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Ammonite (Desmoceras latidorsatum) fossil. Ammonites were marine invertebrates. They first appeared in the fossil record around 400 million years ago in the late Silurian and early Devonian periods and became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period, 65 million years ago. Ammonites are index fossils, their presence allows the rock layer in which they are found to be dated to specific geological time periods. This specimen is from the Albian stage (about 112 to 99.6 million years ago) of the Cretaceous period and is dated to 110 million years ago. It measures 8 centimetres in diameter and was found in Mahajanga, Madagascar.
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