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  1. Folkestone Fossil Beds

    Folkestone Fossil Beds

    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...
  2. Family Tree of Cephalopods

    Family Tree of Cephalopods

    Cephalopod through the ages By Phil Eyden May 2018 edit - also see this update from @Danna reflecting research through 2017!
  3. Morphology of Fossil Cephalopod Shells

    Morphology of Fossil Cephalopod Shells

    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...
  4. Tusoteuthis and Cretaceous Giant Squid

    Tusoteuthis and Cretaceous Giant Squid

    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...
  5. Fossil Octopuses

    Fossil Octopuses

    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...
  6. Nautiloids: The First Cephalopods

    Nautiloids: The First Cephalopods

    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...
  7. Belemnites: A Quick Look

    Belemnites: A Quick Look

    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...
  8. Ammonites: A General Overview

    Ammonites: A General Overview

    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...
  9. tonmo

    Nice news article on ceph fossils

    and it credits TONMO (@Phil's article) as a reference: Searching for the Old Ones: Lovecraftian giant cephalopods and the fossil record
  10. Danna

    New Book on Ceph Evolution--Seeking Input!

    Everyone loves dinosaurs, right? But I hardly need to point out here that the fossil record of cephalopods goes way further back, and is WAY more exciting. Isn't it time for ancient cephs to enjoy their version of the 1970's dinosaur renaissance? Well, last year I managed to convince a...
  11. Mark Carnall

    Let's make living fossils extinct

    Let's make living fossils extinct Mark Carnall Guardian Lost Worlds Revisited Blog Some shameless self promotion but thought it would be of interest to the community for every time nautiluses are described as living fossils (I also couldn't help reference cephs given the chance). I've had a...
  12. Hajar

    Triassic Ammonoids

    Here's a pile of Triassic ammonoids thrown together on my desk. Ceratites and Discoceratites (19 cm) from Germany at the back, then two Choristoceras from Austria, Halorites from Indonesia, Meekoceras from Crittenden Springs, a French Ceratites, a Crittenden Springs Dieneroceras and a few Greek...
  13. Architeuthoceras

    From the Vault

    With things slow in the fossils and history forum I will start posting some pics of things in my collection. First is a crushed shell of Stenolobulites sinuosus from the Permian Meade Peak Member of the Phosphoria Formation. Also what was referred to Cornaptychus back in 1964, is it a Jaw...
  14. N

    There's gold in them there nodules!

    Hi All Had another wander along the Holderness coast a couple of weeks ago and found an obvious upper lias nodule eroding out of the boulder clay that makes up the cliffs on that section. Gave it a tap and voila! a rather nice specimen of Dactylioceras tenuicostatum preserved largely in...
  15. Phil

    A few ammonites from the dusty old drawers!

    It's been a while since we had a new thread, so here's a few ammonites from the drawers at home. None are particularly spectacular or rare, I'm afraid, but still quite interesting. If anyone objects to the IDs, please shout! Most were bought so I've just taken it for granted that the...