7" Heteromorph Ammonite (Audouliceras) Fossil - Volga River, Russia

 
 
 
This is a very impressive and lustrous heteromorph ammonite fossil, quarried from the Volga River region of Russia. This specimen exhibits extensive opalescent mother-of-pearl along with diffuse pyritization. The ammonite itself is 9" tall, and including the rock which has been sculpted to create a free standing base it's 9.3" tall

There is some restoration on the ammonite, about 10-15% This is typical for most Audiloceras ammonites sold from this region.

Most ammonites are homomorphs meaning that they retain their spiral shell shape throughout growth. Heteromorph (different shaped) ammonites developed during the late jurassic and have uncoiled shells. It's hard to imagine how this shape would have given them a evolutionary advantage as it would have hindered fast movement.
FOR SALE
$795
DETAILS
SPECIES
Audouliceras sp.
LOCATION
Volga river, Ulyanovsk region, Russia
SIZE
7" tall, 9.3" including stone base
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#47627
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