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Siamese Twin Ammonite: Lazy Prep Job, Pathological Specimen Or Pre-Historic Porn?


AJ Plai

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Hey are ammonites found like these uncommon or just lazy prep job?

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Well, what bothers me more to know about them is that are these some examples of some freak of nature like pathological feature of some rare specimen or are they possibly ammonites engaging in errrr... "enjoying copulation" while they died?

LOL, would be great to be the latter - which fossil collector wouldn't want to have a piece of pre-historic porn - I know I would even if its just for my own personal amusement 555

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This is just two different ammonites fossilised together, they are not mating. To me, any polishing like this is a lazy, quite crude preparation, unless the specimen is in such bad condition it is the only way to make it decent. Personally I think it is a shame this specimen was polished up rather than carefully prepared as you don't see a lot from the area as doubles.

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I agree... two different ammonites that happened to become fossilized next to each other. It happens fairly often, and even more than two is common in some sites.

On a different note, AJ, I have noticed that many of your posts end in 555. What does this mean? Is it one of those "lol" type things that only the cool kids know about? Or is it something from Thai culture that I have no knowledge of? Or is it your real name?

Just curious.

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...Personally I think it is a shame this specimen was polished up rather than carefully prepared as you don't see a lot from the area as doubles.

These are being sold primarily as decorative eye-candy, not as paleontological specimens. That industry has grown up around the abundance of the raw material and the demand of the curio trade.

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I agree... two different ammonites that happened to become fossilized next to each other. It happens fairly often, and even more than two is common in some sites.

On a different note, AJ, I have noticed that many of your posts end in 555. What does this mean? Is it one of those "lol" type things that only the cool kids know about? Or is it something from Thai culture that I have no knowledge of? Or is it your real name?

Just curious.

Yeah, it is kind of like LOL, not sure if its commonly used everywhere on the net though, now that I think about it. LOL
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