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    Rare Fossil Ammonoid
    Mariella bergeri
    St. Andre Les Alpes, France

    Rare and exotic, these two, coiled French ammonoids are studded with spines that evince images involving spiny plants and tweezers. The prickly pair are unusually large, very complete and well preserved, for the species. The collector purchased the entire find and then engaged a master fossil preparator to carefully extract them from their stony bed. This was the only double and was kept in the collector's home for years. Bearing spines up to 0.8 inches (1.9 cm) long, each ammonite measures an impressive 16 inches (40.6 cm) in length, 5.5 to 6 inches (14.0 to 15.2 cm) in width and are elevated some 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) higher than their sandstone matrix. Prepared in situ, the finished plate is 16 x 19 x 6 inches (40.6 x 48.3 x 15.2 cm) thick. It is in excellent condition.
    Offered at no reserve.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    4th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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