Cretaceous Marine scene

Cretaceous Marine scene

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Credit: LAURIE O'KEEFE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The Cretaceous Period was named for the chalk deposits laid down in warm shallow seas. This scene, from the Early Cretaceous (approximately 140 mya), focuses on the abundant invertebrate life present, including bivalves, ammonites (relatives of the Nautilus), belemnites (cuttlefish), sea urchins, starfish, gastropods, and crabs.

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