from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of an extinct group of small primitive fishlike chordates, preserved primarily in the form of their conelike teeth.
- n. A fossil tooth of this chordate. Conodonts are the most widespread Paleozoic microfossils and are important for biostratigraphic indexing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several extinct fishlike chordates that had conelike teeth
- n. A microfossil tooth of such an animal
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A peculiar toothlike fossil of many forms, found especially in carboniferous rocks. Such fossils are supposed by some to be the teeth of marsipobranch fishes, but they are probably the jaws of annelids.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small glistening fossil organism, discovered by Pander in Silurian and Devonian rocks in Russia, and subsequently observed in other strata in different localities, and variously supposed to be a tooth of a cyclostomous fish, or a spine, hooklet, or denticle of a mollusk or an a˙nnelid: so named from its conical tooth-like appearance. These organisms are certainly not teeth of any vertebrates, and are probably the remains of worms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small (2 inches long) extinct eellike fish with a finned tail and a notochord and having cone-shaped teeth containing cellular bone; late Cambrian to late Triassic; possible predecessor of the cyclostomes
- n. the tiny fossil cone-shaped tooth of a primitive vertebrate of order Conodonta
Those of you who do know what a conodont is are probably wondering what it has to do with the others.
Discovery of Perm ian-Triassic mixed conodont assemblage from the
Mixed Devonian and Mississippian conodont and foraminiferal faunas and their bearing on the Roberts Mountains Thrust, Nevada,
Discovery of Perm ian-Triassic mixed conodont assemblage from the Akasaka Limestone, Gifu Prefecture.
Lower Carboniferous conodont faunas from North-East Devonshire.
Ancient marine rocks are often packed with hundreds or thousands of scattered conodont teeth, with many species jumbled up together.
These are four different types of conodont teeth from different species -- pieces from different puzzles -- mounted on a pinhead.
But just so it's not too easy, conodont teeth are also microscopic,
In fact the conodont skeleton was all teeth: a basket of hacksaw-shaped blades which was extended out of the mouth to grab prey, behind which lay pairs of slicing blades and crushing teeth -- a set of gnashers straight out of Alien. "
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