A massive ammonite set into a bronze cradle and surmounted bronzed plinth base of the finest quality. A classical mount reminiscent of classical sculpture, that is how we see our bronze surmounted fossils, we use the mounts in the same way galleries and museums exhibit classical sculpture with a twist of the best quality materials, bronze and the best quality presentation.
History; A large ammonite specimen of the ammonoidea group excavated in the high Anti Atlas Range of north western Morocco, preserved by the fortunate circumstances of fossilisation in the sedimentary layers of Africa. Conservation has removed the matrix which once held the cephalopods shell. Cephalopod was a mollusc, an ancient relative of the Octopi and nautili which still persist today. Prepared to a scientifically and aesthetically appealing standard. The colour is derived from natural staining in the fossil beds. This is often removed when the ammonites are prepared in Morocco.
The marine creatures once abounded in the Jurassic and Cretaceous Oceans of the world, part of the larger group of the Ammonoidea. The reign of the ammonites ranged from about 410 million years ago up to a mass extinction event around 74 million years ago. Believed to be aggressive creatures, with superb vision they could easily hunt at night and at great depths where little or no light penetrates the deep oceans.The only known surviving cephalopod is the Nautili, persisting in the Indo pacific oceans of today.
We have attributed the Genus: Desmoceratidae, Hyatt 1822 (ammonite). Sister taxa: Kossmaticeratidae, Muniericeratidae, Pachydiscidae, Puzosiidae, Silesitidae. Often commonly referred to Procheloniceras genus of the Cretaceous ammonites. Ammonites of enormous proportions are found in the Western Anti Atlas of Morocco, The Peninsula of Tamri, province of Agadir has been a very good source for fossil discoveries, however they are becoming scarce as the valleys that once yielded good quantities for collectors do so no longer.