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Possible ammonite soft body?


Bradley Flynn

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Bradley Flynn

Hi all! I've had this little ammonite hiding in a rock for some time now. Today I decided to split the rock and chipped away at the matrix to reveal the fossil. It looks like some of the original shell has been preserved and what looks like the soft body as well. Could it be? Apologies for the reflection on the magnified pics, my usual lens is on my telescope. 

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Fossildude19

I don't think this is soft body preservation. 

It actually looks more like bone, to me. 

Possibly jumbled together by waves/currents?

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A sandstone matrix like that is too coarse to preserve soft tissues.  I think Tim is right, it is some piece of debris not related to the ammonite that got lodged in the opening to the living chamber.  Maybe bone, or possibly wood.

 

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Bradley Flynn

Thanks! Thought it was a long shot, but definitely worth asking for the opinions of the members on this forum:thumbsu:

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I agree. I think most researchers believe any part of the body sticking out of the aperture would be tentacles anyway, besides being unlikely to ever be found preserved unless maybe from a lagerstäte.

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