18" Tall, Jurassic Ammonite (Hammatoceras) Display - France

This is an aesthetic display piece featuring four, large Hammatoceras ammonite fossils as well as several belemnites. It is 17" tall with the largest ammonite being 8.4" wide. The base it displays so that it stands up nicely on a flat surface.

These ammonites were quarried in the Rhône-Alpes region of France and are Lower Jurassic in age, approximately 180 million years old. The sculpture is a composite, meaning that while the fossils are all real, some of them have been mounted on the rock. All of the ammonite fossils have some degree of restoration work.

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.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Hammatoceras sp.
LOCATION
Rhône-Alpes Region, France
SIZE
Largest Ammonite: 8.4" wide, Entire piece: 18 x 10.2"
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ITEM
#191739
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