7.5" Cretaceous-Aged, Fossil Nautilus - Red Iridescence

This is a 7.5" wide, fossil nautilus (Cymatoceras) from Ambatalafia, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar. The shell has be lightly polished and it has some areas of flashy, red iridescence when viewed from certain angles.

Comes with a large acrylic display stand.

The shell of a Nautilus is made up of two layers. The inner layer has the iridescent shine while the outer layer provides protection from external forces. Inside the shell are septa which divide the living area of the shell into compartments and help the animal maintain balance and position in the water column.

Nautilus are "living fossils" in that species similar to this one still exist in our oceans.


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DETAILS
SPECIES
Cymatoceras sp.
LOCATION
Ambatalafia, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar
SIZE
7.5" wide
CATEGORY
ITEM
#229515
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