A year in cephalopods

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  1. Hajar

    Hajar Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    I just noticed that I joined this forum a year ago.

    It’s been fun.

    I eventually found partial answers to those first questions about Paleogene belemnites. The name was in a long-forgotten paper; they look very much like belemnites, but details of the protoconchs might eventually disprove that; their age within the Paleogene has yet to be pinned down.

    I became curious about cephalopod evolution in general and gathered a suite of specimens to tell the various stories (http://rusmithsgallery.fotopic.net/c1670803.html ; http://rusmithsgallery.fotopic.net/c1657612.html ; http://rusmithsgallery.fotopic.net/c1657567_25.html ). One of these specimens will be the holotype of a new species (http://rusmithsgallery.fotopic.net/p57104626.html).

    During the year I came across a variety of cephalopods in Oman, in all cases but one (the Triassic) by accident:
    - Ordovician orthocones from Wadi Daiqa
    - Permian ammonoids from the Saiq plateau and bactritids from Huqf
    - Triassic ammonoids from Al Aqil
    - Cretaceous ammonites and belemnites from the Salakh Arch and the Hajar Mountains
    - Paleogene coleoids and nautilids from the Muscat area
    - Live cuttlefish in the local sea

    I’ve had excellent advice from several academic specialists (especially Christian Klug, Dirk Fuchs and Jim Kennedy).

    I’ve particularly enjoyed the wit and sharp questions of Kevin and DWhatley and the spectacular videos of modern S.latimanus from Ob.

    All in all an enriching and entertaining experience! Thanks!

    (A marine aquarium shop is about to open in Muscat so perhaps we’ll have live cephalopods in the house this year)
     
  2. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Great idea to review the year. I have really enjoyed watching you work at finding, identifying and analysing ceph fossils even though most of it is well beyond my background and understanding, the exposure is very welcomed.

    Now to get you active in MY side of the TONMO equasion :gigas:
     
  3. Architeuthoceras

    Architeuthoceras Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Happy Anniversary Hajar !:party: :band:

    It has been a pleasure having you around for the last year. What a wonderful cephalopod collection you have, some of the best fossils I have ever seen. Some of your fossils have triggered some of the best discussions and provoked a thirst that is hard to quench.

    :cheers: Here's to you, and many more great posts and fossils
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Hajar - that is great. Happy Anniversary and THANK YOU for being such a valuable part of the TONMO.com community!
     
  5. Architeuthoceras

    Architeuthoceras Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Happy 2nd Anniversary Hajar :band:

    :tusoteuth:belemnit::nautiloi::ceratite::goniatite:earlyammo:plectrono:earlynaut:bactritin:heteromor
     
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    Terri Sepia elegans Registered

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    :cheers: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY HAJAR :cheers:
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    :thumbsup: :notworth: Happy Anniversary Hajar! :cheers:
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    My how time flys when you are having fun (and in fun company!)
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    :beer: :smile:
     
  10. Hajar

    Hajar Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Thanks for this guys! That's why the cuttlefish were showing themselves in the bay yesterday.

    If I stop and reflect for a moment it's been another year full of new knowledge learned in excellent company.

    I think the time with Ramses stands out for the experience of present day cephalopods, and the Holzmaden and Lebanese fossils showing soft part preservation for the ancient.

    Great!
     

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