6.1" Split Black/Orange Ammonite Pair - Unusual Coloration
Here is a unusually colored, cut and polished Cleoniceras ammonite fossil from the Mahajanga Province, Madagascar. It's Early Cretaceous (Albian Stage) in age, or approximately 110 million years old. Both halves are included and they come with a pair of acrylic display stands.
The dark, black/orange coloration is quite unusual as the majority of these ammonites are brown/yellow. These have been collected from a different location and the difference in coloration would be due to changes to the rock within the earth after the ammonite was fossilized, probably due to the addition of Manganese. You'll notice some of the attached matrix on the back side is a deep orange color instead of the typical grey from the other locality further hinting at these changes.
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.