3.2" Hoploscaphites Brevis Ammonite With Gastropods
This is a beautiful, 3.2" wide Hoploscaphites brevis from the Pierre Shale of South Dakota. It was found inside of a hard concretion and the rock had to be meticulously prepared away. There is a second ammonite, plus baculites and gastropods also present. The base of the rock has been cut flat so that the piece displays nicely on a flat surface. A really gorgeous piece.
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.