holzbachacker clay pit near Buttenheim, Bavaria/Germany. It's Jurassic, Pliensbachian stage or approximately 190 million years old. Most of the surrounding rock has been removed to expose this gastropod.

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
Unidentified Gastropod
LOCATION
Buttenheim, Bavaria/Germany
FORMATION
Holzbachacker Clay-Pit
SIZE
.55" wide gastropod on 3.3 x 1.4" rock
CATEGORY
ITEM
#125432
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