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Giant ammonite fossil on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England.

Giant ammonite fossil on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England
Ammonites are perhaps the most widely known fossil, possessing the typically ribbed spiral-form shell as pictured.
These creatures lived in the seas between 240 - 65 million years ago, when they became extinct along with the dinosaurs.

The name 'ammonite' (usually lower-case) originates from the Greek Ram-horned god called Ammon. Ammonites belong to a group of predators known as cephalopods, which includes their living relatives the octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus. The largest one ever found was 9 feet across and nearly 225 million years old.

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