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An ammonoid fossil of an early type found chiefly in the Devonian and Carboniferous periods, typically with simple angular suture lines.
- ‘The taxonomically diverse goniatites dominated the Carboniferous-Permian ammonoid fauna.’
- ‘Carboniferous goniatites as a group appear to be relatively cosmopolitan.’
- ‘The richly fossiliferous Namurian bed is packed with both brachiopods and goniatites.’
- ‘Good material showing sutures and growth line ornament are required for detailed determination of goniatites.’
- ‘Early ammonoids or goniatites may have simple zig-zag sutures, but they become increasingly complex from the Triassic to the Cretaceous.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Goniatites, from Greek gōnia angle.
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