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The lanthanide series comprises the 15 elements from lanthanum to lutetium on the periodic table, with atomic numbers 57 through 71.

All lanthanides except lutetium are f-block elements, corresponding to the filling of the 4f electron shell.

The lanthanides are also sometimes referred to by the name "rare earths".

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