2" Discoscaphites Ammonite - South Dakota
This is a beautiful, 2" wide Discoscaphites conradi from the Fox Hills Formation of South Dakota. It was found inside of a hard concretion and the rock had to be meticulously prepared away. It displays well, standing upright on it's own.
Ammonites were predatory mollusks that resembled a squid with a shell. These cephalopods had eyes, tentacles, and spiral shells. They are more closely related to a living octopus, though the shells resemble that of a nautilus. Ammonites appeared in the fossil record about 240 million years ago and they barely survived several major extinction events. The last lineages disappeared 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous.