An artist's illustration of Parapuzosia sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Ammonoidea
Order: Ammonitida
Family: Desmoceratidae
Genus: Parapuzosia
Nowak, 1913
Type species
Parapuzosia daubreei
Grossouvre, 1894
Referred species
  • Parapuzosia americana
    (Scott & Moore, 1928)
  • Parapuzosia boesei) (Scott & Moore, 1928)
  • Parapuzosia bradyi) (Miller & Youngquist, 1946)
  • Parapuzosia corbarica) (Grossouvre, 1894)
  • Parapuzosia daubreei) (Grossouvre, 1894)
  • Parapuzosia seppenradensis (Landois, 1895)

Parapuzosia is an extinct genus of desmoceratid ammonites from the Cenomanian to the Campanian of Africa, Europe, and North America. They are typically very large ammonites, reaching diameters of 60 centimeters (2.0 feet) or more, with the largest species measuring upwards of more than 3 m (9.8 ft). It possesses a moderately involute shell with flat or slightly rounded sides. Distinct primary and secondary ribbing can be observed in the inner whorls.


The origin of the generic name Parapuzosia ("similar to Puzosia") comes from the smaller, related desmatoceratid Puzosia. "Puzosia" comes from the Serbian words "пужа/Puzo" (Snail) and "Oca/Osia" (Axis), translating to "snail axis".

In the Media[]

Parapuzosia appeared in Dinosaur Expidition Born Free.