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    LARGE FRENCH AMMONITE
    Arietites bucklandi
    Lower Jurassic, Lower Sinemurian
    France

    This is a beautiful and enormous example of the Arietites sp. ammonite, preserved and prepared in superb condition with excellent detail to the ridges of the shell and a strong black color. The species is named for Rev. William Buckland, Canon of Christ Church and Reader in Geology and Minerolagy at Oxford University in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. He spent much time exploring the Jurassic Coast of Dorset around the town of Lyme Regis and in his history of the Royal Geological Society (1907) H.B. Woodward notes: "Buckland, always an enthusiastic collector, once found a large form of Ammonites bucklandi [now Arietites bucklandi ] without the inner whorls...he thrust his head through the stony ring and rode home, dubbed by his friends the 'Ammon Knight' ". An excellent display piece, this robust example measures an impressive 23½ inches wide and positioned upright on a section of contrasting pale gray matrix, it stands 22¾ inches tall.


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    17th Sunday
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