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  • n. Plural form of ammonite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The leading genus of ammonites, named in this form by Breyn in 1732, better established by Bruguière in 1789, giving name to the family Ammonitidæ.


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  • The chambered shells called ammonites and belemnites, which are so characteristic of the period preceding the cretaceous, in like manner die with it.

    Autobiography and Selected Essays

  • The rocks where I lived didn't contain dinosaur bones because they were laid down in rather deep sea, but they contained called ammonites and belemnites, which were a sort of shellfish, and one was a shellfish, the other was a squid-like creature.

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  • Also beautiful jasper and fossils such as ammonites and belemnites.

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  • He observed that some fossils, "such as ammonites, gryphites, belemnites, and other shells, are either of unknown species or found only in the Indian and other distant seas" (Lyell's _Principles_).

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  • Outright fakes — including faux ammonites from Morocco and dinosaur eggs from Mongolia — abound, especially online.

    Big Dig

  • Hmm. Ammonites always sound like ancient enemies of the Hebrews; but why did ammonites and dinos go extinct en masse while frogs and mammals came through fine?

    October 24th, 2009

  • Here was once shallow seawater, teeming with spirally little ammonites dutifully dying, falling into mud and getting lithified into cute fossils.

    South by Southwest « Squares of Wheat

  • The mountain has some protohistoric archaeological interest as stone tools and chippings hewn from ammonites have been discovered in a rock shelter at Blandé at the northern end.

    Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire

  • The displays in the Rincón Colorado museum reveal the wide diversity of fauna that once thrived in this area, including fish, turtles, crocodiles, sharks, bivalves, gastropods, ammonites as well as a considerable variety of flora, as shown by tell-tale signs of at least nine different kinds of fruit.

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  • Believe it or not, I managed to finish this today - the coloured ammonites were easy enough to get done, but then I needed to fill in between them (in black) and this of course took much longer.

    Finished. Whew.

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