A year in cephalopods

Hajar

Haliphron Atlanticus
Registered
Joined
Mar 7, 2009
Messages
540
#1
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)
 

DWhatley

Certified Ceph Head For Life
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Sep 4, 2006
Messages
20,054
Location
Gainesville, GA
#2
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.

A marine aquarium shop is about to open in Muscat so perhaps we’ll have live cephalopods in the house this year
Now to get you active in MY side of the TONMO equasion :gigas:
 

Architeuthoceras

Architeuthis
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Nov 19, 2002
Messages
2,409
Location
somewhere under the desert sky
#3
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
 

tonmo

Titanites
Staff member
Webmaster
Joined
May 30, 2000
Messages
9,319
Location
Pennsylvania
#4
Hajar - that is great. Happy Anniversary and THANK YOU for being such a valuable part of the TONMO.com community!
 

tonmo

Titanites
Staff member
Webmaster
Joined
May 30, 2000
Messages
9,319
Location
Pennsylvania
#7
:thumbsup: :notworth: Happy Anniversary Hajar! :cheers:
 

OB

Colossal Squid
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Oct 19, 2003
Messages
3,086
#9
:beer: :smile:
 

Hajar

Haliphron Atlanticus
Registered
Joined
Mar 7, 2009
Messages
540
#10
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!
 

Members online

No members online now.

Forum statistics

Threads
19,283
Messages
201,437
Members
8,211
Latest member
cmvp0609

Monty Awards

TONMOCON IV (2011): Terri
TONMOCON V (2013): Jean
TONMOCON VI (2015): Taollan
TONMOCON VII (2018): ekocak

About the Monty Awards
Top