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Ammonoid Locomotion


Naglik, Carole; Tajika, Amane; Chamberlain, John; Klug, Christian (2015). Ammonoid Locomotion. In: Klug, C; Korn, D; De Baets, K; Kruta, I; Mapes, R H. Ammonoid Paleobiology: From anatomy to ecology. Dordrecht: Springer, 649-688.

Abstract

Because ammonoids have never been observed swimming, there is no alternative to seeking indirect indications of the locomotory abilities of ammonoids. This approach is based on actualistic comparisons with the closest relatives of ammonoids, the Coleoidea and the Nautilida, and on the geometrical and physical properties of the shell. Anatomical comparison yields information on the locomotor muscular systems and organs as well as possible modes of propulsion while the shape and physics of ammonoid shells provide information on buoyancy, shell orientation, drag, added mass, cost of transportation and thus on limits of acceleration and swimming speed. On these grounds, we conclude that ammonoid swimming is comparable to that of Recent nautilids and sepiids in terms of speed and energy consumption, although some ammonoids might have been slower swimmers than nautilids.

Abstract

Because ammonoids have never been observed swimming, there is no alternative to seeking indirect indications of the locomotory abilities of ammonoids. This approach is based on actualistic comparisons with the closest relatives of ammonoids, the Coleoidea and the Nautilida, and on the geometrical and physical properties of the shell. Anatomical comparison yields information on the locomotor muscular systems and organs as well as possible modes of propulsion while the shape and physics of ammonoid shells provide information on buoyancy, shell orientation, drag, added mass, cost of transportation and thus on limits of acceleration and swimming speed. On these grounds, we conclude that ammonoid swimming is comparable to that of Recent nautilids and sepiids in terms of speed and energy consumption, although some ammonoids might have been slower swimmers than nautilids.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Paleontological Institute and Museum
Dewey Decimal Classification:560 Fossils & prehistoric life
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:17 Feb 2016 16:09
Last Modified:11 Dec 2017 03:16
Publisher:Springer
Series Name:Topics in Geobiology
Number:43
ISSN:0275-0120
ISBN:978-94-017-9630-9
Additional Information:The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9630-9_17
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9630-9_17

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