A stunning and large example of an iridescent ammonite fossil of the species Caloceras johnstoni from North Somerset, UK.
The matrix measures 220 mm (8.66 inches) across and the ammonite measures 115 mm (4.55 inches), which is very large for this fossil type. The shell sits in the original limestone matrix in which it was found. The ammonite is very well preserved and has been prepared out of the rock to reveal the shell. The shell displays some beautiful iridescence with flashes of red and copper that appear as the viewing angle changes. The matrix has a cut-flat base to allow it to stand freely for display and has been stabilised with glue that is visible on the reverse of the fossil but not on the front.
These fossils are highly sought after and very hard to find, especially complete like this. They are preserved in the same way as the famous Canadian "Ammolite" ammonites that are turned into valuable gemstones. The fossil weighs 590 grams.
Around 200 million years old (Hettangian, Early Jurassic), this fossil would make a wonderful addition to any collection.