Scarce 3.3 Inch Desmoceras Ammonite

 
This is a much less often seen type of ammonite from Madagascar. It's Desmoceras which has a much wider, thicker body than the Cleoniceras ammonites.

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
DETAILS
SPECIES
Desmoceras latidorsatum
LOCATION
Ambatolafia, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar
FORMATION
N/A
SIZE
3.3" wide
ITEM
#1448
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