Gigantic Ammonite Specimen

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Lot 1067W
Gigantic Ammonite Specimen

US$ 120,000 - 125,000
£ 93,000 - 97,000
Gigantic Ammonite Specimen
Eopachydiscus sp.
Cretaceous
Duck Creek Formation, Texas

Measuring a monstrous five foot, six inches in diameter, this fully inflated ammonite from an extinct genus recently became available from the private collection of a Nobel Prize winner. The specimen boasts marvelous suture patterns on the top portion, representing the growth plates of the living animal as its shell increased in size during its lifetime. The definition of the inner coils is also striking. The prodigious size and the off-white coloration, resembling marble, evoke a piece of distinguished statuary. Yet this was a living creature, a massive predator of the Cretaceous seas. In life, a thin tube allowed the ammonite to empty water out of its shell chamber enabling it to rise or descend in the water column; it possessed a beak structure allowing it to effortlessly crush shellfish. Though aesthetically appealing in its present state, this animal would have been a formidable prehistoric carnivore in life. Collected in the 1960's, this specimen ranks among the top five largest known ammonites in the world. It is the largest successfully collected ammonite from North
America. Offered on a custom designed metal and wooden base.
Measures 66 x 48 inches
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