Large Mississippian Bear Gulch Coiled Cephalopod Fossil

Anthracoceras sp.

Class Cephalopoda, Order Goniatida, Family Anthracoceratidae

Geological Time: Mississippian (~320 m.y.a.)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is 70 mm 25 mm across living chamber Matrix: 225 mm by 165 mm

Fossil Site: Heath Shale Formation, Bear Gulch Limestone, Fergus County, Montana

Fossil Code: BGF657

Price: sOLD


Bear Gulch Coiled Cephalopod FossilDescription: The Bear Gulch Limestone is a deposit of some 70 square km in extent and 30 m in depth that has been a source of one of the most diverse assemblages of fossil fish with some 110 species having been described over the past 30 years. Most were new to science, and provided a unique view of the marine environment of Mississippian times. Fine preservation of both fish and invertebrates is a hallmark of these deposits, presumably due to an anoxic depositional environment. This specimen is a goniatitic ammonite of the genus Anthracoceras. The Ammonidea have a rich evolutionary history which began in the Upper Silurian/Lower Devonian. The order began an extensive radiation in the Triassic and Jurassic, and became most diverse during the Cretaceous, only to become extinct during the late Cretaceous extinction event which also saw the demise of the non-avian dinosaurs. The Goniatite forms became extinct during the Permian. Specimens from the Mississippian are not often seen, making this example most unusual. This is the largest example I have had in seven years, some three times the size of typical specimens.

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