Copernicus Toys | A Real Life Ammonite


A brilliant gift for a young geologist or a curiosity lover- a real life, 65 million year old ammonite.

An ammonite is an extinct cephalopod- similar to today's squid and nautili. Ammonites became extinct at the same time as dinosaurs (about 65 million years ago). They were predatory mollusks that lived in schools in shallow seas. They had sharp, beak-like jaws inside a ring of tentacles. Their shell both protected and helped their movement. They ate anything they could catch and some grew more than 3 feet across!

Ammonites are good index fossils, meaning palaeontologists and geologists use the various shapes, sizes and colour of ammonite shells to date other fossils found in the same areas.