November 2015 archive

Nov 18

Blast From the Past: Nautilus

Some of the most numerous fossils that have survived into the modern age are those coiled shells left behind by the prehistoric ammonites. When Pliny the Elder first examined the remains of these ancient marine cephalopods, he called them ammonis cornua (‘horns of Ammon’) because the Egyptian god Amun was typically depicted wearing ram’s horns. …

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