Ammonite fossil, light micrograph

Ammonite fossil, light micrograph

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ammonite. Polarised light micrograph of a thin section through a fossilised ammonite, a type of shelled mollusc that lived around 200 million years ago. Crystals of calcite and quartz have developed in the spiral cavity of the ammonite's shell. Magnification: x6 at 4x5" size.

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Keywords: ammonite, animal, animals, calcite, crystal, crystalline, crystals, extinct, fossil invertebrate, fossilised, fossils, invertebrates, mollusc, palaeontology, paleontology, polarised light micrograph, prehistoric, quartz, spiral, spiralling, whirl

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