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goniatite Line breaks: go¦nia|tite
Pronunciation: /ˈɡəʊnɪətʌɪt/

Definition of goniatite in English:


An ammonoid fossil of an early type found chiefly in the Devonian and Carboniferous periods, typically with simple angular suture lines. Compare with ammonite and ceratite.
  • Typified by the genus Goniatites, order Goniatitida
Example sentences
  • Early ammonoids or goniatites may have simple zig-zag sutures, but they become increasingly complex from the Triassic to the Cretaceous.
  • The taxonomically diverse goniatites dominated the Carboniferous-Permian ammonoid fauna.
  • Carboniferous goniatites as a group appear to be relatively cosmopolitan.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Goniatites, from Greek gōnia 'angle'.

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