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    MUSEUM QUALITY AMMONITE
    Pachydiscus catarinae
    Cretaceous
    Baja California, Mexico

    This excellent Pachydiscus Ammonite is unquestionably museum quality - it is superlative for both its size and its preservation. The fossil locality from whence it originated is no longer producing such spectacular fossils. This monster member of the Ammonite family went extinct, along with all its kin, when the dinosaurs died out at the end of the Cretaceous Period. It is exceedingly difficult to find any Ammonites of this quality and size. With a pronounced suture pattern, this specimen is phenomenal to behold - the preservation is so fine that the remnant siphuncle is clearly seen along the marginal edge: another diagnostic trait of this classification of marine predators. Calcite replacement during the fossilization process, yielded a creamy golden hue that underlies the suture patterning that is sublime, and the piece overall is large enough to inspire awe. Expertly prepared, and equally impressive on both sides, this gigantic fossil is definitely worthy of the highest level of collections - it is a fossil that is going to be harder and harder to find available anywhere.
    Measuring an impressive 19 x 15 x 8 inches (48.26 x 38.1 x 20.32 cm).


    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2013
    2nd Sunday
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