- Nov 19, 2002
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Looking at the picture, there is not much there to really study. The septate coils are missing, only an external mold remains. And there is an Internal mold of the Living Chamber. No shell or sutures to be seen, there might be a mold of the last chamber on the end of the Living Chamber mold, but it dont look like its there. Several latex casts have been made, according to the article, so any exhibition piece (or Monster Truck Tire molds) could be made and painted up from them (a common practice for paleontological exhibitions). Invertebrate paleontologists don't seem to get as much funding as vertebrate paleontologists (a pair of dinosaurs beats a royal flush of ammonoids for some reason). I believe that is why they have left it there.Steve O'Shea said:How could they leave it there?
Oh gawd, did I really write that a year ago? Can I take it back? I really don't agree with much of that post of mine after reading bits and pieces over the last year. It was somewhat limited perspective, cephalopods positively bloomed in the Tertiary, even if the variety of basic cephalopod body plans is currently less than it was....Phil said:I'm not entirely convinced that one could argue that cephalopods are undergoing an evolutionary explosion. After all, one could argue that the class has been somewhat reduced since the Cretaceous period following the disappearance of the ammonites and belemnites.