Fossil

Green ammonites rough
Ammonite
Species: Lithacoceras planulatum
Age: Malm Jura, about 150 million years old
Location: Gräfenberg, Franconia, Germany.

Ammonites or ammunks owe their name to the Egyptian deity Amon-Rê, who was always depicted with ram's horns. Ammonites are enclosures of an ink fish species, which first occurred on the planet more than 350 million years ago and died out about 65 million years ago.

The squid lived in the last, largest room of his house. If that room became too small, a new, larger room was built on the old one, in which the animal then lived on. On the outside of an ammonite, you can usually see lines that indicate where a new room starts. Those rooms also had a function, to maintain buoyancy. By filling those chambers entirely or partially with gas (mainly nitrogen) the animals could float. The house could reach huge dimensions, the largest ammonite ever found had a scale with a diameter of over 2.5 meters. But a beautiful ammonite of over 25 cm is already a rarity.


Black and white polished
Species: Goniatite
Age: approximately 360 million years old
Location: Rissani, Morocco

Ammonites or ammunks owe their name to the Egyptian deity Amon-Rê, who was always depicted with ram's horns. Ammonites are enclosures of an ink fish species, which first occurred on the planet more than 350 million years ago and died out about 65 million years ago.
The squid lived in the last, largest room of his house. If that room became too small, a new, larger room was built on the old one, in which the animal then lived on. On the outside of an ammonite, you can usually see lines that indicate where a new room starts. Those rooms also had a function, to maintain buoyancy. By filling those chambers entirely or partially with gas (mainly nitrogen) the animals could float. The house could reach huge dimensions, the largest ammonite ever found had a scale with a diameter of over 2.5 meters. But a beautiful ammonite of over 25 cm is already a rarity.


Couples in boxes
Species: Cleoniceras
Age: Albien approximately 110 million years old
Location: Morondava, Madagascar

Ammonites or ammunks owe their name to the Egyptian deity Amon-Rê, who was always depicted with ram's horns. Ammonites are enclosures of an ink fish species, which first occurred on the planet more than 350 million years ago and died out about 65 million years ago.
The squid lived in the last, largest room of his house. If that room became too small, a new, larger room was built on the old one, in which the animal then lived on. On the outside of an ammonite, you can usually see lines that indicate where a new room starts. Those rooms also had a function, to maintain buoyancy. By filling those chambers entirely or partially with gas (mainly nitrogen) the animals could float. The house could reach huge dimensions, the largest ammonite ever found had a scale with a diameter of over 2.5 meters. But a beautiful ammonite of over 25 cm is already a rarity.
This exemplar has been expertly sawed and polished so that the rooms have become visible.


Shrimps
Fossil shrimp in sand-lime brick.
Species: Carpopenaeus callirostris
Age: Chalk, approximately 95 million years old
Location: Hajoula, Lebanon

At that time, a humid and mild climate prevailed. The animals that died in the lakes were able to fossilise perfectly for a number of reasons. Lack of oxygen and low water temperature delayed bacterial degradation and thereby kept scavengers away. The carcasses fell undisturbed to the bottom where they were slowly "buried" in the fine-grained deposition of the sand-lime brick by a gentle flow.


Shark teeth

Fossil shark tooth. Pay attention to the beautiful cartels and the beautiful "side teeth".
Species: Carcharocles auriculatus
Age: late Eocene, approximately 35 million years old
Location: Dakhla, Sahara, Morocco.


Ammonite pendants with lace
This beautiful cut ammonite half is pierced through which can be worn as a pendant.
Species: Cleoniceras sp.
Age: Albien approximately 110 million years old
Location: Morondava, Madagasca

Ammonites or ammunks owe their name to the Egyptian deity Amon-Rê, who was always depicted with ram's horns. Ammonites are enclosures of an ink fish species, which first occurred on the planet more than 350 million years ago and died out about 65 million years ago.

The squid lived in the last, largest room of his house. If that room became too small, a new, larger room was built on the old one, in which the animal then lived on. On the outside of an ammonite, you can usually see lines that indicate where a new room starts. Those rooms also had a function, to maintain buoyancy. By filling those chambers entirely or partially with gas (mainly nitrogen) the animals could float. The house could reach huge dimensions, the largest ammonite ever found had a scale with a diameter of over 2.5 meters. But a beautiful ammonite of over 25 cm is already a rarity.

This exemplar has been expertly sawed and polished so that the rooms have become visible.