MASSIVE NATURAL GOLD ARIETITES AMMONITE FROM GERMANY WITH ORIGINAL
MATRIX AND OTHER ASSOCIATED FOSSILS
JURASSIC PERIOD (LIAS): 206 - 180 million years ago
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
the last and largest chamber was occupied by the living animal.
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.
- GIANT CREATURE WITH MOST BEAUTIFUL
NATURAL GOLDEN BROWN COLOR / PRESERVATION - MASTERPIECE OF PREHISTORIC
x 15.5" overall with original matrix, ammonite is 16" across
Item - One Only