Cephalopoda

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'''Dibranchiata'''-- forms with two gills, considered advanced. Equivalent to the Coleoidea, possibly the Ammonoidea and mayby even some Nautilodea
'''Dibranchiata'''-- forms with two gills, considered advanced. Equivalent to the Coleoidea, possibly the Ammonoidea and mayby even some Nautilodea
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The trouble with the anatomical scheme is that it is impossible to know from shell structure alone alone whether extinct forms had two or four gills, or anything really much about their soft body anatomy. From this it is apparent that the two-fold anatomical classification is inadiquate except in modern forms.  Certainly the Nautiloidea appear to be not a single subclass but a very amorphous, paraphyletic group, so much so that the term Nautiloidea now really means "all cephalopods that are not ammonoids or coleoids".''Never the less, all nautiloids are united by the fact they have simple, adorally concave septa, retrosiphonate septal necks, sutures that are never elaborate,  distinguishing them from subsequent groups, and are descended from a common ancestor, Plectronoceras''  
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The trouble with the anatomical scheme is that it is impossible to know from shell structure alone alone whether extinct forms had two or four gills, or anything really much about their soft body anatomy. From this it is apparent that the two-fold anatomical classification is inadiquate except in modern forms.   
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The Subclass Nautiloidea forms a large and diverse, all be it paraphyletic, group, divisable into phyllogenetically defined superorders (or infraclasses). All nautiloids are united by the fact they have simple, adorally concave septa, retrosiphonate septal necks, sutures that are never elaborate,and are descended from a common ancestor, ''Plectronoceras'' They are more than simply cephalopods that are neither ammonoids or coleoids.
Thus, while there is some agreement regarding recent cephalopods, the classification of the various extinct forms is very uncertain, precisely due to this fact that (with one or two rare exceptions known from the Devonian, and a Jurassic ammonite that preserved muscle attachment scars) the soft body parts are not known.  The following list basically follows Curt Teichert "Main Features of Cephalopod Evolution", pp.19-20, in ''The Mollusca'' vol.12, ''Paleontology and Neontology of Cephalopods'', ed. by M.R. Clarke & E.R. Trueman, Academic Press, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988, except that (a) Teichert's two Subclasses '''Endoceratoidea''' and '''Actinoceratoidea''' have been discarded, since the two orders [[Endocerida]] and the [[Actinocerida]] are probably not so distinct from their contemporaries as to justify such a high taxonomic ranking; and (b) I have incorporated it with the [[Palcephalopoda]]/[[Neocephalopoda]] Hypothesis.
Thus, while there is some agreement regarding recent cephalopods, the classification of the various extinct forms is very uncertain, precisely due to this fact that (with one or two rare exceptions known from the Devonian, and a Jurassic ammonite that preserved muscle attachment scars) the soft body parts are not known.  The following list basically follows Curt Teichert "Main Features of Cephalopod Evolution", pp.19-20, in ''The Mollusca'' vol.12, ''Paleontology and Neontology of Cephalopods'', ed. by M.R. Clarke & E.R. Trueman, Academic Press, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988, except that (a) Teichert's two Subclasses '''Endoceratoidea''' and '''Actinoceratoidea''' have been discarded, since the two orders [[Endocerida]] and the [[Actinocerida]] are probably not so distinct from their contemporaries as to justify such a high taxonomic ranking; and (b) I have incorporated it with the [[Palcephalopoda]]/[[Neocephalopoda]] Hypothesis.

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