Horned Ammonite Mamites

Original price was: £110.00.Current price is: £95.00.

Ammonite mamites Horned Ammonite

Cretaceous, approx 90 million years old, from Asaflala, High Atlas, Morocco

Size; Overall hight 15cm, (Ammonite itself)  13cm high 5.5cm wide,

Weight 1.35 kilo.     Ref No. F131




Ammonite mamites Horned Ammonite

This superb example of the Horned Ammonite mamites is one of the more unusual species. These ammonites are getting increasingly difficult to obtain. This one is from the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco and dates back to the cretaceous (turonian) period, it is approximately 90 million years old. This rare specimen would look impressive in any fossil collection or used as an interesting interior design feature.

Ammonites have been extinct for 65 million years. They are a form of Cephalopod, a large and diverse group of marine molluscs. These first appeared in the Devonian Period, over 4oo million years ago. The soft body tissues of the ammonites, being so delicate are rarely preserved, it is generally the much harder outer shells that are fossilised. As the ammonite grew larger it constantly added new chambers to its shell. The actual creature only lived in the largest, and most recently formed chamber. The name Ammonite, has derived from from the name of the Greek God ‘Ammon’. Ammonites were plankton feeders, with long tentacles, and they swam upright. Altogether, there were in the region of four thousand different species.

Ammonites became extinct 65 million years ago, at the same time as the dinosaurs. Although Ammonites themselves have long been extinct, the squid and octopus that swim in our seas now, are closely related.

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