Ammonite and Gastropods in Shell Saturated Matrix
Stephanoceras ( Normannites ) orbignyi Buckman 1908 with Pseudomelania sp.
Item Code: 01072017/0225 (Foreshore Code)
Period: Bajocian, Middle Jurassic (from about 170mya to 168mya)
Description: This is a fascinating free standing matrix hat is saturated with fragments of shells and ammonites, as is the nature of most seabeds 170 million years ago. A lovely UK Ammonite from Dorset. Standing proud is a beautiful gastropod on the shoulder of a very prominent ammonite – Stephanoceras sp. Stephanoceras has a well-developed ribbing and tubercles, the shell is coiled so whorls barely touch in most, but some have notable overlap. In rare cases Stephanoceras grew to be fairly large with a shell diameter as much as 27cm and width as much as 6cm across the outer whorl. However, this is a lovely example and in perfect ratio to the matrix and the shells/Gastropod.
Dimensions: Matrix: 80mm x 80mm x 28mm thick. The beautiful ammonite is approx. 50mm across.
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