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The Question (ID Number 114)...

    What is the significance of the ammonite shell that B gives to Jared? I know it represents the community of life, but why the shell? Is the drawing on the cover of the novel the living ammonite?

    ...and the response:

    The fossil in the story represents the community of life only by agreement between Shirin and Jared. A tin can could have been used to represent the community of life---by agreement. In other words the fossil is not inherent symbolic of the community of life. The drawing on the cover is of a fossil ammonite.


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