Giant, 17" Jurassic Ammonite Fossil - Madagascar

This is a huge, 17" wide ammonite (Perisphinctes?) fossil from Madagascar. It is Late Jurassic in age and it was collected near Sakaraha, Madagascar. The specimen weighs about 28 pounds and is quite impressive to behold. The shell has a light polish to enhace the texture and coloring of the fossil.

Comes with 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 ago and they barely survived several major extinction events. The last lineages disappeared 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous.

Artists reconstruction of an ammonite.  By Nobu Tamura
Artists reconstruction of an ammonite. By Nobu Tamura
Near Sakaraha, Madagascar
17" wide, 28 lbs.
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