14.7" Tall Tower Of Polished Orthoceras (Cephalopod) Fossils

This is a 14.7" tall, tower made out of this fossiliferous rock. Areas where the larger Orthoceras fossils are located has been polished so that their chambered structure can easily be seen. The base is cut flat so that it stands up easily on it's own.

The fossils commonly known as Orthoceras are extinct "straight" cephalopods that lived during the Upper Devonian period around 370 million years ago. Like other cephalopods, they lived inside of their shells, had tentacles they could use to grab food, and used jet propulsion, squirting water to move. The rock containing them is quarried from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and frequently polished to reveal the fossils and make decorative items with them.

While Orthoceras is the common name for these cephalopods, there are actually several different genera, including Michelinoceras and Arionoceras, found in association. However, unless you are one of the world's leading experts on fossil cephalopods, you probably won't be able to tell them apart.

Arionoceratid Nautiloid
Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco
14.7" tall
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