co·​no·​dont | \ ˈkō-nə-ˌdänt How to pronounce conodont (audio) , ˈkä- How to pronounce conodont (audio) \

Definition of conodont

: a Paleozoic toothlike fossil that is probably the remains of an extinct eellike marine animal that may be an invertebrate or primitive vertebrate also : the animal from which conodonts are derived

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Recent Examples on the Web Surrounding remains—fossils of tiny, extinct marine animals called graptolites and conodonts—served as biomarkers to help confirm when the early scorpions wandered the earth. Katie Camero, WSJ, "Ancient Scorpion Offers Clues to How Animals Moved From Sea to Land," 16 Jan. 2020 The event took its hardest toll on marine organisms such as corals, shelled brachiopods, eel-like creatures called conodonts, and the trilobites. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "What are mass extinctions, and what causes them?," 30 Sep. 2019 In several pulses across the Devonian, ocean oxygen levels dropped precipitously, which dealt serious blows to conodonts and ancient shelled relatives of squid and octopuses called goniatites. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "What are mass extinctions, and what causes them?," 30 Sep. 2019 One of the most important is the teeth of conodonts—extinct, eel-like creatures—which go back 520 million years. Rachel E. Gross, Smithsonian, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Earth’s Past Climates," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of conodont

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conodont

International Scientific Vocabulary con- (from Greek kōnos cone) + -odont

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“Conodont.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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