Cephalopod Fossils

Fossils and cephalopods throughout history
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Introduction Imagine yourself standing on a bleak windswept Ordovician shore. It is 470 million years ago and you are standing on a rocky coastline staring out to sea. As you turn and pan the landscape behind you, all you can see are barren rocks, with no trees, plants or any form of animal...
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Jul 15, 2004
Phil
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Note: Phil Eyden welcomes discussion on this article in the Cephalopod Fossils forum. Introduction Architeuthis and Mesonychoteuthis, the giant and colossal squid, are enigmatic and awe inspiring animals. Very little is known about the lifestyle of these spectacular animals, despite the...
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May 18, 2004
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Covering Terminology used in the Description of Externally Shelled Cephalopods (Nautiloids and Ammonoids) By Kevin Bylund Note: Kevin welcomes discussion on this article in the Cephalopod Fossils forum. The structure secreted by the mantle of cephalopods for protection or neutral buoyancy is...
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Jan 1, 2005
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Note: Phil welcomes discussion on this article in the Cephalopod Fossils forum. Fossil Octopuses Fossils of octopuses are by far the most enigmatic and mysterious of all the ancient groups of cephalopods. Due to their delicate structure fossils of these animals are exceptionally rare, as the...
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Nov 19, 2004
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Note: Phil welcomes discussion on this article in the Cephalopod Fossils forum. Introduction Belemnites are probably the most well known extinct cephalopod after the ammonites. They are quite common fossils and have a worldwide distribution. They are a very characteristic and easily...
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Sep 14, 2003
Phil
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By Phil Eyden Note: Phil welcomes discussion on this article in the Cephalopod Fossils forum. Ammonites are extinct cephalopods and are among the most abundant and beautiful of all fossils. Although not as glamorous as Tyrannosaurus rex or as dramatic as Velociraptor, these extinct creatures...
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Apr 29, 2003
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By Phil Eyden Note: Phil welcomes discussion on this article in the Fossils and History forum on the Message Board. Introduction Folkestone is located at the extreme southeast tip of England. It is a port-town with a small harbour and is roughly about 30 miles away from France. Folkestone...
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Apr 24, 2004
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Note: Phil welcomes discussion on this article in the Cephalopod Fossils forum. Vampyroteuthis infernalis One of the most interesting, popular, and intriguing of all living cephalopods is that of Vampyroteuthis, the Vampire Squid. To follow is a brief look at this 'living fossil', its...
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Nov 29, 2005
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By Andy Tenny (neuropteris) The Yorkshire Coast of England exposes a series of marine and terrestrial rocks ranging in age from the lower Jurassic at Cleveland in the north through to the chalk of the Upper Cretaceous at Flamborough Head in the South. Many of these formations are highly...
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Nov 21, 2004
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History has regarded cephalopod fossils in interesting ways... By Phil Eyden, 2004 INTRODUCTION Before the mid eighteenth century the origin of fossils was generally regarded in terms of superstition and myth. Many differing accounts across different cultures explained how these fossils...
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Mar 20, 2004
Phil
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Cephalopod through the ages By Phil Eyden May 2018 edit - also see this update from @Danna reflecting research through 2017!
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Mar 19, 2004
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This excerpt from Monarchs of the Sea: The Extraordinary 500-Million-Year History of Cephalopods by Danna Staaf is shared with TONMO to celebrate the book's birthday. Sudden Death To understand what caused the end-Cretaceous mass extinction, the first challenge was to recognize that it...

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