Pyritised Ammonites – Charmouth, UK
These pieces are matrix containing pyritised Ammonites, all of which were found in and around Charmouth, Dorset.
They are fossil death beds, meaning an area where a few (or many) Ammonites all died and were preserved together. In the conditions found at Charmouth, the soft tissues have been replaced with Pyrite, giving them an unusual metallic look.
In some cases, you will find much more ‘golden’ or ‘brassy’ pyritic Ammonites online. These have been brushed with a brass wire brush to give them that colour – pretty, but they should be correctly labelled as such. Some of these pieces do have a light brassy colour – this is often oxidation from the air.
This listing allows you to pick your own fossil; they are all different and some are more fossiliferous than others.
|SKU / Identifier||Size||Weight||Notes|
|Pyritised Ammonite Deathbeds – A1||50-60MM wide||55 grams||Quite a few partial Ammonites, at least one shell.|
|Pyritised Ammonite Deathbeds – A2||40-50MM wide||36 grams||A few complete Ammonites and a few partials.|
|Pyritised Ammonite Deathbeds – A3||25-30MM wide||10 grams||Weathered – one nice shell, 1-2 weathered Ammonites.|
|Pyritised Ammonite Deathbeds – A4||40-50MM wide||21 grams||One visible Ammonite.|
|Pyritised Ammonite Deathbeds – B1||50-60MM wide||103 grams||Very nice piece, two decent Ammonites on one side, several fragments and shells on the other.|
|Pyritised Ammonite Deathbeds – C1||40-50MM wide||32 grams||Two or three weathered Ammonites.|
|Pyritised Ammonite Deathbeds – C2||40-50MM wide||55 grams||One larger incomplete, one quite small but nice Ammonite.|
|Pyritised Ammonite Deathbeds – C3||50-60MM wide||43 grams||Several incomplete Ammonites.|
For more information about Ammonites, and a full list of all our related fossils, feel free to take a look at our Ammonite fossils page.
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