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Fossils in a Box

As of late, I have taken a deeper interest in fossils.  I have been acquiring and placing them in Shadow Boxes.  Very popular!  Today’s focus will be on the ever-popular ammonite.

Popular because they can be found in so many places around the world and in great quantity.

To capture something “ancient” in a way you can display it allows you to have a convenient conversation piece and an attractive addition to your room, office, or customer waiting area.

A customer recently asked me to create one to be a gift for “permanent resident” in a hospital room to help him focus on something other than his health condition.  It allows him to let his imagination flow as he thinks of the thousands of years it took to get to him.

So how were these fossils formed:

Some animals were quickly buried and consequently killed by sinking in mud, being buried in a sand storm, frozen, covered by an earthquake, etc. Sediment, over time, continued to cover them and prevent them from decomposing.  For this discussion, we’ll talk about the sea being a great place for fossils to form, with an abundance of mud and sand to help the process.

Two types of fossils we will deal with are “Body” and “Cast” Fossils.  This next picture shows perfect examples of both.   Notice below the body fossils, there are impressions of where other fossils were, hence casts of fossils.

“Ammonite” refers to the Egyptian God, Amun, and the ram’s horns on his head  The name comes from the shells looking like spiraled ram horns that sat on top the head of Amun. Ammonites are mostly closely related to coleoids, the family that includes squids and octopii.

They are beautiful and make  spectacular ornamental displays, such as seen in the rest of the pictures  below:





















We sell jewelry sets of these beauties for $40 at our shows and at

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