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October 12, 2012

Originally posted on Research & Collections:

Greetings Blogophiles! Well, we made it. Today is the last official day of Cephalopod Awareness Days; phew. Fossils! I’m a paleontologist, who actually does research on fossil cephalopods, but I tend to work on the parts of them nobody ever thinks about, such as fossilized squid pens and cuttlebones.  However, as I’ve already mentioned these in previous blogs, today we will focus on ammonites and belemnites. Oh goody!

Photo of Sphenodiscus sp. , an ammonite

Sphenodiscus sp. is an ammonite fossil found in Cretaceous sediments of North Carolina and elsewhere. Photo by Trish Weaver

Belemnites, now here’s a fossil that brings back fond memories for me. Back when I was a young paleontology student, my classmates and I would spend many late night hours in the paleontology lab trying to memorize the Latinized names of tray upon tray of invertebrate fossils. Invariably someone would stick the belemnite in their mouth and pretend to smoke it. Someone else…

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