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Color Patterns in Ammonoids

  • Royal H. Mapes
  • Richard Arnold Davis
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 13)

Abstract

A color pattern in an ammonoid was first reported and illustrated by d’Orbigny in 1842 (p. 185, Pl. 45, Fig. 4). He recognized that the pattern preserved on the shell of a specimen of Asteroceras stellare (at that time known as Ammonites stellaris) from the Lower Jurassic was a remnant of a biologically produced color pattern emplaced by the animal when it was alive. Furthermore, he recognized that these kinds of patterns were observable only on well-preserved specimens. These brief observations laid the groundwork for the now generally recognized conclusions that color patterns are scarce on ammonoids and that they have paleobiological significance. Since d’Orbigny’s time, there have been periodic reports of ammonoid color patterns (see Table I), and some workers have attempted to integrate this information into a greater understanding of the biology of ammonoids.

Keywords

Color Pattern Internal Mold Body Chamber Organic Pigment Transverse Band 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Royal H. Mapes
    • 1
  • Richard Arnold Davis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geological SciencesOhio UniversityAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and Physical SciencesCollege of Mount St. JosephCincinnatiUSA

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