9.3" Tall, Composite Ammonite Fossil Display - 110 Million Years Old

This is a very aesthetic cluster of 110 million year old ammonite and gastropod fossils from the Mahajanga Province of Madagascar. The entire piece measures 9.3" tall, 8.4" wide and weighs about 14 lbs. Several of the ammonite fossils appear to have been composited onto the rock, but it's a beautiful display piece. The largest ammonite on the piece is 4.4" across. Many of the ammonites display the distinctive suture patterns of the inner shell, while others show the iridescent outer shell.

Ammonites were predatory mollusks that resembled squids with shells. These cephalopods had eyes, tentacles, and spiral shells. Though their shells resemble that of a nautilus, they are actually more closely related to living octopuses. Ammonites appeared in the fossil record about 240 million years ago, barely surviving several major extinction events. The last lineages disappeared 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous.

Artist's reconstruction of an ammonite,  by Nobu Tamura
Artist's reconstruction of an ammonite, by Nobu Tamura

Cleoniceras, Dactilioceras, Astarte sp., unidentifed ammonite and goniatite
Ambatolafia, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar
9.3" tall, 8.4" wide, about 14 lbs
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