Mantelliceras mantelli is an ammonite. Ammonites are an extinct group of marine animals belonging to the cephalopod subclass Ammonoidea. Ammonites are excellent index fossils, fossils linking the rock layer in which they are found to specific geological periods.
Mantelliceras mantelli is a zone fossil, a fossil which has a precise distribution within layers of rock, which we can use to identify layers of the same age. Mantelliceras mantelli is a very common ammonite fossil of southern England found in sea cliff exposures in the lower layers of the Chalk.
Mantelliceras mantelli ammonite is named in honour of the famous 19th Century Geologist Gideon Algernon Mantell FGS (1790-1852).
Mantelliceras manetelli is a Zone Fossil, a fossil which has a precise distribution within layers of rock, which we can use to identify layers of the same age.
Mantelliceras manetelli shells are typical ammonite flattened spiral shape.
Mantelliceras manetelli would have had a jaw used for feeding and probably an array of tentacles.
Mantelliceras manetelli fossils are common and widespread.
Fossil collectors can find Mantelliceras manetelli fossils in the Glauconitic Marl of southern England.
Mantelliceras manetelli is sized up to 40mm in diameter.
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