7.8" Fossil Ammonite (Dorsetensia & Otoites) Association - England

 
 
 
This is a gorgeous ammonite fossil association that was collected from Dorset, England. The largest ammonite (Dorsetensia subtecta) is 2.5" wide and the smaller ammonite (Otoites sauzei) is 1.55" wide. There are small bivalve fossils that have been exposed from the rock, along with what appears to be a piece of petrified wood. This specimen is Middle Jurassic in age, or approximately 160 million years old. The base of the rock has been cut flat so that it stands up without the need for a 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. Ammonites appeared in the fossil record about 240 million years. The last lineages disappeared 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Dorsetensia subtecta & Otoites sauzei
LOCATION
Burton Bradstock, Dorset, England
FORMATION
Inferior Oolite, Sauzei Zone
SIZE
7.8 x 5.7"
ITEM
#171272
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