soft tissue respresentation in the fossil record 2

Discussion in 'Cephalopod Fossils' started by michael schmidt, Feb 26, 2004.

  1. michael schmidt

    michael schmidt Blue Ring Registered

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    The French Jurassic ammonite plate with soft tissue preservation didn't come through on the last post.

    is there a limit to the number of pics on a post?

    here are the pics

    more to follow
     
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    Yeah, you only get three attachments per post.
     
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    Michael,

    Thanks for the images. I just wondered if you could kindly clarify what we are looking at here. Are the lighter brown smudges extruded stomach contents, or the animal itself? I must admit that I am somewhat confused by the images.

    It seems to me that a definitive ammonite fossil displaying soft-bodied preservation at the head is pretty much a holy grail amongst invertebrate palaeontologists. Finally defining the structure of the animal would answer so many questions (though doubtless would raise many more!).

    Please help!
     

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