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Wanted: Pics of Nautilus Shell


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Staff member
Mar 8, 2004
Architeuthoceras said:
Does anyone on TONMO have pictures of the inside and outside of a Nautilus shell? Or have a Nautilus shell they can take pictures of? The pics must show the siphuncle, or at least part of the siphuncle.
As luck would have it, yes. I don't have the classic "cut in half" shell, but I picked up one with just a small notch in it... a palaentologist who had studied shells passed away, and after they got the "good stuff" out of his collection, they gave away the rest of it, so I got a whole shell and this notched one.

since my digital cam makes files too big for attachments, I put them at

images.google.com has a lot of results for a nautilus search; a good sphincule can be seen at http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~iany/patterns/nautilus.htm

here are some thumbnails; I snapped 5 pix, but I guess I can only upload 3 attachments...



Staff member
Nov 19, 2002
somewhere under the desert sky
Thanks Monty, great pics, its nice to see the connecting rings still attached, they usually fall apart during the sawing operation. I will PM a few questions later. Still, I was hoping for the classic "cut in half" shell, and an outside view, side by side.

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