Fossil Ammonite Dactylioceras

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Description

This is a Fossil Ammonite Dactylioceras Cephalopods. It is from the Jurassic Period of Germany.

These spiral animals come from an area no longer accessible. They come from Schlaifhausen in the area of Erlangen near Nurnberg.

A wonderful example of this Fossil Ammonite Dactylioceras Cephalopods.   Ammonites were marine creatures that lived in a hard shell. They were cephalopods related to octopus and Squid. But these creatures retained their hard shell. Because of the erosion and weathering of the earth surfaces these can be readily found. But some rock breaking is necessary. Normally when found some shell material remains along with the color.

This piece is from an upper Jurassic marine formation. And the Posidonian Slate formation is well known for its ammonite fossils. But this area is not accessible any longer. Much of the area in Germany was part of a shallow ocean Seaway. This was a sea that stretched out across much of Europe. So this area was full of marine creatures including fish and others. These Fossil Ammonite Dactylioceras Cephalopods grew to large sizes but even the small ones have great detail.

The Fossil Ammonite Dactylioceras is related to the modern day octopus but then they had a hard external shell. However the octopus of today has lost their shells. The Ammonite also had tentacles with which it captured it’s food.

This block is 4 inches long by 2 1/2 inches wide.