A beautiful fossil Nautilus with ‘Fire Opal’ bands

Ancient Wonders - Nautilus flash

This wonderful 20cm wide Polished Nautilus has been beautifully prepared to reveal the bands of ‘Fire Opal’ in the outer shell. It has also had the sediment from its mouth removed. The fossil comes from the jungles of Mahajanga on the north-west coast of Madagascar. This fossil is approximately 120 million years old and from the Cretaceous period when the seas were full of Ammonites and Nautilus.

Ancient Wonders - Nautilus inside

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