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Ammonite Dish
Total Weight (Ammonite and Matrix) = 544 grams
Size of Dish: Approximately 6-1/2" in length, 5-1/4" width and 5/8" in height
Size of Ammonite Specimen: Approximately 4-1/2" in length and 3-1/2 in width

According to Wiki: "Ammonites are an extinct group of marine invertebrate animals in the subclass Ammonoidea of the class Cephalopoda. These molluscs are more closely related to living coleoids (i.e. octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish) than they are to shelled nautiloids such as the living Nautilus species.

Ammonites appeared during the Silurian Period (435 million to 410 million years ago) and were abundant in the seas of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods (175 million to 65 million years ago).
Ammonites are excellent index fossils, and it is often possible to link the rock layer in which they are found to specific geological time periods. Their fossil shells usually take the form of planispirals, although there were some helically-spiraled and non-spiraled forms (known as heteromorphs).

Ammonite shells had hollow chambers separated by walls called septa. A tube called the siphuncle, connected the body with the chambers allowing the animal to fill them with water or air, changing its buoyancy in order to rise or drop in the ocean. Only the living animal occupied the last chamber.

The name ammonite, from which the scientific term is derived, was inspired by the spiral shape of their fossilized shells, which somewhat resemble tightly coiled rams' horns. Pliny the Elder (d. 79 AD. near Pompeii) called fossils of these animals ammonis cornua ("horns of Ammon") because the Egyptian god Ammon (Amun) was typically depicted wearing ram's horns. Often the name of an ammonite genus ends in -ceras, which is Greek for "horn"."

...Expressing the golden mean it's spiral structure tells us the secrets of the universe and it's mathematical nature. Ammonites are associated with earth energy, the fossils of ancient sea creatures they have experienced massive cycles of change to become a part of the earth itself. Said to be a grounding and healing influence it is a great meditation tool when wanting to connect with universal wisdom and ancient life forces. ...Dust we are, and to dust we shall return.

Ammonites are associated with the Zodiac sign Aquarius, The Third Eye Chakra, and the number 7.

Interesting and very affordable piece of prehistoric fine art. Nice accent pieces -- tasteful, sophisticated, one-of-a-kind hard to find gift for the archaeologically and metaphysically inclined --nature lover, history buff or geological rock hound...

Ammonite Dish

Overview

  • Vintage item
  • Materials: rock, minerals, ammonite
  • Only ships within United States.
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