4.7" Polished Orthoceras Bookends - Morocco

This is a pair of gorgeous bookends made from fossiliferous rock. An area where the larger Orthoceras fossil is located has been polished so that its chambered structure can easily be seen. Each half of these bookends is very slightly different in size.

Orthoceras is an extinct "straight" cephalopod that lived during the Devonian period nearly 400 million years ago. Like other cephalopods they lived inside of their shell, had tentacles they could use to grab food and used jet propulsion, squirting water to move. Rock containing their abundant fossils is mined near Erfoud, Morocco and is commonly shaped and polished into decorative pieces.


DETAILS
SPECIES
Arionoceratid Nautiloid
LOCATION
Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco
SIZE
4.7" tall, 1.8" deep, 3" wide (half). 4.7" tall, 1.7 deep, 3.1" wide (half).
ITEM
#61327
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