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Cleoniceras ammonite on a bronze plinth, excavated in Madagascar and created into this sublime and classic interior display by the fossil store team. The specimen ammonite precisely cut in half, conserved, prepared and finely polished. This process is difficult and an arduous process requiring technical skill from the technician to achieve the high standard of the finally completed presentation. the whole surmounted bronzed base feature designed and produced in the United Kingdom.
Revealing the wonders of mineralisation which takes place over millions of years. Each chamber has been replaced with quartz in the form of calcites and coloured jaspers, minerals that once formed the sea bottom muds and surrounded the invertebrates phragmocone (shell), when covered over in the Cretaceous silts. These contained minerals which created the colours now preserved and which can be viewed millions of years later.
Ammonites are part of the Ammonitida of marine invertebrates. These were fascinating creatures from the deep oceans and believed to be similarly aggressive creatures as giant squids of today. With extremely large eyes and remarkable vision hunting down prey at great depths, where little light penetrated the ocean. The Cephalopod would grasp its prey using long tentacles, much as the modern day Nautilus Pompilius which can still be found extant in the modern day Pacific Ocean.