Ammonite Preserved in Quartz

Ammonite Preserved in Quartz

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Caption: Ammonite shell preserved in quartz. Replacement of the original material (aragonite) may occur if the remains of the organism are trapped in a sediment composed of more stable minerals, such as the quartz crystals visible here.

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Keywords: ammonite, ammonite shell, ammonitida, ammonoid, animal fossil, cephalopod, cephalopoda, cross-section, extinct, fossil, fossilized, internal chambers, invertebrate, marine fossil, mineral replacement, mollusca, mollusk, palaeontological, palaeontology, paleontology, permineralization, prehistoric fauna, quartz crystals, quartz-covered, shell structure

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