Ammonoid Paleobiology: From anatomy to ecology

  • Christian Klug
  • Dieter Korn
  • Kenneth De Baets
  • Isabelle Kruta
  • Royal H. Mapes

Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 43)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Conch

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christian Klug, Dieter Korn, Neil H. Landman, Kazushige Tanabe, Kenneth De Baets, Carole Naglik
      Pages 3-24
    3. Royal H. Mapes, Neal L. Larson
      Pages 25-44
    4. Christian Klug, René Hoffmann
      Pages 45-90
    5. Kristin Polizzotto, Neil H. Landman, Christian Klug
      Pages 91-109
  3. Ontogeny

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Kenneth De Baets, Neil H. Landman, Kazushige Tanabe
      Pages 113-205
    3. Christian Klug, Michał Zatoń, Horacio Parent, Bernhard Hostettler, Amane Tajika
      Pages 253-320
    4. Cyprian Kulicki, Kazushige Tanabe, Neil H. Landman, Andrzej Kaim
      Pages 321-357
    5. Kenneth De Baets, Didier Bert, René Hoffmann, Claude Monnet, Margaret M. Yacobucci, Christian Klug
      Pages 359-426
  4. Anatomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 427-427
    2. Kazushige Tanabe, Isabelle Kruta, Neil H. Landman
      Pages 429-484
    3. Isabelle Kruta, Neil H. Landman, Kazushige Tanabe
      Pages 485-505
    4. Kazushige Tanabe, Takenori Sasaki, Royal H. Mapes
      Pages 531-544
  5. Habit and Habitats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 611-611
    2. René Hoffmann, Robert Lemanis, Carole Naglik, Christian Klug
      Pages 613-648
    3. Carole Naglik, Amane Tajika, John Chamberlain, Christian Klug
      Pages 649-688
    4. Alexander Lukeneder
      Pages 689-791
    5. Kazuyoshi Moriya
      Pages 793-836
    6. Kenneth De Baets, Helmut Keupp, Christian Klug
      Pages 837-875
    7. René Hoffmann, Helmut Keupp
      Pages 877-926
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 927-934

About this book


This two-volume work is a testament to the abiding interest and human fascination with ammonites. We offer a new model to explain the morphogenesis of septa and the shell, we explore their habitats by the content of stable isotopes in their shells, we discuss the origin and later evolution of this important clade, and we deliver hypotheses on its demise. The Ammonoidea produced a great number of species that can be used in biostratigraphy and possibly, this is the macrofossil group, which has been used the most for that purpose. Nevertheless, many aspects of their anatomy, mode of life, development or paleobiogeographic distribution are still poorly known. 

Themes treated are biostratigraphy, paleoecology, paleoenvironment, paleobiogeography, evolution, phylogeny, and ontogeny. Advances such as an explosion of new information about ammonites, new technologies such as isotopic analysis, tomography and virtual paleontology in general, as well as continuous discovery of new fossil finds have given us the opportunity to present a comprehensive and timely "state of the art" compilation. Moreover, it also points the way for future studies to further enhance our understanding of this endlessly fascinating group of organisms.


Ammonoids Anatomy Morphology Ontogeny Paleoecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian Klug
    • 1
  • Dieter Korn
    • 2
  • Kenneth De Baets
    • 3
  • Isabelle Kruta
    • 4
  • Royal H. Mapes
    • 5
  1. 1.Paläontologisches Institut und MuseumUniversity of ZurichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions und BiodiversitätsforschungMuseum für NaturkundeBerlinGermany
  3. 3.GeoZentrum NordbayernFriedrich-Alexander-Universität ErlangenErlangenGermany
  4. 4.Division of PaleontologyAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.North Carolina Museum of Natural ScienceRaleighUSA

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