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Ammonite Fossil as per Star Trek Next Generation

I was so excited to be watching Star Trek - The Next Generation and lo and behold, on the desk behind Captain Pickard's desk is a plaque like this! Buy a plate stand to display it to be advantage. Polished on both sides so it can act as a display on a centralised table. Being a fossil, they have through their 400 million year been subject to earthquakes and re-healing with other minerals/sediment as they turned to stone. Look at the photos carefully re quality (cracks, infilling, niceness of the chambers) as discount reflects this.

Ammonite - Geology

Ammonite refers to any member of the Ammonoidea and are more closely related to octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish than they are to shelled living species of Nautilus. The ammonoid cephalopods first appeared in the Devonian (circa 400 million years ago) and became extinct at the close of the Cretaceous (65.5 Ma) along with the dinosaurs. 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. 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.

Many ammonoids probably lived in the open water of ancient seas, rather than at the sea bottom. Due to their free-swimming and/or free-floating habits, ammonites often happened to live directly above seafloor waters. It is unlikely that any ammonoids dwelt in fresh or brackish water. They were carnivorous and probably fed on plankton. The soft body of the creature occupied the largest segments of the shell at the end of the coil. The smaller earlier segments were walled off and the animal could maintain its buoyancy by filling them with gas. Late in their history some become 53 centimetres in diameter. In Germany some reached 2 metres.

In medieval Europe, fossilised ammonites were thought to be petrified coiled snakes, and were called "snakestones" or, "serpentstones" and were held to have healing or oracular powers. There are 3 types

Goniatitic - numerous undivided lobes and saddles; typically 8 lobes around the conch.

Ceratitic - lobes have subdivided tips, giving them a saw-toothed appearance, and rounded undivided saddles.

Ammonitic - lobes and saddles are much subdivided (fluted); subdivisions are usually rounded instead of saw-toothed.

Information extracted from Wikipedia

Healing Properties of Fossils

Promotes a sense of pride and increases confidence. Use to access past life information. Reminds people that in the darkness changes can occur so they can be reborn when they chose to change and come back to the light of day to lift them out of depression. Promotes success in business. Traditionally, used to aid in reducing tiredness, fatigue, digestive disorders and rheumatism.

Soul Star; Solar Plexus; Hara-Navel; Base-Root; Link; Earth Star
185 mm
155 mm
34 mm
1014 g

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