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Hey everyone The ammonite Nipponites mirabilis, from the Late Cretaceous of Hokkaido (Japan), is one of the most popular heteromorph (uncoiled) ammonite - especially because it's coiled in such a bizarre, unique way. It was originally described in 1904 by the Japanese paleontologist Hisakatsu Yabe. And since the paper is rather old, it was rather difficult to find... It took me several hours to find it, trawling through quite a few online archives. So, for all of you who'd like to see the original description of Nipponites, here it is Yabe(1904)_Cretaceous
Preparation of 'Mukawaryu', a nearly complete ornithopod skeleton, has been completed! The specimen is originated from the marine Yezo Group of Hokkaido (Japanese island), a location/rock unit famed for numerous heteromorph (uncoiled) ammonites. http://www.geologypage.com/2018/09/japans-largest-complete-dinosaur-skeleton-comes-to-life.html Now research of this fascinating dinosaur specimen can finally begin! -Christian