- Nov 19, 2002
Now that I've got your attention, I'm afraid to report it's not that big and details are scant. Nonetheless, as ammonite news is as rare as a giant squid sighting, here goes anyway:
Russian News Agency said:Huge mollusk shell found outside Moscow
MOSCOW, September 5 (RIA Novosti) - A local resident of Dubna, a scientific center outside Moscow, discovered an enormous mollusk shell that presumably dates back to the Jurassic period.
The shell is 50cm long and 30cm wide and weighs 11kg. Earlier, the Dubna resident discovered elements of ancient shells on his plot, but had never found an entire shell until now.
Experts classified the find as the shell of an ammonite, a species that lived on the territory on which the Moscow region is now located and died out about 250 million years ago, shortly before the dinosaur era.