Fossil ammonite

Fossil ammonite

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This image is part of the feature Fossils: Life On Earth

Credit: VAUGHAN FLEMING/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fossilized ammonite. During fossilisation, the minerals of the ammonite's shell have been replaced by pyrite (iron sulphide), a yellowish metallic compound also known as fool's gold. Ammonites are extinct molluscs of the class Cephalopoda which lived from the Devonian period (approximately 400 million years ago) to the end of the Cretaceous (64 million years ago).

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Keywords: ammonite, animal, animals, fossil invertebrate, fossils, in fossil, invertebrates, iron pyrites, palaeontology, paleontology, pyrite, with fossil

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