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Name: Dactylioceras commune
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Dactylioceras was a widespread genus of ammonites from the Lower Jurassic period, approximately 180 million years ago!
Ammonites are one of the most recognisable fossils around, this is due to their familiar spiral shape shell, reminiscent of what we know as a snail shell, though these creatures are not related to snails at all! They were marine animals, present between 240 – 65 million years ago, who had a coiled external shell similar to that of the modern nautilus, and although they resembled a modern-day nautilus, these molluscs are more closely related to living coleoids (i.e. octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish!)
- Specimens for this listing mainly include negative impressions