grap·​to·​lite | \ ˈgrap-tə-ˌlīt How to pronounce graptolite (audio) \

Definition of graptolite

: any of an extinct class (Graptolithina) of hemichordate colonial marine animals of the Paleozoic era with zooids contained in conical cups along a chitinous support

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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 One of the most emblematic animals of the Ordovician Radiation is the now-extinct graptolite. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "If you liked the Cambrian Explosion, you’ll love the Ordovician Radiation," 21 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of graptolite

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for graptolite

Greek graptos painted (from graphein to write, paint) + English -lite — more at carve

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“Graptolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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