Dactylioceras Ammonite & Belemnite - Posidonia Shale

This is a partial ammonite (Dactylioceras) and a belemnite fossil (Youngibelus gigas) from the Posidonia Shale of Germany. It comes with an acrylic display stand.

Ammonites were predatory cephalopod mollusks that resembled squids with spiral shells. They are more closely related to living octopuses, though their shells resemble that of nautilus species. True ammonites appeared in the fossil record about 240 million years ago during the Triassic Period. 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.

Belemnites are probably the most well known extinct cephalopod after the ammonites. They lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and are fairly common fossils found throughout the world. They had a hard, internal, cone shaped structure that is often preserved as a fossil though it is not technically a shell. They had 10 arms but unlike modern squid these arms had small hooks instead of suckers.
Dactylioceras & Youngibelus gigas
Holzmaden, Germany
Posidonia Shale
Rock 16.1x6.4", Ammonite 3.9", Belemnite 4.6"
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