8" Fossil Nautilus (Cymatoceras) - Madagascar

This is a 8" Nautilus of the genus Cymatoceras from Ambatalafia, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar. There is about an inch wide chip that is missing from the exterior shell, as well as some natural cracking as a result of geologic processes during fossilization. Otherwise, this specimen has been left unpolished and is in excellent condition.

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.

Cymatoceras sp.
Ambatalafia, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar
8" wide
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