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Nature 275, 606 - 611 (19 October 1978); doi:10.1038/275606a0

Nautiloid growth rhythms and dynamical evolution of the Earth–Moon system

Peter G. K. Kahn* & Stephen M. Pompea

Department of Geological and Geophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
*Permanent address: Institut fuer Geologie, Freie Universitaet Berlin, West Berlin, Germany.
Department of Physics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523

Daily growth lines and lunar monthly septa are formed in Nautilus pompilius Linnaeus shells. The number of days per lunar month determined using fossil shells has increased dramatically during the last 420 Myr, indicating that during this period the Moon revolved more rapidly and was much closer to the Earth than has previously been expected.

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