Week 8: Ammonite fossil

What is an ammonite?

Are they still around?

Where did they live?



Answers:

What is an ammonite?

Ammonites are an extinct group of marine mollusks, which means they lived in the ocean and were related to octopuses and squid. The word "Ammonite" comes from the Egyptian god Amun, who was often depicted with the horns of a ram, which are spiral-shaped like the shells of these creatures.

Are they still around?

Only in fossil form. Ammonites went extinct in the same mass extinction event 66 million years ago that killed the dinosaurs and 75% of all life on Earth.

Where did they live?

Ammonites lived in ocean areas all around the world. This one is currently on display in the Science Gallery with other fossils and Natural History artifacts. You can come check it out up close Saturday November 2nd, during our free family festival, Dinosaurs, Rock & Roll, and Endangered Species! Special guests from Seattle's Burke Museum will be on-hand with an interactive fossil exhibit, and the Pacific Science Center is bringing their "Rock and Roll" geology exhibit for you to explore the deeper layers of the Earth. Click here for more information!



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