The Madagascans are coming

Visitors to Hall VIII can look forward to several shimmering new additions to our collection. With the financial support of the "Friends of the Natural History Museum", 110-million-year-old ammonites from Madagascar have been purchased. These relatives of squids are among the most famous fossil marine animals. They reached their height during the Mesozoic era (between 251 and 66 million years ago) and died out at the end of the Mesozoic era. Modern isotopic methods make it possible to extract and analyze data from the fossils in order to learn more about how these mysterious animals lived. Foto © NHM Wien, Alice Schumacher