Fossil shells

Fossil shells

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Credit: LOUISE K. BROMAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fossilized brachiopods. Fossilized shells of a brachiopod (Camarotoechia sp.). Brachiopods are marine invertebrates which have a bivalve shell and bear a number of ciliated tentacles around the mouth. While their body structure is different to the bivalve molluscs which their shells resemble, they are generally classified with them. Brachiopods were common during the Palaeozoic and Mesozoic eras (590-65 million years ago), but only a few species survive today. These shells were found at Pennsylvanian Willow River, Michigan, USA.

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Keywords: animal, animals, bivalve, brachiopod, brachiopod fossil, camarotoechia sp., fossil, fossil invertebrate, fossils, invertebrates, mollusc, palaeontology, paleontology, shell

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