2.8" Discoscaphites Ammonite - South Dakota
This is a 2.8" wide Discoscaphites conradi ammonite specimen from the Fox Hills Formation of South Dakota. It's been completely removed from the hard concretion in which it was found.
Ammonites were predatory mollusks that resembled a squid with a shell. These cephalopods had eyes, tentacles, and spiral shells. They are more closely related to a living octopus, though the shells resemble that of a nautilus. True ammonites appeared in the fossil record about 240 million years ago. The last lineages disappeared 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous.