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Year 1 Ammonites

As part of our learning this week, we have been exploring ammonites. Did you know that ammonites began life as tiny creatures less than 1mm in diameter?

Ammonites were sea creatures that were close relatives of today's octopuses and squids, but they lived inside a shell. The shell was made from the mineral aragonite, a shiny mineral that pearls are made from. Ammonites appeared 425 million years ago and were very common ocean animals throughout the age of the dinosaurs.

We were very lucky to have had some real ammonite fossils brought into class by an older child at our school, who has a great collection of fossils. This inspired us to begin sketching ammonites. We were fascinated by the spiral shells.

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