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PHOTO BELOW SHOWS ONE OF THE OTHER AMMONITES THAT ARE NATURALLY OCCURRING IN THE MATRIX WITH THE LARGE MAIN AMMONITE

RARE MASSIVE NATURAL GOLD ARIETITES AMMONITE FROM GERMANY WITH ORIGINAL MATRIX AND OTHER ASSOCIATED FOSSILS

North Germany

EARLY JURASSIC PERIOD (LIAS):  206 - 180 million years ago

VERY rare in this size and natural color, this massive Arietites bucklandi ammonite sports an incredible original preserved golden brown shell and superb chamber detail.  We left some of the original matrix attached from which it was found in and also prepared some of the associated marine life fossils that were found in this matrix. You can see other ammonites peeking out that also have a rare light gold color which is 100% natural, along with a tiny clam shell fossil.  Specimens of this size are NOT common and extensively restored or even completely fabricated specimens have surfaced at an increased rate in the market in the last 5 years.  Ammonites like these are not commercially mined so their scarcity is not only due to true rarity but also to the lack of any large scale efforts unlike mass-marketed and plentiful large ammonites from Russia, Madagascar and Morocco.  Most private collections lack examples of this size and quality and every advanced collection should include at least one large single example when the rare opportunity comes along such as in this case!  This is the first of this species we have offered in this fantastic natural bright golden tone.  It also has an interesting personality to this specific specimen because other preserved ammonites and marine life fossils can be seen in the host rock with this large ammonite.  This would make a superb interior design specimen because of this.  Back of rock is ground flat and with a custom mounting system, it is possible to wall mount this piece because of the flat back side. 

The ammonites are all fully inflated and offer full, high relief.  Visually, this is probably one of the most attractive super-size ammonites we have ever offered.  It's unique natural color and preserved shell also add extra appeal.  Main ammonite sustained some minor damage when extracted and has some restoration on one portion of an edge and tiny section of one of the inner whorls but this amounts to LESS THAN 1-2% of the overall fossil.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for the advanced collector or interior designer wishing to proudly exhibit a truly rare natural history masterpiece for an unforgettable display!


Ammonites are extinct members of the Cephalopod class.  Modern members include nautilus, squid and octopus.  They first appeared during the Silurian Period (435 million to 410 million years ago) and were abundant and widespread in the seas of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods (175 million to 65 million years ago).  Ammonites are important index fossils—that is, they often link the rock layer in which they are found to specific geological time periods.

Ammonites varied greatly in size.  The largest known as small as 2 cm (0.75 in) in diameter.  During the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, ammonites evolved more streamlined shells for swimming and the structure of the shell became stronger.  Different shell shapes emerged as well, such as snail-like or uncoiled.   

The shells of ammonites had hollow chambers separated by walls called septa.  A tube called the siphuncle, connected the body with the chambers allowing the animal to fill them with water or air, changing its buoyancy in order to  rise or drop in the ocean.  Only the last and largest chamber was occupied by the living animal.  

Ammonites probably lived for one to six years, with the majority living two to four years.  They fed on plankton (tiny free-floating organisms), sea lilies, and smaller orthoceras.  Although many fed off the ocean floor, others may have caught plankton while floating or swimming via jet propulsion, expelling water through a funnel-like opening to propel themselves in the opposite direction.

Because ammonites lived exclusively in marine environments, their presence also indicates the location of prehistoric seas.

RARE!!! - GIANT CREATURE WITH MOST BEAUTIFUL NATURAL GOLDEN BROWN COLOR / PRESERVATION - MASTERPIECE OF PREHISTORIC LIFE!

19.75" x 15.5" overall with original matrix, ammonite is 16" across

SOLD     AMX-146     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only

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