11” x 9.5” x 1”. Madagascar 100-120 million years old.
Ammonites (Ammonoidea) are prehistoric animals that first appeared about 240 million years ago! (WOW) They descended from another cephalopod called a Bacrite that date back about 415 million years ago. Ammonites are the most common and abundant fossils found today. Typical of cephalopods, ammonites were predatory, carnivorous creatures, with beaks inside their ring of tentacles, like squids. They were prolific breeders, lived in schools, and swam through shallow, warm waters by squirting jets of water through their bodies. They did this by siphoning air and pumping it back out through a "siphuncle" which reached into the interior chambers of their shell. They unfortunately went extinct with the dinosaurs (65 million years ago). Thank you for your interest in my curated selection of rare and unusual pieces! We have taken pride for over 20 years in our excellent reputation, and strive to satisfy our clients' exact needs. Please note that we take great care in accurately describing our items, and we support that with a money back guarantee. If you receive a product that is not as described, we will promptly refund the cost once the item has been returned in good order. If you have any questions or require further images/information in order to make a decision please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks and Best Regards, David Dixon and the Strange Imports Team www.strangeimports.com