Iridescent Ammonite in Matrix

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Lot 9105
Iridescent Ammonite in Matrix

Sold for US$ 9,000 inc. premium

Natural History

30 Apr 2008, 13:00 EDT

New York

Iridescent Ammonite in Matrix
Placenticeras meeki
Late Cretaceous
Bear Paw Formation, Alberta, Canada

Ancestor to the modern chambered nautilus, ammonites have existed for nearly 330 years, yet few fossil ammonites approach the beauty of specimens from this locality. Exhibiting the brilliant iridescence of the best specimens from the Bear Paw Formation, the present well-formed specimen displays intense emerald green and luminous red-orange. The specimen is so well preserved that it exhibits intricate suture patterns seldom visible in ammonites of this kind. Matrix measures 18in; specimen measures 8 3/4in
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