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Jun 4, 2014 7:17 PM

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Does anyone have or can get a list of fossilized shells?

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    Jun 4, 2014 8:44 PM (in response to andrew123)
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    ...Depends partly what you mean by 'shells'. There are lots of cretures that have shells, which you might not mean to include - for instance sea urchins, ammonites, snails, scaphopods.


    All the lists I can think of are actually a hierarchy. That is, the species are grouped into genera, which are grouped into higher ranks.


    Assuming you mean two-valved shells, some of the ones you want will be molluscs (including bivalves)


    some will be brachiopods



    It would be nice of there was a single hierarchy that everybody agreed upon, but that is not the case. Because science progresses (usually!), different experts see things differently, resulting in multiple hierarchies (multiple ways of grouping creatures together in terms of how similar they are to each other). That applies within bivalves. If you go here -, and serch for 'Bivalvian taxonomies', you'll see what I mean. But, one way or another, you'll get down to species. For instance, this page shows the species in the genus Mya -


    You asked a simple question. Perhaps I should apologise for giving what appears to be a complicated answer. But, to some extent, that is just the way it is.



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    Jun 4, 2014 9:22 PM (in response to andrew123)
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    As Mike noted in his response it depends what you mean by "shells".

    Here you will find a chart of the large fossils in Israel, hope it will be useful for you.

    (The geological timeline is written just in Hebrew, all the rest have the Latin name as well).



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