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By: Neale Monks and Philip Palmer

159 pages, Col photos, b/w photos, illus

London Natural History Museum

Paperback | Dec 2002 | #123871 | ISBN: 0565091697
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Describes the evolution, natural history and biology of the ammonite, and also covers taxonomy. An ammonite is a cephalopod which once swam in shallow marine seas and became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period (65 million years ago). Its closest living relative is the chambered nautilus. Its ability to swim was due to the unique construction of its shell, which contained many air filled chambers, called the phragmocone, in one of which the ammonite lived.


Introduction; An introduction to Ammonites; Ammonite fossils; Ammonite form and function; Aspects of ammonite biology; Ammonite taxonomy and classification; The extinction of ammonites; Collecting ammonites; Further reading; Glossary; Index.

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Neale Monks is a palaeontologist at The Natural History Museum in London, and has written a number of papers on the evolution of beteromorph ammonites. Phil Palmer was a scientist at The Natural History Museum in London until his retirement, and has written extensively on fossil molluses and stratigraphy.

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