Attachment of the Body to the Shell in Ammonoids

  • Larisa Doguzhaeva
  • Harry Mutvei
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 13)


One of the most intriguing paleobiological problems in ammonoids is to interpret the organization of their muscular system in order to obtain a better understanding of their locomotion and, ultimately, their mode of life. Despite the effects of diagenesis, many ammonoid shells have surprisingly retained visible muscle, ligament, and mantle attachment scars. These scars have been extensively investigated over the last 30 years; in fact, during the quarter of a century that has passed since the classical paper by Jordan (1968), the number of genera exhibiting preserved attachment scars has doubled and is now approximately 80.


Internal Mold Shell Wall Mantle Cavity Muscle Scar Lateral Sinus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larisa Doguzhaeva
    • 1
  • Harry Mutvei
    • 2
  1. 1.Paleonotological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Department of PaleozoologySwedish Museum of Natural HistoryStockholmSweden

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