Assortment of Belemnite fossils

Assortment of Belemnite fossils

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Assorted belemnite fossils. The belemnites are a group of extinct marine molluscs, which flourished in the Mesozoic era (230 to 65 million years ago). They were cephalopods, closely related to present- day octopus, squid and cuttlefish. They were similar in appearance to modern cuttlefish, possessing ten tentacles equipped with a double row of horny hooks, an ink sac and an internal shell. The internal shells, as seen here, are usually the only parts to survive in fossil form.

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Keywords: animal, animals, belemnites, extinct marine mollusc, extinct species, fossil invertebrate, fossils, invertebrates, palaeontology, paleontology

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