This Ancyloceras heteromorph ammonite is rare for it's sized and an extremely fine specimen. The fossil cephalopods from the Cretaceous fossil beds in the Western Atlas mountains of Morocco consist mainly of large Heteromorph Ammonites as you can see here. These are particularly rare to attain in such good condition, the spines have been restored by experts in the field of preparation which we discuss in a moment, however, we want to establish how nice this piece actually is. Large in girth around the lower chamber where the Ancyloceras squid-like specimen would have been attached.
Professionally and expertly prepared using pneumatic pens with fine nibs and air-abrasive pens to remove the surrounding matrix, commonly known as limestone sedimentary rock, until the matrix is completely gone. At this point the Ancyloceras is cleaned and finally the bottom of the matrix is cut flat allowing the Ancyloceras Heteromorph Ammonite 746mm to stand freely.
Topical note; A damned reservoir has now sealed off much of the fossil deposit, the villagers single storey houses in the wide bottomed valley near to the ammonite beds have been laid under the rising water, the rest along the water line abandoned as they were slowly cut off by the encroaching lake. The traditional ammonite beds have been lost because of the need for water in this dry land. The bonus was the discovery of fossil ammonites higher up in the Atlas Ranges, as fossil diggers were forced out of the valley floor, resulting in the latest discoveries of Cretaceous Barremian age ammonites.