As far away as the Atlas mountains the process begins for us, selecting the most precious ammonites to be eked out of the limestone fossil layers, these layers are beds of ammonites laid down millions of years ago in an ancient shallow and warm sea. The ammonites demise has been our gain, the millions of years the earths treasures have been stored not in vain.
Now is our time to harvest the hidden gems within the fossiliferous layers. Through natural erosion the fossils are discovered and we are allowed to reap the benefit of this natural serendipity.
The work begins on high ridges, in hanging valleys and mountains, sourcing and meticulously selecting each individual fossil. From here until the fossil ammonites final place among our collection, we nurture each special find. At first glance, the lifeless lumps of rock chip by chip become our familiar quarry, the ammonites become sculpturally alive.
Each takes on an refreshed identity, as our team have often found, referring to each with colloquial naming, soon they become part of our greater family. In the environment of the desert and of the high Atlas mountains fossils as with all else as the waining days light of those spaces declines, gives a dramatic edge to the work at hand and also to these huge ammonites.
This adds a dramatic and fitting perception, although our team is often weary after full days of activity, the discoveries we find literally shore up our weary bodies and lift our spirits on journeys homeward. In historic trucks weaving wildly downwards often in dim evening light, clutching ancient trophies, our team already planning for the next stage of our journey homeward.
Back in the the United Kingdom we consider once again each fossil ammonite. We review each ammonite and access each individual before finally deciding which base will be required. What material shall be best employed and what accent shall be created to ultimately exhibit the best of the extinct fossil ammonite shell.
Our team have different skill bases along this journey from excavation to presentation. In selecting which ammonites should receive a type of mount, this will enhance the fossils desirability and complement the preservation and skill of the preparatory work of each fossil.
From the beginning of our journey in Africa we view every ammonite with these wisdoms, the final creation is a thing of beauty to inspire and intrigue and to continue to increase in value with each coming year. As the fossil has lasted for all this time we intend the presentation to accompany that journey from this point onwards.
From the Cambrian period some five hundred and fifty million years ago the cephalopods appear in the fossil records, here the development of the ammonites began among the Cephalopoda group. The ammonite group would develop so rapidly and diversely that ammonites soon became profuse in our oceans. A passage of text from the sixteenth century when early settlers first reached the shores of Newfoundland alights to how sailors viewed that the sea boiled with cod fish and they felt it would be possible to walk out to sea on the backs of tumultuous shoals of large cod breaking the surface of the water. That image has stayed with the author and is one way to imagine the seas at the peak of the ammonites development. Could this have also been the scene in a crowded shallow sea filled with these whorled shells of the ammonites.
The ammonite reign has been one of the most prolific journeys of our planet. Ammonites outnumbered all other types of animal for millions of years through their rise and to their ultimate extinction in the Mesozoic era. Read about these palaeontological theories and facts in our web pages. When the study of rocks first began in earnest in the 17th and 18th centuries, it was thought that fossil ammonites were profuse in the fossil record. Eventually it became widely accepted they had existed through many periods and survived mass extinctions to be a dominate life force, eventually the ammonites would also become resigned to extinction in the late Cretaceous period, the last period of the Mesozoic era.
Mantilliceras and Cheloniceras ammonites are featured in our catalogue among other specimen ammonites. They are both upper Cretaceous ammonites. The Cheloniceras are types of Douvilleiceratidae a family of Cephalopod which science establishes swam the full extant of the earths oceans during the Palaeozoic and Mesozoic eras.
The late Cretaceous period of the ammonites became their final curtain call for the ammonite species, they died out leaving a huge gap for the Nautilus to eventually fill, which the nautilus which are also cephalopods do up to the present day.
The ammonites had a vast range from early beginnings in the Devonian period. It's range was among the most successful on the planet. Here at The Fossil Store we celebrate the prehistoric history of these once extant specie of ammonites with our specimen range and also our interior living range of fossils, which include the Classic Range, ammonites on bases, surmounted with bronze, marble and limestone plinths. A way of mounting these fine natural history fossils in unique and thoughtful ways which endeavours to showcase each fossil to the best of our ability, we feel sure you will agree.
Welcome to our world of ammonites where you'll find the most extraordinary selections of bespoke high quality mantelliceras ammonites and many other genus types, all of which are of a superior high standard for museum and gallery showcases or for your living space. We also carry out comissions for special projects, you may contact us for more details on how this can be acheived. Refer to our contact page found from the footer banner below.