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Graptolite

Senckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Senckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Climacograptus belongs to the group of graptolites, marine organisms that became extinct as early as 345 million years ago. Graptolites formed colonies that consisted of numerous individual organisms, each living in a separate tube. Put together, the colonies reached a length of several centimeters. The name graptolite (which literally means “written rock”) can be explained by the fact that most of the graptolites were found in dark shale and were reminiscent of chalk marks on a blackboard.

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  • Title: Graptolite
  • Location: Laggan Gul, Great Britain
  • Type: original
  • Rights: Sven Tränkner Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
  • scientific name: Climacograptus
  • geological Age: Late Ordovician
  • age: 450 mil. years

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