Before preparation (1/2)
no fossils visible from the top
Before preparation (2/2)
two ammonites show up from side view
During preparation (1/3)
During preparation (2/3)
During preparation (3/3)
The finished specimen
These ammonites are extremely rare representatives of the genus Reynesocoeloceras, which were discovered some time ago in Portugal. The shell preservation is excellent and offers a variety of details that have to be carefully worked out of the very hard rock. In order not to damage them, the preparation must be done particularly careful and gentle.
The preparation is therefore relatively time-consuming. Excessive stress causes the rock to break in a glass-like and uncontrolled manner. Likewise, the shell also breaks when too much pressure is applied. However, the rock is very tough and hard. The preparation is mainly done using fine air abrasives so as not to damage the high and thin ribs and the numerous spines. The characteristic spines stand out as a special feature of this genus.
Fossil: Reynesocoeloceras sp.
Formation: Lower Jurassic, Pliensbachian
Diameter of the biggest ammonite: 9,5 cm (3.74 inches)
Work required: 42 hours