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5.3" Triassic Ammonite (Ceratites) Fossil - Germany
This is an unusual, Middle Triassic ammonite (Ceratites sublaevigatus) from the Muschelkalk Formation in Germany. It's 5.3" across and has been prepared completely free of the rock that it was found in.
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.