The Asteroceras now seated on a bronze plate base supported by bronze upstands, easily detachable for study and transportation. The naturalistically prepared ammonite still contained in the original limestone nodule, once the muds of the seabed, now transformed into limestone. Discovering an ammonite of the calibre, completeness and size of this particualr specimen Asteroceras obtusum is an extremely rare event. Add to this the quality of the preparation, this specimen ammonite fossil stands head and shoulders above other contenders. Exhibiting suture pattern inclusions, excellent colour with calcite variations which have developed and fossilised over millions of years, thus providing an interesting insight into the internal morphology of the specie Asteroceras. All these factors put this ammonite in a top five percent bracket of discoveries of this type.
Revitalising these fascinating, extinct marine animal phragmacones or shells, presenting them in a dramatic way, makes them perfect for collectors or interior designers. Ammonites are becoming increasingly more difficult to gain, particularly the best of the best, from the fossiliferous coasts of the United Kingdom. Our shores may crumble inexorably towards the sea, creating landfalls and new opportunities for collecting, however these types of this quality still remain in short supply. Laborious methods and techniques make extraction arduous and time consuming, an all too common fact of fossil collection today in an ever developing and changing environment along the coastline of Britain.