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Ammonitida - Hoplitidae

Opal Desmoceras Ammonite 92mm

£782.00 GBP

A double opalescent Desmoceras ammonite measuring 92mm in diameter, excavated from the Mahajanga jungle of Madagascar. This exotic tropical island placed off the coast of Sout East Africa is a hidden jewel in the Indian Ocean for specimens such as this Desmoceras and Cleoniceras ammonites, with some of the most unique flora and fauna discovered within these unique fossil deposits display a vivid array of colours thanks to the mineral deposits, allowing such preservation such as the opalescent iridescent lustres found within the nacre of the shell. These richly detailed fossil specimens are mainly quartz-based that have developed within the earth's layers which create these unique depositions, some found close to the surface and many have to be processed through mining.

Each ammonite has been prepared using specialist pneumatic pens which remove the surrounding matrix/bedrock throughout the Cleoniceras ammonite specimen to the centre of the umbilicus, revealing the entirety of the Cleoniceras and finished with epoxy lacquer. Displaying an attractive array of vivid colours which reflect at all angles from bright blues, glaucous greens and striking vivid highlights of scarlet reds transitioning through to the keel of this Desmoceras ammonite.

Ammonites are part of the Ammonitida of marine invertebrates. These were fascinating creatures from the deep oceans and believed to be aggressive creatures like squids today. With extremely large eyes and remarkable vision, they could easily hunt on their prey at great depths where little or no light penetrates the deep oceans. The Cephalopod would attain its prey using their long tentacles, prey such as other crustaceans and fish, much as the persisting modern-day Nautilus Pompilius which can be found in the Pacific today.

SPEC
Genus: Desmoceras ammonite.
Age: Cretaceous, approximately 120 million years ago.
Origin: Mahajanga Jungle, Madagascar.

DESMOCERAS
Height: 7.91 cm
Width: 9.25 cm
Depth: 3.83 cm

Weight: 0.297 g

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