20.5" Polished Fossil Orthoceras (Cephalopod) Plate - Morocco

This plate has multiple Orthoceras fossils which have been polished to reveal the inner segmented chambers. The plate measures 20.5 x 15.6" and is up to 2" thick. Comes with a metal display stand.

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.
Orthoceras sp.
Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Plate 20.5 x 15.6"
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