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Ammonite diet revealed by high energy X-rays

January 9, 2011

This BBC article describes how a team of French & German researchers have produced 3-D images of the inside of an ammonite fossil using very high energy X-rays from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility.  The images show preserved mouth parts and the remains of some food which could not have been seen by traditional fossil preparation methods as they were deep inside the fossil.  An exciting new way of extracting information previously unavailable!  Their diet was probably zooplankton, tiny crustraceans and maybe even tiny ammonites.

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