Orthoceras Sculpture

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This free-standing sculpture is comprised of polished orthoceras fossils on a stone base. With specimens protruding on all sides, this natural piece will be sure to catch the eye of all!

Orthoceras are nautiloid with straight shells from the Ordovician Period that was roughly 400 million years ago. Ortho means "straight" and ceras means "horn" as their shells were long and conical. They are related to present-day squids and could be as small as just a few inches or as large as 6 feet. 

Orthoceras' bodies lived in the larger, open end of the shell using their tentacles to propel them through the ocean and to grab food. The nautiloid moved by forcing water out from its shell, which simultaneously created an air pocket providing buoyancy. 

These particular specimens of orthoceras are around 6 to 7 inches in length. 

 

Morocco

 

Size: 3.75 x 2.44 x 9.38 inches

Weight: 4.3 lbs.