Location: Saratov, Volga Region, Russia Time Period: Aptian - Cretaceous - Approx. 120 myo Measurements: ~ 6" tall x 9-1/2" wide x 3" thick Actual Ammonite: ~ 6" tall x 9-1/4" wide x 1-1/2" deep
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, Audouliceras matherioanum Ammonites had uncoiled shells. 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.
Due to the rise in COVID cases, by law newer restrictions need to be put in place at our shop. Customer traffic is now limited to 15 customers in the main retail area.
Face covering & use of hand sanitizer is required when entering the shop.
The museum area will now be used as a waiting area, and limited to 8 people. We ask that people please not come in with large groups, and please limit their stays to under an hour, so others can have the opportunity to also do their shopping. We will also soon install an excellent outdoor heater, to make it much more comfortable for those who wish to wait outside. Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, during these difficult times.
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