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A large, coin-shaped, fossil foraminifer of the genus Nummulites, widely distributed in limestone formations from the Eocene Epoch to the Miocene Epoch of the Cenozoic.

[From New Latin Nummulītēs, type genus, from Latin nummulus, diminutive of nummus, coin, probably from Greek nomimos, customary, legal; see nem- in Indo-European roots.]

num′mu·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.


(ˈnʌmjʊˌlaɪt) or


(Palaeontology) any of various large fossil protozoans of the family Nummulitidae, common in Tertiary times: phylum Foraminifera (foraminifers)
[C19: from New Latin Nummulites genus name, from Latin nummulus, from nummus coin]
nummulitic adj
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Noun1.nummulite - large fossil protozoan of the Tertiary periodnummulite - large fossil protozoan of the Tertiary period
foram, foraminifer - marine microorganism having a calcareous shell with openings where pseudopods protrude
family Nummulitidae, Nummulitidae - a family of fossil protoctists
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1 Facies Depositional Environment Facies Frequency Code of the Anguru Section JA JA1 Lagoon Inner Ramp Abundance JA2 Abundance JB JB1 Nummulite Inner to Common Bank/shoal Mid Raap Common Abundance JC JC1 Open marine Mid Ramp Abundance Common JC2 Abundance
The genus here is confined only to the upper part ofthe Drazinda Formation ('Pellatispira beds' ofthe obsolete Kirthar series) associating with Pellatispira, Silvestriella, reticulate Nummulites, rare orthophragminids and other less significant LBF.
The result of the study of nummulitids provided an association formed by the species Nummulites aff.
Several species of larger benthic foraminifera were recorded including; Nummulites mamillatus, N.
larger benthic foraminiera including Assilina laminosa and Nummulites sp.
They are gray to green and contain benthic (miliolids, Nummulites, Neorotalia, Elphidium, Operculina, Amphistegina and textularids) and planktonic (Paragloborotalia mayeri and Globigerina spp.
The major lower part ( greater than 300m) is a carbonate facies of massive fossiliferous limestone dominated by Nummulites along with Alveolina, Discocyclina and Miliolids.
He described the Thebes Formation as massive to laminated limestone with flint bands or nodules and marl rich with Nummulites and planktonic foraminifera.
Tienen una composicion bioclastica con la presencia caracteristica de espinas de equinodermos y abundantes macroforaminiferos como Discocyclina seunesi y Nummulites heberti.
En la secuencia estudiada se presentan areas con grandes acumulaciones de foraminiferos, principalmente Lepidociclina, Miliolidos, algunos fragmentos de Nummulites, y otros restos de foraminiferos plantonicos no determinados.
The lower carbonaceous shale and larger benthic foraminifera such as Ranikothalia sindensis, Lockhartia haimei, Miscellanea miscella, Lockhartia conditi, Lockhartia tipperi, Assilina sub spinosa, and Nummulites globulus Leymerie were identified from the Patala Formation.
En detalle, el Eoceno Medio en las calizas de Damas se ha determinado con base en la presencia de Nummulites macgillary (M.