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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The cephalopods (Greek plural ?????????? (kephalópoda); "head-feet") are the mollusc class Cephalopoda characterized by bilateral body symmetry, a prominent head, and a modification of the mollusk foot, a muscular hydrostat, into the form of arms or tentacles. Teuthology, a branch of malacology, is the study of cephalopods.
The class contains two extant subclasses. In the Coleoidea, the mollusk shell has been internalized or is absent; this subclass includes the octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish. In the Nautiloidea, the shell remains; this subclass includes the nautilus. About 800 distinct living species of cephalopods have been identified. Two important extinct taxa are Ammonoidea, the ammonites, and Belemnoidea, the belemnites.
Cephalopods are found in all the oceans of Earth, at all depths. None of them can tolerate freshwater, but a few species[clarification needed] tolerate more or less[weasel words] brackish water.[citation needed]

Cephalopods have been around from the Early Paleozoic to present day.

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Bractrites arkonensis is a species of Cephalopod
and Phacops rana is a species of Trilobite
Middle Devonian period.
Mount Stephens
Yoho National Park
2009/08/17
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