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W. coloradoense
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Ammonoidea
Order: Ammonitida
Family: Acanthoceratidae
Subfamily: Acanthoceratinae
Warren, 1930
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Watinoceras is a genus of acanthoceratid ammonite that lived during the early Turonian stage of the Late Cretaceous.

Acanthoceratidae family of molluscs (fossil)

Acanthoceratidae is an extinct family of acanthoceratoid cephalopods in the order Ammonitida, known from the Upper Cretaceous. The type genus is Acanthoceras.

The Turonian is, in the ICS' geologic timescale, the second age in the Late Cretaceous epoch, or a stage in the Upper Cretaceous series. It spans the time between 93.9 ± 0.8 Ma and 89.8 ± 1 Ma. The Turonian is preceded by the Cenomanian stage and underlies the Coniacian stage.

Early whorls are compressed, finely ribbed with inner and outer ventrolateral and siphonal tubercles as in Neocardioceras , but siphonal row is soon lost. Later the venter may be concave between rows of ventrolateral clavi or rounded with ribs passing over in chevrons. Ornament usually becomes coarser with age. Derivation is from Neocardioceras. Watinoceras and Mammites gave rise to the other genera in the subfamily. Older classifications included Watinoceras in the subfamily Mammitinae instead.

Neocardioceras is a genus of evolute acanthoceratid ammonites from the uppermost Cenomanian, Upper Cretaceous, of Europe, western U.S. and Brazil.

<i>Mammites</i> genus of molluscs (fossil)

Mammites is a Late Cretaceous ammonite genus included in the acanthoceratoidean family, Acanthoceratidae, and the type genus for the subfamily Mammitinae. Mammites was named by Laube and Bruder in 1887.

Mammitinae subfamily of molluscs (fossil)

Mammitinae comprises a subfamily within the Acanthoceratidae (Ammonoidea) characterized by moderately to very evolute shells with rectangular to squarish whorl sections along with blunt umbilical and prominent inner and outer ventrolateral tubercles on sparse ribs that may be round and strong, sharp and narrow, or absent. The suture is somewhat simpler than that of the Acanthoceratinae. Range is restricted to the lower Turonian stage of the Upper Cretaceous.

Species include Watinoceras coloradoense, W. reesidei, and W. thompsonense.

The first occurrence of the species Watinoceras devonense marks the beginning of the Turonian. [1] [2]

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The Cenomanian is, in the ICS' geological timescale the oldest or earliest age of the Late Cretaceous epoch or the lowest stage of the Upper Cretaceous series. An age is a unit of geochronology: it is a unit of time; the stage is a unit in the stratigraphic column deposited during the corresponding age. Both age and stage bear the same name.

The Coniacian is an age or stage in the geologic timescale. It is a subdivision of the Late Cretaceous epoch or Upper Cretaceous series and spans the time between 89.8 ± 1 Ma and 86.3 ± 0.7 Ma. The Coniacian is preceded by the Turonian and followed by the Santonian.

Kamerunoceras is an extinct cephalopod genus belonging to the ammonite family Acanthoceratidae, found in Upper Cretaceous formations of Africa, Europe and North and South America.

<i>Placenticeras</i> genus of molluscs (fossil)

Placenticeras is a genus of ammonites from the Late Cretaceous. Its fossils have been found in Asia, Europe, North and South America.

<i>Collignoniceras</i> genus of molluscs (fossil)

Collignociceras is a strongly ribbed and tuberculate, evolute ammonite from the Turonian of the western U.S. and Europe belonging to the ammonitid family Collignoniceratidae. The genus is named after the French paleontologist Maurice Collignon. The type is Collignoniceras woollgari, named by Mantell in 1822 for specimens from Sussex, England.

Neoptychites is an extinct ammonoid cephalopod genus from the Turonian stage of the Upper Cretaceous, with a worldwide distribution.

Collignoniceratidae family of molluscs (fossil)

Collignoniceratidae is a family of Upper Cretaceous ammonites characterized by typically more or less evolute shells with compressed, oval, or square whorl sections; serrate or entire keels; and dense ribs with one to 5 tubercles.

Acanthoceratoidea superfamily of molluscs (fossil)

Acanthoceratoidea, formerly Acanthocerataceae, is a superfamily of Upper Cretaceous ammonoid cephalopods belonging to the order Ammonitida, and comprising some 10 or so families.

<i>Forresteria</i> genus of molluscs (fossil)

Forresteria is an extinct genus of cephalopod belonging to the subclass Ammonoidea. They flourished during the late Turonian and early Coniacian of the Late Cretaceous, and were global in extent. Forresteria alluaudi and Forresteria hobsoni are considered marker fossils for the lower Coniacian in the American West.

Holcodiscidae family of molluscs (fossil)

Holcodiscidae is an ammonite family placed in the Ammonite superfamily Desmoceratoidea.

<i>Holcodiscus</i> genus of molluscs (fossil)

Holcodiscus is an ammonite genus placed in the family Holcodiscidae. Species in this genus were fast-moving nektonic carnivores. The type species of the genus is Ammonites caillaudianus.

Acanthoceratinae subfamily of molluscs (fossil)

The Acanthoceratinae comprise a subfamily of ammonoid cephalopods that lived during the Late Cretaceous from the latter early Cenomanian to the late Turonian

Cunningtoniceras is a stocky acanthoceratid ammonite from the upper Cenomanian stage of the late Cretaceous of the western U.S., found e.g. in Arizona and New Mexico.

Quitmaniceras is a genus of small, compressed, fairly evolute ammonites from the lower Turonian of Grant County, New Mexico and Trans-Pecos Texas, included in the subfamily Acanthoceratinae. The shell has a carinate venter in juveniles and one that is arched in adults, usually with a raised siphonal line,(siphonal referring to the marginal siphuncle). Ribs are very weak to moderately strong, flexious, typically sloping forward toward the rim, bending further forward at the outer shoulder.

Euomphaloceras is an early Upper Cretaceous ammonite genus,, included in the Acanthoceratinae until established as the type genus for the Euomphaloceratinae by Cooper, 1978.

Romaniceras is a genus of early Upper Cretaceous ammonites in the Acanthoceratidae subfamily Euomphaloceratinae.


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  2. "GSSP for Turonian Stage". Geologic Timescale Foundation. Retrieved 7 August 2014.