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Title / Titel Palaeobiology and anatomy of Mesozoic coleoids
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Original title / Originaltitel Paläobiologie und Anatomie Mesozoischer Coleoideen
Summary / Zusammenfassung Compared to Mesozoic ammonoids, Mesozoic coleoids receive less attention from palaeontologists and biologists. This may be explained by the lower diversity and the lower amount of specimens. Remarkably, some anatomical details are more often preserved in coleoids than in ammonoids and thus, the anatomy of some coleoids is better known than that of the more common ammonoids. The more common exceptional preservation among coleoids makes them interesting study objects. Especially Fossillagerstaetten which yield fossilised non-mineralised organs of various organisms may yield coleoid remains with interesting anatomic details preserved. One important example is the Late Jurassic (Kimmeridgian) of Nusplingen (SW Germany). This locality is probably the only Jurassic locality worldwide which yielded complete beak apparatuses of all important cephalopod groups (ammonites, nautilids, belemnites and other coleoids).
Within this project, new and rare coleoid finds are described and discussed in their phylogenetic, anatomic and taphonomic framework.
Publications / Publikationen KLUG, C., FUCHS, D., SCHWEIGERT, G., KRUTA, I. & TISCHLINGER, H. (2016): Adaptations to squid-style high-speed swimming in Jurassic belemnitids. – Biology letters, 12 (1): 5 pp.; London.

KLUG, C., FUCHS, D., SCHWEIGERT, G., RÖPER, M. & TISCHLINGER, H. (2015): New anatomical information on arms and fins from exceptionally preserved Plesioteuthis (Coleoidea) from the Late Jurassic of Germany. – Swiss Journal of Palaeontology, 134: 245–255. Basel. DOI 10.1007/s13358-015-0093-y

FUCHS, D., IBA, Y., TISCHLINGER, H., KEUPP, H. & KLUG, C. (2015, online): On the locomotion system of fossil Coleoidea (Cephalopoda) and its phylogenetic significance. – Lethaia: 22 pp.; Oslo. DOI 10.1111/let.12155

ERNST, H. U. & KLUG, C. (2011): Ammoniten & Co. weltweit. Ammonites & Co. worldwide. 1-224, (PFEIL) München.

WALTON, S., KORN, D. & KLUG, C. (2010): Size distribution of the Late Devonian ammonoid Prolobites: indication for possible mass spawning events. Swiss Journal of Geoscience, 103: 475–494, Basel.

KLUG, C., SCHWEIGERT, G., DIETL, G. & FUCHS, D. (2010): First record of a belemnite preserved with beaks, arms and ink sac from the Nusplingen Lithographic Limestone (Kimmeridgian, SW Germany). – Lethaia, 43: 445-456, Oslo.

KLUG, C., SCHWEIGERT, G. & DIETL (2010): A new Plesioteuthis with beak from the Kimmeridgian of Nusplingen (Germany). – In: Fuchs, D. (Ed.), Proceedings of the Third International Coleoid Symposium. Ferrantia, 59: 73-77, Luxembourg.

KLUG, C., SCHWEIGERT, G., DIETL, G. & FUCHS, D. (2005): Coleoid beaks from the Nusplingen Lithographic Limestone (Late Kimmeridgian, SW Germany). Lethaia, 38: 173-192, Oslo.

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Keywords / Suchbegriffe Coleoidea, Belemnitida, Mesozoic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, anatomy, beaks, taphonomy, Fossillagerstätten, exceptional fossil preservation
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
PD Dr. Christian Klug (Project Leader)
Dr. Günter Schweigert
Dr. Dirk Fuchs
Dr. Gerd Dietl
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
No project-specific funding
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Günter Schweigert
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart
Dirk Fuchs
FU Berlin
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Jan 2002 to Dec 2017