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NUMMULITE

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Originally appearing in Volume V19, Page 911 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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NUMMULITE, NtTh(MULITES, A. d'Orbigny's name for a genus of Perforate Foraminifera (q.v.), distinguished by the flattened, lenticular discoid shell of many turns, finely perforated; chambers subdivided by incomplete septa into squarish chamber-lets. This genus is especially abundant in Eocene Limestones, which attain great thickness around the Mediterranean basin; the Pyramids of Egypt are built of it.
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