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any extinct cephalopod mollusc of the genus Goniatites and related genera, similar to ammonites: a common fossil of Devonian and Carboniferous rocks
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C19: from Greek gōnia angle, referring to the angular sutures in some species + -ite1
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  • The venerable Orthoceras and the goniatite linger on through the epoch and into the first period of the succeeding era.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton

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