4.8" Polished Orthoceras and Goniatite Bookends - Morocco

This is a pair of gorgeous bookends made out of polished rock containing 400 million year old fossils of a straight cephalopod, Orthoceras regulare and Goniatites. A large Orthoceras has been mounted to the face of the bookend and was polished, allowing for beautiful presentation of the crystalized chambers. One of these bookends is .1" wider than its other half.

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.

Arionoceratid Nautiloid
Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco
4.8" tall, 1.85" deep, 3.1" wide (each).
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