Xipheroceras & Promicroceras Ammonites
(Lyme Regis – This is an imposing statement piece that makes an impressive display item)
Item Code: 01122016/0165 (Foreshore Code)
Period: Lower Lias (Lower Jurassic)
Description: This is an imposing and striking display piece, which is free standing and has a wonderful collection of both Xipheroceras Ammonites with Promicroceras Ammonites from the heart of the Jurassic Coast Lyme Regis. Both types of Ammonites are beautifully displayed against the beautiful grey matrix background Xipheroceras is a Lower Jurassic ammonite belonging to the Eoderoceratidae, and sometimes placed in the subfamily Xipheroceratinae for which it is the namesake. It has been found in the upper Sinemurian (about mid L Jurassic) of Europe and possibly Borneo. Xipheroceras, named by Buckman, 1911, has an evolute shell, all whorls clearly exposed, only very slightly impressed dorsally (on the inside curvature). Inner and middle whorls have strong ribs with large spines at the outer ends. Outer whorls have closer simpler ribs.
Promicroceras is an extinct ammonite from the Upper Sinemurian time (of the Lower Jurassic period) of Europe, named by Leonard Spath in 1925. Promicroceras are part of the ammonite superfamily called Eoderocerataceae (bit of a mouthful), which is actually 7 families of ammonites combined, all now extinct. These beautiful ammonites are preserved in its original matrix from the Lower Lias (rock, clay and sand strata laid down across Europe during the Lower Jurassic period when the seas were full of shell and other sea creatures), Lower Jurassic age being 201 to 174 million years ago.
Dimensions: Please see photo with ruler for size details, but be aware this piece is large and weighs just over 4kgs and therefore a large part of the asking price is for the mailing of this to the purchaser. BUT, it is worth every penny of the money asked.
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