Ammonite Acrioceras Heteromorph

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A very nice example of Acrioceras Heteromorph ammonite, with excellent preservation. The specimen has a nice magena flash in parts, giving it a very nice aesthetic look. The display stand is of course included. But one might wish to lay it down on its cut flat rock matrix.

With matrix Measurements: ~ 8" long x 6" wide x 2-3/4'' thick" tall

Location: Volga River, Russia

Time Period: Lower Cretaceous ~130 MYO

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Ammonites are an extinct group of marine animals in the Cephalopoda class. They are invertebrates and are more closely related to coleoids (squids, octopus, and cuttlefish) than they were to the chambered nautilus, even though they looked much more similar to the later.

The name Ammonite was derived from "ammonis cornua," translated to mean Horns of Ammon. Ammon was an Egyptian god that was typically depicted wearing ram horns, whose spiraled shape is similar to that of an Ammonite.

Ammonites first appeared in the oceans during the Devonian Period, some 400 million years ago. They died out around 65.5 million years ago along with the dinosaurs.

Unlike more commonly structured (homomorphs) Ammonites, Heteromorph Ammonites had uncoiled bodies. This body shape made them very poor swimmers. They most likely drifted along in the seas, feeding on plankton, or crawled along the seabed, feeding on slower prey.

Heteromorph Ammonites have been found worldwide, but are still more rare in comparison with many other species in the ammonite families.