New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

 

Psiloceras pacificum


Psiloceras pacificum
Specimen Number: NMMNH P-51297
Image By: Mary Sundstrom
Date: Spring 2008

Ammonites nearly went extinct at the end of the Triassic. Only one genus survived into the Jurassic, giving rise to the
diversity of ammonites that swam the Jurassic and Cretaceous seas. Triassic ammonites were diverse and most had complex shell shapes and ornamentation, unlike the smooth-shelled ammonite (Psiloceras) that survived the extinction.