Goniatites (early Ammonite Relative) Fossil Polished
Goniatites Species, an early Ammonite relative from the Atlas Mt., Morocco
Size: Approximately 43mm x 55mm
Weight: 48 gram
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Goniatites are animals that lived in a curled shell in the sea, very much the Nautilus of today and a forerunner of ammonites which lived in Jurassic and later times. Goniatites are first seen in rocks from around 400 million years ago. They died out in the Permian period, about 250 million years ago.
Goniatites lived in the sea. It is thought that its environment was open water but not in the very deep oceans. The fossils are not commonly found, but do occur in Carboniferous (meaning "coal-bearing") rocks. Goniatites are not found anymore today but a similar animal (also a cephalopod) is the nautilus.
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