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Temporal range: Upper Cretaceous
An artist's illustration of Baculites
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Ammonitida
Suborder: Ancyloceratina
Superfamily: Turrilitaceae
Family: Baculitidae
Genus: Baculites
Lamarck, 1799
Type species
Baculites vertebralis
Lamarck, 1801 vide Meek, 1876
Referred species
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Baculites vertebralis is a genus of ammonite that lived during the Late Cretaceous. One surprising feature about Baculites is that it resembled Orthocones, a group of cephalopods that lived during the Paleozoic era and also had cone-shaped shells. This is most likely a case of convergent evolution.

In Popular Culture[]

Baculites appears in Jurassic World: The Game as a super rare aquatic creature.

Baculites appears in episode 4 of Prehistoric Planet Season 2.