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Remarkable Creatures

by Tracy Chevalier

Remarkable Creatures
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    Jan 2010, 320 pages
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    Oct 2010, 320 pages

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Mary Anning's Fossils
The cliffs and beaches of Lyme Regis, in Dorset on the south coast of England, are fertile hunting grounds for creatures who lived in what were equatorial seas in the early Jurassic period, around 190 million years ago. Here is a look at some of the fossil types Mary Anning discovers in Remarkable Creatures:

Ammonites are distant relatives of modern-day cephalopods such as octopus, squid, or chambered nautilus, which they most resemble because of their whorled shell. They grew quickly over a life-span of roughly two years. Ammonite fossils from Lyme Regis can range from the size of a fingertip to about 2 feet in diameter. The name "ammonite" comes from Greek version of the Egyptian god Ammon, who is often depicted with ribbed ram's horns.

Sea lilies resemble plants in their long stems and feathery "blossoms", but in fact they are a class of marine animal known as a "stalked crinoid." Sea lillies attached themselves to the sea floor ...

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