7.8" Ammonite (Speetoniceras) Fossil in Decorative Simbircite Display

This is a beautiful, 7.8" wide Speetoniceras versicolor ammonite fossil from the Lower Cretaceous deposits of the Volga River in Russia. It has been beautifully prepared and inlaid into a base of fluorescent simbircite (calcite and argillite rock). The edges of the simbircite have been polished to a glossy finish, with a textured interior that surrounds the ammonite. This makes for an absolutely gorgeous decorative piece that could be displayed either laying down on a flat surface, hanging, or on the accompanied display stand.

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.
FOR SALE
$1,295
DETAILS
SPECIES
Speetoniceras versicolor
LOCATION
Volga river, Ulyanovsk region, Russia
SIZE
Ammonite: 7.8", Entire Display: 12.3 x 12"
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#228076
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