Academic journal article The American Biology Teacher

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Academic journal article The American Biology Teacher

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About the cover: Ammoniods

This Jura Stone Light Beige tile is a common example of fossiliferous building stone found throughout the United States. This decorative tile can be found in numerous airports and shopping centers. The stone dates to the Upper Malm Epoch (Late Jurassic Period) and is approximately 160 million years old. It is easily identified by the bisectioned ammoniods and belemnoids found throughout the tile. This limestone was likely quarried from the Franconian Region of southern Germany (just north of Bavaria). This particular ammonoid is from the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina. The floors in this shopping center contain more than 500 ammonoids, providing a useful study collection for local schools and universities. An example of one such study is "Functional Morphology at the Mall," by Scott Hippensteel in this issue. The author is an Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte specializing in the environmental uses of fossils. The featured ammonoid was photographed at the SouthPark Mall in February, 2012, using a Nikon L22 at 1/60 second and f/4. …

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