From the world-renown Black Jurassic oil-bearing shale of Holzmaden, Germany comes this exquisitely preserved slab filled with Dactylioceras ammonites. Specimens like this are seldom discovered at this highly unique formation famous for producing some of the world's finest Jurassic marine life fossils. Modern quarry efforts have failed to produce many specimens like this that were once found in greater frequency years ago. If you wish to accent a room with one of nature's most beautiful prehistoric masterpieces, then this fossil would really set off any interior.
This particular specimen displays a completely dense layer of fossil ammonites. Literally, a bed of creatures that died, layer upon layer of themselves. It is similar to seeing the sky at night in a desert, packed full of stars - there are ammonites in between ammonites such that the entire surface is so densely covered. Such concentration of fossil creatures indicates a catastrophic event that resulted in the death of a large number of ammonites together and at once. The ammonites possess exquisite chamber ridge detail much better than the above photos indicate.
Some of the largest dinosaurs that ever walked the earth were in existence when these ammonites swam in the ancient seas alongside massive plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs!
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