Do you own a piece of history? Whether or not you are a fossil enthusiast, you will be sure to appreciate these fossilized creatures that existed millions of years ago. Fossils allow us to learn about ancient organisms and understand how they lived, when they lived, and where they lived. There are so many reasons why we think ammonite fossils rock!
All About Ammonites
Ammonites are classified as cephalopods and roamed in the shallow waters of the ocean. Other cephalopods we know include octopus, squid, and cuttlefish. First appearing over 400 million years ago, ammonites are known as the most recognizable fossil. Ammonite shells have beautiful intricate patterns, which can help to distinguish their species. Here are some quick ways to identify an ammonite:
- Shell - Thick, hard, and sometimes coiled
- Septa - lines that separate the body chambers
These sea creatures developed a hard outer shell to protect themselves from fish and other predators at a young age. Eventually, they grew to hunt fish and even other cephalopods. This hardshell also protected their delicate interior and created a shape that allowed them to use water propulsion to move their bodies about in the water.
Because of their make-up, these small creatures were able to function well and live through many prehistoric eras. There is so much to learn about these ancient creatures.
Why Ammonites Make Great Gifts
You don’t have to be a fossil enthusiast to appreciate the beauty of these ammonites. Whether you like a polished fossil in one piece or a split fossil that shows the creature’s inner chambers, Whaler’s Locker has you covered with unique Hawaiian gifts. See why these fossils made our top ten list of fossils to gift. With such a unique gift, there is a slim chance that your gift recipient would ever receive a duplicate.
Here are some reasons why ammonite fossils make a great gift:
- Conversation piece
Some of our pieces even come with an acrylic stand so that your fossil can be on full display in any area. These historic pieces act as a piece of art and are sure to make a statement in any home, including your own.
Fossils only become more interesting with the more you learn. These ancient organisms tell us a lot about an animal’s journey - from how it functioned, when it lived, and even how it was found. We carry these unique fossils and other Hawaiian gifts at Whalers Locker.
If learning more about ammonite fossils has piqued your interest, we have a variety of different fossil collections:
- Megalodon teeth
- Rare fossil shark teeth and pendants
You don’t have to visit us in Maui to shop our Hawaiian gifts - check out our items!